Senate Daily Summary - 24 November 2015

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No. 70/2015

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

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The Senate met from 12.30 pm to 10.12 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 introduced

Bills considered

The following bill was debated

Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Bill 2015 [second reading – first speaker]–committee of whole commenced–Opposition amendments disagreed to [further amendments remain to be considered]

The following bills were debated and passed

Message reported

The House of Representatives agreed to the amendments made by the Senate to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Notice of motion to introduce a bill

Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015–notice given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis)


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and document tabled

  • Education and Employment Legislation Committee–Social Security Legislation Amendment (Further Strengthening Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2015 [report]
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Bill 2015–Corrigendum
  • Public Works Joint Committee–9th report of 2015
  • Treaties Joint Committee–156th report

Access to committee documents

The Senate agreed to authorise the Privileges Committee to have access to select committee records

Meetings during the sittings of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of committees to be held while the Senate is sitting [Journals entries nos 3, 14 and 15 refer]


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

New inquiry

Development of the bauxite resources near Aurukun in Cape York–Economics References Committee–to report by 31 March 2016

Notices of motion

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Joint Committee–4 February 2016–private meeting, followed by a public meeting; 25 February and 17 March 2016–private meetings–notice given by the Deputy Chair of the committee (Senator Bilyk)

To refer matters to committees

  • Contamination of Australian Defence Force facilities–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by 4 February 2016–notice given by Senator Conroy
  • Contamination issues on and around the Williamtown RAAF Base–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–notice given by Senator Rhiannon
  • Domestic violence and gender inequality–Finance and Public Administration References Committee–to report by 24  August 2016–notice given by Senator Waters
  • Foreign investment review framework–Economics References Committee–to report by 4 February 2016–notice given by Senator Conroy
  • Powers and processes of the Foreign Investment Review Board–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by 3 March 2016–notice given by Senators Xenophon, Whish-Wilson, Lambie and Lazarus
  • White collar crime–Economics References Committee–to report by 27 July 2016–notice given by Senator Whish-Wilson


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]

Ministerial statement

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs (Senator Scullion) tabled a statement on national security [a motion to take note of the document was agreed to]

Documents tabled


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Taxation–Tax transparency–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Motions negatived

Notices of motion

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


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