Senate Daily Summary - 20 August 2012

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No. 42/2012

Monday, 20 August 2012

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The Senate met from 10.00 am until 10.30 pm


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

  • Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 August 2012]
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 16 August 2012]
  • Maritime Powers Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 20 August 2012]
    Maritime Powers (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012 [passed by the House of Representatives on 20 August 2012]

The following bill was debated

  • Criminal Code Amendment (Cluster Munitions Prohibition) Bill 2010–second reading agreed to [first speaker]–committee of the whole commenced

The following bills were passed

  • Consumer Credit Legislation Amendment (Enhancements) Bill 2012 [first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Contribution Amounts and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Cross-Border Transfer Pricing) Bill (No. 1) 2012 [first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]


Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports

Meeting during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee to hold a private meeting during the sitting of the Senate on 20 August 2012 from 8.00 pm.

Reporting date extended

The Senate extended the reporting date for the inquiry of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee into the Maritime Powers Bill 2012 and a related bill to 12 September 2012.

Notices of motion to hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Cyber Safety Joint Select Committee–22 August and 12 September 2012 from 4.15 pm–public meetings–Cyber-safety for senior Australians
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–12 September 2012 from 11.00 am, and 19 September 2012 from 11.00 am to 12.15 pm–private meetings, followed by public meetings–Review of the Auditor-General’s audit reports
  • Treaties Joint Committee–10 and 17 September 2012 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm–public meetings–Review of tabled treaties


The Senate agreed that Senator Edwards be discharged from and Senator Smith be appointed to the Human Rights Joint Committee.


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

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet
Letters of advice for the Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and Finance and Deregulation portfolios were 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]

Document tabled

  • Response to a Senate resolution about women’s suffrage in Australia–from the Clerk of the Senate (Dr Rosemary Laing) [resolution agreed to on 25 June 2012]

Ministerial statements tabled

The Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water (Senator Farrell) tabled ministerial statements about–

  • Afghanistan [a motion to take note of the statement was agreed to]
  • Asbestos management review [a motion to take note of the statement was agreed to] 

Other business

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

Motions negatived

Matter of public importance discussed

Notices of motion

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

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