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2nd Sep 2021, 10:33 AM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No. 2) Bill 2021 - in Committee - Publication of COVID-19 payment info

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The same number of senators voted for and against amendments moved by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick (Independent), which means they failed.

What do these amendments do?

Senator Patrick explained that:

These amendments are designed to provide a level of transparency around those companies that receive JobKeeper. We must understand that JobKeeper was passed by this parliament on 8 April 2020, not as a scheme with any particular form but as a head of power that allowed the Treasurer to introduce or declare rules around the program that is now known as JobKeeper. The parliament had very little to do with the construction of the JobKeeper scheme, and that was because it was an emergency. Everyone understood it was an emergency. We wanted to get through the pandemic and keep employers and employees connected, so it was the will of this parliament that the program be implemented. But the details came down to the Treasurer, and he basically created an honesty system where you didn't have to show anything as actuals. Rather, you were able simply to project and indicate to the Taxation Office that you thought your revenue would drop by either 30 or 50 per cent, depending on the nature of the company.

The idea behind that was quite okay. Particularly in those circumstances, there would have been a lot of cash-flow issues for companies, and what was put in place was good. Unfortunately, there was no clawback regime put in place to deal either with dishonesty or with people who got through the bump and actually did a lot better than perhaps they might have done in the previous year. And that's where the problem lies; there's been a huge prudential failure in relation to the JobKeeper program.

Amendment text

Full amendment text is available on sheet 1411.

absent Yes Not passed

31st Aug 2021, 3:46 PM – Senate Documents - Energy Security Board - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by WA Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens) at the request of Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens). This means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, by no later than 9.30 am on 2 September 2021, any documents, including emails and correspondence, in relation to the appointment or secondment of employees of Energy Australia, Delta Electricity or Origin Australia to any group or process of the Energy Security Board.

absent Yes Not passed

26th Aug 2021, 12:00 PM – Senate Documents - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, by no later than 10 am on Monday, 30 August 2021, all documents generated in relation to Minister Angus Taylor's trip to the Northern Territory between 15 and 17 October 2020, including, but not limited to, correspondence, invitations, itineraries, briefing papers and meeting notes.

absent Yes Not passed

26th Aug 2021, 11:56 AM – Senate Documents - Collinsville Coal-Fired Power Station - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, by no later than 10 am on Monday, 30 August 2021, the feasibility study regarding Shine Energy's proposed coal-fired power station in Collinsville, prepared by Shine Energy and provided to the Department of Industry Science, Energy and Resources and/or the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction.

absent Yes Not passed

11th Aug 2021, 3:41 PM – Senate Documents - Industry Growth Centres - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor) on behalf of Queensland Senator Murray Watt (Labor).

Motion text

That—

(1) The Senate notes that:

(a) on 5 August 2021, the Senate resolved to request that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, by no later than 10 am on Monday, 9 August 2021, the ACIL Allen report on the Industry Growth Centres; and

(b) this document has not been tabled, and the response of the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology does not represent a claim for public interest immunity in any respect.

(2) The Senate requires the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology to table the document by 9.30 am on Thursday, 12 August 2021.

(3) Should the document not be tabled, the Senate further resolves to require the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology to attend the Senate at 3 pm on Thursday, 12 August 2021 to explain why the document has not been tabled.

(4) Any senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (3).

(5) Any motion under paragraph (4) may be debated for no longer than 60 minutes, shall have precedence over all business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes each.

absent Yes Not passed

10th Aug 2021, 3:59 PM – Senate Documents - Covid-19: Doherty Institute - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by WA Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens), which means it passed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care, by no later than 9.30 am on Wednesday, 11 August 2021, the terms of reference, full brief and remit the Doherty Institute was asked to model that informed the Government's national plan to transition Australia's national COVID-19 response.

