Senate Daily Summary - 15 September 2015

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No. 55/2015

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm to 10.20 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 exempted

  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill 2015

  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 4) Bill 2015

Bill introduced

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Better Targeting the Income Tax Transparency Laws) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 14 September 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Bill considered

The following bill was debated and passed

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill 2015 [second reading - first speaker]–AG second reading amendment not agreed to–AG committee amendment not agreed to-bill passed without amendments [the bill will now be assented to]

The following bill was debated

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 4) Bill 2015-second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

Messages reported

The House of Representatives agreed to the Aged Care Amendment (Independent Complaints Arrangements) Bill 2015 and the Civil Law and Justice (Omnibus Amendments) Bill 2015 [the bills will now be assented to]



Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015 [report]

  • Economics Legislation Committee–Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill 2015 [report]

  • Law Enforcement Joint Committee–Examination of the annual report of the Australian Federal Police 2013-14 [report]

  • Public Works Joint Committee–8th report of 2015

  • Treaties Joint Committee–153rd report–Treaties tabled on 16 June and 23 June 2015 [report]

Meetings during the sittings of the Senate

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

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]

Orders for the production of documents

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered 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 entity contracts

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 Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training (Senator Ryan) tabled the 2015 ministerial investment statement

Documents tabled

3 petitions


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

EconomicsEconomic leadership-proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Economics–Competition policy–Effects test–moved by Senator Whish-Wilson [statements were made – first speaker]


The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Abetz) made a statement relating to ministerial arrangements

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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