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ORDER OF BUSINESS

Monday, 27 March 2017

1. Prayers and acknowledgement of country

Commenced 10:00 AM
Concluded

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

(Consideration at item 14)

Commenced 10:01 AM
Documents tabled

3. Tabling of documents by Clerk

Commenced 10:01 AM
Documents tabled

4. Committees—proposed meetings to be authorised

Commenced 10:01 AM

Environment and Communications References Committee to meet today

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee to meet on 30 March 2017

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee to meet today and 29 March 2017

Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme to meet on 29 March 2017

Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World to meet today

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee to meet on 29 March 2017

Commenced 10:01 AM
Proposals authorised

5. Swearing in of senator

Commenced 10:01 AM

Senator Georgiou to be sworn in as a senator for Western Australia

Commenced 10:01 AM
Concluded

6. Government business orders of the day

Commenced 10:06 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 (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016

Commenced 10:06 AM
Bill passed without amendments

Government bill

2—Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

Commenced 10:18 AM
Bill passed without amendments

Government bill

3—Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2017

Commenced 10:27 AM
Bill passed without amendments

Government bill

4—National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2016

Commenced 10:50 AM
Bill passed without amendments

Government bill

5—Education and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2017

Commenced 10:59 AM
Bill passed without amendments

Government bill

6—Social Services Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Student Payments) Bill 2017

Commenced 11:58 AM
Bill passed without amendments

Government bills

7—Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2017

Committee of the whole amendments:

Diverted Profits Tax Bill 2017—second reading debate

Commenced 12:52 PM
Debate interrupted at 2 pm

At 2 pm

7. Questions

Commenced 2:00 PM
Concluded

8. Motions to take note of answers

Commenced 3:04 PM
Concluded

9. Condolence motion – Death of former member

Commenced 3:35 PM

President to inform the Senate of the death of Ian Louis Robinson, a former minister and member of the House of Representatives from 1963 to 1990

Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Brandis), by leave, to move a motion of condolence

Senators stood in silence

Commenced 3:35 PM
Concluded

9a. Statement by leave - Senator Whish-Wilson

Commenced 3:56 PM

10. Notices of motion

Commenced 3:57 PM

11. Placing of business

Commenced 3:57 PM

Government Whip (Senator Bushby), by leave, to move a motion for leave of absence for Senators Macdonald and O’Sullivan

Commenced 3:57 PM
Agreed to

Postponements to be authorised

  • General business no. 275 - postponed to 28 March 2017
  • General business no. 274 - postponed to 28 March 2017
  • Business of the Senate no. 1 for 28 March - postponed to 29 March
Commenced 3:57 PM
Postponements authorised

Committees—extensions of time to be authorised

Economics References Committee

Non-payment of the Superannuation Guarantee—extended from 29 March to 12 April 2017

Australian dairy industry—extended from 30 March to 11 May 2017

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee—2016-17 additional estimates—extended from 28 March to 10 April 2017

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee—Australian veterans—extended from 30 March to 20 June 2017

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee—2016-17 additional estimates—extended from 28 March to 4 May 2017

Commenced 3:57 PM
Extensions authorised

12. Formal motions

Commenced 3:58 PM

General business

256—Senators Singh and Ludlam—Nuclear weapons

Commenced 3:58 PM
Agreed to

General business

263—Senator Rhiannon—Order for production of documents—EFIC and Live Exports

Commenced 4:00 PM
Agreed to

General business

264—Senator Bernardi—Rule of law

Commenced 4:26 PM
Agreed to

General business

265—Senator Xenophon—Gas resources

Commenced 4:11 PM
Agreed to

General business

266—Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)—Multiculturalism

Commenced 4:13 PM
Agreed to

General business

267—Senator Abetz—Fair work laws

Commenced 4:14 PM
Agreed to

General business

268— Senators Singh, Moore, Fierravanti-Wells and Smith—World Tuberculosis Day

Commenced 4:02 PM
Agreed to

General business

270—Senator Lambie—Cashless Debit Card trial

Commenced 3:58 PM
Withdrawn

General business

271—Senator Ludlam—Joint Strike Fighter

Commenced 4:17 PM
Negatived (Senate divided: Ayes 8; Noes 49)

General business

272—Senator Pratt—Order for production of documents—Attorney-General—Bell Group liquidation

Commenced 4:02 PM
Agreed to (Senate divided: Ayes 35; Noes 24)

General business

273—Senator Pratt— Order for production of documents—Minister for Revenue and Financial Services—Bell Group liquidation

Commenced 4:10 PM
Agreed to

General business

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

Postponed to 28 March 2017

General business

275—Senator Whish-Wilson—Financial Assistance Grants

Postponed to 28 March 2017

General business

276—Senators Watt, McKim, Lambie, Hinch and Kakoschke-Moore—Community Legal Centres

Commenced 4:24 PM
Agreed to

General business

277—Senators Siewert and McCarthy—Machado-Joseph Disease

Commenced 4:23 PM
Agreed to

13. Matter of public importance

Commenced 4:28 PM

President to announce receipt of letter from Senator Siewert proposing that the following matter be submitted to the Senate for discussion

The Turnbull government’s spending of $1 billion on Adani’s coal rail line is putting 70,000 tourism jobs along the Great Barrier Reef at risk as well as jeopardising the livelihoods of future generations.

Commenced 4:28 PM
Discussion concluded

14. Consideration of documents

Documents tabled today

Commenced 5:32 PM
Concluded

15. Tabling of delegation report

Commenced 5:33 PM

Senator Moore to present report of the Australian parliamentary delegation to Natadola, Fiji, 15 January to 19 January 2017

Commenced 5:33 PM
Report tabled

16. Ministerial statements

  • Document relating to an order for the production of documents concerning the death of a Work for the Dole participant

Commenced 5:36 PM
Document tabled

17. Committee memberships

Commenced 5:36 PM
Agreed to

18. Messages from the House of Representatives

Commenced 5:37 PM

Bills for concurrence:

  • Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016
Commenced 5:37 PM
Bills introduced. Debate adjourned

Agreeing to the Senate's amendments to the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016

Commenced 5:38 PM
Message reported

19. Business to be considered

Commenced 5:39 PM

Business of the Senate order of the day

1—Community Affairs Legislation Committee—Report—Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016 (Selection of Bills reference)

Commenced 5:39 PM
Report tabled

Business of the Senate order of the day

2—Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee—Report—ADF’s resistance to interrogation training

Commenced 5:39 PM
Report tabled. Motion moved to take note

Government business continued

Government bills

7—Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2017

Committee of the whole amendments:

Diverted Profits Tax Bill 2017—second reading debate

Commenced 5:47 PM
Debate in progress

Government bill

8—Customs and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016—second reading debate

Government bill

9—Customs Tariff Amendment Bill 2016—second reading debate

Government bill

10—Transport Security Amendment (Serious or Organised Crime) Bill 2016—second reading debate

Committee of the whole amendments:

Government bill

11—Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill 2017—second reading debate

Committee of the whole amendments:

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The sitting of the Senate will be suspended from 6.30 pm till 7.30 pm

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20. Business continued (see item 19 above)

21. Adjournment proposed—9.50 pm

22. Adjournment—not later than 10.30 pm

Richard Pye

Clerk