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ORDER OF BUSINESS

Thursday, 16 November 2017

1. Prayers and acknowledgement of country

Commenced 9:30 AM
Concluded

2. Tabling of documents by Clerk

Commenced 9:31 AM
Documents tabled

3. Committees—proposed meetings to be authorised

Commenced 9:31 AM

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee to meet today

Select Committee into Funding for Research into Cancers with Low Survival Rates to meet on 27 November 2017

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee to meet on 27 November 2017

Commenced 9:31 AM
Authorised

4. Consideration of private senators’ bills

Commenced 9:31 AM

71—Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017—second reading debate only

Commenced 9:31 AM
Debate interrupted

5. Notices of motion

Additional notice

Commenced 11:52 AM
Notices given

6. Reference of bills

Commenced 11:52 AM

Chair of the Selection of Bills Committee (Senator Bushby) to present report no.13 of 2017 for adoption

Amendment moved by Senator Gallagher agreed to:

"but, in respect of the provisions of the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017, and the Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Bill 2017, the provisions of the bills be referred to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee and the committee report by 9 February 2018"

The Senate did not agree to Senator Fifield's amendment to the amendment (Senate divided: Ayes 28; Noes 34) - that the bills be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for report by 4 December 2017

Commenced 11:52 AM
Report tabled. Motion to adopt the report agreed to, as amended

7. Placing of business

Commenced 12:04 PM

Manager of Government Business (Senator Fifield) to move a motion relating to the government business to be considered at 12.45 pm

Commenced 12:04 PM
Agreed to

Postponements to be authorised

Commenced 12:05 PM
Postponement authorised

Committees—extensions of time to be authorised

Community Affairs References Committee—

  • Affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs—extended from 27 November to 15 December 2017
  • Availability and accessibility of diagnostic imaging equipment around Australia—extended from 5 December 2017 to 7 March 2018
  • Transvaginal mesh implants—extended from 30 November 2017 to 14 February 2018
Commenced 12:05 PM
Extensions authorised

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—regulation of remotely piloted and unmanned aircraft systems—extended from 6 December 2017 to 28 March 2018

Commenced 12:05 PM
Extension authorised

World Cup - motion moved by Senator Georgiou

Commenced 12:05 PM
Agreed to

8. Formal motions

Commenced 12:06 PM

Business of the Senate

1—Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (Senator Sterle) and Deputy Chair (Senator O’Sullivan)—Reference (air route service delivery)

Commenced 12:17 PM
Agreed to

Government business

1—Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield)—Estimates hearings—Variation

Commenced 12:06 PM
Agreed to

Government business

2—Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield)—First speech—Senator Patrick (altered 15 November 2017 pursuant to SO 77)

Commenced 12:07 PM
Agreed to

General business

576—Senator Bernardi—Government and ministerial standards

Commenced 12:10 PM
Negatived

General business

577—Senator Bernardi—Victims of Communism

Commenced 12:36 PM
Agreed to

General business

578—Senators Fierravanti-Wells, Moore and Rice—World Toilet Day

Commenced 12:07 PM
Agreed to

General business

579—Senator Patrick—Order for production of documents—Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Commenced 12:08 PM
Agreed to

General business

580—Senator Cameron—2017-18 supplementary Budget estimates (altered 15 November 2017 pursuant to SO 77)

Motion amended

Commenced 12:38 PM
Agreed to, as amended

General business

581—Senator Bernardi—Medicare funding for termination of pregnancy on gender grounds

Commenced 12:10 PM
Negatived (Senate divided: Ayes 10; Noes 36)

General business

582—Senator Bernardi—GetUp!

Commenced 12:40 PM
Negatived (Senate divided: Ayes 27; Noes 31)

General business

583—Senator Bernardi—‘Crossroads’program

Commenced 12:19 PM
Negatived (Senate divided: Ayes 26; Noes 30)

General business

584—Senator Bernardi—White Ribbon Ambassadors

Commenced 12:28 PM
Negatived (Senate divided: Ayes 21; Noes 31)

General business

585—Senator Whish-Wilson—Order for production of documents—Royal Australian Navy and Saudi Arabian joint training exercise

General business

586—Senators Rhiannon and Cameron—Employment guarantees for cleaners

Commenced 12:09 PM
Agreed to

9. Committee memberships

10. Messages

11. Business to be considered

Commenced 12:47 PM

Government business orders of the day

Not later than 12.45 pm

Scrutiny of Bills temporary order

A temporary order allows any Senator to question a minister about government responsiveness to the Scrutiny of Bills Committee

Government bill

3—Defence Legislation Amendment (Instrument Making) Bill 2017

Commenced 12:47 PM
Bill passed without amendments

Government bills

1—Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

Committee of the whole amendments:

Superannuation Laws Amendment (Strengthening Trustee Arrangements) Bill 2017—second reading debate

Committee of the Whole amendments:

Commenced 1:05 PM
Debate interrupted at 2 pm

At 2 pm

12. Questions

Commenced 2:00 PM
Concluded

12a. Statements relating to the retirement of Mr Andrew Meares

Commenced 3:05 PM
Concluded

12b. Statements relating to Mr Julian Simpson

Commenced 3:10 PM
Concluded

13. Motions to take note of answers

Commenced 3:18 PM
Concluded

13a. Committee memberships

Commenced 3:49 PM
Agreed to

14. Committee reports and government responses

Commenced 3:50 PM

Government Whip (Senator Bushby) to present additional estimates information

Commenced 3:50 PM
Documents tabled

Standing Committee on Publications—11th report (Chair, Senator Reynolds)

Commenced 3:50 PM
Report tabled

Business of the Senate order of the day

1—Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee—Report—Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 (pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report)

Commenced 3:50 PM
Report tabled

15. Ministerial statements - documents relating to the order for the production of documents concerning the investigation of the Australian Workers’ Union and the Master Facility Agreements

Commenced 3:51 PM
Document tabled

Not later than 4.30 pm

16. General business debate

Commenced 3:51 PM

71—Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017—second reading debate only

Committee of the whole amendments:

Commenced 3:51 PM
Debate interrupted

Not later than 6 pm

17. General business—consideration of documents (refer to today's Notice Paper)

Commenced 6:00 PM
Concluded

Not later than 7 pm

18. Consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports (refer to today’s Notice Paper)

Commenced 6:13 PM
Concluded

19. Adjournment proposed

Commenced 6:14 PM
Concluded

20. Adjournment

Commenced 6:40 PM
The Senate adjourned at 6.40 pm

Richard Pye
Clerk of the Senate