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46      Days of meeting—Estimates hearings—Variation

The Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann), by leave, moved—

(1)               That the days of meeting of the Senate for the remainder of 2020 be as follows:

Winter sittings:

Wednesday, 10 June to Friday, 12 June

Monday, 15 June to Thursday, 18 June

Spring sittings:

Tuesday, 4 August to Thursday, 6 August

Monday, 10 August to Thursday, 13 August

Monday, 24 August to Thursday, 27 August

Monday, 31 August to Thursday, 3 September

Tuesday, 6 October to Thursday, 8 October

Monday, 9 November to Thursday, 12 November

Monday, 30 November to Thursday, 3 December

Monday, 7 December to Thursday, 10 December.

(2)              That estimates hearings by legislation committees for the remainder of 2020 be scheduled as follows:

2020-21 Budget estimates:

Monday, 19 October to Thursday, 22 October, and, if required, Friday, 23 October ( Group A )

Monday, 26 October to Thursday, 29 October, and, if required, Friday 30 October ( Group B )

(3)              That cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters and on Murray-Darling Basin Plan matters be scheduled for Friday, 23 and 30 October, respectively, but not restricted to these days.

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

(5)              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.

(6)             That the committees report to the Senate on Tuesday, 17 November 2020 in respect of the 2020-21 Budget estimates.

Debated ensued.

Question put and passed.