Senate Daily Summary - 10 September 2015

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No. 52/2015

Thursday, 10 September 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.16 pm


The President announced the resignation, on 10 September 2015, of Senator Wright, a senator for the state of South Australia


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Water Amendment Bill 2015–second reading agreed to [first speaker]–Australian Greens second reading amendment agreed to–committee of the whole commenced–LDP amendments to be determined

The following bills were debated and passed

Private senators’ bills to be debated

On Thursday, 17 September 2015, the Higher Education Support Amendment (New Zealand Citizens) Bill 2015 [homepage] and the Fair Work Amendment (Penalty Rates Exemption for Small Businesses) Bill 2015 [homepage] are scheduled for debate


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports


Additional information received relating to estimates hearings was tabled

Report tabled

Regulations and Ordinances Committee–Delegated legislation monitor no. 10 of 2015


  • A message was reported from the House of Representatives notifying the appointment of a member to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee
  • The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee

The Senate adopted report no. 11 of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee and made the following references:

  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (More Generous Means Testing for Youth Payments) Bill 2015–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 9 November 2015
  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Better Targeting the Income Tax Transparency Laws) Bill 2015–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 12 October 2015

Reporting date extended

The Senate extended the reporting date for an inquiry of the Education and Employment References Committee


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 Assistant Minister for Health (Senator Nash) tabled a statement on the global outlook and the Australian economy

Documents discussed

Committee reports, government responses and Auditor‑General’s reports were discussed

Other business

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Immigration–Temporary work visas–moved by Senator O’Sullivan [a statement was made]

Motion denied formality

Environment–Climate change–Pacific Island countries–moved by Senator Waters

Motion debated

Defence–Involvement of Australian forces in Syria–Parliamentary approval–moved by Senator Ludlam, at the request of Senator Siewert [first speaker]

Notices of motion

A notice of motion given today is available in the Senate Journals


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