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Business for today

Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 14 May 2020

1           Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Industry Research and Development (Water for Fodder Program) Instrument 2019, made under the Industry Research and Development Act 1986, be disallowed [F2019L01591].

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

Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1           Australian Postal Corporation (Performance Standards) Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 Motion for disallowance

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Kitching —That the Australian Postal Corporation (Performance Standards) Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020, made under the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 , be disallowed [F2020L00579] ( Senator Roberts , in continuation, 16 June 2020 ).

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

Government business—Orders of the day

1         Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Superannuation, Your Choice) Bill 2019

In committee ( 17 June 2020 ).

2         National Skills Commissioner Bill 2020 —( Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Green , in continuation, 15 June 2020 ).

3         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 ).

4         Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Amendment (APRA Industry Funding) Bill 2020

Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions Supervisory Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 2020

Authorised Non-operating Holding Companies Supervisory Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 2020

General Insurance Supervisory Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 2020

Life Insurance Supervisory Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 2020

Retirement Savings Account Providers Supervisory Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 2020

Superannuation Supervisory Levy Imposition Amendment Bill 2020 ( Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

*5        Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 —( Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 16 June 2020 ).

*6       Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Bill 2020 —( Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 June 2020 ).

*7        National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Governance and Other Matters) Bill 2020 —( Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 June 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         Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment (Prohibiting Academic Cheating Services) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

10        Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 3 December 2019 ).

14        Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

15        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 ).

16        Treasury Laws Amendment (Reuniting More Superannuation) Bill 2020 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 February 2020 ).

17        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 ).

18        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 ).

19        Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2019

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 19 September 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 November 2019 ).

22       Australian Business Growth Fund Bill 2019

In committee ( 27 February 2020 ).

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 17 June 2020

*692   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Environment, by 9am on 7 July 2020, the draft report of the statutory review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

*693   Senator Lambie : To move—That the provisions of the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020 be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for inquiry and report by 2 November 2020.

*694   Senator Di Natale : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the telehealth Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items introduced during the COVID-19 crisis have provided many Australian patients with safe, continued access to healthcare from their homes when they might otherwise have forgone these consultations,

(ii)              telehealth provides particular benefits for patients with mobility issues, disadvantaged families, rural and remote patients, and Indigenous Australians,

(iii)            the telehealth items, spanning general practice, mental health, specialist, allied health and other consultations have allowed greater protection for healthcare professionals during the pandemic, while allowing them to continue delivering care to patients,

(iv)            greater use of telehealth has been a long-term reform objective in the Australian health system for many years, and has the potential to allow greater, more equitable access to healthcare across Australia long after the COVID-19 pandemic, and

(v)              the current telehealth items introduced during COVID-19 are due to expire on 30 September 2020; 

(b)              acknowledges that:

(i)                telehealth consultations cannot and should not fully replace face-to-face consultations, but offer choice and accessibility to healthcare when required, and

(ii)              video consultations are preferable to telephone consultations where possible, while acknowledging that Australians have inequitable access to high quality broadband services, and some older Australians in particular face barriers to accessing video consultations; and

(c)               calls on the Government to make the telehealth MBS items permanent, with a full evaluation after 12 months, including of patient access, compliance, and continuity of care.

*695   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, by 9 am on Friday 26 June 2020:

(a)              all documents relating to plans and exploration of plans by the Department of the Environment to reform or amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) between 1 October 2017 and 30 April 2018;

(b)              all documents relating to plans and exploration of plans by the Minister for the Environment to reform or amend the EPBC Act between 1 October 2017 and 30 April 2018;

(c)               any and all exposure drafts of bills to amend the EPBC Act prepared between 1 October 2017 and 30 April 2018.

