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ORDER OF BUSINESS

Thursday, 2 October 2014

 1.Prayers and acknowledgement of country

Commenced 9:30 AM

 2.Tabling of documents by Clerk, and documents relating to Senate orders on indexed lists of files and estimates

Commenced 9:31 AM
Documents tabled

3.     Committees - proposal to meet received prior to printing:

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee to meet during the sitting of the Senate today, from 1 pm

Commenced 9:31 AM

 4.General business – orders of the day relating to private senators’ bills

 44 – Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage] – Resumption of second reading debate

Commenced 9:32 AM
Debate concluded at 10.42 am

 29 – Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage] – Resumption of second reading debate

Commenced 10:42 AM
Debate concluded at 11.52 am

[Time limit: 2 hours and 20 minutes]

 5.Notices of motion

Commenced 11:52 AM
Notices given

 6.Selection of Bills Committee

Chair of the Selection of Bills Committee (Senator Bushby) to present report no. 13 of 2014 and move for its adoption

Commenced 11:52 AM
Report tabled

 7.Placing of business

Manager of Government Business (Senator Fifield) to move a motion relating to the government business to be considered at 12.45 pm

Commenced 11:53 AM
Agreed to

Manager of Government Business (Senator Fifield) to move a motion relating to the order of general business for today

Commenced 11:53 AM
Agreed to

Opposition whip, by leave, moved - that leave of absence be granted to Senator Lines for today, for personal reasons

Commenced 11:54 AM
Agreed to

Postponement notifications:

general business notice of motion no. 472 postponed to 28 October 2014 (Senator Wright re renewable energy)

Commenced 11:54 AM

Committees – extensions of time:

Community Affairs Legislation Committee – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Amendment (A Stronger Land Account) Bill 2014 – from 29 October to 3 December 2014

Economics References Committee – Affordable housing – from 27 November 2014 to the first sitting day of March 2015

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee –

Grain export networks – from 3 December 2014 to 4 June 2015

Agricultural sector levies – from 24 November 2014 to 30 June 2015

Australia’s sugar industry – from 27 November 2014 to 30 April 2015

Current requirements for labelling of seafood and seafood products – from 27 October to 4 December 2014

Commenced 11:54 AM

 8.Discovery of formal business

Business of the Senate notices of motion

1 – Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) – Reference to the Environment and Communications References Committee (electricity network companies) (notice of motion altered on 1 October 2014, pursuant to standing order 77)

Senate divided: ayes - 36; noes - 28

Commenced 12:05 PM
Agreed to

2 – Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) – Reference to the Economics References Committee (Australia’s tax system)

      Proposed amendment

Commenced 12:17 PM
Agreed to, as amended

3 – Chair of the Economics References Committee (Senator Dastyari) – Reference to the committee (digital currency)

Commenced 11:56 AM
Agreed to

Government business notice of motion

1 – Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) – Exemption of bills from cut-off

Commenced 11:56 AM
Agreed to

General business notices of motion

450 – Leader of the Palmer United Party in the Senate (Senator Lazarus) – Electricity prices

Commenced 11:52 AM
Withdrawn

476 – Senators Rhiannon, the Minister for Human Services (Senator Payne)Senator Moore and the Leader of the Palmer United Party (Senator Lazarus) – National Rugby League Grand Final

Commenced 11:55 AM
Agreed to

468 – Senator Cameron – Australian Hearing Services

Commenced 11:56 AM
Agreed to

459 – Senator Waters – Abbot Point

Senate divided: ayes - 15; noes - 36

Commenced 11:57 AM
Negatived

465 – Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) – Tax evasion (notice of motion altered on 1 October 2014, pursuant to standing order 77)

Senate divided: ayes - 34; noes - 28

Commenced 12:13 PM
Agreed to

466 – Senator Di Natale – Medical internships

Commenced 12:18 PM
Agreed to

469 – Senator Whish-Wilson – Korea – Australia Free Trade Agreement

     Proposed amendment

Commenced 12:20 PM
Agreed to, as amended

471 – Senator Ludwig – Order for the production of documents – Advice – Australian Government Solicitor

Commenced 12:23 PM
Agreed to

473 – Senator Siewert – Demolition of Oombulgurri, Western Australia

Commenced 12:24 PM
Agreed to

475 – Senator Ludlam – Order for the production of documents – Data retention

Commenced 12:26 PM
Agreed to

467 – Senator Rhiannon – Aboriginal children

Commenced 12:26 PM
Agreed to

470 – Senator Di Natale – Medicare

     Proposed amendment

Commenced 12:27 PM
Agreed to, as amended

472 – Senator Wright – Renewable energy

Postponed to 28 October 2014

 9.Committee membership, by leave

Commenced 12:30 PM
Agreed to

10.    Message from the House of Representatives

transmitting the the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 6) Bill 2014 [homepage] for concurrence

Commenced 12:31 PM
Message reported. Debate on the bill interrupted at 12.45 pm

At 12.45 pm

 Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]

                               Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Collection) Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage]

  Resumption of second reading debate (subject to exemption from the bills cut-off order)

