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Business for today

Business of the Senate—Notices of motion

Notice given 16 September 2019

1           Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019, made under the Aged Care Act 1997 , be disallowed [F2019L00511].

Last day for resolving**

** Indicates sitting days remaining, including today, within which the motion must be disposed of or the regulation will be deemed to have been disallowed .

  Notice of intention to withdraw at the giving of notices on 28 November 2019

( Notice given 27 November 2019 )

2          Senator McKim, on behalf of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights: To move—That the Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019, made under the Aged Care Act 1997 , be disallowed [F2019L00511].

Last day for resolving**

** Indicates sitting days remaining, including today, within which the motion must be disposed of or the regulation will be deemed to have been disallowed .

  Notice of intention to withdraw at the giving of notices on 28 November 2019

( Notice given 27 November 2019 )

Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Privileges—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the development of a foreign influence transparency scheme.

2         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Board and Other Improvements) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )



 

Government business—Orders of the day

1          Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading ( 27 November 2019 ).

2         Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment (Air Pollution) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Whish-Wilson , in continuation, 14 November 2019 ).

3         Education Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2019

VET Student Loans (VSL Tuition Protection Levy) Bill 2019

Higher Education Support (HELP Tuition Protection Levy) Bill 2019 ( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 November 2019 ).

*4       Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 November 2019 ).

5         Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Single Treatment Pathway) Bill 2019 —( Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 16 September 2019 ).

*6       Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Assistance and Access Amendments Review) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 November 2019 ).

7         Aged Care Legislation Amendment (New Commissioner Functions) Bill 2019 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 16 October 2019 ).

8         Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Bill 2019 —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 1 August 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 November 2019 ).



 

*10      Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Building on the Child Care Package) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 November 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 November 2019 ).

*12      Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 November 2019 ).

*13      Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures) Bill 2019

Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment (Near-new Dwelling Interests) Bill 2019 ( Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 November 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

15        Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 —( Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 29 July 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 19 September 2019 ).



 

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

Government business—Notices of motion

Notice given 25 November 2019

1           Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians ( Senator Colbeck ): To move—That, in accordance with section 5 of the Parliament Act 1974 , the Senate approves the following proposals by the National Capital Authority for capital works within the Parliamentary Zone:

(a)    National Gallery of Australia Foreshore Public Domain upgrade; and

(b)    the Sir John Gorton commemorative sculpture.

Notice given 27 November 2019

*2         Minister for Foreign Affairs ( Senator Payne ): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to the criminal law and law enforcement, and for related purposes. Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 .

*3         Minister for Agriculture ( Senator McKenzie ): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend laws relating to biosecurity and imported food to provide for streamlined administration through automated decision-making, and for related purposes. Agriculture Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Administration) Bill 2019 .

*4        Minister for Agriculture ( Senator McKenzie ): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Wine Australia Act 2013 , and for related purposes. Wine Australia Amendment (Label Directory) Bill 2019 .

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 25 November 2019

277     Senator Faruqi : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes with deep concern the findings of the:

(i)                Charles Sturt University’s report Islamophobia in Australia 2019, which show:

(A)             between 2016 and 2017, 349 incidents of anti-Muslim racism reported to the lslamophobia register,

(B)             severe attacks requiring hospitalisation more than doubled from 2% to 5%,

(C)             most incidents of racism towards Muslims involve the targeting of women - 72% of the victims of lslamophobia were women, and almost all were wearing a hijab or scarf at the time of the incident,

(D)            attacks in public areas have become more common, with harassment of Muslims in public areas in the presence of security officers and CCTV jumping by 30%,

(E)             the second most common place for harassment was schools and universities, with incident reports outlining racist slurs from other students, teachers, principals and sports coaches, and

(F)             insults targeting Muslims’ religious appearance and religion were the highest at 67% of all reported incidents, and

(ii)              All Together Now 2019 study which analysed 281 media pieces from the most popular newspapers and television shows over a 12-month period, which show:

(A)             racialised identities most often discussed negatively in media included Muslim Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and African Australians,

(B)             Muslim Australians were the most frequently targeted, with 63 of the 281 pieces discussing Muslims specifically,

(C)             Muslim women are most often targeted by negatively racialised social commentary, with perpetrators primarily being mainstream newspapers, and

(D)            social commentators expressed racist views in both overt and covert ways, such as dog-whistling, decontextualisation and irony;

(b)              denounces lslamophobia in all its forms;

(c)               condemns lslamophobia in public debate and in the media; and

(d)              calls on the Federal Government to show leadership at the national level to stop the spread of lslamophobia.

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                Norwegian oil giant, Equinor, plans to drill for oil in the pristine ocean environment of the Great Australian Bight,

(ii)              the majority of Australians oppose the plan, recognising that there is no safe way to drill for oil in the remote, rough seas of the Bight and it is not worth the environmental or economic risks, and three out of four South Australians stated in an Advertiser survey, released on 22 November 2019, they would not support it even if it would drive down their fuel prices,

(iii)            on 23 November 2019, a National Day of Action was held to Fight for the Bight, which saw more than 10,000 people attend more than 50 events across the country from Exmouth, Western Australia, to Townsville, Queensland, and on some of Australia’s most iconic beaches, including Bondi, Manly, Bells Beach, Byron Bay, Margaret River and Currumbin, and

(iv)            according to the most recent polling from The Australia Institute, Australians want to see the Great Australian Bight protected, and more than four in five South Australians (84%) support World Heritage protection for the Bight; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                back the calls of the majority of Australians and tell Equinor that they are not welcome here, and

(ii)              (protect the Great Australian Bight by listing it as a World Heritage site.

