Senate Daily Summary - 19 August 2015

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No. 46/2015

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am until 7.57 pm

Senators

Senator Wright gave a valedictory statement, and a series of speeches were given recognising her contribution to Parliament [first speaker]

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills introduced

  • Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 18 August 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Australian Defence Force Superannuation Bill 2015, Australian Defence Force Cover Bill 2015 and Defence Legislation Amendment (Superannuation and ADF Cover) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 19 August 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Marriage Equality Plebiscite Bill 2015 [private senators’ bill]
  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 2) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 19 August 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed

  • Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker]–bill agreed to without amendment
  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker]–bill passed with 2 AG amendments (Journals entries 7 and 27 refer) [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate] 

Message from the House of Representatives

Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2014) Bill 2014–consideration of message in committee of the whole–Message reporting that the House of Representatives had not agreed to amendments made by the Senate, and the amendments were considered in committee of the whole [The Senate insisted on its amendments (nos 1 to 6), and made an amendment in place of amendment no. 7). [The House of Representatives will now further consider the amendments made by the Senate]

Bill assented to

Assent to a law was reported in the Senate

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled and considered

  • Community Affairs References Committee–Out of home care [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Economics References Committee–
  • Human Rights Joint Committee–26th report of 44th Parliament [statement]
  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee–Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 [oral report–statement]
  • Regulations and Ordinances Committee–Delegated legislation monitor no. 9 of 2015
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–8th report and alert digest no. 8 of 2015
  • Treaties Joint Committee–152nd report [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]

Meetings during the sittings of the Senate

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

Reporting date extended

The Senate extended the reporting date for an inquiry of the Economics References Committee

Notices of motion to refer matters to committees

  • Australia’s relationship with Mexico–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by 3 December 2015–notice given by the Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Back) 
  • Capability of Defence’s physical science and engineering workforce–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by the last sitting day in March 2016–notice given by the Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Gallacher)
  • National registration system for Australian paramedics–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by the last sitting day in June 2016–notice given by the Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee (Senator Lazarus)
  • Plebiscite or referendum on the matter of marriage in Australia–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by 16 September 2015–notice given by Senator Rice

Documents

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]

Orders for the production of documents

Document tabled

The Attorney-General (Senator Brandis) tabled a document relating to higher education reforms [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 12 August 2015]

Notice of motion

Senator Carr gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Industry and Science to table a ministerial statement on science and innovation–to table by no later than 3.30 pm on 20 August 2015

Proposed order

The Senate did not agree to a motion requiring the Attorney-General to table documents relating to a Liberal Party function–moved by Senator Moore

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

A statement of compliance was tabled [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Ministerial statement

The Minister for Human Services (Senator Payne) tabled a statement relating to science and innovation

Document tabled

1 petition; government documents

Other business

Senators’ statements – first speaker

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Motions agreed to

Statement by President

The President made a statement relating to remarks made, and the conduct of senators, during question time on 18 August 2015

Notices of motion

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

Online

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