Senate Daily Summary - 26 June 2013

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No. 33/2013

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.59 pm


Senator Lines gave her first speech

Senators Humphries and the Leader of the Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce) gave valedictory speeches, and a series of speeches were given recognising their contribution to Parliament


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was introduced

  • Overseas Aid (Millennium Development Goals) Bill 2013 [private senator’s bill]

The following bills were passed

  • Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 and 4 related bills [first speaker] [in respect of the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013–30 Government and 4 Australian Greens amendments agreed to] [These amendments will now be considered by the House of Representatives]
  • Australian Education Bill 2013 and a related bill [first speaker] [These bills will now be assented to]
  • Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2013 and a related bill [first speaker] [These bills will now be assented to]

Notices of motion

To introduce bills

  • Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2013–notice given by Senator Hanson-Young
  • Marine Engineers Qualifications Bill 2013–notice given by Senator Williams
  • Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013–notice given by Senator Xenophon


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled

Reports on legislation

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [report]
  • Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Bill 2013 [report]

Other report

Foreign Investment and the National Interest–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee [report] [a motion was moved to take note of the report]

Notices of motion

To refer matters to committees

  • Impacts of imposing, on Telstra Corporation Limited, a carrier licence condition–Environment and Communications References Committee–to report by 19 July 2013–notice given by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy)
  • Operation and effectiveness of customs functions within the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by 30 September 2013–notice given by Senator Humphries

To establish a select committee

Cyber Safety Select Committee–to report by 13 September 2013–notice given by the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins)


Delegated legislation

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

Notices of intention to withdraw notices

Senator Fifield gave notices of intention to withdraw notices to disallow the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Regulation 2013 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 1), as contained in Select Legislative Instruments 2013 Nos 22 and 23 and made under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2013

Orders for the production of documents

Motion agreed to

The Senate agreed that the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport table a report by the National Transport Commission on road rules and vehicle standards–no later than noon on 27 June 2013 [a statement was made]

Documents tabled

Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Statements by the President

Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

Notices of motion withdrawn

Senator Madigan withdrew various notices of motion relating to the introduction of bills

Proposed suspension of standing orders

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by Senator Mason to suspend standing orders to enable debate on a motion relating to the Australian Education Bill 2013 and a related bill

Question on notice–Failure to provide answer

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Senator Conroy) why an answer had not been provided to a question on notice relating to the Mangles Bay Marina project in Western Australia. Senator Conroy indicated that an explanation would be provided. A motion moved by Senator Ludlam to take note of the explanation was debated and agreed to

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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