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Business for today

Government business—Orders of the day

1          Treasury Laws Amendment (Recovering Unpaid Superannuation) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Canavan )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Walsh , in continuation, 11 February 2020 ).

2         Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Sport Integrity Australia) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

3         Wine Australia Amendment (Label Directory) Bill 2019 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

4         Trade Support Loans Amendment (Improving Administration) Bill 2019 —( Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 10 February 2020 ).

5         Agriculture Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Administration) Bill 2019 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

6         Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Canavan )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

7         National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Mandatory Credit Reporting and Other Measures) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

8         Customs Amendment (Product Specific Rule Modernisation) Bill 2019 —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 November 2019 ).

9         Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

10        Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Board and Other Improvements) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

11        Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

12        Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 3 December 2019 ).

13        New Skilled Regional Visas (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

14        Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Canavan )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

15        Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 19 September 2019 ).

16        Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity No. 2) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

17        Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Canavan )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

Government business—Notice of motion

Notice given 11 February 2020

*1        Minister for Families and Social Services ( Senator Ruston ): To move—That—

(a)              if the notice of motion proposing the disallowance of the Helicopter Aerial Application Endorsements Exemption 2019 standing in the name of the Chair of the Standing Committee on the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation (Senator Fierravanti-Wells) for two sitting days after today (13 February 2020) has not been resolved by 12.45 pm on 13 February 2020, the notice of motion shall be called on and considered at 3.30 pm that day; and

(b)              if consideration of the motion is not concluded by 4 pm, the question on the unresolved motion shall then be put.

General business—Notices of motion

A complete list of all general business notices of motion and orders of the day remaining on the Notice Paper is published at: www.aph.gov.au/Senate/business

Notice given 10 February 2020

415     Senator Kitching : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that members of the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board are officers for the purposes of standing order 26(5); and

(b)              requires members of the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board including, but not limited to, the Chair of the Board to appear before the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee when it meets to consider the 2019-20 additional estimates, at 9 am on 4 March 2020.

Notice given 11 February 2020

*433   Senator Roberts : To move—

(1)               That the Senate notes that:

(a)              on 5 February 2020, the Minister for Defence tabled a response to an order for the production of documents relating to PFAS contamination at RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Richmond, agreed to on 4 December 2019;

(b)              the response to the order did not include information in relation to RAAF Base Richmond and included incomplete information in relation to RAAF Base Williamtown; and

(c)              despite the response stating that no livestock have been tested, reports have been made that cattle have been tested within the contamination zones of RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Richmond.

(2)              That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, by 10 am on 26 February 2020, the following documents:

(a)              details of all blood testing on defence personnel and livestock which were taken from within the contamination zone of RAAF Base Richmond (including private land) within the last 24 months, including:

(i)                the level of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and

(ii)              a copy of the test result for each test taken with all personal information redacted; and

(b)              details of all blood testing on livestock which were taken from within the contamination zone of RAAF Base Williamtown and Williamtown Airport (including private land) within the last 24 months, including:

(i)                the level of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and

(ii)              a copy of the test result for each test taken.

*434   Senator Roberts : To move—

(1)               That the Senate notes that the Royal Commission into Financial Services made recommendations regarding voluntary codes of practice, including:

(a)              recommendation 1.15 - that the Australian Securities and Investment Commission’s (ASIC) power to approve codes of conduct extends to codes relating to all Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) regulated institutions and Australian credit licence holders; that industry codes of conduct approved by ASIC may include ‘enforceable code provisions’, which are provisions in respect of which a contravention will constitute a breach of the law;

(b)              recommendation 1.16 - 2019 Banking Code, the Australian Banking Association and ASIC should take all necessary steps to have the provisions that govern the terms of the contract made or to be made between the bank and the customer or guarantor designated as ‘enforceable code provisions’; and

(c)              recommendation 4.9 - as referred to in recommendation 1.15, the law should be amended to provide for enforceable provisions of industry codes and for the establishment and imposition of mandatory industry codes.

(2)              The Senate further notes that ASIC stated in their publication “ASIC update on implementation of Royal Commission recommendations” as follows:

(a)              ASIC will commence work immediately with the banking industry on appropriate amendments to the Banking Code in relation to each of these recommendations; and

(b)              ASIC will work with industry in anticipation of the Parliament legislating reforms in relation to codes and ASIC’s powers to provide for ‘enforceable code provisions’.

(3)              The response by the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann) to a previous order for the production of documents (no. 332), agreed to by the Senate on 4 December 2019, included no suitable documents.

(4)              That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer by 5.00 pm on 24 February 2020 the following documents that relate to enforceable provisions of the Banking Code of Practice:

(a)              all emails between the Treasury and any other party; and

(b)              all draft or final documents, including but not limited to, internal memos, briefing documents, drafting guidelines and correspondence.

*435   Senator McCarthy : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) are teams of professionals that are based in hospitals across the country and are responsible for assessing which older Australians should receive government-funded care,

(ii)              the Morrison Government has announced it wants to privatise the ACAT workforce from April 2021, when a tender will be put out for organisations to deliver this vital assessment,

(iii)            the New South Wales (NSW) Liberal Minister for Health and Medical Research, Mr Brad Hazzard, has said that the Morrison Government’s decision to privatise these services lacks “logic” and that “NSW has major concerns”,

(iv)            no consultation was undertaken by the Morrison Government to inform its NSW Liberal colleagues of the decision to privatise aged care assessment services, and

(v)              there has also been criticism about the Morrison Government wanting to privatise assessment services by highly regarded experts across the aged care sector;

(b)              supports the retention of ACATs as a publicly, independently provided service;

(c)               opposes the privatisation of the ACAT workforce; and

(d)              condemns the Morrison Government for its continued piecemeal approach to aged care policy.

