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Business for today

Business of the Senate—Notices of motion

Notice given 21 June 2021

1          Senator Kitching : To move—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 9 December 2021:

Opportunities for advancing domestic manufacturing with specific regard to:

(a)              understanding Australia’s existing and emerging manufacturing industry;

(b)              the role of governments, both federal and state, in supporting manufacturing;

(c)              how Australian manufacturing can be made more internationally competitive;

(d)             how to attract investment in Australian manufacturing;

(e)              successful international examples of manufacturing which may be applicable in Australia;

(f)               the role of research and development in sustaining and developing Australian manufacturing;

(g)              what education and training are required to support, develop and reskill Australian manufacturing;

(h)             how developing local supply chains provides strategic benefits;

(i)                the importance of providing reliable, clean, and cheap energy for Australian manufacturing; and

(j)                any other related matters.

Notice given 22 June 2021

2         Senator Rice : To move—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 2 December 2021:

The current state of scientific advice to the Parliament, with particular reference to:

(a)              the role of timely, independent scientific advice to the Parliament throughout the COVID-19 pandemic;

(b)              the nature of information needed and adequacy of current sources to assist the Parliament in its consideration of matters related to science and technology;

(c)              the relevance of approaches adopted in other countries, including the United Kingdom’s Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology;

(d)             opportunities to expand the availability of independent scientific advice to members of Parliament through the establishment of a Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) with appropriate structure and resourcing, including:

(i)                accountability and oversight,

(ii)              protocols for requesting work from POST, and POST’s relationship with other entities, and

(iii)            resourcing and staffing levels; and

(e)              and any other related matters.

Notice given 23 June 2021

3         Senator Patrick : To move—

(1)               That the Senate notes that:

(a)              a former officer of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), known as Witness K, provided the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste with an affidavit that contained information relating to an intelligence operation carried out by ASIS in Timor-Leste;

(b)              the Government of Timor-Leste stated in proceedings before the International Court of Justice that Witness K’s affidavit ‘describes the covert bugging in 2004 of the Timor-Leste Cabinet room on the instructions of the Australian authorities’;

(c)              the Australian Government informed the International Court of Justice that Witness K had served as an ASIS officer and that his affidavit contained information the disclosure of which would constitute an offence under section 39 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 ; and

(d)             in the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates Court, on 18 June 2021, Witness K was convicted of an offence under section 39 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 .

(2)              That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 21 October 2021:

(a)              was the intelligence operation disclosed in Witness K’s affidavit an activity authorised by a Minister in accordance with the statute;

(b)              was the intelligence operation disclosed in Witness K’s affidavit an activity authorised by the Director-General of ASIS in accordance with the statute; and

(c)              in respect to the authorisation under paragraph (a) or (b) what legal and policy related due diligence was carried out as part of the authorisation process.

(3)              That the Senate calls on the Australian Government, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Director-General of ASIS and the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, to cooperate fully with the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee inquiry.

(4)             That the Senate further calls on the former Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Alexander Downer AC, and the former Directors-General of ASIS, Mr David Irvine AO and Mr Nick Warner AO, to cooperate fully with the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee inquiry.

Notice of motion altered on 23 June 2021 pursuant to standing order 77 .

Notice given 24 June 2021

*4        Senator Rice : To move—That the Industry Research and Development (Boosting Australia’s Diesel Storage Program) Instrument 2021, made under the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 , be disallowed [F2021L00610].

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

*5         Senator Rice : To move—That the Industry Research and Development (Temporary Refinery Production Payment Program) Instrument 2021, made under the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 , be disallowed [F2021L00202].

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

*6       Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ): To move—That the Ministerial Suitability Commission of Inquiry Bill 2021 be referred to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 1 September 2021.

Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Environment and Communications References Committee

Interim report to be presented on oil and gas exploration and production in the Beetaloo Basin.

2         Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on the road transport industry.

3         Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

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

Government business—Orders of the day

1          Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Charges) Bill 2021

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2021 ( Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 15 June 2021 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 18 March 2021 ).

3         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 ).

4         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 ).

5         National Health Amendment (Decisions under the Continence Aids Payment Scheme) Bill 2021 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 16 June 2021 ).

6         Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 16 June 2021 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 September 2020 ).

8         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 ).

9         Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Finance, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 19 September 2019 ).

10        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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 May 2021 ).

