Senate Daily Summary - 11 December 2013

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No. 49/2013

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.24 pm

Senators

Senators Dastyari and Tillem gave their first speeches

 

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

Criminal Code Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill]

Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 [bill passed by the House of Representatives on 9 December 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2013 [bill passed by the House of Representatives on 10 December 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013 [bill passed by the House of Representatives on 11 December 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]

The following bill was debated

Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013–second reading debate continued [first speaker]–Opposition second reading amendment to be determined

Message reported

Australian Capital Territory Water Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2013–agreeing to the bill without amendments [The bill will now be assented to]

Notices of motion

To introduce private senators’ bills

Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2013–notice given by Senator Xenophon

Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013–notice given by Senator Farrell

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports

Reports tabled

Performance, importance and role of Australia Post in Australian communities and its operations in relation to licensed post offices–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee [interim report] [a motion was moved and agreed to relating to the presentation of the final report]

Examination of annual reports tabled by 30 April 2013:

 Economics Legislation Committee [report]

 Education and Employment Legislation Committee [report]

 Environment and Communications Legislation Committee [report]

 Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee [report]

 Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee [report]

 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee [report]

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee [report]

 

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013:

Schedule 2–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee [report]

Schedules 6 and 9–Education and Employment Legislation Committee [report]

Documents tabled

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 and related bills–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Additional information

Effectiveness of the National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy–Education and Employment References Committee–Additional information

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013–Education and Employment Legislation Committee–Additional information

Government’s response to the President’s report on government responses outstanding to parliamentary committee reports

Regulations and Ordinances Committee–

Delegated legislation monitor no. 9 of 2013

118th report–Work of the Committee in 2012-13

Scrutiny of Bills Committee–

Future role and direction of the committee–Additional information

Alert digest no. 9 of 2013

New inquiries

The Senate agreed to refer the following matters:

Economics References Committee–Ticket scalping in Australia–to report by 26 March 2014

Education and Employment References Committee–Technical and further education (TAFE) in Australia–to report by 13 May 2014 [a statement was made]

Proposed reference

The Senate did not agree to a motion to refer to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee a matter relating to the East West Link project [a statement was made]

Establishment of a select committee

The Senate agreed to a motion to establish the Select Committee into the Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit

Notices of motion

To establish select committees

Senator Carr gave a notice of motion to establish the Select Committee on School Funding–to report by 13 May 2014

Senator Xenophon gave a notice of motion to establish the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform–to report by 30 June 2015

To refer matters to committees

Affordable housing–Economics References Committee–to report by 16 July 2014–notice given by Senator McLucas

Collection and disbursement of marketing and research and development levies pertaining to the sale of grass-fed cattle–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 28 March 2014–notice given by Senator McKenzie

Delivery of quality and affordable early childhood education and care services–Education and Employment References Committee–to report by 17 June 2014–notice given by Senator Hanson-Young

Future of beekeeping and pollination service industries in Australia–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 26 March 2014–notice given by Senator Xenophon

Future of the childcare sector in Australia–Education and Employment References Committee–to report by 27 March 2014–notice given by Senator Xenophon

Public transport–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 13 May 2014–notice given by Senator Moore

Referendum on the alteration of the Constitution with regard to marriage–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by 27 March 2014–notice given by Senator Madigan

Revision of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by 10 June 2014–notice given by Senator Ludlam

Use of Fenthion on Australia’s horticultural industry–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 25 June 2014–notice given by Senator Sterle

Membership

The Senate agreed to various changes to committee memberships

 

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]

Proposed disallowance motions

The Senate commenced debate on motions to disallow various instruments made under the Aged Care Act 1997–matter to be determined [first speaker]

Orders for the production of documents

Document tabled

A document was tabled in response to the Senate order on the East West Link

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

A statement of compliance for the Attorney-General’s portfolio was tabled  [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to the following orders:

Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Senator Cash) to table documents relating to an undetected boat arrival–no later than noon on 12 December 2013 [a statement was made]

Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Investment to table the text of free trade agreements–14 days before signing

Notices of motion given

Senator Lundy relating to the departmental officials handbook produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to be tabled by the adjournment of the Senate on 12 December 2013

Senator Rhiannon relating to WestConnex motorway project in New South Wales, to be tabled by 2 January 2014

Documents tabled

Auditor-General–Audit report no. 10 of 2013-14

Australian parliamentary delegation to 129th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland, 6 to 10 October 2013

Government documents [and considered]

Petition to the Court of Disputed Returns – Mead v Johnston & Ors

Presiding Officers’ annual statement–Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships

Statement of Ministerial Standards

Ministerial statement

The Minister for Defence (Senator Johnston) made a ministerial statement about Afghanistan [statements were made – first speaker]

 

Other business

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

Matters of public interest debate–first speaker

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Hours of meeting and routine of business

The Senate did not agree to a motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business on 12 December 2013 [statements were made]

Orders relating to the broadcasting of Senate and committee proceedings

The Senate agreed to a motion to adopt new orders relating to the broadcasting of Senate and committee proceedings

Motions agreed to

Administration–Protection of nationally important species and wilderness places–Responsibility–moved by Senator Waters

Communications–Australian Broadcasting Corporation–moved by Senator Ludlam [statements were made]

Death of Mr Craig Gleeson and Mr Alistair Lucas–moved by Senators Urquhart, Singh, Polley, Bilyk, Brown and Thorp

Education–Schools funding–Rural areas–moved by Senator Wright

Environment–Great White Shark–moved by Senator Siewert

Environment–Whaling–moved by Senator Whish-Wilson [statements were made]

Foreign affairs–Saudi Arabia–Migrant workers–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

Foreign affairs–Syria–moved by Senators Moore and Rhiannon

Immigration–Death of asylum seekers–moved by Senator Hanson-Young [a statement was made]

Social issues–Homelessness–moved by Senator Ludlam

Matter of public importance discussed

Environment–Queensland–Abbot Point–proposed by Senator Siewert [first speaker]

National Library of Australia–Senate member of Council

Senator Seselja was elected as a member of the Council of the National Library of Australia, on and from 11 December 2013, for a period of 3 years

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals

 

 

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