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Business for today

Business of the Senate—Notices of motion

Notice given 26 August 2020

1           Senator O’Neill : To move—That the Corporations Amendment (Litigation Funding) Regulations 2020, made under the Corporations Act 2001 , be disallowed [F2020L00942].

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

Notice given 1 September 2020

2         Senator Lambie : To move—That the provisions of the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020 be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 27 August 2021.

3         Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by the second sitting Tuesday of 2021:

The Government’s proposed reduction in the assessment and decision time frames for 15 major projects under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), including:

(a)              the process by which the need for a major projects list was decided upon;

(b)              the process for determining the criteria for the major projects list and by which the 15 major projects were identified;

(c)              any proposed or realised actions by the Government for the reduction in assessment and decision time frame, including the impact of that reduction on the integrity of the assessment process, the impact on protection of the environment, biodiversity and heritage values and on expected assessment and the impact on decision time frames for other projects undergoing EPBC Act assessment;

(d)             any interactions of the major projects process with the 10-year review of the EPBC Act and other proposed reforms to the EPBC Act already identified by the Government;

(e)              potential conflicts of interest that may have arisen through the major projects process; and

(f)               any other related matters. 

Notice given 2 September 2020

*4       Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Cormann) and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong): To move—

That the Senate, in the spirit of mutual respect and working with other institutions, agencies and officials managing the COVID-19 pandemic:

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the law of parliamentary privilege is intended to protect the ability of legislative houses, their members and committees, to exercise their authority and perform their duties without undue external interference, and

(ii)              the powers and immunities that enable and secure the work of the two Commonwealth houses belong to the houses themselves by constitutional design - a design which ensures that the Senate, in particular, can undertake its functions with an appropriate degree of independence;

(b)              recognises the statement by the President of Monday, 24 August 2020 regarding the risk of COVID-19 measures constraining the ability of senators to undertake their duties;

(c)              affirms the right of the Senate to determine its own meetings, and in particular the sessions for the remainder of 2020 and the scheduled Budget Estimates hearings;

(d)             maintains the right of senators to attend parliamentary proceedings whether directly or by remote participation (if available);

(e)              calls on the executives and executive agencies of the Commonwealth, states and territories to have appropriate regard to these matters in devising and implementing public health measures and, wherever possible, to do so in consultation with representatives of the Senate; and

(f)               refers to the Procedure Committee for report to the Senate no later than 8 October 2020 any consequential matters arising from the above.

*5        Senator Kitching : To move—That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 8 December 2020:

The operation and management of the Department of Parliamentary Services, with particular reference to:

(a)              recruitment;

(b)              workplace culture;

(c)              building and asset management;

(d)             contract and procurement management;

(e)              general operations and management;

(f)               business continuity arrangements;

(g)              security arrangements;

(h)             services to parliamentarians;

(i)                the Parliamentary Library;

(j)                implementation of recommendations from past inquiries; and

(k)              any related matters.

Government business—Orders of the day

1         Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020 —( Senate bill )

In committee ( 2 September 2020 ).

2         Payment Times Reporting Bill 2020

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Pratt, in continuation, 1 September 2020 ).

3         Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Amendment (Dairy Cattle Export Charge) Bill 2020

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Faruqi , in continuation, 27 August 2020 ).

4         Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Jabiru) Bill 2020 —( Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 1 September 2020 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 19 September 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 November 2019 ).

7         Treasury Laws Amendment (More Flexible Superannuation) Bill 2020 —( Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 31 August 2020 ).

8         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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 3 December 2019 ).

13        Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

14        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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 February 2020 ).

16        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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 November 2019 ).

19        Australian Business Growth Fund Bill 2019

In committee ( 27 February 2020 ).

