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Business for today

Note: The business below will be varied in accordance with a motion to be moved at the start of proceedings on 23 March 2020

Private senators’ bills—Orders of the day

51        Banking Amendment (Deposits) Bill 2020 —( Senate bill ) —( Senator Roberts )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Roberts, in continuation, 27 February 2020 ).

44       Telecommunications Amendment (Repairing Assistance and Access) Bill 2019 —( Senate bill ) —( Senator Keneally )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stoker , in continuation, 10 February 2020 ).

Government business—Orders of the day

1         Farm Household Support Amendment (Relief Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2020 —( Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 February 2020 ).

2         Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Cross-boundary Greenhouse Gas Titles and Other Measures) Bill 2019

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2019

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Roberts, in continuation, 26 February 2020 ).

3         National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Mandatory Credit Reporting and Other Measures) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 February 2020 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 February 2020 ).

5         Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Superannuation, Your Choice) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 February 2020 ).

6         Official Development Assistance Multilateral Replenishment Obligations (Special Appropriation) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 25 February 2020 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2019 ).

8         Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2019

Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2019 ( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 13 February 2020 ).

9         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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 November 2019 ).

11        Student Identifiers Amendment (Enhanced Student Permissions) Bill 2019 —( Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, Senator Hume )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 February 2020 ).

12        Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Bill 2020 —( Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 25 February 2020 ).

13        Australian Business Growth Fund Bill 2019

In committee ( 27 February 2020 ).

14        Commonwealth Registers Bill 2019

Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2019

Business Names Registration (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019

National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019

Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 ( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 13 February 2020 ).

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        Treasury Laws Amendment (2019 Measures No. 3) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 February 2020 ).

17        Transport Security Amendment (Testing and Training) Bill 2019 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2019 ).

18        Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019

Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment (Rates of Charge) Bill 2019 ( Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Duniam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 13 February 2020 ).

19        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 ).

20       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 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 3 December 2019 ).

23       Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 19 September 2019 ).

25       Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity No. 2) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 2019 ).

27       Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australia’s Anti-Doping Capability) Bill 2019 —( Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Ruston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2019 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 November 2019 ).

Government business—Notice of motion

Notice given 27 February 2020

*1        Senator Cash : To move—That, in accordance with subsection 10B(2) of the Health Insurance Act 1973 , the Senate approves the Health Insurance (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Amendment Determination 2020, made under subsection 10B(1) of the Act on 24 February 2020.

General business—Notices of motion

A complete list of all general business notices of motion and orders of the day remaining on the Notice Paper is published at: www.aph.gov.au/Senate/business

Notice given 27 February 2020

*522   Senator Siewert : To move—

(1)               That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the 2020 Poverty in Australia Overview found that 3.24 million people, including 774,000 children under 15, are living below the poverty line,

(ii)              people living in rural and remote Australia experience higher rates of poverty than those who live in metropolitan areas,

(iii)            Newstart has not been increased in real terms in over 25 years, and

(iv)            the gap between cost of living and income support payments continues to grow prompting the Australian Council of Social Service to call for an increase to Newstart by $95 a week;

(b)              acknowledges that increasing Newstart and Youth Allowance has broad support from across the business, community and social services sectors;

(c)              recognises that increasing Newstart and Youth Allowance would provide significant economic stimulus and create thousands of new jobs especially in regional and rural areas; and

(d)             calls on the Federal Government to make it a priority to help address poverty in Australia by immediately raising Newstart and Youth Allowance by a significant amount.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(3)              This order is of continuing effect.

*524    Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate ( Senator Waters ): 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 (Capping Donations) Bill 2020 .

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                successive governments have cut university funding, leaving the sector reliant on international student fees to fund education and research,

(ii)              the Covid-19 crisis has highlighted how vulnerable the government has left our tertiary education system, and

(iii)            the Government has allowed casualisation and insecure work to run rampant at universities, to the detriment of students’ learning, staff well-being and research excellence; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                end the funding freeze on Commonwealth supported places,

(ii)              boost funding per-Commonwealth supported place student by 10%,

(iii)            guarantee the jobs and income of university staff on insecure contracts during the travel ban, and

(iv)            support international students through this crisis.

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                the Collins class submarines are a vital capability for Australia,

(ii)              historically the Collins class had poor availability, at worst not one was available to go to sea,

(iii)            after a significant commitment of resources, and more than half a decade, submarine sustainment has improved, now achieving world benchmarks,

(iv)            the current sustainment model works, and

(v)              there is a proposal before Government to disrupt the sustainment model and move Full Cycle Dockings from South Australia (SA) to Western Australia which would:

(A)             result in a huge loss of corporate knowledge from Australia’s submarine sustainment organisation,

(B)             inject significant challenges and risk into submarine sustainment,

(C)             reduce submarine availability, thereby damaging national security, and

(D)            achieve at best the current performance, and thus cannot represent value for money; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

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

(ii)              continue the current sustainment model, retaining all Collins class submarine Full Cycle Docking activities in SA.