*436   Senators Sheldon and Walsh: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                Dinner by Heston, the high-end restaurant fronted by Mr Heston Blumenthal, has been caught stealing up to $4.5 million from its own employees,

(ii)              these employees worked up to 25 unpaid hours each week, leaving many underpaid to the sum of $35,000 a year,

(iii)            Dinner by Heston’s  landlord, Crown Casino, aided in this endeavour by entering into byzantine corporate arrangements including interest-free loans, millions paid to the restaurant’s owners in licensing fees, and an annual rent for the restaurant of only $1,

(iv)            this $4.5 million underpayment scandal joins Mr George Calombaris’ $7.8 million dollar underpayment scandal and Mr Neil Perry’s $10 million dollar underpayment scandal as yet another example of an alarming business model amongst elements of corporate Australia, and

(v)              there is a wage theft crisis in Australia that must be addressed;

(b)              supports real action on the underlying causes of these issues through the Economics References Committee inquiry, Unlawful underpayment of employees’ remuneration, agreed on 13 November 2019; and

(c)               commends the United Workers Union for their advocacy and hard work on behalf of these affected restaurant workers.

*437    Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , and for related purposes. Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Climate Trigger) Bill 2020 .

*439   Senator Siewert : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that the report from the National Children’s Commissioner, Children’s Rights Report 2019, highlighted some critical issues in the protection of children’s rights:

(i)                First Nations children experience significant inequalities in health, education, justice and child protection outcomes,

(ii)              there has been an increase in child deaths by suicide and hospitalisations for intentional self-harm,

(iii)            approximately 17% of children under the age of 15 live in poverty,

(iv)            there has been a 27% increase in reported substantiations of child abuse and neglect, and

(v)              the age of criminal responsibility is ten, which is low compared to other countries; and

(b)              calls on the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to implement the important recommendations made in the report, including:

(i)                Australian Governments should urgently prioritise prevention and early intervention programs to reduce the number of children entering child protection systems and removing barriers to sustained reunification of children with their families by strengthening services and supports leading up to and post-reunification,

(ii)              the Australian Government should make the Transition to Independent Living Allowance for children available for all care leavers leaving home up to the age of 25,

(iii)            the Australian Government should develop a national poverty reduction plan that explicitly focuses on children, and

(iv)            Australian Governments should raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 years and abolish mandatory minimum sentencing laws that apply to children.

*440   Senator Bilyk : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that yesterday, 11 February 2020, was Safer Internet Day (SID), an annual, worldwide event to promote a safer and better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively;

(b)              recognises that, while there are enormous benefits to the internet, going online also comes with risks including (but not limited to) cyberbullying, cyberstalking, trolling, malware, scams, and the theft of financial and personal information;

(c)               expresses its support for the SID campaign’s aim to reach out to children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators and social workers, industry, decision makers and politicians to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a safer and better internet; and

(d)              encourages:

(i)                all members and senators in the Australian Parliament to promote the messages of SID to their constituents along with helpful advice about how to protect themselves and those in their care from harm online; and

(ii)              the Australian Government, through its agencies - in particular the Office of the eSafety Commissioner - to provide the resources, educational materials and regulatory environment that helps all Australians to have safe, positive online experiences. 

*441   Senator Roberts : To move—

(1)               That the Senate notes that, on 10 February 2020, Senator Cormann stated that climate change is human induced.

(2)              That there be laid on the table by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, by 10 am on 24 February 2020:

(a)              a list of titles of reports and publications which the Government relies upon for this belief; and

(b)              for each publication specify the page numbers on which are presented the evidence that carbon dioxide from human activity affects climate and needs to be cut.

*442   Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ( Senator Hanson ): To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that the current hourly rate of full-time pay for an adult aged care worker ranges from $20.73 (level 1) to $25.18 (level 7), which does little to recognise the dedication, compassion and caring they provide to our older, often vulnerable, Australians;

(b)              acknowledges that this low rate of remuneration in an industry which demands a high level of care as well as health management skills leads to the high turnover of staffing in aged care facilities; and

(c)               calls on the Federal Government to immediately act to increase pay rates in the aged care sector to better reflect the important work undertaken.

*443    Senator O’Neill : To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services on its inquiry into the regulation of auditing in Australia be extended to 1 September 2020.

*444   Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ): To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction (Senator Birmingham) by 3:30 pm on 24 February 2020,  all Departmental advice relating to establishing a coal-fired generation plant in Collinsville, Queensland, including but not limited to:

(a)              the suitability or otherwise of a new coal-fired power station in Queensland;

(b)              current congestion issues in this part of the grid network; and

(c)               any economic, greenhouse or environmental impacts of establishing the coal-fired power station.

