Senate Daily Summary - 15 July 2014

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No. 43/2014

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm until 11.11 pm


Senator Reynolds gave her first speech


Bills considered

The following bill was debated

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

The following bills were introduced and debated

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

True-up Shortfall Levy (Excise) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

True-up Shortfall Levy (General) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014

–in respect of the Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014–1 AG second reading amendment negatived–second reading agreed to [first speaker] and committee of the whole commenced [amendments remain to be considered]

Notice of motion to introduce a government bill

National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014–notice given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis)


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled

Human Rights Joint Committee–9th report of the 44th Parliament [report] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]

Procedure Committee–Second report of 2014 [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to – first speaker]

Treaties Joint Committee–141st report

Amendment of standing orders

The Senate agreed to amend standing orders 24 and 25 relating to the Scrutiny of Bills Committee

Leave to meet

The Senate authorised the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee to hold a private briefing while the Senate is sitting

Reporting dates extended

The Senate agreed to extend reporting dates for inquiries of the Economics Legislation Committee, the Education and Employment References Committee and the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Notices of motion

To extend reporting deadline

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–Implications of the restrictions on the use of Fenthion on Australia’s horticultural industry–to report by 25 July 2014–notice given by the Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (Senator Sterle)

To cease, and establish, select committees

National Broadband Network Select Committee to cease to exist–notice given by Senator Bernardi

Establishment of the National Broadband Network Joint Select Committee–notice given by Senator Bernardi


A message from the House of Representatives was reported advising the appointment of a member to the Electoral Matters Joint Committee

The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees


Delegated legislation

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


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

Disallowance motions

Motion to disallow defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion which would have disallowed the Corporations Amendment (Streamlining Future of Financial Advice) Regulation 2014, made under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2014L00891] [first speaker]

Notice of motion

Senator Hanson-Young gave a notice of motion to disallow the Migration Amendment (Repeal of Certain Visa Classes) Regulation 2014 as contained in Select Legislative Instrument No. 65 of 2014, made under the Migration Act 1958 [F2014L00622]

Orders for the production of documents

Document tabled

The Minister for Human Services (Senator Payne) tabled a document in response to order of the Senate relating to the Australian Electoral Commission [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 10 July 2014]

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered that the Minister for Defence (Senator Johnston) comply with the existing order of the Senate of 9 July 2014 concerning the Air Warfare Destroyer project–no later than 4 pm on 17 July 2014 [a statement was made]

Ministerial statement

The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) tabled a ministerial statement on the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-18

Documents tabled, and considered

2 petitions

Correspondence relating to draft regulation impact statement for the Commonwealth Cleaning Services Guidelines Repeal Instrument 2014 [a statement was made]

Government documents

Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Administration–Australian Renewable Energy Agency–Board membership–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

Family and community services–Public housing–moved by Senator Rhiannon

Statement by President

The President made a statement relating to photography in the chamber

Variation–Hours of meeting and routine of business

The Senate agreed to a motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for the remainder of the sitting week [first speaker]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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