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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 Human Services

Economics

Industry, Innovation and Science

Treasury

Education and Employment

Education and Training

Employment

Environment and Communications

Communications and the Arts

Environment and Energy

Finance and Public Administration

Finance

Parliament

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Defence, including Veterans’ Affairs

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Attorney-General

Immigration and Border Protection

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Agriculture and Water Resources

Infrastructure and Regional Development.

( Agreed to 31 August 2016 )

 

Citizenship register—Establishment of

(1)    That not later than 5 pm Friday, 1 December 2017 (and within 21 days of making and subscribing an oath or affirmation as a Senator) each Senator shall provide to the Registrar of Senators’ Interests a statement containing the following:

(a)     a declaration by the Senator that, at the time the Senator nominated for election to the Senate in this 45th Parliament he or she was an Australian citizen;

(b)     a declaration that the Senator is not a citizen of any country other than Australia;

(c)     a declaration stating:

·          the place and date of the Senator’s birth;

·          the citizenship that the Senator held at the time of birth; and

·          if he or she did not obtain Australian citizenship at birth, the date he or she was naturalised as an Australian citizen;

(d)     so far as the Senator is aware:

·          the place and date of birth of the Senator’s parents and grandparents;

(e)     whether the Senator has ever been a citizen of another country and if so which country or countries;

(f)      what steps the Senator has taken to assure him or herself that they have not inherited citizenship of another country from a parent or grandparent;

(g)     if the Senator has answered the question in e) in the affirmative, then provide details and evidence of the date and manner in which the Senator’s citizenship of that other country was renounced (if it was renounced) or the date and manner in which it came to an end in accordance with the laws of that other country;

(h)     if the Senator’s citizenship of that other country had not come to an end at the date of his or her nomination for the Senate, detail and provide evidence of any steps the Senator has taken to renounce the citizenship of that other country prior to the date of nomination; and

(i)      if the Senator has declared that he or she was at the time of nomination or is now a citizen of a country other than Australia, on what basis the Senator contends that he or she is, nonetheless, not disqualified under section 44(i).

(2)    If at any time the Senator becomes aware that information provided in their statement is no longer accurate they shall update their statement as soon as practicable but not later than 21 days of being so aware.

(3)    Statements shall be made in accordance with this resolution and in a form determined by the Committee of Senators' Interests. The Registrar shall, in accordance with procedures determined by the committee, maintain a Citizenship Register comprising statements provided under this resolution. Other than as specifically provided for in this resolution, the committee has the same powers and functions in relation to the citizenship register as it does in relation to the Register of Senator's Interests.

(4)    The Registrar shall, upon the expiry of the time for providing statements under this resolution, and at other times determined by the committee, publish the register and any alterations or additions to the register on the Parliament's website.

(5)    Any Senator who:

(a)     knowingly fails to provide the statement required by this resolution to the Registrar of Senators’ Interests by the due date; or

(b)     knowingly fails to correct an inaccuracy in his or her statement within the required timeframe; or

(c)     knowingly provides false or misleading information to the Registrar of Senators’ Interests;

shall be guilty of a serious contempt of the Senate and shall be dealt with by the Senate accordingly, but the question whether any senator has committed such a serious contempt shall first be referred to the Privileges Committee for inquiry and report.

( Agreed to 13 November 2017 )

 

Estimates hearings—2016-17 additional estimates; 2017-18 Budget estimates

(1)      That estimates hearings by legislation committees for 2017 be scheduled as follows:

2016 -17 additional estimates:

Monday , 27 February and Tuesday, 28 February (Group A)

Wednesday, 1 March and Thursday, 2 March (Group B).

2017 -18 Budget estimates:

Monday, 22 May to Thursday, 25 May, and, if required, Friday, 26 May (Group A)

Monday, 29 May to Thursday, 1 June, and, if required, Friday, 2 June (Group B)

Monday, 23 October and Tuesday, 24 October (supplementary hearings—Group A)

Wednesday, 25 October and Thursday, 26 October (supplementary hearings—Group B).

