Senate Daily Summary - 28 June 2013

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No. 35/2013

Friday, 28 June 2013

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 3.37 pm


Bills and related documents 

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Grape and Wine Legislation Amendment (Australian Grape and Wine Authority) Bill 2013 and 2 related bills [passed by the House of Representatives on 25 June 2013] [Minister’s second reading speeches]
  • Homelessness Bill 2013 and a related bill [passed by the House of Representatives on 24 June 2013] [Minister’s second reading speeches]
  • Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2013 [passed by the House of Representatives on 25 June 2013] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 and 2 related bills [passed by the House of Representatives on 26 2013] [Minister’s second reading speeches]

The following bills were introduced, debated and passed

The following bills were passed

  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 [first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2013-2014 and 2 related bills [first speaker] [These bills will now be assented to]
  • Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 [first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Asian Century) Bill 2013 [first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Bill 2013 [first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Social Security Amendment (Supporting More Australians into Work) Bill 2013 [first speaker] [This bill will now be assented to]
  • Sugar Research and Development Services Bill 2013 and 2 related bills [first speaker] [These bills will now be assented to]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2013 Measures No. 1) Bill 2013 and 2 related bills [first speaker] [These bills will now be assented to]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Fairer Taxation of Excess Concessional Contributions) Bill 2013 and a related bill [first speaker] [These bills will now be assented to]

Motion agreed to

  • The Senate agreed to a motion to vary the routine of business for 28 June 2013 to enable the Government’s legislative program to be considered

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate


Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Annual report 2012-13–Appropriations and Staffing Committee [report]
  • Financial sector reform in China–Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee [report]
  • National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee–
    • Provision of amenity within the Parliamentary Triangle [report]
    • Visit to the Indian Ocean Territories, 21 to 25 October 2012 [report]

Committee documents tabled

  • Australia’s overseas development programs in Afghanistan–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–Additional information
  • Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (New Mandate and Other Measures) Bill 2013–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–Additional information
  • Government’s response to the President’s report on government responses outstanding to parliamentary committee reports

Notice of motion to refer a matter to a committee

  • Current funding for Australian universities and its effects on the quality of Australian higher education–Economics References Committee–to report by 28 November 2013–notice given by Senator Rhiannon

Motion debated

The Senate debated a proposed amendment to standing order 18 relating to the membership of the Privileges Committee [first speaker]


The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership


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

  • Reports of Australian parliamentary delegations to–
    • 126th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Kampala, Uganda and bilateral visits to Kazakhstan and Hungary, 28 March to 21 April 2012
    • 127th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Quebec City, Canada and a bilateral visit to Argentina, 13 to 28 October 2012
    • 128th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Quito, Ecuador and a bilateral visit to Paraguay, 21 March to 7 April 2013
    • Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia, 7 to 19 April 2013
  • Department of Defence–Special purpose flights–Schedule for the period 1 July to 31 December 2012
  • Department of the Senate–Register of Senate senior executive officers’ interests lodged between 28 November 2012 and 26 June 2013

Other business

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Notices of motion

The notice of motion given today is available in the Senate Journals

End of sittings

Statements were made relating to the end of the 2013 winter sittings [first speaker]


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