Senate Daily Summary - 27 June 2012

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No. 35/2012

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 8.00 pm


Senator Whish-Wilson gave his first speech .


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Contribution Amounts and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 27 June 2012]
  • Legislative Instruments Amendment (Sunsetting Measures) Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 26 June 2012]
  • Statute Stocktake (Appropriations) Bill (No. 1) 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 27 June 2012]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Investment Manager Regime) Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 27 June 2012]

The following bill was introduced, debated and passed

  1. Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2012 [first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]

The following bills were passed

  • Paid Parental Leave and Other Legislation Amendment (Dad and Partner Pay and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill 2012 [first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 2) Bill 2012
    Pay As You Go Withholding Non-compliance Tax Bill 2012
    [first speaker] [The bills will now be assented to]

Motion debated

The Senate debated a motion to exempt the Tax Laws Amendment (Managed Investment Trust Withholding Tax) Bill 2012 from the cut-off order [to enable consideration in this period of sittings – 18 to 28 June 2012] [first speaker].

Notice of motion to introduce a private senator’s bill

  • Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Excessive Noise from Wind Farms) Bill 2012–notice given by Senators Madigan and Xenophon

Message from the House of Representatives reported

  • National Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2010–agreeing to the amendments made by the Senate to the bill [The bill will now be assented to]


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports 

Reports tabled

  • Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–Performance of the Department of Parliamentary Services–Interim report [report] [reporting date for the final report set for 28 November 2012] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–Alert Digest No. 7 and 7th report of 2012 [contains assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]
  • Treaties Joint Committee–126th report–Treaty tabled on 21 November 2011 [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]

Report considered

  • Procedure Committee–First report of 2012 [a motion to adopt recommendations of the report was agreed to – first speaker]

Government responses tabled

  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee–Primary schools for the 21st Century Program
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–Investment of Commonwealth and state funds in public passenger transport infrastructure and services
  • Schedule of government responses outstanding to parliamentary committee reports–tabled by the President of the Senate on 25 November 2011

Proposed establishment of a committee

The Senate did not agree to establish a joint select committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme [proposed terms of reference].

Reporting date extended

The Senate extended the reporting date of the Australia’s Food Processing Sector Select Committee to 16 August 2012.

Notice of motion to refer a matter to a committee

  • Aid to Afghanistan–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by 31 December 2012–notice given by Senator Rhiannon


The Senate agreed to various changes to the membership of committees.


Delegated legislation

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

  • A Clerk’s document was tabled [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

Orders for the production of documents

Notices of motion

The following notices of motion were given requiring Ministers to table documents:

  • The Minister representing the Minister for Health (Senator Ludwig) to table information on Government actions relating to the effects of wind farms on human health–no later than noon on 14 August 2012–notice given by Senators Madigan and Back
  • The Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Senator Conroy) to table documents relating to the discharge of Queensland Government departments’ responsibilities arising under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 2001–no later than 14 August 2012–notice given by Senator Waters

Documents tabled

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

Temporary chair of committees

A warrant was tabled nominating Senator Sinodinos as a temporary chair of committees.

Death of former member

The President informed the Senate of the death, on 26 June 2012, of Dr Harold Raymond Edwards, a member of the House of Representatives for the division of Berowra, from 1972 to 1993.

Personal explanation

The Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Bob Carr) made a personal explanation relating to the ministerial code of conduct and his appointment as a minister.

Notices of motion

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

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