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Business for today

Matter of privilege—Notice of motion

Notice given 12 May 2021

1          Senator Patrick : To move—That the following matter be referred to the Committee of Privileges for inquiry and report:

Having regard to the matters raised by Senator Patrick in correspondence tabled by the President on 12 May 2021:

(a)              whether any conduct of the Secretary of Defence, the former Minister for Defence, Senator Reynolds, or any other person amounted to an improper interference with the Economics References Committee inquiry into Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding capability; and

(b)              if so, whether any contempt was committed in respect of those matters.

Business of the Senate—Order of the day

*1        Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Streamlined Participation Requirements and Other Measures) Bill 2021 . ( Referred pursuant to the order of the Senate of 13 May 2021 concerning time critical bills. )

Government business—Orders of the day

1          Transport Security Amendment (Serious Crime) Bill 2020

In committee ( 15 March 2021 ).

2         Online Safety Bill 2021

Online Safety (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021 ( Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy, Senator Hume )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 March 2021 ).

3         National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 —( Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 June 2020 ).

4         Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment (Age of Dependants) Bill 2021 —( Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Senator Stoker )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 18 March 2021 ).

5         Treasury Laws Amendment (More Flexible Superannuation) Bill 2020 —( Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 31 August 2020 ).

6         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 ).

7         National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Supporting Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 —( Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 16 March 2021 ).

8         National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020

National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 ( Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 9 November 2020 ).

*9       Education Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 2) Bill 2021 —( Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 13 May 2021 ).

10        Narcotic Drugs Amendment (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2021 —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 25 February 2021 ).

11        Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 19 September 2019 ).

12        Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 —( Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy, Senator Hume )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 September 2020 ).

13        Treasury Laws Amendment (2020 Measures No. 4) Bill 2021 —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 May 2021 ).

14        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 ).

15        Royal Commissions Amendment (Protection of Information) Bill 2021 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 March 2021 ).

16        Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 September 2020 ).

17        National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Transparency and Cost Recovery) Bill 2021 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 March 2021 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 3 December 2019 ).

21        Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

23       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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

25       Australian Business Growth Fund Bill 2019

In committee ( 27 February 2020 ).

26       Budget statement and documents 2021-22

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Finance ( Senator Birmingham )—That the Senate take note of the statement and documents ( 13 May 2021 ).

27       Budget statement and documents 2020-21

Adjourned debate on the motion—That the Senate take note of the statement and documents ( Senator Lambie, in continuation, 8 October 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 11 May 2021

1096    Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                Catherine House is the only service specifically to support women in crisis and experiencing or facing homelessness in South Australia,

(ii)              the Liberal State Government has cut $1.2 million from Catherine House, effectively one third of its operating budget,

(iii)            Catherine House Crisis Accommodation Program supports hundreds of women each year; these women often present with histories of domestic and family violence, mental health issues and poverty, as well as facing a critical lack of safe and affordable housing,

(iv)            this program now stands to lose its 20 beds and staff face losing their jobs,

(v)              women now represent 44% of all people experiencing homelessness and women over the age of 55 are the fastest growing homelessness cohort, and

(vi)            other homelessness services including the Hutt St Centre and St Vincent de Paul Society, which offer 47 crisis accommodation beds, have also lost their funding; and

(b)              calls on the South Australian Liberal Government to restore direct funding to Catherine House and other homelessness services and increase funding to the sector overall.

1097    Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                the Dry Creek Saltfield is South Australia’s (SA) second most important shorebird habitat and is protected under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) as a matter of national environmental significance,

(ii)              the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park is of international significance for migratory shorebirds,

(iii)            salt mining ceased in Dry Creek in 2013, a proposal to close the mine triggered a controlled action under the EPBC Act - before any action was approved the site was sold but the application was not transferred to the new owner and the site has remained dormant since,

(iv)            the SA Government is failing to mitigate environmental damage caused from decommissioned ponds at the site leaking into the surrounding wetlands, and

(v)              significant dieback has occurred in the St Kilda mangrove forest with approximately 10 hectares of mangrove and 35 hectares of saltmarsh impacted; and

(b)              calls on the Minister for the Environment to intervene immediately to minimise the damage done to the environment and urgently put in place a best practice remediation plan.

