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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 1961


Senator Cameron to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Education and Training, no later than the end of question time on 10 November 2016, all documents containing information pertaining to the following matters:

(a) the visit by the then Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Birmingham, to the premises of North East Vocational College at St Agnes, South Australia on or about 4 May 2015;

(b) the meeting held between the then Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Birmingham, and former Senator Day on 1 June 2015 in relation to a proposal for a 'Student Builder' pilot program to be located at North East Vocational College;

(c) the meeting held between the then Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP, and former Senator Day on 14 October 2015 in relation to a proposal for a 'Student Builder' pilot program to be located at North East Vocational College;

(d) grants of $2,025,320 made under the Apprenticeship Training - Alternative Delivery Pilots Program to Master Builders Australia, National Electrical Communications Association and North East Development Agency trading as North East Vocational College;

(e) business plans, project proposals, funding contracts, deeds and related documents pertaining to the grants referred to in paragraph (d) above; and

(f) the Recommendation Report of the Apprenticeships Reform Advisory Group (ARAG), including all appendices to the report, meeting papers and minutes of meetings of the ARAG.

Senator Fifield to move:

That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2017 be as follows:

Autumn sittings:

Tuesday, 7 February to Thursday, 9 February

Monday, 13 February to Thursday, 16 February

Monday, 20 March to Thursday, 23 March

Monday, 27 March to Thursday, 30 March

Budget sittings:

Tuesday, 9 May to Thursday, 11 May

Winter sittings:

Tuesday, 13 June to Thursday, 15 June

Monday, 19 June to Thursday, 22 June

Spring sittings:

Tuesday, 8 August to Thursday, 10 August

Monday, 14 August to Thursday, 17 August

Monday, 4 September to Thursday, 7 September

Monday, 11 September to Thursday, 14 September

Spring sittings (2):

Monday, 16 October to Thursday, 19 October

Spring sittings (3):

Monday, 13 November to Thursday, 16 November

Monday, 27 November to Thursday, 30 November

Monday, 4 December to Thursday, 7 December.

Senator Fifield to move:

That the Senate—

(1) That estimates hearings by legislation committees for 2017 be scheduled as follows:

2016-17 additional estimates:

Monday, 27 February and Tuesday, 28 February (Group A)

Wednesday, 1 March and Thursday, 2 March (Group B).

2017-18 Budget estimates:

Monday, 22 May to Thursday, 25 May, and, if required, Friday, 26 May (Group A)

Monday, 29 May to Thursday, 1 June, and, if required, Friday, 2 June (Group B)

Monday, 30 October and Tuesday, 31 October (supplementary hearings—Group A)

Wednesday, 1 November and Thursday, 2 November (supplementary hearings—Group B).

(2) That pursuant to the orders of the Senate of 26 August 2008, cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters be scheduled for Friday, 3 March, Friday, 26 May and Friday, 20 October 2017, but not restricted to these days.

(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


Education and Employment

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

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

(a) Tuesday, 28 March 2017 in respect of the 2016-17 additional estimates; and

(b) Tuesday, 20 June 2017 in respect of the 2017-18 Budget estimates.

Senator Smith to move:

That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate, from 9.30 am, as follows:

(a) Wednesday, 23 November 2016; and

(b) Wednesday, 30 November 2016.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) since 2013-14, former Senator Day has donated over $500,000 and forgiven a loan of $1.47 million to Family First,

   (ii) an independent auditor's report in 2013 found Home Australia Group's liabilities exceeded its assets by nearly $31 million, and

   (iii) over 200 customers have been left with unfinished homes; and

(b) calls on:

   (i) the Family First Party to return all money received from Mr Day and his companies so that money can be used to pay creditors, and

   (ii) the Government to legislate for caps on political donations from individuals.

Senator Wong to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Attorney-General, by no later than 9.30 am on Wednesday, 9 November 2016, the legal advice provided to the Government in relation to the eligibility of former Senator Day to be elected as a senator for South Australia, as referred to in the Senate on Monday, 7 November 2016 by the Special Minister of State (Senator Ryan) and the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann), and provided by David Jackson QC, and any related documents that have not already been laid on the table.