Senate Daily Summary - 14 September 2015

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No. 54/2015

Monday, 14 September 2015

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The Senate met from 10 am to 9.05 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 assented to

Assent to laws were reported in the Senate

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014–second reading debate continued [first speaker]
  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 3) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed

Bills introduced

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standing) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 10 September 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 4) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 14 September 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Notice of motion

To exempt bills from the cut-off order [to enable consideration during this period of sittings]–Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill 2015 and the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 4) Bill 2015 [statements of reasons]–notice given by the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield)


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Report tabled

Economics Legislation Committee–Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 [report]

Meetings during the sittings of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of committees to be held while the Senate is sitting


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

Orders for the production of documents

Document tabled

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training (Senator Ryan) tabled a document relating to Centrepay Policy and Terms [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 9 September 2015]

Notice of motion

Senator Conroy gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development to table documents concerning North Star Cruises–to table by no later than noon on 17 September 2015

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency unanswered questions on notice–Estimates hearings

Statements were 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

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]

Documents tabled


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Administration-Abbott Government–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motion agreed to

Community Affairs References Committee–Report–Speech pathology services-Government’s response–moved by Senators Siewert, Moore and Brown

Personal explanation

Senator Lambie made a statement relating to a family matter

Notices of motion

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


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