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Business for today

Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 26 November 2019

1           Senator Brown : To move—That the Marine Order 47 (Offshore industry units) 2019, made under the Navigation Act 2012 , be disallowed [F2019L01324].

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

Notice of intention to withdraw at the giving of notices  on 6 February 2020

( Notice given 5 February 2020 )

Government business—Orders of the day

1          National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2019 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Faruqi , in continuation, 5 February 2020 ).

*2        Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response—Protecting Consumers (2019 Measures)) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

3         Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 2) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

4         Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2019 —( Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 November 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

*6       Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response—Stronger Regulators (2019 Measures)) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*7        Treasury Laws Amendment (2019-20 Bushfire Tax Assistance) Bill 2020 —( Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

8         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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 November 2019 ).

*11       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 ).

12        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 ).

13        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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 3 December 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 19 September 2019 ).

19        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 ).

20       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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

22       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 ).

Government business—Notices of motion

Notice given 5 February 2020

*1         Minister for Families and Social Services ( Senator Ruston ): To move—That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the Treasury Laws Amendment (2019-20 Bushfire Tax Assistance) Bill 2020 , allowing it to be considered during this period of sittings.

*2       Manager of Government Business ( Senator Ruston ): To move—That on Monday, 10 February 2020:

(a)              the sitting of the Senate shall be suspended from 11 am until 2.30 pm, to enable senators to attend the address by His Excellency Mr Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia;

(b)              the routine of business from not later than 2.30 pm shall be as follows:

(i)                questions without notice,

(ii)              motions to take note of answers until 4 pm, and

(iii)            consideration of private senators bills until 5.20 pm; and

(c)               following conclusion of consideration of private senators bills, the Senate return to the routine of business.

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 4 December 2019

363     Senator Gallagher : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes the Morrison Government's consistent failure in 2019 and 2020 to uphold its own Statement of Ministerial Standards or to be an open, transparent and accountable government in line with the expectations of the Australian community on matters, including:

(i)                Prime Minister Morrison’s failure to act for over a fortnight on the Auditor­-General’s scathing report into the Community Sports Infrastructure program, overseen by former Minister McKenzie,

(ii)              Prime Minister Morrison’s failure to release his former political chief of staffs advice on Minister McKenzie’s breach of the Ministerial Standards,

(iii)            the cloud hanging over former Minister Canavan following his failure to declare a potential conflict of interest in his portfolio,

(iv)            Prime Minister Morrison’s failure to explain the ongoing criminal investigation by New South Wales Police, encompassing the use of the fraudulent document by Minister Taylor, referred to the Australian Federal Police in December 2019,

(v)              Prime Minister Morrison’s inappropriate contact with the New South Wales Police Commissioner regarding a criminal investigation into a member of his Cabinet, the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Mr Taylor,

(vi)            Prime Minister Morrison’s refusal to confirm whether he invited the head of the Hillsong Church, Pastor Brian Houston, to a state dinner in Washington DC,

(vii)          Prime Minister Morrison’s refusal to uphold his own ministerial standards for former Ministers Pyne and Bishop,

(viii)        Prime Minister Morrison’s refusal to require Mr Gladys Liu, MP, to make a full and frank statement to the Parliament,

(ix)            Minister Taylor’s and Minister Frydenberg’s involvement in the ‘grasslands’ affair,

(x)              Minister Taylor’s use of falsified information in correspondence to the Lord Mayor of Sydney,

(xi)            Minister Porter’s appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal,

(xii)          Minister Hunt’s awarding of MRI licences in South Australia, and

(xiii)        Minister Dutton’s awarding of the $423 million Paladin contract; and

(b)              expresses its disappointment in the Morrison Government’s ongoing disregard for its Statement of Ministerial Standards, the conventions of our parliamentary system of government, and the expectations of the Australian community for integrity and accountability in government.

Notice of motion altered on 5 February 2020 pursuant to standing order 77.