Commenced 12:45 PM
Bills passed without amendments

Government business continued

           Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 6) Bill 2014 [homepage] - Resumption of second reading debate

Commenced 12:54 PM
Debate interrupted at 2 pm

 1 – Australian Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Bill 2014 [homepage] – Resumption of second reading debate

 2 – Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2013 [homepage] – Resumption of second reading debate

          AG committee amendment [sheet 7542]

At 2 pm

 12.Questions

Commenced 2:00 PM
Concluded at 3 pm

Statement by the President relating to security arrangements at Parliament House

 

Commenced 3:00 PM
Concluded at 3.04 pm

Document tabled

Minister Cash tabled a document relating to the order for the production of documents concerning the Nauru Detention Centre

Commenced 3:04 PM
Document tabled

Unanswered questions on notice

Senator Ludwig sought an explanation from the Assistant Minister for Social Services regarding answers not yet provided to questions on notice from Budget estimates

Commenced 3:05 PM
Explanation provided. Motion to take note of explanation agreed to

Senator Ludwig sought an explanation from the Minister representing the Minister for Communications regarding answers not yet provided to questions on notice from Budget estimates

Commenced 3:16 PM
Explanation provided. Motion to take note of explanation agreed to

Senator Ludwig sought an explanation from the Attorney-General regarding answers not yet provided to questions on notice from Budget estimates

Commenced 3:24 PM
Explanation provided. Motion to take note of explanation agreed to

Senator Ludwig sought an explanation from the Minister for Finance regarding answers not yet provided to questions on notice from Budget estimates

Commenced 3:31 PM
Explanation provided. Motion to take note of explanation agreed to

Senator Ludwig sought an explanation from the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection regarding answers not yet provided to questions on notice from Budget estimates

Commenced 3:35 PM
Explanation provided. Motion to take note of explanation agreed to

Senator Ludwig sought an explanation from the Minister representing the Treasurer regarding answers not yet provided to questions on notice from Budget estimates

Commenced 4:00 PM
Explanation provided. Motion to take note of explanation agreed to

 13.Motions to take note of answers

[Time limit: 30 minutes]

Commenced 4:13 PM
Debate interrupted at 4.30 pm

Not later than 4.30 pm

 16.General business notice of motion

Senator Carr moved - That the Senate notes the adverse impact of the Abbott Government’s proposed cuts to university funding and deregulation of higher education fees

Commenced 4:30 PM
Debate concluded at 6 pm

Not later than 6 pm

 17.General business – consideration of documents (refer to page 11 of today’s printed Notice Paper)

 

Commenced 6:00 PM

[Time limit: 1 hour
Total time limit for items
 16 and 172 hours 30 minutes]

 14.Tabling and consideration of committee reports – pursuant to standing order 62(4)

Minister to present the following government responses to committee reports:

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee – Higher education and skills training to support agriculture and agribusiness in Australia

Select Committee on School Funding – Equity and excellency in Australian schools 

Commenced 6:01 PM
Documents tabled

Chair of the Standing Committee on Publications (Senator O’Sullivan) to present the 9th report and move for its adoption

Commenced 6:02 PM
Report tabled

Government Whip (Senator Bushby) to present additional information received by legislation committees relating to estimates hearings

Commenced 6:02 PM
Documents tabled

Privileges Committee - 158th report

Commenced 6:03 PM
Report tabled

Returns to order - documents to be tabled

Document relating to the order for the production of documents concerning the East West Link

Commenced 6:04 PM
Document tabled

Document relating to the order for the production of documents agreed to earlier today concerning Budget estimates.

Commenced 6:04 PM
Document tabled

Documents to be tabled in accordance with the continuing order of the Senate relating to estimates hearings [Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; Indigenous Affairs portfolio]

 

Commenced 6:07 PM
Document tabled

 15.Ministerial statements

Further committee membership, by leave

Commenced 6:05 PM
Agreed to

Message from the House of Representatives

transmitting the Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014 for concurrence

[this bill is subject to the bills cut-off order and 
standing order 115(3), and debate is adjourned to 24 November 2014]

Commenced 6:06 PM
Bill introduced. Debate adjourned

Assent to a law



Commenced 6:07 PM
Message reported

Consideration of government responses tabled earlier today

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee – Higher education and skills training to support agriculture and agribusiness in Australia - Senator Carr moved a motion to take of the document (6.07 pm)

Select Committee on School Funding – Equity and excellency in Australian schools - Senator Carr sought leave to take note of the document - leave refused (6.21 pm)

 

Commenced 6:07 PM
concluded

Senator Ludwig, by leave, made a statement relating to an order of the day agreed to earlier today concerning answers to questions unanswered during the Budget estimates 2014-15 of the Economics Legislation Committee

 

Commenced 6:20 PM
concluded at 6.21 pm

Not later than 7 pm

 18.Consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports (refer to page 11 of today’s printed Notice Paper)

[Time limit: 1 hour]

Commenced 6:22 PM
Concluded at 6.34 pm

 19.Adjournment proposed – 8 pmor when consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports concludes, whichever is earlier

Commenced 6:34 PM
Debate in progress

 20.Adjournment

Rosemary Laing

Clerk of the Senate

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