Senate Daily Summary - 17 September 2012

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No. 52/2012

Monday, 17 September 2012

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The Senate met from 10.00 am until 10.31 pm


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following private senator’s bill was introduced

  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Food Labelling) Bill 2012 [private senator’s bill] [introducing senator’s second reading speech]

The following bill was introduced, exempted from the cut-off order and debated

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Declared Commercial Fishing Activities) Bill 2012–second reading debate commenced–1 Opposition second reading amendment to be determined [passed by the House of Representatives on 13 September 2012] [first speaker in the debate on the motion to exempt the bill from the cut-off order, to enable debate during this period of sittings] [first speaker in second reading debate]

The following bill was also debated

  • Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

Bills assented to

to a number of laws was reported in the Senate.

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation


Scheduled public committee hearings 
Committee reports

Reports tabled

Report on legislation

  • Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Excessive Noise from Wind Farms) Bill 2012–Economics Legislation Committee [report]

Other report

  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–Review of the Defence annual report 2010-2011 [report] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]

Notices of motion to extend reporting deadlines

  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee–
    • Protecting Local Jobs (Regulating Enterprise Migration Agreements) Bill 2012–to report by the first sitting day in March 2013
    • Fair Work Amendment (Small Business—Penalty Rates Exemption) Bill 2012–to report by the first sitting day in March 2012
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Detention of minors–to report by 4 October 2012


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]

Orders for the production of documents

Motions agreed to

The Senate agreed to the following orders:

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet

A letter of advice for the Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport Portfolio was tabled [Letters of advice about certain contracts valued at $100 000 or more entered into by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statements of compliance for the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Treasury portfolio were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Other business

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

Motion negatived

Matter of public importance discussed

Personal explanation

Senator Rhiannon made a personal explanation relating to articles in the Australian on 13 and 14 September 2012 and comments made by Senator Sinodinos concerning anti-Semitism.

Notices of motion

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

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