Senate Daily Summary - 22 June 2015

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No. 34/2015

Monday, 22 June 2015

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The Senate met from 10 am to 10.28 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

Bill introduced

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Pensions) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 22 June 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2015–committee of the whole continued–Opposition amendments disagreed to [further amendments remain to be determined]

The following bills were debated and passed

Message reported

The House of Representatives agreed to the amendments made by the Senate to the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Seniors Supplement Cessation) Bill 2014


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Report and government response tabled

  • National Broadband Network Select Committee–Response to second interim report
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Pensions) Bill 2015–Community Affairs Legislation Committee [report]

Meeting during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised a meeting of the Wind Turbines Select Committee to be held while the Senate is sitting


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees

New inquiry

Australia’s video game industry–Environment and Communications References Committee–to report by 1 April 2016

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for inquires of various committees

Notices of motion to hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Northern Australia Joint Select Committee–11 August, 18 August, 8 September, 15 September, 13 October, 10 November, 24 November and 1 December 2015–private meetings, followed by public meetings
  • Trade and Investment Growth Joint Select Committee–13 August, 20 August, 10 September, 17 September, 15 October, 12 November, 26 November and 3 December 2015–private meetings, followed by public meetings


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]

Disallowance motions

Notice of motion to disallow given

Senator Wright gave a notice of motion to disallow the Federal Courts Legislation Amendment (Fees) Regulation 2015 as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2015 No. 70, made under the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976, the Family Law Act 1975 and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 [F2015L00780]

Orders for the production of documents

Motion agreed to

The Senate did not accept the claim of public interest immunity made by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection in failing to comply with the order of 16 June 2015 to table documents pertaining to the payment of money to people on board a vessel en route to Australia or New Zealand in May 2015 [a statement was made]

Documents tabled

Government documents


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Education–Public education–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motion agreed to

Health–Access to health care–Migrants–moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)

Motion negatived

Environment–Illegal shark fin trade–moved by Senator Siewert

Notices of motion

Hours of meeting and routine of business–Variation

  • The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) gave a notice of motion to extend the hours of meeting on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 to enable debate on government bills
  • Further notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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