Senate debates

Monday, 22 September 2014

  • Statement by the President (0 speeches)
    • Parliament House Security (1 speech)
      Honourable senators, I wish to make a statement concerning security matters in Parliament House. As you would be aware, there has been significant discussion in relation to security at Parliament...
  • Condolences (0 speeches)
    • Evans, Mr Harry (6 speeches)
      Honourable senators, it is with deep regret that I inform you of the death earlier this month of Harry Evans, former Clerk of the Senate from 1988 until 2009. He was the longest-serving Clerk in...
  • Business (0 speeches)
    • Rearrangement (1 speech)
      I move: That government business order of the day no. 1 (National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014) be postponed till the next day of sitting. Question agreed to.
  • Bills (0 speeches)
  • Ministerial Arrangements (0 speeches)
    • (1 speech)
      by leave—I advise the Senate that the Minister for Defence, Senator Johnston, will be absent from the Senate until Thursday, 25 September 2014, due to overseas travel on government...
  • Questions without Notice (0 speeches)
    • Iraq and Syria (6 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Abetz. I refer to the Prime Minister's statement of 14 September 2014 announcing Australia's contribution to the...
  • Distinguished Visitors (0 speeches)
    • (1 speech)
      I inform honourable senators that we have present in the chamber today a parliamentary delegation from Samoa, led by the Speaker, the Hon. Laauli MP. On behalf of all senators, I wish the...
  • Questions without Notice (0 speeches)
    • Iraq and Syria (15 speeches)
      My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Abetz. Can the minister outline to the Senate the terrorist threat ISIL poses both to the people of Iraq and to the entire...
    • National Security (6 speeches)
      My question is to the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis. Can the Attorney-General update the Senate about last week's counter-terrorism operations?
    • Syria (6 speeches)
      My question without notice is to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Abetz. Prime Minister Abbott has said that Australia will have no military involvement in Syria, that now...
    • Workplace Relations (33 speeches)
      My question is to the
    • Indigenous Affairs (6 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Scullion. Can the minister advise the Senate how new streamlined arrangements in Indigenous Affairs will help improve outcomes for...
    • Budget (16 speeches)
      My question is to the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Fifield. I refer to reports yesterday indicating the government will scrap its harsh cuts to families, pensioners and young...
    • Child Care (12 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for Human Services, Senator Payne, representing the Assistant Minister for Education. Can the minister update the Senate on the progress of the Productivity...
    • Budget (23 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator Cash. I refer to analysis by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, NATSEM, that women in the...
    • Veterans' Affairs (7 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister For Veterans' Affairs, Senator Ronaldson. Can the minister advise the Senate what new initiatives are taking place to support our service men and women recently...
  • Questions without Notice: Take Note of Answers (0 speeches)
    • Future of Financial Advice (4 speeches)
      I move: That the Senate take note of the answers given by the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann) and the Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) to questions without notice...
    • Budget (1 speech)
      I rise to make a contribution in answer to a question I asked of Senator Fifield on some of the harshest budget measures we have seen for many years. I asked Senator Fifield, in relation to a...
  • Questions without Notice: Additional Answers (0 speeches)
    • Iraq and Syria (1 speech)
      by leave—I would like to add some information to an answer I gave to a question from Senator Wong earlier in question time today. I can indicate that the government received a formal letter...
  • Ministerial Statements (0 speeches)
    • National Security (5 speeches)
      I table the Prime Minister's statement on national security and seek leave to move motions relating to the document. Leave granted. by leave—I move that a motion to take note of the...
  • Business (0 speeches)
    • Consideration of Legislation (1 speech)
      I move: That the following general business orders of the day be considered on Thursday, 25 September 2014 under the temporary order relating to the consideration of private senators’...
    • Leave of Absence (2 speeches)
      by leave—I move: That leave of absence be granted to the following senators: (a) Senator Johnston, from 22 September to 25 September 2014, on account of ministerial business; (b) Senator...
    • Withdrawal (1 speech)
      I withdraw notice of motion No. 426 standing in the name of Senator Whish-Wilson.
  • Committees (0 speeches)
  • Motions (0 speeches)
    • Kehazaei, Mr Hamid (4 speeches)
      I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 427 standing in my name today related to Mr Hamid Kehazaei. Leave granted. I move the motion as amended: That the Senate—...
  • Matters of Urgency (0 speeches)
    • Climate Change (17 speeches)
      I inform the Senate that the President has received the following letter from Senator Siewert: Pursuant to standing order 75, I give notice that today I propose to move that, in the opinion of...
  • Ministerial Statements (0 speeches)
    • G20-OECD Tax and Transparency (1 speech)
      (—) (): On behalf of the Treasurer, I table a ministerial statement on G20-OECD Tax and Transparency.
  • Documents (0 speeches)
  • Bills (0 speeches)
  • Committees (0 speeches)
  • Bills (0 speeches)
  • Adjournment (0 speeches)
    • Yvonne, Ms May (1 speech)
      I rise tonight to speak of fond matters. It is fitting that I have a number of my South Australian colleagues here in the chamber, as well as you, Acting Deputy President Senator Sterle, from...
    • Road Safety (1 speech)
      I rise to make a contribution in this adjournment debate on a matter of great importance that does not get the significance in the federal parliament that it should: the national road safety...
    • Animals in Circuses (1 speech)
      Circuses are not glamorous for circus animals. No matter how caring a circus animal keeper might be, the impoverishment and stress of a circus animal's existence casts a dark shadow over the...
    • Motor Neurone Disease (1 speech)
      Earlier this month, alongside my sister Jan Robinson, I joined the ranks of millions worldwide who have undertaken the ice bucket challenge. As everyone in this place would know, the ice bucket...