This Week at a Glance - 18 to 21 March 2013

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No. 15/2013

18 to 21 March 2013

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On the first day of each sitting week the Senate Daily Summary outlines the business scheduled for consideration in the Senate. On subsequent days, it provides a convenient summary of the previous day’s proceedings in the Senate, with links to official Senate records.

Another document useful in tracking the business of the Senate is the Dynamic Red, which records proceedings in the Senate as they happen.


Bills and related documents

Bills to be considered

The Government has scheduled bills for debate this week, as follows:

18 March 2013

  • Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2012-2013 [homepage]
    Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2012-2013 [homepage]
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]
  • Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Improving Electoral Administration) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012 [homepage]
  • Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012 [homepage]

19 March 2013

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Royal Commissions Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 6) Bill 2012 [homepage]

20 March 2013

  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (News Media Diversity) Bill 2013 [homepage]
    News Media (Self-regulation) Bill 2013 [homepage]
    News Media (Self-regulation) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013 [homepage]
    Public Interest Media Advocate Bill 2013 [homepage]
    Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Convergence Review and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [homepage]
    Television Licence Fees Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]

21 March 2013

  • Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]
  • Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Finance) Bill 2013 [homepage]
  • Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Further Streamlining and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [homepage]


Private senators’ bills to be debated

On 22 November 2010 the Senate agreed to a temporary order allowing private senators’ bills to be considered on Thursdays. On 21 March 2013 the following bills are scheduled for debate:

  • Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Towards Transparency) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Migration Amendment (Reinstatement of Temporary Protection Visas) Bill 2013 [No. 2] [homepage]


Scheduled public committee hearings

Reports due to be tabled this week

Reports on legislation

18 March 2013

  • Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013–Community Affairs Legislation Committee and Economics Legislation Committee
  • Native Title Amendment Bill 2012–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Bill 2012–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

21 March 2013

  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Food Labelling) Bill 2012 (No. 2)–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Other report

19 March 2013

  • Legislation committees–2012-13 additional estimates

Proposed reference

18 March 2013

  • Tasmanian Forest Intergovernmental Agreement Contractors Voluntary Exit Grants Program–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 12 April 2013–notice given by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

Other business

Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

Motion to disallow to be considered

18 March 2013

  • Building Code 2013, made under subsection 27(1) of the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012–notice given by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz)


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Related resources

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