*696   Senators Waters, Faruqi and Steele-John: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                Friday, 19 June 2020 marks the sixth annual International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict,

(ii)              UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action) plays a vital role in working towards ending sexual violence in conflict by uniting 13 UN entities to amplify advocacy, improve coordination and accountability, and support prevention and response efforts, and their six guiding principles are:

(A)             rape is not an inevitable consequence of conflict - it must be prevented,

(B)             gender-based violence, including sexual violence, is a violation of fundamental human dignity and rights,

(C)             attempts to end sexual violence must address gender-based inequalities by empowering women and protecting and promoting their rights,

(D)            the constructive involvement of men and boys is vital,

(E)             survivors of sexual violence must guide advocacy and programming efforts to end sexual violence and secure peace, and

(F)             sexual violence in conflict is one of history’s great silences - we all have a duty to act, and

(iii)            sexual violence in conflict continues to affect millions of people, especially women and girls; it persists due to ineffective protections, inadequate rule of law and judicial systems, and under-resourced support services for survivors, and sexual violence during conflict can constitute a war crime, crime against humanity and act of genocide, and it must be prevented;

(b)              acknowledges that:

(i)                the focus of this year’s commemoration event is the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on victims and survivors of conflict-related sexual violence,

(ii)              COVID-19 is having a detrimental impact on all aspects of the lives of victims and survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, and 

(iii)            quarantine, isolation and movement restrictions, and limitations on services, exacerbate the social and structural barriers to reporting and monitoring sexual violence in conflict; these crisis-related limitations also reduce the availability of support services for survivors, including health services, justice services, counselling services, and emergency housing services; and

(c)               calls on the Government to increase support for UN Action efforts to eliminate the occurrence of sexual violence in conflict.

*697   Senators Siewert and Waters: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that recent research published by the Open University on investment in the care industry found that:

(i)                if Australia invested 1% of GDP in the care industry, it would raise the employment rate by 1.2% which, as a point of comparison, is more than the same investment in the construction industry,

(ii)              investment in the care industry would result in 79% of new jobs being filled by women, thereby helping to reduce the gender employment gap in Australia, and

(iii)            the fiscal returns from investing in the care industry are higher compared to investing in other industries, allowing greater investment for the same net cost;

(b)              acknowledges that the care industry, including the education, health, aged care and child care sectors, play a critical role in Australia’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis; and

(c)               calls on the Government to invest in the care industry to generate new jobs, close the gender employment gap and ensure we have the workforce to deliver universal access to essential services.

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

(a)              notes that the Victorian Premier, Mr Daniel Andrews, yesterday, said of South Australia, “Why would anyone want to go there?”;

(b)              presumes he actually meant “why wouldn’t everyone want to go there?”;

(c)               recognises that approximately 40% of South Australia’s interstate tourism market comes from Victoria;

(d)              acknowledges the many reasons why thousands of Victorians travel to South Australia each year, including (but not limited to): Kangaroo Island; the Fleurieu Peninsula; the Flinders Ranges; the Adelaide Hills; the Barossa Valley; McLaren Vale; Coonawarra; Port Lincoln; Port Pirie; Renmark and all the regions; world class food and wine; real iced coffee; houseboats on the Murray; the Christmas Pageant; the Adelaide Festival; the Adelaide Fringe; fritz; FruChocs; the Tour Down Under; the city parklands; Vili’s pies; Haigh’s; the Adelaide Strikers, Port Power, the Crows, and no congestion;

(e)              calls on Premier Andrews to take a moment, enjoy some FruChocs and a Farmers Union (real) Iced Coffee and concede that South Australia is a wonderful, vibrant and welcoming tourist destination; and

(f)                encourages all Australians to back the South Australian Tourism ‘Welcome Back Campaign’ which looks forward to welcoming all Aussies to ‘#IchooseSA’ as borders re-open.

