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Business listed for future consideration

On the next day of sitting (6 December 2017)

 

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion

Notice given 18 October 2017

         1  Senator Rhiannon : To move—That the following matters be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day of May 2018:

             Fraudulent, misleading and exploitative practices within the Australian casino industry, and reforms to regulatory frameworks for casinos to ensure:

                          (a)      that suitable and fit and proper persons are operating or providing services to a casino;

                          (b)      that consumer harm is minimised and responsible gambling is promoted;

                           (c)      the integrity of the gambling systems operated;

                          (d)      public confidence and trust in the casino industry;

                           (e)      best practice standards of transparency, probity, whistleblowing protections and anti-corruption practices are met;

                           (f)      that casinos are contributing a net economic benefit to regional and national economies;

                           (g)      that Australia’s national security interests are protected and not compromised by the commercial objectives of casino operators;

                          (h)      that casinos are meeting international best practice regulatory benchmarks; and

                            (i)      any other related matters.

 

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

         1  Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

         2  Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

         3  Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on corporate tax avoidance.

         4  Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on Aboriginal rock art of the Burrup Peninsula.

         5  Lending to Primary Production Customers—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

         6  Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on the impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity.

 

General Business—Notices of Motion

Notice given 27 November 2017

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

                          (a)      notes:

                                                (i)      the results of the Queensland state election, held on 25 November 2017, during which there was at least a seven per cent swing against the Liberal National Party (LNP),

                                               (ii)      that the LNP was the only political party in the Queensland state election to support the Adani Group’s bid for a $1 billion taxpayer-funded federal loan through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) for its Carmichael coal mine rail line;

                          (b)      confirms that a Labor State Government in Queensland committed during the election to veto any NAIF loan to the Adani Group for its Carmichael coal mine or associated infrastructure;

                           (c)      acknowledges widespread community concern expressed by Queenslanders during the election campaign regarding the environmental, agricultural and climate impacts of the Carmichael mine; and

                          (d)      orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, by no later than 12.45 pm on 7 December 2017, a copy of the letter, should one be received from the incoming Queensland Government, confirming its stated intention to veto any potential NAIF loan to the Adani Group’s coal rail line project.

Notice given 4 December 2017

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

                          (a)      notes:

                                                (i)      the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 (AIC Act) establishes three independent statutory office holders:

                                                                  (A)       the Information Commissioner,

                                                                  (B)       the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner, and

                                                                  (C)       the Privacy Commissioner,

                                               (ii)      paragraphs 11(5)(a) and (b), and paragraphs 12(5)(a) and (b) of the AIC Act describe the independence of each commissioner,

                                             (iii)      in the six months following the AIC Act’s Royal Assent, three commissioners were appointed to the three office-holder’s positions,

                                             (iv)      since the unsuccessful attempt by the Abbott Government to abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, two commissioners have left office and have not been replaced,

                                              (v)      currently Mr Timothy Pilgrim fills the statutory positions of the Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner, and the position of FOI Commissioner is vacant on account of Mr Pilgrim not holding the legal qualifications required in section 14 of the AIC Act,

                                             (vi)      on 23 March 2017, then Senator Xenophon wrote to the Attorney¬≠-General calling on him to immediately arrange for the appointment of both an FOI Commissioner and a Privacy Commissioner in accordance with the Act,

                                           (vii)      on 4 May 2017, the Attorney-General responded stating that it is the Government’s intention to leave Mr Pilgrim as the Information Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner and it proposed to leave the position of FOI Commissioner vacant,

                                          (viii)      on 29 November 2017 the Senate passed a motion calling on the Government to immediately commence the process of appointing an independent Privacy Commissioner and an independent FOI Commissioner in accordance with the AIC Act - the Government did not support the motion,

                                             (ix)      pursuant to an Administrative Arrangement Order of the Governor-General, the AIC Act is administered by the Attorney-General, and

                                              (x)      the AIC Act requires the appointment of three independent statutory office-holders and the Government is constitutionally bound to maintain and execute the laws of the land; and

                          (b)      resolves that, until such time as the position of the Privacy Commissioner and the position of the FOI Commissioner have been gazetted, the Attorney-General shall be prohibited from sitting at the table of the Senate and shall be allocated a seat by the President in the front seats reserved for ministers.

