Senate Daily Summary - 8 September 2015

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No. 50/2015

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm to 9.45 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 exempted

  • Aged Care Amendment (Independent Complaints Arrangements) Bill 2015
  • Banking Laws Amendment (Unclaimed Money) Bill 2015
  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Primary Television Broadcasting Service) Bill 2015

Bill introduced

Banking Laws Amendment (Unclaimed Money) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 7 September 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Bill considered

The following bill was debated

Banking Laws Amendment (Unclaimed Money) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and government response tabled

  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Water Amendment Bill 2015 [report]
  • Legislation Committees–Reports on annual reports tabled by 30 April 2015:
    • Community Affairs [report]
    • Economics [report]
    • Education and Employment [report]
    • Environment and Communications [report]
    • Finance and Public Administration [report]
    • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade [report]
    • Legal and Constitutional Affairs [report]
    • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport [report]
  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee–Review of administration and expenditure no. 13 (2013-2014) – Australian intelligence agencies [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated]
  • Law Enforcement Joint Committee–Financial related crime [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated]
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Response to report–Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Classification Tools and Other Measures) Bill 2014
  • Public Works Joint Committee–7th report [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]
  • Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru Select Committee–Corrigendum to the dissenting report by coalition senators

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of committees to be held while the Senate is sitting [Journals entries 3 and 13 refer]


  • A message was reported from the House of Representatives notifying changes in the appointment of the Electoral Matters Joint Committee, and the Corporations and Financial Services Joint Committee
  • The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees


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

Notice of motion

Senator Cameron gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister for Human Services to table documents concerning Centrepay Policy and Terms–to table by no later than noon on 14 September 2015

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency entity contracts

A letter of advice was 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

A statement was 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 discussed


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Administration–Abbott Government–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Trade union governance and corruption–Royal Commission–Proposed address to the Governor-General–moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) [statements were made – first speaker]

Notices of motion

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


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