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Orders of the Senate

 

Contents

 

Temporary orders and changes to standing orders . 37

Committees . 40

Estimates . 43

Legislation . 45

Orders for production of documents . 45

Orders for production of documents still current from previous parliaments . 52

 

 

 

 

Temporary orders and changes to standing orders

           Closing the Gap—Prime Minister’s annual report

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes the national framework agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008 to tackle Indigenous disadvantage and the six priority areas for change identified by COAG;

   (b)   further notes that there have been five annual reports by the Prime Minister to the Australian Parliament on progress in meeting these Closing the Gap targets;

   (c)   is of the view that the presentation of these annual reports should be marked by a special parliamentary procedure in recognition of the significance of these initiatives to all Australians;

   (d)   therefore proposes to the House of Representatives that it consider marking the presentation of the Prime Minister’s annual report on Closing the Gap by:

              (i)   hosting a meeting of the House to which senators are invited in a similar manner as senators are invited to attend addresses by foreign Heads of State, and

             (ii)   inviting senior Indigenous leaders to be present when the Prime Minister’s annual report is presented; and

   (e)   resolves that, on its presentation to the Senate, the Prime Minister’s annual report on Closing the Gap and accompanying ministerial statement be listed for consideration as a government business order of the day, and that the Government undertake to provide for at least 2 hours consideration of the statement during government business time.

( Agreed to 12 December 2013 .)

           Consideration of private senators’ bills—Temporary order

   (1)   That:

             (a)   standing orders 55(1), 57(1)(d) and 59 be modified as follows to provide for the consideration of general business orders of the day relating to bills on Thursdays from 9.30 am for not more than 2 hours and 20 minutes; and

             (b)   this order operate as a temporary order until 30 June 2014 with effect from 2 December 2013.

   55   Times of meetings

             (1)   The days and times of meeting of the Senate in each sitting week shall be:

Monday               10 am - 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm

Tuesday               12.30 pm - adjournment

Wednesday         9.30 am - 8 pm

Thursday             9.30 am - 8.40 pm

   57   Routine of business

             (1)   The routine of business shall be:

                          (d)    On Thursday:

                                    (ia)    General business orders of the day for consideration of bills only for up to 2 hours 20 minutes

                                       (i)    Petitions

                                      (ii)    Notices of motion

                                     (iii)    Postponement and rearrangement of business

                                    (iv)    Formal motions - discovery of formal business

                                     (v)    Consideration of committee reports under standing order 62(4)

                                    (vi)    Government business

                                              [ The remainder of this order has been updated to reflect the amendment to standing order 57(1)(d) agreed to 12 March 2013 ]

                                   (vii)    At 12.45 pm, non-controversial government business only

                                  (viii)    At 2 pm, questions

                                    (ix)    Motions to take note of answers

                                     (x)    Any proposal to debate a matter of public importance or urgency

                                    (xi)    Not later than 4.30 pm, general business

                                   (xii)    Not later than 6 pm, consideration of government documents under general business

                                  (xiii)    Not later than 7 pm, consideration of committee reports and government responses under standing order 62(1)

                                  (xiv)    At 8 pm, adjournment proposed

                                   (xv)    At 8.40 pm, adjournment.

          (2A)   If a division is called for on Monday before 12.30 pm, the matter before the Senate shall be adjourned till after that time.

   59   Government and general business

           Government business shall take precedence over general business, except that general business shall take precedence over government business on Thursday as follows:

             (a)   from 9.30 am, for a period not exceeding 2 hours and 20 minutes, general business orders of the day for the consideration of bills shall be considered; and

             (b)   from not later than 4.30 pm, for a period not exceeding 2½ hours, and general business orders of the day shall take precedence over general business notices of motion on alternate Thursdays.

( Agreed to 22 November 2010 upon adoption of recommendation in the Procedure Committee’s fourth report of 2010; continuation of temporary order agreed to 12 May and 24 November 2011, 27 June 2012 upon adoption of recommendation in the Procedure Committee’s first report of 2012, 6 February 2013, and 14 November 2013 .)

           Meeting of Senate

That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2014 be as follows:

           Autumn sittings:

                                Tuesday, 11 February to Thursday, 13 February

                                Monday, 3 March to Thursday, 6 March

                                Monday, 17 March to Thursday, 20 March

                                Monday, 24 March to Thursday, 27 March

           Budget sittings:

                                Tuesday, 13 May to Thursday, 15 May

           Winter sittings:

                                Monday, 16 June to Thursday, 19 June

                                Monday, 23 June to Thursday, 26 June

                                Monday, 7 July to Thursday, 10 July

                                Monday, 14 July to Thursday, 17 July

           Spring sittings:

                                Tuesday, 26 August to Thursday, 28 August

                                Monday, 1 September to Thursday, 4 September

                                Monday, 22 September to Thursday, 25 September

                                Tuesday, 30 September to Thursday, 2 October

           Spring sittings (2):

                                Monday, 27 October to Thursday, 30 October

           Spring sittings (3):

                                Monday, 24 November to Thursday, 27 November

                                Monday, 1 December to Thursday, 4 December.