  *635   Senator Bernardi : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      commends the Prime Minister and the Government for talking about the need for income tax relief for middle-income earners affected by bracket creep; and

                          (b)      encourages the Government to propose relief for bracket creep - either in the Mid-Year Budget Review or in the 2018-19 Budget - and bring a bill to that effect to the Parliament at the earliest opportunity.

Notice of motion altered on 4 December 2017 pursuant to standing order 77.

On 7 December 2017

 

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

         1  Procedure—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on a proposal for a Parliamentary Code for Respecting Cultural Diversity.

         2  Procedure—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on a proposal to amend standing order 193.

 

General Business—Notice of Motion

Notice given 4 December 2017

  *639   Senator Bernardi : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that the Trump administration has succeeded in passing, through both Houses of the Congress of the United States of America (US), over USD$1 trillion in company tax cuts over 10 years, including a cut in the corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to potentially 20 per cent;

                          (b)      expresses concern that these US company tax cuts will affect Australian companies’ global competitiveness;

                           (c)      also notes the Australian Department of Treasury research, published earlier this month, revealing that if Australia’s corporate tax rate was cut from 30 per cent to 25 per cent by 2026, there would be $30 billion in additional company tax revenue due to stronger economic growth, and increased GST revenue from additional consumer spending;

                          (d)      further notes the recent comments of the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry supporting Australian company tax cuts; and

                           (e)      supports tax relief for Australian companies to ensure our companies remain globally competitive.

 



 

General Business—Order of the Day relating to Private Senators’ Bills

      57  Taxation Administration Amendment (Corporate Tax Entity Information) Bill 2017 —( Senate bill )— ( Senator Gallagher )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Gallagher , in continuation, 14 August 2017 ).

( Bill only to be debated if the bills listed in the order of the Senate of 30 November 2017, as amended, have been finally considered. )

On 12 December 2017

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on shark mitigation and deterrent measures.

On 14 December 2017

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on the Community Development Program.

On 15 December 2017

 

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

         1  Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on the 1800RESPECT Domestic and Sexual Violence National Counselling Service.

         2  Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on the affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs.

On 2 February 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017 and the Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

 

Government Business—Order of the Day

      *1  Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017 ( Minister for Education and Training, Senator Birmingham )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2017 ).



 

On the first day of sitting in 2018 (5 February 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Future of Public Interest Journalism—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 5 February 2018

 

General Business—Notices of Motion

Notice given 18 October 2017

    545   Senator Dodson : To move—

(1)         That a joint select committee, to be known as the Joint Select Committee on Progress Towards Indigenous Recognition, be established to inquire into and report on pathways to constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, with particular reference to:

(a)         consulting further with Indigenous Australians, academics and the broader community on the details of any proposal to go to referendum, including any design issues that might need clarification prior to a proposal being put to the people;

(b)         working with constitutional experts to develop an appropriate question that genuinely reflects the recommendations of the Referendum Council;

(c)         advising the Parliament on the necessary steps to be taken towards a referendum, including a proposed timeline;

(d)         advising the Parliament on the appropriate steps that could be taken to ensure the referendum has the best possible chance of success, including proposals for a constitutional convention or other mechanisms for increasing the awareness of the proposal amongst the broader community; and

(e)         advising the Parliament on any other matters in relation to constitutional recognition.

(2)         That the committee present its final report on or before the first Tuesday in June 2018, on which both the Senate and the House of Representatives are sitting.

(3)         That the committee consist of 11 members, as follows:

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

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

(c)         two nominated by the Government Whip in the House of Representatives;

(d)         two nominated by the Opposition Whip in the House of Representatives;

(e)         one senator or member of the House of Representatives nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens;

(f)          one senator nominated by minor party and independent senators; and

(g)         one member of the House of Representatives nominated by minor party and independent members.

(4)         That:

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

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

(5)         That every nomination of a member of the committee be notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(6)         That the members of the committee hold office as a joint select committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

(7)         That Senate standing order 29 applies in determining a quorum in the committee and any subcommittees.

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

(9)         That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and as deputy chair one of the members nominated by the Government Whip in the House of Representatives.

