Senate Daily Summary - 1 September 2014

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No. 51/2014

Monday, 1 September 2014

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The Senate met from 10 am until 10.28 pm



Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were introduced

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Industry Code Penalties) Bill 2014 [passed by the House of Representatives on 28 August 2014] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Corporations Amendment (Streamlining of Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2014 [passed by the House of Representatives on 28 August 2014] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2014 [passed by the House of Representatives on 1 September 2014] [Minister’s second reading speech]

The following bill was debated

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bill was debated and passed

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Seniors Health Card and Other Measures) Bill 2014 [first speaker – second reading debate] [The bill will now be assented to]

Message reported

Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014–agreeing to the amendment made by the Senate [The bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion to introduce a private senator’s bill

Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Bill 2014–notice given by Senator Whish-Wilson


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Documents tabled

Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Report–National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2014–Additional information

Community Affairs References Committee–Report–Australia’s healthcare system–Further corrigendum

Reporting date extended

The Senate agreed to extend the reporting date for the inquiry of the Community Affairs References Committee on speech pathology services–to 2 September 2014

Notices of motion

To extend reporting deadlines

Economics References Committee–Forestry managed investment schemes–to report by 31 March 2015

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–

    • Australian Federal Police – Oil for Food Taskforce–to report by 26 November 2014
    • Illicit firearms–to report by 2 December 2014
    • Manus Island Detention Centre–to report by 27 October 2014

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

Health Select Committee–on 4 September 2014, from 3.15 pm–public meeting

Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–25 September 2014, from 10.30 am–private meeting; 2 October 2014, from 10.30 am–private meeting; 30 October 2014–from 10.30 am–private meeting, followed by a public meeting; 27 November 2014–from 10.30 am–private meeting, followed by a public meeting; 4 December 2014–from 10.30 am–private meeting, followed by a public meeting


Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

Clerk’s documents were tabled [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

Orders for the production of documents

Document tabled

Communications–Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Special Broadcasting Service efficiency review [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 28 August 2014]

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency contracts published on the Internet

Letters of advice for various portfolios were tabled [Letters of advice about certain contracts valued at $100 000 or more entered into by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Ministerial statement

The Minister for Defence (Senator Johnston) tabled a ministerial statement on Iraq [a motion to take note of the statement was agreed to – first speaker]

Document tabled

Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question
Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Family and community services–Family and early learning centres–moved by Senator Siewert

Health–Global fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) [a statement was made]

Science and technology–Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation–moved by Senator Di Natale

Proposed suspension of standing orders

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) to suspend standing orders to enable debate on a motion relating to parliamentary approval for the deployment of Australian troops in Iraq [first speaker]

Personal explanation

Senator Whish-Wilson made a personal explanation relating to remarks incorrectly attributed to him on the Seven News of 28 August 2014 concerning the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


Statistics on the work of the Senate this week will be available in the Statistical Summary, which forms part of StatsNet–the Department of the Senate’s online statistical collection.


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