Senate Daily Summary - 13 August 2015

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No. 42/2015

Thursday, 13 August 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 7.15 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 introduced

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

  • National Integrity Commission Bill 2013–second reading debate continued [first speaker]
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bill was debated and passed without amendments

Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business Measures No. 3) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]

Private senator’s bill to be debated

On Thursday, 20 August 2015, the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Consumer Lease Exclusion) Bill 2015 [homepage] is scheduled for debate

Message reported and considered

Medical Research Future Fund Bill 2015–disagreeing to an amendment made by the Senate, but making an identical amendment in its place–the Senate agreed to the identical amendment [The bill will now be assented to]


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports


Additional information received relating to estimates hearings was tabled

Reports tabled, and considered

  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–
    • Criminal Code Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2013 [report]
    • Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2013 [report]
  • Wind Turbines Select Committee [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]

Meeting during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised a meeting of a committee to be held while the Senate is sitting


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of a committee

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee

The Senate adopted report no. 9 of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following reference:

Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 14 September 2015

Other reference

Perth Freight Link–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 26 November 2015 [statements were made – first speaker]

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended the reporting dates for various inquiries of committees


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 motions

Notice of motion to disallow given

The Chair of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee (Senator Williams) gave a notice of motion to disallow the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (2015 Measures No.3) Regulation 2015 as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2015 No. 45 and made under the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Act 1997 [F2015L00572]

Orders for the production of documents

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statements of compliance were tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Unproclaimed legislation

A document was tabled showing details of unproclaimed Acts, together with a statement of reasons for non-proclamation and a timetable for their operation [standing order 139(2) requires tabling before 31 August each year]


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion debated

Industry–Automotive Transformation Scheme–moved by Senator Xenophon, also on behalf of Senator Madigan [first speaker]

Personal explanation

Senator Ludwig made a statement relating to an incorrect reference in a report submitted to the Department of Finance in 2014

Notices of motion

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


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