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the COVID-19 crisis has further exposed existing inequalities in our broken housing system,

(ii)              renters across Australia face eviction as COVID-19 related eviction bans come to an end across states and territories, and

(iii)            as the economic crisis continues, more people are at risk of homelessness than ever before;

(b)              calls on the Government to:

(i)                increase funding for emergency housing,

(ii)              invest in building more public and community housing which will create construction jobs and apprenticeships, and provide homes for people,

(iii)            direct lenders to implement mortgage relief, where needed, with no interest accrual, a ban on foreclosures and a freeze on owners’ credit ratings,

(iv)            permanently increase income support, and

(v)              implement a national plan to end homelessness; and 

(c)               calls on the National Cabinet to:

(i)                implement waivers for rent arrears, with relief for those with rental debts, and 

(ii)              agree on a national standard of renters’ rights and rental laws to protect people from unfair evictions.

*700   Senator Rennick : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                the important and brave contribution of all Australian workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and

(ii)              the high cost of union fees for workers who belong to a union; and

(b)              calls on all senators to lobby and encourage unions representing Australian workers to reduce union fees in the medium term to acknowledge the contribution and financial hardship of these workers.

*701    Senators Sheldon, Sterle and Gallacher: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                truck drivers across Australia are under pressure because of the squeeze on rates,

(ii)              pressure on truck drivers does not exist in isolation; it has real life consequences which can be catastrophic,

(iii)            truck driving is Australia’s deadliest industry, with around one in three workplace deaths involving a transport worker,

(iv)            maintaining safe rates of pay for truck drivers contributes directly to increased road safety for all road users,

(v)              longstanding state laws in Australia provide owner-drivers with certainty over their rates,

(vi)            during the pandemic, truck drivers have risked their health and lives to continue delivering goods, crossing closed state borders, finding truck stops shut or unable to provide them with hot meals or showers, and 

(vii)          in response to an opinion article urging fellow owner-drivers not to undercut each other during the COVID-19 pandemic, on 1 June 2020 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wrote to owner-driver Mr Frank Black threatening criminal charges carrying jail terms; and

(b)              further notes that the ACCC has been asked to:

(i)                withdraw the letter and accusations levelled at Mr Frank Black therein,

(ii)              apologise to Mr Frank Black, and

(iii)            confirm that the ACCC will commence a detailed inquiry into destructive competition in the road transport industry that sees those at the top of the supply chain squeezing transport operators, their employees and owner drivers like Mr Frank Black into deadly circumstances.

*702   Senator Patrick : To move—That—

(1)               The Senate notes that:

(a)              the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation released the ‘Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia’s Future’ report on 28 June 2018;

(b)              recommendation twelve of that report called on the government to develop a clear regional development policy through a comprehensive Regional Australia White Paper, following a Green Paper public consultation process;

(c)              the Government established an expert panel to “undertake a targeted assessment of the key issues raised in the Report, including the development of a White Paper” which was to report to Government by 31 March 2019; and

(d)             the report of the expert panel has not been made available to the Parliament or to the public.

(2)              There be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, by no later than 18 June 2020, a copy of the expert panel report on the ‘Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia’s Future’ report.

*703   Senators Lambie and Patrick: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                suicide by current and former Australian Defence Force members continues to claim at least a life a week,

(ii)              on 5 February 2020, the Prime Minister said his National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention would be “bigger and better than a Royal Commission”, and

(iii)            on 27 February 2020, the Senate disagreed with the Prime Minister;

(b)              again condemns the Morrison Government’s proposed National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention as a poor imitation of a Royal Commission;

(c)               believes that nothing short of a Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide can address this painful and ongoing scourge; 

(d)              expresses its view that:

(i)                the Prime Minister’s National Commissioner will have neither the power, nor the resources, of a Royal Commission, and can in no way be considered “bigger and better”, 

(ii)              any insistence on this unproven, experimental model over the proven and successful model of a Royal Commission is made knowing that it risks making things worse, not better;

(e)              calls on the Morrison Government to establish a Royal Commission into Veterans’ Suicide, with a clear start and end date; and

(f)                invites the Royal Commissioner to recommend that a standing, permanent capability be established to oversee reform, should the Commissioner see fit to do so.

