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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Senate meets at 12.30 pm

1. Prayers and acknowledgement of country

2. Documents to be presentedConsideration at item 12

3. Tabling of documents by Clerk

4. Committees—proposed meetings to be authorised

Environment and Communications References Committee to meet today

Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories to meet on 30 March 2017

5. Government business orders of the day

A temporary order allows any Senator to question a minister about government responsiveness to the Scrutiny of Bills Committee

Government bill

1—Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—second reading debate

Government bill

2—Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016—second reading debate

Committee of the whole amendments:

Government bill

3—Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) Bill 2017 

Second reading amendment

Committee of the whole amendments:

Government bill

4—Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017—second reading debate

Government bill

5—Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016—second reading debate and amendment moved by Senator Cameron

At 2 pm

6. Questions

7. Motions to take note of answers

8. Notices of motion

9. Placing of business

Government Whip (Senator Bushby), by leave, to move a motion for leave of absence for Senator Macdonald

Postponements to be authorised

Committees—extensions of time to be authorised:

Environment and Communications References Committee

  • Oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight—extended from 29 March to 11 May 2017
  • Impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity—extended from 30 June to 13 September 2017

10. Formal motions

General business

274—Senator Pratt—Answers to questions on notice to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee—Bell Group liquidation

General business

275—Senator Whish-Wilson—Financial Assistance Grants

General business

278—Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)—Introduction of the Renew Australia Bill 2017

General business

279—Senator Kakoschke-Moore—Minister for Young People

General business

280—Senator Rhiannon—Homelessness services

General business

281—Senator Rice—Order for production of documents—National Recovery Plan

General business

282—Senator Kakoschke-Moore—Women’s Australian Football League

General business

283—Senator Hanson-Young—South Australian energy supply

General business

284—Senator Ludlam—Mosul air strikes

General business

285—Senator Ludlam—Order for production of documents—Perth Freight Link

11. Urgency motion

President to announce receipt of letter from Senator Cameron advising that he proposes to move—That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The need for the Senate to condemn the Prime Minister’s lack of empathy for Australian workers who rely on penalty rates to make ends meet.

12. Consideration of documents—Documents tabled today

13. Committee reports and government responses

Standing Committee of Privileges—164th report (Chair, Senator Collins)

Community Affairs Legislation Committee; Economics Legislation Committee; Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee—Reports—2016-17 additional estimates

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works—2nd report of 2017 and 80th annual report

Government responses:

  • Economics Legislation Committee—Report—Private Health Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Bill 2015 and related bills
  • Economics References Committee—Report—Foreign investment review framework

14. Ministerial statements

15. Committee memberships

16. Messages from the House of Representatives

17. Business to be considered

Business of the Senate orders of the day

Committee report—Selection of Bills reference

2—Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee—Report—Airports Amendment Bill 2016

Committee report—Selection of Bills reference

3—Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee—Report—Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Government business continued (see item 5)

18. Adjournment proposed—7.20 pm

19. Adjournment

Richard Pye