285     Leader of the Australian Greens ( Senator Di Natale ): To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes with deep concern that:

(i)                the 2019 report on anti-Semitism in Australia, published by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, found a 30% year-on-year increase in reported incidents of anti-Semitic verbal abuse, harassment and intimidation,

(ii)              the rise in anti-Semitic and Nazi sentiment is seen even more clearly online, especially on sites used by the far-right, white supremacists, Nazis and other racists, and

(iii)            racism, more broadly, is on the rise in Australia, being fed by irresponsible sections of the media and extremist politics; and

(b)              urges the Australian Government to introduce an Australian Charter of Rights, recognising that we are the only western democracy that does not protect the basic rights and freedoms of its people in either legislation or the Constitution.

Notice given 27 November 2019

*295    Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ( Senator Hanson ): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to ensure the viability of Australia’s dairy industry, and for related purposes. Saving Australian Dairy Bill 2019 .

*296   Leader of the Australian Greens ( Senator Di Natale ): To move—

(1)               That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee into the Impacts of Climate Change on Everyday Australians, be established to inquire and report on the following matters:

(a)              hearing testimony directly from Australians who:

(i)                have already experienced the impacts of climate change on their lives, or

(ii)              have observed how the land and the local region in which they live is changing, or

(iii)            anticipate imminent changes to aspects of their lives or their local communities as a result of climate change;

(b)              what three degrees of warming above pre-industrial emissions levels would mean for Australian communities and society; and

(c)              any other related matters.

(2)              That the committee present its final report on or before 17 June 2020.

(3)              That the committee consist of five senators, two nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, two nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and one nominated the Leader of the Australian Greens.

(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; and

(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.

(5)              If a member of a committee is unable to attend a meeting of the committee, that member may in writing to the chair of the committee appoint a participating member to act as a substitute member of the committee at that meeting. If the member is incapacitated or unavailable, a letter to the chair of a committee appointing a participating member to act as a substitute member of the committee may be signed on behalf of the member by the leader or whip of the party or group on whose nomination the member was appointed to the committee.

(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 the member nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens, and as deputy chair a member nominated by the Leader of the Opposition 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 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.

(10)           That three members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

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

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

(13)           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, the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(14)           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 of the Senate.

(15)           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.

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                Asset Energy and their project partners are planning to conduct further seismic testing for gas off the coast of Newcastle and the Central Coast in New South Wales,

(ii)              the Environmental Plan for the seismic testing is currently being developed and, once submitted, the community will have only 28 days to respond to the regulator, and

(iii)            the community is concerned that the Environmental Plan may be lodged with the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) during the holiday period, limiting opportunities for genuine community consultation and feedback; and

(b)              calls on NOPSEMA to:

(i)                ensure that if any Environmental Plan is exhibited for community consultation during December 2019 or January 2020, that the community consultation period is extended to at least 60 days, and

(ii)              conduct extensive public hearings in the affected communities of the Central Coast, Northern Beaches and Newcastle, and to advertise the hearings extensively in local media.

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

(a)              notes the devastation recent bushfires have inflicted on communities across New South Wales and Queensland;

(b)              commends the NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, the Queensland Rural Fire Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services for their professionalism and dedication to protecting life and property in their communities; and

(c)               acknowledges the 103 Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions specialist personnel who were deployed to New South Wales and Queensland to assist in a variety of incident management roles, including aerial suppression, ground support, planning, logistics and operations.



 

*299   Senators Kitching, Ciccone, Carr and Walsh: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the Department of Home Affairs employs over 125 dedicated and hardworking Victorians to process visa applications,

(ii)              this is crucial work that ensures the integrity of our visa processing system and is the cornerstone of our sovereignty as a nation,

(iii)            the Federal Government’s plan to privatise Australia’s visa system threatens the livelihoods of over 125 Victorians and their families, and

(iv)            privatising Australia’s visa system will lead to increased costs of visas, greater risks of worker exploitation, data security breaches and will make protecting national security more difficult;

(b)              condemns the Federal Government for auctioning Australian jobs off to the highest bidder, and for undermining the integrity of our visa processing system and our nation’s sovereignty; and

(c)               calls on the Federal Government to guarantee the protection of these 128 jobs in Victoria, and the 2000 jobs across Australia, which will be lost under the Morrison Government if they persist with their efforts to privatise Australia’s visa system.