Government business—Notice of motion

Notice given 2 September 2020

*1        Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries ( Senator Duniam ): To move—That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Regional Commercial Radio and Other Measures) Bill 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 18 June 2020

718     Senators Waters and Rice: To move—

(1)               That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Allocation of Government Grants, be established to inquire into and report on the administration of government grant programs during and after election campaigns, including but not limited to the Community Development Grants, Urban Congestion - Commuter Car Park Fund, Environmental Restoration Grants, and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs and Drought Communities Fund, with particular reference to:

(a)              program design and guidelines, including eligibility criteria;

(b)              management and assessment processes;

(c)              the use of closed grant programs which are not open to public applications, but require nomination by a Minister;

(d)             adherence to published assessment processes and program criteria, including the  Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines;

(e)              the relationship between election commitments and grant allocations;

(f)               demonstration of value for money;

(g)              efforts to influence votes through grant allocation;

(h)             the role of Ministers in determining awards of grants;

(i)                measures to manage the risk of politicisation of funding outcomes and announcements; and

(j)                any related programs or matters.

(2)              That the committee present its final report on or before 30 August 2021.

(3)              That the committee consist of 6 senators, as follows:

(a)              2 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b)              2 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate;

(c)              1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate; and

(d)             1 nominated by a minority party or independent Senator.

(4)              That:

(a)              participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator; 

(b)              participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee; and

(c)              a participating member shall be taken to be a member of a committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of members of the committee is not present.

(5)              That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(6)              That the committee elect as chair the member nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate and as deputy chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

(7)              That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

(8)              That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(9)              That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(10)           That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(11)            That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

(12)           That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

Notice given 1 September 2020

776     Leader of the Opposition in the Senate ( Senator Wong ): To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the Australian Government funds and regulates residential aged care,

(ii)              the Morrison Government failed to protect aged care residents from COVID-19 by ignoring:

(A)             the interim report of the Aged Care Royal Commission,

(B)             the warnings from experts and unions, and

(C)             the warnings of Dorothy Henderson Lodge and Newmarch House,

(iii)            the Australian Government has not produced a COVID-19 plan for aged care,

(iv)            more than 450 aged care residents have died from COVID-19, and

(v)              the Aged Care Royal Commission has said that if the Australian Government had acted upon previous reviews of aged care the suffering of many people could have been avoided; and

(b)              censures the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians for:

(i)                failing to recall the most basic and tragic facts about aged care residents,

(ii)              describing his management of aged care as a ‘high water mark’,

(iii)            dismissing deaths as a ‘function’ of aged care, and

(iv)            failing to take responsibility for the devastating crisis in the aged care sector, which has caused death, grief and untold trauma for vulnerable Australians and their families.

Notice given 2 September 2020

*780    Senator Steele-John : To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Royal Commissions Act 1902 , and for related purposes. Royal Commissions Amendment (Confidentiality Protections) Bill 2020 .

*781    Senator Patrick : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                Australia’s Collins Class submarines provide vital capability for the Australian Defence Force, yet in June 2011 not one could go to sea,

(ii)              over half a decade later and after significant investment, the current sustainment model, with short term maintenance activities in Western Australia (WA) and full-cycle dockings in South Australia (SA), is achieving world benchmarks,

(iii)            ASC South Australia sends experts to WA to resolve complex maintenance issues, 

(iv)            there is a proposal before Government to move full-cycle dockings from SA to WA, which would result in:

(A)             a loss of corporate knowledge,

(B)             negative impact on the sustainment model, and potential reduction of submarine availability, and 

(C)             at best, only similar outcomes would be achieved, thus the cost of the move cannot represent value for money, and 

(v)              the response to COVID-19 has:

(A)             introduced levels of concern and stress on Australian workers, and

(B)             is disrupting state economies; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                recognise the success of the current sustainment model, and

(ii)              provide stability for the employees of ASC and the South Australian economy by retaining all Collins Class submarine full-cycle docking activities in SA.

