Senate Daily Summary - 15 May 2013

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No. 22/2013

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.58 pm

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was introduced

The following bill was introduced, debated and passed

  • Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2013 [this bill will now be assented to]

The following bills were discharged from the Notice Paper

  • Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2010
  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Food Labelling) Bill 2012 (No. 2)
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (International Broadcasting Services) Bill 2011

Notices of motion

To suspend standing order 110––roll call

Enable third reading of a Constitution alteration bill relating to local government to be passed without a roll call–notice given by the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins)

To introduce bills

  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2013–notice given by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)
  • Fair Trade (Compliance of Imported Goods with Australian Standards) Bill 2013–notice given by Senator Madigan
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Post-Operative Care for Illegal Organ Transplants) Bill 2013–notice given by Senator Madigan
  • Marriage Act Amendment (Recognition of Foreign Marriages for Same‑Sex Couples) Bill 2013–notice given by Senator Hanson-Young

To exempt bills from the cut-off order [to enable consideration this period of sittings – 14 May to 16 May 2013]

  • Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Inbound Cargo Security Enhancement) Bill 2013
  • DisabilityCare Australia Fund Bill 2013
  • Family Trust Distribution Tax (Primary Liability) Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013
  • Fringe Benefits Tax Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013
  • Income Tax (First Home Saver Accounts Misuse Tax) Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013
  • Income Tax (TFN Withholding Tax (ESS)) Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013
  • Income Tax Rates Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013
  • Medicare Levy Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Legislation Amendment Bill 2013
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Compliance Measures No. 2) Bill 2013
  • Superannuation (Excess Concessional Contributions Tax) Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013
  • Superannuation (Excess Non-concessional Contributions Tax) Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013
  • Superannuation (Excess Untaxed Roll-over Amounts Tax) Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2012
  • Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) (No. 1) Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013
  • Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) (No. 2) Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports 

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–
    • Corporations Amendment (Simple Corporate Bonds and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [report]
    • Corporations and Financial Sector Legislation Amendment Bill 2013– [report]

Other reports

  • Feasibility of a prohibition on charging fees for an unlisted number service–Environment and Communications References Committee [report] [a motion was moved to take note of the report]
  • 5th report of 2013 and alert digest no. 5 of 2013–Scrutiny of Bills Committee [report]
  • Referrals made February to April 2013 (2nd report of 2013)–Public Works Joint Committee [report]
  • 6th report of 2013: Bills introduced 18 to 21 March 2013 and legislative instruments registered with the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments 16 February to 19 April 2013–Human Rights Joint Committee [report] [a motion was moved to take note of the report]

New inquiries

  • Effectiveness of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN)–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee–to report by 27 June 2013
  • Time critical bills–Any bills introduced into the House of Representatives after 16 May and before 6 June 2013 that contain provisions commencing on or before 1 July 2013–Committees–to report by 17 June 2013

Committee document tabled

  • Draft estimates for the Australian National Audit Office and the Parliamentary Budget Office for 2013-14–Public Accounts and Audit Committee [report]

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

  • The Senate authorised the following meetings to be held while the Senate is sitting:
  • Community Affairs References Committee–15 May 2013 from 5 pm–Sterilisation of people with disabilities–public meeting
  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–16 May 2013 from 1 pm–Broadcasting Services Amendment (Material of Local Significance) Bill 2013 and the delivery of news coverage in rural and regional areas by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation–public meeting
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–16 May 2013 from 11 am–review of Defence annual report 2011-12–public meeting

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Great Barrier Reef) Bill 2013–to report by 13 June 2013
  • Environment and Communications References Committee–Protection of Australia’s threatened species and ecological communities–to report by 20 June 2013
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–
    • Australia and the countries of the Indian Ocean rim–to report by 17 June 2013
    • Victims of sexual and other abuse in Defence–to report by 27 June 2013
  • Gambling Reform Joint Select Committee–Advertising and promotion of gambling services in sport–to report by 28 June 2013
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–
    • Foreign Investment Review Board national interest test–to report by 24 June 2013
    • Australian citrus industry–to report by 31 July 2013

Notices of motion

To refer matters to committees

  • Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2013–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–to report by 17 June 2013–notice given by Senator Xenophon
  • Practice of sports science in Australia–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 27 June 2013–notice given by Senator Di Natale

Membership

A message was reported from the House of Representatives notifying a change to the membership of a joint committee

Motion agreed to

Allocation of departments to committees–Variation–moved by the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins)

Documents

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

Document tabled

  • Government document [Journal entry no. 2 refers]

Motion to disallow defeated

The Senate debated but did not agree to a motion to disallow the Building Code 2013, made under subsection 27(1) of the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012, [homepage] [first speaker]

 

Orders for the production of documents

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies
Letters of advice for various portfolios were tabled [Lists of appointments made and existing vacancies are required to be tabled 7 days before the commencement of budget, supplementary budget and additional estimates hearings] [Journal entry no. 41 refers]

Departmental and agency grants
A letter of advice for the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio was tabled [Lists of all grants approved are required to be tabled 7 days before the commencement of budget, supplementary budget and additional estimates hearings] [Journal entry no. 42 refers]

Other business

Matters of public interest discussion–first speaker
Questions without notice–first question
Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

  • Nurses and midwives–moved by Senator Hanson-Young
  • Tasmanian forests–moved by Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

Motions negatived

  • Live animal exports–moved by Senator Rhiannon
  • Jabiluka–moved by Senator Ludlam
  • Leaders’ Debate Commission–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)
  • Matter of public importance discussed
  • Budget 2013-14–proposed by Senator Fifield [first speaker]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate

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