*704   Senators Canavan, Davey, Molan and Dean Smith: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              recognises the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of the over 80,000 state and federal police officers in Australia;

(b)              notes that, in 2018-19, over 9,000 police officers were injured in the line of duty throughout Australia, more than one officer every hour;

(c)               further notes that the 2018 ‘Answering the call’ national survey, found that over 24 per cent of police officers reported that they are sometimes or often physically assaulted when undertaking work duties; and

(d)              condemns those calling for the defunding of our essential police forces, including the views expressed by NSW Greens Legislative Councillor Mr David Shoebridge, who has stated that “That’s what #defundthepolice could look like here in NSW”.

*705   Senators Cormann and Wong: To move—

(1)               That the following variations to the standing orders have effect as a temporary order until the last sitting day in June 2021:

(a)              at the end of standing order 66, add:

(5)              The following additional requirements apply to the consideration of general business notices of motion as formal motions:

(a)              Senators may make (or have made on their behalf) only one request for formality in any sitting week.

(b)              No more than 12 motions may be dealt with as formal motions on any sitting day, comprising no more than four proposed by Government senators, four proposed by Opposition senators, and four proposed by minor party and independent senators.

(c)               The motions to be considered shall be notified to the President.

(d)              The allocation of motions to be taken as formal amongst minor party and independent senators each day shall be determined by the President and, across the course of a sitting week, shall be as nearly as practicable proportional to the numbers of those minor party and independent senators in the Senate.

(e)              The restrictions in paragraph (5) do not apply in respect of motions for the consideration of legislation (including the introduction of bills) or the conduct of Senate or committee business (including the appointment of a select committee).

(b)              After standing order 76(7), insert:

(7A)     A general business notice of motion shall not exceed 200 words, unless it is a motion:

(a)              for the consideration of legislation or the conduct of Senate or committee business (including the appointment of a select committee), or

(b)              proposing an order for the production of documents.

(2)              That the Procedure Committee review the operation of this order, and report to the Senate by the last sitting day in May 2021.

*706   Senators Keneally, McCarthy, Bilyk, Polley, Rice and Molan: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                six babies a day in Australia are stillborn, and the rate of stillbirth in Australia has not changed in 2 decades,

(ii)              the Senate Select Committee into Stillbirth Research and Education heard many stories from parents and grandparents of stillborn babies about the silence around stillbirth and the solitary nature of this particular grief, and

(iii)            the Committee made recommendations to improve bereavement support for parents and that the Government has accepted or accepted in principle all recommendations from the Committee’s report;

(b)              acknowledges that social distancing restrictions, which have been necessary during the COVID-19 crisis, will have compounded the grief and sorrow for families mourning their stillborn babies; and

(c)               extends condolences and sympathies to the families of stillborn babies in Australia, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

*707   Senators McKenzie, Canavan, Davey, McDonald and McMahon: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                regional Australia is a fundamental pillar of our economy, and will play a critical role as we emerge and rebuild from the economic impacts caused by COVID-19,

(ii)              our regional, rural and remote areas punch well above their weight; they represent just under a third of the national population, yet contribute two thirds of our national income,

(iii)            regional Australians have had to endure the COVID-19 pandemic in the wake of a devastating summer of bushfires, and

(iv)            the courage demonstrated by those in our regions as they continue to persist and resist, time and again, characterises the best of what it means to be Australian; and

(b)              commends the Liberal and Nationals Government on:

(i)                continuing to recognise and respect the challenges faced by our regional communities, and letting those in bushfire-affected communities know that they have not been forgotten by this Government,

(ii)              supporting these communities as they recover and rebuild through the $448.5 million Regional Bushfire Recovery and Development Program, and

(iii)            ensuring that our regions are better prepared than ever before the next bushfire season - attributing over $37 million towards strengthening communications across rural fire depots and evacuation centres.