*445   Senators Wong, Waters, Lambie, Patrick and Hanson: To move—That—

(1)               The Senate notes that:

(a)              on 5 February 2020, the Senate ordered the Minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Cormann, to table the final report provided by the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mr Phillip Gaetjens, to the Prime Minister in relation to the application of the Statement of Ministerial Standards to the former Minister for Sport, the Honourable Senator McKenzie’s, award of funding under the Community Sport Infrastructure Program;

(b)              on 6 February 2020, the Minister representing the Prime Minister tabled a letter making a public interest immunity claim grounded in the preservation of the confidentiality of cabinet deliberations,

(c)              the document is a final report prepared outside of the Cabinet Room and has no capacity to reveal deliberations inside the Cabinet Room; and

(d)             the Senate does not accept the public interest immunity claim made by the Minister representing the Prime Minister.

(2)              Until the final report provided by the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mr Phillip Gaetjens, to the Prime Minister in relation to the application of the Statement of Ministerial Standards to the former Minister for Sport, the Honourable Senator McKenzie’s, award of funding under the Community Sport Infrastructure Program, is tabled, or 6 March 2020, whichever is the earlier, Senator Cormann be prevented from:

(a)              being asked or answering questions which may be put to ministers under standing order 72(1) where such questions are directed to the Minister representing the Prime Minister;

(b)              representing the Prime Minister before a legislative and general purpose standing committee, including during consideration of estimates; and

(c)              sitting at the seat at the table in the Senate chamber that is ordinarily reserved for the Leader of the Government in Senate.

*446   Senator McAllister : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              acknowledges:

(i)                the devastating effect of drought on water supplies in Australian local communities, and

(ii)              that the recent bushfire crisis has compounded water insecurity in affected areas;

(b)              notes that:

(i)                the Eurobodalla Shire Council’s 2016 proposal for a second water storage facility in the southern part of the shire would add 3,000 mega litres of water storage to the region,

(ii)              the project has support from local and state governments, with the New South Wales (NSW) State Government committing $26.3 million in October 2019,

(iii)            the Eurobodalla Shire Council has called for a $51 million commitment from the Government to build the dam, noting they will fund the rest of the $105 million project, and

(iv)            all supporting parties should ensure the project is environmentally sound;

(c)               recognises that:

(i)                Australians and regional communities are rightly sceptical about the Government’s track record on water infrastructure and drought policy,

(ii)              in 2013, former Prime Minister Abbott said he would build 100 dams across Australia-three terms later and in its seventh year of power, the Government has failed to fulfil its promise,

(iii)            Prime Minister Morrison was caught out for being loose with the truth in October 2019 when he claimed his government was contributing more investment in NSW dam infrastructure than they actually were, 

(iv)            more than two years after the announcement of the $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Facility, not a single dollar had been spent, and

(v)              that the Eurobodalla community has been waiting for a response from the Government since October 2019 in relation to their water storage proposal; and

(d)              calls on the Federal Government to urgently respond to the Eurobodalla Shire Council’s request for funds for the Southern Water Supply Storage project.

*447   Senator Whish-Wilson : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                urgent action is required to mitigate climate change,

(ii)              the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report on Climate Change and Land, stated that, in the short term, leaving existing forests standing is the most effective way to manage forests to mitigate climate change, and

(iii)             the plans by the Tasmanian Government to allow logging in the Tarkine in north-west Tasmania will result in an increase in carbon emissions; and

(b)              calls on the Tasmanian Government to abandon its plans to allow logging in the Tarkine.

Orders for production of documents—Attendance by Minister

4a5e7ce5-7e6e-4cde-9f18-1927cc18d882 941f5b3f-96a9-40d7-83b1-2376bd01dd56 387     Community Sport Infrastructure Program—Colour-coded spreadsheet—Order for production of documents

(1)               That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Youth and Sport, by no later than midday on Tuesday 11 February 2020, the spreadsheet colour-coding the over 2,000 grant applications under the Community Sport Infrastructure Program according to the party that held the electorate as referred to in media reports and in the Auditor-General report No.23 of 2019-20.

(2)              In the event the Minister fails to table the documents requested in paragraph (1), the Senate requires the Minister for Youth and Sport attend the Senate at 9.30 am on Wednesday 12 February 2020 to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government’s failure to table the documents requested in paragraph (1).

(3)              Any senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (2).

(4)              Any motion under paragraph (3) shall have precedence over all business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 15 minutes.

( Motion of Senator Farrell agreed to 5 February 2020. )

388   Community Sport Infrastructure Program—Legal authority of former Minister for Sport—Order for production of documents

(1)               That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Attorney­ General, by no later than 12.00 pm on 11 February 2020, advice provided to the Attorney-General, including by the Australian Government Solicitor, in relation to the legal authority of the former Minister for Sport to undertake an approval role for funding decisions under the Community Sport Infrastructure Program.

(2)              In the event the Minister fails to table the documents requested in paragraph (1), the Senate requires the Minister representing the Attorney-General, to attend the Senate at 9.30 am on 12 February 2020 to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government’s failure to table the documents requested in paragraph (l).

(3)              Any senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (2).

(4)              Any motion under paragraph (3) shall have precedence over all business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 15 minutes.

 (Motion of Senator Farrell agreed to 5 February 2020.)