*782   Senator Patrick : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the Prime Minister has established a ‘National Cabinet’ comprising of the Prime Minister, state Premiers, and territory Chief Ministers,

(ii)              the Prime Minister has claimed that National Cabinet is to be part of the Federal Government’s Cabinet system and subject to requirements of Cabinet secrecy, and 

(iii)            the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has claimed National Cabinet’s records and deliberations are exempt completely from release under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 , and Cabinet secrecy has also been applied to the deliberations of other bodies including the National COVID-19 Advisory Commission and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee; 

(b)              considers:

(i)                the creation of National Cabinet as a part of the Federal Cabinet system to be inconsistent with long-established principles of responsible Cabinet Government in Australia, and

(ii)              that the assertion of Cabinet secrecy in relation to National Cabinet and the deliberations of associated bodies is excessive, impedes the proper scrutiny of Executive Government, and is not supported by the law; and

(c)               urges consideration is given to the introduction of legislation that would place key aspects of long-established and accepted Cabinet convention and practice on a statutory basis.

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                in 1999, the first National Packaging Covenant was developed under the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure,

(ii)              in 2005, the second National Packaging Covenant set a recycling target of 30% to 35%  of plastic packaging to be achieved by 2010,

(iii)            in 2010, the Action Plan for the third Australian Packaging Covenant did not include a specific recycling target for plastic packaging,

(iv)            in 2018, the fourth Australian Packaging Covenant included a recycling target of 70% of plastic packaging to be achieved by 2025, and 

(v)              the current rate of recycling for plastic packaging is 16%, which is only 50% of the 2005 target; and

(b)              acknowledges that:

(i)                packaging is a significant source of problematic single-use plastic in the waste stream and the marine environment, 

(ii)              the Australian community is demanding federal leadership on solving the current waste crisis, 

(iii)            voluntary targets for plastic packaging recycling have never been met, and 

(iv)            in twenty years, no enforcement action has been taken or penalties levied on the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation or any other organisation by state or federal authorities over failure to meet recycling targets.

*784   Senators Chisholm, Watt and Green : To move—That the Senate notes—

(a)              the decision by the Liberal National Party in Queensland to preference the Greens in the state seat of South Brisbane; and 

(b)              with concern:

(i)                that this decision increases the chances of a minority government in Queensland, and 

(ii)              the Greens policies would do great economic damage to Queensland at a time when every job is vital as we look to recover from COVID-19. 

*785   Senator Brown : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                3 September is Merchant Navy Day, and

(ii)              the Merchant Navy was comprised of mostly civilian crews and was responsible for ensuring that valuable cargo reached the personnel who needed it most; the merchant navy ships and their crew - merchant mariners - often served in very challenging and dangerous circumstances - many did so without defences as they were often unarmed, and merchant vessels were attacked in distant waters and within sight of the Australian coastline, while crossing common trade routes; 

(b)              acknowledges the invaluable role the Merchant Navy has played in the more than 100 years since it first served our nation, especially in both world wars; and

(c)               pays tribute to the bravery and sacrifices of our merchant mariners, who have served our nation with distinction.

*786   Chair of the Economics References Committee ( Senator Gallacher ): To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the Economics References Committee has repeatedly requested information relevant to its inquiry into Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding capacity from the Department of Defence, and

(ii)              in response to requests for information made on 24 February, 5 May, 3 June and 18 June 2020, the Department of Defence either failed to respond or failed to raise a public interest immunity claim when declining to provide the information;

(b)              considers that, as a matter of parliamentary oversight, it is vital that the committee obtain the requested information so that it is not impeded in its inquiry;

(c)               reaffirms the principle that information may only be withheld following consideration by the Senate of a properly founded claim of public interest immunity, as laid out in the order of the Senate of 13 May 2009 and reaffirmed multiple times since; and

(d)              orders the Secretary of the Department of Defence to provide complete copies of the following documents to the Economics References Committee by no later than 5 pm on 16 September 2020:

(i)                Naval Group’s:

(A)             Australian Industry Capability (AIC) plan submitted under the competitive evaluation process from the then DCNS (November 2015) for the SEA1000 Project, and

(B)             draft AIC plan and AIC strategy for the Australian Future Submarine Program (May 2018)

(ii)              in relation to the SEA1000 project:

(A)             the draft AIC plan (including AIC schedules) submitted as part of the response by Naval Group,

(B)             the draft AIC plan (including AIC schedules) submitted as part of the response by Lockheed Martin, and

(C)             the AIC plans delivered to the Commonwealth by Naval Group and Lockheed Martin under their respective contracts,

