Senate Daily Summary - 11 August 2015

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No. 40/2015

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm until 9.51 pm


Senator Lindgren gave her first speech


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

Medical Research Future Fund Bill 2015 and the Medical Research Future Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

Private senator’s bill to be debated

On Thursday, 13 August 2015, the National Integrity Commission Bill 2013 [homepage] is scheduled for debate

Notice of motion to introduce a government bill

Aged Care Amendment (Independent Complaints Arrangements) Bill 2015–notice given by the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield)


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and government responses tabled

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015 [report]
  • Economics Legislation Committee–Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Bill 2014 [report]
  • Education and Employment Legislation Committee–Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 [No. 2] [report]
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014 [report]

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of the National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee to be held while the Senate is sitting


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees [Journals entries 4 and 28 refer]

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended the reporting dates for inquiries of various committees

Select committee—Variation of appointment

The Senate agreed to change the name of the Abbott Government’s Budget Cuts Select Committee to be known as the Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures Select Committee

Notice of motion to hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

Electoral Matters Joint Committee–12 August, 19 August, 9 September, 16 September, 14 October, 11 November, 25 November and 2 December 2015–private meetings–notice given by Senator Brown


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]

Disallowance motion

Instrument disallowed

The Senate disallowed the Family Law (Fees) Amendment (2015 Measures No. 1) Regulation 2015, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2015 No. 114, made under the Family Law Act 1975 and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 [first speaker]

Orders for the production of documents

Documents tabled

Transport—Western Australia—Perth Freight Link [the documents were tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 10 August 2015]

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment to table documents concerning the Roe 8 extension and the Perth Freight Link–to table by no later than 5 pm on 12 August 2015 [statements were made – first speaker]

Notice of motion

Senator Rhiannon gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Training to table documents concerning higher education–to table by no later than 11 am on 19 August 2015

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]

Documents tabled

Other business

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Death of former senator

The President informed the Senate of the death, on 29 July 2015, of John Peter Sim, CBE, a senator for the state of Western Australia from 1964 to 1981. A motion of condolence moved by the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) was carried [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Motion denied formality

Foreign affairs—Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment–moved by Senator Wright [statements were made – first speaker]

Routine of business–Variation

The Senate agreed to motions to vary the routine of business:

  • on 12 August 2015 to consider a disallowance motion; and
  • on 19 August 2015 to allow valedictory statements to be made relating to Senator Wright

Notices of motion

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


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