Senate Daily Summary - 26 November 2015

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No. 72/2015

Thursday, 26 November 2015

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The Senate met from 9.30 am to 7.28 pm

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Bills and related documents

Bills assented to

Assent to laws was reported in the Senate

Bills considered

The following bill was defeated

Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 [second reading - first speaker]–negatived at second reading

The following bills were debated

  • Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015–second reading debate continued [first speaker]
  • Mining Subsidies Legislation Amendment (Raising Revenue) Bill 2014–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed

Private senator’s bill to be debated

On Thursday, 3 December 2015, the Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015 [homepage] is scheduled for debate


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports


Additional information received relating to estimates hearings was tabled

Reports tabled

  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee–Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2015 [report]
  • Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–Parliamentary Expenses Amendment (Transparency and Accountability) Bill 2015 [report]

Committee reports were discussed [first speaker]

Meeting during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised a meeting of the Corporations and Financial Service Joint Committee to be held while the Senate is sitting


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of committees [Journals entries 20 and 33 refer]

New inquiries

Selection of Bills Committee

The Senate adopted report no. 15 of 2015 of the Selection of Bills Committee and made the following references:

  • Interactive Gambling Amendment (Sports Betting Reform) Bill 2015–Environment and Communications Legislation Committee–to report by 12 May 2016
  • Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2015) Bill 2015–Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee–to report by 3 February 2016

Other reference

Australia’s steel industry–Economics References Committee–to report by the last sitting day in June 2016

Proposed reference

The Senate did not agree to refer a matter to the Economics References Committee relating to carbon risk [a statement was made]

Notice of motion to refer a matter to a committee

F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter)–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by 1 May 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

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered 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 [a statement was made]

Notice of motion

Senator Xenophon gave a notice of motion requiring the Minister for Education and Training to table documents relating to the Childcare Assistance Package–no later than 4 pm on 1 December 2015

Documents tabled

Health–Country of origin medicine labelling–answer to question without notice asked on 12 November 2015


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Motions agreed to

Motion debated

Foreign affairs–Syria and Iraq [first speaker]

Motions negatived

Notices of motion

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


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