Notice given 13 May 2021

*1113     Deputy Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System ( Senator Hanson ): To move—That—

(a)              the time for the presentation of the final report of the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System be extended to 29 October 2021; and

(b)              a message be forwarded to the House of Representatives seeking the concurrence of the House in this variation to the resolution of appointment of the committee.

*1114     Senator Roberts : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                in the context of 100 years of diagnostic history of childhood gender dysphoria (GD), there is an alarming trend that teenage girls, with no history of GD, have become the largest group seeking treatment,

(ii)              in the United States of America, girls requesting gender reassignment surgery in 2016-17 rose 400%,

(iii)            in the United Kingdom, girls presenting with GD in the last 10 years rose 4000%, and

(iv)            Australia’s Royal Children’s Hospital indicates referrals have grown from 1 every two years to 104 patients in 2014; 

(b)              further notes that:

(i)                Sweden’s leading gender clinic has ended treatment of minors with hormonal drugs due to safety concerns, citing cancer and infertility, and

(ii)              suicide mortality rate for transgendered people is 20 times higher than comparable peers;

(c)               supports children presenting with GD to be given:

(i)                the ‘wait and see’ method as the first choice, since evidence shows between 70 and 90% of young people’s dysphoria resolves itself by puberty, and

(ii)              a comprehensive therapeutic pathway since a large percentage of these children have pre-existing mental health issues, and not a medical pathway; and

(d)              condemns children receiving:

(i)                experimental and unproven medical treatments of irreversible puberty blockers and sex hormone treatments, and

(ii)              irreversible transgender surgery.

*1115     Senator Roberts : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                Investigation Arista by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) found that:

(A)             the Queensland Police Service (QPS) engaged in ‘corrupt manipulation’ and ‘discriminatory’ practices to achieve a 50% female hiring target,

(B)             the discriminatory practices saw different standards applied to female and male applicants, with females selected in preference to the male applicants who had performed to a higher standard across entry assessments,

(C)             some female applicants were approved for entry despite failing the cognitive, physical or psychological assessment, and

(D)            if the discriminatory practices had not been implemented, the CCC estimates 200 more meritorious male applicants who had passed the assessments would have been successful in joining the QPS, and

(ii)              the use of discriminatory recruitment practices devalues the achievements of both females and males who achieve the required application standards; and

(b)              further notes that:

(i)                policies that discriminate based on gender are sexist,

(ii)              policies that discriminate based on race are racist, and

(iii)            judgements should only be made based on the merit of the individual and not other characteristics.

*1116     Senator Thorpe : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the additional public money for women’s legal services in the Budget is very welcome,

(ii)              other legal assistance services like Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and community legal centres did not receive extra resourcing in the Budget,

(iii)            given the alarming imprisonment rates of First Nations people, it is more important than ever for legal assistance services, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, to be properly resourced and accessible across the country,

(iv)            all legal assistance services are under incredible pressure and the demand for their services does not meet the public funding provided to them, and

(v)              legal assistance services, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and legal sector peak bodies were excluded from the Budget lock up; and

(b)              calls on the Commonwealth Government to properly resource legal assistance services, including family violence prevention legal services, and move to long-term funding agreements to ensure funding certainty for these critical services.

*1117     Senator McKim : To move—

(1)               That the Senate—

(a)              notes that the 2020-21 Budget delivered the JobKeeper wage subsidy, which saw over $1 billion in JobKeeper payments paid to companies that made a profit or paid executive bonuses; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to require companies with an annual turnover of more than $50 million that received JobKeeper payments, and in the last 12 months did one or more of the following:

(i)                issued dividends,

(ii)              made a profit, or

(iii)            paid executive bonuses;

to repay the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of JobKeeper payments they received, up to the sum of profits made and executive bonuses paid.