 

389    Community Sport Infrastructure Program—Communication between offices—Order for production of documents

(1)               That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Youth and Sport, by no later than midday on 11 February 2020, all communication between the current and former Offices of the Minister for Sport and both the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in relation to the three grant rounds under the Community Sport Infrastructure Program.

(2)              In the event the Minister fails to table the documents requested in paragraph (1), the Senate requires the Minister for Youth and Sport to attend the Senate at 9:30 am on 12 February 2020 to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government’s failure to table the documents requested in paragraph (1).

(3)              Any senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (2).

(4)              Any motion under paragraph (3) shall have precedence over all business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 15 minutes.

( Motion of Senator Farrell agreed to 5 February 2020. )

Business for future consideration

On the next day of sitting (13 February 2020)
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 14 November 2019

1           Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Helicopter Aerial Application Endorsements Exemption 2019, made under the Civil Aviation Act 1988 , be disallowed [F2019L01132].

Two sitting days remain, including today, to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

General Business—Notice of motion

Notice given 11 February 2020

*438   Senators McCarthy and Dodson: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                12 years ago, on 13 February 2008, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, delivered the National Apology to the Stolen Generations in the Australian Parliament,

(ii)              the National Apology to the Stolen Generations came about as a recommendation from The National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, entitled Bringing Them Home, tabled on 26 May 1997,

(iii)            the inquiry highlighted the suffering of Indigenous families under the Commonwealth, State and Territory Aboriginal protection and welfare laws and policies, and

(iv)            there is still significant work that needs to be done to address the impacts of dispossession, discrimination and trauma;

(b)              acknowledges that an important step in healing our nation is the acknowledgement of truth; and

(c)               as part of this healing calls on the Federal Government to commit to a process of truth telling about Australia’s history.

Orders for Production of Documents

378     Community Sport Infrastructure Program—Communications and applications for funding—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Youth and Sport, by no later than 2 pm on 13 February 2020:

(a)              all communications from the Australian Sports Commission or Sport Australia to the Prime Minister’s office or the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, in relation to the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program;

(b)              all communications from the Australian Sports Commission or Sport Australia to the former Minister Sport or their office, regarding the role of the Prime Minister’s office in relation to the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program; and

(c)               a comprehensive list of all applications for funding under the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program, including the score the applications received, which were assessed by the Australian Sports Commission or Sport Australia as having a score of 74 or above, but which did not receive funding through the program.

 ( Motion of Senator Rice agreed to 5 February 2020. )

379     Community Sport Infrastructure Program—Communications, legal advice and ‛Gaetjens report ʼ —Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by no later than 2 pm on 13 February 2020:

(a)              Any communications, advice or reports from the Prime Minister’s Office or the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to the office of the former Minister for Sport in relation to the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program;

(b)              the report or advice prepared by the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in relation to the former Minister for Sport’s management of the grants program (the 'Gaetjens report');

(c)               any communications, advice or reports from the Prime Minister’s Office or the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to Sport Australia in relation to the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program; and

(d)              any advice received from the Australian Government Solicitor in relation to the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program.

 ( Motion of Senators Waters and Rice agreed to 5 February 2020. )

*430   Female Facilities and Water Safety Program—Minister for Youth and Sports—Correspondence—Order for production of documents—Attendance by minister

(1)               That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Youth and Sport by no later than 9.30 am on 13 February 2020:

(a)              all communications between the Department of Health (the Department) and the Minister for Youth and Sport (the Minister) or the Minister’s office in relation to the Community Sport Infrastructure - Female Facilities and Water Safety program (FFWSP);

(b)              all communications between the Minister or the Minister’s office and the Prime Minister or the office of the Prime Minister in relation to the FFWSP;

(c)              all communications between the Minister and the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development in relation to the FFWSP;

(d)             any incoming Ministerial brief prepared for the Minister in relation to the FFWSP;

(e)              any guidelines or program arrangements applying to the FFWSP;

(f)               any advice on the content of guidelines or program arrangements, or drafts of same, prepared by the Department for the Minister in relation to the FFWSP;

(g)              any advice prepared by or for the Department for the Minister regarding the need for guidelines for the FFWSP;

(h)             any advice prepared for the Minister regarding eligibility for the FFWSP or the process for determining the list of organisations invited to apply for funding;

(i)                a list of all projects invited to seek funding under the FFWSP, and any documents pertaining to the basis on which they were selected; and

(j)                a list of all projects funded under the FFWSP.

(2)              In the event the Minister fails to table the documents requested in paragraph (1), the Senate requires the Minister to attend the Senate on 13 February 2020, prior to government business being called on, to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government’s failure to table the documents requested in paragraph (1).

(3)              Any senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (2).

(4)              Any motion under paragraph (3) may be debated for no longer than 30 minutes, shall have precedence over all business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes each.

