Senate Daily Summary - 21 August 2012

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No. 43/2012

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm until 9.12 pm


Bills and related documents
Bills considered

The following bill was debated

The following bill was passed

  • Criminal Code Amendment (Cluster Munitions Prohibition) Bill 2010 [The bill will now be assented to]

Bill assented to

Assent to the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Act 2012 was reported in the Senate.


Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–Statutory oversight of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission [report]
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–More than just talk: Australia’s human rights dialogues with China and Vietnam [report]
  • Public Works Joint Committee–4th report of 2012–Referrals made May 2012: Proposed integrated fit-out of new leased premises for the Australian Taxation Office at the site known as 913 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, Victoria; Proposed development and construction of housing for Defence members and their families at Lindfield, NSW; Proposed development and construction of housing for Defence members and their families at Weston Creek, ACT [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–22 August and 12 September 2012 from 4.15 pm–public meetings–Cyber-safety for senior Australians
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–12 September 2012 from 11.00 am, and 19 September 2012 from 11.00 am to 12.15 pm–private meetings, followed by public meetings–Review of the Auditor-General’s audit reports
  • Treaties Joint Committee–10 and 17 September 2012 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm–public meetings–Review of tabled treaties

Notices of motion

To refer a matter to a committee

  • Social determinants of health–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 27 March 2013–notice given by the Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert)

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–11 September 2012 from 12.30 pm–private meeting
  • Economics Legislation Committee–23 August 2012 from 3.30 pm–private meeting

To extend a reporting deadline

  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee–Allowance payment system–to report by 29 November 2012


A message from the House of Representatives was reported advising that Mrs Griggs would replace Mr Secker on the National Capital and External Territories Joint 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]

Documents tabled

  • 2 petitions
  • Auditor-General–Audit report no. 1 of 2012-13
  • Australian parliamentary delegation–European Parliament and institutions, and bilateral visit to Israel–20 April to 4 May 2012–Report
  • Government documents

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question
Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Matter of public importance discussed

Notices of motion

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

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