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

10th Aug 2021, 3:53 PM – Senate Documents - Minister for the Environment - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, by 9 am on Thursday, 12 August 2021, all documents relating to the Environment Minister's travel to Europe in July 2021 for the purpose of meeting with UNESCO World Heritage Committee members to discuss the 'In Danger' listing of the Great Barrier Reef, including the following details:

(a) who the Minister met with, when, where, and any records from these meetings;

(b) the full itinerary as planned and any changes made to the itinerary during the travel; and

(c) all costs associated with the travel including for any ministerial or department staff who accompanied the Minister.

absent Yes Not passed by a small majority

9th Aug 2021, 11:49 AM – Senate Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Waiver of Debt and Act of Grace Payments) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to pass the bill in the Senate. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read it for a third time. The bill will now be sent to the House of Representatives for their consideration.

What does the bill do?

According to the bill's homepage, the bill was introduced:

to require the Department of Finance to state in its annual report the number of waivers of debt granted and act of grace payments made, and the total dollar amount of debt waived and act of grace payments made.

It is a private bill (that is, not one that was introduced by the Government) introduced into parliament by ACT Senator Katy Gallagher (Labor).

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

9th Aug 2021, 11:42 AM – Senate Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Waiver of Debt and Act of Grace Payments) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree with the main idea of the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read it for a second time. The bill will now be considered in greater detail.

What does the bill do?

According to the bill's homepage, the bill was introduced:

to require the Department of Finance to state in its annual report the number of waivers of debt granted and act of grace payments made, and the total dollar amount of debt waived and act of grace payments made.

It is a private bill (that is, not one that was introduced by the Government) introduced into parliament by ACT Senator Katy Gallagher (Labor).

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

5th Aug 2021, 12:26 PM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (Covid-19 Economic Response No. 2) Bill 2021 - in Committee - Publication of COVID-19 payment information

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The majority voted in favour of an amendment on sheet 1352, which was introduced by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick (Independent). This means it passed.

Amendment text

(1) Page 9 (after line 17), at the end of the Bill, add:

Schedule 6 — Publication of information about COVID-19 payment recipients

Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020

1 Section 6

Insert:

annual turnover of an entity for a financial year is the total of the following that is earned in the year in the course of the entity’s business:

(a) the proceeds of sales of goods and/or services;

(b) commission income;

(c) repair and service income;

(d) rent, leasing and hiring income;

(e) government bounties and subsidies;

(f) interest, royalties and dividends;

(g) other operating income.

If the entity is a non-profit body (within the meaning of section 23-15 of the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 ), treat the operations or activities carried out by the body as the business of the body.

jobkeeper payment means a payment under the jobkeeper scheme.

jobkeeper scheme means the scheme for the Coronavirus economic response payment known as the jobkeeper payment provided for in rules made for the purposes of subsection 7(1) in relation to the period 1 March 2020 to 28 March 2021.

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

4th Aug 2021, 6:30 PM – Senate Documents - Urban Congestion Fund - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against the motion, which means it failed. This is the second time this same motion has been voted on. It was voted on again at the request of West Australian Senator Dean Smith (Liberal).

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, by no later than 10 am on Monday, 9 August 2021, the following documents discussed during a hearing of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (the committee) on 19 July 2021:

(a) any email or document setting out the list of 'top twenty marginal seats' to be 'canvassed' for projects as part of the Urban Congestion Fund (UCF), as referred to by Mr Brian Boyd of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) on page 5 of the Hansard of the committee's hearing on 19 July 2021;

(b) any spreadsheets created by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development for the purpose of setting out proposed UCF projects, as referenced in paragraphs 2.30 to 2.32 of the ANAO's report, Administration of commuter car park projects within the Urban Congestion Fund;

(c) any spreadsheets created by, originating in, or shared between the Prime Minister's Office and the offices of the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development or the Minister for Urban Infrastructure, setting out proposed UCF projects, as referenced in paragraphs 2.30 to 2.32 of the ANAO's report, Administration of commuter car park projects within the Urban Congestion Fund; and

(d) any maps and attached schedules referred to by Mr Boyd of the ANAO on page 8 of the Hansard of the committee's hearing on 19 July 2021, setting out where projected UCF expenditure would take place and the party affiliation of the seats in which that expenditure would occur.

absent Yes Not passed

4th Aug 2021, 4:12 PM – Senate Documents - Urban Congestion Fund - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by ACT Senator Katy Gallagher (Labor), which means it was successful.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, by no later than 10 am on Monday, 9 August 2021, the following documents discussed during a hearing of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (the committee) on 19 July 2021:

