Senate Daily Summary - 30 September 2014

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No. 61/2014

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm until 9.20 pm

 

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills introduced

The following bills were introduced:

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Unexplained Wealth and Other Measures) Bill 2014 [passed by the House of Representatives on 25 September 2014] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Customs Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 and Customs Tariff Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 [passed by the House of Representatives on 25 September 2014] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Bills considered

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014 and Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

Notice of motion

To exempt bills from the cut-off order [to enable consideration during this period of sittings – 26 August to 2 October 2014]

  • Customs Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014
  • Customs Tariff Amendment (Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Appropriations and Staffing Standing Committee–Report for 2013-14
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Customs Amendment Bill 2014 [report]

Extension of time

The Senate extended the reporting date for the inquiry of the Community Affairs References Committee into grandparents raising grandchildren to 29 October 2014

Leave for committees to meet

The Senate agreed to a motion authorising the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee to meet while the Senate is sitting on 1 October 2014

New select committee

The Senate debated and agreed to a motion moved by the Leader of the Palmer United Party in the Senate (Senator Lazarus) establishing a Select Committee on Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs [first speaker]

Membership

A message from the House of Representatives was reported notifying the appointment of members to the following committees:

  • Australia Fund Establishment Joint Select Committee
  • Human Rights Parliamentary Joint Committee
  • Trade and Investment Growth Joint Select Committee

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]

Disallowance motions

Notice to consider a disallowance motion

A notice of motion was given to suspend standing orders to enable debate on a notice of motion standing in the name of Senator Dastyari proposing the disallowance of the Corporations Amendment (Streamlining Future of Financial Advice) Regulation 2014, made under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2014L00891]

Notice of intention to withdraw

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Williams) gave a notice of intention to withdraw a notice to disallow the Farm Household Support Secretary’s Rule 2014 [F2014L00614] [a statement was made]

Order for the production of documents

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

A statement of compliance for the Health portfolio was tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered the Ministers representing the Minister for Industry, the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Treasurer to produce documents relating to the Toowoomba Bypass project–no later than 1 October 2014 [a statement was made]

Notice of motion

Senator Hanson-Young gave a notice of motion to require the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to table documents relating to the Nauru Detention Centre–no later than 3 pm on 2 October 2014

Documents tabled

Other business

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

Matter of public importance discussed

Taxation–Multinational companies–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Environment–Great Barrier Reef–Comments by Member for Dawson–moved by Senator Waters [statements were made – first speaker]

Motions negatived

Proposed suspension of standing orders

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) to suspend standing orders to enable debate on a motion relating to the deployment of Australian troops in Iraq [first speaker]

Notices of motion

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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Related resources

The Order of Business (or ‘Senate Red’) and the Dynamic Red (which updates the Order of Business throughout the sitting day) are also available at www.aph.gov.au/senate

Contact details

Inquiries, comments and suggestions:
phone: (02) 6277 3021
e-mail: sds@aph.gov.au

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