Senate Daily Summary - 14 October 2015

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No. 61/2015

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 7.58 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.

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was debated and passed

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker]–bill agreed to without amendments [the bill will now be assented to]

The following bill was debated

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Better Targeting the Income Tax Transparency Laws) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

Bills introduced

  • Customs Depot Licensing Charges Amendment Bill 2015, Customs Amendment (Fees and Charges) Bill 2015 and Import Processing Charges Amendment Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 14 October 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Defence Legislation Amendment (First Principles) Bill 2015 [Senate bill - Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Further Strengthening Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 14 October 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cost of Living Concession) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 14 October 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Low Income Supplement) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 14 October 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Notices of motion

  • to discharge a bill from the Notice Paper - Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013–notice given by the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield)
  • to introduce a bill - Crimes Legislation Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2015–notice given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis) and Senator Xenophon

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and documents tabled

  • Economics Legislation Committee–Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 and related bills [report]
  • Education and Employment References Committee–Australia’s temporary work visa programs [interim report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated]
  • Human Rights Joint Committee–29th report of 44th Parliament
  • President’s response to the report of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–Department of Parliamentary Services
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee–Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015–Additional information
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–11th report and alert digest no. 11 of 2015

Meeting during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised a meeting of the Treaties Joint Committee to be held while the Senate is sitting

Membership

  • 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

Notice of motion to refer matters to a committee

Political donations–Electoral Matters Joint Committee–to report by the last sitting day in March 2016–notice given by Senators Madigan and Xenophon

Documents

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

Notices of motion

  • Senator Carr gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister for Education and Training (Senator Birmingham) to table documents relating to the review of the Disability Support Program–no later than 4.30 pm on 15 October 2015
  • Senator Siewert gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Health (Senator Nash) to table documents relating to the food standards code–by no later than 22 October 2015
  • Senators Carr, Lambie, Lazarus and Siewert gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister for Education and Training (Senator Birmingham) to table documents relating to the Nous Group contract–no later than 3.30 pm on 15 October 2015

Orders with continuing effect

Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies

Letters of advice were 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 grants

Letters of advice were 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

Documents tabled

  • Government documents
  • Parliamentary Budget Office–Report for 2014-15

Other

Senators’ statements – first speaker

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Administration–Responsibility for water policy–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Social issues–Anti-Poverty Week–moved by Senator Siewert [a statement was made]

Temporary chairs of committees

Warrants were tabled nominating Senators Ketter and Reynolds as additional temporary chairs of committees, and revoking the nomination of Senators Dastyari and Smith as temporary chairs of committees

Notices of motion

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

Online

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Related resources

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Contact details

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