( Agreed to 3 December 2013 .)

           Modified rules for question time—Temporary order

That the following modified rules for question time continue to operate as a temporary order, in conjunction with standing orders 72 and 73, until 30 June 2014:

   (a)   primary questions shall be limited to one minute and answers to them to two minutes;

   (b)   two supplementary questions shall be allowed to each questioner, each supplementary question shall be limited to thirty seconds and the answers to them to one minute each; and

   (c)   answers shall be directly relevant to each question.

( Agreed to 25 November 2009; continuation of temporary order agreed to 28 October 2010 upon adoption of recommendation in the Procedure Committee’s third report of 2010, 1 March 2011, 24 March 2011 upon adoption of recommendation in the Procedure Committee’s first report of 2011, 12 May 2011, 24 November 2011, 14 August 2012, 6 February 2013, and 13 November 2013 .)

           Routine of business—Variation

That—

   (1)   On Tuesday, 17 June 2014:

             (a)   the routine of business from 5 pm shall be valedictory statements; and

             (b)   the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 7.20 pm.

   (2)   On Tuesday, 24 June 2014:

             (a)   the routine of business from 4.30 pm shall be valedictory statements; and

             (b)   the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 7.20 pm.

   (3)   On Wednesday, 18 June and 25 June 2014:

             (a)   the routine of business from 5 pm shall be valedictory statements; and

             (b)   the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 7.20 pm.

   (4)   On Tuesday, 24 June 2014, any proposal pursuant to standing order 75 shall not be proceeded with.

   (5)   In making valedictory statements, a senator shall not speak for more than 20 minutes.

   (6)   If on any of these days the valedictory statements conclude before the time for the adjournment is proposed the Senate shall return to its routine of business.

( Agreed to 15 May 2014 .)

 

Committees

Listed in alpha order

           Amendment of committee names; Allocation of departments

   (1)   That standing order 25(1) be amended as follows:

Omit ‘Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’

Substitute ‘Education and Employment’.

   (2)   That departments and agencies be allocated to legislative and general purpose standing committees as follows:

           Community Affairs

Health

Social Services, including Human Services

           Economics

Industry

Treasury

           Education and Employment

Education

Employment

           Environment and Communications

Communications

Environment

           Finance and Public Administration

Finance

Parliament

Prime Minister and Cabinet

           Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Defence, including Veterans’ Affairs

Foreign Affairs and Trade

           Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Attorney-General

Immigration and Border Protection

           Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Agriculture

Infrastructure and Regional Development.

( Agreed to 13 November 2013 .)

      *   Community Affairs Legislation Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Community Affairs Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 19 June 2014, from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm, to further examine the 2014-15 Budget estimates.

( Agreed to 17 June 2014 .)

      *   Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples—Joint Select Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 25 June 2014, from 10.30 am.

( Agreed to 17 June 2014 .)

      *   Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Monday, 14 July 2014, from 11.30 am.

( Agreed to 17 June 2014 .)

        Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee—Authorisation to publish unpublished committee documents

   (1)   That the Senate authorises the publication of the unpublished documents provided to the former Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee by Fair Work Australia in relation to the Fair Work Australia report, Investigation into the National Office of the Health Services Union under section 331 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 .

   (2)   That, in taking the unusual step of ordering the publication of in camera evidence, the Senate notes:

             (a)   the sensitivity of much of the material has been diminished by the passage of time and the disclosure of these matters in criminal proceedings or in the Fair Work Australia report; and

             (b)   publication is not inconsistent with the Senate’s well-established principles on the application of the sub judice convention or with any of the usual grounds on which Senate committees would generally decline to publish evidence.

( Agreed to 4 March 2014. )

    *   Environment and Communications References Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Environment and Communications References Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 18 June 2014, from 1 pm to 2 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into environmental offsets.

( Agreed to 17 June 2014 .)

        Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

   (a)   on Monday, 16 June and Monday, 23 June 2014, from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region; and

   (b)   on Tuesday, 17 June and Tuesday, 24 June 2014, from 12.45 pm to 2 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean-Asia Pacific region.

( Agreed to 16 June 2014 .)

    *   Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

   (a)   Wednesday, 18 June 2014;

   (b)   Monday, 14 July 2014; and

   (c)   Wednesday, 16 July 2014.

( Agreed to 17 June 2014 .)

        Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee—Standing order 25(9)—Determination of chair

That, pursuant to standing order 25(9), the Senate determines:

   (a)   that the chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee shall be elected by that committee from members nominated by minor parties or independent senators; and

   (b)   that this order remain in effect until the President is duly notified of an agreement that meets the terms of standing order 25(9)(c).

( Agreed to 2 November 2011 .)