( Motion of Senators Waters and Rice agreed to 11 February 2020. )

*431    Female Facilities and Water Safety Program—Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, and Regional Development—Correspondence—Order for production of documents—Attendance by minister

(1)               That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development by no later than 9.30 am on 13 February 2020:

(a)              all communications between the Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development (the Department) and the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development (the Minister) or the Minister’s office in relation to the Community Sport Infrastructure - Female Facilities and Water Safety program (FFWSP);

(b)              all communications between the Minister or Minister’s office and the Prime Minister or the office of the Prime Minister in relation to the FFWSP;

(c)              all communications between the Minister and the incoming Minister for Youth and Sports in relation to the FFWSP following the federal election;

(d)             any advice prepared for the Department, the Minister or the Prime Minister regarding the need for guidelines for the FFWSP;

(e)              any advice on the content of guidelines or program arrangements, or drafts of same, prepared by the Department for the Minister or Prime Minister in relation to the FFWSP;

(f)               any advice prepared by or for the Department for the Minister or Prime Minister regarding eligibility for the FFWSP or the process for determining the list of organisations invited to apply for funding;

(g)              a list of all projects invited to seek funding under the FFWSP, and documents pertaining to the basis on which they were selected; and

(h)             a list of all projects funded under the FFWSP.

(2)              In the event the Minister fails to table the documents requested in paragraph (1), the Senate requires the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development in the Senate to attend the Senate at no later than 10.15 am on 13 February 2020 to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government’s failure to table the documents requested in paragraph (1).

(3)              Any senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (2).

(4)              Any motion under paragraph (3) may be debated for no longer than 30 minutes shall have precedence over all business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes each.

( Motion of Senators Waters and Rice agreed to 11 February 2020. )

*432   Special purpose flights—Order for production of documents

(1)               That the Senate notes that:

(a)               under the guidelines for the use of special purpose aircraft, the Minister for Defence is responsible for tabling the schedule of special purpose flights “ ...in June (for the six months ending the previous 31 December) and December (for the six months ending the previous 30 June)”;

(b)              regrettably, under the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government, the schedule has routinely been tabled late, in one case over eight months late;

(c)              the most recent schedule published at https://www.defence.gov.au/Publications/Parliament/ is for the six months ending 30 June 2017;

(d)             consistent with the guidelines, previous governments tabled schedules on the last sitting day of June and December each year; and

(e)              the most recently tabled schedule for the six months ending 31 December 2018 was not tabled until 28 August 2019.

(2)              That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, by no later than 9.30 am on 13 February 2020, the schedule of special purpose flights for the period 1 January to 30 June 2019.

( Motion of Senator Wong agreed to 11 February 2020. )

On 19 February 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Student Identifiers Amendment (Enhanced Student Permissions) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

2         Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Transport Security Amendment (Testing and Training) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Government Business—Orders of the day

1          Transport Security Amendment (Testing and Training) Bill 2019 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

*2        Student Identifiers Amendment (Enhanced Student Permissions) Bill 2019 —( Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, Senator Hume )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 February 2020 ).

On 20 February 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Income Reporting and Other Measures) Bill 2020. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 21 February 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2019 and the Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2019. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

2         Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Australian Business Growth Fund Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Government Business—Order of the day

1          Australian Business Growth Fund Bill 2019 —( Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 10 February 2020 ).

24 February 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australia’s Anti-Doping Capability) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Government Business—Order of the day

1          Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australia’s Anti-Doping Capability) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

 

Order for Production of Documents

*1      Centrelink's compliance program—Legal advice—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services no later than 10 am on 24 February 2020, responses to all questions placed on notice by Senators Siewert and O ʼ Neill relating to legal advice and Centrelink ʼ s compliance program. This includes, but is not limited to, questions about:

(a)   meetings and/or briefings between the Minister and Services Australia in relation to the current legal proceedings regarding Centrelink ʼ s compliance program;

(b)   the frequency and dates of legal advice obtained by Services Australia from the Solicitor-General, Australian Government Solicitor, departmental lawyers, and external counsel and/or solicitors in relation to any aspect of the compliance program and, specifically, whether a debt or debt components is able to be founded on extrapolations from Australian Taxation Office records; 

(c)    legal advice about the lawfulness of debt or debt components solely based on extrapolations from Australian Taxation Office records;

(d)   legal advice in relation to liability for the death of any Australian who received a debt notice under the compliance program; and

(e)   the cost of legal advice in relation to the compliance program.

 ( Motion of Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee ( Senator Siewert ) agreed to 11 February 2020 following the adoption of the recommendation of the Committee in its Interim report—Centrelink’s compliance program. )

On the tenth sitting day of 2020 (26 February 2020)
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented on annual reports tabled by 31 October 2019.

On 26 February 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on access to medicinal cannabis.

General Business—Notice of motion

Notice given 6 February 2020

407     Senator Whish-Wilson : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                the spread of misinformation on social media during the recent bushfires, particularly posts that exaggerated the number of bushfires started by arsonists,

(ii)              the analysis undertaken by Queensland University of Technology academics that found that a significant amount of social media activity that exaggerated the number of bushfires started by arsonists was indicative of highly automated and inauthentic behaviour, which suggests the existence of a concerted campaign,

(iii)            that the spread of such misinformation during the bushfires crisis is highly irresponsible; makes it more difficult for bushfire affected communities to obtain accurate information; makes it more difficult for bushfire affected communities to respond in a timely and safe manner to fires; and demonstrates a callous indifference to the hardship and grief being experienced by bushfire-affected communities; and

(b)              acknowledges the importance of:

(i)                the accurate reporting of bushfires; and

(ii)              the public being able to trust information sources during a state of emergency.

On 27 February 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on the impact of changes to service delivery models on the administration and running of Government programs.

2         Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s declarations made under certain international laws.

On 28 February 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Government Business—Order of the day

1          Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019 —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 November 2019 ).