*300   Senators Pratt, Dean Smith and Di Natale: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                1 December 2019 is World AIDS Day, an annual day to acknowledge those we have lost to AIDS-related conditions and those who are living with HIV,

(ii)              the theme for World AIDS Day 2019 is ‘Every Journey Counts’,

(iii)            stigma associated with HIV acts as a barrier to treatment and prevention,

(iv)            action, as outlined for implementation in the Eighth National HIV Strategy, is needed to address rising HIV transmission among First Nations, trans and gender diverse people, and other emerging high-risk population groups,

(v)              while there has been a decrease in new transmissions, gay and bisexual men continue to bear the burden of Australia’s HIV epidemic, and ongoing health education and awareness among this population group is needed,

(vi)            ongoing bipartisan political action and leadership is required to meet our national target of ending HIV transmission in Australia, and

(vii)          the priority areas for action in the Eighth National HIV Strategy include:

(A)             education and prevention,

(B)             testing, treatment and management,

(C)             equitable access to and coordination of care,

(D)            workforce,

(E)             addressing stigma and creating an enabling environment, and

(F)             data, surveillance, research and evaluation; and

(b)              recognises and acknowledges:

(i)                the journey that people have made through their diagnosis, treatment and experiences of living with HIV,

(ii)              the tremendous efforts of peer educators, healthcare professionals, researchers and scientists in developing treatment and prevention regimes that have improved the lives of people living with HIV, and prevented a generalised epidemic in Australia, and

(iii)            the tireless community advocates, civil society organisations and support groups that actively tackle stigma associated with HIV.

*301     Senator Gallagher : To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 , and for related purposes. Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Waiver of Debt and Act of Grace Payments) Bill 2019 .

*302    Senators Griff and McAllister: To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 , and for related purposes. National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contract and Consumer Lease Reforms) Bill 2019 .

*303   Senator Watt : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the Federal Government’s Northern Australia White Paper was released more than four years ago,

(ii)              there have been three Prime Ministers and two Ministers for Northern Australia in that time period,

(iii)            the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), announced in the 2015-16 Budget, as part of the White Paper, was described by the then Treasurer, Mr Hockey, as the ‘first major step in our plan for our great North’,

(iv)            over four years, the NAIF has only released $44 million - less than 1% of its $5 billion budget,

(v)              the NAIF has been the subject of four reviews, including another one just announced by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia (the Minister),

(vi)            the NAIF has recently announced the collapse of one loan awarded to a project in the Pilbara,

(vii)          the NAIF has also been forced to delay its largest loan to date, a $610 million loan to the Genex Kidston hydro pumped power station in North Queensland,

(viii)        the Minister will not reveal how jobs have been created in Northern Australia as a result of projects that have received loans from the NAIF, and

(ix)            more than $400,000 in bonuses have been paid to senior executives at the NAIF, in the last year alone; and

(b)              calls on the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia to fix the failures of his Northern Australia agenda, and start delivering real jobs in the North.

*304   Leader of the Opposition in the Senate ( Senator Wong ): To move—

(1)               That the Senate requires the Minister representing the Prime Minister to attend the Senate at 3.30 pm on 28 November 2019 to table the following documents:

(a)              a transcript of the phone call between the Prime Minister and the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force that took place on Tuesday, 26 November 2019;

(b)              any notes taken by the Prime Minister, by his office or by officials during the call;

(c)              any briefings prepared for the Prime Minister by his Department or office, for the purposes of the phone call; and

(d)             any advice provided to the Prime Minister about the appropriateness of making the call.

(2)              That following presentation of the documents, or in the event the Minister fails to table the documents, at 3.30 pm on 28 November 2019, any senator may move to take note of the response to paragraph (1).

(3)              That any motion under paragraph (2) may be debated for no longer than 60 minutes, shall have precedence over all business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes.

*305   Senators Siewert and Faruqi: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that the November 2019 Rental Affordability Index Report found that:

(i)                a single person on Newstart needs to pay over 77% of their income on rent to live in any capital city area,

(ii)              43% of low-income households are currently in housing stress, compared to 35% in 2008,

(iii)            rents for a single person on Newstart are severely to extremely unaffordable across all states, in both metropolitan and regional areas, and

(iv)            rental stress pushes single people on Newstart to the outer fringes of our cities making it harder to access employment and training; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                immediately increase Newstart and Youth Allowance to allow people in our community to have dignity of choice, and

(ii)              immediately address housing stress experienced by people on low incomes across Australia.

*307   Senator Waters : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                on 25 November 2019, Mr Brad Duxbury was tragically killed at the Carborough Downs mine site at Coppabella, Queensland,

(ii)              Mr Duxbury’s death is the fifth fatality on a Queensland mine site in the past 12 months,

(iii)            there have also been more than 100 confirmed cases of mine-dust-related diseases in Queensland, and

(iv)            nationally, Safe Work Australia’s report, Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities , states that 9 mine fatalities were recorded in 2018; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                recognise that people have the right to a safe workplace free from occupational hazards,

(ii)              implement the recommendations contained in the report of the Education and Employment References Committee, tabled on 17 October 2018, on its inquiry into industrial deaths in Australia entitled, They never came home - The framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia , and

(iii)            work with Safe Work Australia and all state and territory governments to implement a nationally-consistent industrial manslaughter offence into the model workplace health and safety laws.

Documents

1          Clean Energy Regulator—2018 Annual Statement to the Parliament on the progress towards the 2020 Large-scale Renewable Energy Target

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

2         Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

3         National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency (National Disability Insurance Agency)—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

4         Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

5         Commonwealth Grants Commission—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

6         National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

7         National Mental Health Commission—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

8         Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 —Review of the operation of Youth Jobs PaTH—Final report

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

9         Grandparent carers—Resolution of 18 September 2019—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Victorian Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers (Mr Donnellan)

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

10        Status of government responses in the Senate to parliamentary committee reports as at 30 September 2019

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

11        Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 25 November 2019 ).

