Senate Daily Summary - 9 September 2015

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No. 51/2015

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.56 pm


Senator McKim gave his first speech


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was defeated

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015 [second reading - first speaker]–negatived at second reading

The following bills were debated and passed

The following bill was debated

Water Amendment Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]–Australian Greens second reading amendment to be determined

Bills introduced

Message reported

The House of Representatives agreed to the amendments made by the Senate to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (No. 2) Bill 2015


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Human Rights Joint Committee–27th report of 44th Parliament [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–450th report
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–9th report and alert digest no. 9 of 2015
  • Treaties Joint Committee–151st report

Meetings during the sitting 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

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended the reporting dates for inquiries of various 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

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered 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

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

Government documents

Other business

Senators’ statements – first speaker

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Environment–New South Wales–Newcastle City Council investment policies–moved by Senator Rhiannon [a statement was made]

Proposed suspension of standing orders

The Senate did not agree to a motion moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale) to suspend standing orders to enable debate on a motion relating to Australian forces in Syria [first speaker]

Statement by President

The President made a statement relating to the conduct of senators

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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