On 1 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee

Report to be presented on the regulation of auditing in Australia.

On 10 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 13 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Family Law Amendment (Western Australia De Facto Superannuation Splitting and Bankruptcy) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 16 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on the disclosure and reporting of sensitive and classified information.

2         Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on the impact of feral deer, pigs and goats in Australia.

On 17 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Government Business—Order of the day

1          Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

On 18 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019 and the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment (Rates of Charge) Bill 2019. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 19 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Tax Transparency in Procurement and Grants) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

2         Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 20 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Saving Australian Dairy Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

2         Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Superannuation, Your Choice) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Seven sitting days after today (24 March 2020)
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 3 December 2019

1           Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Financial Sector (Collection of Data) (reporting standard) determination No. 30 of 2019, made under the Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001 , be disallowed [F2019L01196].

Eight sitting days remain, including today, to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

On 24 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented on the 2019-20 additional estimates.

General Business—Order of the day

1          Administration of Sports Grants—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 25 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Centrelink’s compliance program.

2         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s dairy industry.

3         Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Transport Security Amendment (Serious Crime) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 26 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Prevention of Exploitation of Indigenous Cultural Expressions) Bill 2019. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Nine sitting days after today (26 March 2020)
Business of the Senate—Notices of motion

Notice given 5 December 2019

1           Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Taxation Administration (Private Ancillary Fund) Guidelines 2019, made under the Taxation Administration Act 1953 , be disallowed [F2019L01227].

Ten sitting days remain, including today, to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

2          Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Broadcasting Services (Transmitter Access) Regulations 2019, made under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 , be disallowed [F2019L01248].

Ten sitting days remain, including today, to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

On 27 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on the adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia.

On 31 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 6 April 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contract and Consumer Lease Reforms) Bill 2019 (No. 2) . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 16 April 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

2         Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the National Integrity (Parliamentary Standards) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 17 April 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Unsolicited Communications) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 30 April 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Government Business—Order of the day

1          Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019 —( Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 10 February 2020 ).

On 12 May 2020
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 4 February 2020

1           Senator Patrick : To move—That the Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Security Controlled Airports) Regulations 2019, made under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 , be disallowed [F2019L01656].

Eleven sitting days remain, including today, to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

On 13 May 2020
General Business—Notice of motion

Notice given 4 December 2019

361       Senator Kitching : To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to enable Australia to impose sanctions to promote compliance with international human rights law and respect for human rights or to deter significant corruption, and for related purposes. International Human Rights and Corruption (Magnitsky Sanctions) Bill 2020 .

On 14 May 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on nationhood, national identity and democracy.

2         Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

3         Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on the impact of seismic testing on fisheries and the marine environment.

On 15 June 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

On 17 June 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on policy, regulatory, taxation, administrative and funding priorities for Australian shipping.

On 18 June 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on Federal Government’s drought response.

On 23 June 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented on the 2020-21 Budget estimates.

On 25 June 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding capability.

2         Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on unlawful underpayment of employees’ remuneration.

3         Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on regional inequality in Australia.

On or before 31 July 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Road Safety—Joint Select Committee

Interim report to be presented.

On 13 August 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on Opportunities for strengthening Australia’s relations with the Republic of France.

On 7 September 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s faunal extinction crisis.

2         Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the review of foreign investment proposals.

On 16 September 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s oil and gas reserves.

On the tenth sitting day after 30 June 2020 (9 September 2020)
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented on annual reports tabled by 30 April 2020.

On 30 September 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on the management of the Inland Rail project.

On 1 October 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef.

On 7 October 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Australia’s Family Law System—Joint Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 12 October 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 14 October 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on the road transport industry.

On or before 31 October 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Road Safety—Joint Select Committee

Final report to be presented.

On 1 November 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Multi-Jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray Darling Basin Plan—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

2         Multi-Jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray Darling Basin Plan—Select Committee

Report to be presented on the Constitution Alteration (Water Resources) 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 20 November 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 and the Federal Circuit and

Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On or before 2 December 2020
General Business—Order of the day

1          Temporary Migration—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 3 December 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Effectiveness of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia agenda—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On or before the first sitting day of October 2021
General Business—Order of the day

1          Autism—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On the last sitting day 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

3         Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on Lessons learned 2019-20 bushfire season.

On or before the second sitting day of May 2022
General Business—Order of the day

1          Foreign Interference through Social Media—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On the last sitting day in May 2022
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Implementation of the National Redress Scheme—Joint Select Committee

Report to be presented.

Within 6 months of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters receiving the reference
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Electoral Matters—Joint Standing Committee

Report to be presented on a review of the operation of the amendments, dealing with foreign donations and related matters, made by the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018 , to commence on the second anniversary for the Royal Assent of the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018 .