*527   Senator Keneally : To move—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                Australia is a nation of migrants - it is a part of our national identity, and the migrant story is our Australian story,

(ii)              Australians have welcomed people from every corner of the globe and we have grown stronger together because new Australians have moved here, settled down, raised families, started businesses, and enriched our culture and our economy,

(iii)            Australia celebrates the generations of migrants who have made the international leap of faith,

(iv)            under the Morrison Government, we are seeing a change in our nation - one built by permanent migrants - to an economy reliant on temporary migrants,

(v)              this shift is changing Australia, for the worse, and it is happening without most Australians even realising,

(vi)            the Liberal National Government asked the Productivity Commission to examine the migrant intake into Australia in March 2015,

(vii)          the Productivity Commission delivered over 700 pages of analysis and assessment in its Migrant Intake into Australia Report to then-Liberal National Government Treasurer Mr Scott Morrison in April 2016, and

(viii)        neither Mr Morrison, nor the Government ever responded to this crucial work; and

(b)              condemns the Morrison Government for their failure to:

(i)                respond to the Productivity Commission Report examining the Migrant Intake into Australia, and

(ii)              action any of the recommendations from the Productivity Commission Report.

Business for future consideration

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.

Government Business—Order of the day

1          Advances to the Finance Minister under the annual Appropriation Acts

Consideration ( 13 February 2020 ).

On 25 March 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 Transport Security Amendment (Serious Crime) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 26 March 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders 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. )

2         Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on access to medicinal cannabis.

Three sitting days after today (26 March 2020)
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 5 December 2019

1           Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation ( Senator Fierravanti-Wells ): To move—That the Taxation Administration (Private Ancillary Fund) Guidelines 2019, made under the Taxation Administration Act 1953 , be disallowed [F2019L01227].

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

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 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 6 April 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contract and Consumer Lease Reforms) Bill 2019 (No. 2) . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

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

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

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

2         Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the National Integrity (Parliamentary Standards) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

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

1          Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Unsolicited Communications) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 21 April 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 30 April 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

Government Business—Order of the day

1          Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019 —( Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator Seselja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 10 February 2020 ).

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

*1        Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Australian Education Amendment (Direct Measure of Income) Bill 2020 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On the first sitting day in May 2020 (12 May 2020)
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

*1        Education and Employment References Committee

Report to be presented on General Motors Holden in Australia.

On 12 May 2020
Business of the Senate—Notice of motion

Notice given 4 February 2020

1           Senator Patrick : To move—That the Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Security Controlled Airports) Regulations 2019, made under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 , be disallowed [F2019L01656].

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

On 13 May 2020
General Business—Notice of motion

Notice given 4 December 2019

361       Senator Kitching : To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to enable Australia to impose sanctions to promote compliance with international human rights law and respect for human rights or to deter significant corruption, and for related purposes. International Human Rights and Corruption (Magnitsky Sanctions) Bill 2020 .

On 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 20 May 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Environment and Communications References Committee

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

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

*1        Economics Legislation Committee

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

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 16 June 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Environment and Communications References Committee

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

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 24 June 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Administration of Sports Grants—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

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

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s dairy industry.

*2        Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

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

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

*1        Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

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

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

1          Road Safety—Joint Select Committee

Interim report to be presented.

On 13 August 2020
Business of the Senate—Orders of the day

1          Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on Opportunities for strengthening Australia’s relations with the Republic of France.

2         Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Domestic violence.

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

1          Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Centrelink’s compliance program.

On 1 September 2020
General Business—Order of the day

*1        Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee

Report to be presented on regulation of auditing in Australia.

On 7 September 2020
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         Economics References Committee

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

On 16 September 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Economics References Committee

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

On the 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—Orders of the day

1          Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on the road transport industry.

*2        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. )

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

1          Road Safety—Joint Select Committee

Final report to be presented.

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

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

Report to be presented.

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

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

On 20 November 2020
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 and the Federal Circuit and

Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

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

1          Temporary Migration—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

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

1          Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on regional inequality in Australia.

2         Economics References Committee

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

3         Economics References Committee

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

4         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
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Autism—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

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

1          Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on Lessons learned 2019-20 bushfire season.

On or before the second sitting day of May 2022
Business of the Senate—Order of the day

1          Foreign Interference through Social Media—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

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

1          Implementation of the National Redress Scheme—Joint Select Committee

Report to be presented.

