Senate Daily Summary - 9 November 2015

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No. 64/2015

Monday, 9 November 2015

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The Senate met from 10 am to 10.16 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

Bill considered

The following bill was debated

Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2015 second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed

Bills introduced

  • Customs Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015 and Customs Tariff Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 22 October 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015 and Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 19 October 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]i>
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (No Jab, No Pay) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 20 October 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Governance) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 20 October 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 19 October 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Message reported

The House of Representatives agreed to the amendments made by the Senate to the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015

Private senator’s bill to be debated

On Thursday, 12 November 2015, the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2013 [homepage] is scheduled for debate

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and documents tabled

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee-
    • Health Legislation Amendment (eHealth) Bill 2015 [report]
    • Social Services Legislation Amendment (More Generous Means Testing for Youth Payments) Bill 2015 [report]
  • Economics Legislation Committee-
    • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Governance) Bill 2015 [report]
    • Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2015 [report]
  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Motor Vehicle Standards (Cheaper Transport) Bill 2014 [interim report]
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–Customs Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015 and related bill [report]
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–China-Australia Free Trade Agreement [report]

Meetings during the sittings of the Senate

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

Membership

Messages were reported from the House of Representatives notifying the appointment of members to joint committees

New inquiry

National long service standard and portability of entitlements–Education and Employment References Committee–to report by the third sitting day in February 2016

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended the reporting dates for various inquiries of committees

Notices of motion to refer matters to committees

Privileges Committee–Inquiry by the former Select Committee on the Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru–notices of motion given by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale), and Senator Gallacher [the President made a statement]

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

Documents tabled

  • Education–Nous Group contract [The documents were tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 15 October 2015]
  • Health–Food Standards Australia New Zealand [The documents were tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 15 October 2015]

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

Letters of advice were 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 grants

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

Health Insurance–Anti-competitive practices

A report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on anti-competitive and other practices by health insurers and providers in relation to private health insurance was tabled [The report was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 25 March 1999 on the motion of Senator Harradine and amended on 18 September 2002]

Documents tabled

Auditor-General’s reports, Government documents, responses to Senate resolutions [and considered – first speaker]

Other

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

Law and justice–Freedom of speech–moved by Senator Canavan [a statement was made]

Notices of motion

  • The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield) gave notices relating to the days of meeting for 2016, the dates for estimates hearings scheduled in 2016, and the hours of meeting on 11 November 2015 concerning Remembrance Day services
  • Further notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals

Online

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Related resources

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Contact details

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