( Bill received royal assent on 29 November 2018. )

Date unspecified
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on a possible cancer cluster on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Other information

Bills currently before committees

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 14 November 2019; reporting date: 10 March 2020)

Australian Business Growth Fund Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 6 February 2020; reporting date: 21 February 2020)

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australia’s Anti-Doping Capability) Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 28 November 2019; Progress report received: 3 February 2020; reporting date: 24 February 2020)

Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017 ‡

Referred to Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 4 July 2019; reporting date: 31 March 2020)

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Prevention of Exploitation of Indigenous Cultural Expressions) Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 4 July 2019; reporting date: 26 March 2020)

Constitution Alteration (Water Resources) 2019 ‡

Referred to Select Committee on the Multi-Jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray Darling Basin Plan (referred 12 September 2019; reporting date: 1 November 2020)

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 17 March 2020)

Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 19 September 2019; reporting date: 7 February 2020)

Family Law Amendment (Western Australia De Facto Superannuation Splitting and Bankruptcy) Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 13 March 2020)

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 and related bill [provisions] ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 20 November 2020)

Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019 and the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment (Rates of Charge) Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 28 November 2019; reporting date: 18 March 2020)

National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contract and Consumer Lease Reforms) Bill 2019 (No. 2) ‡

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 6 April 2020)

National Integrity (Parliamentary Standards) Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 16 April 2020)

Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 17 October 2019; reporting date: 28 February 2020)

Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Bill 2020 [provisions]  ‡

Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 6 February 2020; reporting date: 19 March 2020)

Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 12 September 2019; reporting date: 14 May 2020)

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Tax Transparency in Procurement and Grants) Bill 2019

Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (referred 14 November 2019; reporting date: 19 March 2020)

Saving Australian Dairy Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 20 March 2020)

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Income Reporting and Other Measures) Bill 2020 [provisions]

Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 6 February 2020; reporting date: 20 February 2020)

Student Identifiers Amendment (Enhanced Student Permissions) Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Education and Employment Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 19 February 2020)

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2019 and the Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 28 November 2019; reporting date: 21 February 2020)

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Unsolicited Communications) Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 28 November 2019; reporting date: 17 April 2020)

Transport Security Amendment (Serious Crime) Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 28 November 2019; reporting date: 25 March 2020)

Transport Security Amendment (Testing and Training) Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 19 February 2020)

Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019 [provisions]  ‡

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 6 February 2020; reporting date: 30 April 2020)

Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Superannuation, Your Choice) Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 28 November 2019; reporting date: 21 February 2020)

 

‡ Reference adopted by the Senate following a recommendation of the Selection of Bills Committee.

Bills discharged or negatived

Government bills

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019

Question that the bill, as amended, be agreed to was negatived in committee of the whole, 28 November 2019.

 

Private senators’ bills

Plebiscite (Future Migration Level) Bill 2018

Second reading negatived, 29 July 2019.

Protecting Australian Dairy Bill 2019

Second reading negatived, 11 November 2019.

 

Questions on notice

Questions remaining unanswered

Nos 969, 972, 1003, 1004, 1007, 1023, 1035, 1080 to 1084, 1087, 1090, 1093 to 1095, 1097 to 1100, 1103, 1105 to 1119, 1121 to 1124, 1126 to 1138, 1140 to 1186.

Question nos, as shown, from 969 to 1035 remain unanswered for 30 or more days (see standing order 74(5)).

The full text of Question on Notice and their answers are available online at Questions on Notice .

 

Orders of the Senate

Allocation of departments/agencies

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

Community Affairs

Health

Social Services, including Services Australia

Economics

Industry, Innovation and Science

Treasury

Education and Employment

Education

Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, including Industrial Relations

Environment and Communications

Communications and the Arts

Environment and Energy

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, excluding Industrial Relations

Home Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Agriculture

Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development.

( Agreed to 4 July 2019 )

Estimates hearings—2019-20 additional estimates; 2020-21 Budget estimates and supplementary Budget estimates

(1)               That estimates hearings by legislation committees for 2020 be scheduled as follows:

2019-20 additional estimates:

Monday, 2 March and Tuesday, 3 March ( Group A )

Wednesday, 4 March and Thursday, 5 March ( Group B ).

2020-21 Budget estimates:

Monday, 25 May to Thursday, 28 May, and, if required, Friday, 29 May ( Group A )

Tuesday, 2 June to Friday, 5 June, and, if required, Friday, 19 June ( Group B )

Monday, 19 October and Tuesday, 20 October ( supplementary hearings—Group A )

Wednesday, 21 October and Thursday, 22 October ( supplementary hearings—Group B ).

(2)              That cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters and on Murray Darling Basin Plan matters be scheduled for Friday, 6 March, Friday, 29 May and Friday, 23 October, 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

Economics

Education and Employment

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

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

(a)        Tuesday, 24 March 2020 in respect of the 2019-20 additional estimates; and

(b)        Tuesday, 23 June 2020 in respect of the 2020-21 Budget estimates.

( Agreed to 14 November 2019 )

Estimates questions (unanswered)—2019-20 Budget estimates

That—

(a)              answers to outstanding questions taken on notice in relation to the 2018-19 additional estimates and the 2019-20 Budget estimates, and which remained unanswered at the beginning of the 46th Parliament, be provided to legislation committees by 31 July 2019; and

(b)              for the purposes of standing order 74(5), the day set for answering each of the unanswered questions is 31 July 2019.