*708   Senator Green : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the design of the Morrison-McCormack Government’s HomeBuilder program has been criticised within the Government and publicly,

(ii)              housing experts are concerned that the HomeBuilder program will not deliver for regional areas, where the required spend will overcapitalise existing houses, and

(iii)            similarly, the LNP Member for Herbert, Mr Phillip Thompson OAM MP, and the LNP Member for Leichhardt, the Honourable Warren Entsch MP, have raised concerns that renovations for houses in their electorates will not meet the $150,000 threshold;

(b)              supports the comments about the HomeBuilder program of Senator Canavan, that “I’m worried we are putting ourselves in a weaker position if asset prices in Australia were to fall”, and recognises the Morrison-McCormack Government has failed tradies, home buyers, home renovators and thousands of Australians on public housing waiting lists; and

(c)               calls on the Morrison-McCormack Government to address the inadequacy of this scheme, especially in regional areas.

*709   Senator Gallagher : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                more than 5 million Australians and their families are relying on government assistance to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic,

(ii)              JobKeeper and the increase to JobSeeker are set to expire at the end of September, and

(iii)            more than $250 billion in deferred loans for mortgages and business are also due to expire at the end of September; and

(b)              calls on the Government to outline a national economic plan that:

(i)                prevents millions of Australians being ‘snapped-back’ to unemployment, poverty and insecure jobs at the end of September, 

(ii)              has job creation and skills development at the centre, and

(iii)            ensures that ongoing government investment is targeted to lift Australia out of its first recession in 29 years.

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 ( 12 June 2020 ).

2         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 ( 12 June 2020 ).

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

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

4         Female Facilities and Water Safety program—Order of 11 February 2020 (430)—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Youth and Sport (Senator Colbeck), responding to the order and raising public interest immunity claims, and attachments

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

5         PFAS testing—Blood and genetic testing on humans and livestock—Order of 12 February 2020—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Defence (Senator Reynolds) responding to the order

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

6         Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Emergency Leave) Bill 2020—Answer to question—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians (Senator Colbeck) providing information concerning a question asked by Senator Siewert on 14 May 2020 during debate on the bill

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

7         Cabinet briefings by the Chief Medical Officer—Answer to question—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann), providing information concerning a question without notice asked by Senator Wong on 14 May 2020

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

8         National Bushfire Recovery Agency Fund—Answer to question—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann), providing information concerning a question without notice asked by Senator Watt on 13 May 2020

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

9         Victoria Cross—Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Defence (Senator Reynolds), correcting a statement made to the Senate on 13 May 2020

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

10        Death of Work for the Dole participant—Order of 22 March 2017—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 ( 12 June 2020 ).

Committee reports and Government responses

Orders of the Day relating to Committee Reports and Government Responses

*1        Economics Legislation Committee—Performance of the Inspector-General of Taxation—Report

Adjourned debate ( 17 June 2020 ).

2         Education and Employment References Committee—Report—Jobactive: failing those it is intended to serve—Government response

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

3         Community Affairs References Committee—Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia—Report

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

4         National Disability Insurance Scheme—Joint Standing Committee—Supported independent living—Report

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

5         Education and Employment References Committee—Report—The people behind 000: mental health of our first responders—Government response

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

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

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

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

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

Auditor-General’s reports

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

1          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 ( 12 June 2020 ).

2         Auditor-General—Audit report no. 25 of 2019-20—Performance audit—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation targets in major procurements—Across entities

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

3         Auditor-General—Audit report no. 30 of 2019-20—Performance audit—Bilateral agreement arrangements between Services Australia and other entities: Across entities

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

4         Auditor-General—Audit report no. 35 of 2019-20—Performance audit—Grant program management by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency: Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

Orders for production of documents

660     Abbotsford Service Centre—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer, by 2.00pm on 18 June 2020, all documents relating to:

(i)                negotiations between the Australian Government and the lessor of the Abbotsford (Yarra) Service Centre, including ongoing lease negotiations;

(ii)              consideration of other locations for the Yarra Service Centre; and

(iii)            any planned Service Centre closures across Australia. ( Motion of Senator Siewert agreed to 15 June 2020. )

