This week at a glance - 7 to 9 February 2012

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No. 01/2012

7 to 9 February 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.


On 7 February 2012 the Senate will pay tribute to the memory of the Right Honourable Sir Zelman Cowen, AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC, former Governor-General of Australia with a motion of condolence.


For bills and related documents

Bills to be considered

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

7 February 2012

  • Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP and Other Measures) Bill 2011 [homepage]
  • Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2011 [homepage]
  • Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Amendment Bill 2010 [homepage]

8 February 2012

  • National Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 [homepage]
  • National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 [homepage]
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Significant Incident Directions) Bill 2011 [homepage]

9 February 2012

  • Broadcasting Services Amendment (Regional Commercial Radio) Bill 2011 [homepage]
  • National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 [homepage]
  • Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 [homepage]


Private senator's bill to be debated

On 22 November 2010 the Senate agreed to a temporary order providing for the consideration of private senators’ bills on Thursdays. On 9 February 2012 the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bioregional Plans) Bill 2011 is scheduled for debate [homepage].


For scheduled public committee hearings click here

Report due to be tabled this week

8 February 2012

  • Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011–Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Proposed references

7 February 2012

  • Possible improper relation between Senator Boswell and Metcash–Privileges Committee–notice given by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)

8 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.

Dissent from ruling

A motion moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) objecting to a ruling of the President on 25 November 2011 (that the motion to refer a matter to the Privileges Committee not be given precedence) is due to be debated on 7 February 2012.

Delegated legislation

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

Motion to disallow to be considered

8 February 2012

  • Health Insurance (Allied Health Services) Amendment Determination 2011 (No. 2), made under subsection 3C(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973 [homepage]–notice given by Senator Wright

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