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Thursday, 30 March 2017

1. Prayers and acknowledgement of country

Commenced 9:30 AM

2. Tabling of documents by Clerk

Commenced 9:31 AM
Documents tabled

3. Committees—proposed meetings to be authorised

Commenced 9:31 AM

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee to meet today

Commenced 9:31 AM
Meeting authorised

4. Explanation on Bell Group matters

Commenced 9:32 AM

Attorney-General to provide explanation pursuant to Senate order of 28 March 2017

Commenced 9:32 AM
Motion to take note of the statement agreed to.

4a. Motion to vary the hours and routine of business for today


Commenced 10:58 AM
Agreed to

5. Consideration of private senators’ bills

Commenced 11:00 AM

Private senator's bill

44—Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take-Home Pay) Bill 2017

Committee of the whole amendments:

In accordance with the motion agreed to this morning, at 12.45pm the questions on all remaining stages shall be put without debate.

Division on the third reading

Commenced 11:00 AM
Bill passed without amendments
Senate divided: Ayes 37; Noes 26

6. Notices of motion

Notices of motion were lodged with the Clerk

7. Reference of bills

Commenced 3:38 PM

Chair of the Selection of Bills Committee (Senator Bushby) to present report no. 4 of 2017 for adoption

Amendment moved by Senator Siewert - agreed to

Commenced 3:38 PM
Report tabled; and amended in respect of reporting dates

8. Placing of business

Commenced 3:37 PM

Leave of absence for Senator Brown for today

Commenced 3:46 PM
Agreed to

Postponements to be authorised:

  • Business of the Senate motion 1 for today to 9 May 2017

Commenced 3:38 PM
Postponement authorised

Committees—extensions of time to be authorised

Economics References Committee:

  • Carbon risk disclosure—extended from 31 March to 7 April 2017
  • Asbestos—extended from 28 April to 31 August 2017
  • Non-conforming building products—extended from 25 May to 31 October 2017
Commenced 3:38 PM
Extensions authorised

9. Formal motions

Business of the Senate

1—Senator Rice—Reference to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Toll roads

Postponed to 9 May 2017

Government business

1—Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield)—First speech—As amended (to 14 June 2017)

General business

300—Senator Siewert—Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives

General business

301—Senator O’Neill—National Broadband Network

General business

302—Senator McAllister—Introduction of the Productivity Commission Amendment (Addressing Inequality) Bill 2017

General business

303—Senators Brown and Williams—World Parkinson’s Day

General business

304—Senator Ludlam—Weaponised drones

10. Committee memberships

Commenced 3:40 PM
Agreed to

11. Messages from the House of Representatives

Commenced 3:40 PM

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Seasonal Worker Incentives for Jobseekers) Bill 2017—Bill for concurrence

Commenced 3:40 PM
Bill introduced. Debate adjourned

Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2017—Bill agreed without amendment

Commenced 3:42 PM
Message reported

12. Business to be considered

Not later than 12.45 pm

Government business orders of the day

Commenced 12:53 PM

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

Committee of the whole amendments:

Commenced 12:53 PM
Debate interrupted at 2 pm

At 2 pm

13. Questions

Commenced 2:00 PM

14. Motions to take note of answers

Commenced 3:06 PM
Debate concluded

15. Committee reports and government responses

Commenced 3:42 PM

Government Whip (Senator Bushby) to present additional estimates information

Commenced 3:43 PM
Documents tabled

Standing Committee on Publications—5th report (Chair, Senator Reynolds)

Commenced 3:43 PM
Report tabled. Motion to adopt the report agreed to

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works—3rd report of 2017

Commenced 3:43 PM
Report tabled

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties—168th report

Commenced 3:44 PM
Report tabled. Motion to take note of report agreed to

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Airport and aviation security (Chair, Senator Sterle)

Commenced 3:44 PM
Report tabled. Motion moved to take note

Business of the Senate order of the day

2—Environment and Communications Legislation Committee—Report—Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2016 (Selection of Bills reference)

Commenced 3:43 PM
Report tabled

Government responses:

  • Education and Employment Legislation Committee—Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015—attachment to the government response tabled on 9 February 2017
  • Education and Employment Legislation Committee—Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016 and related bill—attachment to the government response tabled on 9 February
  • Education and Employment References Committee—Access to real learning: the impact of policy, funding and culture on students with disability—response
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee—Migration Amendment (Health Care for Asylum Seekers) Bill 2012
Commenced 3:45 PM
Responses tabled

16. Ministerial statements

  • Document relating to the order for the production of documents concerning the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and the Export Finance and Investment Corporation

Commenced 3:45 PM
Document tabled

Not later than 4.30 pm

17. Government business only

Commenced 3:46 PM

Government bill

1—Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

The Senate divided on the second reading (Ayes 32; Noes 29)

Committee of the whole amendments:

Revised running sheet

  • Sheet 8132 - Australian Conservatives
  • Sheet 8131 - Australian Conservatives
  • Sheet 8116 - Australian Greens
  • Sheet 8119 - Australian Greens
  • Sheet HZ118 - Government
    Agreed to: Nos 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
    Agreed to: No. 4 (committee divided: Ayes 30; Noes 27)
  • Sheet HV208 - Government
    Negatived: No. 1 (committee divided: Ayes 22; Noes 35)
  • Sheet 8115 - Nick Xenophon Team
  • Sheet 8134 - Opposition
  • Sheet 8122 - Opposition
    The committee did not agree to Schedule 1 remaining in the bill (see amendment no. 1) (committee divided: Ayes 28; Noes 31)

Further consideration of the bill will take place at a later hour (Senate divided: Ayes 30; Noes 27)

Commenced 3:46 PM
Committee reported progress. Division in progress on the question that the bill be an order of the day for a later hour

Suspension of sitting

Motion that the Senate suspend until 9am - agreed to (Senate divided: Ayes 29; Noes 28)

The sitting of the Senate is suspended until 9am

Commenced 12:07 AM
Sitting is suspended

Government bill

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

18. Message from the House of Representatives

Returning the Transport Security Amendment (Serious Crime) Bill 2016, informing the Senate that the House:

  • has disagreed to amendments nos 7, 8, 13 and 14 made by the Senate;
  • has disagreed to amendments nos 1 to 6 and 9 to 12 made by the Senate but has made amendments in place of those amendments; and
  • requests the reconsideration of the bill in respect of the amendments disagreed to and the concurrence of the Senate in the amendments made by the House.

Minister to move that the message be considered on the next day of sitting

19. Committee membership

20. Next meeting of the Senate

Minister to move that the Senate, at its rising, adjourn till Tuesday, 9 May 2017, at 12.30 pm, or such other time as may be fixed by the President

21. Leave of absence

Minister to move that leave of absence be granted to all senators

22. Adjournment

Richard Pye