12        Australian Public Service Commission—State of the service—Report for 2018-19

Consideration ( 26 November 2019 ).

13        Innovation and Science Australia—Report for 2018-19

Consideration ( 26 November 2019 ).

14        Surveillance Devices Act 2004 —Commonwealth Ombudsman’s report to the Minister for Home Affairs on agencies’ compliance for the period 1 January to 30 June 2019

Consideration ( 26 November 2019 ).

15        Tiwi Land Council—Report for 2018-19

Consideration ( 26 November 2019 ).

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

Adjourned debate ( 27 November 2019 ).

*17      Innovation and Science Australia—Report for 2018-19

Adjourned debate ( 27 November 2019 ).

Committee reports and Government responses

1           Economics References Committee—Regional inequality in Australia—Report

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

2          Education and Employment References Committee—Report—The appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of jobactive—Additional information

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

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

Adjourned debate ( 27 November 2019 ).

4         Economics References Committee—Report—Governance and operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)—Government response

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

5         Education and Employment References Committee—Report—Vocational education and training in South Australia—Government response

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

6         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee—Report—Performance of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and in particular its report on the June 2017 crash of a flight conducted on behalf of Angel Flight Australia—Government response

Consideration ( 25 November 2019 ).

Auditor-General’s reports

1          Auditor-General—Audit report no. 12 of 2019-20—Performance audit—Award of funding under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages: Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Adjourned debate ( 14 November 2019 ).

Orders for production of documents

219      Gender and sexuality census questions—Order for production of documents

By the Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer to table, by 28 November 2019, documents relating to the Australian Bureau of Statistics census and questions on gender and sexuality. ( Motion of Senator Rice agreed to 13 November 2019. )

*284   Legal advice—Income Compliance Program—Order for production of documents

By the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services, by 10 am on 28 November 2019, any legal advice received by the Government, or Services Australia (Department of Human Services), relating to the decision to stop relying solely on income-averaging processes to raise debts under the Income Compliance Program. ( Motion of Senator Siewert agreed to 27 November 2019. )

*290   Legal advice—Online Compliance Program—Order for production of documents

By the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services, by 5.30 pm on 28 November 2019, all legal advice that has been received by the Government, the Department of Human Services, or Services Australia, relating to the 2015-16 Budget Measure ‘Better Management of the Social Welfare System’, the Online Compliance Intervention (OCI), the Employment Income Confirmation (EIC), and the Check and Update Past Information (CUPI), known as the ‘Online Compliance Program’. ( Motion of Senators O’Neill, McCarthy and Urquhart agreed to 27 November 2019. )

Business for future consideration

On the next day of sitting (2 December 2019)
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 26 November 2019

1          Senator Whish-Wilson : To move—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 7 September 2020:

The review of foreign investment proposals against the national interest test, with particular reference to:

(a)              the protection of Australia’s market-based system from manipulation that would benefit proposed foreign investment;

(b)              the assessment of the impact of proposed foreign investment on market concentration and competition;

(c)              the imposition of conditions on foreign investors, and any limitation that trade agreements have on the imposition of such conditions;

(d)             the enforceability of market access provisions in trade agreements, and the impact of this enforcement on the integrity of Australia’s market­ based system;

(e)              the role of the Foreign Investment Review Board; and

(f)               any other related matters.

General Business—Notice of motion

Notice given 30 July 2019

72       Senator Kitching : To move—

(1)               That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Integrity, be established to inquire into and report on the integrity of government administration, with particular reference to:

(a)              the adequacy and performance of existing integrity measures including, but not limited to:

(i)                the Statement of Ministerial Standards, and

(ii)              the Lobbyist Code and Register of Lobbyists;

(b)              the funding, functions and performance of Commonwealth integrity agencies;

(c)              the adequacy of government responses to Senate committee reports;

(d)             the adequacy of government responses to Senate orders for the production of documents;

(e)              the operation of the Commonwealth Procurement Framework;

(f)               the administration of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 legislation;

(g)              any proposals to strengthen the integrity of government administration; and

(h)             any related matters.

(2)              That the committee present its final report on or before the third sitting day of 2021.

(3)              That the committee consist of 8 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; and

(d)             3 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; and

(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.

(5)              That 4 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

(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 Australian Greens or by minor party and independent senators.

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

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

(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 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.

(12)           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.

(13)           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.

