Senate Daily Summary - 20 March 2012

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No. 18/2012

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

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The Senate met from 11.00 am until 11.12 pm


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R 18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 March 2012]
  • Insurance Contracts Amendment Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 March 2012]

The following bills were introduced, debated and passed

  • Road Safety Remuneration Bill 2012 and a related bill [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 March 2012] [The bills will now be assented to]

The following bills were passed

  • Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2012 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers and Offences) Bill 2012 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012 [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Bill 2011–6 Government amendments and 2 Government requests for amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the requests for amendments made by the Senate]
    Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Universal Service Reform) Bill 2011–1 Government amendment agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendment made by the Senate]
    Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Bill 2011 [The bill will now be assented to]


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports 


Reports on the 2011-12 additional estimates were tabled by 6 committees [a motion to take note of the reports was debated and agreed to – first speaker].

Reports tabled

  • Public Works Joint Committee–
    • 2nd report of 2012–Referrals made in November 2011: Construction of projects two and three of the Christmas Island New Housing Program; Proposed development and construction of housing for Defence at Ermington, Sydney [report] [a motion was moved to take note of the report]
    • 75th annual report [report] [a motion was moved to take note of the report]

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

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

  • Cyber Safety Joint Select Committee–9 May 2012 from 4.15 pm–public meeting
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–22 March 2012 from 10.30 am–public meeting–Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Japan and the Republic of Korea
  • Migration Joint Committee–9 May 2012 from 10.30 am–public meeting

Notices of motion to refer matters committees

  • Corporations Amendment (Phoenixing and Other Measures) Bill 2012–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 8 May 2012–notice given by Senator Cormann
  • Effect of the implementation of the marine bioregional parks policy on recreational and commercial fishing trawling and associated industries–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 9 June 2012–notice given by Senator Boswell


A message from the House of Representatives was reported advising that Mrs D’Ath had been appointed a participating member of the National Broadband Network Joint Committee.


Delegated legislation

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

  1. Clerk’s documents were tabled [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

Orders for the production of documents

Motion defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion requiring the tabling of a study by George Wilkenfeld and Associates, Updated scope 3 emissions factors for natural gas consumed in Australia, based on NGERS data.

Notice of motion

Senator Ludlam gave a notice of motion to require the Minister representing the Attorney-General (Senator Ludwig) to table information relating to a meeting involving internet service providers and representatives of the film, television and music industries–no later than noon on 22 March 2012.

Documents tabled

  • Auditor-General–Audit report no. 27 of 2011-12 [a motion to take note of the report was debated and agreed to – first speaker]

Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Personal explanation

Senator Brandis made a personal explanation relating to remarks made by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) during debate on the 150th report of the Privileges Committee on 19 March 2012.

A motion to suspend standing orders to allow Senator Bob Brown to make a statement on the matter was debated but not agreed to [first speaker]

Notices of motion

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

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