Notice given 4 February 2020

380     Senator Rice : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                sport and physical recreation are essential elements of the culture of many Australians,

(ii)              sport and physical recreation are necessary for the maintenance of good mental and physical health and wellbeing,

(iii)            participation in sport plays an important role in the development of social, organisational and communication skills,

(iv)            community-based sporting clubs and associations are an integral part of our society,

(v)              Government has a responsibility to ensure equitable access to affordable sport and physical recreation facilities and services, and

(vi)            the integrity of sport should be encouraged by sound and transparent governance structures; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to provide additional funding of $48.9 million to fund the applications under the Community Sport Infrastructure Program which were recommended by Sports Australia but not approved by the Minister.

Notice given 5 February 2020

*393   Senator Griff : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                with deep concern, the Government’s decision to privatise aged care assessments from April 2021 with a tender to be held this year, and

(ii)              the Government’s decision was not made in consultation with State Health Ministers;

(b)              recognises that there are eighty aged care assessment teams (ACAT) operating across the nation which include state-employed multi-disciplinary teams of nurses, geriatricians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers who work at public hospitals, to expertly assess the more complex level of care required by individual elderly Australians;

(c)               further notes the recent statement by the Chair of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on ACAT privatisation that:

(i)                the Royal Commission’s Interim Report did not endorse the Government's position on privatising ACAT, and

(ii)              the Commission has not yet made a recommendation about which sector or mechanism will best achieve an integration of Regional Assessment Services and the Aged Care Assessment Teams;

(d)              acknowledges that:

(i)                health experts argue that no private providers can offer the expertise to adequately assess the often complex needs of hundreds of thousands of elderly Australians, and

(ii)              outsourcing assessment teams would have a serious detrimental impact on the delivery of proper care; and

(e)              calls on the Federal Government to consult with the state health ministers on the issue of ACAT privatisation, as a matter of urgency.

*394   Senator Dean Smith : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that 6 February 2020, marks the 68th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia and Head of the Commonwealth;

(b)              recognises the enduring role that Her Majesty has played as a symbol of peace and stability across the Commonwealth; and

(c)               extends to Her Majesty, its appreciation for the sense of duty and extraordinary grace in which she fulfils her duties as Queen of Australia and Head of the Commonwealth.

*395   Senator Abetz : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes the Australian citizenship pledge, which in part reads as follows:

I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey; and

(b)              calls on all schools to consider having the citizenship pledge recited by students on appropriate occasions.

*396   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Senate notes—

(a)              that Norwegian oil giant, Equinor, has received its second of four rounds of approvals from the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, the government regulator responsible for oversight into exploratory petroleum drilling in the Great Australian Bight;

(b)              the deep community opposition to ‘big oil’ drilling in one of our most pristine ocean environments and sites of natural heritage in the world; and

(c)               that tens of thousands of Australians continue to fight for the Bight, in forums both formal and informal, as communities across the country unite to reject Equinor’s disastrous plan.

*397   Senator Griff and Patrick: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes a number of recent examples of questionable conduct by Government Ministers that may fall under the purview of an independent anti-corruption commission, if one existed federally, including:

(i)                numerous allegations against the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Mr Angus Taylor, including questions over the $80 million purchase of overland flow water licences and his ties to a company accused of clearing endangered grassland, and claims of document falsification in relation to the Sydney Lord Mayor,

(ii)              Senator Bridget McKenzie and the ‘sports rorts’ affair, and

(iii)            suspected leaks of classified information from Minister Peter Dutton’s office about the costs of medically evacuating refugees, where the confidential information was reportedly de-classified at a time the Australian Federal Police was still investigating the leak; and

(b)              further notes that the Government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) would not have the ability to make public findings of corruption, and can only refer potentially criminal behaviour, and will fail to expose improper conduct of Members of Parliament and public servants; and

(c)               calls on the Federal government to strengthen its proposed CIC and introduce a bill to create a federal anti-corruption commission that will have the power to hold public hearings and to make public findings of corruption.