 

Orders for Production of Documents

*269   Government response—Report—Select Committee on Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century—Order for production of documents and explanation

Requires on Monday, 2 December 2019, at 12.20 pm, before government business is called on, the Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters to:

(a) table the Government's overdue response to the report of the Select Committee on Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century; and (b) attend the Senate to provide an explanation, of no more than 20 minutes, of the government’s response and for the delay in responding to the committee’s report. At the conclusion of the explanation, any senator may move to take note of the explanation. ( Motion of Senator Bilyk agreed to 27 November 2019. )

*276   Religious Discrimination Bill—Order for production of documents

By the Minister representing the Attorney-General, by no later than 5 pm on 2 December 2019, a list of roundtables on the Religious Discrimination Bill since the release of the exposure draft, and a list of organisations attending. ( Motion of Senator Rice agreed to 27 November 2019. )

On 3 December 2019
General Business—Notices of motion

Notice given 11 November 2019

217      Senator Brown : To move—That the Senate notes:

(a)              that 3 December 2019 is the International Day of People with Disability;

(b)              that the theme for 2019 is ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’;

(c)               that 3 December is recognised each year as the day for the celebration of the achievements of people living with disability;

(d)              that it is also the day when we promote awareness of the challenges faced by people with disability, and the role that communities and society can play in accelerating the eradication of barriers to social inclusion, equality, participation and citizenship;

(e)              that approximately 1 billion people worldwide, and 3.96 million people in Australia, live with disability - this represents 15% of the global population and 20% of the population of Australia; and

(f)                the remarkable contributions people with disability make to Australia, and congratulates all of the organisations and communities throughout Australia that are celebrating this important day.



 

Notice given 13 November 2019

249     Senators Sheldon and Gallacher: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the road transport industry is Australia’s deadliest industry,

(ii)              a 2016 report by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics stated ‘Heavy trucks are disproportionately involved in casualty crashes: approximately 16% of road crash fatalities and 4% of injuries involve these vehicles’ - Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that trucks represent just 3.6% of registered motor vehicles,

(iii)            the latest quarterly report from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics shows 183 people died from truck crashes in the year to June 2019,

(iv)            Safe Work Australia shows transport workers have the highest numbers of deaths out of any profession - so far this year, 41 transport workers have been killed on the job out of a total of 121 workers killed,

(v)              on 15 October 2019, Channel 9 News aired shocking evidence of a disregard for safety: safety doors blocked, fire equipment hemmed in, chaotic food storage, filthy floors, faulty electrics, poor lighting for truck drivers delivering goods and a flooded yard outside a loading dock at Aldi stores across Australia, and

(vi)            on 16 October 2019, truck drivers across Australia took part in nationwide protests to highlight concerns they have with safety at Aldi; and

(b)              congratulates transport workers and their worker representatives, the Transport Workers Union of Australia, on helping bring the safety issues at Aldi to light.

On 4 December 2019
Business of the Senate—Notices of motion

Notice given 13 November 2019

1          Senator Patrick : To move—

(1)               That the Senate notes that, in respect to the development of Greater Sunrise oil and gas fields:

(a)              on 6 March 2018, Australia and Timor-Leste signed a maritime boundaries treaty establishing permanent maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea, and a legal framework for developing the Greater Sunrise gas fields, together and sharing in the benefits - the treaty has now been ratified by both countries and entered into force on 30 August 2019;



 

(b)              there are two options for processing the Greater Sunrise gas fields:

(i)                onshore in Australia, or

(ii)              onshore in Timor Leste, as part of the Timor-Leste Government’s Tasi Mane development strategy for a corridor of petroleum infrastructure along the southwest coast of the country;

(c)              the Australian Government stated, in response to a question asked during the estimates hearings of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee on 4 September 2019, that ‘Australia wants Greater Sunrise to be developed in a commercially sound way that maximises the return for the parties, and therefore contributes to Timor Leste’s economic development priorities. Provided these conditions are met, Australia is neutral as to whether Greater Sunrise gas is processed in Timor-Leste or Australia’; and

(d)             the establishment of a corridor of petroleum infrastructure along the southwest coast of Timor-Leste would be a more complex and challenging endeavour than processing in existing facilities in Australia.

(2)              That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and to report by the final sitting day of June 2020, relating the Tasi Mane project:

(a)              assistance and co-operation offered, to date, by the Australian Government to the Tasi Mane project;

(b)              possible future assistance and co-operation by the Australian Government in relation to the Tasi Mane project;

(c)              opportunities for Australian industry to assist with the design, development and execution of the Tasi Mane project;

(d)             opportunities for the Australian Government to assist Timor-Leste, in respect of activities and projects incidental to the Tasi Mane project;

(e)              opportunities for Australian industry, in respect of activities and projects incidental to the Tasi Mane project; and

(f)               any related matters.

Notice given 26 November 2019

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

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

Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Amendment (Assisted Reproductive Treatment Statistics) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )



 

2         Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

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

1          Community Affairs Legislation Committee

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

On 4 February 2020
General Business—Notice of motion

Notice given 27 November 2019

*306    Senator Lambie : To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 , and for related purposes. Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Other Measures) Bill 2020 .

Notice of motion altered on 27 November 2019 pursuant to standing order 77.

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

1          Economics Legislation Committee

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

2         Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

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

Government Business—Order of the day

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 November 2019 ).

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

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on access to medicinal cannabis.

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

Notice given 14 November 2019

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

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

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

1          Legislation Committees

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

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

Notice given 27 November 2019

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

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

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

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

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

2         Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

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

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

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

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

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

1          Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee

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

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

1          Environment and Communications References Committee

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

2         Environment and Communications References Committee

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

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

1          Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

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

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

1          Economics References Committee

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

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

1          Legislation Committees

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

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

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Centrelink’s compliance program.

