Senate Daily Summary - 20 June 2012

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No. 29/2012

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.59 pm


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Australian Citizenship Amendment (Defence Families) Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 June 2012]
  • Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 June 2012]
  • Navigation Bill 2012
  • Navigation (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012
    Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Bill 2012
    Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012
    [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 June 2012]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Cross-Border Transfer Pricing) Bill (No. 1) 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 June 2012]
  • Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Amendment (Scheme Enhancements) Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 June 2012]

The following bills were debated

  • Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Maintaining Address) Bill 2011 and a related bill–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were passed

  • Corporations Amendment (Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2012–8 Government amendments agreed to
    Corporations Amendment (Further Future of Financial Advice Measures) Bill 2012–10 Government amendments agreed to
    [first speaker] [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • National Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2010–2 Opposition and 5 Australian Greens amendments agreed to [first speaker] [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2012 [first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2012 [The bill will now be assented to]

See Committees for details of reports relating to legislation


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports 

Reports tabled

Report on legislation

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee [report]

Other reports

  • Human Rights Joint Committee–Statement–Report on Committee’s activities [a motion was moved to take note of the report]
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–Alert Digest No. 6 and 6th report of 2012 [contains assessments of bills on civil liberties and related grounds]

Documents tabled

  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–
    • Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (National Children’s Commissioner) Bill 2012–Additional information
    • Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill 2012–Additional information

New inquiry

The Senate referred matters relating to fresh pineapple imports to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee to report by 10 October 2012.

Proposed reference

The Senate did not agree to refer the matters relating to the marine bioregional parks policy to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee.

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

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

  • Economics Legislation Committee–20 June 2012–private meeting
  • Gambling Reform Joint Select Committee–26 June 2012 from 4.00 pm–public meeting, followed by a private meeting–Prevention and treatment of problem gambling
  • National Broadband Network Joint Committee–26 June 2012 from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm–public meeting–Review of the rollout of the NBN
  • National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee–27 June 2012 from 12.30 pm to 1.45 pm–public meeting–Review of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities annual report 2010-11

Notices of motion

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Australia’s Food Processing Sector Select Committee–25 June 2012 from 4.00 pm and 27 June 2012 from 11.30 am–private meetings
  • Community Affairs Legislation and References Committees–26 June 2012 from 12.30 pm–private meetings
  • Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–
    • 22 June 2012 from 9.30 am–public meeting
    • 28 June 2012 from 10.00 am–private meeting
  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee–22 June 2012 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm–public meeting–Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2012
  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–21 June 2012 from 1.00 pm–private meeting
  • Human Rights Joint Committee–21 June 2012 from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm–public meeting
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–15 August and 22 August 2012 from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm–private meetings, followed by private briefings

To extend reporting deadlines

  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–
    • Management of the Murray-Darling Basin–to report by 12 September 2012
    • Foreign Investment Review Board national interest test–to report by 12 September 2012


Delegated legislation

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

Orders for the production of documents

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency grants
A letter of advice for the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio was tabled [Lists of all grants approved are required to be tabled 7 days before the commencement of budget, supplementary budget and additional estimates hearings]

Documents tabled

  • Auditor-General–Audit reports nos 45 and 46 of 2011-12
  • Government documents
  • Response to a Senate resolution on access to official portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II under the Constituents’ Request Program–from the Special Minister of State (Mr Gray) [resolution agreed to on 22 March 2012]

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question

Matters of public interest debate–first speaker

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Matter of public importance discussed

Notices of motion

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

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