(2)              That this resolution be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

*1118     Senator McKim : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                Australia’s billionaires increased their wealth by $90 billion during 2020,

(ii)              at least 11 billionaires, including Gerry Harvey, were paid dividends by companies that received JobKeeper, and

(iii)            Gerry Harvey welcomed the 2021-22 Federal Budget by saying they’ve thrown a heap of money at us; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                introduce a Pandemic Profiteering Tax, a one-off levy on the increase in net wealth of Australia’s billionaires during the pandemic, and

(ii)              use the additional revenue to fund universities, the arts, public housing, public transport, and investment in renewable energy.

*1119    Senator McKim : To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020 , and for related purposes. Coronavirus Economic Response Package Amendment (Ending Jobkeeper Profiteering) Bill 2021 .

*1120    Senator Bilyk : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              expresses its support for public funding for early childhood education and care (ECEC), recognising that it helps increase the participation of parents in the workforce, especially women, thereby boosting Australia’s economy, and contributes to the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children;

(b)              notes that public funding for ECEC has been described by certain Government members and senators as a ‘money pit’, ‘communism’ and ‘the hand of government reaching in and taking away our children’s youth’;

(c)               recognises that the Government’s child care policy:

(i)                does not start until July 2022,

(ii)              provides no additional benefit to families with only one child,

(iii)            rips away increased subsidy support for families with two children in care when the oldest child goes to school,

(iv)            creates confusion for many families as to whether they will be eligible for any support, and if so how much and for how long, and

(v)              has missed the opportunity to boost Australia’s economy by increasing women’s workforce participation; and

(d)              calls on the Federal Government to adopt Labor’s Cheaper Child Care Plan, which will benefit four times as many families as the Government’s plan.

*1121    Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to establish an inquiry into whether Christian Porter is a fit and proper person to be a Minister of State, and for related purposes. Ministerial Suitability Commission of Inquiry Bill 2021 .

*1122     Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ): To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                11 women have been killed by violence in Australia in 2021, as reported by Destroy the Joint’s Counting Dead Women project,

(ii)              no national government toll reports on women killed by violence in real time,

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

(iv)            1 in 3 women have experienced physical violence and, on average, one woman is murdered every week by her current or former partner,

(v)              women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience intimate partner violence and 2.5 times more likely to be hospitalised from family and domestic violence,

(vi)            young women, women with disabilities, and First Nations women are more likely to experience violence,

(vii)          coercive control and persistent emotional abuse is abuse in its own right, and a strong risk indicator for physical violence, and

(viii)        demand for domestic and family violence services continues to increase; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

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

(ii)              fully fund frontline family and domestic violence services to ensure all those seeking safety can get the help they need, and

(iii)            coordinate a national approach to combating coercive control.

*1123     Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ): To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                total funding in the Women’s Budget Statement was only 4% of new funding commitments in the Government’s 2021-22 Budget,

(ii)              funding commitments to the women’s safety sector are still less than one quarter of the $1 billion per year the sector says is needed to meet demand,

(iii)            the Government’s 2021-22 Budget did not make any commitments to improve social and affordable housing and address the housing crisis that has seen women over 45 become the fastest growing cohort of homeless people,

(iv)            the Government’s 2021-22 Budget did not commit to superannuation contributions for paid parental leave, and

(v)              the welcome removal of the $450 per month threshold for employer superannuation contributions will not commence until July 2022; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                reintroduce the Women’s Budget Impact Statement to address the gendered impacts of future budgets,

(ii)              increase funding to frontline domestic, family and sexual violence and crisis housing services,

(iii)            urgently fund initiatives to increase social and affordable housing stocks across Australia,

(iv)            pay superannuation on the government paid parental leave scheme, and

(v)              remove the $450 threshold from July 2021.

Business for future consideration

On the next sitting day (16 June 2021)
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation—Standing Committee—Final report—Exemption of delegated legislation from parliamentary oversight

Consideration of recommendations 8 to 10 ( 16 March 2021 ).

On 17 June 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.

2         Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on funding for public research into foreign policy issues.

3         Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced By Uyghur Forced Labour) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

*4       Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

5         Procedure—Standing Committee

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

5 sitting days after today (23 June 2021)
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 23 February 2021

1           Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Amendment (Law Enforcement Agencies) Regulations 2020, made under the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 , be disallowed [F2020L01506].