2         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s dairy industry.



 

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

1          Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

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

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

1          Community Affairs References Committee

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

On or before 30 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Road Safety—Joint Select Committee

Interim report to be presented.

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

1          Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

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

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

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

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

2         Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

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

3         Environment and Communications References Committee

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

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

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

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

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

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

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

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

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

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

1          Legislation Committees

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

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

1          Economics References Committee

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

2         Economics References Committee

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

3         Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on regional inequality in Australia.

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

1          Road Safety—Joint Select Committee

Final report to be presented.

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

1          Environment and Communications References Committee

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

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

1          Legislation Committees

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

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

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

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

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

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

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

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

1          Australia’s Family Law System—Joint Select Committee

Report to be presented.

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

1          Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

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

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on the road transport industry.

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

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

Report to be presented.

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

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

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

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

Report to be presented.

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

*1        Autism—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

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

1          Implementation of the National Redress Scheme—Joint Select Committee

Report to be presented.

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

1          Electoral Matters—Joint Standing Committee

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

( Bill received royal assent on 29 November 2018. )

Date unspecified
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Community Affairs References Committee

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

Other information

Bills currently before committees

 

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Board and Other Improvements) Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (referred 19 September 2019; reporting date: 28 November 2019)



 

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

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 14 November 2019; reporting date: 7 February 2020)
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Amendment (Assisted Reproductive Treatment Statistics) Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 25 July 2019; reporting date: 4 December 2019)

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Sport Integrity Australia) Bill 2019

Referred to Community Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 14 November 2019; reporting date: 3 February 2020)

Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017 ‡

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

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

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

Constitution Alteration (Water Resources) 2019 ‡

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

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

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

Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

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

Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019 ‡

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

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

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

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



 

Bills discharged or negatived

Private senators’ bills

Plebiscite (Future Migration Level) Bill 2018

Second reading negatived, 29 July 2019.

Protecting Australian Dairy Bill 2019

Second reading negatived, 11 November 2019.

Questions on notice

Questions remaining unanswered

Nos 929 to 933, 935 to 944, 946 to 949, 951 to 965.

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

Orders of the Senate

Allocation of departments/agencies

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

Community Affairs

Health

Social Services, including Services Australia

Economics

Industry, Innovation and Science

Treasury

Education and Employment

Education

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

Environment and Communications

Communications and the Arts

Environment and Energy

Finance and Public Administration

Finance

Parliament

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Defence, including Veterans’ Affairs

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Attorney-General, excluding Industrial Relations

Home Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Agriculture

Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development.

( Agreed to 4 July 2019 )

Australia’s Emissions Projections—Order of continuing effect

(1)               That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, by not later than the last sitting day of each year, the report detailing Australia’s estimated future greenhouse gas emissions, Australia’s Emissions Projections .

(2)              This order is of continuing effect.

( Agreed to 25 November 2019 )

Consideration of disallowance motions

That—

(a)              if the notices of motion proposing the disallowance of the Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019, standing in the names of the Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Fierravanti-Wells) and Senator McKim, on behalf of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, for three sitting days after today (28 November 2019), have not been resolved by 12.45 pm on 28 November 2019, the notices of motion be called on and considered together at 3.30 pm on 28 November 2019; and

(b)              if consideration of the motions listed in paragraph (a) is not concluded by 4 pm, the question on the unresolved motions shall then be put.

( Agreed to 27 November 2019 )

Environment and Communications References Committee—Determination of committee chair—Standing order 25(9)

That, pursuant to standing order 25(9), the Senate determines:

(a)              that the chair of the Environment and Communications References Committee shall be elected by that committee from members nominated by minor parties or independent senators; and

(b)              that this order remain in effect until the President is duly notified of an agreement that meets the terms of standing order 25(9)(c).

( Agreed to 2 November 2011; varied 13 September 2016 )

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

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

2019-20 additional estimates:

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

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

2020-21 Budget estimates:

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

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

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

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

(2)              That cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters and on Murray Darling Basin Plan matters be scheduled for Friday, 6 March, Friday, 29 May and Friday, 23 October, but not restricted to these days.

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

(4)             That committees meet in the following groups:

Group A:

Environment and Communications

Finance and Public Administration

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Group B:

Community Affairs

Economics

Education and Employment

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

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

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

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

( Agreed to 14 November 2019 )

Estimates questions (unanswered)—2019-20 Budget estimates

That—

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

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

( Agreed to 29 July 2019 )

Formal business and suspensions of standing orders—Standing order 66—Amendment

That, in accordance with the recommendation in the Procedure Committee’s first report of 2019, standing order 66 be amended as follows:

After paragraph (3), insert:

(4)              The question on any motion to suspend standing orders moved in the following circumstances shall be put immediately without any amendment or debate:

(a)        any motion to suspend standing orders to provide for the consideration of a motion for which formality has been denied; and

(b)        any other motion to suspend standing orders moved during consideration of formal business under standing order 66.

( Agreed to 4 July 2019 )

Indigenous Australians—
Closing the Gap statement—Resolution

That each year, on the day on which the Prime Minister presents the annual report on progress in meeting the ‘Closing the Gap’ targets, the sitting of the Senate be suspended 10 minutes prior to the time set for the presentation of the report in the House of Representatives, until the ringing of the bells, to enable senators to attend.

