Senate Daily Summary - 17 September 2015

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No. 57/2015

Thursday, 17 September 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 6.25 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 assented to

Assent to laws were reported in the Senate

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

  • Fair Work Amendment (Penalty Rates Exemption for Small Businesses) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]
  • Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014–second reading debate continued [first speaker]
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (New Zealand Citizens) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

Bills introduced

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Fair Work Amendment (Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2015 [homepage]
  • Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Bill 2015, and Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 17 September 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Estimates

Additional information received relating to estimates hearings was tabled

Reports tabled

  • Community Affairs References Committee–Availability of new, innovative and specialist cancer drugs in Australia [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated]
  • Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–Department of Parliamentary Services [report] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to – first speaker]
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015 [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Health Select Committee [third interim report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Publications Committee–17th report
  • Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru Select Committee–Additional information [a motion to take note of the document was agreed to]
  • Regulations and Ordinances Committee–Delegated legislation monitor no. 11 of 2015 [a motion to take note of the document was agreed to]

Membership

The Senate agreed to vary the membership of a committee

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee

The Senate adopted report no. 12 of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee and made the following references:

  • Customs Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee–to report on the next working day after the tabling of the report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on the proposed China-Australia Free Trade Agreement
  • Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Bill 2015–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 10 November 2015
  • Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 10 November 2015
  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Further Strengthening Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2015–Education and Employment Legislation Committee–to report by 24 November 2015
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (No Jab, No Pay) Bill 2015–Community Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 9 November 2015
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Governance) Bill 2015–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 9 November 2015
  • Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2015–Economics Legislation Committee–to report by 9 November 2015

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

Documents tabled

  • The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Senator Cash) tabled documents relating to North Star Cruises [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 15 September 2015]
  • The Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Ronaldson) tabled documents relating to Centrepay Policy and Terms [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 9 September 2015]
  • The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture (Senator Colbeck) tabled a document relating to the Coalition Agreement [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to earlier today – see below]

Motions agreed to

  • The Senate ordered 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 [statements were made – first speaker]
  • The Senate ordered the Minister representing the Minister for Communications and/or the Minister for Finance to table documents relating to NBN Co Limited–to table by no later than 3.30 pm on 12 October 2015
  • The Senate ordered the Minister representing the Prime Minister to table documents relating to the Coalition Agreement–no later than 3.30 pm on 17 September 2015 [statements were made – first speaker]

Notice of motion

Senator Dastyari gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister representing the Treasurer to table a document relating to corporate tax entities–no later than 3.30 pm on 14 October 2015

Orders with continuing effect

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 statements

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture (Senator Colbeck) tabled statements relating to operations in the Middle East, and Australia’s response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis [a motion to take note of the statements was debated – first speaker]

Documents tabled

2 petitions

Documents discussed

Committee reports were discussed

Other

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Motions agreed to

Notices of motion

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

Online

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Related resources

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