    *   Migration—Joint Standing Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Joint Standing Committee on Migration be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate, from 9.30 am to 11 am, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the Business Innovation and Investment Programme, as follows:

   (a)   Wednesday, 18 June 2014;

   (b)   Wednesday, 25 June 2014; and

   (c)   Wednesday, 16 July 2014.

( Agreed to 17 June 2014 .)

    *   National Capital and External Territories—Joint Standing Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1), followed by public meetings, during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

   (a)   Thursday, 19 June 2014; and

   (b)   Thursday, 26 June 2014.

( Agreed to 17 June 2014 .)

        Privileges—Standing Committee—Adoption of 94th report recommendation

That the Senate authorise the President, if required, to engage counsel as amicus curiae if either the action for defamation against Mr David Armstrong or a similar action against Mr William O’Chee is set down for trial.

( Agreed to 4 September 2000 .)

        Public Accounts and Audit—Joint Statutory Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate from 10.30 am, followed by public meetings, as follows:

   (a)   Thursday, 19 June 2014; and

   (b)   Thursday, 26 June 2014

( Agreed to 14 May 2014 .)

        Treaties—Joint Standing Committee—Authorisation to meet

That the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate, from 11 am to 1 pm, as follows:

   (a)   Monday, 16 June 2014; and

   (b)   Monday, 23 June 2014.

( Agreed to 14 May 2014 .)

 

Estimates

Listed in alpha order

        2013-14 additional estimates—2014-15 Budget estimates—Hearings

   (1)   That estimates hearings by legislation committees for 2014 be scheduled as follows:

           2013-14 additional estimates:

Monday, 24 February and Tuesday, 25 February, and, if required, Friday, 28 February ( Group A )

Wednesday, 26 February and Thursday, 27 February, and, if required, Friday, 28 February ( Group B )

           2014-15 Budget estimates:

Monday, 26 May to Thursday, 29 May, and, if required, Friday, 30 May ( Group A )

Monday, 2 June to Thursday, 5 June, and, if required, Friday, 6 June ( Group B )

Monday, 20 October and Tuesday, 21 October, and, if required, Friday, 24 October ( supplementary hearings—Group A )

Wednesday, 22 October and Thursday, 23 October, and, if required, Friday, 24 October ( supplementary hearings—Group B ).

   (2)   That pursuant to the order of the Senate of 26 August 2008, cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters be scheduled for Friday, 28 February, Friday, 30 May and Friday, 24 October.

   (3)   That the committees consider the proposed expenditure in accordance with the allocation of departments and agencies to committees agreed to by the Senate.

   (4)   That committees meet in the following groups:

           Group A:

Environment and Communications

Finance and Public Administration

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

           Group B:

Community Affairs

Economics

Education and Employment

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

   (5)   That the committees report to the Senate on the following dates:

             (a)   Tuesday, 18 March 2014 in respect of the 2013-14 additional estimates; and

             (b)   Tuesday, 24 June 2014 in respect of the 2014-15 Budget estimates.

( Agreed to 4 December 2013; amended 13 February 2014 .)

        2013-14 additional estimates—2014-15 Budget estimates—Hearings—Amendment

   (1)   That the order of the Senate of 4 December 2013 relating to estimates hearings for 2014 be amended as follows:

           2013-14 additional estimates , add:

and, if required, Friday, 28 February ( Groups A and B )

           2014-15 budget estimates , add:

and, if required, Friday, 24 October ( supplementary hearings—Groups A and B )

   (2)   That, for the purposes of that order, an additional hearing of a committee considering estimates is taken to be required where any 3 members of the committee notify the chair of the requirement, in writing.

   (3)   That paragraph (2) operate subject to the restriction in standing order 26(3) that not more than 4 committees shall hear evidence on the estimates simultaneously.

( Agreed to 13 February 2014 .)

        Education and Employment Legislation Committee—Unanswered estimates questions

That answers be provided by 13 January 2014 to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee in respect of estimates questions to the Department of Education lodged with its predecessor committee in the course of the Budget estimates hearings in June 2013 which remained unanswered at the beginning of the new Parliament.

( Agreed to 12 December 2013 .)

 

Legislation

        Senate consideration—Private senators’ bills

That the following general business orders of the day be considered on Thursday, 19 June 2014 under the temporary order relating to the consideration of private senators’ bills:

No. 30  Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2014

No. 29  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2014.

( Agreed to 16 June 2014 .)

    *   Senate consideration—Variation

That on and from Tuesday, 17 June 2014, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2] have precedence over all other government business until determined.

( Agreed to 17 June 2014 .)

 

Orders for production of documents

Listed in date order

        Taxation—Minerals Resource Rent Tax—Monthly revenue collection updates—Order for production of documents

   (1)   That the Senate calls on the Government to explain its continuing failure to provide monthly updates of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax revenue collections as promised.

