This week at a glance - 20 to 23 August 2012

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 No. 41/2012

20 to 23 August 2012

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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:

20 August 2012

  • Broadcasting Services Amendment (Anti-siphoning) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Consumer Credit Legislation Amendment (Enhancements) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Criminal Code Amendment (Cluster Munitions Prohibition) Bill 2010 [homepage]
  • Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 [homepage]
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Contribution Amounts and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Cross-Border Transfer Pricing) Bill (No. 1) 2012 [homepage]

21 August 2012

  • Corporations Legislation Amendment (Financial Reporting Panel) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012 [homepage]

22 August 2012

  • Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012 [homepage]
  • Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Improvements) Bill (No. 2) 2011 [homepage]
    Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Improvements) Bill (No. 2) 2012 [homepage]
    Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012 [homepage]
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Judges and Governors-General Legislation Amendment (Family Law) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Fair Incentives to Work) Bill 2012 [homepage]

23 August 2012

  • Access to Justice (Federal Jurisdiction) Amendment Bill 2011 [homepage]
  • Australian Citizenship Amendment (Defence Families) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Legislative Instruments Amendment (Sunsetting Measures) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Migration (Visa Evidence) Charge Bill 2012 [homepage]
    Migration (Visa Evidence) Charge (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Navigation Bill 2012 [homepage]
    Navigation (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012 [homepage]
    Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Bill 2012 [homepage]
    Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Statute Stocktake (Appropriations) Bill (No. 1) 2012 [homepage]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Investment Manager Regime) Bill 2012 [homepage]


Private senators’ bills to be debated

On 22 November 2010 the Senate agreed to a temporary order allowing private senators’ bills to be considered on Thursdays. On 23 August 2012 the following bills are scheduled for debate:

  • Health Insurance (Dental Services) Bill 2012 [No. 2] [homepage]
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bioregional Plans) Bill 2011 [homepage]


Scheduled public committee hearings

Reports due to be tabled this week

Reports on legislation

22 August 2012

  • Government Investment Funds Amendment (Ethical Investments) Bill 2011–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee
  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Fair Incentives to Work) Bill 2012–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee

Other reports

22 August 2012

  • Community Affairs References Committee–Health services and medical professionals in rural areas

23 August 2012

  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–Procurement procedures for defence capital projects

Proposed reference

20 August 2012

Other business

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

Motion to disallow to be considered
20 August 2012

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