(a) any email or document setting out the list of 'top twenty marginal seats' to be 'canvassed' for projects as part of the Urban Congestion Fund (UCF), as referred to by Mr Brian Boyd of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) on page 5 of the Hansard of the committee's hearing on 19 July 2021;

(b) any spreadsheets created by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development for the purpose of setting out proposed UCF projects, as referenced in paragraphs 2.30 to 2.32 of the ANAO's report, Administration of commuter car park projects within the Urban Congestion Fund;

(c) any spreadsheets created by, originating in, or shared between the Prime Minister's Office and the offices of the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development or the Minister for Urban Infrastructure, setting out proposed UCF projects, as referenced in paragraphs 2.30 to 2.32 of the ANAO's report, Administration of commuter car park projects within the Urban Congestion Fund; and

(d) any maps and attached schedules referred to by Mr Boyd of the ANAO on page 8 of the Hansard of the committee's hearing on 19 July 2021, setting out where projected UCF expenditure would take place and the party affiliation of the seats in which that expenditure would occur.

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

4th Aug 2021, 4:06 PM – Senate Documents - Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion moved by Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim (Greens) on behalf of Victorian Senator Janet Rice (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs, by no later than 2 pm on 12 August 2021:

(a) all records, including invitations, emails, briefings and other documents, held by the Australian Government in relation to the participation of Untung Sangaji in training at the Jakarta Center for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC);

(b) all communications between the Australian Federal Police and Untung Sangaji; and

(c) any advice that the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Home Affairs or the Attorney-General's Department have provided to the current or previous ministers about the risks of providing training at JCLEC to individuals who have committed human rights violations.

absent Yes Not passed by a large majority

4th Aug 2021, 4:02 PM – Senate Documents - Jobkeeper Payment - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick (Independent), which means it passed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Commissioner of Taxation, by no later than 9.30 am on Thursday, 12 August 2021, the list of all employers with an annual turnover of greater than $10 million that were paid a JobKeeper payment, and the number of employees paid, the total amount paid and any amount returned.

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

23rd Jun 2021, 7:37 PM – Senate Water Legislation Amendment (Inspector-General of Water Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2021 - in Committee - Water register

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The majority voted in favour of amendments proposed by Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party, which means those amendment will now become part of the bill as passed in the Senate. The amended bill will now need to return to the House of Representatives, where our MPs will decide whether they agree with the changes or not.

The amendments related to introducing a requirement into the bill for a publicly available water register. Read more in the amendments themselves.

What does this bill do?

According to the bill homepage, the bill was introduced to:

  • establish the role of an independent Inspector-General of Water Compliance to monitor, and provide independent oversight of, water compliance;
  • provide for the Inspector-General's powers and functions; and
  • introduce new offence and civil penalty provisions for unlawful conduct relating to the taking of water and new civil penalties for conduct relating to trading of water rights
Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

23rd Jun 2021, 4:30 PM – Senate Documents - Energy - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by ACT Senator Katy Gallagher (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

(1) That the Senate notes that:

(a) in March 2019 the Morrison Government committed $3.3 million in public funds to Shine Energy Pty Ltd to conduct a feasibility study into a new coal-fired power station in Collinsville;

(b) on 3 June 2021, in an interview with Minister Taylor, ABC Capricornia stated it had been informed by Senator Canavan that the feasibility study has been sitting on Minister Taylor's desk; and

(c) Minister Taylor's response was that he had not 'seen the outcome of the study yet'.

(2) That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, by no later than 9.30 am on Thursday, 24 June 2021, the feasibility study undertaken by Shine Energy Pty Ltd into a new coal-fired power station in Collinsville, as a publicly funded study should be available to public scrutiny.

Yes Yes Not passed

22nd Jun 2021, 9:27 PM – Senate Online Safety Bill 2021 - Second Reading - Release the report

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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by the Australian Labor Party, which means it failed. The amendment would have added the text below to the usual second reading motion "that the bill be read a second time" (parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill).

Amendment text

At the end of the motion, add: ", but the Senate:

(a) notes that:

(i) it has been almost three years since the October 2018 Report of the Statutory Review of the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 and the Review of Schedules 5 and 7 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Online Content Scheme) by Lynelle Briggs AO recommended a new Online Safety Act,

(ii) since then, the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts has repeatedly spruiked the non-existent Online Safety Act in response to concerns about online harms, including online hate speech and racism in Australia following the Christchurch terrorist atrocity and graphic online content in the wake of a self-harm video circulating on social media,

(iii) the Minister was slow in releasing the exposure draft of legislation for consultation then rushed the introduction of the bill into Parliament, eight business days after consultation on the exposure draft concluded, which undermined stakeholder confidence in the consultation process,

(iv) the Review of Australian classification regulation is delayed and has fallen out of step with the bill, and

(v) the Government still has not released the report of an expert working group, convened by the eSafety Commissioner and participated in by industry; and

(b) calls on the Government to release the report of the expert working group convened by the eSafety Commissioner so that the broad range of stakeholders supportive of online safety may have the benefit of the work".

Yes Yes Not passed by a small majority

18th Mar 2021, 4:36 PM – Senate Documents - Covid-19 Vaccination Certificates - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Kimberley Kitching (Labor), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That—

(1) There be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services (Senator Ruston), by not later than the third business day of each month, a report, setting out, for the previous calendar month:

(a) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued;

(b) the total number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued to date;

(c) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register;

(d) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates made available on the myGov app;

(e) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates made available on the Medicare Express Plus app; and

(f) the average number of days between an individual receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate being made available to them.

(2) The first report is due on the third business day of April 2021 covering the period 1 March to 31 March 2021.

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

(4) This order is of continuing effect until 31 December 2022.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

22nd Feb 2021, 3:48 PM – Senate Documents - Future Submarines - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced at the request of South Australian Senator Penny Wong (Labor), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That—

(a) there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, by no later than 9.30 am on Wednesday 24 February 2021, documents (including text messages or any other messages or communications transmitted via electronic or like facilities) held by the Minister or the Minister's office relating to messages between the Minister for Defence and the French Minister of the Armed Forces regarding Naval Group's Australian Industry Capability commitment for the Future Submarines; and

(b) documents to be produced under paragraph (a) include any documents that "explicitly stated and included agreement to a commitment on the part of Naval Group 'to a level of Australian industry capability that will have the effect of at least 60 per cent of the Naval Group contract value spent in Australia'" as referred to in the answer to question on notice no. 51 from the 4 March 2020 additional estimates hearings for the Department of Defence through the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

17th Feb 2021, 4:21 PM – Senate Documents - Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability - Produce documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by WA Senator Jordon Steele-John (Greens), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Attorney-General, by no later than 10.30am on Monday, 22 February 2021:

(a) all documents and correspondence between the Attorney-General's Department and the Attorney-General and his office relating to the planning, drafting and introduction of legislation seeking to amend the Royal Commissions Act 1902 to extend confidentiality protections for people giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability; and

(b) all documents and correspondence between the Attorney-General's Department and the Attorney-General and his office relating to the letter sent by the Chair of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability, Ronald Sackville AO QC, on 14 February 2020 and the subsequent interim report commentary in October 2020 requesting the change to the Royal Commissions Act 1902 to assure confidentiality provisions for witnesses and people giving evidence to the commission.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

10th Dec 2020, 7:26 PM – Senate Documents - Climate Ambition Summit - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Janet Rice (Greens), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by no later than 9.30 am on 11 December 2020, any correspondence from any of the hosts of the Climate Ambition Summit 2020 to the Australian Government in relation to Australia's participation or attendance at the summit.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

9th Dec 2020, 4:14 PM – Senate Documents - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Gerard Rennick (Liberal), which means it passed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, by no later than midday on 10 December 2020, the report by Kerry Blackburn, commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), in relation to the ABC's coverage of the 2019 election.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

8th Dec 2020, 9:39 PM – Senate Foreign Investment Reform (Protecting Australia's National Security) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Publish certain information

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absent Yes Not passed by a modest majority

8th Dec 2020, 4:48 PM – Senate Documents - Age of Criminal Responsibility - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Lidia Thorpe (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Attorney-General, Senator Marise Payne, by no later than midday on Wednesday, 5 February 2021:

(a) all submissions received by the Council of Attorneys General's Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group regarding raising the age of criminal responsibility;

(b) any reports, including interim and draft reports, from the Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group, including recommendations, to the Council of Attorneys General regarding the age of criminal responsibility;

(c) any advice prepared by the Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group to the Council of Attorneys-General regarding the age of criminal responsibility;

(d) any advice prepared (in the past twelve months) by the Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group to the Attorney-General regarding the age of criminal responsibility; and

(e) any advice, including drafts, prepared by the Attorney-General's Department regarding the age of criminal responsibility.

Yes Yes Not passed by a small majority

12th Nov 2020, 12:09 PM – Senate Documents - Covid-19: International Travel - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That—

(1) The Senate notes that the Prime Minister has made a commitment to the Australian public to ensure that stranded Australians will be home to celebrate Christmas with their families and loved ones, and that regular and timely information should be reported to the Senate and the Australian people to provide oversight and transparency on activities relating to the work to bring stranded Australians home.

(2) There be laid on the table by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, by not later than 7 days after, the Saturday of each calendar week until 31 January 2021, a weekly update which must include:

(a) the total number of stranded Australians that returned to Australia during the identified week;

(b) the total number of stranded Australians that remain overseas, along with the total number per country in which they are stranded and broken down by;

(i) age,

(ii) gender, and

(iii) Australian state or territory of usual residence;

(c) the total number of non-Australian citizens that entered Australia during the identified week broken down by visa class and nationality.

(3) In respect of paragraphs (2)(a) and (b), the update must include a weekly and cumulative total and separate total for the number of at-risk Australians.

(4) For the purposes of the update, stranded Australians, means Australian citizens registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who are wishing to return home.

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

Yes Yes Not passed

18th Jun 2020, 12:18 PM – Senate Documents - Rural and Regional Australia - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance), which means it passed.

Motion text

That—

(1) The Senate notes that:

(a) the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation released the 'Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future' report on 28 June 2018;

(b) recommendation twelve of that report called on the government to develop a clear regional development policy through a comprehensive Regional Australia White Paper, following a Green Paper public consultation process;

(c) the Government established an expert panel to "undertake a targeted assessment of the key issues raised in the Report, including the development of a White Paper" which was to report to Government by 31 March 2019; and

(d) the report of the expert panel has not been made available to the Parliament or to the public.

(2) There be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, by no later than 18 June 2020, a copy of the expert panel report on the 'Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future' report.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

17th Jun 2020, 4:22 PM – Senate Committees - Covid-19 Select Committee - Provide information

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by ACT Senator Katy Gallagher (Labor), which means it passed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 8 April 2020 the Senate unanimously supported the establishment of the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 to inquire into the Government's response to the pandemic,

(ii) the Leader of the Government in the Senate told the chamber on 8 April 2020 that "we do believe there is a need for scrutiny" and that "it is very important to have in place a committee of the type that is being proposed",

(iii) the Government has refused to provide the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 with important information relevant to its inquiry including:

(A) modelling and scenario work undertaken by Treasury on the Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and

(B) the date the Chief Medical Officer first briefed Cabinet on COVID-19, and

(iv) in relation to each of the examples in paragraph (a) (iii):

(A) the Government has asserted that it cannot provide the relevant information because it pertains to Cabinet,

(B) the Government has failed to make a public interest immunity claim in relation to the information sought,

(C) in particular, no attempt has been made to identify any specific harm to the public that would result from disclosing the information, and

(D) the Committee has reiterated its requests for information and, in the case of the Treasury modelling, did not accept the Department's answer;

(b) reaffirms:

(i) the resolution of the Senate of 16 July 1975 relating to the powers of the Senate and the accountability of witnesses and requiring that any claim to withhold information from the Senate be based on an established ground,

(ii) the order of the Senate of 13 May 2009 (the 'Cormann order'), which sets out the process to be followed for witnesses, including ministers, to raise public interest immunity claims, including by stating the grounds of those claims and the harm that might be occasioned by providing the information, and

(iii) the principle that information may only be withheld following consideration by the Senate of a properly founded claim of public interest immunity, as laid out in the Cormann order and reaffirmed in orders of the Senate of 22 September 2020, 10 February 2011, 3 March 2016, 11 October 2016, and 12 September 2017; and

(c) orders the Minister representing the Treasurer and the Minister representing the Minister for Health to provide the information identified in paragraph (a) (iii) to the Senate Select Committee by 12 pm Thursday 18 June.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

16th Jun 2020, 4:23 PM – Senate Documents - Administrative Appeals Tribunal - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it passed.

Motion text

That—

(1) There be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Attorney-General, by no later than 9 am on 30 July 2020, a copy of each decision by the Social Services & Child Support Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) dated between 1 July 2015 and 27 November 2019 (with any redactions that are necessary to protect personal privacy) in which a Member of the AAT determined that: for the purpose of sections 1222A(a) and 1223(1) of the Social Security Act 1991, no debt or debt component is able to be founded on the basis of extrapolations from Australian Taxation Office records (however expressed).

(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.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

11th Jun 2020, 4:46 PM – Senate Motions - Pensions and Benefits - Provide information about Robodebt

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Northern Territory Senator Malarndirri McCarthy (Labor), which means it passed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Morrison Government:

(i) has announced it will refund at least $721 million that it unjustly enriched itself with by raising unlawful debts against Australians,

(ii) for years denied Robodebt was illegal, but on Friday 29 May 2020 conceded that "There wasn't a lawful basis" for the scheme, and

(iii) only admitted Robodebt was unlawful and suspended the scheme after a class action was launched on behalf of 600,000 victims; and

(b) calls on the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services to produce all answers to questions asked by the Senate Community Affairs Legislation and References Committees relating to Robodebt over which there have been public interest immunity claims made.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

11th Jun 2020, 3:49 PM – Senate Motions - Sheean, Ordinary Seaman Edward (Teddy) - Provide advice to the Senate

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), also on behalf of Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie (Jacqui Lambie Network), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That—

(1) The Senate notes that:

(a) on 23 July 2019 the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal decided to recommend to the Minister for Defence Personnel that:

(i) the decision by the Chief of Navy to refuse to recommend the award of the Victoria Cross for Australia to Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean in respect of his actions in HMAS Armidale during a Japanese aerial attack in the Timor Sea on 1 December 1942 be set aside, and

(ii) the Minister recommend to the Sovereign that Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean be posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia for the most conspicuous gallantry and a pre-eminent act of valour in the presence of the enemy in HMAS Armidale during a Japanese aerial attack in the Timor Sea on 1 December 1942;

(b) the Prime Minister explained in part his rejection of the recommendations to ABC Tasmania on 26 May 2020 by saying "I have taken advice from Australia's military chiefs past and present in making this decision".

(2) There be laid on the table, by no later than noon on Wednesday 17 June 2020, by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, all copies of documents and correspondence, whether written letters or via email, referred to in the advice outlined in (1) (b) above, held by the Prime Minister or his department relating to the decision of the Prime Minister to reject the recommendation of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal decision in Barnett and the Department of Defence re: Sheean [2019] DHAAT 09 (23 July 2019).

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

26th Feb 2020, 4:25 PM – Senate Documents - Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

(1) That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Finance, by no later than 2 pm on 23 March 2020, all reports and correspondence received by the Minister for Finance from other Ministers under paragraph 4 of the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017 or 4 of the previous Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines between 1 August 2016 and 31 April 2019.

(2) In the event the Minister fails to table the reports and correspondence, the Senate requires the Minister representing the Prime Minister to attend the Senate on 25 March 2020, by no later than 10:15 am, to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government's failure to table the documents.

(3) Any Senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (2).

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

Yes Yes Not passed

26th Feb 2020, 3:52 PM – Senate Documents - Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

(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; 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.

No Yes Not passed by a large majority

26th Feb 2020, 11:40 AM – Senate Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Income Reporting and Other Measures) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Robodebt

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The majority voted against an amendment to the usual second reading motion, which is that the bill be read for a second time (parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill). It was introduced at the request of WA Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

At the end of the motion, add:

", but the Senate calls on the Government to:

(a) come clean on the robodebt disaster;

(b) provide all legal advice relating to the robodebt program to the Senate; and

(c) use the savings generated from this bill to compensate robodebt victims".

Yes Yes Not passed by a small majority

25th Feb 2020, 5:00 PM – Senate Documents - South Coast Track Huts Walk - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim (Greens), which means the documents will need to be provided to the Senate.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development no later than midday on 27 February 2020, the grant agreement between the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development and South Coast Track Huts Walk Pty Ltd.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

25th Feb 2020, 4:51 PM – Senate Documents - Environment Restoration Fund and Communities Environment Program - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by SA Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, by not later than 9am on 27 February 2020,the following documents in relation to the Environment Restoration Fund, as announced in the 2019-20 Budget, and the Communities Environment Program, announced in March 2019 prior to the 2019-20 Budget:

(a) all communications between the Commonwealth policy entity responsible and the Minister for the Environment (the Minister) or the Minister's office in relation to the programs;

(b) all communications between the Minister and other parliamentarians in relation to the programs;

(c) all Ministerial briefs prepared for the Minister in relation to the programs;

(d) all administrative guidelines, including grant funding guidelines, in relation to the programs;

(e) any advice on the content of guidelines or program arrangements, or drafts of the same, prepared for the Minister in relation to the programs; and

(f) all documents prepared for the Minister relating to the eligibility and eligibility assessments for the programs.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

25th Feb 2020, 4:47 PM – Senate Documents - Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Janet Rice (Greens), which means it passed and the information will need to be provided to the Senate.

Motion text

(1) That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by no later than 7:20 pm on 25 February 2020, the final report provided by the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mr Phillip Gaetjens, to the Prime Minister in relation to the application of the Statement of Ministerial Standards to the former Minister for Sport's award of funding under the Community Sport Infrastructure Program.

(2) In the event the Minister fails to table the report, the Senate requires the Minister representing the Prime Minister to attend the Senate on 26 February 2020, prior to government business being called on, to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government's failure to table the report.

(3) Any Senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (2).

(4) Any motion under paragraph (3) shall have precedence over all government business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes each.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

12th Feb 2020, 4:20 PM – Senate Documents - Energy - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction (Senator Birmingham) by 3:30 pm on 24 February 2020, all Departmental advice relating to establishing a coal-fired generation plant in Collinsville, Queensland, including but not limited to:

(a) the suitability or otherwise of a new coal-fired power station in Queensland;

(b) current congestion issues in this part of the grid network; and

(c) any economic, greenhouse or environmental impacts of establishing the coal- fired power station.

Yes Yes Not passed

5th Dec 2019, 12:39 PM – Senate Documents - Immigration Detention - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against the motion, which means it failed. It had been introduced by Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim (Greens).

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by the adjournment of the Senate on 5 December 2019, any communication, including attached documents, between ministers of the Government and Senator Lambie, or their staff, relating to negotiations between the aforementioned parties regarding the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019.

Yes Yes Not passed

3rd Dec 2019, 4:04 PM – Senate Documents - Stromlo-1 Exploration Drilling Program - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by SA Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, by 9 am on 5 December 2019:

(a) all correspondence between the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and Equinor on its request for Equinor to modify and resubmit its environmental plan in relation to the Stromlo-1 Exploration Drilling Program;

(b) all correspondence between NOPSEMA and Equinor in relation to the notice issued by NOPSEMA on 8 November 2019 requesting further information about matters relating to consultation, source control, oil-spill risk and matters under Part 3 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; and

(c) all correspondence between NOPSEMA and Equinor, up to 2 December 2019, in relation to the Stromlo-1 Exploration Drilling Program since the issuing of the notice on 8 November 2019.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

2nd Dec 2019, 4:25 PM – Senate Documents - Prime Minister - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced in the name of South Australian Senator Penny Wong (Labor), which means the documents requested below must be provided to the Senate.

Motion text

(1) That the Senate requires the Minister representing the Prime Minister to attend the Senate at 12 noon on 3 December 2019 to table the following documents:

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

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

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

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

(2) That following presentation of the documents, or in the event the Minister fails to table the documents, at 12 noon on 3 December 2019, any senator may move to take note of the response to paragraph (1).

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

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 4:17 PM – Senate Documents - Pensions and Benefits - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it passed.

Motion text

(1) That the Senate notes that legal professional privilege is not a recognised ground for refusing to provide information to the Senate.

(2) That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services, by 5pm on 28 November 2019, all legal advice that has been received by the Government, the Department of Human Services, or Services Australia, relating to the 2015-16 Budget Measure 'Better Management of the Social Welfare System', the Online Compliance Intervention (OCI), the Employment Income Confirmation (EIC), and the Check and Update Past Information (CUPI), known as the 'Online Compliance Programme'.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 4:12 PM – Senate Documents - Pensions and Benefits - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by WA Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens), which means it passed.

Motion text

(1) That the Senate notes that legal professional privilege is not a recognised ground for refusing to provide information to the Senate, and

(2) That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services, by 10 am on 28 November 2019, any legal advice received by the Government, or Services Australia (Department of Human Services), relating to the decision to stop relying solely on income-averaging processes to raise debts under the Income Compliance Programme.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

15th Oct 2019, 5:55 PM – Senate Documents - Asylum Seekers - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim (Greens), which means it succeeded and the relevant documents will need to be produced.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, by 5 pm on 16 October 2019, the final report on the review, led by Professor Peter Shergold, into Australia's integration, employment and settlement outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants, which was delivered to the Government in February 2019.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

31st Jul 2019, 4:26 PM – Senate Documents - Climate Change - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against the following motion, which means it failed.

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, by no later than 9.30 am on 1 August 2019, all draft and final versions, produced since July 2018, of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's climate change action strategy for the foreign aid program.

It was introduced by NSW Senator Mehreen Faruqi (Greens).

Yes Yes Not passed by a small majority

22nd Jul 2019, 4:03 PM – Senate Documents - Commissioner of Taxation - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance), which means it failed.

Motion text

(1) That the Senate notes that—

(a) on 12 October 2017, Mr Richard Boyle made a disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) as a former employee of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), alleging the ATO:

(i) had instructed employees to issue standard garnishee notices to seize funds from taxpayers' bank accounts without notice or consideration of their personal and business circumstances, and

(ii) in doing so, had required employees to engage in conduct that was unethical, unprofessional and against the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct;

(b) on 27 October 2017, the ATO decided not to further investigate Mr Boyle's disclosure on the basis that the information did not concern serious disclosable conduct as defined in the PID Act; and

(c) subsequent media inquiries found anomalies in the ATO's debt collection practices that appeared consistent with Mr Boyle's disclosure.

(2) That the Senate is of the opinion that examining the ATO's actions in relation to Mr Boyle's disclosure is consistent with the Senate's role in providing oversight of government administration.

(3) That the Senate orders the Commissioner of Taxation to provide all documents relating to the disclosure generated or received by Mr Boyle's supervisor, authorised officer and principal officer (as defined in the PID Act) including but not limited to notes, minutes, memoranda, letters, other external or internal correspondence, emails and/or Microsoft Office Communicator (MOC) conversations to the Economics Legislation Committee (the committee) by no later than 5 pm on 30 July 2019.

(4) That the committee, when it has considered the documents, report to the Senate as to whether the ATO's handling of disclosures by whistleblowers warrants further inquiry.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted moderately for" is worked out

The MP's votes count towards a weighted average where the most important votes get 50 points, less important votes get 10 points, and less important votes for which the MP was absent get 2 points. In important votes the MP gets awarded the full 50 points for voting the same as the policy, 0 points for voting against the policy, and 25 points for not voting. In less important votes, the MP gets 10 points for voting with the policy, 0 points for voting against, and 1 (out of 2) if absent.

Then, the number gets converted to a simple english language phrase based on the range of values it's within.

No of votes Points Out of
Most important votes (50 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 2 50 100
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 24 240 240
MP voted against policy 5 0 50
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 14 14 28
Total: 304 418

*Pressure of other work means MPs or Senators are not always available to vote – it does not always indicate they have abstained. Therefore, being absent on a less important vote makes a disproportionatly small difference.

Agreement score = MP's points / total points = 304 / 418 = 73%.

And then