Senate Daily Summary - 30 November 2015

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No. 74/2015

Monday, 30 November 2015

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The Senate met from 10 am to 10.14 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 assented to

Assent to laws were reported in the Senate

Bills considered

The following bills were debated

  • Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]
  • Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill 2015–second reading debate commenced [first speaker]

The following bills were debated and passed

Bills introduced and exempted

Message reported

The House of Representatives agreed to the Defence Legislation Amendment (First Principles) Bill 2015 without amendment [the bill will now be assented to]

Notice of motion to introduce a bill

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015–notice given by Senator McKenzie


Scheduled public committee hearings

Committee reports

Reports tabled

  • Community Affairs Legislation Committee:
    • Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment (Forum on Food Regulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 [report]
    • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2015 [report]
    • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Bill 2015 [report]
  • Education and Employment Legislation Committee:
    • Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015 and a related bill [report] [Senator Carr spoke to the motion that the report be printed]
    • Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015 [report]

Meeting during the sitting of the Senate

The Senate authorised a meeting of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee to be held while the Senate is sitting


The Senate agreed to vary the membership of a committee

New inquiry

Contamination of Australian Defence Force facilities and contamination on sites using firefighting foams–Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee–to report by 4 February 2016 (re PFOS and PFOA contamination at RAAF Base Williamtown and ADF facilities), and by 30 April 2016 (re PFOS and PFOA contamination on other Commonwealth, state and territory sites)

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended the reporting dates for various inquiries of committees

Notices of motion

To amend a resolution of appointment

Electoral Matters Joint Committee–notice given by Senator Madigan

To hold meetings when the Senate is sitting

Law Enforcement Joint Committee–3 February and 24 February 2016–private meetings, followed by public meetings; and 16 March 2016–private meeting–notice given by the Deputy Chair of the Law Enforcement Joint Committee (Senator Singh)

To refer matters to a committee

Future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce–Community Affairs References Committee–to report by 30 June 2016–notice given by the Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert) and Senator Polley


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

Document tabled

The Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources (Senator Ruston) tabled a document relating to the Gosford waterfront [The document was tabled in response to the order of the Senate agreed to on 26 November 2015] [a statement was made earlier in the day about this matter]

Motion agreed to

The Senate ordered the Leader of the Government in the Senate to table documents relating to Senate estimates training for public servants–no later than 11 am on 3 February 2016 [a statement was made]

Documents tabled

Government documents, and responses to Senate resolutions [considered – first speaker]


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

Adjournment debate – first speaker

Matter of public importance discussed

Environment–Climate change–proposed by Senator Moore [first speaker]

Motions agreed to

Notices of motion

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


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