Senate Daily Summary - 7 September 2015

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No. 49/2015

Monday, 7 September 2015

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The Senate met from 10 am to 10.19 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 assented to

Assent to laws were reported in the Senate

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

The following bills were debated and passed

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (No. 2) Bill 2015 [second reading - first speaker]–bill passed with Government and Opposition amendments [the House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate]
  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 2) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker]–bill agreed to without amendments [the bill will now be assented to]

Bill introduced

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 7 September 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Private senator’s bill to be debated

On Thursday, 10 September 2015, the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Consumer Lease Exclusion) Bill 2015 [homepage] is scheduled for debate

Notice of motion

To exempt bills from the cut-off order [to enable consideration during this period of sittings]–Aged Care Amendment (Independent Complaints Arrangements) Bill 2015, Banking Laws Amendment (Unclaimed Money) Bill 2015 and Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Primary Television Broadcasting Service) Bill 2015 [statements of reasons]–notice given by the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield)


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and a government response tabled

  • Economics References Committee–
  • Corrigendum to report–Corporate tax avoidance – Part 1: You cannot tax what you cannot see
  • Future of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry [interim report]
  • Response to report–Privatisation of state and territory assets and new infrastructure
  • Environment and Communications References Committee–Regulation of the fin-fish aquaculture industry in Tasmania [report]
  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee–Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 [report]
  • Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru Select Committee–Taking responsibility: conditions and circumstances at Australia’s Regional Processing Centre in Nauru [final report]

Meetings during the sittings of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of committees to be held while the Senate is sitting


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of a committee

New inquiries

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended the reporting dates for various inquiries of committees

Notice of motion

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting–Murray-Darling Basin Plan Select Committee–10 September 2015, 17 September 2015, 15 October 2015, 12 November 2015, 26 November 2015 and 3 December 2015–private meetings


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 of intention to withdraw

Senators Leyonhjelm and Muir gave a notice of intention to withdraw a notice to disallow the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Amendment (Firearms and Firearm Magazines) Regulation 2015, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2015 No. 133 and made under the Customs Act 1901 [F2015L01233]

Orders for the production of documents

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

A letter of advice was tabled [Lists of appointments made and existing vacancies are required to be tabled 7 days before the commencement of budget, supplementary budget and additional estimates hearings]

Departmental and agency entity contracts

Letters of advice were tabled [Lists of all grants approved are required to be tabled 7 days before the commencement of budget, supplementary budget and additional estimates hearings]

Departmental and agency unanswered questions on notice–Estimates hearings

Statements were tabled [Letters of advice in relation to questions taken on notice are required to be tabled by not later than 10 days before the commencement of the budget estimates, supplementary budget estimates and additional estimates hearings

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

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

Documents tabled and considered

Government documents [and considered], and a response to a Senate resolution


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

First speech

The Senate agreed to a motion moved by the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) for Senator McKim to make his first speech on 9 September 2015

Matter of public importance discussed

Immigration–Refugee intake from Syria–proposed by Senator Siewert [first speaker]

Motion agreed to

Indigenous Australians–Constitutional recognition–moved by Senator Siewert

Notices of motion

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


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