   (2)   That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer, no later than noon on the 30th day of every month, information relating to the MRRT revenue collected by the Government in the preceding calendar month, broken down by state or territory of collection and by commodity type.

   (3)   If the Senate is not sitting when a statement is ready for presentation, the statement is to be presented to the President under standing order 166.

   (4)   This order is of continuing effect.

( Motion of Senator Cormann agreed to 11 September 2012; document presented 28 September 2012 and tabled 9 October 2012 .)

        Finance—Reserve Bank of Australia Reserve Fund—Grant—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer, by no later than 2 pm on Thursday, 14 November 2013, all documents relating to the decision to grant $8.8 billion to the Reserve Bank of Australia Reserve Fund, including, but not limited to, documents produced by and/or for, and communications to and/or from the following:

   (a)   the Treasurer;

   (b)   the office of the Treasurer;

   (c)   the Treasury;

   (d)   the Prime Minister;

   (e)   the office of the Prime Minister;

   (f)   the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet;

   (g)   members of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia; and

   (h)   the Reserve Bank of Australia.

( Motion of Senator Cameron agreed to 13 November 2013; document tabled 14 November 2013 .)

        Environment—Response to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and COP 19 negotiating instructions—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister (Senator Abetz), by 5 December 2013, the following documents:

   (a)   the Government’s response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment report; and

   (b)   the Government’s negotiating instructions to the Australian delegation to the nineteenth session of the Conference of Parties [COP 19] of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Warsaw, November 2013.

( Motion of the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) agreed to 13 November 2013 .)

        Immigration—Asylum seekers—Ministerial briefings and correspondence—Order for production of documents

That—

   (a)   all communications relating to any ‘on water operations’ that occurred between 7 September 2013 and 14 November 2013 be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, by noon on 18 November 2013, including but not limited to:

           Any report or briefing to, or email or other correspondence between the Minister or the Minister’s office and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or the Detection, Interception and Transfer Task Group and related agencies which includes information related to any or all of the following:

              (i)   the chronology of events,

             (ii)   ‘illegal maritime arrivals’ (unauthorised arrivals),

            (iii)   Suspected Irregular Entry Vessels (SIEVs) intercepted at sea,

            (iv)   distress calls to and response time by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority,

             (v)   where the SIEV was detected,

            (vi)   nationality of passengers,

           (vii)   safety-of-life-at-sea incidents,

          (viii)   SIEV turn backs,

            (ix)   SIEV tow backs,

             (x)   number of people suspected to be on board the SIEVs,

            (xi)   the number of children suspected to be on board the SIEVs, and

           (xii)   how many people, if any, were subject to ‘on water transfers’;

   (b)   no later than 24 hours after an event relating to ‘on water operations’ all communications be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, including but not limited to:

           Any report or briefing to, or email or other correspondence between the Minister or the Minister’s office and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or the Detection, Interception and Transfer Task Group and related agencies which includes information related to any or all of the following information:

              (i)   the chronology of events,

             (ii)   ‘illegal maritime arrivals’ (unauthorised arrivals),

            (iii)   Suspected Irregular Entry Vessels (SIEVs) intercepted at sea,

            (iv)   distress calls to and response time by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority,

             (v)   where the SIEV was detected,

            (vi)   nationality of passengers,

           (vii)   safety-of-life-at-sea incidents,

          (viii)   SIEV turn backs,

            (ix)   SIEV tow backs,

             (x)   number of people suspected to be on board the SIEVs,

            (xi)   the number of children suspected to be on board the SIEVs, and

           (xii)   how many people, if any, were subject to ‘on water transfers’; and

   (c)   if the Senate is not sitting within the 24 hours after the event relating to ‘on water operations’ then the documents are to be presented to the President under standing order 166 on the next working day.

( Motion of Senator Hanson-Young agreed to 14 November 2013; document received 18 November 2013 and tabled 2 December 2013; documents tabled 2 December 2013; motion in relation to compliance agreed to 3 December 2013; document tabled 4 December 2013. )

        Transport—East West Link—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by noon on Wednesday, 11 December 2013, by Infrastructure Australia or the Infrastructure Coordinator, all documents in relation to the East West Link project provided to Infrastructure Australia by the Victorian Government, in particular, but not restricted to, the full business case.

( Motion of Senator Di Natale agreed to 2 December 2013; document tabled 11 December 2014 .)

        Communications—National Broadband Network—Strategic Review—Order for production of document

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, no later than noon on Monday, 9 December 2013, the Strategic Review of the rollout of the National Broadband Network conducted by NBN Co and due to be provided to the Government on Monday, 2 December 2013.

( Motion of Senator Ludlam agreed to 3 December 2013; document tabled 5 December 2013 .)

        Trade—Trans-Pacific Partnership plurilateral free trade agreement—Order for production of document

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Investment, the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership plurilateral free trade agreement well before it is signed.

( Motion of Senator Whish-Wilson agreed to 4 December 2013; document tabled 5 December 2013 .)

