Senate Daily Summary - 23 June 2015

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No. 35/2015

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm to 12.44 am, 24 June 2015

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

Bills introduced

  • Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2015-2016, Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2015-2016, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2015-2016, Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2014-2015 and Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2014-2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 22 June 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Defined Benefit Income Streams) Bill 2015 [passed by the House of Representatives 23 June 2015] [Minister’s second reading speech]
  • Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015 [private senator’s bill]

Bill exempted

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Defined Benefit Income Streams) Bill 2015–motion moved by leave, and agreed to [statement of reasons]

Bills considered

The following bills were debated and passed

Message reported

The House of Representatives agreed to the amendment made by the Senate to the Excise Tariff Amendment (Ethanol and Biodiesel) Bill 2015

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate

Notices of motion to introduce private senator’s bills

  • Australian Government Boards (Gender Balanced Representation) Bill 2015–notice given by Senators Xenophon, Waters, Lambie and Lazarus
  • Higher Education Support Amendment (New Zealand Citizens) Bill 2015–notice given by Senator Carr
  • Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Consumer Lease Exclusion) Bill 2015–notice given by Senator Cameron


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and government responses tabled

  • 2015-16 Budget estimates reports:
    • Community Affairs Legislation Committee [report]
    • Economics Legislation Committee [report]
    • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee [report]
    • Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee [report] [a recommendation contained in the report of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee was adopted]
    • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee [report]
    • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee [report]
  • Economics Legislation Committee–National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2015 [report]
  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Correction to report–Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility and Other Measures) Bill 2015
  • Environment and Communications References Committee–Australia’s environment [report] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to – first speaker]
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee–Partnering for the greater good: The role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Human Rights Joint Committee–23rd report of 44th Parliament
  • Intelligence and Security Joint Committee–Review of the re-listing of Hizballah’s External Security Organisation [report]
  • Procedure Committee–Second report of 2015 [a motion to take note of the report was debated]
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–Response to report–446th report: Review of the operations of the Parliamentary Budget Office [a motion to take note of the document was debated – first speaker]
  • Public Works Joint Committee–Report no. 5 of 2015

Meetings during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of various committees to be held while the Senate is sitting [Journals entries 3, 15 and 16 refer]


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees

New inquiry

Building industry–Economics References Committee–to report by 12 October 2015 [a statement was made]

Reporting date extended

The Senate extended the reporting date for an inquiry of the Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Notices of motion

To establish select committees

  • Murray-Darling Basin Plan Select Committee–to report by 26 February 2016–notice given by Senators Day, Wang, Leyonhjelm, Heffernan, Lambie, Muir and Madigan
  • Residential Fire Safety Select Committee–to report by 3 December 2015–notice given by Senator Lazarus

To refer matters to committees

  • Cash rates and credit card interest rates–Economics References Committee–to report by 24 November 2015–notice given by the Chair of the Economics References Committee (Senator Dastyari) and Senators Madigan, Leyonhjelm, Lazarus, Lambie, Xenophon and Whish-Wilson
  • Measures governing the activities of Australian corporations, entities, organisations, individuals, government and related parties with respect to foreign bribery–Economics References Committee–to report by 1 July 2016–notice given by Senator Xenophon


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]

Documents tabled

Government documents, parliamentary zone works proposal, petitioning document relating to a mammography facility in the Kimberley, report of an Australian parliamentary delegation and response to a Senate resolution


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Health–Public hospital funding–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Motion negatived

Immigration–Humanitarian program–Resettlement of Rohingyans–moved by Senator Hanson-Young

Notices of motion

  • Approval of capital works within the Parliamentary Zone concerning enhancements to the John Gorton building car park, and the construction of a memorial to the victims of the MH17 disaster
  • Further notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals


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