Senate Daily Summary - 19 June 2013

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No. 28/2013

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.30 pm


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

The following bill was debated

The following bill was passed

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013 [The bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion

To introduce bill

  • Constitution Alteration (Recognition of Marriage) 2013–notice given by Senator Madigan

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

  • Marriage Amendment (Celebrant Administration and Fees) Bill 2013 and the Marriage (Celebrant Registration Charge) Bill 2013–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee [report]
  • Student Identifiers Bill 2013–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee [report]

Other reports

  • 8th and 9th reports of 2013–Human Rights Joint Committee [a motion was moved to take note of the reports]
  • Auditor-General’s reports on Tasmanian forestry grants programs–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee [report]
  • House Committee
  • Sixth report and alert digest no. 6–Scrutiny of Bills Committee [a motion to take note of the reports was agreed to]

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised the following meetings to be held while the Senate is sitting:

  • Treaties Joint Committee–24 June 2013 from 10 am–private and public meetings


Notices of motion

To refer a matter to a committee

  • Performance of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission–Economics References Committee–to report by 31 March 2014–notice given by Senators Williams, Cameron and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

To extend reporting deadlines

  • Environment and Communications References Committee–protection of Australia’s threatened species and ecological communities–to report by 4 July 2013
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee–Biosecurity Bill 2012 [2013] and a related bill–to report by 27 November 2013
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–sports science in Australia–to report by 10 July 2013


The Senate agreed to the appointment of members to the DisabilityCare Australia Joint Select Committee

Message from the House of Representatives

A message was received from the House of Representatives agreeing to a Senate resolution varying the reporting date for the Broadcasting Legislation Joint Select Committee


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]

Documents tabled

Other business

Questions without notice–first question

Matters of public interest debate-first speaker

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Notice of motion withdrawn

Consideration of legislation–moved by the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins)

Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

Matter of public importance discussed

Administration–Local government referendum–proposed by Senator Fifield [first speaker]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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