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                there are over 3 million people in Australia living in poverty including over 700,000 children,

(ii)              Newstart and Youth Allowance have not had an increase in real terms for over 25 years,

(iii)            the Government’s continued failure to act has meant that those trying to survive on Newstart are falling even further behind, prompting the Australian Council of Social Service to call for an urgent $95 increase in Newstart, and

(iv)            the Government’s position on Newstart is out of step with community expectations; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to make it a priority to help address poverty in Australia by raising Newstart and Youth Allowance by at least $95 a week.

*399   Senator Griff : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              recognises transparency and accountability in Government are the hallmarks of a strong democracy;

(b)              acknowledges trust in government has reached an all-time low compounded by recent scandals;

(c)               notes, with concern, the results of the Australian National University 2019 Australian election study that:

(i)                satisfaction with democracy is at its lowest level (59%) since the constitutional crisis of the 1970s,

(ii)              trust in Government has reached its lowest level on record, with just 25% believing people in government can be trusted, and

(iii)            56% of Australians believe that the Government is run for ‘a few big interests’, while just 12% believe the Government is run for ‘all the people’; and

(d)              further acknowledges that winning back people’s trust is among the most urgent challenges facing political leaders;

(e)              recognises rebuilding trust with voters involves tightening the rules around political donations;

(f)                further recognises that donations to political parties revealed in the Australian Electoral Commission disclosures published on Monday demonstrate the need for urgent political donations reform;

(g)              recognises that, ideally, the Government should ban corporate donations from vested interests that seek to influence government policy; and

(h)              calls on the Federal Government, as a minimum, to:

(i)                lower the disclosure threshold for political donations to $1000; and

(ii)              for real time disclosures of donations to political parties.

*400   Senator Faruqi : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the issue of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination has caused significant mental, emotional and financial stress for communities where PFAS have contaminated land and water, including the communities around the RAAF bases in Williamtown and Richmond in New South Wales, the Oakey Army Aviation Centre in Queensland, and RAAF Base Tindal at Katherine in the Northern Territory,

(ii)              it has been more than 14 months since the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade tabled its report, Inquiry into the management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases, and the Federal Government has still not issued its response, and

(iii)            communities are waiting anxiously on the Government’s response to the key recommendations of the Committee, such as that the Federal Government appoint a Coordinator-General to coordinate the national response to the PFAS contamination issue; undertake measures to improve participation in the voluntary blood testing program for PFAS; and assist property owners and businesses in affected areas for demonstrated, quantifiable financial losses associated with PFAS contamination, including the possibility of buybacks; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to immediately release its response to the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade report into management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases.

*401   Senator Faruqi : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                unprecedented bushfires across Australia have burnt at least 10 million hectares of land, primarily in New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and South Australia,

(ii)              an estimated 800 million animals have been killed in NSW, with national impact to more than 1 billion animals, including kangaroos, koalas, bats and reptiles, and

(iii)            wildlife carers have been on the frontline, rescuing and caring for injured animals, often at great emotional, financial, physical and emotional cost and sacrifice; and

(b)              thanks wildlife carers for their work in saving animals during the recent horrific bushfires.

*402   Senator Waters : To move—The Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                the overall national toll for women killed by violence since the start of 2020 already stands at 6, as reported by Counting Dead Women Australia from Destroy The Joint,

(ii)              there is no national government reporting program to record the ongoing toll of women killed by violence in real time,

(iii)            on average, one woman is murdered every week by her current or former partner,

(iv)            according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey 201:

(A)             more than 370,000 Australian women are subjected to violence from men each year,

(B)             1 in 3 Australian women has experienced physical violence,

(C)             1 in 5 Australian women has experienced sexual violence,

(D)            1 in 6 Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner, 

(E)             1 in 4 Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner,

(F)             Australian women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner, and

