Senate Daily Summary - 18 June 2014

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No. 29/2014

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.50 pm


The President of the Senate (Senator Hogg) made a statement, and Senator Boyce and Senator Eggleston 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 introduced

Migration Amendment (Protecting Babies Born in Australia) Bill 2014 [private senator’s bill]

The following bill was debated

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Green Army Programme) Bill 2014–second reading debate continued [first speaker]–AG second reading amendment to be determined

The following bill was debated and defeated

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2]–second reading debate [first speaker]–defeated at second reading


Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate and reporting dates extended

The Senate authorised meetings to be held while the Senate is sitting, and extended a reporting date for a committee [entries nos 18, 19 and 20 refer]


New inquiries

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

 CCTV system use–Privileges Committee

 Income inequality–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 26 November 2014

Notices of motion

To refer matters to committees

Grain export networks–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 3 December 2014–notice given by the Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (Senator Sterle)

Illicit firearms–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by 2 October 2014–notice given by Senator Wright


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

Documents tabled

Government documents

Other business

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

Matters of public interest debate–first speaker

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Environment–World heritage listed sites–proposed by Senator Siewert [first speaker]

Statement by the President

The President (Senator Hogg) made a statement confirming a ruling made by President Calvert about visitors in the chamber

Estimates hearings–Questions on notice–Answer and explanation

Senator Singh asked the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis) why answers had not been provided to questions placed on notice during the consideration of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee estimates hearings. Senator Brandis provided an explanation. A motion moved by Senator Singh to take note of the explanation was debated and agreed to

Motions agreed to

Law and justice–Racial vilification–moved by Senator Di Natale [a statement was made]

Environment–Greenhouse pollution–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

Industry–Mandatory fuel efficiency standards–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

Education–Technical and further education funding–moved by Senator Rhiannon

Family and Community Services–Carers–moved by Senators Siewert, Moore and Boyce

Immigration–Christmas Island tragedy–moved by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Senator Cash)

Motions denied formality

Foreign affairs–Israel-Palestine conflict–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) and Senator Xenophon [statements were made]

Immigration-Asylum seekers from Iraq–moved by Senator Hanson-Young [statements were made]

Personal explanation

Senator Macdonald made a personal explanation relating to comments made about paid parental leave

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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