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

On 23 June 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on the road transport industry.

On 24 June 2021
Business of the Senate—Orders 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. )

2         Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on the TPI payment.

3         Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on information provided to Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits members.

On 30 June 2021
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on foreign investment proposals.

2         Australia’s Family Law System—Joint Select Committee

Report to be presented.

3         Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021.

4         Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Benefit to Australia) Bill 2020 .

5         Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the operation and management of the Department of Parliamentary Services.

On 5 July 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Australian Education Legislation Amendment (Prohibiting the Indoctrination of Children) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 13 July 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented on the 2021-22 Budget estimates.

On 29 July 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

*1        Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Family Law Amendment (Federal Family Violence Orders) Bill 2021 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 30 July 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Interactive Gambling Amendment (Prohibition on Credit Card Use) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 3 August 2021
Government business—Order of the day

1          Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021 —( Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Senator Stoker )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 18 March 2021 ).

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 August 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on media diversity.

On 5 August 2021
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Temporary Migration—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

2         Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on advancing Australia’s strategic interests in the region.

On 10 August 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on family and partner reunion visas.

12 sitting days after today (11 August 2021)
Business of the Senate—Notices of motion

Notice given 11 May 2021

1           Senator Dodson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights : To move—That the Social Security (Parenting payment participation requirements - class of persons) Instrument 2021, made under the Social Security Act 1991 , be disallowed [F2021L00064].

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

2          Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Rules 2020, made under the Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Act 2020 , be disallowed [F2020L01569].

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

3          Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Competition and Consumer (Consumer Data Right) Amendment Rules (No. 3) 2020, made under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 , be disallowed [F2020L01688].

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

4          Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the National Health (Data-matching) Principles 2020, made under the National Health Act 1953 , be disallowed [F2021L00006].

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

On 11 August 2021
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 25 August 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented on annual reports tabled by 30 April 2021.

On 30 September 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 18 October 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Northern Australia—Joint Standing Committee

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

On 20 October 2021
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          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. )

2         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on the fisheries quota system.

On 21 October 2021
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

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

2         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s aviation sector.

On 30 October 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 31 October 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on Australian Public Service capability.

On 24 November 2021
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Centrelink’s compliance program.

2         Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and related entities.

On 30 November 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         Job Security—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

*3        Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on the Disability Support Pension.

On 2 December 2021
Business of the Senate—Orders 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.

2         Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Save the Koala) Bill 2021 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

3         Economics References Committee

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

4         Economics References Committee

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

5         Economics References Committee

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

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

1          Autism—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On the second sitting day in 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 30 June 2022
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          COVID-19—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

2         Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on the Western Sydney Airport project.

On 1 July 2022
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Road Safety—Joint 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: 24 June 2021)

Australian Education Legislation Amendment (Prohibiting the Indoctrination of Children) Bill 2020

Referred to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee (referred 10 December 2020; reporting date: 5 July 2021)

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021 [provisions] ‡

Referred to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 13 May 2021; reporting date: 17 June 2021)

Constitution Alteration (Water Resources) 2019 ‡

Referred to the Select Committee on the Multi-Jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray Darling Basin Plan (referred 12 September 2019; reporting date: 30 September 2021)

Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced By Uyghur Forced Labour) Bill 2020

Referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (referred 10 December 2020; reporting date: 17 June 2021)

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

Referred to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 27 February 2020; reporting date: 20 October 2021)

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Save the Koala) Bill 2021

Referred to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 25 February 2021; reporting date: 2 December 2021)

Family Law Amendment (Federal Family Violence Orders) Bill 2021 [provisions] ‡

Referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 13 May 2021; reporting date: 29 July 2021)

Interactive Gambling Amendment (Prohibition on Credit Card Use) Bill 2020 ‡

Referred to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 18 March 2021; reporting date: 30 July 2021)

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Benefit to Australia) Bill 2020

Referred to the Economics Legislation Committee (referred 17 March 2021; reporting date: 30 June 2021)

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Streamlined Participation Requirements and Other Measures) Bill 2021 [provisions] §

Referred to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee (referred 27 May 2021; proposed reporting date: 18 June 2021)

Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021 [provisions]

Referred to the Economics References Committee (referred 16 March 2021; reporting date: 30 June 2021)

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

§ Referred pursuant to the order of the Senate of 13 May 2021 concerning time critical bills.

