Senate Daily Summary - 2 December 2015

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No. 76/2015

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 7.54 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.

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills assented to

Assent to laws were reported in the Senate

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015–committee of the whole continued [amendments remain to be considered]

The following bill was debated and passed

Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015–Opposition second reading amendment agreed to–Opposition amendments disagreed to–bill agreed to with Government and Lazarus/AMEP amendments and a request for an amendment–[the House of Representatives agreed to make the amendment requested by the Senate and will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Bills introduced

Messages reported

The House of Representatives agreed to the amendments made by the Senate to the Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015 and the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (2015 Budget Measures) Bill 2015

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and documents tabled

  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Report–Performance, importance and the role of Australia Post in Australian communities and its operations in relation to licensed post offices [Government’s response to report]
  • Environment and Communications References Committee–Stormwater management in Australia [report]
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–Australia’s relationship with Mexico [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated]
  • Human Rights Joint Committee–32nd report of 44th Parliament
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Regulations and Ordinances Committee–Delegated legislation monitor no. 16 of 2015
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–14th report and alert digest no. 14 of 2015 [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]

Membership

The Senate agreed to vary the membership of a committee

New inquiries

Variation of appointment–Joint standing committee

The Senate agreed to vary the resolution of appointment of the Electoral Matters Joint Committee 

Notices of motion

To refer matters to committees

  • Adequacy of security for government and citizen data–Environment and Communications References Committee–to report by 23 June 2016–notice given by Senator Xenophon
  • Carbon risk–Economics References Committee–to report by 22 June 2016–notice given by Senator Whish-Wilson
  • Commercial use of the Bombus Terrestris bumble population in Tasmania–Environment and Communications References Committee–to report by 22 June 2016–notice given by Senator Urquhart
  • Commonwealth procurement procedures–Finance and Public Administration References Committee–to report by 23 June 2016–notice given by Senators Carr, Muir, Madigan, Xenophon and Rice
  • Medical complaints process in Australia–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 4 February 2016–notice given by Senator Xenophon
  • Oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight–Environment and Communications References Committee–to report by 3 March 2016–notice given by Senators Simms and Xenophon
  • Primary and secondary school education–Education and Employment References Committee–to report by 1 July 2016–notice given by Senator Dastyari

Documents

Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

A Clerk’s document was tabled [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

Orders for the production of documents

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered the Minister for Education and Training (Senator Birmingham) to table documents relating to the Childcare Assistance Package–no later than 4 pm on 8 December 2015 [a statement was made]

Notices of motion

  • Senator Lambie gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister for Defence to table the Defence White Paper 2015–no later than 3.30 pm on 2 February 2016
  • Senator Lambie gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister for Defence to table documents relating to Defence Housing Australia–no later than 3.30 pm on 2 February 2016 

Ministerial statements

The Minister for Employment (Senator Cash) tabled statements relating to Operation Sovereign Borders, progress with implementing the Australian Government’s response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review report, and the Australian Government’s response to the Harper Review’s recommendation on road pricing

Documents tabled

Other

Senators’ statements – first speaker

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Taxation–Goods and services tax–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Consideration of legislation–Proposed discharge of order of the day–moved by Senator McKim [statements were made – first speaker]

Notices of motion

Further notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals [entries nos 3 and 36 refers]

Online

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Related resources

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Contact details

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