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Thursday, 12 February 2015
Page: 695

Consideration

The following orders of the day relating to committee reports, government responses and Attorney-General's reports were considered:

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee—Manus Island Detention Centre—Interim and final reports. Motion of Senator Bilyk to take note of report called on. On the motion of Senator Urquhart the debate was adjourned till the next day of sitting.

Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee—Proposals to lift the professional, ethical and education standards in the financial services industry—Report. Motion of Senator Williams to take note of report agreed to.

Abbott Government's Budget Cuts—Select Committee—First interim report. Motion of Senator Bilyk to take note of report called on. On the motion of Senator Urquhart the debate was adjourned till the next day of sitting.

Environment and Communications References Committee—Report—Environmental offsets—Government response. Motion of Senator Bilyk to take note of document called on. On the motion of Senator Urquhart the debate was adjourned till the next day of sitting.

Privileges—Standing Committee—160th report—The use of CCTV material in Parliament House. Motion of Senator Gallacher—That the Senate—

(a) adopt the recommendation in the 160th report of the Committee of Privileges, on the use of CCTV material in Parliament House, that no contempt be found in relation to the matter referred; and

(b) adopt the following further recommendations made by the committee:

That the Presiding Officers instigate the development of a new Code of Practice which restores the focus on matters of security and safety, and emphasises accountability to the Presiding Officers and the Parliament, with appropriate regard for the primacy of the powers, and immunities of the Houses and their members.

That the review process involve consultations with members and senators and other building occupants, and give consideration to the matters dealt with in this report.

That senior officers in the Department of Parliamentary Services involved in the administration of the CCTV system and other systems managed on behalf of the Parliament undertake some structured training to acquaint themselves with the principles of privilege.

That the attention of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee be drawn to the matters set out from paragraph 2.2, under the heading Contradictory evidence, relating to the misleading evidence given at its estimates hearing on 26 May 2014—agreed to.

Community Affairs References Committee—Extent of income inequality in Australia - Bridging our growing divide: inequality in Australia—Report. Motion of the chair of the committee (Senator Siewert) to take note of report called on. On the motion of Senator Urquhart the debate was adjourned till the next day of sitting.

Health—Select Committee—First interim report. Motion of Senator Seselja to take note of report called on. On the motion of Senator Urquhart the debate was adjourned till the next day of sitting.

Auditor-General—Audit report no. 9 of 2014-15—Performance audit—The design and conduct of the third and fourth funding rounds of the Regional Development Australia Fund: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Motion of Senator Bernardi to take note of document agreed to.