Bills discharged or negatived

Government bills

Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019

Discharged, 3 December 2020.

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.

Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019

Discharged, 9 November 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 Security (Administration) Amendment (Protecting Consumers from Predatory Leasing Practices) Bill 2020

Second reading negatived, 7 December 2020.

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

Discharged, 17 June 2020.

Questions on notice

Questions remaining unanswered

Nos 2026, 2027, 2029 to 2031, 2045, 2051 to 2053, 2055, 2059, 2065, 2066, 2072, 2077, 2078, 2272, 2304, 2321, 2357, 2358, 2364, 2374, 2426, 2427, 2440, 2752, 2972, 2983, 2987, 2988, 3020, 3181, 3207, 3211, 3215, 3231 to 3233, 3242, 3247, 3260, 3273, 3276, 3319 to 3323, 3346, 3348, 3356, 3359, 3362, 3369, 3370, 3373, 3375 to 3377, 3379 to 3381, 3383, 3409, 3446, 3473 to 3475, 3477 to 3485, 3488, 3507, 3510, 3513, 3516, 3542 to 3544, 3557, 3566, 3567, 3572, 3577, 3588 to 3598, 3607 and 3609 to 3619.

Question nos, as shown, from 2026 to 3609 remain unanswered for 30 or more days (see standing order 74(5)).

The full text of questions on notice and their answers are available online .

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

Treasury

Education and Employment

Education, Skills and Employment, including Industrial Relations

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; amended 12 May 2021 )

Estimates hearings for 2021

(1)               That estimates hearings by legislation committees for 2021 be scheduled as follows:

2020-21 additional estimates :

Monday, 22 March and Tuesday, 23 March ( Group A )

Wednesday, 24 March and Thursday, 25 March ( Group B ).

2021-22 Budget estimates:

Monday, 24 May to Thursday, 27 May, and, if required, Friday, 28 May ( Group A )

Tuesday, 1 June to Friday, 4 June, and, if required, Friday, 18 June ( Group B )

Monday, 25 October and Tuesday, 26 October ( supplementary hearings—Group A )

Wednesday, 27 October and Thursday, 28 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, 26 March, Friday, 28 May and Friday, 29 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, 20 April 2021 in respect of the 2020-21 additional estimates; and

(b)              Tuesday, 13 July 2021 in respect of the 2021-22 Budget estimates.

( Agreed to 2 December 2020; amended 12 May 2021 )

Legislation committees—References

That—

(1)               To ensure appropriate consideration of time critical bills by Senate committees, the provisions of all bills introduced into the House of Representatives after 13 May 2021 and up to and including 4 June 2021 that contain substantive provisions commencing on or before 1 July 2021 (together with the provisions of any related bill), are referred to committees for inquiry and report by 11 June 2021.

(2)              The committee to which each bill is referred shall be determined in accordance with the allocation of departments and agencies to standing committees agreed to by the Senate.

(3)              A committee to which a bill has been referred may determine, by unanimous decision, that there are no substantive matters that require examination and report that fact to the Senate.

(4)             This order does not apply in relation to bills which contain:

(a)              no provisions other than provisions appropriating revenue or moneys (appropriation bills); and

(b)              commencement clauses providing only for the legislation to commence on Royal Assent.

( Agreed to 13 May 2021 )

Rules for the remote participation of senators in Senate proceedings

(1)                The President and Deputy President may jointly determine that the system for remote participation in Senate proceedings should be made available to senators on specified days to enable them to participate in Senate proceedings while they are prevented from physically attending the Senate because of COVID-19 related:

o       travel restrictions,

o       quarantine requirements, or

o       personal health advice.

(2)               Determinations under paragraph (1) will be made in writing after consultation with senators, and these rules will apply on any sitting day for which such a determination is made and published.

