This week at a glance - 24 to 27 March 2014

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No. 16/2014

24 to 27 March 2014

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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:

24 March 2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2013-2014 [homepage]

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2013-2014 [homepage]

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2013-2014 [homepage]

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 [homepage]

Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 [consideration of message from the House of Representatives]

Tax Bonus for Working Australians Repeal Bill 2013 [homepage]

25 March 2014

Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]

Higher Education Support Amendment (Savings and Other Measures) Bill 2013 [homepage]

Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Increased Employment Participation) Bill 2014 [homepage]

26 March 2014

Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]

Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]

27 March 2014

Amending Acts 1901 to 1969 Repeal Bill 2014 [homepage]

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Classification Tools and Other Measures) Bill 2014 [homepage]

Defence Force Retirement Benefits Legislation Amendment (Fair Indexation) Bill 2014 [homepage]

G20 (Safety and Security) Complementary Bill 2014 [homepage]

Marriage (Celebrant Registration Charge) Bill 2014 [homepage]

Marriage Amendment (Celebrant Administration and Fees) Bill 2014 [homepage]

Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013 [homepage]

Migration Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]

Personal Property Securities Amendment (Deregulatory Measures) Bill 2014 [homepage]

Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Bill 2014 [homepage]

Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 1) 2014 [homepage]




Other government business

Debate on the address-in-reply to the Governor-General’s Opening Speech



Scheduled public committee hearings

Reports due to be tabled this week

24 March 2014

Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014–Economics Legislation Committee

26 March 2014

Care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychiatric symptons of dementia (BPSD)

Direct Action Plan–Environment and Communications References Committee

Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013–Economics Legislation Committee

Ticket scalping–Economics References Committee


27 March 2014

Australian Building and Construction Commission, including provisions of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 and any related bills–Education and Employment References Committee

Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2013–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Effectiveness of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy–Education and Employment References Committee

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013–Education and Employment References Committee

Operation Sovereign Borders–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Overseas aid–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Qantas jobs–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Speech pathology services–Community Affairs References Committee


Other business

Documents presented out of sitting to be tabled on 24 March 2014

Delegated legislation

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

Motions to disallow to be considered

27 March 2014

Migration Act 1958–Amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994 made by the Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrival) Regulation 2013, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2013 No. 280–notice given by Senator Hanson-Young [F2013L02104]



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