(iii)            in relation to the SEA1180 project:

(A)             the draft AIC plan (including AIC schedules) submitted as part of the response by Luerssen, and

(B)             the AIC plan included in the contract at effective date,

(iv)            in relation to the SEA3036 project:

(A)             the draft AIC plan (including AIC schedules) submitted as part of the response by Austal, and

(B)             the AIC plan included in the contract at effective date, and

(v)              in relation to the SEA5000 project:

(A)             the draft AIC plan (including AIC schedules) submitted as part of the response by BAE Systems,

(B)             the overarching AIC strategy included in the head contract (at effective date),

(C)             the AIC plan included in the head contract at effective date, and

(D)            the AIC plan, which the department has previously advised was to be publicly released in the first quarter of 2020.

*787   Senator Urquhart : To move—That—

(1)               The Senate notes that:

(a)              on 19 August 2020, the Prime Minister and Minister for Health claimed to have signed a COVID-19 vaccine supply deal with AstraZeneca;

(b)              when the Minister for Health quoted AstraZeneca in the House of Representatives on 1 September 2020, he omitted the company’s clarification that it had only signed a ‘letter of intent’, and that ‘there are still many details to be confirmed’; and

(c)              in contrast to Australia’s one letter of intent, at least 17 countries have signed at least 49 supply agreements, covering at least six billion doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines.

(2)              There be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Health, by no later than 3.30 pm on 3 September 2020, the so-called ‘deal’ with AstraZeneca referred to by the Minister for Health.

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

(a)              notes that border travel restrictions imposed by state and territory governments have negatively impacted the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of regional Australians who live and work across border communities;

(b)              further notes that many regional communities are being impacted despite having no local cases;

(c)               expresses concern where restrictions prevent or delay travel for:

(i)                health purposes,

(ii)              employment, particularly within the agricultural supply chain,

(iii)            education:

(A)             particularly for year 11 and 12 students, and

(B)             boarding students returning to and from school term; and

(d)              urgently calls on state and territory governments to adopt:

(i)                a clear national definition of a COVID-19 hotspot,

(ii)              fair, expeditious and proportionate protocols for essential travel within low-risk regional border communities based on medical advice,

(iii)            an Agricultural Worker Movement code,

(iv)            a consistent protocol for boarding students, especially for rural, regional and remote students, and

(v)              a consistent protocol for people requiring medical treatment regardless of the accessibility of the service in their home state.

*789   Senators Ciccone and Sterle: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                on 21 August 2020, the Prime Minister said that,

(A)             National Cabinet noted that discussions had commenced on an Agriculture Workers Code and agreed further work be undertaken by agriculture ministers so that a paper could be considered by National Cabinet at its next meeting, and

(B)             the code will provide for a nationally-consistent approach that would be enforced by relevant states and territories,

(ii)              on 25 August 2020, National Cabinet agreed to develop a code and expected the code to be presented to state premiers within two weeks, and 

(iii)            on 1 September 2020, Senator McKenzie said the state and federal government must act immediately to get a national agricultural workers code in place; 

(b)              further notes, the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management (the Honourable David Littleproud MP) has failed to prioritise the development of the code;

(c)               recognises that the Morrison Government does not understand the urgency of the agricultural worker shortages; and

(d)              calls on the Government to explain:

(i)                how the code will address the critical workforce shortages in the sector, and

(ii)              when it will deliver the code.

*790   Senators Wong and Keneally: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the Australian Government is responsible for borders, quarantine, and assisting Australians in jeopardy and stranded overseas,

(ii)              the Prime Minister agreed to cap international passenger arrivals on 13 July 2020,

(iii)            since then, the number of stranded Australians overseas has risen dramatically, with 23,000 Australians unable to get home,

(iv)            some 15% of these Australians are classified as vulnerable by the Morrison Government, including many with health and financial concerns requiring urgent attention,

(v)              the United Kingdom Government says Australia is the only country in the world to have actively restricted its citizens returning, and

(vi)            the Government has made no announcements to indicate that it has a plan to lift flight caps or increase quarantine capacity, including identifying new quarantine facilities and training quarantine personnel; and

(b)              calls on the Government to take urgent steps to help every stranded Australian return home by:

(i)                increasing the number of permitted arrivals under international flight caps through using Commonwealth resources to increase quarantine capacity,

(ii)              stopping price gouging by airlines flying into Australia, and

(iii)            putting all options on the table to return stranded Australians, especially from places like the United Kingdom, India, Philippines and Lebanon - including charter flights. 