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

(11)     That Senate standing order 31 applies to voting in the committee and any subcommittees.

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

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

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

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

(16)     That the committee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

(17)     That the provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

(18)     That a message be sent to the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence in this resolution.

Notice given 27 November 2017

    595   Leader of the Australian Greens ( Senator Di Natale ): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for and regulate access to voluntary assisted dying, to establish the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board, and for related purposes. Voluntary Assisted Dying Framework Bill 2018 .

On 6 February 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion

Notice given 13 November 2017

         1   Senator Siewert : To move—That the Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area) Amendment Determination (No. 2) 2017, made under the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 , be disallowed [F2017L01170].

Seven 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  Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Treasury Laws Amendment (National Housing and Homelessness Agreement) Bill 2017 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On 7 February 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on foreign bribery.

On 9 February 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

         1  Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Fair and Balanced) Bill 2017 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )



 

         2  Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers and Other Measures) Bill 2017 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

         3  Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017 and the Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Bill 2017. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

 

Government Business—Order of the Day

         1  Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Fair and Balanced) Bill 2017 —( Senate bill ) —( Minister for Communications, Senator Fifield )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 18 October 2017 ).

On the second sitting Tuesday in 2018 (13 February 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Privileges—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the implications for the use of intrusive powers by law enforcement and intelligence agencies on the privileges and immunities of members of Parliament.

On the second sitting Tuesday in February 2018 (13 February 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on the postal survey concerning same-sex marriage.

Nine sitting days after today (14 February 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion

Notice given 16 November 2017

         1   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Basin Plan Amendment Instrument 2017 (No. 1), made under the Water Act 2007 , be disallowed [F2017L01462].

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

On 14 February 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on transvaginal mesh implants.



 

On 16 February 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Measures) Bill 2017 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

 

Government Business—Order of the Day

         1  Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Measures) Bill 2017 —( Senate bill ) —( Minister for Communications, Senator Fifield )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 18 October 2017 ).

On 18 February 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on aged care assessment and accreditation.

On 7 March 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on availability and accessibility of diagnostic imaging equipment around Australia.

On 13 March 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 and the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

On the first sitting day in March 2018 (19 March 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Final report to be presented on the provisions of the Airports Amendment Bill 2016 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )



 

On 19 March 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) Bill 2017 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

 

Government Business—Order of the Day

         1  Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) Bill 2017 —( Senate bill ) —( Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Senator McGrath )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 19 October 2017 ).

Tuesday of the first sitting week in March 2018 (20 March 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on the digital delivery of government services.

Thirteen sitting days after today (21 March 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion

Notice given 30 November 2017

         1   Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances ( Senator Williams ): To move—That the ASIC Credit (Flexible Credit Cost Arrangements) Instrument 2017/780, made under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 , be disallowed [F2017L01141].

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

On 22 March 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on implications of climate change for Australia’s national security.

On 26 March 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Executive Remuneration) Bill 2017 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )



 

On the second last sitting day in March 2018 (27 March 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

         1  Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on the impact of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure.

         2  Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on the regulatory framework governing water use.

On the second last sitting day of the autumn sittings of 2018 (27 March 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on the rehabilitation of mining and resources projects.

On 28 March 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on the regulation of remotely piloted and unmanned aircraft systems.

On the last sitting day in March 2018 (28 March 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

         1  Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on cyberbullying.

         2  Political Influence of Donations—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On the last sitting day of the autumn sittings of 2018 (28 March 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the banking, insurance and financial services sector.

On 29 March 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on the impact of Defence training activities and facilities on rural and regional communities.

On 30 March 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities.

By 31 March 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Corporations and Financial Services—Joint Statutory Committee

Report to be presented on the life insurance industry.

On 24 April 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

On 27 April 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa.

On 30 April 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Economics References Committee

Final report to be presented on non-conforming building products.

On 9 May 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on Australian content on broadcast, radio and streaming services.

On 13 June 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on the waste and recycling industry in Australia.

On the first sitting Thursday in June 2018 (21 June 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Future of Work and Workers—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 27 June 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on Future of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry.

On the final sitting day of November 2018 (29 November 2018)

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse—Joint Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 29 November 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

      *1  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

On 3 December 2018

 

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

         1  Red Tape—Select Committee

Report to be presented.