        Immigration—Asylum seekers—Towing of an Indonesian vessel—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, no later than Tuesday, 10 December 2013, all incident reports, logs, briefings, ministerial notes, internal communications and other reports (excluding any publicly available documents), in relation to the reported incident that took place on Friday, 15 November 2013, involving the towing of an Indonesian vessel near Christmas Island by an Australian Customs, Navy or other government asset or vessel.

( Motion of Senator Carr agreed to 5 December 2013; document tabled 10 December 2013 .)

        Immigration—Asylum seekers—Undetected boat arrivals—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, no later than noon on Thursday, 12 December 2013, all incident reports, briefings, internal communications and other reports (excluding already publicly available documents), between the Minister or the Minister’s office and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or the Detection, Interception and Transfer Task Group and related agencies in relation to an undetected boat arrival suspected to have arrived on Monday, 3 December 2013, carrying 27 asylum seekers.

( Motion of Senator Hanson-Young agreed to 11 December 2013, document tabled 12 December 2013 .)

        Trade—Free trade agreements—Order for production of documents

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that the United States Trade Representative has undertaken to publish the full text of all free trade agreements negotiated on behalf of the United States of America (US) ‘well before’ signing to invite further comments from the US Congress and the US people;

   (b)   resolves that the Australian Senate and the people of Australia are entitled to scrutinise proposed agreements before signing; and

   (c)   orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, the full text of the proposed Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and other bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements at least 14 days before signing.

( Motion of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) agreed to 11 December 2013; document tabled 12 December 2013 .)

        Industry—SPC Ardmona—Report on government assistance—Order for production of document

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, no later than Thursday, 13 February 2013, a copy of the report produced by the high-level panel, comprised of Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Mr Richard (Dick) Warburton AO LVO and the Honourable Greg Combet AM, established in December 2013 to advise the Government on assistance to SPC Ardmona.

( Motion of Senator Carr agreed to 12 February 2014; document received 17 February 2014 and tabled 3 March 2014 .)

        Immigration—Border protection operations—Lifeboats—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, no later than noon on Thursday, 13 February 2014, documents detailing the number and cost of the lifeboats purchased by the Australian Government for use in border protection operations, including the cost of any upgrades or alterations; the number of lifeboats remaining in the Australian Government’s possession; and details of the procurement process for these lifeboats in accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules.

( Motion of Senator Carr agreed to 12 February 2014; document tabled 13 February 2014; document received 21 February 2014 and tabled 3 March 2014 .)

        Communications—Australian Broadcasting Corporation—Funding—Order for production of document

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

              (i)   the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is Australia’s most trusted news and current affairs broadcaster,

             (ii)   the ABC is an extremely well-loved national institution, and that independent opinion polls regularly reveal high levels of public satisfaction with the broadcaster, and

            (iii)   the Coalition has cut funding for the ABC in the past, including an 11 per cent cut in 1998 under Prime Minister John Howard;

   (b)   calls on the Government to:

              (i)   commit to protecting funding to the ABC in the forthcoming budget, and

             (ii)   cease threatening the ABC’s editorial independence; and

   (c)   orders that there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield), by 3 March 2014, the 2006 KPMG report into the adequacy and efficiency of ABC funding commissioned by the Howard Government.

( Motion of Senator Ludlam agreed to 13 February 2014; document tabled 3 March 2014. )

        Immigration—Asylum seekers—Operation Sovereign Borders—Order for production of document

That there be laid on the table by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection no later than noon on Friday, 21 February 2014, a copy of the report of the Review of Operation Sovereign Borders Vessel Positioning December 2013 - January 2014 and accompanying documents identified in part 10 of the review terms of reference.

( Motion of Senator Moore agreed to 13 February 2014; documents received 21 February 2014 and tabled 3 March 2014 .)

        Finance—National Commission of Audit reports—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Finance, no later than noon on 17 March 2014, any reports received from the National Commission of Audit.

( Motion of Senator Di Natale agreed to 4 March 2014; document tabled 5 March 2014 .)

        Administration—Assistant Minister for Health—Former chief of staff—Order for production of document

That there be laid on the table by the Assistant Minister for Health, no later than 12.45 pm on Wednesday, 5 March 2014, a copy of the letter submitted by Mr Alastair Furnival to the Minister at the commencement of his engagement as her chief of staff containing undertakings on action to address conflicts of interest between his business affairs and his ministerial staff role.

( Motion of Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) agreed to 4 March 2014; document tabled 5 March 2014 .)

        Education—Heads of Agreement on National Education Reform—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Education, no later than Friday, 21 March 2014, a copy of the Heads of Agreement on National Education Reform, and associated bilateral agreements, between the Commonwealth and New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, including all schedules and attachments, letters, implementation plans submitted, whether or not agreed by the Commonwealth, along with other documents that outline Commonwealth-state/territory funding commitments, agreements with or letters to any state or territory outlining future Commonwealth school funding and related requirements, including letters the Minister has sent to Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

( Motion of Senator McEwen agreed to 17 March 2014; document received 21 March 2014 and tabled 24 March 2014 .)

