Senate Daily Summary - 16 September 2015

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No. 56/2015

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 7.48 pm

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Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014–second reading debate continued [first speaker]

The following bill was debated and passed

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 4) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker]–AG committee amendment not agreed to–bill passed without amendments [the bill will now be assented to]

Bill introduced

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 15 September 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Notices of motion to introduce private senators’ bills

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015–notice given by Senator Rhiannon
  • Fair Work Amendment (Gender Pay Gap) bill 2015–notice given by Senator Waters


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Community Affairs References Committee–Impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth community service tendering processes by the Department of Social Services [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  •  Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee:
    • Handling of a letter sent by Mr Man Haron Monis to the Attorney-General [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
    • Matter of a popular vote, in the form of a plebiscite or referendum, on the matter of marriage in Australia [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–10th report and alert digest no. 10 of 2015

Notice of motion to refer a matter to a committee

Regional processing centres in the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by 31 December 2016–notice given by Senators Hanson-Young and Gallacher


Delegated legislation

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

A Clerk’s document was tabled [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

Disallowance motions

Notices of motion to disallow given

The Chair of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee (Senator Williams) gave notices of motion to disallow:

  • the Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Regulation 2015 [F2015L00969]
  • the Pay as you go withholding – PAYG Withholding Variation: Allowances – Legislative Instrument [F2015L01047]
  • the Specification of Occupations, a Person or Body, a Country or Countries 2015 [F2015L01147]

Notice of intention to withdraw

The Chair of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee (Senator Williams) gave a notice of intention to withdraw notices to disallow 3 instruments [a statement was made]

Orders for the production of documents

Notices of motion

  • Senator Conroy gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Communications and/or the Minister for Finance to table documents relating to the NBN Co Limited Corporate Plan 2016–no later than 3.30 pm on 12 October 2015
  • Senator Lambie gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs to table documents relating to the 2014 Client Services Survey for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs–no later than 3.30 pm on 12 October 2015
  • The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister representing the Prime Minister to table documents relating to the Coalition Agreement–no later than 3.30 pm on 17 September 2015

Documents tabled


Senators’ statements – first speaker

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Defence–Australian Defence Force pay-proposed by Senator Lambie [first speaker]

Ministry and ministerial arrangements

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Abetz) tabled a document relating to the Turnbull Ministry [a statement was made]

Motions agreed to

Notices of motion

Further notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals [Journals entry no. 15 also refers]


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