(2)      That pursuant to the orders of the Senate of 26 August 2008, cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters be scheduled for Friday, 3 March, Friday, 26 May and Friday, 27 October 2017, but not restricted to these days.

(2A) That cross portfolio estimates hearings on Murray-Darling Basin Plan matters be scheduled for Friday, 26 May 2017 and Friday, 27 October 2017.

(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 , 28 March 2017 in respect of the 2016-17 additional estimates; and

(b)      Tuesday, 20 June 2017 in respect of the 2017-18 Budget estimates.

( Agreed to 8 November 2016; varied 8 February 2017; varied 29 March 2017 in respect of paragraph (2A) )

 

Estimates hearings—2017-18 additional estimates; 2018-19 Budget estimates

(1)         That estimates hearings by legislation committees for 2018 be scheduled as follows:

2017-18 additional estimates:

Monday, 26 February and Tuesday, 27 February ( Group A )

Wednesday, 28 February and Thursday, 1 March ( Group B ).

2018-19 Budget estimates:

Monday, 21 May to Thursday, 24 May, and, if required, Friday, 25 May ( Group A )

Tuesday, 29 May to Friday, 1 June, and, if required, Friday, 22 June ( Group B )

Monday, 22 October and Tuesday, 23 October ( supplementary hearings—Group A )

Wednesday, 24 October and Thursday, 25 October ( supplementary hearings—Group B ).

(2)         That pursuant to the order of the Senate of 26 August 2008, cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters be scheduled for Friday, 2 March, Friday, 25 May and Friday, 26 October, but not restricted to these days.

(3)         That cross portfolio estimates hearings on Murray-Darling Basin Plan matters be scheduled for Friday, 2 March, Friday, 25 May and Friday, 26 October 2018, but not restricted to these days.

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

(5)         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.

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

(a)         Tuesday, 27 March 2018 in respect of the 2017-18 additional estimates; and

(b)         Tuesday, 26 June 2018 in respect of the 2018-19 Budget estimates.

( Agreed to 15 November 2017; varied 16 November 2017 in respect of paragraph (1) )

 

Estimates—Unanswered questions on notice

That:

                          (a)      answers be provided by 14 September 2016 to all legislation committees relating to all questions taken on notice by the committees’ predecessor committees with respect to the Additional estimates 2015-16 and the Budget estimates 2016-17, and which remained unanswered at the beginning of the new Parliament; and

                          (b)      for the purposes of standing order 74(5), the day set for answering the question for each of the unanswered questions is 14 September 2016.

( Agreed to 31 August 2016 )

 

First speeches—Senators Bartlett and Steele-John

That consideration of the business before the Senate on the following days, be interrupted at approximately 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable senators to make their first speeches without any question before the chair, as follows:

                          (a)      Tuesday, 5 December 2017—Senator Bartlett; and

                          (b)      Wednesday, 29 November 2017—Senator Steele-John.

( Agreed to 15 November 2017 )

 

Hours of meeting and routine of business—Week commencing 4 December 2017—Variation

(1)       That in the week commencing Monday, 4 December 2017, the following bills shall have precedence over all government and general business until proceedings on the bills are concluded, and proposals under standing order 75 not be proceeded with:

Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

First Home Super Saver Tax Bill 2017

Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Consumers First—Establishment of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority) Bill 2017

Regional Investment Corporation Bill 2017

Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Better Targeting Student Payments) Bill 2017

Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017

Industrial Chemicals (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2017

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Bill 2017

Industrial Chemicals Charges (General) Bill 2017

Industrial Chemicals Charges (Customs) Bill 2017

Industrial Chemicals Charges (Excise) Bill 2017

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2017.

(1A)    That the Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017 shall be considered before the other bills listed in paragraph (1).

(2)       That, if by 4.30 pm on Thursday, 7 December 2017, the bills have not been finally considered then:

(a)  the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to adjournment;

(b)  the routine of business from not later than 4.30 pm shall be the bills listed above in paragraph (1) only;

(c)  divisions may take place after 4.30 pm; and

(d)  the Senate shall adjourn without debate after it has finally considered the bills, or a motion for the adjournment is moved by a minister, whichever is the earlier.