(G)            Australian women are 2.5 times more likely to be hospitalised for assault injuries arising from family and domestic violence than men, with hospitalisation rates rising by 23% since 2014-15;

(v)              in 2017, young women aged 15-34 accounted for more than half of reported sexual assaults,

(vi)            there is growing evidence that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence,

(vii)          Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women report experiencing violence at 3.1 times the rate of non-Indigenous women,

(viii)        in 2016-17, Indigenous women were 32 times as likely to be hospitalised due to family violence as non-Indigenous women,

(ix)            the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-22 states that the overall prevalence of violence against women will only start to decrease in the very long term as gender roles change,

(x)              the Fourth Action Plan recognises that demand for domestic and family violence services has increased, and will continue to increase; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                recognise domestic violence against women as a national security crisis,

(ii)              adequately fund frontline domestic, family and sexual violence and crisis housing services to ensure that all women seeking safety can access these services when and where they need them,

(iii)            legislate for 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave so that women don't have to choose between paying the bills and seeking safety,

(iv)            ensure that all government funded counselling services for domestic and family violence are delivered by expert family violence service providers in accordance with the National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions,

(v)              implement all 25 recommendations of the 2015 Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration report, Domestic Violence in Australia, tabled 20 onAugust 2015; and

(vi)            maintain and publish an official real-time national toll of women killed by violence in Australia.

*403   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                environmental flows are critical to the health of the Murray-Darling Basin, which is home to more than 2 million people and more than 40 Aboriginal nations, and supports over 120 waterbird species and 46 native fish species,

(ii)              the continued attack on environmental flows to the Murray-Darling Basin will threaten the overall sustainability of the river, which is needed to support people, plants and animals,

(iii)            the river is a national asset, it does not belong to any one single State, and

(iv)            the threats by some Basin states to pull out of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is putting the future of the entire river system in jeopardy; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to confirm its commitment to protect environmental flows as required under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Documents

Orders of the day relating to documents

1          Aged Care Act 1997 —Report for 2018-19 on the operation of the Act

Adjourned debate ( 28 November 2019 ).

2         Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA)—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 3 December 2019 ).

3         Wet Tropics Management Authority—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 3 December 2019 ).

4         Wet Tropics Management Authority—State of the Wet Tropics—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 3 December 2019 ).

5         Workplace Gender Equality Agency—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 3 December 2019 ).

6         National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

7         Schedule of multilateral treaties under negotiation, consideration or review by the Australian Government as at August 2019

Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

8         141st Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, Belgrade, Serbia—Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation, 13 to 17 October 2019

Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

9         Corporate emissions and energy data—Order of 2 December 2019—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment (Senator Birmingham), responding to the order

Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

10        City of Sydney—Annual report—Order of 3 December 2019—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment (Senator Birmingham) responding to the order and raising a public interest immunity claim

Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

11        2019 Ministerial Statement on Defence Operations—Ministerial statement by the Minister for Defence (Senator Reynolds)

Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

12        Australia’s emissions projections—Order of 5 December 2019—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment (Senator Birmingham) responding to the order, and attachments

Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

13        Banking Code of Practice—Government response—Order of 4 December 2019—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann) responding to the order, and attachment

Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

14        Education and Employment References Committee—Report—The people behind 000: mental health of our first responders—Order of 4 December 2019—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (Senator Cash) responding to the order, and attachment

Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

15        Gender and sexuality census questions—Order of 4 December 2019—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann) responding to the order, and attachment

Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

16        64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference, Uganda and Qatar—Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation, 22 September to 1 October 2019

Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

*17      Education and Care Services Ombudsman, National Education and Care Services Freedom of Information Commissioner and National Education and Care Services Privacy Commissioner—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*18      President’s report to the Senate on the status of government responses to parliamentary committee reports as at 31 December 2019

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*19      End of financial year visa reports—Order of 5 December 2019—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs (Mr Coleman) responding to the order

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*20     Australian Sports Foundation Limited—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*21      Department of Finance—Campaign advertising by Australian Government departments and agencies—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*22      Department of Finance—Consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2019

Consideration ( 5 February 2020 ).

