Senate Daily Summary - 18 June 2015

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No. 32/2015

Thursday, 18 June 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 6.41 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 introduced

  • Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 16 June 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Imported Food Charges (Imposition—General) Bill 2015, Imported Food Charges (Imposition—Customs) Bill 2015, Imported Food Charges (Imposition—Excise) Bill 2015, Imported Food Charges (Collection) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 17 June 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

  • Defence Legislation (Enhancement of Military Justice) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]
  • Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed without amendments

  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Penalty Unit) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Customs Amendment (Australian Trusted Trader Programme) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Personal Property Securities Amendment (Deregulatory Measures) Bill 2014 [second reading – first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Private Health Insurance (National Joint Replacement Register Levy) Amendment Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Amendment Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker] [The bill will now be assented to]

Private senator’s bill to be debated

On 14 November 2013 the Senate agreed to a temporary order allowing private senators’ bills to be considered on Thursdays. On 25 June 2015 the Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015 is scheduled for debate

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Powers) Bill 2015 [report]
  • Wind Turbines Select Committee–Interim report [a motion was moved to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of various committees to be held while the Senate is sitting [Journals entries nos 20, 21 and 22 refer]

Membership

The Senate agreed to vary the membership of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee

The Senate adopted report no. 7 of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee, as amended, and made the following reference:

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bill 2015 and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2015–Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–to report by 11 August 2015

Other references

  • Marine plastic pollution–Environment and Communications References Committee–to report by 8 April 2016
  • Shipping–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by the first sitting day of 2016

Reporting date extended

The Senate extended the reporting date for an inquiry of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Reporting date varied

The Senate varied the reporting date for an inquiry of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee [a statement was made]

Notices of motion

To refer matters to committees

  • Future of Australia’s video game development industry–Environment and Communications References Committee–to report by 1 April 2016–notice given by Senator Ludlam
  • Payment of bribes by Australian officials in exchange for the turn back of asylum seeker boats–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by 18 August 2015–notice given by Senator Hanson-Young

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

  • Communications–NBN–Corporate plans and strategic review [the document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to 17 June 2015]
  • Primary Industries–Rural Industries Development Corporation–Kangaroo management [the document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate of 17 June 2015]

Proposed order

The Senate did not agree to a motion requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Health to table documents relating to governance arrangements of Headspace

Other

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion debated

Social issues–Marriage laws–moved by Senator Rice, at the request of Senator Siewert [first speaker]

Motions negatived

Notices of motion

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

Online

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Contact details

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