Senate Daily Summary - 28 October 2014

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No. 67/2014

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm to 10.58 pm



Bills and related documents

Bills introduced

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014–second reading agreed to [first speaker] and committee of the whole commenced [amendments remain to be considered]

The following bills were discharged from the Notice Paper

  • Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014 [homepage]
  • Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014 [homepage]
    [statements were made – first speaker]

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 30 October 2014 the National Integrity Commission Bill 2013 and the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Bill 2014 are scheduled for debate

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

Notices of motion to introduce government bills

  • Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2014–notice given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis)
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014–notice given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis)


Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports

Reports and documents tabled

Reports on legislation

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2014 [report]
  • Economics Legislation Committee–Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 5) Bill 2014 [report]
  • Education and Employment Legislation Committee–Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 [report]

Other reports and documents

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014 and related bill–Additional information
  • Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Joint Committee–Progress report [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–Review of the Defence Annual Report 2012-13 [report] [a motion to take note of the report was moved]
  • Human Rights Joint Committee–14th report of the 44th Parliament [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to – first speaker]
  • National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee–Future of Norfolk Island [a motion to take note of the report was moved]
  • Public Works Committee–Report no. 6 of 2014

Government responses to committee reports

New inquiry

Defence use of unmanned platforms–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by the last sitting day in June 2015

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Economics References Committee–retail leasing–to report by the 8th sitting day of 2015
  • Environment and Communications References Committee–National Landcare Program–to report by 26 November 2014
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee:
    • Exposure draft of the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2014–to report by 10 November 2014
    • Migration Amendment (Protecting Babies Born in Australia) Bill 2014–to report by 10 February 2015
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Manus Island Detention Centre–to report by 3 December 2014

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of various committee to be held while the Senate is sitting [Journals entries nos 3 and 18 refer]


Messages from the House of Representatives were reported advising that:

  • Mr Pitt had been appointed to the Australia Fund Establishment Joint Select Committee in place of Dr Gillespie
  • Ms TM Butler, Mr Husic and Mr Wilkie had been appointed to the Australia Fund Establishment Joint Select Committee
  • Dr Chalmers, Mr Conroy and Mr Palmer had been appointed to the Trade and Investment Growth Joint Select Committee

The Senate agreed to changes in the membership of various committees


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 for the production of documents

Document tabled

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs (Senator Scullion) tabled a document relating to the order for the production of documents concerning the Corporations Amendment (Streamlining Future of Financial Advice) Regulations 2014 [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate of 2 October 2014]

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered the Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Cormann) to table the Future Fund’s analysis of the risks to its portfolio posed by climate impacts and ‘unburnable carbon’–no later than noon on 24 November 2014 [a statement was made]

Notices of motion

  • Senators Hanson-Young and Di Natale gave a notice of motion to require the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Senator Cash) to table a copy of advice relating to the suspension of the humanitarian intake from countries affected by Ebola–no later than 3 pm on 30 October 2014
  • Senator Conroy gave a notice of motion to require the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann) and the Minister representing the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield) to table the NBN Co Corporate Plan 2014–17–no later than 3.30 pm on 24 November 2014

Ministerial statements

  • The Minister for Indigenous Affairs (Senator Scullion) tabled a ministerial statement relating to spring repeal day
  • The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs (Senator Ronaldson) tabled a statement on research into the effects of military service on veterans and their families [a motion to take note of the statement was debated – first speaker]

Other business

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

Days of meeting

The Senate agreed to a motion establishing the sitting days for 2015 [statements were made – first speaker]

Matter of public importance discussed

Administration–Abbott Government–Election commitments–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

Immigration–Asylum seekers–Mr Zainullah Naseri–moved by Senator Hanson-Young [statements were made – first speaker]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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