        Environment—Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority—Dredging at Abbot Point—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, no later than noon on 27 March 2014, any draft or final documents after 1 June 2013 relating to the internal concerns of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) with the following applications by North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation, including departmental and ministerial briefings and any documents which were given to the Minister:

   (a)   application for an approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 for proposed capital dredging at Abbot Point (EPBC 2011/6213);

   (b)   application for a permit under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 to dump Abbot Point dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (ref 34897, dated 6 January 2012); and

   (c)   application dated 4 March 2013 for a permit under the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 to dump Abbot Point dredge spoil at sea.

( Motion of Senator Waters agreed to 18 March 2014; document tabled 27 March 2014; document received 5 May 2014 and tabled 13 May 2014; document tabled 14 May 2014 .)

        Industry—Economic Review of South Australia and Victoria—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, no later than noon on Monday, 24 March 2014, copies of the Review of the South Australian Economy and the Victorian Manufacturing and Industry Economic Review , originally announced by the Government on 18 December 2013.

( Motion of Senator Carr agreed to 20 March 2014; document tabled 24 March 2014 .)

        Administration—Department of Employment—Jobs data—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Employment, no later than 10 am on Wednesday, 26 March 2014, the following:

   (a)   a copy of the email between the Minister’s office and officials in the Department of Employment, as referenced in The Australian of 24 March 2014 (‘Coalition urged department to “massage” jobs data’);

   (b)   details of any subsequent communications, including emails and file notes of telephone conversations, between the department and the Minister’s office regarding the department’s draft labour market growth rate projections; and

   (c)   the alternate job forecasts produced by the department following the aforementioned correspondence with the Minister’s office.

( Motion of Senator Carr agreed to 25 March 2014; document tabled 25 March 2014 .)

        Administration—Livestock Shipping Services—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, no later than 23 May 2014, by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, all documents and correspondence relating to Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) between 1 November 2013 to the present day, including, but not limited to:

   (a)   all letters and emails;

   (b)   all briefing notes, including but not limited to all Ministerial briefing notes;

   (c)   all internal departmental emails and memos;

   (d)   all recorded or noted phone calls and meetings, including meeting minutes; and

   (e)   all records and other relevant documents.

( Motion of Senator Rhiannon agreed to 14 May 2014; document presented 27 May 2014 and tabled 16 June 2014 .)

        Social Issues—Homelessness—Order for production of documents

That—

   (a)   the Senate notes that:

              (i)   the Government’s 2014-15 budget will have severe impacts on those Australians most at risk of becoming homeless,

             (ii)   the consequences of this budget will be an increase in the number of homeless people, and

            (iii)   the Government has already cut more than $40 million from the capital budget of homeless service providers for shelters and housing for the homeless; and

   (b)   there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services, no later than noon on Monday, 16 June 2014:

              (i)   an estimate of the number of additional Australians who will be forced into homelessness as a result of measures taken in the 2014-15 budget, and

             (ii)   measures that the Government proposes to take to provide adequate emergency accommodation and services, and adequate and affordable housing for people made homeless by measures in the Government’s 2014-15 budget in addition to those 100 000 already experiencing homelessness in Australia.

( Motion of Senators Ludlam, McLucas, Xenophon and Madigan agreed to 15 May 2014; document tabled 16 June 2014 .)

        Transport—East West Link—Order for production of documents

That, noting the 2014-15 budget allocation of $3 billion to fund the East West Link in Melbourne and the absence of a full, public business case or any recommendation from Infrastructure Australia:

   (a)   there be laid on the table in accordance with standing order 164 by Minister representing the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development (Senator Johnston), the following papers held by Infrastructure Australia:

              (i)   any business case presented for Stage 1or 2 for the East West Link project,

             (ii)   any correspondence or submissions from the Victorian Government seeking Australian Government funding for this project, and

            (iii)   any assessment by Infrastructure Australia of the priority of this project compared to other projects; and

   (b)   these documents are to be tabled prior to consideration of the 2014-15 budget bills, and no later than 7 July 2014.

( Motion of Senator Carr agreed to 16 June 2014 .)

