Senate Daily Summary - 26 March 2015

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No. 21/2015

Thursday, 26 March 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 6.39 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 Mason gave a valedictory speech

Senator Katy Gallagher was sworn in as a senator to fill a vacancy in the representation of the Australian Capital Territory


Bills and related documents

Bills introduced

Food Standards Amendment (Fish Labelling) Bill 2015 [homepage] [Second reading speech]

Judiciary Amendment Bill 2015 [homepage] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Private Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2014 [homepage] [Minister’s second reading speech]

Bills considered

The following bills were debated and passed without amendements

Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill 2014 [homepage] [first speaker – second reading] [The bill will now be assented to]

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015 [homepage] [first speaker – second reading] [The bill will now be assented to]

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 [homepage] [first speaker – in committee] [The bill will now be assented to]

Messages Reported

From the House of Representatives:

Informing the Senate that the House agreed to amendments made by the Senate to the Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Returning the Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2014) Bill 2014 [homepage], and informing the Senate that the House disagreed to the amendments made by the Senate–consideration of the message in committee of the whole made an order of the day for the next day of sitting

Notice of motion to disallow the amendment to List of CITES Species, Declaration of a stricter domestic measure, made under subsection 303CB(1) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 [F2015L00277]–notice given by Senator Leyonhjelm


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports and information tabled and considered

Additional estimates information

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties–147th report [motion to take note][tabling statement]

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee

The Senate adopted report no. 4 of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee and made the following references:

Community Affairs Legislation Committee–Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015–to report by 15 June 2015

Economics Legislation Committee–Competition and Consumer Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Bill 2015–to report by 13 May 2015

Education and Employment Legislation Committee–Construction Industry Amendment (Protecting Witnesses) Bill 2015–to report by 8 May 2015

Education and Employment Legislation Committee–Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Improving the Comcare Scheme) Bill 2015–to report by 16 June 2015

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility and Other Measures) Bill 2015–to report by 8 May 2015

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Legislation Amendment Bill 2015–to report by 7 May 2015

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–contingent upon its introduction in the House of Representatives, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015–to report by 13 May 2015

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015–to report by 13 May 2015

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015–to report by 17 June 2015

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee–Food Standards Amendment (Fish Labelling) Bill 2015–to report by 12 May 2015

Other inquiry

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–Parliament House security upgrade works–to report by 13 May 2015

Inquiry negatived

Environment and Communications References Committee–Proposed reference–Future of Australian forest management–moved by Senator Rice [a statement was made]

New Committee

Appointment of a Select Committee on the Recent Allegations Relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru to inquire into and report by 15 June 2015 [statements were made – first speech]

Meetings 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 26 March 2015 entries 3, 18 and 19] [statements were made – first speech]


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees [See Senate Journal of 26 March 2015 entries 36 and 53]

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for various inquiries of committees

Notice of motion to refer a matter:

Environment and Communications References Committee–Threat of marine plastic pollution in Australia and Australian waters–to report by 8 April 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]

Orders for the production of documents

Orders with continuing effect

Indexed lists of departmental and agency files published on the Internet

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

Other orders

That the Minister for Finance (Senator Corman) table the correspondence requested in the Order for Production of Documents agreed to by the Senate on 17 March 2015, by 3:30 pm on 12 May 2015

Documents tabled

2 petitions [first petition] [Journals entry 7]

Committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports were considered

Original certificate of the choice by the Australian Capital Territory Assembly of Senator Katy Gallagher and certificate of eligibility to be a senator

Ministerial statement on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, dated 26 March 2015

Report on parliamentary field visit to Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon


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

Motions agreed to

Communications–National indigenous television channel–moved by Senator Siewert [a statement was made]

Education–Research and science funding–moved by Senator Rhiannon [a statement was made]

Environment–Queensland–Great Barrier Reef–moved by Senators O'Sullivan and Canavan

Health–Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement–moved by Senator Di Natale

Historical events–ANZAC centenary–moved by the Assistant Minister of Social Services (Senator Fifield)

Parliamentary zone–Capital works proposal–Approval–moved by the President (Senator Parry)

Senate–Casual vacancies–New South Wales–moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Sport–Victoria–Duck hunting–moved by Senators Leyonhjelm, Muir and McKenzie

Trade–Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement–moved by Senator Whish-Wilson [a statement was made]

Motion negatived

Law and Justice–Legal assistance sector–Government funding-moved by Senator Wright [a statement was made]

Mining–Coal seam, shale and tight gas mining–moved by Senator Waters [a statement was made]

Notices of motion

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


Statistics on the work of the Senate this week will be available in the Statistical Summary, which forms part of StatsNet–the Department of the Senate’s online statistical collection


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