Senate Daily Summary - 14 May 2015

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No. 26/2015

Thursday, 14 May 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 10.53 pm

Budget 2015-16

Budget Papers, Portfolio Budget Statements and related sites

The Opposition, the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale) and Senator Leyonhjelm responded to the Budget statement and documents 


Bills and related documents

Bill introduced

The following bill was introduced

Personal Property Securities Amendment (Deregulatory Measures) Bill 2014 [passed by the House of Representatives 14 May 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

Food Standards Amendment (Fish Labelling) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]; and the Senate agreed to a motion to vary the routine of government business on 12 August 2015 to allow a vote to be taken on the second reading of the bill

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Exit Arrangements) Bill 2015–second reading debate continued [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed without amendments

Australian Border Force Bill 2015 and the Customs and Other Legislation Amendment (Australian Border Force) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker]–AG committee amendment negatived [The bills will now be assented to]

Judiciary Amendment Bill 2015 [second reading - first speaker] [The House of Representatives will now consider the bill]

Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Norfolk Island Reforms) Bill 2015

A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Amendment Bill 2015

Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2015

Health Insurance (Approved Pathology Specimen Collection Centres) Tax Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2015

Health Insurance (Pathology) (Fees) Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2015

Aged Care (Accommodation Payment Security) Levy Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2015

Private Health Insurance (Risk Equalisation Levy) Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2015 [second reading - first speaker] [The bills will now be assented to]

Private Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2014 [second reading - first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]

Messages reported

The House of Representatives agreed to the amendments made by the Senate to the Biosecurity Bill 2014

The House of Representatives agreed to the following bills without amendment:

Construction Industry Amendment (Protecting Witnesses) Bill 2015 and Tribunals Amalgamation Bill 2015

Defence Legislation Amendment (Military Justice Enhancements—Inspector-General ADF) Bill 2014


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports


Additional information received relating to estimates hearings was tabled

Reports and government responses tabled

14th report–Publications Committee

22nd report of 44th Parliament–Human Rights Joint Committee

Competition and Consumer Act 2010—Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Food and Grocery) Regulation 2015–Economics Legislation Committee [report]

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Responses to reports–Inquiry into the incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre from 16 February to 18 February 2014

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee

The Senate adopted report no. 5 of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee, and made the following references:

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 [No. 2]–Education and Employment Legislation Committee–to report by 11 August 2015

Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Powers) Bill 2015–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 18 June 2015

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Employee Share Schemes) Bill 2015–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 16 June 2015


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for inquires of various 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]

Orders for the production of documents

Document tabled

Genetically-modified foods–Advice [the document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to 12 May 2015]

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

A letter of advice 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 contracts published on the Internet

The Senate agreed to amend the order [Letters of advice about certain contracts valued at $100 000 or more entered into by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Departmental and agency grants

A letter of advice was 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

A statement was 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

Ministerial statement

The Minister for Human Services (Senator Payne) tabled a statement relating to the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women [a motion to take note of the document was agreed to – first speaker]

Other business

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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion denied formality

Foreign Affairs–Ban on nuclear weapons–moved by Senator Ludlam [statements were made – first speaker]

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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