Senate Daily Summary - 4 December 2014

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No. 83/2014

Thursday, 4 December 2014

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 12.38 am on 5 December 2014

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills introduced

Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Bill 2014 [passed by the House of Representatives on 3 December 2014] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014 [private senator’s bill]

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013–second reading debate continued [first speaker]

The following bill was debated and negatived

Family Tax Benefit (Tighter Income Test) Bill 2014 [first speaker – second reading debate]–negatived at second reading

The following bills were debated and passed

Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014–second reading agreed to [first speaker] (AG second reading amendment not agreed to)–agreed to with Government and Opposition amendments [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment Bill 2014–agreed to with Government amendments [first speaker – second reading debate] [The House of Representatives subsequently agreed to the amendments made by the Senate] [The bill will now be assented to]

The following bill was exempted, debated and passed

ACT Government Loan Bill 2014 [first speaker – second reading debate] [The bill will now be assented to]

Messages reported

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Job Seeker Compliance Framework) Bill 2014 and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment Bill 2014–agreeing to the amendments made by the Senate [The bills will now be assented to]

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Report tabled

Privileges Committee–160th report–The use of CCTV material in Parliament House [report] [statements were made]

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee

The Senate adopted, with an amendment moved by the Manager of Government Business (Senator Fifield), report no. 16 of 2014 of the Selection of Bills Committee and made the following references [an amendment to the report was agreed to – statements were made  - first speaker]:

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Local Content) Bill 2014–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–to report by 25 March 2015

Defence Legislation Amendment (Military Justice Enhancements—Inspector-General ADF) Bill 2014–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–to report by 3 March 2015

Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 and the Enhancing Online Safety for Children (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–to report by 3 March 2015

Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014–Education and Employment Legislation Committee–to report by 25 March 2015

Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (Improved Oversight and Resourcing) Bill 2014–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 5 March 2015

Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill 2014–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–to report by 2 March 2015

Other references

Airport security–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 26 April 2015

Australia’s bilateral aid program – Papua New Guinea–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by 26 November 2015

Australian construction industry–Economics References Committee–to report by 11 November 2015

Proposed reference

The Senate did not agree to a motion to refer a matter to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee concerning regional capitals

Membership

The Senate agreed to vary the membership of various committees

Reporting dates extended

Various committees were granted extensions of time to report

Notice of motion to refer a matter to a committee

Violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional care–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 24 June 2015–notice given by the Chair of the committee (Senator Siewert)

Documents

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]

Documents tabled

2 petitions

Other business

Questions without notice -first question

Statement by Deputy President

The Deputy President (Senator Marshall) made a statement relating to voting in divisions

Suspension of standing orders–Variation–Hours of meeting and routine of business

The Senate agreed to a motion moved by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Abetz) to suspend standing orders to enable debate on a motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business today and the motion was agreed to [first speaker]

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