*791    Senator Hughes : To move—

(1)               That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Tobacco Harm Reduction, be established to inquire into tobacco reduction strategies, with particular reference to:

(a)              the treatment of nicotine vaping products (electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco) in developed countries similar to Australia (such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the European Union and United States), including but not limited to legislative and regulatory frameworks;

(b)              the impact nicotine vaping products have had on smoking rates in these countries, and the aggregate population health impacts of these changes in nicotine consumption;

(c)              the established evidence on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation treatment;

(d)             the established evidence on the uptake of e-cigarettes amongst non-smokers and the potential gateway effect onto traditional tobacco products;

(e)              evidence of the impact of legalising nicotine vaping products on youth smoking and vaping rates and measures that Australia could adopt to minimise youth smoking and vaping;

(f)               access to e-cigarette products under Australia’s current regulatory frameworks;

(g)              tobacco industry involvement in the selling and marketing of e-cigarettes; and

(h)             any other related matter.

(2)              That the committee present its final report on or before 1 December 2020.

(3)              That the committee consist of six senators, three nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, two nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and one to be nominated by any minor party or independent senator.

(4)              That:

(a)              participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minor party or independent senator;

(b)              participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee; and

(c)              a participating member shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee.

(5)              That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(6)              That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and as deputy chair a member nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

(7)              That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

(8)              That the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, may appoint another member of the committee to act as chair during the temporary absence of both the chair and deputy chair at a meeting of the committee.

(9)              That, in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, has a casting vote.

(10)           That the committee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings, the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(11)            That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

(12)           That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

*792   Senator McCarthy : To move—

(1)               That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on the Aboriginal Flag, be established to inquire into and report on current and former copyright and licensing arrangements for the Aboriginal flag design, with particular reference to:

(a)              who benefits from payments for the use of the Aboriginal Flag design and the impact on Aboriginal organisations, Aboriginal communities and the broader Australian community of the current copyright and licensing arrangements;

(b)              options available to the Government to enable the Aboriginal Flag design to be freely used by the Australian community, including:

(i)                negotiated outcomes with licence and/or copyright holders:

(A)             the merits of compulsory acquisition of licences and/or copyright,

(B)             ways to protect the rights and interests of the flag’s legally recognised creator Mr Harold Thomas, and

(C)             the fundamental shortcomings of current copyright law with respect to First Nations cultural expression; and

(c)              any other matters relevant to the enduring and fair use of the Aboriginal Flag design by the Aboriginal and Australian community.

(2)              That the committee present its final report on or before 13 October 2020.

(3)              That the committee consist of seven senators, as follows:

(a)              four nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b)              two nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; and

(c)              one nominated by minor party and independent senators.

(4)              That:

(a)              participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator;

(b)              participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee; and

(c)              a participating member shall be taken to be a member of a committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of members of the committee is not present.

(5)              That two members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee, where one member present was appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate and one member present was appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

(6)              That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(7)              That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and as deputy chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

(8)              That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

(9)              That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(10)           That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(11)            That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

(12)           That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

*793    Senator Patrick : To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Judges’ Pensions Act 1968 , and for related purposes. Judges’ Pensions Amendment (Pension Not Payable for Misconduct) Bill 2020 .