*23      Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse—Royal Commission—Implementation of recommendations from the final report—Annual progress report 2019

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*24     Northern Basin Commissioner—First year report 2019

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*25      Outback Stores Pty Ltd—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*26     Animal welfare in natural disasters—Resolution of 2 December 2019—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management (Mr Littleproud)

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*27      Bushfires—Insurance claims—Resolution of 27 November 2019—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Executive Director and CEO, Insurance Council of Australia (Mr Whelan)

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*28     Department of the Environment and Energy—Australia’s emissions projections 2019

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*29     Estimates hearings—Unanswered questions on notice—Statements pursuant to the order of the Senate of 25 June 2014—Budget estimates 2019-20 (Supplementary)—Department of Veterans’ Affairs; Home Affairs portfolio; Industry, Science and Technology portfolio; Industry, Science and Technology portfolio (Resources and Northern Australia)

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

Committee reports and Government responses

Orders of the Day relating to Committee Reports and Government Responses

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Feasibility of a National Horse Traceability Register for all horses­­-Report

Adjourned debate ( 28 November 2019 ).

2         National Disability Insurance Scheme—Joint Standing Committee—NDIS Planning—Interim report

Adjourned debate (3 December 2019).

3         Intelligence and Security—Parliamentary Joint Committee—Annual report of committee activities 2018-19—Report

Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

4         Intelligence and Security—Parliamentary Joint Committee—Review of the renunciation by conduct and cessation provisions in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 —Report

Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

5         Environment and Communications References Committee—Senate Standing—Australia’s faunal extinction crisis: Environmental protections for native grasslands, and the conduct of Ministers—Interim report

Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

6         Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas—Select Committee—Report

Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

7         Human Rights—Joint Statutory Committee—Report 6 of 2019—Human rights scrutiny report

Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

8         Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee—From little things big things grow—Supporting Australian SMEs go global: an inquiry into access to free trade agreements by small and medium enterprises—Government response

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*9       Human Rights—Joint Statutory Committee—Report 1 of 2020—Human rights scrutiny report

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*10      Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee—Report—Inquiry into PAS remediation in and around Defence bases—First report

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*11       Trade and Investment Growth—Joint Standing Committee—Report—Trade and the digital economy—Government response

Adjourned debate ( 3 December 2020 ).

Auditor-General’s reports

Orders of the Day relating to Auditor-General’s reports

1          Auditor-General—Audit report no. 16 of 2019-20—Performance audit—Western Sydney Airport procurement activities: WSA Co Limited

Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

*2        Auditor-General—Audit report no. 20 of 2019-20—Financial statements audit—Audits of the financial statements of Australian Government entities for the period ended 30 June 2019

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*3        Auditor-General—Audit report no. 22 of 2019-20—Performance audit—Future Submarine Program - Transition to design: Department of Defence

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

*4       Auditor-General—Audit report no. 23 of 2019-20—Performance audit—Award of funding under the Community Sport Infrastructure Program—Australian Sports Commission

Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

Orders for production of documents

385     Report on Ministerial standards and sports grants—Order for production of documents—Attendance by minister

(1)               That there be laid in the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by no later than 3:30 pm on 6 February 2020, 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.

(2)              In the event the Minister fails to table the report, the Senate requires the Minister representing the Prime Minister to attend the Senate either immediately prior to government business being called on, or at 3:00 pm, on 10 February 2020, whichever is earlier, to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government’s failure to table the report.

(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 60 minutes, shall have precedence over all business until determined, and any senator may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes.

