Senate Daily Summary - 14 July 2014

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No. 42/2014

Monday, 14 July 2014

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The Senate met from 10 am until 10.28 pm


Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 [No. 2]–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]–1 AG second reading amendment to be determined

The following bills were debated and passed

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Bill 2014 [first speaker – committee of the whole] [The bill will now be assented to]

G20 (Safety and Security) Complementary Bill 2014 [first speaker – second reading debate] [The bill will now be assented to]

Trade Support Loans Bill 2014 and a related bill [first speaker – second reading debate]–2 Opposition second reading amendments agreed to2 Opposition amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Notice of motion to introduce a private senator’s bill

Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2014–notice given by Senator Hanson-Young

[See committees for details of reports on legislation]


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and documents tabled

Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Australian National Preventive Health Agency (Abolition) Bill 2014 and Health Workforce Australia (Abolition) Bill 2014 [report]

Economics Legislation Committee–Energy Efficiency Opportunities (Repeal) Bill 2014 [report]

Privileges Committee–157th report: Person referred to in the Senate: Professor Simon Chapman, AO [a motion to adopt the report was agreed to]

Senators’ Interests Committee–Statements of registrable interests and notifications of alterations

New inquiry

Privileges Committee–Inquiry by the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee into aviation accident investigations

Notices of motion

To amend standing orders

Amendment of standing orders 24 and 25 in relation to the Scrutiny of Bills Committee–notice given by the chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills (Senator Polley)

To extend reporting deadlines

Economics Legislation Committee

  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2014–to report by 4 December 2014
  • Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013–to report by 4 December 2014

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–Illegal fishing–to report by 29 October 2014

To hold a briefing when the Senate is sitting

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–on 27 August 2014, from 3.30 pm––private briefing


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee


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]

Disallowance motions

Instrument disallowed

The Senate disallowed the Higher Education (Maximum Amounts for Other Grants) Determination 2013, made under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 [F2013L02165] [first speaker]

Motion to disallow defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion which would have disallowed the Migration Amendment (Bridging Visas—Code of Behaviour) Regulation 2013, made under the Migration Act 1958 [F2013L02102] [first speaker]

Disallowance notice

Senators Dastyari and Whish-Wilson gave a notice of motion to disallow the Corporations Amendment (Streamlining Future of Financial Advice) Regulation 2014, made under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2014L00312]

Orders for the production of documents

Notice of motion

Senator Xenophon gave a notice of motion relating to the Minister for Defence’s failure to comply with the Senate order of 9 July 2014 relating to the Air Warfare Destroyer project

Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

First speeches

The Senate agreed to a motion moved by the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) for first speeches to be made by Senators Day and Rice

Matter of public importance discussed

Finance–Regulation of financial advice services–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Education–Schools funding–moved by Senator Wright [statements were made]

Foreign affairs–Japan–moved by Senator Macdonald

Motion agreed to in part

Immigration–Asylum seekers–moved by Senator Hanson-Young [paragraph (a) agreed to and paragraph (b) negatived] [a statement was made]

Motion negatived

Economics–Research and development–moved by Senator McKenzie [a statement was made]

Suspension of standing orders

The Senate agreed to a motion moved by the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) to suspend standing orders to enable debate on a motion to vary the order of government business [first speaker]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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