Senate Daily Summary - 23 June 2014

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No. 32/2014

Monday, 23 June 2014

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The Senate met from 10 am until 10.24 pm



Bills and related documents

Bills introduced

The following bills were introduced

Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014 and Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014 [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 June 2014] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Bills considered

The following bills were debated and passed

Export Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 and 3 related bills [first speaker] [The bills will now be assented to]

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Measures) Bill 2014–Opposition second reading amendment agreed to; AG second reading amendment negatived [first speaker – second reading debate]–1 Opposition amendment agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendment made by the Senate]

Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2013–Government, Opposition and AG amendments agreed to [first speaker – second reading debate] [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Bill assented to

Assent to a law was reported in the Senate

Notice of motion to introduce a private senator’s bill

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Amendment (A Stronger Land Account) Bill 2014–notice given by Senator Siewert

[See committees for details of reports on legislation]


Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports 

Report tabled

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2014 [report]

Committee documents tabled

Operation sovereign borders–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–Additional information

Meeting during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee to hold a private meeting while the Senate is sitting on 24 June 2014

New inquiry

Labelling of seafood and seafood products–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 27 October 2014

Notices of motion

To extend reporting deadlines

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–National Broadband Network Companies Amendment (Tasmania) Bill 2014–to report by 16 July 2014

School Funding Select Committee–to report by 9 July 2014

To refer matters to committees

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Rights of terminally ill people–to report by 27 October 2014–notice given by Senator Di Natale


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]

Disallowance motions

Instruments disallowed

The Senate agreed to disallow item 4.10A of Schedule 1 of the Bankruptcy Amendment (2014 Measures No. 1) Regulation 2014 [F2014L00350], and Division 2.11 of the Bankruptcy (Fees and Remuneration) Determination 2014 [F2014L00367], made under the Bankruptcy Act 1966 [first speaker]

Documents tabled

1 petition

Auditor-General–Audit reports nos 47 and 48 of 2013-14

Australian parliamentary delegation to the 130th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly: Geneva, Switzerland, and bilateral visits to the United Arab Emirates and Singapore

Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Proposed suspension of standing orders

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by Senator Hanson-Young to suspend standing orders to enable debate on a motion relating to asylum seekers from Iraq [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Finance–Future of financial advice laws–moved by Senator Dastyari, at the request of Senator Moore [debated as a matter of urgency – first speaker]

Foreign affairs–Marrakesh Treaty–moved by Senator Whish-Wilson [statements were made]

Personal explanations

Senator Dastyari made a personal explanation relating to comments made by the former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr, in his book

Senator Faulkner made a personal explanation relating to an article in The Weekend Australian concerning Middle Eastern policy

Notices of motion

Notices of motion to amend standing and temporary orders

Amendment of standing order 72–notice given by the Chair of the Procedure Committee (Senator Parry)

Amendment of temporary order relating to the consideration of private senators’ bills–notice given by the Chair of the Procedure Committee (Senator Parry)

Further 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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