Senate Daily Summary - 18 June 2013

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No. 27/2013

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm until 12.21 am

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was introduced

  • Telecommunications Amendment (Get a Warrant) Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill]

The following bills were debated

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013–committee of the whole continued–1 Australian Greens amendment pending [further amendments remain to be considered]
  • Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013–second reading debate commenced and a 1 Australian Greens second reading amendment pending [first speaker in second reading debate]

The following bill was passed

  • Parliamentary Service Amendment (Freedom of Information) Bill 2013–[first speaker in second reading debate] [This bill will now be assented to]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

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Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Report tabled

  • Broadcasting Services Amendment (Material of Local Significance) Bill 2013–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee [report] [a motion was moved to take note of the report]

 New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 6 of 2013 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

  • African Development Bank Bill 2013–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–to report by 20 August 2013
  • Australian Education Bill 2013 and the Australian Education (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee–to report by 20 August 2013
  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2013–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 20 August 2013
  • Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–to report by 20 August 2013
  • Homelessness Bill 2013 and the Homelessness (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 25 June 2013
  • Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Bill 2013–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 20 August 2013
  • Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 20 August 2013
  • Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2013–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 24 June 2013
  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Public Housing Tenants’ Support) Bill 2013–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 20 August 2013
  • Superannuation Laws Amendment (MySuper Capital Gains Tax Relief and Other Measures) Bill 2013–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 24 June 2013

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

  • The Senate authorised the following meetings to be held while the Senate is sitting:
  • Broadcasting Legislation Joint Select Committee–19 June 2013 from 3.30 pm–private meeting
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–24 June 2013 from 5.30 pm–public meeting
  • Law Enforcement Joint Committee–24 June 2013 from 10 am–public meeting
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–19 June 2013 from 11.30 am–private meeting
  • National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee–19 June 2013 from 12.30 pm–public meeting
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–19 June and 26 June 2013 from 11 am–private and public meetings
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–19 June 2013 from noon–in camera hearing

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Community Affairs References Committee–
    • Sterilisation of people with disabilities–to report by 17 July 2013
    • Impacts on health of air quality–to report by 12 August 2013
    • Care and management of dementia–to report by 12 August 2013
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–
    • New Zealand potatoes import risk analysis–to report by 19 July 2013
    • Fresh pineapple imports–to 19 July 2013
    • Fresh ginger import risk analysis–to report by 19 July 2013

Notices of motion

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Treaties Joint Committee–24 June 2013 from 10 am–private meeting, followed by a public meeting

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee memberships

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Documents

Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

Notices of motion for disallowance given

  • Senator Xenophon gave a notice of motion to disallow the Export Market Development Grants (Extended Lodgement and Consultant Quality Incentive) Determination 2012 [homepage]
  • Senator Stephens, on behalf of the Human Rights Joint Committee, gave a notice of motion to disallow the Customs (Drug and Alcohol Testing) Regulation 2013 [homepage]

Orders for the production of documents

Notice of motion

A notice of motion was given by Senator Rhiannon requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport to table documents relating to coal trains–on 27 June 2013

Documents tabled

Ministerial statements tabled

Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs (Senator Thistlethwaite) tabled ministerial statements relating to–

  • ANZAC centenary 2014 to 2018
  • National Road Safety Strategy

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Other business

Questions without notice–first question

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motion agreed to

Hours of meeting and routine of business for 18 June 2013–moved by the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins)

Motions agreed to

  • Antisemitism–moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) and Senators Birmingham, Kroger, Payne, Ronaldson and Smith
  • Peru–moved by Senator Furner
  • Public broadcasting–moved by Senator Ludlam

Motions negatived

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals

Valedictory speech

Senator Crossin gave her valedictory speech, and a series of speeches were given recognising her contribution and whose term expires at the end of the 43rd Parliament [first speaker]

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Online

The Senate Daily Summary is available at www.aph.gov.au/senate

It is issued by the Senate Table Office as a convenient summary of each day’s proceedings in the Senate. For a complete account see the official record, the Journals of the Senate.

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Related resources

The Order of Business (or ‘Senate Red’) and the Dynamic Red (which updates the Order of Business throughout the sitting day) are also available at www.aph.gov.au/senate

Contact details

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phone: (02) 6277 3021
e-mail: sds@aph.gov.au

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