Senate Daily Summary - 2 December 2013

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No. 42/2013

Monday, 2 December 2013

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.03 pm

Senators

Senator Deborah O’Neill was sworn in as a senator to fill a vacancy in the representation of New South Wales

 

Legislation

 Bills and related documents

The following bills were introduced

Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates and Other Amendments) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 20 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

True-up Shortfall Levy (Excise) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

True-up Shortfall Levy (General) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 21 November 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Private senators’ bills to be debated

On 14 November 2013 the Senate agreed to a temporary order allowing private senators’ bills to be considered on Thursdays. On 5 December 2013 the following bills are scheduled for debate (subject to restoration to the Notice Paper):

Poker Machine Harm Reduction ($1 Bets and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [homepage]

Fair Trade (Australian Standards) Bill 2013 [homepage]

Notices of motion

To restore private senators’ bills to the Senate Notice Paper

Fair Trade (Australian Standards) Bill 2013––notice given by Senator Madigan

Poker Machine Harm Reduction ($1 Bets and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [2013]––notice given by Senator Xenophon

Message from the House of Representatives

Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2013–disagreeing to the amendment made by the Senate [The Senate will reconsider the amendment disagreed to by the House on a future sitting day]

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports 

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 and a related bill–Education and Employment Legislation Committee [report]

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 and related bills–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee [report]

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013–Education and Employment Legislation Committee [report]

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013–Economics Legislation Committee [report]

 

Report relating to inquiries of the 43rd Parliament

The Senate agreed to a recommendation by the Education and Employment References Committee to readopt an inquiry not disposed of at the end of the 43rd Parliament [a motion to adopt the report was debated and agreed to – first speaker]

Documents tabled

Access to unpublished committee documents–Joint Select Committee on an Australian Card, 1985-86

Beef imports into Australia–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–Additional information [a motion to take note of the documents was debated and agreed to] [first speaker]

Privileges Committee

A motion to amend standing order 18 to vary the membership of the Privileges Committee was moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) and agreed to

Notices of motion given

Direction to meet: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–6 December 2013 from 9 am to 5 pm–Reconvene to resume consideration of the 2013-14 supplementary Budget estimates–notice given by Senator Hanson-Young

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee––

9 December 2013 from 10 am––Private briefing

10 December 2013 from 4 pm––Private briefing

Memberships

A message from the House of Representatives was reported informing the Senate of a resolution relating to the appointment of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia [The Senate will consider the message on a future sitting day]

Messages from the House of Representatives were reported informing the Senate of resolutions re-establishing joint committees. The Senate agreed with the resolutions

The Senate agreed to various changes in the appointment of members to committees [Journals entries nos 27 and 37 refer]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

 

Documents

Delegated legislation
See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes) Clerk’s documents were tabled [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

Regulation disallowed

The Senate agreed to a motion to disallow the Migration Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas) Regulation 2013 [motion debated – first speaker]

Notice of motion to disallow given

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Edwards) gave a notice of motion to disallow the following instruments:

  • Veterans’ Entitlements (Actuarial Certificate––Life Expectancy Income Stream Guidelines) Determination 2013 [F2013L00671]
  • Veterans’ Entitlements (Actuarial Certificate––Lifetime Income Stream Guidelines) Determination 2013 [F2013L00670]

Orders for the production of documents

Documents tabled

The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Senator Cash) tabled documents [Journals entries 3 and 18 refer] [The documents were tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 14 November 2013] [a statement was made]

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered that documents relating to the East West Link project be tabled by noon on 11 December 2013

Notices of motion given

Senators Hanson-Young and Carr relating to compliance with the Senate order about asylum seekers

Senator Ludlam relating to the strategic review of the rollout of the National Broadband Network

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

A letter of advice for the Department of Social Services was 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]

Departmental and agency grants

Letters of advice for various portfolios and agencies were tabled [Lists of all grants approved are required to be tabled 7 days before the commencement of budget, supplementary budget and additional estimates hearings]

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statements of compliance for various portfolios and agencies were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

Presented since the last sitting of the Senate - Government documents

Other documents

Petition to the Court of Disputed Returns – Australian Electoral Commission v Johnston & Ors for the state of Western Australia

2 petitions

Ministerial statement

The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) tabled a ministerial statement by the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development (Mr Truss) about the Australian Government’s aviation safety regulation review [a motion to take note of the statement was debated – first speaker]

 

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Foreign affairs––Russia––Arrest of persons from the Arctic Sunrise––moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) [a statement was made]

Education––Schools funding––moved by Senator Carr, at the request of Senator Moore [debated as a matter of urgency – first speaker]

Address-in-reply

Debate continued on the address-in-reply to the Governor-General’s speech and will resume on a later sitting day [first speaker]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals

 

Statistics

Statistics on the work of the Senate this week will be available in the Statistical Summary, which forms part of StatsNet–the Department of the Senate’s online statistical collection.

Online

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