Senate Daily Summary - 26 November 2012

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No. 72/2012

Monday, 26 November 2012

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The Senate met from 10.00 am until 10.30 pm

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills considered


The following bill was introduced

  • Restoring Territory Rights (Voluntary Euthanasia Legislation) Bill 2012 [private senator’s bill] [introducing senator’s second reading speech]

The following bills were passed

  • Clean Energy Amendment (International Emissions Trading and Other Measures) Bill 2012 and 6 related bills [first speaker in second reading debate] [These bills will now be assented to]
  • Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2012 [first speaker in second reading debate] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Fair Entitlements Guarantee Bill 2012 [first speaker in second reading debate] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Fair Work Amendment (Transfer of Business) Bill 2012–19 Government amendments agreed to [first speaker in second reading debate] [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Notices of motion

To introduce private senators’ bills

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Retaining Federal Approval Powers) Bill 2012–notice given by Senator Waters
  • Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Towards Transparency) Bill 2012–notice given by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz)
  • Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill 2012–notice given by the President (Senator Hogg)
  • Water Amendment (Save the Murray-Darling Basin) Bill 2012–notice given by Senator Hanson-Young

To exempt bills from the cut-off order [to enable consideration this period of sittings – 14 August to 29 November 2012]

  • Customs Amendment (Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2012 and a related bill [a statement of reasons for exemption of the bills from the cut-off order was tabled]
  • Fair Work Amendment Bill 2012
    National Gambling Reform Bill 2012 and 2 related bills
    Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Further MySuper and Transparency Measures) Bill 2012
    Treasury Legislation Amendment (Unclaimed Money and Other Measures) Bill 2012
    Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Bill 2012
    [statements of reasons for exemption of the bills from the cut-off order were tabled]
  • Law Enforcement Integrity Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 [a statement of reasons for exemption of the bill from the cut-off order was tabled]

To vary the hours of meeting and routine of business

A notice was given by the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins) to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for 27 November and 29 November 2012 and the routine of business for 28 November 2012 to enable the Government’s legislative program to be considered.

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings 

Committee reports


Reports tabled


Reports on legislation

  • Fair Work Amendment Bill 2012–Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee [report]
  • National Gambling Reform Bill 2012 and 2 related bills–Gambling Reform Joint Select Committee [report]

Other report

  • Appropriations and Staffing Committee–54th report–A governance structure for parliamentary ICT services [report] [a notice of motion was given for the adoption of a recommendation contained in the report]

New inquiry
The Senate referred matters relating to justice reinvestment to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee to report by 16 May 2013.

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

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

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–26 November 2012 from 4.15 pm, and 29 November 2012, from 4.30 pm–private meetings
  • Economics References Committee–27 November 2012 from 3.30 pm–private meeting
  • Finance and Public Administration References Committee–27 November 2012 from 1.45 pm–private meting

Notice of motion to extend a reporting deadline

  • Senators’ Interests Committee–Draft code of conduct for senators–to report by 29 November 2012

Documents

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, including Governor-General’s Proclamations]

Notices of motion to disallow given

  • Basin Plan 2012, made under Part 2 of the Water Act 2007 [homepage]–notice given by Senator Hanson‑Young
  • Item [1] of Schedule 1 to the National Health (Weighted average disclosed price – interim supplementary disclosure cycle) Amendment Determination 2012 (No. 2) [PB98 of 2012] made under subsection 99ADB(4) of the National Health Act 195 [homepage]–notice given by Senator Xenophon

Documents tabled

  • Australian parliamentary delegation–33rd ASEAN Inter–Parliamentary Assembly, Lombok, Indonesia, 16 September to 22 September 2012–Report [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]
  • Parliamentary zone–Various proposals and supporting documentation [A notice of motion was given to approve the proposals]

Other business

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

Motions agreed to

Matter of public importance discussed

Death of former member

The President informed the Senate of the death, on 19 November 2012, of the Honourable Joseph Martin (Joe) Riordan, AO, a former minister and member of the House of Representatives for the division of Phillip from 1972 to 1975. A motion moved by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Evans) was carried [first speaker].

Notices of motion


Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals [see Journals entries 10, 22, 23 and 29].

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