Senate Daily Summary - 23 March 2015

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No. 18/2015

Monday, 23 March 2015

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The Senate met from 10 am until 3.05 pm

Death of former Prime Minister

The President informed the Senate of the death, on 20 March 2015, of the Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser, AC, CH, a member of the House of Representatives for the division of Wannon, Victoria, from 1955 to 1983, and Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983

A condolence motion was moved by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Abetz) [statements were made – first speaker]

As a mark of respect the Senate adjourned until Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at 12.30 pm


Bills and related documents

Notices of motion

To introduce a private senator’s bill

Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment (Sustainable Jobs in the Auto Component Industry) Bill 2015 –notice given by Senators Rice and Wright

To vary the hours of meeting and routine of business

The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) gave an amended notice of motion no. 2 to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for 24 March 2015 and to consider the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 under a limitation of time


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and document tabled

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014 and the Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Amendment Bill 2014 [report]

Notices of motion

To refer a matter to a committee

The proposed China-Australia Free Trade Agreement–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report within one month of the tabling of the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on the proposed agreement–notice given by Senator Wong

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit–14 May and 18 and 25 June 2015–private meetings

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties–15 and 22 June 2015–private meetings followed by public hearings


Delegated legislation

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

Orders for the production of documents

Document tabled

Law and justice–Telecommunication (Interception and Access) Act 1979Report for 2013-14–Letter to the President of the Senate from the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis), dated 17 March 2015 [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 18 March 2015]

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

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

Other business

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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