Business for future consideration

On 7 February 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders 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. )

2         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Export Control Bill 2019 , the Export Control (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019, Export Charges (Imposition - General) Amendment Bill 2019, Export Charges (Imposition - Excise) Amendment Bill 2019 and the Export Charges (Imposition - Customs) Amendment Bill 2019. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

3         Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Cross-boundary Greenhouse Gas Titles and Other Measures) Bill 2019 and the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) 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 10 February 2020

 

Order for Production of Documents

370     Attorney-General ʼ s Department —Unanswered questions

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Attorney General, by 10.00 am on 10 February 2020, all unanswered and overdue questions that were taken on notice by the Attorney General’s Department in the 2019-20 Supplementary Estimates round. ( Motion of Senator Carr agreed to 5 February 2020. )

On 11 February 2020

 

Orders for Production of Documents

387     Community Sport Infrastructure Program—Colour-coded spreadsheet

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

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

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

389     Community Sport Infrastructure Program—Legal authority of former Minister for Sport

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Youth and Sport, by no later than 12.00 pm 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. ( Motion of Senator Farrell agreed to 5 February 2020. )

390     Report on economic and social impacts of recreational hunting and shooting—Correspondence

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Health, by 12 pm on 11 February 2020, any emails or any other form of written correspondence between the former Minister, Senator McKenzie, or the former Minister’s office, in any of her former capacities, and the Department of Health, or any person working for the Department of Health, concerning either of the following matters surrounding the report ‘Economic and social impacts of recreational hunting and shooting’, released in September 2019. ( Motion of Senator Faruqi agreed to 5 February 2020. )

Four sitting days after today (13 February 2020)
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 14 November 2019

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

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

On 13 February 2020

 

Orders for Production of Documents

378     Community Sport Infrastructure Program—Communications and applications for funding

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Youth and Sport, by no later than 2 pm on 13 February 2020: 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. ( Motion of Senator Rice agreed to 5 February 2020. )

379     Community Sport Infrastructure Program—Communications, legal advice and ‛Gaetjens report ʼ

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

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

On 19 February 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders 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. )

2         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. )

3         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          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 ).

2         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 ).

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         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. )

3         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. )

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 ).

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.

Seven sitting days after today (26 February 2020)
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 27 November 2019

1           Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Telecommunications (Protecting Australians from Terrorist or Violent Criminal Material) Direction (No. 1) 2019, made under the Telecommunications Act 1997 , be disallowed [F2019L01159].

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

Notice of intention to withdraw at the giving of notices on 6 February 2020

(Notice given 5 February 2020)

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.

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 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 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—Order 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. )

On 20 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Order 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. )

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

1          Economics References Committee

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

Government Business—Order of the day

*1        Treasury Laws Amendment (2019-20 Bushfire Tax Assistance) Bill 2020 —( Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

Ten sitting days after today (24 March 2019)
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 3 December 2019

1           Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances ( 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].

Eleven 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

2         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.

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. )

Twelve 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].

Thirteen 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].

Thirteen 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 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].

Fourteen 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 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 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
Business of the Senate—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
Business of the Senate—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

1          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
Business of the Senate—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: 7 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: 19 February 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)

Export Control Bill 2019 and related bills [provisions] ‡

Referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 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)

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Cross-boundary Greenhouse Gas Titles and Other Measures) Bill 2019 and related bill [provisions] ‡

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 7 February 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)

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: 21 February 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 (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 966, 967, 969, 972, 1003, 1004, 1007, 1023, 1035, 1043, 1044, 1080 to 1085, 1087, 1090 to 1103, 1105 to 1124, 1126 to 1138, 1140 to 1182.

Question nos, as shown, from 966 to 1044 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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, 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

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer

Minister for Housing

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Simon Birmingham

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

   Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

 

 

Assistant Trade and Investment Minister

Minister for Education

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

Minister for the Environment

(Acting) Minister for Agriculture

 

 

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

 

Minister for Health

Minister for Home Affairs

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs

(Acting) Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

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

Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Linda Reynolds, CSC

Minister for Defence

 

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts

Assistant Defence Minister

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management

 

Senator the Honourable Anne Ruston

Minister for Families and Social Services

   Manager of Government Business in the Senate

 

 

Minister for Indigenous Australians

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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