Senate Daily Summary - 20 November 2012

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No. 68/2012

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

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The Senate met from 11.00 am until 12.12 am, Wednesday, 21 November 2012


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was introduced

  • Migration Amendment (Special Protection Scheme for Afghan Coalition Employees) Bill 2012 [private senator’s bill] [introducing senator’s second reading speech]

The following bills were debated

  • Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012–second reading debate continued [first speaker]
  • Water Amendment (Long-term Average Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2012–second reading debate agreed to [first speaker] and committee of the whole commenced [further amendments remain to be considered]

The following bills were exempted from the cut-off order [to enable consideration in this period of sittings – 14 August to 29 November 2012]

  • Clean Energy Amendment (International Emissions Trading and Other Measures) Bill 2012 and 6 related bills
  • Corporations Legislation Amendment (Derivative Transactions) Bill 2012
  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious Drugs, Identity Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2012
  • Fair Entitlements Guarantee Bill 2012
  • Fair Work Amendment (Transfer of Business) Bill 2012
  • Freedom of Information Amendment (Parliamentary Budget Office) Bill 2012
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Streamlining and Other Measures) Bill 2012
  • National Health Security Amendment Bill 2012
  • Personal Liability for Corporate Fault Reform Bill 2012
  • Superannuation Laws Amendment (Capital Gains Tax Relief and Other Efficiency Measures) Bill 2012 and a related bill
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (New Zealand Arrangement) Bill 2012
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 5) Bill 2012
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Clean Building Managed Investment Trust) Bill 2012
  • Water Amendment (Long-term Average Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2012

Motion agreed to

The Senate debated and agreed to a motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for 20 November and 22 November 2012 to enable the Government’s legislative program to be considered [first speaker].

Notice of motion to introduce a private senator’s bill

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2012

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation


Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Law Enforcement Integrity Legislation Amendment Bill 2012–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee [report]

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee report

The Senate adopted report no. 15 of 2012 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and referred the National Gambling Reform Bill 2012 and 2 related bills to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee to report by 27 November 2012 [first speaker in debate on motion to adopt the report]

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

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

  • Economics Legislation Committee–26 November 2012 from 6.30 pm–public meeting–2012-13 supplementary budget estimates
  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee–21 November 2012 from 4.00 pm–public meeting–Fair Work Amendment Bill 2012
  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–22 November 2012 from 1.00 pm–private meeting
  • Environment and Communications References Committee–21 November 2012 from 3.00 pm, and 22 November 2012 from 1.05 pm–private meetings
  • Gambling Reform Joint Select Committee–21 November 2012 from noon–private meeting
  • Law Enforcement Joint Committee–20 November 2012 from 5.30 pm–public meeting–Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Bill 2012

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Economics Legislation Committee–Minerals Resource Rent Tax Amendment (Protecting Revenue) Bill 2012–to report by 21 March 2013
  • Gambling Reform Joint Select Committee–Anti-Money Laundering Amendment (Gaming Machine Venues) Bill 2012–to report by 28 March 2013
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–
    • Courts and Tribunals Legislation Amendment (Administration) Bill 2012–to report by 25 February 2013
    • Migration Amendment (Health Care for Asylum Seekers) Bill 2012–to report by 7 December 2012
    • Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012–to report by 25 February 2013
    • Migration and Security Legislation Amendment (Review of Security Assessments) Bill 2012–to report by 12 March 2013
    • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee–Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Food Labelling) Bill 2012–to report by 21 March 2013
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–Aviation accident investigation–to report by 27 February 2013

Notices of motion to refer matters to committees

  • Exposure draft and explanatory notes of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 18 February 2013–notice given by the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins)
  • Unauthorised disclosure of a draft report of the Electricity Prices Select Committee–Privileges Committee–notice given by Senator Thistlethwaite [the President made a statement]


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]

Notice of motion to disallow given

Senator Hanson-Young gave a notice of motion to disallow the Migration Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 5), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2012 No. 230 and made under the Migration Act 1958 [homepage].

Orders for the production of documents

Notice of motion

Senator Ludlam gave a notice of motion to require the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy to table a map of the location of the proposed alternative site for a nuclear waste dump–no later than noon on 26 November 2012.

Documents tabled

Other business

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

Motion 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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