Senate Daily Summary - 11 November 2015

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No. 66/2015

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 7.59 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.


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bills were debated and passed

The following bills were debated

  • Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 [second reading - first speaker, as part of the above package of bills*] [a motion to separate this bill from the package was agreed to]
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (More Generous Means Testing for Youth Payments) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

Bills introduced

Notices of motion to introduce bills

  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015–notice given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis)
  • Interactive Gambling Amendment (Sports Betting Reform) Bill 2015–notice given by Senator Xenophon


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and documents tabled

Meetings during the sittings of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of the Treaties Joint Committee to be held while the Senate is sitting


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of a committee

Report adopted

Procedure Committee–Third report of 2015 [Accordingly standing order 22(3)(a) was amended, and a temporary order was adopted – see Journals]

Reporting date extended

The Senate extended the reporting date for an inquiry of the Community Affairs References Committee

Notices of motion

to establish a select committee

Select Committee on Unconventional Gas Mining–to report by 30 June 2016–notice given by Senator Lazarus

to extend reporting date

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015–to report by 2 February 2016–notice given by Senator Carr

to refer matters to committees

  • Lyme-like illness–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 20 June 2016–notice given by Senators Madigan, Wang, Leyonhjelm and Day
  • Revenge pornography–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by 25 February 2016–notice given by Senator Bilyk


Delegated legislation

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

Disallowance motions

The Chair of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee (Senator Williams) gave a notice of intention to withdraw a notice to disallow the Pay as you go withholding – PAYG Withholding Variation: Allowances – Legislative Instrument [F2015L01047]

Orders for the production of documents

Notice of motion

Senator Ludlam gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development to table documents relating to the Perth Freight Link project–no later than 5 pm on 23 November 2015

Documents tabled


Senators’ statements – first speaker

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Law and justice–Standing under environmental laws–moved by Senator Canavan [statements were made – first speaker]

Notices of motion

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


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