This week at a glance - 13 to 15 May 2014

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No. 21/2014

13 to 15 May 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.


Budget 2014-15

On 13 May 2014 the Treasurer will make the Budget statement for 2014-15 in the House of Representatives. The statement and associated documents will subsequently be tabled in the Senate. Relevant documents will be referred to committees to examine during the estimates hearings from 26 May to 5 June 2014




Bills and related documents

Bills to be considered

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


13 May 2014

Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [homepage]

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [homepage]

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]

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

Migration Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]

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

14 May 2014

Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]

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

Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]

15 May 2014

Amending Acts 1901 to 1969 Repeal Bill 2014 [homepage]

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

Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage]

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]

Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]

Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Bill 2014 [homepage]

Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Bill 2014 [homepage]

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

Tax Bonus for Working Australians Repeal Bill 2013 [homepage]

Tax Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 1) Bill 2014 [homepage]

Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2013 [homepage]

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Submarine Cable Protection) Bill 2013 [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

13 May 2014

Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit Select Committee–Final report

Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2014–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Green Army Programme) Bill 2014–Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Technical and further education system–Education and Employment References Committee

14 May 2014

Departmental and agency contracts–Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill 2014–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

15 May 2014

Australian Federal Police–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Unexplained Wealth and Other Measures) Bill 2014–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area–Environment and Communications References Committee


Other business

Documents presented out of sitting to be tabled on 13 May 2014

Delegated legislation

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

Motion to disallow to be considered

15 May 2014

Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997–Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Export of Live-stock to Egypt) Repeal Order 2014, made under section 17 of the Act–notice given by Senator Rhiannon [F2014L00312]




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