12        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 ).

13        Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Amendment Bill 2021 —( Senate bill ) —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 24 June 2021 ).

14        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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

17        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 ).

18        Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

20       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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

22       Australian Business Growth Fund Bill 2019

In committee ( 27 February 2020 ).

23       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 ).

24       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 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 202 1 .

Notice of motion altered on 30 July 2021 pursuant to standing order 77

Notice given 11 May 2021

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 16 June 2021

1133       Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                that the $112 billion arts and entertainment industry has been one of the hardest hit industries by the COVID-19 pandemic,

(ii)              the industry has been devastated by the recent Victorian lockdown, with hundreds of events and performances cancelled,

(iii)            the industry will not be able to fully recover until Australians are vaccinated, borders are open and social distancing requirements are lifted, and 

(iv)            there is a market failure making it impossible to secure insurance for live events and performances cancelled due to COVID-19; and

(b)              calls on the Morrison Government to provide certainty for the arts and entertainment industry by establishing a government-backed insurance scheme for live events and performances.

1142      Senator Dodson : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                Labor announced its support for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament in 2017,

(ii)              in 2019, Minister Wyatt promised a referendum on constitutional recognition in this term of government, and

(iii)            Liberal Party figures, including Senator Andrew Bragg, Mr Julian Leeser MP, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, have expressed support for a Federal Voice to Parliament and referendum; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to keep their promise and commit to a referendum to enshrine a First Nations Voice to Parliament in the Australian Constitution.

Notice given 21 June 2021

1159      Senator Siewert : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                that the Government has made changes that require people on the age pension to start reporting employment income every two weeks when previously it was required every 6 to 12 months,

(ii)              it is punitive and burdensome to require age pensioners to report their income every two weeks,

(iii)            reporting income every two weeks through online services can be inaccessible and difficult for some older Australians who do not use smartphones or have the internet at home, and

(iv)            reporting via telephone can also mean considerable wait times and often high costs for age pensioners, many of whom are living on low incomes; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to reduce unnecessary stress and anxiety for age pensioners and allow them to report every 6 to 12 months when there have been no changes to their employment income.

Notice given 23 June 2021

1170      Senator Patrick : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the domestic need for specific grades of timber is exceeding the ability of the Australian timber industry to meet demand, placing stress on local businesses, timber merchants, builders and carpenters that are unable to source timber,

(ii)              the 130,000 hectares of plantation timber burnt during the 2020 bushfires continues to have short and long term impacts,

(iii)            during 2019-20 Australia imported over 900 million cubic metres of sawn softwood, and since then importing timber has become far more difficult,

(iv)            the Government’s HomeBuilder scheme, launched in June 2020, has stimulated the building industry - the scheme is oversubscribed, exposing shortfalls in the Australian supply chain, and

(v)              the continued exporting of Australian timber is detrimentally impacting local industries and is not in the national interest; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                impose a temporary restriction on the export of Australian timber, and

(ii)              identify the domestic timber demands as a matter of urgency and implement mechanisms to ensure these demands are met ahead of any exports.

1172       Senator Sterle : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                that 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the sister state relationship between the Hyogo Prefecture in Japan and Western Australia,

(ii)              that Western Australia’s friendship with Hyogo is the state’s oldest sister state relationship after being established in 1981, and

(iii)            the importance of the trade, person to person, educational exchange, and economic relationship between the Hyogo Prefecture and Western Australia;

(b)              further notes that:

(i)                the Hyogo Prefectural Government Centre in Perth was established in 1992 by Hyogo Government to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hyogo Prefecture and Western Australia sister state relationship,

(ii)              major activities include supporting and encouraging educational, sporting, youth and cultural exchange, coordinating Japan-related workshops, demonstrations and seminars on Japanese language, life and culture, exhibitions of Japanese arts and crafts, showcasing Hyogo specialty products and promoting Hyogo Prefecture as a prime tourist destination, and

(iii)            the Western Australian Government has maintained a presence in Kobe, Hyogo, since 1989; and

(c)              recognises the contribution of the Government of Western Australia, the Hyogo Prefecture and the Hyogo Prefectural Government Centre in Perth in maintaining, strengthening and growing the relationship between Western Australia and Hyogo over the last 40 years.

