Senate Daily Summary - 12 December 2013

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No. 50/2013

Thursday, 12 December 2013

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 6.58 pm

Legislation

 Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill]

Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill]

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013 [bill passed the House of Representatives  12 December 2013] [ Minister’s second reading speech]

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill]

The following bills were debated

Migration Amendment (Visa Maximum Numbers Determinations) Bill 2013–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were passed

Australian Civilian Corps Amendment Bill 2013 [first speaker] [This bill will now be assented to]

Customs Amendment (Anti-Dumping Commission Transfer) Bill 2013 [The bill will now be assented to]

Grape and Wine Legislation Amendment (Australian Grape and Wine Authority) Bill 2013 and 2 related bills [These bills will now be assented to]

Import Processing Charges Amendment Bill 2013 [The bill will now be assented to]

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Cash Bidding) Bill 2013 and a related bill [These bills will now be assented to]

Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 and 2 related bills [These bills will now be assented to]

Message reported

Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2013–agreeing to the bill without amendments [The bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion

To introduce a private senator’s bill

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Get a Warrant) Bill 2014–notice given by Senator Ludlam

Bills assented to

Assent to a law was reported in the Senate

 

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports 

Estimates

A motion was agreed to relating to unanswered estimates questions

Additional information arising from estimates hearings was tabled

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Above the Line Voting) Bill 2013–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee [a motion was moved and agreed to for the adoption of recommendations contained in the report]

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013–Community Affairs Legislation Committee [report]

Other reports

Second report of 2013–Procedure Committee–Parliamentary privilege: republication of Hansard extracts; peaking time in the open-ended adjournment debate; removal of gender-specific language in standing orders; routine of business) [report]

1st report–Publications Committee

155th report–Privileges Committee–Person referred to in the Senate: Father Frank Brennan SJ AO [report]

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 11 of 2013 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

Criminal Code Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2013–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 4 March 2014

Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2013–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 19 February 2014

Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–to report by 11 February 2014

Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–to report by 12 February 2014

Migration Amendment Bill 2013–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 12 February 2014

Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 26 March 2014

Other references

Affordable housing–Economics References Committee–to report by 26 June 2014

Beekeeping industry–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 26 March 2014

Childcare sector in Australia–Education and Employment References Committee–to report by 17 June 2014

Early childhood education and care–Education and Employment References Committee–to report by 17 June 2014

Fenthion–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 25 June 2014

Grass-fed cattle levies–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 28 March 2014

Public transport–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 27 March 2014 [a statement was made]

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979–Revision of the Act–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by 10 June 2014

Committee documents tabled

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

Statements of registrable interests and notifications of alterations lodged between 27 June and 10 December 2013–Senators’ Interests Committee

Establishment of a select committee

The Senate agreed to a motion to establish the Select Committee on School Funding–to report by 13 May 2014

Proposed establishment of a joint select committee

The Senate did not agree to a motion to establish the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform [statements were made]

Memberships

A message was received from the House of Representatives appointing members to the various joint committees

The Senate agreed to various changes in the appointment of members to committees

 

 

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]

Disallowance motions

Regulations disallowed

The Senate agreed to a motion to disallow the Aged Care Subsidies Amendment (Workforce Supplement) Determination 2013, made under the Aged Care Act 1997 [F2013L01749], and the Residential Care Subsidy Amendment (Workforce Supplement) Principle 2013, made under the Aged Care Act 1997 [F2013L01748]

Orders for the production of documents

Documents tabled

Documents were tabled in response to the following Senate orders–

 undetected boat arrival

 free trade agreements

Motion agreed to

Infrastructure Australia or the Infrastructure Coordinator to table documents relating to the WestConnex Motorway Project–no later than 2 January 2014

Documents tabled

 1 petition, and 2 petitioning documents

 Auditor-General–Audit report no. 11 of 2013-14

 Department of the Senate–Register of senior executive officers’ interests

 Government documents [Journals entries 52 to 54 refer]

 Response to a Senate resolution about the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme–from the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann) [resolution agreed to on 12 December 2013]

Documents discussed

Government documents, committee reports and government responses to committee reports were discussed

 

Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Proposed suspension of standing orders

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Abetz) to suspend standing orders to enable debate on a motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for today [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Health–Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme–Impacts of treaties–moved by Senator Di Natale

Indigenous Australians–Closing the Gap–Parliamentary consideration–moved by Senators O’Neill, Lines, McLucas, Pratt, Peris and Siewert

Taxation–Goods and services tax–Mobile home parks–moved by Senator Siewert

Transport–Qantas–moved by Senator Rhiannon

Motion negatived

Primary industries–Live animal exports–moved by Senators Siewert and Rhiannon

Motion debated

Administration–Abbott Government–moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) at the request of Senator Moore [first speaker]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals

End of sittings

Statements were made relating to the end of the 2013 spring sittings [first speaker]

 

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.

 

 

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