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

Australian Education Amendment (Direct Measure of Income) Bill 2020 [provisions]

Referred to Education and Employment Legislation Committee (referred 27 February 2020; reporting date: 1 May 2020)
Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017 ‡

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

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

Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (referred 27 February 2020; reporting date: 30 June 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)

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

Referred to Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 27 February 2020; reporting date: 14 October 2020)

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 and related bill [provisions] ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 20 November 2020)

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

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

National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contract and Consumer Lease Reforms) Bill 2019 (No. 2) ‡

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 6 April 2020)

National Integrity (Parliamentary Standards) Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (referred 5 December 2019; reporting date: 16 April 2020)

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

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 27 February 2020; reporting date: 12 June 2020)

Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 17 October 2019; reporting date: 16 April 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: 21 April 2020)

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Unsolicited Communications) Bill 2019 ‡

Referred to Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (referred 28 November 2019; reporting date: 17 April 2020)

Transport Security Amendment (Serious Crime) Bill 2019 [provisions] ‡

Referred to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (referred 28 November 2019; reporting date: 25 March 2020)

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

Referred to Economics Legislation Committee (referred 6 February 2020; reporting date: 30 April 2020)

 

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

Bills discharged or negatived

Government bills

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019

Question that the bill, as amended, be agreed to was negatived in committee of the whole, 28 November 2019.

 

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 1100, 1165, 1173, 1177, 1182, 1189, 1200, 1202 to 1247.

Question nos, as shown, from 1100 to 1189 remain unanswered for 30 or more days (see standing order 74(5)).

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

 

Orders of the Senate

Allocation of departments/agencies

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

Community Affairs

Health

Social Services, including Services Australia

Economics

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

Treasury

Education and Employment

Education, Skills and Employment, including Industrial Relations

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

Environment and Communications

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

Agriculture, Water and the Environment, excluding Agriculture and Water

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

Finance and Public Administration

Finance

Parliament

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Defence, including Veterans’ Affairs

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Attorney-General, excluding Industrial Relations

Home Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

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

( Agreed to 13 February 2020 )

Australian Research Council—Order of continuing effect

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

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

(a)              identification or application number;

(b)              title of application;

(c)               scheme or stream;

(d)              date received by the responsible minister;

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

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

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

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

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

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

(4)             This order is of continuing effect.

( Agreed to 27 February 2020 )

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 )

Exemption   of bills from the cut-off orders

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

Statute Update (Regulations References) Bill 2020
 Treasury Laws Amendment (Recovering Unpaid Superannuation) Bill 2019

( Agreed 26 February 2020 )

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 )

Contingent notices of motion

Conduct of business

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

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

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

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

Senator Patrick

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

Formal business

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

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

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

Senator Patrick

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

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

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

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

Senator Patrick

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

Limitation of time

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

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

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

Senator Patrick

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

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

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

Matters of urgency

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

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

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

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

Senator Patrick

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

Order of business

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

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

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

Senator Patrick

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

Questions without notice

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

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

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

Senator Patrick

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

Statements

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

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong)

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

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

Senator Patrick

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

Tabling of documents

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

Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters)

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

Senator Patrick

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

Appointments to statutory authorities

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, Bilyk, Brockman, Brown, Chandler, Faruqi, Fawcett, Fierravanti-Wells, Gallacher, Griff, Kitching, Polley, Marielle Smith, Sterle, Stoker and Walsh

 

 

 

Richard Pye

Clerk of the Senate



 

 

Ministerial representation

 

 

 

Ministers

Representing

 

Senator the Honourable Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance

   Vice-President of the Executive Council

   Leader of the Government in the Senate

 

 

Prime Minister

Minister for the Public Service

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Cabinet

Treasurer

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Assistant Treasurer

Minister for Housing

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Simon Birmingham

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

   Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

 

 

Minister for the Environment

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia

Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment

Minister for Education

Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

 

 

Senator the Honourable Marise Payne

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Women

 

 

Minister for International Development and the Pacific

Attorney-General

Minister for Industrial Relations

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Richard Colbeck

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians

Minister for Youth and Sport

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

 

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

Minister for Health

Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government

Minister for Home Affairs

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

 

 

 

 

Senator the Honourable Linda Reynolds, CSC

Minister for Defence

 

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts

Minister for Veteransʼ Affairs

Minister for Defence Personnel

Assistant Defence Minister

Minister for Defence Industry

 

 

Senator the Honourable Anne Ruston

Minister for Families and Social Services

   Manager of Government Business in the Senate

 

 

Minister for Indigenous Australians

Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government

Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Minister for Government Services

 

 

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

 

Senator the Honourable Jane Hume

Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology

 

 

Senator the Honourable Zed Seselja

Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters

 

 

Senator the Honourable Jonathon Duniam

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries

Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism

 

Updated 10 February 2020

 



 

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