Senate Daily Summary - 2 December 2014

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No. 81/2014

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm until 10.29 pm

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bill introduced

Defence Amendment (Fair Pay for Members of the ADF) Bill 2014 [private senator’s bill]

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014–second reading commenced [first speaker]

The following bill was debated and negatived

Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014–defeated at second reading [first speaker – second reading]

The following bills were debated and passed

Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2014) Bill 2014–committee stage continued–agreed to with Opposition and Australian Greens amendments [the House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Job Seeker Compliance Framework) Bill 2014 [first speaker – second reading]–agreed to with Opposition amendments [the House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 6) Bill 2014 [first speaker – second reading] [the bill will now be assented to]

Notices of motion to introduce bills

Defence Legislation Amendment (Military Justice Enhancements—Inspector-General ADF) Bill 2014–notice given by the Minister for Defence (Senator Johnston)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill 2014–notice given by Senator Faulkner (private senator’s bill)

Tribunals Amalgamation Bill 2014–notice given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis)

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports, and documents, tabled

Education and Employment Legislation Committee–Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014–Additional information

Health Select Committee–First interim report [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]

Human Rights Joint Committee–17th report of 44th Parliament [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Bill 2014 [report]

Privileges Committee: 159th report [a motion to adopt the report was agreed to]

Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–446th report [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]

Public Works Joint Committee–7th report of 2014 and parliamentary delegation to Indonesia and Thailand [report]

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of joint committees to be held while the Senate is sitting [Journals entries nos 15 and 16 refer]

New inquiry

The Senate agreed to refer a matter to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–Treaty-making process–to report by 18 June 2015 [a statement was made]

Reporting dates extended

Committees were granted extensions of time to report

Notices of motion to hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Joint Committee–12 February, 5 March and 19 March 2015–private meetings–notice given by the Deputy Chair (Senator Bilyk)

Law Enforcement Joint Committee–11 February, 4 March and 18 March 2015–private meetings–notice given by the Deputy Chair (Senator Singh)

Notices of motion to refer matters to committees

Availability of cancer drugs in Australia–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 26 March 2015–notice given by Senator Xenophon

Residential care arrangements for young people with disabilities–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 30 June 2015–moved by Senator Reynolds

Documents

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

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered the Minister for Defence to table documents relating to the Air Warfare Destroyer Program–by not later than 4 pm on 3 December 2014

Motion not agreed to

The Senate did not agree to a motion requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Investment to table documents concerning the China-Australia free trade agreement

Notices of motion

The following notices of motion were given:

Senator Ludlam gave a notice of motion to require the Attorney-General to table documents concerning the Government’s data retention legislation–by no later than noon on 4 December 2014

Senator Wright gave a notice of motion to require the Minister representing the Minister for Education to table documents concerning the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on students with disability–no later than 3.30 pm on 8 February 2015

Documents tabled

2 petitions

Government documents and responses to Senate resolutions, pursuant to order [and considered]

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Variation–Hours of meeting and routine of business

The Senate agreed to a motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business today [statements were made]

Motions agreed to

Family and community services–International Day of People with Disability–moved by Senators Siewert and Moore and the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield)

Foreign affairs–Egypt–Mr Peter Greste–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne), the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) and the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Abetz)

Immigration–Asylum seekers–Detention of pregnant women [a statement was made]

Motions negatived

Environment–New South Wales–Development at Middle Head–moved by Senator Rhiannon

Transport–Victoria–East West link–moved by Senator Rice [statements were made]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals

Online

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