Senate Daily Summary - 1 December 2015

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No. 75/2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm to 11.52 pm

On the first day of each sitting week the Senate Daily Summary outlines the business scheduled for consideration in the Senate. On subsequent days, it provides a convenient summary of the previous day’s proceedings in the Senate, with links to official Senate records.

Another document useful in tracking the business of the Senate is the Dynamic Red, which records proceedings in the Senate as they happen.


Bills and related documents

Bills introduced

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

Notices of motion

To discharge a government bill

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 3) Bill 2015–notice given by Senator McKim

To introduce bills

  • Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Bill 2015–notice given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis)
  • Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015–notice given by Senator Leyonhjelm
  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015–notice given by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs (Senator Scullion)


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Economics References Committee:
    • Future of Australia’s automotive industry: Driving jobs and investment [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
    • Third party certification of food [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee:
    • Principles and practice – Australian defence industry and exports [report]
    • Review of the Defence annual report 2013-14 [report]
  • Public Works Joint Committee–10th report of 2015

Meetings during the sittings of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of committees to be held while the Senate is sitting [Journals entries nos 3 and 15 refer]


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees

New inquiry

Future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 30 June 2016

Notices of motion

To refer matters to committees

  • Australian children accessing online pornography–Environment and Communications References Committee–to report by the first sitting day in December 2016–notice given by Senators Bullock and Back
  • Detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 30 July 2016–notice given by the Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert)
  • Defence Housing Australia–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by 30 April 2016–notice given by Senator Conroy


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]

Ministerial statements

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs (Senator Scullion) tabled statements relating to the:

Documents tabled


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion denied formality

Foreign affairs–West Papua–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale) [statements were made – first speaker]

Proposed suspension of standing orders

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by Senator Ludlam to suspend standing orders to enable debate on a motion relating to Timor-Leste [first speaker]

Variation of hours of meeting and routine of business

The Senate agreed to a motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for today [the motion was debated – first speaker]

Notices of motion

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


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