Senate Daily Summary - 23 November 2015

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No. 69/2015

Monday, 23 November 2015

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The Senate met from 10am to 10.27 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

Bills assented to

Assent to laws were reported in the Senate

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed

Message reported

The House of Representatives agreed to the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2015 without amendment

Private senators’ bills to be debated

On Thursday, 26 November 2015, the Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015 [homepage] and the Mining Subsidies Legislation Amendment (Raising Revenue) Bill 2014 [homepage] are scheduled for debate


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports presented/tabled

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Health Insurance Amendment (Safety Net) Bill 2015 [report]
  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standing) Bill 2015 [report]

Meetings during the sittings of the Senate

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


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended the reporting dates for various inquiries of committees

Notices of motion

Relating to the conduct of an inquiry

The Chair of the Privileges Committee (Senator Collins) gave a notice of motion for the committee to have access to committee documents of the Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru Select Committee for the purposes of its inquiry

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

  • Northern Australia Joint Select Committee–2 February, 23 February, 1 March and 15 March 2016–private meetings–notice given by Senator Smith
  • Trade and Investment Growth Joint Select Committee–4 February, 25 February, 3 March and 17 March 2016–private meetings–notice given by Senator Smith

Notice of motion to refer matters to a committee

Development of the bauxite resources near Aurukun in Cape York–Economics References Committee–to report by 31 March 2016–notice given by Senators Canavan, Macdonald and Lindgren


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

Senator Whish-Wilson gave a notice of motion to disallow the Small Pelagic Fishery (Closures Variation) Direction No. 1 2015 [F2015L01450]

Orders for the production of documents

Documents tabled

The Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources (Senator Ruston) tabled documents relating to the Perth Freight Link project [The documents were tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 12 November 2015]

Documents presented


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Arts–Funding–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Statements, by leave

Statements were made about the recent terrorist acts around the world [first speaker]

Notices of motion

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


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