Languages—Amendment to standing order 35 and resolution

At the end of standing order 35, add :

(3)              If evidence is heard by a committee in an Indigenous Australian language the transcript of that evidence shall record both:

(a)              the evidence as submitted in the Indigenous Australian language; and

(b)              an English translation of the evidence.

Resolution :

The Senate resolves that, where a committee has heard evidence in an Indigenous Australian language, the transcription by Hansard staff of the evidence as submitted, and its translation into English, should be assisted by the person who gave evidence or a person from their community.

( Agreed to 17 October 2019 upon adoption of the recommendation in the Procedure Committee’s second report of 2019 )



 

Meeting of Senate—2019

That the days of meeting of the Senate for the remainder of 2019 be as follows:

Winter sittings:

Monday, 22 July to Thursday, 25 July

Monday, 29 July to Thursday, 1 August

Spring sittings:

Monday, 9 September to Thursday, 12 September

Monday, 16 September to Thursday, 19 September

Monday, 14 October to Thursday, 17 October

Monday, 11 November to Thursday, 14 November

Monday, 25 November to Thursday, 28 November

Monday, 2 December to Thursday, 5 December.

( Agreed to 4 July 2019 )

Meeting of Senate—2020

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

Autumn sittings:

Tuesday, 4 February to Thursday, 6 February

Monday, 10 February to Thursday, 13 February

Monday, 24 February to Thursday, 27 February

Monday, 23 March to Thursday, 26 March

Budget sittings:

Tuesday, 12 May to Thursday, 14 May

Winter sittings:

Monday, 15 June to Thursday, 18 June

Monday, 22 June to Thursday, 25 June

Spring sittings:

Tuesday, 11 August to Thursday, 13 August

Monday, 17 August to Thursday, 20 August

Monday, 7 September to Thursday, 10 September

Monday, 14 September to Thursday, 17 September

Monday, 12 October to Thursday, 15 October

Monday, 9 November to Thursday, 12 November

Monday, 23 November to Thursday, 26 November

Monday, 30 November to Thursday, 3 December.

( Agreed to 14 November 2019 )

Protection visas—Order of continuing effect

(1)               The Senate notes that the Australian public has a right to know vital information that is held within the Department of Home Affairs, and that regular and timely information should be reported to the Senate and the Australian people to provide oversight and transparency on activities of the Department.

(2)              That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs, by not later than 14 days after each:

(a)              31 January;

(b)              28 February;

(c)               31 March;

(d)              30 April;

(e)              31 May;

(f)                30 June;

(g)              31 July;

(h)              31 August;

(i)                30 September;

(j)                31 October;

(k)              30 November; and

(l)                31 December, a monthly update of onshore protection visa lodgements.

(3)              Each monthly update must include:

(a)              the total number of protection visa lodgements made onshore during the period;

(b)              the total number of protection visa lodgements made onshore at airports, by airport and state, during the period;

(c)               the total number of individuals, by country of origin, that made a lodgement for a protection visa onshore during the period;

(d)              the total number of individuals, by age and gender, that made a lodgement for a protection visa onshore during the period;

(e)              the total number of refugee status determinations made during the period;

(f)                the total number of individuals granted a Final Protection Visa during the period;

(g)              the total number of individuals, by country of origin, granted a Final Protection Visa during the period, and the grant rate;

(h)              the total number of individuals, by age and gender, granted a Final Protection Visa during the period, and the grant rate;

(i)                the total number of individuals that were not granted a Final Protection Visa during the period, and the grant rate;

(j)                the total number of individuals, by country of origin, that were not granted a Final Protection Visa during the period, and the grant rate;

(k)              the total number of individuals, by age and gender, that were not granted a Final Protection Visa during the period, and the grant rate;

(l)                the total number of individuals that were not granted a Final Protection Visa that were deported during the period, and the deportation rate;

(m)           the total number of refugee status determinations awaiting a decision at the end of the period; and

(n)              the total number of individuals that were not granted a Final Protection Visa that have yet to be deported at the end of the period.

(4)             If the Senate is not sitting when a monthly update is ready for presentation, the statement is to be presented to the President under standing order 166.

(5)              This order is of continuing effect.

( Agreed to 14 November 2019 )

Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation—Standing orders 23 and 25(2)(a)
(1)                The standing orders be amended, with effect from 4 December 2019, as follows:
(a)              omit standing order 23, substitute:
 23 Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation
(1)               A Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation shall be appointed at the commencement of each Parliament.
(2)              All instruments made under the authority of Acts of the Parliament, which are subject to disallowance, disapproval or affirmative resolution by the Senate and which are of a legislative character, shall stand referred to the committee for consideration and, if necessary, report.
(3)              The committee shall scrutinise each instrument as to whether:
(a)        it is in accordance with its enabling Act and otherwise complies with all legislative requirements;
(b)        it appears to be supported by a constitutional head of legislative power and is otherwise constitutionally valid;
(c)         it makes rights, liberties, obligations or interests unduly dependent on insufficiently defined administrative powers;
(d)        those likely to be affected by the instrument were adequately consulted in relation to it;
(e)        its drafting is defective or unclear;
(f)         it, and any document it incorporates, may be freely accessed and used;
(g)        the accompanying explanatory material provides sufficient information to gain a clear understanding of the instrument;
(h)        it trespasses unduly on personal rights and liberties;
(i)         it unduly excludes, limits or fails to provide for independent review of decisions affecting rights, liberties, obligations or interests;
(j)         it contains matters more appropriate for parliamentary enactment; and
(k)        it complies with any other ground relating to the technical scrutiny of delegated legislation that the committee considers appropriate.
(4)              The committee shall also scrutinise each instrument to determine whether the attention of the Senate should be drawn to the instrument on the ground that it raises significant issues, or otherwise gives rise to issues that are likely to be of interest to the Senate.
(5)              The committee may, for the purpose of reporting on its terms of reference, consider any proposed or draft legislative instrument, including an exposure draft of such an instrument.
(6)                (a)    The committee shall consist of 6 senators, 3 being members of the government party nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and 3 being senators who are not members of the government party, nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or by any minority groups or independent senators.
             (b)    The nominations of the opposition or any minority groups or independent senators shall be determined by agreement between the opposition and the minority groups or independent senators, and, in the absence of agreement duly notified to the President, the question of the representation on the committee shall be determined by the Senate.
(7)              The committee may appoint sub-committees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and refer to any such sub-committee any matters which the committee is empowered to consider.
(8)              The committee shall elect as chair a member appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
(9)              The committee shall elect as deputy chair a member appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and the member so elected shall act as chair of the committee when there is no chair or the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee.
(10)           Where votes on a question before the committee are equally divided, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, shall have a casting vote.
(11)            The committee and any sub-committee shall have power to send for persons and documents, to move from place to place, and to meet and transact business in public or private session and notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives.
(12)           The committee may inquire into and report on any matter related to the technical scrutiny of delegated legislation.
(13)           The committee may appoint with the approval of the President a legal adviser to the committee.
(14)           The committee shall be empowered to print from day to day any of its documents and evidence. A daily Hansard shall be published of public proceedings of the committee.
(15)           The committee may report from time to time its proceedings and evidence and any recommendations, and shall make regular reports of the progress of the proceedings of the committee.
(b)              omit standing order 25(2)(a), substitute:
(a)        The legislation committees shall inquire into and report upon:
(i)        estimates of expenditure in accordance with standing order 26,
(ii)       bills or draft bills referred to them by the Senate,
(iii)      legislative instruments made in the portfolios allocated to them,
(iv)      annual reports in accordance with paragraph (20), and
(v)       the performance of departments and agencies allocated to them.
(2)              The initial members of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation shall be the members of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances appointed at the commencement of this Parliament.
(3)              The Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation have the power to consider and use the records of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances.

( Agreed to 27 November 2019 )

 

Contingent notices of motion

Conduct of business

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

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

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)

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

Senator Bernardi

Senator Patrick

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

Formal business

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

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)

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

Senator Bernardi

Senator Patrick

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

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

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)

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

Senator Bernardi

Senator Patrick

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

Limitation of time

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

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)

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

Senator Bernardi

Senator Patrick

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

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

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

Matters of urgency

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

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

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)

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

Senator Bernardi

Senator Patrick

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

Order of business

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

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)

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

Senator Bernardi

Senator Patrick

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

Questions without notice

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

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)

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

Senator Bernardi

Senator Patrick

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

Statements

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

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)

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

Senator Bernardi

Senator Patrick

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

Tabling of documents

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

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale)

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

Senator Bernardi

Senator Patrick

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

Appointments to statutory authorities

National Archives of Australia Advisory Council

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

Council of the National Library of Australia

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

Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust

Senators Abetz and Carr (appointed 1 August 2019 ).

Temporary chairs of committees

Senators Askew, Bernardi, Bilyk, Brockman, Brown, Faruqi, Fawcett, Fierravanti-Wells, Gallacher, Griff, Kitching, Polley, Sterle and Stoker

 

 

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 Bridget McKenzie

Minister for Agriculture

 

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

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Simon Birmingham

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

   Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

 

 

Assistant Trade and Investment Minister

Minister for Education

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

Minister for the Environment

 

 

Senator the Honourable Marise Payne

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Women

 

 

Minister for International Development and the Pacific

Attorney-General

Minister for Industrial Relations

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Richard Colbeck

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians

Minister for Youth and Sport

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

 

Minister for Health

Minister for Home Affairs

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs

 

Senator the Honourable Matt Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

 

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Linda Reynolds, CSC

Minister for Defence

 

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts

Assistant Defence Minister

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

Minister for Defence Industry

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Anne Ruston

Minister for Families and Social Services

   Manager of Government Business in the Senate

 

 

Minister for Indigenous Australians

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Minister for Government Services

 

 

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

 

Senator the Honourable Jane Hume

Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology

 

 

Senator the Honourable Zed Seselja

Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters

 

 

Senator the Honourable Jonathon Duniam

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries

Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism

 

 

 



 

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" Date of Senate ⅔ Cut-Off

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—Supplementary Budget estimates

*—Cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters, and Murray-Darling Basin Plan matters