*680   Government modelling on COVID 19—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Treasurer and the Minister representing the Minister for Health, by 12 pm Thursday 18 June, to the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19, the Government’s modelling on COVID-19. ( Motion of Senator Gallagher agreed to 17 June 2020. )

Business for future consideration

On 30 July 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Payment Times Reporting Bill 2020 and Payment Times Reporting (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

2         Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Product Stewardship (Oil) Amendment Bill 2020 and Excise Tariff Amendment Bill 2020. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

3         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Amendment (Dairy Cattle Export Charge) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Government Business—Order of the day

1          Payment Times Reporting Bill 2020

Payment Times Reporting (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 ( Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

Order for Production of Documents

666     Administrative Appeals Tribunal—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Attorney-General, by no later than 9 am on 30 July 2020, a copy of each decision by the Social Services & Child Support Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) dated between 1 July 2015 and 27 November 2019 (with any redactions that are necessary to protect personal privacy) in which a Member of the AAT determined that: for the purpose of sections 1222A(a) and 1223(1) of the Social Security Act 1991 , no debt or debt component is able to be founded on the basis of extrapolations from Australian Taxation Office records (however expressed. ( Motion of Senator Watt agreed to 16 June 2020. )

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 31 July 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Government Business—Order of the day

1          National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 —( Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 15 June 2020 ).

Order for Production of Documents

627     JobKeeper recipient data—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer, 9.30am on 31 July 2020, all documents held within the Office of the Treasurer, the Australian Taxation Office and/or the Department of Education, Skills and Employment relating to JobKeeper payments. . ( Motion of Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ) agreed to 11 June 2020. )

On the next day of sitting (4 August 2020)
Government Business—Order of the day

1          Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020 —( Senate bill ) —( Minister for Finance, Senator Cormann )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 June 2020 ).

*2        Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Consumer Law—Country of Origin Representations) Bill 2020 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 June 2020 ).

Order for Production of Documents

576     Water for Fodder program—Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, on the first sitting day after 1 July 2020, a report into the outcome of the first delivery round of the Water for Fodder program. ( Motion of Senator Roberts agreed to 14 May 2020. )

On 5 August 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 (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 7 August 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 10 August 2020
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 10 June 2020

1           Senators Hanson-Young, Kitching and Carr: To move—That the Australian Postal Corporation (Performance Standards) Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020, made under the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 , be disallowed [F2020L00579].

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

On 11 August 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the future of Australia Post’s service delivery.

6 sitting days after today (12 August 2020)
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 12 May 2020

1           Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the National Health (Take Home Naloxone Pilot) Special Arrangement 2019, made under the National Health Act 1953 , be disallowed [F2019L01542].

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

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

1          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 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 France.

On 19 August 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         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s dairy industry.

8 sitting days after today (24 August 2020)
Business of the Senate—Notices of motion

Notice given 14 May 2020

1           Chair of the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation (Senator Fierravanti-Wells): To move—That the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes - Dairy) Regulations 2019, made under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 , be disallowed [F2019L01610].

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

2          Chair of the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation (Senator Fierravanti-Wells): To move—That the Higher Education Provider Amendment (Tuition Protection and Other Measures) Guidelines 2019, made under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 , be disallowed [F2019L01699].

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

On the tenth sitting day after 30 June 2020 (26 August 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 1 September 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 4 September 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 7 September 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Economics References Committee

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

On 9 September 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

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

On 21 September 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 25 September 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Other Measures) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 30 September 2020
General Business—Notice of motion

Notice given 10 June 2020

1          Northern Australia—Joint Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the destruction of caves at the Juukan Gorge.

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—Orders of the day

1          Australia’s Family Law System—Joint Select Committee

Report to be presented.

2         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

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

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

1          Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Intelligence and Security Legislation Amendment (Implementing Independent Intelligence Review) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

2         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 11 November 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 12 November 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Education and Employment References Committee

Report to be presented on General Motors Holden in Australia.