(3)               Senators participating remotely must connect from an electorate office or Commonwealth Parliamentary Office, unless the President and Deputy President determine that the requirement should be waived because of COVID-related travel restrictions, quarantine requirements or health advice.

(4)              While these rules are in effect, a senator may seek and receive the call to speak by video or audio link by addressing the President. Wherever practicable, this should be in accordance with a list of speakers provided through the whips.

(5)               Senators participating remotely:

(a)              may not move motions or amendments, other than amendments and requests to legislation in committee of the whole; and

(b)              may not propose or be counted in support of a proposal to discuss an MPI or urgency motion.

(6)              Senators may not be counted in the formation of a quorum, may not draw attention to the lack of a quorum, may not raise points of order, and may not call for or participate in a division unless they are physically present in the Senate chamber.

(7)               To avoid doubt:

(a)              the standing orders and other orders of the Senate, including the standing orders relating to the conduct of senators and rules of debate, otherwise apply to senators participating remotely, to the extent they are capable of applying; and

(b)              the contributions of remote participants form part of Senate proceedings and are to be incorporated in the Hansard record.

(8)              Standing orders that require or rely on the provision of documents to the President or the Clerk, as the case may be, or the presentation of documents to the Senate, will be satisfied by the provision or presentation of a digital copy of the document. A document provided in digital format will not be taken to be received unless its receipt is acknowledged by or on behalf of the President or the Clerk.

( Agreed to 13 May 2021 on the adoption of a recommendation in the Procedure Committee’s first report of 2021, to operate as a temporary order with effect until 2 September 2021. )

Contingent notices of motion

Conduct of business

1          Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Birmingham): 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 Griff

Senator Lambie

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 Birmingham)

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 Griff

Senator Lambie

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 Birmingham)

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 Griff

Senator Lambie

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 Birmingham)

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 Lambie

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 Birmingham): 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 Griff

Senator Lambie

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 Birmingham): 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 Griff

Senator Lambie

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.

Motion for suspension or adjournment

10A     Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong): To move (contingent on any senator being refused leave to move a motion relating to the suspension or adjournment of the Senate)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion relating to the suspension or adjournment of the Senate.

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 Griff

Senator Lambie

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 Griff

Senator Lambie

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 Birmingham)

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 Griff

Senator Lambie

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 Griff

Senator Lambie

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, Brown, Chandler, Faruqi, Fawcett, Fierravanti-Wells, Gallacher, Griff, Kitching, McGrath, McLachlan, O’Neill, Polley, Marielle Smith, Sterle and Walsh.

 

 

Richard Pye

Clerk of the Senate



 

Ministerial representation

MINISTERS

REPRESENTING

Senator the Honourable Simon Birmingham

Minister for Finance

Vice-President of the Executive Council

Leader of the Government in the Senate

Prime Minister

Minister for the Public Service

Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer

Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash

Attorney-General

Minister for Industrial Relations

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and

Multicultural Affairs

Minister for Home Affairs

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business

Senator the Honourable Marise Payne

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Women

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment

Minister for Defence

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Minister for Defence Personnel

Senator the Honourable Anne Ruston

Minister for Families and Social Services

Minister for Women’s Safety

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Minister for Indigenous Australians

Minister for Housing

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia

Minister for Homelessness, Social and Community Housing

Senator the Honourable Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for Government Services

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

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

Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government (Regional Communications and Local Government)

Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education

Minister for Education and Youth

Senator the Honourable Jane Hume

Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services

and the Digital Economy

Minister for Women’s Economic Security

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts

Minister for the Environment

Senator the Honourable Zed Seselja

Minister for International Development

and the Pacific

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

Senator the Honourable Richard Colbeck

Minister for Senior Australians and

Aged Care Services

Minister for Sport

Minister for Health and Aged Care

Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government (Regional Health)

ASSISTANT MINISTERS - Designated as parliamentary secretaries under the Ministers of State Act 1952

Senator the Honourable Amanda Stoker

Assistant Minister for Women

Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General

Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations

Senator the Honourable Jonathon Duniam

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries

Assistant Minister for Industry Development



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( Agreed to 2 December 2020 )

 

 

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