Senate Daily Summary - 12 November 2015

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No. 67/2015

Thursday, 12 November 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 7.16 pm

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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 assented to

Assent to laws was reported in the Senate

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

  • Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2013–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (No Jab, No Pay) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed

Bills introduced

Messages reported

  • The House of Representatives agreed to the amendments made by the Senate to the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014
  • The House of Representatives disagreed to the amendments made by the Senate to the Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2015–consideration of the message in committee of the whole made an order of the day for the next day of sitting


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports


Additional information received relating to estimates hearings was tabled

Reports and documents tabled

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Report–Social Services Legislation Amendment (No Jab, No Pay) Bill 2015–Additional information
  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee–Review of administration and expenditure no. 11 and no. 12 – Australian intelligence agencies [response to report]
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Joint Committee–Implementation and administration of the National Disability Insurance Scheme [progress report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Publications Committee-19th report

Committee reports were discussed [first speaker]

Establishment of select committee

Unconventional Gas Mining Select Committee–to report by 30 June 2016 [statements were made – first speaker]


  • A message was reported from the House of Representatives notifying the appointment of members to joint committees
  • The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees [Journals entries 32 and 40 refer]

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee

The Senate adopted report no. 14 of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee, as amended, and made the following references:

  • Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2015–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 26 November 2015
  • Commonwealth Grants Commission Amendment (GST Distribution) Bill 2015–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–to report by 16 March 2016
  • Health Insurance Amendment (Safety Net) Bill 2015–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 23 November 2015
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015–Education and Employment Legislation Committee–to report by 30 November 2015
  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Cessation of Visa Labels) Bill 2015–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 25 February 2016
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2015–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 30 November 2015

Other references

Reporting dates

  • The Senate did not agree to a motion to extend the reporting date for an inquiry of the Education and Employment Legislation Committee
  • The Senate extended the reporting dates for inquiries of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Notice of motion to refer a matter to a committee

Penalties for white collar crime–Economics References Committee–to report by 27 July 2016–notice given by Senator Whish-Wilson


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

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered 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

Ministerial statement

The Minister for Defence (Senator Payne) tabled a statement on a new regulatory reform agenda

Documents tabled

Petitioning document


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion debated

Employment–Job losses [first speaker]

Motions denied formality

Motion negatived

Environment–Subsidies for coal-fired power stations–moved by Senator Waters [a statement was made]

Notices of motion

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


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