Senate Daily Summary - 13 November 2013

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No. 38/2013

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.50 pm

Opening of 44th Parliament

Senators Seselja and Peris gave their first speeches




Bills and related documents 

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

Australian Capital Territory Water Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 [Senate bill] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Above the Line Voting) Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill]

Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2013 [Senate bill] [Minister’s second reading speech]

National Integrity Commission Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill]

Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill]

The following bills were restored to the Notice Paper

Fair Trade (Workers’ Rights) Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill]

Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill]

Notices of motion

To exempt the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2013 from the cut-off order [to enable consideration this period of sittings]

Relating to the temporary order for the consideration of private senators’ bills on Thursday

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation


Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports


The Senate agreed to motions–

amending standing order 25(1) (committee name changes) and allocating portfolios to committees

establishing committee groupings and dates for supplementary budget estimates hearings

for lodging notice of matters relating to the supplementary budget estimates hearing

relating to the appearance of the President of the Fair Work Commission at estimates hearings of the Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Proposed references                         

The Senate debated but did not agree to refer the following matters to Environment and Communications References Committee–

Direct Action Plan [first speaker]

Repeal of the carbon tax [first speaker]

Notices of motion

To refer matters to committees

Current ratio of Australian goods and services versus imported goods and services utilised by the Commonwealth–Finance and Public Administration References Committee–to report by the first sitting day in March 2014–notice given by Senators Madigan and Xenophon

Legislative proposals to reform the Senate voting system–Electoral Matters Joint Committee–to report by the last day of sitting in March 2014–notice given by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

Ownership arrangements of grain handling in Australia–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 13 December 2013–notice given by Senator Siewert

Performance, importance and role of Australia Post–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–to report by 11 December 2013–notice given by Senator Xenophon

To establish a select committee

National Broadband Network Select Committee–to report by 10 June 2014–notice given by Senators Ludlum and Lundy


The Senate agreed to the appointment of members to committees



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]

Orders for the production of documents

Notice of motion given

Senator Whish-Wilson relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership plurilateral free trade agreement, to be tabled by 5 December 2013

Motions agreed to

The Senate ordered that documents relating to the:

Order with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

Letters of advice for various portfolios and agencies 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]

Documents tabled

 Government documents [and considered]


Other business

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

Matters of public interest debate–first speaker

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Days of meeting

The Senate agreed to a motion establishing the sitting days for the remainder of 2013

Temporary order–question time

The Senate agreed to a motion that the modified rules for question time continue to operate until 30 June 2014

Motions agreed to

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

Health–World Sight Day–moved by Senator Rhiannon

Women–International Day of the Girl Child–moved by Senators Rhiannon, Moore and Cash

Motions negatived

Primary Industries–Proposed acquisition of GrainCorp–moved by Senator Siewert [a statement was made]

Environment–Queensland–Abbot Point–moved by Senator Waters [a statement was made]


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

First speeches

The Senate agreed to a motion establishing dates for new senators to make their first speeches

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals



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