Senate Daily Summary - 24 March 2015

Subscribe to the Senate Daily Summary Updates RSS feed:

No. 19/2015

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

PDF Icon Download this document (PDF)

Page menu: Senators |  LegislationCommitteesOther business | Contact

The Senate met from 12.30 pm to 10.34 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.


Senator Lundy gave a valedictory speech, and a series of speeches were given recognising her contribution to Parliament [first speech]


Bills and related documents

Bills considered

The following bill was exempted, introduced and debated

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015 [homepage] [passed by the House of Representatives on 19 March 2015]

Notices of motion

To introduce a bill

Construction Industry Amendment (Protecting Witnesses) Bill 2015–notice given by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Abetz)

To discharge government business order of the day

The Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage] be discharged from the Notice Paper–notice given by the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield)

Bills assented to

Assent to a number of laws was reported in the Senate


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and government responses tabled

Education and Employment Legislation Committee–Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 [report]

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015 [report]

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Work undertaken by the Australian Federal Police's Oil for Food Taskforce [report]

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–Comprehensive revision of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 [final report]

Procedure Committee–first report of 2015 [report]

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–Role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomesgovernment response

New inquiries

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

Fin-fish aquaculture industry in Tasmania–Environment and Communications References Committee–to report by 10 August 2015

Temporary work visa programs–Education and Employment References Committee–to report by 22 June 2015

Meeting during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised a number of meetings of various committees while the Senate is sitting [See Senate Journal of 24 March 2015 entries 3, 16 and 17]

Reporting date extended

The Senate extended the reporting date for two inquiries of the Economics References Committee:

Australia's innovation system, extended to 10 August 2015

Cooperative, mutual and member-owned firms, extended to 30 November 2015

Notices of motion

To refer matters to committees

Australian grape and wine industry–Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–to report by 11 November 2015–notice given by Senators Ruston, Xenophon, McKenzie, Whish-Wilson and Madigan

The mental health of Australian Defence Force personnel who have returned from deployment–to report by 19 February 2016–notice given by Senator Whish‑Wilson

To amend terms of reference

Select Committee on the National Broadband Network–Inserting a new paragraph


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees


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]

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

Statements of compliance were tabled on communications and health portfolios [Letters of advice about certain files created by departments and agencies are required to be tabled twice a year]

Documents tabled and considered

Letter from Communications Alliance Ltd to the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis) and the Minister for Communications (Mr Turnbull), dated 16 March 2015, relating to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015–tabled by Senator Ludlam

List of quotations by former Australian Labor Party politicians related to electricity privatisation–tabled by the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann)

Government documents


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

Adjournment debate–first speaker

Death of former Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Abetz) moved that the Senate records its deep regret at the death on 23 March 2015 of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore. The motion was supported and Senators stood in silence as a mark of respect to the deceased.

Motions agreed to

Education–Higher education reforms–Advertisements–moved by Senator Rhiannon [a statement was made]

Education–Resourcing for disability education–moved by Senator Wright, also on behalf of Senator O'Neill

Health–World Tuberculosis Day–moved by Senators Smith, Singh and Di Natale

Hours of meeting and routine of business for 24 March 2015–moved by the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield)

Regional Australia–Family-owned production enterprises–moved by Senators O'Sullivan and Day

Motion negatived

Family and community services–Healthy welfare card–moved by Senator Siewert

Motion determined as not formal

Foreign Affairs–Israel–moved by Senators Day and Leyonhjelm [a statement was made]

Notices of motion

The President gave a notice of motion to approve perimeter security enhancements at Parliament House–a proposal was tabled

To vary the hours of meeting and routine of business

The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) gave notices of motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for 25 March 2015, 26 March 2015, 12 May 2015 and 14 May 2015 and to require the Senate to meet on 11 May 2015.

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


The Senate Daily Summary is available at

It is issued by the Senate Table Office as a convenient summary of each day’s proceedings in the Senate. For a complete account see the official record, the Journals of the Senate.

Follow the Australian Senate on Twitter: @AuSenate

Related resources

The Order of Business (or ‘Senate Red’) and the Dynamic Red (which updates the Order of Business throughout the sitting day) are also available at

Contact details

Inquiries, comments and suggestions:
phone: (02) 6277 3021