( Agreed to 29 July 2019 )

Meeting of Senate—2020

That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2020 be as follows:

Autumn sittings:

Tuesday, 4 February to Thursday, 6 February

Monday, 10 February to Thursday, 13 February

Monday, 24 February to Thursday, 27 February

Monday, 23 March to Thursday, 26 March

Budget sittings:

Tuesday, 12 May to Thursday, 14 May

Winter sittings:

Monday, 15 June to Thursday, 18 June

Monday, 22 June to Thursday, 25 June

Spring sittings:

Tuesday, 11 August to Thursday, 13 August

Monday, 17 August to Thursday, 20 August

Monday, 7 September to Thursday, 10 September

Monday, 14 September to Thursday, 17 September

Monday, 12 October to Thursday, 15 October

Monday, 9 November to Thursday, 12 November

Monday, 23 November to Thursday, 26 November

Monday, 30 November to Thursday, 3 December.

( Agreed to 14 November 2019 )

Contingent notices of motion

Conduct of business

1          Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Cormann): To move (contingent on the Senate on any day concluding its consideration of any item of business and prior to the Senate proceeding to the consideration of another item of business)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent a minister moving a motion to provide for the consideration of any matter.

2         Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson)

Senator Patrick

To move (contingent on the Senate on any day concluding its consideration of any item of business and prior to the Senate proceeding to the consideration of another item of business)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate or to provide for the consideration of any matter.

Formal business

3         Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Cormann)

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson)

Senator Patrick

To move (contingent on any senator objecting to a motion being taken as formal)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

4         Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Cormann)

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson)

Senator Patrick

To move (contingent on any senator being refused leave to move an amendment to a motion discovered during formal business)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent that senator moving the amendment to the motion.

Limitation of time

5         Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Cormann): To move (contingent on the chair declaring that the time allotted for the consideration of a bill, or any stage of a bill, has expired)—That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would prevent further consideration of the bill, or the stage of the bill, without limitation of time or for a specified period.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson)

Senator Patrick

6         To move (contingent on a minister moving a motion that a bill be considered an urgent bill)—That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would prevent debate taking place on the motion.

7         To move (contingent on a minister moving a motion to specify time to be allotted to the consideration of a bill, or any stage of a bill)—That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would prevent the motion being debated without limitation of time and each senator speaking for the time allotted by standing orders.

8         To move (contingent on the chair declaring that the time allotted for the consideration of a bill, or any stage of a bill, has expired)—That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would prevent further consideration of the bill, or the stage of the bill, without limitation of time or for a specified period.

Matters of urgency

9         Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Cormann): To move (contingent on the moving of a motion to debate a matter of urgency under standing order 75)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent a minister moving an amendment to the motion.

10        Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson)

Senator Patrick

To move (contingent on the moving of a motion to debate a matter of urgency under standing order 75)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent a senator moving an amendment to the motion.

Order of business

11        Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson)

Senator Patrick

To move (contingent on the Senate on any day concluding its consideration of any item of business and prior to the Senate proceeding to the consideration of another item of business)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion relating to the order of business on the Notice Paper .

Questions without notice

12         Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson)

Senator Patrick

To move (contingent on a minister at question time on any day asking that further questions be placed on notice)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion that, at question time on any day, questions may be put to ministers until 30 questions, including supplementary questions, have been asked and answered.

Statements

13        Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Cormann)

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson)

Senator Patrick

To move (contingent on any senator being refused leave to make a statement to the Senate)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent that senator making that statement.

Tabling of documents

14         Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson)

Senator Patrick

To move (contingent on any senator being refused leave to table a document in the Senate)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving that the document be tabled.

Appointments to statutory authorities

National Archives of Australia Advisory Council

Senator Carr ( appointed 1 August 2019, for a period of 3 years ).

Council of the National Library of Australia

Senator Bilyk ( appointed 1 August 2019, for a period of 3 years ).

Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust

Senators Abetz and Carr (appointed 1 August 2019 ).

Temporary chairs of committees

Senators Askew, Bilyk, Brockman, Brown, Chandler, Faruqi, Fawcett, Fierravanti-Wells, Gallacher, Griff, Kitching, Marielle Smith, Sterle, Stoker and Walsh

 

 

 

Richard Pye

Clerk of the Senate



 

 

Ministerial representation

 

 

 

Ministers

Representing

 

Senator the Honourable Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance

   Vice-President of the Executive Council

   Leader of the Government in the Senate

 

 

Prime Minister

Minister for the Public Service

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Cabinet

Treasurer

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Assistant Treasurer

Minister for Housing

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Simon Birmingham

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

   Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

 

 

Minister for the Environment

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia

Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment

Minister for Education

Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

 

 

Senator the Honourable Marise Payne

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Women

 

 

Minister for International Development and the Pacific

Attorney-General

Minister for Industrial Relations

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Richard Colbeck

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians

Minister for Youth and Sport

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

Minister for Health

Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government

Minister for Home Affairs

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Linda Reynolds, CSC

Minister for Defence

 

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts

Minister for Veteransʼ Affairs

Minister for Defence Personnel

Assistant Defence Minister

Minister for Defence Industry

 

 

Senator the Honourable Anne Ruston

Minister for Families and Social Services

   Manager of Government Business in the Senate

 

 

Minister for Indigenous Australians

Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government

Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Minister for Government Services

 

 

Assistant Ministers - designated as Parliamentary Secretaries under the Ministers of State Act 1952

 

Senator the Honourable Jane Hume

Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology

 

 

Senator the Honourable Zed Seselja

Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters

 

 

Senator the Honourable Jonathon Duniam

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries

Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism

 

Updated 5 February 2020

 



 

Senate sittings and estimates hearings for 2020

February

 

March

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