Senate Daily Summary - 18 November 2014

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No. 72/2014

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm until 9.06 pm


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were debated and passed

Australian Education Amendment Bill 2014–agreed to without amendments [first speaker – second reading debate] [The bill will now be assented to]

Private Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014–agreed to without amendments [first speaker – second reading debate] [The bill will now be assented to]

The following bill was debated

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Seniors Supplement Cessation) Bill 2014–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports considered

Human Rights Joint Committee–15th report of 44th Parliament [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to – first speaker]

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Exposure draft of the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2014 [a motion to take note of the report was debated]

Reporting date extended

The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee was granted an extension of time to report–Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment Bill 2014–by 3 December 2014

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of various committees to be held while the Senate is sitting [a statement was made]


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Notices of motion

To refer matters to committees

Operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training providers in Australia–Education and Employment References Committee–to report by no later than 10 August 2015–notice given by Senator Rhiannon

Proposed amendments to the Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2013 circulated by the Palmer United Party on sheet 7618–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 26 November 2014–moved by the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield)


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]

Notice of intention to withdraw

The Chair of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee (Senator Williams) gave a notice of intention to withdraw a notice to disallow the Financial Management and Accountability Amendment (2014 Measures No. 6) Regulation 2014, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2014 No. 107 and made under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 [F2014L00841] [a statement was made]

Orders for the production of documents

Notice of motion

Senator Carr gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to table the report of the investigation by Transfield Services concerning the treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island–no later than 3.30 pm on 24 November 2014

Documents tabled

1 petition

Document, pursuant to order [and considered]

Petitioning document

Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Administration–Australian Defence Force pay deal–proposed by Senator Moore [debated as a matter of urgency – first speaker]

Administration–G20 Australia 2014–Contribution of officials and volunteers–moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Health–Mental health–moved by Senators Wright and Di Natale [a statement was made]

Mining–Benefits of resource projects–moved by Senator O’Sullivan

National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants–5th anniversary–moved by Senators Siewert and Moore

Motion negatived

Sport–2022 FIFA World Cup–Australian bid–moved by Senator Di Natale

Motion not resolved

Environment–Queensland–Galilee Basin–standing in the name Senator Waters [statements were made – first speaker]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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