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This week at a glance - 27 February to 1 March 2012

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No. 06/2012

27 February to 1 March 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.

Legislation

For bills and related documents

Bills to be considered

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

27 February 2012

  • Broadcasting Services Amendment (Regional Commercial Radio) Bill 2011 [2012] [homepage]
  • National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 [homepage]
  • Nuclear Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 [homepage]

28 February 2012

  • Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Bill 2011 [homepage]
    Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Universal Service Reform) Bill 2011 [homepage]
    Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Bill 2011 [homepage]

29 February 2012

  • Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 [homepage]
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection Service and Other Measures) Bill 2011 [homepage]
    Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Tuition Protection Service) Bill 2011 [homepage]
    Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Bill 2011 [homepage]
  • Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2011 [2012] [homepage]
  • National Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [homepage]

1 March 2012

  • Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2011 [homepage]
  • Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 [homepage]
  • National Health Amendment (Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement Initiatives) Bill 2012 [homepage]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 9) Bill 2011 [homepage]

Source: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/parliamentary/index.cfm

Private senator's bill to be debated

On 22 November 2010 the Senate agreed to a temporary order allowing private senators’ bills to be considered on Thursdays. On 1 March 2012 the following bills are scheduled for debate:

  • Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010 [homepage]
  • Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2010 [homepage]

Committees

For scheduled public committee hearings click here

Reports due to be tabled this week

Reports on legislation

27 February 2012

  • Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection Service and Other Measures) Bill 2011 and 2 related bills–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee
  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Protecting Australia’s Water Resources) Bill 2011–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
  • Fair Work Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry) Bill 2011 [2012]–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee
  • Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
  • Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

29 February 2012

  • Air Navigation and Civil Aviation Amendment (Aircraft Crew) Bill 2011–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
  • Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2012–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee
  • Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Bill 2011 and a related bill–Community Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Qantas Sale Amendment (Still Call Australia Home) Bill 2011–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

1 March 2012

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Emergency Listings) Bill 2011–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Other reports

29 February 2012

  • Community Affairs References Committee–Commonwealth contribution to former forced adoption policies

1 March 2012

  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee–Higher education and skills training for agriculture and agribusiness
  • Finance and Public Administration References Committee–The operation of the Lobbying Code of Conduct and the Lobbyist Register

Proposed references

27 February 2012

  • Impacts of the coal seam gas industry–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 22 August 2012–notice given by Senator Waters

28 February 2012

  • Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 30 June 2012–notice given by Senator Di Natale

Other business

For a complete list of documents presented out of sitting to be tabled on 7 February 2012 click here.

Delegated legislation

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

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Online

The Senate Daily Summary is available at www.aph.gov.au/senate

It is issued by the Senate Table Office as a convenient summary of each day’s proceedings in the Senate. For a complete account see the official record, the Journals of the Senate.

Related resources

The Order of Business (or ‘Senate Red’) and the Dynamic Red (which updates the Order of Business throughout the sitting day) are also available on the Internet at www.aph.gov.au/senate

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Contact details

Inquiries, comments and suggestions:    
phone 6277 3021
e-mail: sds@aph.gov.au

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