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ORDER OF BUSINESS

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

1. Prayers and acknowledgement of country

Commenced 9:30 AM
Concluded

2. Documents to be presented—pursuant to standing order 61

No documents presented

3. Tabling of documents by Clerk

Commenced 9:31 AM
Documents tabled

4. Committees—proposed meetings to be authorised

Commenced 9:31 AM

Environment and Communications References Committee to meet today

Commenced 9:31 AM
Proposal authorised

4a. Statement by the President regarding unparliamentary language

Commenced 9:31 AM
Concluded

5. Government business orders of the day

Commenced 9:38 AM

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

Government bill

1—Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016—second reading debate

Committee of the whole amendments:

Commenced 9:38 AM
Debate adjourned

Government bills

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2016-2017

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2016-2017

Commenced 11:35 AM
Bills passed without amendments

Government business

2—Advances provided under the annual Appropriation Acts—Report for 2015-16—consideration

Commenced 11:45 AM
Motion to approve the advances agreed to

Government bill

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

Committee of the whole amendments:

Commenced 11:46 AM
Debate interrupted at 12.45pm

At 12.45 pm

6. Senators’ statements

Commenced 12:45 PM
Concluded

At 2 pm

7. Questions

Commenced 2:00 PM
Concluded

8. Motions to take note of answers

Commenced 3:03 PM
Concluded

9. Notices of motion

Commenced 3:34 PM
Concluded

10. Placing of business

Commenced 3:35 PM

Leave of absence granted to Senator Xenophon, 29 and 30 March 2017

Commenced 3:35 PM
Agreed to

Postponements to be authorised

Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3 to 21 June 2017—Disallowance of Extradition (People’s Republic of China) Regulations 2017

General business notice of motion no. 269 to 30 March 2017—Establishment of a joint select committee—Oversight of the Implementation of Recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 6 to 30 March 2017—Reference to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Toll roads in Australia

Commenced 3:36 PM
Concluded

Committees––extensions of time to be authorised

11. Formal motions

Commenced 3:36 PM

Business of the Senate

1—Senator Whish-Wilson—Reference to the Economics References Committee—Oil and gas resources

Withdrawn

Business of the Senate

2—Senator Siewert—Disallowance of Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area) Amendment Determination 2017

Scheduled for debate at item 18 later today

Business of the Senate

4—Senator Xenophon—Reference to the Education and Employment References Committee—Penalty rates

Postponed to 9 May 2017

Business of the Senate

5—Senators Griff and Xenophon—Reference to the Community Affairs References Committee—Health insurance medical costs

Amendment

Commenced 3:37 PM
Agreed to

Government business

1—Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield)—Hours and routine of business—Budget week

Commenced 3:39 PM
Agreed to

Government business

2—Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield)—2017-18 Budget estimates hearings

Commenced 3:39 PM
Agreed to

Government business

3—Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath)—Exemption of bills

Motion to be amended to remove the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2016

Commenced 3:40 PM
Agreed to, as amended

General business

251—Senator Rhiannon—Introduction of the Fair Work Amendment (Pay Protection) Bill 2017

Commenced 3:40 PM
Bill introduced. Debate adjourned

General business

286—Senators Kakoschke-Moore, Lambie, Hinch, Hanson and McKim—Legal assistance services

Commenced 3:48 PM
Agreed to (Senate divided: Ayes 40; Noes 26)

General business

287—Senator Chisholm—Craft brewing sector

Commenced 3:42 PM
Agreed to

General business

288—Senator Moore—Order for production of documents—MoU between Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and Export Finance and Investment Corporation

Commenced 3:43 PM
Agreed to

General business

289—Senator Moore—Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Commenced 3:44 PM
Agreed to

General business

290—Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (Senator O’Neill)—Extension of time to report—life insurance industry

Commenced 3:45 PM
Agreed to

General business

291—Senator Rhiannon—Former ministers—Meetings—Order of continuing effect

Commenced 3:56 PM
Agreed to (Senate divided: Ayes 37; Noes 27)

General business

292—Senator Bernardi—South Australian rowing

Commenced 3:46 PM
Agreed to

General business

293—Senators Brown, Siewert and Reynolds—World Autism Awareness Day

Commenced 3:46 PM
Agreed to

General business

294—Senator Lambie—RSL New South Wales

Amendment

Commenced 4:16 PM
Negatived (Senate divided: Ayes 16; Noes 40)

General business

295—Senator Siewert—Institutional care

Commenced 4:11 PM
Negatived (Senate divided: Ayes 15; Noes 41)

General business

296—Senators Kakoschke-Moore, Xenophon and Griff—National Consumer Protection Framework

Commenced 4:20 PM
Negatived (Senate divided: Ayes 10; Noes 46)

General business

297—Senator Ludlam—Order for production of documents—Saudi Arabia

Amendment

Commenced 4:01 PM
Agreed to, as amended (Senate divided: Ayes 39; Noes 22)

General business

298—Senator Ludlam—Royal Australian Navy ships

Commenced 3:47 PM
Agreed to

General business

299—Senator McKim—Offshore detention

Commenced 4:05 PM
Negatived (Senate divided: Ayes 7; Noes 50)

12. Matter of public importance for discussion

Commenced 4:27 PM
Concluded

13. Consideration of documents

14. Committee reports and government responses

Commenced 5:31 PM

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights—3rd report of 2017 (Government Whip, Senator Bushby)

Commenced 5:31 PM
Report tabled

Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances—Delegated legislation monitor 4 of 2017 (Chair, Senator Williams)

Commenced 5:32 PM
Report tabled

Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills—Scrutiny digest 4 of 2017 (Chair, Senator Polley)

Commenced 5:32 PM
Report tabled

Senate order of the day

2—Environment and Communications Legislation Committee—Report—Interactive Gambling Amendment (Sports Betting Reform) Bill 2015 (Selection of Bills reference)

Commenced 5:32 PM
Report tabled

Environment and Communications References Committee—Closures of electricity generators (Chair, Senator Whish-Wilson)

Commenced 5:33 PM
Report tabled

Red Tape Select Committee—Report (Chair, Senator Leyonhjelm)

Commenced 5:45 PM
Interim report tabled
Debate in progress

Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee—Review of the Parliamentary Budget Office (Chair, Senator Smith)

15. Ministerial statements

16. Committee memberships

17. Messages from the House of Representatives

Bills for concurrence

Biosecurity Amendment (Ballast Water and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Crimes Amendment (Penalty Unit) Bill 2017

Disability Services Amendment (Linking Upper Age Limits for Disability Employment Services to Pension Age) Bill 2017

Personal Property Securities Amendment (PPS Leases) Bill 2017

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment (Polar Code) Bill 2017

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of a Market Power) Bill 2017

Agreeing to the Senate's amendments to the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill 2017

17a. Messages from the Governor-General advising the Senate of assent to certain laws

18. Business to be considered

Business of the Senate notice of motion

2—Senator Siewert—Disallowance of Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area) Amendment Determination 2017

Government business continued

Government bill

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

Committee of the whole amendments:

Government bill

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

Committee of the whole amendments:

Government bill

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

Committee of the whole amendments:

Government bill

6—Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) Bill 2017—second reading debate

Second reading amendment

Committee of the whole amendments:

Government bill

Biosecurity Amendment (Ballast Water and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (subject to introduction and exemption from the bills cut-off)

19. Adjournment proposed—7.20 pm

20. Adjournment—not later than 8 pm

Richard Pye

Clerk