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ORDER OF BUSINESS

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

1. Prayers and acknowledgement of country

Commenced 9:30 AM
Concluded

2. Documents to be presented—Consideration at item 13

Commenced 9:31 AM
Documents tabled

3. Tabling of documents by Clerk

Commenced 9:31 AM
Documents tabled

4. Committees—proposed meetings to be authorised

Commenced 9:31 AM

Environment and Communications References Committee to meet today

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee to meet on 19 October 2017

Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories to meet on 19 October 2017

Commenced 9:31 AM
Authorised

5. Government business orders of the day

Commenced 9:31 AM

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

1—Regional Investment Corporation Bill 2017—In committee

Revised running sheet

Committee of the whole amendments:

  • Sheet EF114 - Government
    Agreed to: Nos 1 and 2
     
  • Sheet 8225 - Opposition
    Negatived: Nos 1, 3, 4 and 6 (committee divided: Ayes 30; Noes 30); No. 5 (committee divided: Ayes 28; Noes 29); No. 7 (committee divided: Ayes 28; Noes 30)
    The committee agreed that paragraph 11(2)(c) remain in the bill (see amendment no. 2) (committee divided: Ayes 31; Noes 29)
     
  • Sheet 8293 - Jacqui Lambie Network
Commenced 9:31 AM
Committee reported progress

At 12.45 pm

6. Senators’ statements

Commenced 12:45 PM
Concluded

At 2 pm

7. Questions

Commenced 2:00 PM
Concluded

7a. Warrants for Temporary Chairs of Committees

Commenced 3:04 PM

The President tabled warrants for Senators Fawcett, Kitching and McCarthy to act as additional Temporary Chairs of Committees when the Deputy President and Chair of Committees is absent

Commenced 3:04 PM
Documents tabled

8. Motions to take note of answers

Commenced 3:04 PM
Concluded

9. Notices of motion

Commenced 3:35 PM
Notices given

10. Placing of business

Commenced 3:36 PM

Leave of absence for Senators Macdonald and Griff

Commenced 3:36 PM
Agreed to

Postponements to be authorised

Committees—extensions of time to be authorised

11. Formal motions

Commenced 3:37 PM

Business of the Senate

1—Chair of the Environment and Communications References Committee (Senator Rice)—Reference (Regulatory framework governing water use)

Commenced 3:37 PM
Agreed to

Business of the Senate

2—Senator Hanson-Young—Reference to Environment and Communications References Committee (Australian content on broadcast, radio and streaming services)

Government business

1—Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield)—Introduction of Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Fair and Balanced) Bill 2017

Commenced 3:39 PM
Bill introduced. Debate adjourned

Government business

2—Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield)—Introduction of Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Measures) Bill 2017

Commenced 3:39 PM
Bill introduced. Debate adjourned

Government business

3—Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath)—Exemption of bills

Commenced 3:41 PM
Agreed to

General business

519—Senator Leyonhjelm—UNESCO

General business

523—Senator Smith—World Day Against the Death Penalty

Commenced 3:41 PM
Agreed to

General business

524—Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)—Cardiovascular disease

Commenced 3:42 PM
Agreed to

General business

525—Senators Carr and Xenophon—Order for production of documents—Procurement tender template

Commenced 3:42 PM
Agreed to

General business

526—Senators Singh, Moore and Siewert—World Sight Day

Commenced 3:43 PM
Agreed to

General business

527—Senator Moore—International Day of the Girl

Commenced 3:44 PM
Agreed to

General business

528—Senator Bernardi—History curriculum

General business

529—Senator Bernardi—United Nations Human Rights Council

General business

530—Senator Bernardi—Event celebrating the 1917 Russian Revolution

General business

531—Senator Singh—World Day Against the Death Penalty

Commenced 3:46 PM
Agreed to

General business

532—Senator McKim—Cruise ship fuel in Hobart

Commenced 3:46 PM
Agreed to

General business

533—Senator Bernardi—Mr Sebastian Kurz

General business

534—Senators Rice and Moore—‘She Can Lead’ report

Commenced 3:47 PM
Agreed to

General business

535—Senators Rice and Moore—Violence against women

Commenced 3:48 PM
Agreed to

General business

536—Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)—Order for production of documents—National Energy Guarantee

General business

537—Senator Rhiannon—Racehorses

General business

538—Senator Siewert—Department of Human Services job cuts

General business

539—Senator Hanson-Young—ABC and SBS salaries

Commenced 3:49 PM

12. Matter of Public Importance

President to announce receipt of letter from Senator Sierwert proposing that the following matter be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

The link between the Government's collapse in public support and their hostility towards clean energy, their delusional pro-coal agenda, and their steadfast refusal to embrace progress.

13. Consideration of documents—Documents tabled today

14. Committee reports and government responses

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee—Additional information (Government Whip, Senator Bushby)

Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances—Delegated legislation monitor 13 of 2017 (Chair, Senator Williams)

Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills—Scrutiny digest 12 of 2017 (Chair, Senator Polley)

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Report—State of Australia’s rail industry (Chair, Senator Sterle)

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee—Report—2017-18 Budget estimates (Chair, Senator Duniam)

Environment and Communications References Committee—Report—Online poker (Chair, Senator Rice)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights—11th report of 2017 (Government Whip, Senator Bushby)

Red Tape Committee—Interim report (Chair, Senator Leyonhjelm)

Government responses

  • Community Affairs References Committee—Report—Medical complaints process in Australia
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee—Report—Establishment of a national registration system for Australian paramedics to improve and ensure patient and community safety

15. Ministerial statements

16. Committee memberships

18. Business to be considered

Business of the Senate notice of motion

1—Chair of the Environment and Communications References Committee (Senator Rice)—Reference (Regulatory framework governing water use)

Business of the Senate notice of motion

2—Senator Hanson-Young—Reference to Environment and Communications References Committee (Australian content on broadcast, radio and streaming services)

Business of the Senate order of the day

4—Citizenship (Authorisation) Revocation and Authorisation Instrument 2017 and the Citizenship (Authorisation) Revocation and Authorisation Amendment Instrument 2017—motion for disallowance—resumption of debate

Government business continued

Government bill

1—Regional Investment Corporation Bill 2017—In committee

Revised running sheet

Committee of the whole amendments:

  • Sheet EF114 - Government
    Agreed to: Nos 1 and 2
     
  • Sheet 8225 - Opposition
    Negatived: Nos 1, 3, 4 and 6 (committee divided: Ayes 30; Noes 30); No. 5 (committee divided: Ayes 28; Noes 29); No. 7 (committee divided: Ayes 28; Noes 30)
    The committee agreed that paragraph 11(2)(c) remain in the bill (see amendment no. 2) (committee divided: Ayes 31; Noes 29)
     
  • Sheet 8293 - Jacqui Lambie Network

Government bill

2—Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017—second reading debate

Second reading amendment:

Committee of the whole amendments:

Government bills

Customs Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017

Customs Tariff Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017 (subject to introduction)

Government bill

3—Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017—second reading debate

Government bills

Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

First Home Super Saver Tax Bill 2017 (subject to introduction)

Government bill

4—Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017—second reading debate

Committee of the whole amendments:

Government bill

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2017 (subject to introduction)

19. Adjournment proposed—7.20 pm

20. Adjournment—not later than 8 pm

Richard Pye
Clerk of the Senate

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