Senate Daily Summary - 14 November 2013

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No. 39/2013

Thursday, 14 November 2013

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.03 pm

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bill considered

The following bill was exempted, introduced, debated and passed

  • Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2013–[Minister’s second reading speech] [first speaker]–1 Opposition amendment agreed to [on 14 November 2013 the House of Representatives considered the amendment made by the Senate and did not accept the amendment]

Notice of motion

To introduce a private senator’s bill

  • Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2013–notice given by Senator Hanson‑Young

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports 

Estimates

Additional information arising from estimates hearings was tabled

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 9 of 2013 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

  • Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 and a related bill–Education and Employment Legislation Committee–to report by 2 December 2013
  • Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 and related bills–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–to report by 2 December 2013
  • Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Above the Line Voting) Bill 2013–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–to report by the first sitting Wednesday in March 2014
  • Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013–Education and Employment Legislation Committee–to report by 2 December 2013
  • Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 2 December 2013
  • Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2013–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–to report by the first sitting Wednesday in March 2014

Other references

  • Australia Post–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–to report by 11 December 2013
  • Commonwealth procurement procedures–Finance and Public Administration References Committee–to report by the first sitting day in March 2014

Reports relating to inquiries of the 43rd Parliament

The Senate agreed to recommendations by various committees to readopt certain inquiries not disposed of at the end of the 43rd Parliament [entries 24 and 33 refers]

Proposed reference

The Senate did not agree to refer a matter relating to the interception of personal data to Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee [statements were made]

Notices of motion

To refer matters to committees

  • Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013 [provisions]–Education and Employment References Committee–to report by the last sitting day in March 2014–notice given by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)
  • Re-establishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission–Education and Employment References Committee–to report by the last sitting day in March 2014–notice given by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Establishment of a new select committee

National Broadband Network Select Committee–to report on or before 10 June 2014 [statements were made]

Memberships

The Senate agreed to changes to the membership of 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]

Orders for the production of documents

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered that documents relating to asylum seekers be tabled by 18 November 2013–motion of Senator Hanson-Young [statements were made]

Document tabled

Correspondence from the Assistant Treasurer (Senator Sinodinos) was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 13 November 2013 relating to a Reserve Bank of Australia Reserve Fund grant

Notice of motion given

Senator Di Natale relating to the East West Link project, to be tabled by 11 December 2013

Orders 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] [entries 35 and 39 refers]

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] [entries 36 and 40 refers]

Documents tabled

Department of Parliamentary Services–Report for 2012-13–Corrigendum

Department of the Senate–Travel expenditure; and travel allowance payment to senators and member for the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013

Documents considered

Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports were discussed

Ministerial statement tabled

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs (Senator Ronaldson) made and tabled a statement relating to the centenary of ANZAC [a motion to take note of the statement was debated and agreed to – first speaker]

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question
Adjournment debate–first speaker

Temporary order–consideration of private senators’ bills

The Senate agreed to a motion that the temporary order relating to the consideration of private senators’ bill continue to operate until 30 June 2014, with effect from 2 December 2013

Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

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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