This Week at a Glance - 25 to 28 February 2013

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No. 6/2013

25 to 28 February 2013

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On the first day of each sitting week the Senate Daily Summary outlines the business scheduled for consideration in the Senate. On subsequent days, it provides a convenient summary of the previous day’s proceedings in the Senate, with links to official Senate records.

Another document useful in tracking the business of the Senate is the Dynamic Red, which records proceedings in the Senate as they happen.


Bills and related documents

Bills to be considered

The Government has scheduled bills for debate this week, as follows:

25 February 2013

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Procedure) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Migration Amendment (Reform of Employer Sanctions) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support Bonus) Bill 2012 [homepage]

26 February 2013

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Maritime Powers Bill 2012 [homepage]
    Maritime Powers (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 [homepage]

27 February 2013

  • Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012 [homepage]
  • Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012 [homepage]
  • Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [homepage]

28 February 2013

  • Courts and Tribunals Legislation Amendment (Administration) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 4) 2012 [homepage]
  • International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Compliance Measures) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Bill 2012 [homepage]


Private senators’ bills to be debated

On 22 November 2010 the Senate agreed to a temporary order allowing private senators’ bills to be considered on Thursdays. On 28 February 2013 the following bills are scheduled for debate:

  • Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Excessive Noise from Wind Farms) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Foreign Acquisitions Amendment (Agricultural Land) Bill 2010 [homepage]

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Scheduled public committee hearings

Reports due to be tabled this week

Reports on legislation

25 February 2013

  • Courts and Tribunals Legislation Amendment (Administration) Bill 2012–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Retaining Federal Approval Powers) Bill 2012–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee
  • Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

27 February 2013

  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2012–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
  • Biosecurity Bill 2012 [2013] and a related bill–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Other reports

28 February 2013

  • National Broadband Network Joint Committee–Fourth report

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Other business

Documents presented out of sitting to be tabled on 25 February 2013

Delegated legislation

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

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Related resources

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