Senate Daily Summary - 17 June 2014

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No. 28/2014

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

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The Senate met from 10 am until 11.39 pm


Senator Boswell and Senator Bishop gave valedictory speeches, and a series of speeches were given recognising their contribution to Parliament


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Green Army Programme) Bill 2014–second reading commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed

Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) Bill 2014 and 14 related bills [committee stage – first speaker] [The bills will now be assented to]



Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised the following meetings to be held while the Senate is sitting:

Community Affairs Legislation Committee–on 19 June 2014 from 4.30 pm–public hearing

Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Joint Select Committee–on 25 June 2014 from 10.30 am–private meeting

Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee–on 14 July 2014 from 11.30 am–private meeting

Environment and Communications References Committee–on 18 June 2014 from 1 pm–public meeting

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–on 18 June, 14 July and 16 July 2014–public meetings

Migration Joint Committee–on 18 June, 25 June and 16 July 2014 from 9.30 am–public meetings

National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee–on 19 June and 26 June 2014–private meetings, followed by public meetings

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended the reporting dates for the following inquiries:

Community Affairs Legislation Committee–2014-15 Budget estimates–to report by 26 June 2014

Community Affairs References Committee–

  • Australia’s healthcare system–to report by 8 August 2014
  • speech pathology services–to report by 1 September 2014

Economics Legislation Committee–

  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2014–to report by 28 August 2014
  • Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013–to report by 28 August 2014

Economics References Committee–Affordable housing–to report by 27 November 2014

Education and Employment References Committee–

  • delivery of quality and affordable early childhood education and care services–to report by 15 July 2014
  • immediate future of the childcare sector in Australia–to report by 15 July 2014

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee

The Senate adopted report no. 6 of 2014 of the Selection of Bills Committee and made the following references:

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Bill 2014–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 26 August 2014

Private Health Insurance Amendment (GP Services) Bill 2014–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 4 September 2014

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Stronger Penalties for Serious Failures) Bill 2014–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 26 August 2014

Notices of motion

To extend reporting deadline

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–Future of beekeeping and pollination service industries in Australia–to report by 25 June 2014


To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Joint Committee–on 19 June 2014 from 5 pm–public meeting

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–on 19 June 2014 from 3.45 pm–private meeting

To refer matters to committees

Environment and Communications References Committee–Australia’s environment–to report by the third sitting day in 2015

Privileges Committee–Use of closed circuit television footage by officers of the Department of Parliamentary Services–notice given by the Chair of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (Senator Bernardi) and Senator Faulkner [the President made a statement]

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee–Export Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 and 3 related bills–to report by 10 July 2014



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

Disallowance motions

Notice of motion

Senator Hanson-Young gave a notice of motion to disallow the Migration Amendment (2014 Measures No. 1) Regulation 2014 as contained in Select Legislative Instrument No. 32 2014, made under the Migration Act 1958 [F2014L00286]

Orders for the production of documents

Notice of motion withdrawn

Senator Wright, by leave, withdrew a notice of motion requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Education to table documents relating to the review of the Australian Curriculum [statements were made]

Documents tabled

Government documents [and considered]

Petitioning document relating to past sexual crimes [a statement was made]


Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Routine of business-Variation

The Senate agreed to a motion to give the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2] precedence over all other government business [a statement was made]

Motions agreed to

Death of Mr Leo Seemanpillai–moved by Senators Hanson-Young and Di Natale [statements were made]

Defence–Australian defence manufacturing industry–moved by Senator Conroy, at the request of Senator Moore [debated as a matter of urgency – first speaker]

Foreign Affairs–Sudan–Freedom of religion–moved by Senators Bernardi, Fawcett, O’Sullivan, Xenophon, Madigan and Seselja

Transport–Victoria–East West Link–moved by Senator Conroy

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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