Senate Daily Summary - 11 February 2015

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No. 4/2015

11 February 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.56 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 introduced

Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015 [private senator’s bill]

Bills considered

The following bills were debated and passed

Amending Acts 1970 to 1979 Repeal Bill 2014 and the Statute Law Revision Bill (No. 2) 2014 [second reading – first speaker]–bills agreed to without amendment [The bills will now be assented to]

Customs Amendment Bill 2014 [second reading – first speaker]–bill agreed to without amendment [The bill will now be assented to]

The following bill was debated

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014–second reading commenced [first speaker]

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings
Committee reports

Reports, and documents, tabled

Economics Legislation Committee–Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Bill 2014 [report]

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Direct Lending and Other Measures) Bill 2014 [report]

Regulations and Ordinances Committee–Delegated legislation monitor no. 1 of 2015
Scrutiny of Bills Committee–1st report of 2015 and Alert digest no. 1 of 2015
Treaties Joint Committee–146th report – Treaty tabled on 30 September 2014 [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of committees to be held while the Senate is sitting [Journals entries nos 3 and 18 refer]

Membership

The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees

New inquiries

The Senate agreed to refer the following matters:

Community Affairs References Committee–Violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability–to report by 24 June 2015

Education and Employment References Committee–Higher education–to report by 17 March 2015

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–Regional capitals in Australia–to report 1 December 2015

Privileges Committee

Senator Gallacher moved a motion, at the request of the chair of the Committee of Privileges (Senator Collins), to adopt recommendations contained in the 160th report of the Privileges Committee, and made by the committee relating to CCTV in Parliament House–matter adjourned to the next day of sitting

Documents

Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

Orders for the production of documents

Documents tabled

A document relating to homelessness and affordable housing commitments [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 10 February 2015]

A document relating to the Mental Health review [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 9 February 2015]

A document relating to the nationally consistent collection of data on students with disability [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 3 December 2014]

A document relating to the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 10 February 2015]

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered that the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Investment comply with the existing order of the Senate of 11 December 2013 relating to free trade agreements–no later than 4 pm on 12 February 2015

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

A letter of advice for the Employment portfolio 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 grants

Letters of advice for various portfolios 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 of compliance for various portfolios 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

Notice of motion

Senator McLucas gave a notice of motion to require the Minister representing the Minister for Health to table documents concerning the Mental Health Review–no later than 3.30 pm on 12 February 2015

Ministerial statement

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs (Senator Scullion) tabled a ministerial statement about ‘Closing the Gap’ [a motion to take note of the statement was agreed to - first speaker]

Documents tabled [Journals entries nos 2 and 27 refer; a statement was made in relation to the report of the Australian Human Rights Commission]

Other

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time –first question
Senators’ statements–first speaker
Adjournment debate–first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

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

Motions agreed to

Environment–Western Australia–Shark catch and kill policy–moved by Senator Siewert [statements were made – Journals entries 23 and 26 refer]

Foreign affairs–Egypt–Al Jazeera journalists–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne)

Health–Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month–moved by Senators Cash and Waters

Health–Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month–moved by Senators Polley, Bilyk, Urquhart and Moore

Primary industries–Kangaroo meat and hide industry–moved by Senator O’Sullivan

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals

Online

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