*794   Senator Kitching : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                Australia is in recession,

(ii)              520,000 workers have lost their jobs, over a million Australians are unemployed, and families are struggling to pay their bills,

(iii)            on 31 March 2020, the Australia Post Chief Executive Officer (CEO) declared senior management would take 20% wage cuts and forsake any right to a bonus this year,

(iv)            on 28 August, the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) reported that the CEO had secretly reversed course and asked the Board to reinstate up to $7 million in senior executive bonuses, contradicting her statement in March,

(v)              on 2 September, the SMH reported that Australia Post had asked workers to volunteer to deliver parcels in their own cars, rather than hiring new workers, and

(vi)            on 2 September, the Minister for Communications claimed that foregoing executive bonuses should be a quid pro quo for being granted permission to cut services;

(b)              considers it highly inappropriate that the CEO has sought to obtain millions in executive bonuses in the midst of a recession and service cuts, and in contradiction of promises made in March; and

(c)               calls on the Chair of Australia Post to wake up and stop this inappropriate handout from proceeding.

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

(a)              Adelaide Oval is a world-class stadium;

(b)              South Australia has a long and passionate history as an Australian Football League (AFL) loving state;

(c)               Port Adelaide is currently top of the AFL ladder;

(d)              Adelaide Crows fans were robbed of the inaugural AFLW home grand final in 2017 which was held on the Gold Coast;

(e)              South Australia has been COVID-19 free for months;

(f)                Queenslanders have little appreciation for the great sport of AFL; and

(g)              the AFL Grand Final should have been given to South Australia

 

Documents

Orders of the day relating to documents

1          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 ( 27 August 2020 ).

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

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

3         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 ( 27 August 2020 ).

4         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 ( 27 August 2020 ).

5         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 ( 27 August 2020 ).

6         Community development grants—Order of 15 June 2020—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (Senator Cash), dated 26 June 2020, responding to the order, and attachments

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

7         JobKeeper recipient data—Order of 11 June 2020—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann), responding to the order, and attachment

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

8         Australian Education Act 2013 —National School Resourcing Board—Review of the loading for students with disability—Final report

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

9         Australian Institute of Health and Welfare—Seventeenth biennial report—Australiaʼs health 2020

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

10        Minister’s guidelines in relation to the performance by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation of its functions and the exercise of its powers

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

11        Northern Land Council—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

12        President’s report to the Senate on the status of government responses to parliamentary committee reports as at 30 June 2020

Adjourned debate ( 31 August 2020 ).

13        Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of detention arrangements—Commonwealth Ombudsman’s reports—Reports nos 23 to 27 of 2020 and government responses

Adjourned debate ( 31 August 2020 ).

Committee reports and government responses

Orders of the day relating to committee reports and government responses

1          Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee—Inquiry into PFAS remediation in and around Defence bases (second progress report)—Report

Adjourned debate ( 1 September 2020 ).

2         Community Affairs References Committee—Senate Standing—Centrelink’s compliance program—Second interim report

Adjourned debate ( 1 September 2020 ).

*3        Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology—Senate Select Committee—Interim report

Adjourned debate ( 2 September 2020 ).

*4       Scrutiny of Bills—Standing Committee—Scrutiny digest 11 of 2020

Adjourned debate ( 2 September 2020 ).

*5        Community Affairs References Committee—Senate Standing—Centrelink’s compliance program—Third interim report

Adjourned debate ( 2 September 2020 ).

*6       Intelligence and Security—Parliamentary Joint Committee—Advisory report on the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2019—Report

Adjourned debate ( 2 September 2020 ).

7         Intelligence and Security—Parliamentary Joint Committee—Inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press—Report, incorporating dissenting reports

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

8         Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee—Senate Standing—Opportunities for strengthening Australia’s relations with the Republic of France—Report

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

9         Electoral Matters—Joint Standing Committee—Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020—Advisory report

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

10        Community Affairs References Committee—Report—Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised—Government response

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

11        Road Safety—Joint Select Committee—Improving road safety in Australia—Interim report

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

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

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

13        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 ( 27 August 2020 ).

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

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

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

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

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

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

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

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 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 ( 27 August 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 ( 27 August 2020 ).

3         Auditor-General—Audit report no. 48 of 2019-20—Performance audit—Management of the Australian Government’s Lobbying Code of Conduct - Follow-up audit: Attorney-General’s Department

Adjourned debate ( 27 August 2020 ).