 

Orders for production of documents still current from previous parliaments

Date of order/mover

Subject

Addressed to

Action

15.05.08

Senator Minchin

Defence—Procurement projects

Minister representing the Minister for Defence

Document tabled 19.06.08

17.06.08

Senator Bernardi

Sport—Sports and recreation facilities—Grants

 

Document tabled 23.06.08

27.08.08

Senators Bernardi, Birmingham, Ferguson, Fisher and Minchin

Environment—Coorong and Lower Lakes

 

Statements by leave made 27.08.08 and 01.09.08

04.02.09

Chair of the Select Committee on Fuel and Energy (Senator Cormann)

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme—Treasury modelling

Minister representing the Treasurer

Statements by leave made 05.02.09 and 11.02.09; document tabled 11.08.09

04.02.09

Senator Minchin

Communications—National Broadband Network

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

 

11.03.09

Senator Cormann

Health—Private health insurance—Reforms

Minister Representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Documents tabled 16.03.09 and 12.05.09

11.03.09

Chair of the Select Committee on Fuel and Energy (Senator Cormann)

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme—Treasury modelling

 

Statement by leave made 17.03.09; document tabled 11.08.09

13.05.09

Senator Minchin

Communications—National Broadband Network

Note : paragraph (3) of the order lapsed at end of 42nd Parliament.

 

Documents tabled 26.10.09

18.06.09

Senator Fifield

Employment—Employment Services Contract 2009-12

Minister for Employment Participation

Documents tabled 22.06.09 and 11.08.09

25.06.09

Senator Xenophon

Economics—Productivity Commission—Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

 

Documents tabled 11.08.09

18.08.09

Senator Cormann

Health—Chemotherapy treatment—Budget cuts

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Statement by leave made 19.08.09; documents tabled 26.10.09

19.08.09

Senator Cormann

Health—Aged care providers—General Purpose Accounts

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Documents tabled 20.08.09 and 26.10.09

27.10.09

Senator Birmingham

Environment—Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project

Minister for Climate Change and Water

 

27.10.09

Senator Xenophon

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme—Frontier Economics report

Minister representing the Treasurer

Document tabled 16.11.09

29.10.09

Senator Siewert

Environment—Montara oil spill

Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Documents tabled 16.11.09

17.11.09

Senator Cormann

Health—Aged care providers—General Purpose Accounts

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Document tabled 18.11.09

17.11.09

Senator Cormann

Parliament—Health Insurance Amendment (Revival of Table Items) Bill 2009—Legal advice

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Documents tabled 18.11.09

17.11.09

Senator Milne

Environment—Geoscience Australia—Carbon dioxide storage sites

 

Document tabled 18.11.09

18.11.09

Senator Fisher

Workplace Relations—Fair Work Amendment (State Referrals and Other Measures) Bill 2009—Bilateral intergovernmental agreements

Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

Documents tabled 19.11.09, 02.02.10, 04.02.10, and 11.05.10

Document presented 30.11.11 and tabled 07.02.12

23.11.09

Senator Cormann

Parliament—Health Insurance Amendment (Revival of Table Items) Bill 2009—Legal advice

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Document tabled 24.11.09

25.11.09

Senator Milne

Environment—Geoscience Australia—Carbon dioxide storage sites

 

Document tabled 26.11.09

26.11.09

Senators Cormann and Barnett

Health—National Preventative Health Taskforce report

Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

Document tabled 02.02.10

02.02.10

Senator Fierravanti-Wells

Immigration—Asylum seekers— Oceanic Viking

Minister representing the Prime Minister

Documents tabled 03.02.10

03.02.10

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)

Foreign Affairs—Solomon Islands—Landholder agreements

Minister representing the Minister for Trade

Documents tabled 22.02.10

03.02.10

Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce)

Taxation—Australia’s Future Tax System Review Panel

Minister representing the Treasurer

Statement by leave made 04.02.10

23.02.10

Senator Cormann

Education—Education Services for Overseas Students Assurance Fund

 

Documents tabled 24.02.10 and 11.05.10

25.02.10

Senator Ludlam

Environment—Commonwealth radioactive waste dump

Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy

Documents tabled 11.03.10 and 15.03.10

11.03.10

Senator Ludlam

Communications—National Broadband Network Implementation Study

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Statement by leave made 17.03.10; document tabled 11.05.10

17.03.10

Senators Cormann and Birmingham

Economics—Home insulation program

 

 

17.03.10

Senator Minchin

Communications—National Broadband Network Implementation Study

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

 

11.05.10

Senator Fierravanti-Wells

Health—Therapeutic groups

 

Documents tabled 12.05.10, 16.06.10 and 17.06.10

12.05.10

Chair of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee (Senator Cash)

Education—Primary schools

Minister representing the Treasurer

Document tabled 13.05.10

12.05.10

Senator Birmingham

Environment—Green Loans program

Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water

Document tabled 13.05.10

12.05.10

Senator Birmingham

Environment—Home Insulation Program

Minister representing the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

Documents tabled 15.06.10

12.05.10

Senator Birmingham

Environment—Home Insulation Program

Minister representing the Prime Minister

Documents tabled 15.06.10

12.05.10

Senator Ludlam

Foreign Affairs—Papua New Guinea Liquefied Natural Gas Project

Minister representing the Minister for Trade

Document tabled 16.06.10

12.05.10

Senator Siewert

Environment—Mako shark and porbeagle shark

Minister representing the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

Document tabled 13.05.10

13.05.10

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz)

