Senate Daily Summary - 5 March 2015

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No. 11/2015

Thursday, 5 March 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 8.38 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 introduced

International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015 [private senator’s bill]

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives on 5 March 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 and the Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013–second reading debate continued [first speaker]

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2014–second reading debate continued [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition (Sunset Extension) Bill 2015–agreed to without amendments [first speaker – second reading] [The bill will now be assented to]

Defence Legislation Amendment (Military Justice Enhancements—Inspector-General ADF) Bill 2014–agreed to without amendments [first speaker – second reading] [The bill will now be assented to]

 

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2014 and the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment (Designated Coastal Waters) Bill 2014–agreed to without amendments [first speaker – second reading] [The bills will now be assented to]

Notice of motion to exempt a bill from the cut-off order [to enable consideration during this period of sittings] – National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2015–notice given by the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield)

Message reported

Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014–agreeing to the amendments made by the Senate [The bill will now be assented to]

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Estimates

Additional information received relating to estimates hearings was tabled

Report tabled

Publications Committee–13th report

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee

The Senate adopted report no. 2 of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee and made the following references:

Australian Border Force Bill 2015 and the Customs and Other Legislation Amendment (Australian Border Force) Bill 2015–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 7 May 2015

Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Bill 2014–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 11 August 2015

Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–to report by 7 August 2015

Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 12 May 2015

Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 12 May 2015

Private Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2014–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 12 May 2015

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–to report by 23 March 2015

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015–Education and Employment Legislation Committee–to report by 23 March 2015

Membership

The Senate agreed to vary the membership of various committees [Journals entries nos 17 and 28 refer]

Notice of motion to refer a matter to a committee

Storm water management–Environment and Communications References Committee–to report by no later than 25 June 2015–notice given by Senator Xenophon

Reporting date extended

The Senate extended a reporting date for an inquiry of Education and Employment Legislation Committee

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]

Orders for the production of documents

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

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

Ministerial statement

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture (Senator Colbeck) tabled a statement and document relating to the 2015 Intergenerational Report [a motion to take note of the documents was debated]

Documents discussed

Government documents, committee reports, government responses and Auditor‑General’s reports were discussed [and considered]

Other

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

Motions agreed to

Animal welfare–Greyhound racing industry–moved by Senator Rhiannon

Family and community services–Earn or learn measure–moved by Senator Siewert [a statement was made]

Senate–Minor party and independent senators–moved by Senators Day, Leyonhjelm, Muir, the Leader of the Palmer United Party (Senator Lazarus) and Senator Wang

Transport–Cyclist safety–moved by Senator Rice [a statement was made]

Motion debated

Mining–Coal seam gas–moved by the Leader of the Palmer United Party (Senator Lazarus) [first speaker]

Motion negatived

Mining–Coal seam gas–moved by Senator Waters [a statement was made]

Notices of motion

To vary the routine of business on 23 March 2015 to enable valedictory statements to be made relating to Senator Lundy

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

Online

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