1175       Senator Pratt : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes the benefits of early childhood education and care for children and women’s workforce participation; and

(b)              rejects statements from Liberal and Nationals MPs that women using childcare are ‘outsourcing parenting’ and that proposed changes to childcare funding might ‘force’ women back to work.

1177       Senator Thorpe : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes the Uluru Statement from the Heart called for a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations, truth-telling, and a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution; and

(b)              calls on the Government to establish a truth and justice commission and begin the process of enacting a national treaty and/or treaties with First Nations peoples before a referendum for a First Nations Voice to Parliament in the Australian Constitution.

1179      Senator Pratt : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that the leader of the Western Australian Nationals, the Honourable Mia Davies MLA, has said the following regarding the return of Mr Barnaby Joyce as Leader of The Nationals and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia:

(i)                ‘I’m disappointed the party felt they needed to change leaders’,

(ii)              ‘I think it shows they’re focused on internal matters instead of the people of regional Australia’, and

(iii)            ‘I think leadership changes are destabilising; it means the party is looking internally instead of being focused on the job they’re meant to be doing which is representing their constituents’;

(b)              agrees with Ms Davies’s comments that the Morrison-Joyce Liberal-National Government are more focused on themselves than the Australian people, including hardworking Australians in Western Australia;

(c)              condemns the Morrison-Joyce Liberal-National Government:

(i)                for prioritising their own ‘internal matters’ ahead of the Australian people, and

(ii)              failing to do the two jobs they had during this pandemic - a speedy and effective rollout of the vaccine and quarantine - while arguing over their own jobs; and

(d)             seeks the concurrence of the House of Representatives in this motion.

1180      Senator Sterle : To move—The Senate—

(a)              notes that the Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Mark McGowan, has said the following regarding the failure of the Morrison Government to roll out an effective quarantine program:

(i)                ‘it is time for the Commonwealth to step up and help... it is the only way to help reduce the risk further. We cannot continue down this path for another year and beyond’,

(ii)              ‘the best solution is obviously the Commonwealth using a remote location for these purposes, next to an international airport. But, so far they have steadfastly refused to do so’, and

(iii)            ‘obviously they don’t want to do it because it’s a risk for them and if they can palm it off to the states with what is a good solution, but an imperfect solution, that’s what they will do’;

(b)              agrees with Premier McGowan’s comments that the Morrison Government have ‘palmed off’ their responsibility and failed the Australian people;

(c)              condemns the Morrison Government for failing to do the two jobs they had during this pandemic - a speedy and effective rollout of the vaccine and quarantine - while arguing over their own jobs; and

(d)             seeks the concurrence of the House of Representatives in this motion.

1182      Senator Dodson : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the Morrison Government is responsible for the vaccine rollout,

(ii)              four million Australians were supposed to be vaccinated by March 2021,

(iii)            Western Australian Premier, the Honourable Mark McGowan, has said ‘a very strong education campaign across the community’ is required to get an overwhelming majority of Australians vaccinated,

(iv)            Western Australian Medical Association President, Dr Andrew Miller, has described the Morrison Government’s vaccine advertising campaign as ‘incredibly boring’, and that Australia ‘should be getting our best minds in marketing and in communications coming up with a strategy around encouraging people to get vaccinated - and yes I think incentives are worth having a look at’; and

(b)              calls on the Morrison Government to start a mass public information campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated and start a process for considering incentives to achieve that aim.

Notice of motion altered on 23 June 2021 pursuant to standing order 77

1183      Senator Davey : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                accessibility to banking facilities is an essential community service for regional Australia,

(ii)              regional bank branches provide vital services to our regional businesses, primary producers, manufacturers and elderly and vulnerable Australians who cannot easily access digital banking alternatives,

(iii)            banks have closed or announced the closure of approximately 300 branches since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, including branches in regional Australia, and

(iv)            there is a risk that, if not appropriately managed, these closures could detrimentally impact regional Australians;

(b)              calls on the major banks to ensure that regional and rural Australians can continue to be serviced by bank branches where possible, and to re-double their efforts and not close rural and regional branches; and

(c)              supports a parliamentary inquiry by the Economics References Committee into regional banking services that will inquire into the availability of banking services in regional Australia, including the impact closures of bank branches, and any other related matters.

Notice given 24 June 2021

*1185   Senator Rice : To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act relating to targeted sanctions for human rights violations, and for related purposes. Human Rights (Targeted Sanctions) Bill 2021 .

