Senate Daily Summary - 24 June 2015

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No. 36/2015

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 8 pm 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.

Senators

Senator McAllister gave her first speech

Legislation

Bills and related documents

Bills introduced

Bills exempted

Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2015 and 3 related bills–motion moved by leave, and agreed to [statement of reasons]

Bills considered

The following bill was defeated

Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility and Other Measures) Bill 2015–defeated at second reading [first speaker]

The following bill was debated

Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]–AG second reading amendment to be determined

The following bills were debated and passed

  • Airports Amendment Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker]–AG committee amendment negatived-bill agreed to without amendments [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Excise Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2015, Customs Tariff Amendment (Fuel Indexation) Bill 2015, Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Special Account Bill 2015 and Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker]–bills agreed to without amendments [The bill will now be assented to]
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Defined Benefit Income Streams) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker]–bill agreed to without amendments [The bill will now be assented to]

Notices of motion to introduce bills

  • Civil Law and Justice (Omnibus Amendments) Bill 2015–notice given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis)
  • Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill 2015–notice given by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Committees

Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports, committee documents and government responses tabled and considered

  • Community Affairs References Committee–Adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Additional information–Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility and Other Measures) Bill 2015
  • Government response to the President’s report on government responses outstanding to parliamentary committee reports
  • Health Select Committee–Second interim report [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Human Rights Joint Committee–24th report of 44th Parliament
  • National Capital and External Territories Joint Committee–Governance in the Indian Ocean Territories: Economic development [interim report] [a motion to take note of the report was agreed to]
  • President’s report on government responses outstanding to parliamentary committee reports
  • Procedure Committee–Consideration of second report of 2015–Recommendations adopted and standing orders amended
  • Regulations and Ordinances Committee–Delegated legislation monitor no. 7 of 2015
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee–Current and future arrangements for the marketing of Australian sugar [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated]

Establishment of a select committee

Murray-Darling Basin Plan Select Committee–to report by 26 February 2016 [a statement was made]

Membership

The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees

New inquiries

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended the reporting dates for various inquiries of committees

Notices of motion

To authorise a meeting and extend a reporting deadline

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–from 3 pm on 25 June 2015–private meeting to elect a chair; to report on the handling of the ‘Monis’ letter by 12 August 2015

To establish a select committee

Families Select Committee–to report by 13 October 2015–notice given by Senator Gallagher

To refer matters to a committee

  • Economic and social impact of legislation, policies and guidelines for measures which restrict personal choice ‘for the individual’s own good’–Economics References Committee–to report by 13 June 2016–notice given by Senator Leyonhjelm
  • Smoke alarms–Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee–to report by 3 December 2015–notice given by Senator Lazarus

Documents

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 intention to withdraw

Senator Wright gave a notice of intention to withdraw a notice 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]

Notice of motion to disallow given

Senator Wright gave a notice of motion to disallow Schedule 2 of 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

Documents tabled

Environment–Marine reserves [the documents were tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to 17 June 2015]

Notice of motion

Senator Whish-Wilson gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister representing the Treasurer to table documents relating to corporate tax avoidance–to table by 10 August 2015

Documents tabled

1 petition, government document and a response to a Senate resolution

Other

Senators’ statements – first speaker

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

Notices of motion

  • The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) gave a notice of motion to vary the hours of meeting and routine of business for Thursday, 25 June 2015
  • Further notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals

Online

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Related resources

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Contact details

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