Senate Daily Summary - 25 November 2015

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No. 71/2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 7.49 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 considered

The following bills were debated

  • Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]
  • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Governance) Bill 2015 [second reading - first speaker] [details of the bill will be considered on a future sitting day]

The following bills were debated and passed

Bills introduced


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and documents tabled

  • Community Affairs References Committee– Violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings, including the gender and age related dimensions, and the particular situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, and culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability [report] [a motion to take note of the report was debated – first speaker]
  • Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Motor Vehicle Standards (Cheaper Transport) Bill 2014 [report]
  • Human Rights Joint Committee–31st report of 44th Parliament
  • Public Accounts and Audit Joint Committee–451st report, and executive minutes to a report
  • Regulations and Ordinances Committee–Delegated legislation monitor no. 15 of 2015
  • Scrutiny of Bills Committee–13th report and alert digest no. 13 of 2015

Meetings during the sittings of the Senate

The Senate authorised meetings of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Joint Committee to be held while the Senate is sitting

New inquiries

Reporting date extended

The Senate extended the reporting date for an inquiry of the Economics References Committee

Notices of motion

To refer matters to committees

  • Carbon risk–Economics References Committee–to report by 22 June 2016–notice given by Senator Waters
  • Future of Australia’s steel industry–Economics References Committee–to report by the last sitting day in June 2016–notice given by Senators Carr, Rhiannon, Xenophon, Madigan, Lazarus and Lambie
  • Review of major Australian resources projects–Education and Employment References Committee–to report by 22 June 2016–notice given by the Chair of the Education and Employment References Committee (Senator Lines)


Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

Disallowance motions

Motion to disallow defeated

The Senate did not agree to a motion which would have disallowed the Small Pelagic Fishery (Closures Variation) Direction No. 1 2015 [F2015L01450] [first speaker]

Notice of intention to withdraw

The Chair of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee (Senator Williams) gave a notice of intention to withdraw a notice to disallow the Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Regulation 2015 [F2015L00969] [a statement was made]

Orders for the production of documents

Notices of motion

  • Senator O’Neill gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer to table documents relating to the old Gosford Public School site–no later than 3.30 pm on 30 November 2015
  • Senator Rhiannon gave a notice of motion requiring the Leader of the Government in the Senate to table documents relating to training undertaken by public servants when appearing before Senate estimates hearings–no later than 11 am on 3 February 2016

Documents tabled

Government documents and a response to a Senate resolution


Senators’ statements – first speaker

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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Transport–Urban freeway projects–proposed by Senator Siewert [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Motion denied formality

Foreign affairs–Cambodia–moved by Senator Ludlam [statements were made – first speaker]

Notices of motion

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


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