*1186    Senator Rice : To move—

(1)               That the Senate:

(a)              notes that on 8 December 2020 the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade tabled its report titled Criminality, corruption and impunity: Should Australia join the Global Magnitsky movement? , and recommended that the ‘Australian Government enact standalone targeted sanctions legislation to address human rights violations and corruption, similar to the United States’ Magnitsky Act 2012’; and

(b)              calls on the Australian Government to respond to that report’s recommendations as soon as possible, and introduce an Australian Magnitsky Act.

(2)              That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, by no later than 2 pm on 11 August 2021, a government response to the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

*1187     Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ): To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                19 women have been killed by violence in Australia in 2021, as reported by the Counting Dead Women project,

(ii)              there is no real-time national government toll of women killed by violence,

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

(iv)            1 in 3 women experience physical violence,

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

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

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

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

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

(b)              calls on the Government to:

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

(ii)              ensure the next national plan for elimination of violence against women and children:

(A)             includes adequate funding for frontline family and domestic violence services,

(B)             addresses gender equality in curriculum from early childhood education, and

(C)             supports a national approach to combating coercive control.

*1188    Senators Waters, Faruqi and Siewert: To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                despite decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland and New South Wales, safe abortion care services remain inaccessible or unaffordable in many areas,

(ii)              many women in remote and regional communities are required to travel significant distances, often at considerable expense, to receive appropriate reproductive healthcare,

(iii)            Marie Stopes has announced that abortion clinics in Southport, Townsville, Rockhampton and Newcastle will close at the end of July 2021, and

(iv)            loss of these services will hurt women in regional areas, particularly women who already face significant healthcare barriers, such as young women, First Nations women and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;

(b)              further notes that the National Women’s Health Strategy includes:

(i)                an explicit priority of increasing access to sexual and reproductive health care, and

(ii)              a goal of delivering equitable access to pregnancy termination services; and

(c)              calls on federal and state governments to:

(i)                ensure reliable and affordable access to abortion care, permanent and long-acting contraception options, and unbiased counselling across Australia by funding public hospitals and health services to provide essential reproductive healthcare, and

(ii)              support the long-term availability of telehealth services for reproductive healthcare.

*1189    Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ): To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the most recent Australia Talks survey results show 88% of Australians support a national integrity commission,

(ii)              the Coalition Government promised in 2018 to introduce a national integrity commission,

(iii)            initial public consultation on the Government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission model ended over two years ago,

(iv)            public consultation on the Government’s draft Commonwealth Integrity Commission Bill ended on February 2021,

(v)              the majority of submissions to both consultations raised serious concerns regarding the Government’s proposed model,

(vi)            despite various statements since before the last election that a bill was ‘imminent’ and ‘in progress’, the Government has yet to introduce legislation to establish an integrity commission, and

(vii)          with the Government’s 2021-22 budget papers noting that there will be no staff employed by the Commonwealth Integrity Commission in 2021-22, it is clear that Australia will not see a national integrity commission before the next election; and

(b)              calls on the Government to:

(i)                urgently introduce a bill to establish a strong, independent national integrity commission, and

(ii)              allocate adequate funding for the rapid establishment and operation of the commission.

*1190    Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ): To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the total amount of money disclosed as donated to political parties tripled between the 2016 election and the 2019 election,

(ii)              the Centre for Public Integrity estimates that $1 billion in political donations since 1999 has not been disclosed, and

(iii)            many political donations to federal parties and candidates are not required to be publicly disclosed for more than 12 months after an election; and

(b)              supports:

(i)                lowering the disclosure threshold for donations to political parties,

(ii)              requiring more timely disclosure of donations to political parties, and

(iii)            imposing low caps on the amount that donors can donate to political parties.

*1191     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 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 fund:

(A)             social and affordable housing to address the housing crisis that has seen women over 45 become the fastest growing cohort of homeless people,

(B)             a national rollout of expert, evidence-based relationships education,

(C)             superannuation contributions for paid parental leave, and

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

(b)              calls on the Government to:

(i)                reintroduce the Women’s Budget Impact Statement, to comprehensively 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)            fund a national rollout of Our Watch’s respectful relationships education program,

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

(vi)            expedite the removal of the $450 threshold.