Orders for production of documents

758     MV Al Kuwait —Order for production of documents

That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, by no later than 10 am on Thursday, 3 September 2020, the following documents:

(a)              documents relating to the MV Al Kuwait voyage which departed Fremantle in June 2020, including:

(i)                all daily voyage reports,

(ii)              the end of voyage report, and

(iii)            the Master’s report; and

(b)              all records of meetings and correspondence to and within the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment regarding the exemption decisions made on 2 June 2020 and 13 June 2020 by the Department relating to the MV  Al Kuwait voyage. ( Motion of Senator Faruqi agreed to 31 August 2020. )

Business for future consideration

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 14 September 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 ).

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 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 the next sitting day (6 October 2020)
General Business—Notice of motion

Notice given 26 August 2020

753     Senators McCarthy and Dodson: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes the resolution of 8 October 1992 relating to the display of the Australian Flag in the Senate chamber;

(b)              resolves that, consistent with its previous resolution, the Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag be displayed alongside the Australian flag in the Senate chamber; and

(c)               directs that the flags be installed within three weeks after the passage of this resolution.

Government Business—Orders of the day

1          Family Law Amendment (Risk Screening Protections) Bill 2020 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 August 2020 ).

2         Sport Integrity Australia Amendment (World Anti-Doping Code Review) Bill 2020 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 August 2020 ).

*3        Treasury Laws Amendment (Self Managed Superannuation Funds) Bill 2020 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 September 2020 ).

*4       Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020 —( Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, Senator Hume )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 1 September 2020 ).

Attendance by Minister

*1        Centrelink’s compliance program—Attendance by Minister

That the Senate requires the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services to attend the Senate at the conclusion of question time on 6 October 2020 to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of:

(a)              the government’s continued reliance on a rejected claim of public interest immunity in answers to questions on notice provided to the Community Affairs References Committee on 24 February 2020 in relation to the inquiry into Centrelink’s compliance program;

(b)              whether it was the intention of the Minister for Government Services, or of officers of Services Australia, to show disregard for the 11 February 2020 resolution of the Senate by providing answers relying on that rejected claim for public interest immunity; and

(c)               the Minister for Government Services’ failure to respond to that committee’s correspondence of 6 April 2020 seeking clarification in relation to this matter. ( Motion of Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee ( Senator Siewert ) agreed to 2 September 2020 following the adoption of the recommendations of the Committee in its third interim report—Centrelink’s compliance program. )

Orders for production of documents

*1        Centrelink’s Income Compliance Program—Legal advice—Order for production of documents—Attendance by minister

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services, by no later than 12.00 pm on 6 October 2020, either:

(a)              revised responses to all questions relating to legal advice and the Income Compliance Program which have been subject to rejected claims of public interest immunity during the Community Affairs References Committee’s inquiry into Centrelink's compliance program; or

(b)              a letter confirming that these responses will provided in camera to the Community Affairs References Committee by no later than 5 pm on that same day.

In the event that the Minister fails to table these documents, the Senate requires the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services to attend the Senate at the conclusion of question time on 6 October 2020 to provide an explanation of the Minister’s failure to table the documents. ( Motion of Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee ( Senator Siewert ) agreed to 2 September 2020 following the adoption of the recommendations of the Committee in its third interim report—Centrelink’s compliance program. )

*2        Centrelink’s automated debt raising and recovery system—Order for production of documents—Attendance by minister

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services, by no later than 12.00 pm on 6 October 2020, either:

(a)              a copy of the Executive Minute to the Minister for Social Services, dated 12 February 2015, as referenced in the Commonwealth Ombudsman's April 2017 report into Centrelink’s automated debt raising and recovery system; or

(b)              a letter confirming that this Executive Minute will provided in camera to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee by no later than 5 pm on that same day.