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

1          Legislation Committees

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

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 26 November 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Community Affairs References Committee

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

2         Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on Issues facing diaspora communities in Australia.

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

1          Temporary Migration—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 2 December 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

2         Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee

Report to be presented on regulation of auditing in Australia.

3         Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Centrelink’s compliance program.

On 3 December 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 regional inequality in Australia.

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

Report to be presented.

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

1          Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee

Report to be presented on litigation funding and the regulation of the class action industry.

On 8 December 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Administration of Sports Grants—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 9 December 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 16 December 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 second sitting Wednesday of 2021
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         Environment and Communications References Committee

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

3         Environment and Communications References Committee

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

4         Environment and Communications References Committee

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

5         Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Climate Trigger) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

6         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. )

On 16 April 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

Within 6 months of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters receiving the reference (29 May 2021)
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. )

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 of June 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Economics References Committee

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

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 in relation to the 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.

On or before 30 June 2022
General Business—Order of the day

1          COVID-19—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

Other information

Bills currently before committees

 

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Other Measures) Bill 2020 ‡

Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (referred 27 February 2020; reporting date: 25 September 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)

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Climate Trigger) Bill 2020 ‡

Referred to Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 27 February 2020; reporting date: on the second sitting Wednesday of 2021)

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)

Intelligence and Security Legislation Amendment (Implementing Independent Intelligence Review) Bill 2020

Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (referred 27 February 2020; reporting date: 14 October 2020)

Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 14 May 2020; reporting date: 5 August 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: 21 September 2020)

National Integrity (Parliamentary Standards) Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 12 August 2020)

National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 [provisions]

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 27 February 2020; reporting date: 31 July 2020)

Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 17 October 2019; reporting date: 19 August 2020)

Payment Times Reporting Bill 2020 and related bill [provisions]

Referred to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee (referred 12 June 2020; reporting date: 30 July 2020)

Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Amendment (Dairy Cattle Export Charge) Bill 2020 [provisions]

Referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (referred 12 June 2020; reporting date: 30 July 2020)

Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 12 September 2019; reporting date: on the second sitting Wednesday of 2021)

Product Stewardship (Oil) Amendment Bill 2020 and related bill [provisions]

Referred to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 12 June 2020; reporting date: 30 July 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: 4 September 2020)

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

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 6 February 2020; reporting date: 7 August 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.

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity No. 2) Bill 2019

Discharged, 11 June 2020.

 

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.

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending the Poverty Trap) Bill 2018

Discharged, 17 June 2020.

 

Questions on notice

Questions remaining unanswered

Nos 1295, 1447, 1512 to 1529, 1531, 1547 to 1553, 1555, 1556, 1558, 1560, 1562, 1563, 1565, 1567 to 1653.

Question nos, as shown, from 1295 to 1531 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, Science, Energy and Resources excluding Energy and Small Business

Treasury

Education and Employment

Education, Skills and Employment, including Industrial Relations

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, excluding Industry, Science, and Energy and Resources but including Small Business

Environment and Communications

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, excluding Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

Agriculture, Water and the Environment, excluding Agriculture and Water

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, excluding Industry, Science, and Resources

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, Water and the Environment, excluding the Environment Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, excluding Communications

( Agreed to 13 February 2020 )

Australian Research Council—Order of continuing effect

(1)               There be laid on the table, by the Minister responsible for the Australian Research Council, or when that minister is in the House of Representatives, the minister in the Senate representing that minister, by not later than 15 days after the end of each calendar month, a letter of advice that a list, meeting the requirements of paragraph (2), of all Australian Research Council grant recommendations received by the responsible minister each month, has been published on the Internet.

(2)              The list of grant recommendations must be published in a machine readable format and specify the following information for each recommendation:

(a)              identification or application number;

(b)              title of application;

(c)               scheme or stream;

(d)              date received by the responsible minister;

(e)              whether the grant was approved or not approved by the responsible minister;

(f)                date of the responsible minister’s decision;

(g)              date the applicant was informed of the grant outcome;

(h)              the amount of funding granted (if any); and

(i)                whether the grant was publicly announced and, if so, the date of the announcement.