( Agreed to 30 November 2017; varied 4 December 2017 in respect of paragraph (1) to omit three bills )

 

Meeting of Senate—2017

That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2017 be as follows:

Autumn sittings :

Tuesday, 7 February to Thursday, 9 February

Monday, 13 February to Thursday, 16 February

Autumn sittings (2) :

Monday, 20 March to Thursday, 23 March

Monday, 27 March to Thursday, 30 March

Budget sittings:

Tuesday, 9 May to Thursday, 11 May

Winter sittings:

Tuesday, 13 June to Thursday, 15 June

Monday, 19 June to Thursday, 22 June

Spring sittings:

Tuesday, 8 August to Thursday, 10 August

Monday, 14 August to Thursday, 17 August

Monday, 4 September to Thursday, 7 September

Monday, 11 September to Thursday, 14 September 

Spring sittings (2):

Monday, 16 October to Thursday, 19 October 

Spring sittings (3):

Monday, 13 November to Thursday, 16 November

Monday, 27 November to Thursday, 30 November

Monday, 4 December to Thursday, 7 December.

( Agreed to 8 November 2016 )

 

Meeting of Senate—2018

That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2018 be as follows:

Autumn sittings :

Monday, 5 February to Thursday, 8 February

Monday, 12 February to Thursday, 15 February

Autumn sittings (2):

Monday, 19 March to Thursday, 22 March

Monday, 26 March to Wednesday, 28 March

Budget sittings:

Tuesday, 8 May to Thursday, 10 May

Winter sittings:

Monday, 18 June to Thursday, 21 June

Monday, 25 June to Thursday, 28 June

Spring sittings:

Monday, 13 August to Thursday, 16 August

Monday, 20 August to Thursday, 23 August

Monday, 10 September to Thursday, 13 September

Monday, 17 September to Thursday, 20 September

Spring sittings (2):

Monday, 15 October to Thursday, 18 October

Spring sittings (3):

Monday, 12 November to Thursday, 15 November

Monday, 26 November to Thursday, 29 November

Monday, 3 December to Thursday, 6 December.

( Agreed to 15 November 2017 )

 

Private senators’ bill—Consideration

That, if the bills listed in the order of the Senate of 30 November 2017 varying the routine of business have been finally considered then, general business order of the day no. 57 (Taxation Administration Amendment (Corporate Tax Entity Information) Bill 2017 be considered on Thursday, 7 December 2017 at the time for private senators’ bills.

( Agreed to 4 December 2017 )

 

Scrutiny of Bills Committee—Standing order 24—Amendment

That:

                          (a)      the Senate adopt the recommendation at paragraph 4.10 of Scrutiny Digest 13 of 2017 of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills, proposing an amendment to standing order 24; and

                          (b)      the temporary order of the Senate of 29 November 2016, concerning an amendment to standing order 24, cease to have effect.

 

 

 

Accordingly, standing order 24 was amended, with immediate effect, as follows:

At the end of paragraph (1), add:

                 (d)   The committee shall maintain on its website a list of bills in relation to which the committee has sought advice from the responsible minister and not yet received a response.

                 (e)   Where the committee has not finally reported on a bill because a ministerial response has not been received, then:

                    (i)   immediately prior to the consideration of government business on any day; or

                   (ii)   immediately prior to the consideration of the bill,

                         any senator may ask the minister for an explanation of why the minister has not provided a response to the committee.

                  (f)   Where an explanation is sought under paragraph (e) and a minister provides an explanation, then at the conclusion of the explanation the senator may move, without notice, a motion:

                    (i)   relating to the consideration of the bill; or

                   (ii)   that the Senate take note of the explanation.

                 (g)   Where an explanation is sought under paragraph (e) and the minister does not provide an explanation, then the senator may, without notice, move a motion relating to:

                    (i)   the consideration of the bill; or

                   (ii)   the minister's failure to provide an explanation.

                 (h)   The procedures in paragraphs (e) to (g) may only be used once on any sitting day in respect of any bill or bills taken together.

( Agreed to 29 November 2017 )