Business for future consideration

On the next sitting day (4 August 2021)
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 16 June 2021

1           Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ): To move—That the Industry Research and Development (Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program) Instrument 2021, made under the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 , be disallowed [F2021L00567].

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

Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on media diversity.

General business—Notice of motion

Notice given 22 June 2021

1169      Senator McAllister : To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Families and Social Services, by no later than 3 pm on 24 June 2021, the report that constitutes the second anniversary review of the National Redress Scheme, as required by the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018, and conducted by Dr Robyn Kruk.

Date for moving altered on 29 July 2021 pursuant to standing order 77.

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

1          Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on foreign investment proposals.

On 6 August 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

*1        Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Government business—Order of the day

*1        Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021 —( Senate bill ) —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 24 June 2021 ).

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.

5 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].

Six 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].

Six 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 12 August 2021
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

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

2         Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Improving Supports for At Risk Participants) Bill 2021 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

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

*1        Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

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

On 18 August 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

*1        Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Mitochondrial Donation Law Reform (Maeve’s Law) Bill 2021 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 20 August 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

*1        Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Amendment (Ending Jobkeeper Profiteering) Bill 2021 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

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 31 August 2021
Order for production of documents

1          Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015—Parts 2, 4 and 5—Statement—Order for production of documents

By the Attorney-General (Senator Cash), by no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, 31 August 2021, a statement setting out the rationale for specifying that instruments, or classes of instruments, are not legislative instruments or exempting instruments from disallowance. ( Motion of the Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation, Senator Fierravanti-Wells, agreed to 16 June 2021. )

On 2 September 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 14 September 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

*1        Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Consistent Waiting Periods for New Migrants) Bill 2021 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

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 8 October 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 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 29 October 2021
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Australia’s Family Law System—Joint Select Committee

Report to be presented.

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.

6         Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regime.

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

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Constitution Alteration (Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press) 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

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

1          Environment and Communications References Committee

Final report to be presented on oil and gas exploration and production in the Beetaloo Basin.

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

Constitution Alteration (Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press) 2019

Referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 17 June 2021; reporting date: 31 December 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)

Coronavirus Economic Response Package Amendment (Ending Jobkeeper Profiteering) Bill 2021 ‡

Referred to the Economics Legislation Committee (referred 24 June 2021; reporting date: 20 August 2021)

Courts and Tribunals Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021

Referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 24 June 2021; reporting date: 13 August 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)

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

Referred to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 18 March 2021; reporting date: 8 October 2021)

Mitochondrial Donation Law Reform (Maeve’s Law) Bill 2021 [provisions]

Referred to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 24 June 2021; reporting date: 18 August 2021)

National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Improving Supports for At Risk Participants) Bill 2021 [provisions] ‡

Referred to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 17 June 2021; reporting date: 12 August 2021)

Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021

Referred to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee (referred 24 June 2021; reporting date: 6 August 2021)

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Consistent Waiting Periods for New Migrants) Bill 2021 [provisions]

Referred to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 24 June 2021; reporting date: 14 September 2021)

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

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

COAG Reform Fund Amendment (No Electric Vehicle Taxes) Bill 2020

Second reading negatived, 21 June 2021.

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

Discharged, 24 June 2021.

Ministerial Suitability Commission of Inquiry Bill 2021

First reading negatived, 16 and 22 June 2021.

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, 2304, 2321, 2364, 2374, 2426, 2427, 2440, 2752, 2983, 3207, 3231 to 3233, 3242, 3247, 3260, 3273, 3276, 3319, 3346, 3369, 3370, 3474, 3475, 3507, 3510, 3513, 3516, 3588 to 3591, 3615, 3618, 3625 to 3627, 3630, 3631, 3638 to 3640, 3645, 3648, 3649, 3654, 3657, 3660, 3662, 3664, 3676 to 3685, 3691, 3693 to 3695, 3699 to 3718, 3720 to 3725, 3727 to 3736, 3738, 3739, 3741, 3743 to 3746, 3748 to 3769, 3771 to 3783, 3785, 3787 to 3790, 3792 to 3813, 3815 to 3817, 3819 to 3827, 3829, 3832 to 3834, 3836, 3838 to 3871, 3873 and 3875 to 3904 and 3906 to 3967.

Question nos, as shown, from 2026 to 3695 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 )

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, Sterle and Walsh.

 

 

Richard Pye

Clerk of the Senate



 

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