Senate Daily Summary Tuesday, 16 March 2010

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm until 10.20 pm

For bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Recreational Fishing for Mako and Porbeagle Sharks) Bill 2010
  • Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care) Bill 2010
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (FEE-HELP Loan Fee) Bill 2010
  • Trans-Tasman Proceedings Bill 2009 and a related bill

[passed by the House of Representatives on 15 March 2010]

The following bills were debated

  • Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill 2009–second reading agreed to [first speaker ] and committee of the whole commenced–22 Government amendments agreed to and 1 Division; 1 section and 28 items negatived and 6 Government amendments to be determined [further amendments remain to be considered]

The following bills were passed

  • Health Legislation Amendment (Midwives and Nurse Practitioners) Bill 2009–4 Government amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Bill 2009 and the Midwife Professional Indemnity (Run-off Cover Support Payment) Bill 2009 [These bills will now be assented to]

Notice of motion to introduce a private senator’s bill

  • Water (Crisis Powers and Floodwater Diversion) Bill 2010–notice given by Senator Xenophon

Bill assented to

Assent to a law was reported in the Senate

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation


For scheduled public committee hearings

For committee reports

Reports tabled

Report on legislation

  • Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill 2009 and the Information Commissioner Bill 2009–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Other reports

  • Treaties Joint Committee–110th Report–Treaties tabled 18, 25 [2] and 26 November 2009 and 2 [2] February 2010 [a motion to take note of the statement was agreed to]

Documents tabled

  • Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009 and other bills–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Additional information and correction to the report
  • Treaties Joint Committee–106th report–Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament–Presiding Officers’ response [a motion to take note of the response was agreed to]

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

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

  • Australian Crime Commission Joint Committee–16 March 2010 from 4.30 pm–Private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1)
  • Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee–17 March 2010–In camera hearing

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–
    • Health Practitioner Regulation (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2010–to report by 11 May 2010
    • Poker Machine (Reduced Losses—Interim Measures) Bill 2009 and a related bill–to report by 30 June 2010
  • Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee–
    • Australia Post’s treatment of injured and ill workers–to report by 12 May 2010
    • Energy Efficient Homes Package–to report by 6 May 2010

Notices of motion given

To establish a select committee

  • Reform of the Australian Federation Select Committee–to report by 24 August 2010–notice given by Senator Payne

To refer matters to a committee

  • Matters relating to the Church of Scientology–Economics References Committee–to report by 24 June 2010–notice given by Senator Xenophon


The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership [see Journals entries nos 25 and 31].

Messages from the House of Representatives were reported:

  • advising that Mr Melham was appointed to the Parliamentary Library Joint Committee
  • agreeing to the amendment made by the Senate relating to the appointment of the Cyber-Safety 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]

Orders for the production of documents

Notices of motion given

The following notices of motion were given requiring Ministers to table documents:

  • Documents relating to the home insulation program–by 12.00 pm on 18 March 2010–moved by Senators Cormann and Birmingham
  • Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) to table the interim report of the National Broadband Network Implementation Study by 9.30 am on 18 March 2010–notice given by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin)
  • Minister representing the Attorney-General (Senator Wong) to table the Government’s response to the National Human Rights Consultation report by 4.00 pm on 11 May 2010–notice given by Senator Hanson-Young

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

A statement of compliance for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations was tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled

  • Government documents
  • Parliamentary zone–proposal and documentation to construct a vehicle storage facility near the loading dock in the Parliament House precinct. A notice of motion was given to approve the proposal.

Ministerial statement tabled

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Evans) tabled a ministerial statement on the Asia-Pacific conference on aviation security in Tokyo, Japan [a motion to take note of the statement was agreed to].

Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals.

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