This week at a glance - 17 to 20 August 2015

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No. 43/2015

17 August to 20 August 2015

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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 to be considered

The Government has scheduled bills for debate this week, as follows:

17 August 2015
  • Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [homepage]
    Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [homepage]
  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 [No. 2] [homepage]
  • Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2014) Bill 2014 [homepage]
18 August 2015
  • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Amendment Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bill 2015 [homepage]
    Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Civil Law and Justice (Omnibus Amendments) Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 [homepage] 
19 August 2015
  • Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 3) Bill 2015 [homepage]
20 August 2015
  • Australian Defence Force Superannuation Bill 2015 [homepage]
    Australian Defence Force Cover Bill 2015 [homepage]
    Defence Legislation Amendment (Superannuation and ADF Cover) Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Passports Legislation Amendment (Integrity) Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Consumer Lease Exclusion) Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (2015 Budget Measures) Bill 2015 [homepage]



Scheduled public committee hearings

Reports due to be tabled this week

17 August 2015
  • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Amendment Bill 2015—Community Affairs Legislation Committee
18 August 2015
  • Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bill 2015 and a related bill–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Fin-fish aquaculture industry in Tasmania–Environment and Communications References Committee
  • Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2015–Community Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Out of home care–Community Affairs References Committee
19 August 2015
  • Commonwealth community service tendering processes by the Department of Social Services–Community Affairs References Committee
20 August 2015
  • Circumstances surrounding a letter sent to the Attorney-General–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee
  • Violence against women–Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Other business

Delegated legislation

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


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