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

(4)             This order is of continuing effect.

( Agreed to 27 February 2020 )

Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines—Order of continuing effect

(1)               That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Finance, by no later than 30 April of each calendar year:

(a)              all reports and correspondence received by the Minister for Finance under paragraph 4.12 of the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017 during the preceding calendar year (noting that the Guidelines do not apply to all grant administrators, including not applying to the allocation of funding by Sports Australia under the Community Sport Infrastructure Grants program (‘Sports Rorts’)); and

(b)              a summary of the decisions reported under paragraph 4.12 of the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines 2017, including the Central Budget Management System program title, sub-program, grant activity, grantee, total grant value, grant funding location, postcode, and a brief statement of reason for the decision.

(2)              If the Senate is not sitting when the documents are ready for presentation, the documents are to be presented to the President under standing order 166.

(3)              This order is of continuing effect.

( Agreed to 12 May 2020 )

Committees—Extensions of time to report

That, if required, the time for the presentation of reports on matters referred by the Senate to standing committees, select committees and joint committees may be extended by agreement of the committee, duly notified to the President.

( Agreed to 23 March 2020 )

Meeting of Senate 2020 and estimates hearings 2020-21

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

Winter sittings:

Wednesday, 10 June to Friday, 12 June

Monday, 15 June to Thursday, 18 June

Spring sittings:

Tuesday, 4 August to Thursday, 6 August

Monday, 10 August to Thursday, 13 August

Monday, 24 August to Thursday, 27 August

Monday, 31 August to Thursday, 3 September

Tuesday, 6 October to Thursday, 8 October

Monday, 9 November to Thursday, 12 November

Monday, 30 November to Thursday, 3 December

Monday, 7 December to Thursday, 10 December.

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

2020-21 Budget estimates:

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

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

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

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

(5)              That committees meet in the following groups:

Group A:

Environment and Communications

Finance and Public Administration

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Group B:

Community Affairs

Economics

Education and Employment

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

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

( Agreed to 14 May 2020; supersedes version agreed to 14 November 2019 and altered 23 March 2020)

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

(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, altered 23 March 2020-superseded by resolution agreed to on 14 May 2020 )

Exemption of bills from the cut-off

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Regional Commercial Radio and Other Measures) Bill 2020

Education Legislation Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Bill 2020

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Governance and Other Matters) Bill 2020

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Bill 2020

Treasury Laws Amendment (2020 Measures No. 3) Bill 2020

Treasury Laws Amendment (More Flexible Superannuation) Bill 2020.

( Agreed to 17 June 2020 )

Meeting of Senate—2020 (superseded)

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, altered 23 March 2020-superseded by resolution agreed to on 14 May 2020 )

 

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.

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

To move (contingent on any minister being refused leave to amend a motion prior to it being taken as formal)-That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent that minister amending 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

Council of the National Library of Australia

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

National Archives of Australia Advisory Council

Senator Carr ( 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, Chandler, Faruqi, Fawcett, Fierravanti-Wells, Gallacher, Griff, Kitching, McGrath, Polley, 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

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

 

 

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 (excluding Decentralisation)

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 (excluding 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 (excluding Regional Health)

Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education (excluding 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 4 June 2020

 

 

Senate sittings and estimates hearings for 2020

February

 

March

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July

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 30

 

 

 

 

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September

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31

 

 

 

 

 

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November

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23

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30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December

 

Key

"   = Date of Senate ⅔ Cut-Off

B  = Budget

†   = Additional estimates

‡   = Budget estimates

±   = Supplementary Budget estimates

 

 

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* This calendar incorporates the sitting days for 2020 originally agreed to on 14 November 2019, as subsequently amended by the Senate orders of 23 March 2020 and 8 April 2020, and further amended by the revised order for days of meeting of the Senate and estimates hearings agreed to on 14 May 2020.