Taxation—Australia’s Future Tax System—Government’s response

Minister representing the Treasurer

Documents tabled 15.06.10

16.06.10

Senator Milne

Finance—Fossil fuel subsidies

 

 

22.06.10

Senator Ludlam

Environment—Packaging and beverage container waste management

Minister representing the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

Document tabled 24.06.10

22.06.10

Senator Ronaldson

Administration—Advertising campaign—Exemption from guidelines

Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary

Document tabled 23.06.10

22.06.10

Senator Birmingham

Environment—Energy Efficiency task force—Report

Minister representing the Prime Minister

Document tabled 23.06.10

29.09.10

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Henry Tax Review—Superannuation

 

Document tabled 30.09.10

30.09.10

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Mining tax—Revenue estimates

 

Document tabled 30.09.10

30.09.10

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Mining tax

 

Document tabled 30.09.10

30.09.10

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Mining tax—Government estimates

 

Document tabled 30.09.10

26.10.10

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Mining tax—Revenue estimates

 

Documents tabled 28.10.10 and 15.11.10; document presented 03.02.11 and tabled 09.02.11

26.10.10

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Mining tax

 

Documents tabled 28.10.10 and 15.11.10; document presented 03.02.11 and tabled 09.02.11

26.10.10

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Mining tax—Government estimates

 

Documents tabled 28.10.10 and 15.11.10; document presented 03.02.11 and tabled 09.02.11

16.11.10

Senator Cormann

Superannuation—Productivity Commission report

 

Documents tabled 09.02.11 and 17.08.11

17.11.10

Senator Cormann

Health—GST Agreement—Proposed variation

 

Document tabled 18.11.10; document presented 06.12.10 and tabled 09.02.11

17.11.10

Senators Ludlam and Birmingham

Communications—National Broadband Network

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

 

18.11.10

Senator Mason

Education—Building the Education Revolution—Cost data

 

Document tabled 23.11.10

18.11.10

Senator Fisher

Communications—National Broadband Network

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Document tabled 23.11.10

23.11.10

Senator Cormann

Health—GST Agreement—Proposed variation

 

Document tabled 06.12.10; documents certified 23.12.10 and 03.02.11 and tabled 09.02.11

24.11.10

Senator Birmingham

Environment—Home Insulation Safety Program—Foil Insulation Safety Program

 

Document presented 06.12.10 and tabled 09.02.11

09.02.11

Chair of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee (Senator Back)

Education—Building the Education Revolution—Bilateral agreements

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

Document tabled 10.02.11

09.02.11

Leader of The Nationals (Senator Joyce)

Law and Justice— Water Act 2007 —Legal interpretation

Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Document tabled 10.02.11

10.02.11

Senator Cormann

Superannuation—Productivity Commission report

 

Documents tabled 17.08.11

12.05.11

Senator Back

Estimates hearings—Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee—Questions on notice—Answers to questions to Education portfolio

 

 

21.06.11

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Mining tax—Fiscal impact

 

Document tabled 23.06.11

23.06.11

Senator Colbeck

Trade—New Zealand—Import protocol for apples

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Documents presented 30.06.11 and tabled 04.07.11

22.08.11

Senator Cormann

Administration—Act of grace payments—Answer to question on notice

 

Document tabled 23.08.11

01.11.11

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Minerals Resource Rent Tax

 

Documents tabled 09.02.12

03.11.11

Senator Colbeck

Trade—Export of live cattle to Indonesia—Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Documents tabled 10.11.11

03.11.11

Senator Colbeck

Trade—Export of live cattle to Indonesia—Australian Government Solicitor

Minister representing the Attorney-General

Documents tabled 10.11.11

03.11.11

Senator Colbeck

Trade—Export of live cattle to Indonesia—Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Minister representing the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade

Documents tabled 10.11.11

09.11.11

Senators Birmingham and Ludlam

Communications—Australia Network—Tender process

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Statement by leave made 10.11.11

19.06.12

Senator Hanson-Young

Law and Justice—Murray Darling Basin Draft Plan—Legal advice

Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Document presented 18.07.12 and tabled 14.08.12; document tabled 29.11.12

17.09.12

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Minerals Resource Rent Tax—Budget cost

Minister representing the Treasurer

Document tabled 19.09.12

17.09.12

Senator Hanson-Young

Immigration—Nauru—Service provisions

Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Document presented 21.09.12 and tabled 09.10.12

06.02.13

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Minerals Resource Rent Tax—Advice

Minister representing the Treasurer

Document tabled 07.02.13

06.02.13

Senator Cormann

Taxation—Collective Investment Vehicles

 

Document tabled 26.02.13

25.06.13

Senator Rhiannon

Law and Justice—Freedom of Information

Minister representing the Attorney-General

Statement by leave made 25.06.13

26.06.13

Senator Rhiannon

Transport—Australian Road Rules and Australian Vehicle Standards Rules

Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport