Senate Daily Summary - 22 September 2014

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No. 56/2014

Monday, 22 September 2014

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The Senate met from 10 am until 10.24 pm

 

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (Abolition) Bill 2014–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed

Health Workforce Australia (Abolition) Bill 2014–[first speaker – second reading debate] [The bill will now be assented to]

Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill 2014 [first speaker – second reading debate] [The bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion to introduce a private senator’s bill

Migration Amendment (Humanitarian Visa Intake) Bill 2014–notice given by Senator Hanson-Young

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

Private senators’ bills to be debated

On 14 November 2013 the Senate agreed to a temporary order allowing private senators’ bills to be considered on Thursdays. On 25 September 2014 the Fair Trade (Australian Standards) Bill 2013 and Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Certain Types of Abortion) Bill 2013 are scheduled for debate

 

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and documents tabled

Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014 and the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014–

Economics Legislation Committee–Corporations Amendment (Streamlining of Future of Financial Advice) Bill 2014 [report]

Intelligence and Security Joint Committee–

    • National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014 [report]
    • Review of administration and expenditure no. 11 and no. 12–Australian intelligence agencies [report] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]
    • Review of the listing of Boko Haram; Review of the re-listing of the Islamic State [report] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014 [report]

Procedure Committee–Third report of 2014

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–Industry structures and systems governing levies on grass-fed cattle [report]

Government response to committee report tabled

Environment and Communications References Committee–Report–Effectiveness of threatened species and ecological communities’ protection in Australia

Notices of motion

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

Education and Employment Legislation Committee–on 23 September 2014, from 4 pm–public meeting

Electoral Matters Joint Committee–24 September 2014, from 9.45 am to 11 am–public meeting

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee—24 September 2014 and 1 October 2014, from 11 am to noon–public meetings

Health Select Committee–on 25 September 2014, from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm–public meeting

National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee–25 September 2014, 2 October 2014, 30 October 2014, 27 November 2014 and 4 December 2014–private meetings

 

Membership

A message was received from the House of Representatives varying the membership of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees

 

Documents

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]

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency unanswered questions on notice–Estimates hearings

Statements of compliance for various portfolios were tabled [Letters of advice in relation to questions taken on notice are required to be tabled by not later than 10 days before the commencement of the budget estimates, supplementary budget estimates and additional estimates hearings] [Journals entries 26 and 39 refer]

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statements of compliance for various portfolios were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year] [Journals entries 25 and 38 refer]

Ministerial statements

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Abetz) tabled a ministerial statement on national security [a motion to take note of the statement was agreed to – first speaker]

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment (Senator Birmingham) tabled a ministerial statement on G20-OECD tax and transparency

Documents tabled

1 petition

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Act of Recognition Review Panel–Final report by the Honourable John Anderson AO, Ms Hosch and Mr Eccles [a motion to take note of the document was debated]

Auditor-General report no. 1 of 2014-15

Department of the Senate–Inter-Parliamentary Union–Travel expenditure, 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014

Department of the Senate–Travel expenditure, 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014

Questions on Notice Summary–12 November 2013 to 30 June 2014

Response to Senate resolution about sports funding–from the Chief Executive Officer, Australian Commonwealth Games Association (Mr Crosswhite, AM) [resolution agreed to on 4 September 2014]

 

 

Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question
Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motion agreed to

Immigration–Asylum seekers–Mr Hamid Kehazaei–moved by Senator Hanson-Young [a statement was made]

Motion negatived

Environment–Climate change–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne), at the request of Senator Siewert [debated as a matter of urgency – first speaker]

Death of former Clerk of the Senate

The President informed the Senate of the death, earlier this month, of Harry Evans, former Clerk of the Senate from 1988 to 2009. A motion of condolence moved by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Abetz) was carried [first speaker]

Statement by President

The President made a statement about security arrangements for Parliament House

Notices of motion

To amend standing orders, and procedural orders of continuing effect

Temporary orders relating to the routine of business contained in Appendix 1 of the Procedure Committee’s Third report of 2014–notice given by the Chair of the Procedure Committee (Senator Marshall)

Discontinuation of the order of the Senate relating to photography in the Senate chamber–notice given by the Chair of the Procedure Committee (Senator Marshall)

Amendment of the order relating to the provision of seating on the floor of the Senate–notice given by the Chair of the Procedure Committee (Senator Marshall)

Further notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals

 

Statistics

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.

Online

The Senate Daily Summary is available at www.aph.gov.au/senate

It is issued by the Senate Table Office as a convenient summary of each day’s proceedings in the Senate. For a complete account see the official record, the Journals of the Senate.

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