In the event that the Minister fails to table either of these documents, the Senate requires the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services to attend the Senate at the conclusion of question time on 6 October 2020 to provide an explanation of the Minister’s failure to table the document. ( Motion of Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee ( Senator Siewert ) agreed to 2 September 2020 following the adoption of the recommendations of the Committee in its third interim report—Centrelink’s compliance program. )

On the tenth sitting day after 30 June 2020 (7 October 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 7 October 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 8 October 2020
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 31 August 2020

1           Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Deferral of Sunsetting - Income Management and Cashless Welfare Arrangements) Determination 2020, made under the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020 , be disallowed [F2020L00572].

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

On 12 October 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 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 10 November 2020
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 27 August 2020

1           Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ): To move—That the Industry Research and Development (Bankable Feasibility Study on High-Efficiency Low-Emissions Coal Plant in Collinsville Program) Instrument 2020, made under the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 , be disallowed [F2020L00772].

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

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—Orders of the day

1          Education and Employment References Committee

Report to be presented on General Motors Holden in Australia.

2         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s dairy industry.

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 23 November 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Financial Transparency) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

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

1          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          Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee

Report to be presented on regulation of auditing in Australia.

2         Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Centrelink’s compliance program.

11 sitting days after today (3 December 2020)
Business of the Senate—Notices of motion

Notice given 27 August 2020

1           Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the ASIC Corporations (Foreign Financial Services Providers—Foreign AFS Licensees) Instrument 2020/198, made under the Corporations Act 2001 , be disallowed [F2020L00237].

Twelve 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 ASIC Corporations (Foreign Financial Services Providers—Funds Management Financial Services) Instrument 2020/199, made under the Corporations Act 2001 , be disallowed [F2020L00238].

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

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.

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.

13 sitting days after today (8 December 2020)
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 1 September 2020

1           Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Threshold Test) Regulations 2020, made under the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 , be disallowed [F2020L00435].

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

On 8 December 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 .

Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Administration of Sports Grants—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

2         Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

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

On 9 December 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders 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.

2         Northern Australia—Joint Standing Committee

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

On or before the last sitting day of 2020 (10 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 16 December 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Economics References Committee

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

2         Economics References Committee

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

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

1          Australia’s Family Law System—Joint Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On the second sitting day of March 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On the second last sitting day of March 2021

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

On the last sitting day of March 2021
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.

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

1          Procedure—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on temporary order in relation to Report to be presented on the temporary order in relation to formal motions and notices..

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

1          COVID-19—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

Other information

Bills currently before committees

 

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Financial Transparency) Bill 2020 ‡

Referred to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 18 June 2020; reporting date: 23 November 2020)

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020

Referred to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (referred 18 June 2020; reporting date: the second sitting day of March 2021)

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)

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 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: 14 September 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)

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 ‡

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 18 June 2020; reporting date: 12 October 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 1740, 1741, 1744, 1754, 1755, 1757, 1760, 1761, 1765 to 1790, 1792 to 1883.

Question nos, as shown, from 1740 to 1744 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 )

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 )

Hours of meeting and routine of business—Budget week

That the hours of meeting for Tuesday, 6 October 2020 be from midday to 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm to adjournment, and for Thursday, 8 October 2020 be from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm and 8 pm to adjournment, and that:

(a)              the routine of business from 8.30 pm on Tuesday, 6 October 2020 shall be:

(i)                    Budget statement and documents 2020-21, and

(ii)                  adjournment; and

(b)              the routine of business from 8 pm on Thursday, 8 October 2020 shall be:

(i)                    Budget statement and documents - party leaders and independent senators to make responses to the statement and documents for not more than 30 minutes each, and

(ii)                  adjournment.

( Agreed to 1 September 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 )

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

Senator Lambie

Senator Griff

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

Senator Lambie

Senator Griff

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

Senator Lambie

Senator Griff

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.

4B       Senator Griff

Senator Patrick


To move (contingent on any senator 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 senator 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

Senator Lambie

Senator Griff

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

Senator Lambie

Senator Griff

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

Senator Lambie

Senator Griff

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

Senator Lambie

Senator Griff

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

Senator Lambie

Senator Griff

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

Senator Lambie

Senator Griff

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, McLachlan, O’Neill, 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

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‡   = 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.

* On 24 August 2020, the President made a statement relating to the cancellation of the sittings originally scheduled from 4 to 13 August 2020 on health advice.