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Monday, 21 November 2011
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Senator BOB BROWN: To move:

That the application of the standing orders, presidential rulings and past practices for the order of call to speak in debate (as outlined in the Procedure Committee's Second report of 1991) be updated by adding, "that the leader of a minority party, as defined by section 3 of the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990, be given the call after an Opposition senator leading for the Opposition but before a leader of other non-government parties".

Senator SINGH: To move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   commemorates the 9th anniversary of the 12 October 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people, including 88 Australians, died and 240 sustained injuries;

   (b)   notes that as a result of the attacks, survivor Mr Julian Burton OAM was inspired to found Australia's first burn injury organisation, the Julian Burton Burns Trust;

   (c)   commends the work of the Julian Burton Burns Trust in implementing burn injury prevention programs, care and support services for burns patients and their families and advancing world class research into burns treatment;

   (d)   recognises that:

      (i)   220 000 Australians will suffer a burn injury every year,

      (ii)   Indigenous people living in remote areas are up to 25 times more likely to suffer a serious burns injury than those living in metropolitan areas,

      (iii)   burn injuries cost the Australian Government $1.5 billion annually in health care costs, and

      (iv)   the vast majority of burn injuries are preventable; and

   (e)   supports the establishment of a national burn injury prevention plan to reduce the incidence of burns in Australia and improve research, treatment and outcomes for burns patients.

Senator LUDLAM: To move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   in Australia there are twice as many people speaking languages other than English and that Australia is more culturally and racially diverse than 30 years ago, at the time of the formation of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), and

      (ii)   research demonstrates that tensions and fault lines exist in Australia, with particular sensitivity around refugee intake;

   (b)   notes that Australia's SBS:

      (i)   was the first multicultural broadcaster established anywhere in the world,

      (ii)   transmits in a different language every hour, with 7 million viewers watching SBS television in more than 60 languages per week,

      (iii)   exposes Australians to cultures and ideas beyond the Anglo sphere,

      (iv)   portrays multicultural Australia and tells the stories of Aboriginal people, and

      (v)   has the purpose of inspiring all Australians to explore and appreciate our multicultural world and contribute to an inclusive society; and

   (c)   calls on the Government to consider whether the resources allocated to SBS are sufficient to allow it to fulfil its mandate and take full advantage of the education, employment and creative opportunities provided by digital multi-channelling and the National Broadband Network.

Senator WRIGHT: To move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   19 November to 27 November 2011 is Social Inclusion Week, and

      (ii)   Social Inclusion Week aims to help Australians feel valued and to give people the opportunity to participate fully in society;

   (b)   recognises that:

      (i)   many Australians face isolation and exclusion associated with financial disadvantage, poor educational attainment, poor physical and mental health, lack of accommodation, lack of access to transport, unemployment and rental stress,

      (ii)   building relationships and networks within local communities, workplaces, families and friends can address isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable to help themselves, and

      (iii)   the entire community will benefit from addressing poverty, improving educational, transport and employment services and enabling all people to participate fully and with dignity in community life; and

   (c)   calls on the Government to:

      (i)   collaborate effectively across all tiers of government to encourage people who are otherwise isolated and excluded to connect with networks and groups within the community, and

      (ii)   address the needs of marginalised people through equitable provision of basic services and adequate levels of welfare.

Senator SINGH: To move:

That the Joint Standing Committee on Migration be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 8 February 2012, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Senator FURNER: To move:

That the order of the Senate of 1 November 2011 authorising the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to hold public meetings, be varied by omitting paragraph (b) and substituting:

   (b)   on Thursday, 24 November 2011, from 10 am to 11 am.

Senator BUSHBY: To move:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Economics References Committee on the capital market for social economy organisations be extended to 24 November 2011.

Senator RHIANNON: To move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   the United Nations (UN) target to reduce global poverty and provide sufficient resources to meet the Millennium Development Goals is that rich countries should devote 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) to overseas aid,

      (ii)   the Gillard Government has committed to increase overseas development assistance (ODA) to 0.5 per cent of GNI by 2015,

      (iii)   on 21 June 2010 at a Micah Challenge event at Parliament House, the Leader of the Opposition Mr Abbott committed the Coalition to increase ODA to 0.5 per cent of GNI by 2015, stating 'I want to make it very clear that the goal of 0.5 per cent of national income in overseas development aid is a bipartisan one',

      (iv)   the commitment to increase Australia's ODA to 0.5 per cent of GNI by 2015 still lags behind many other developed nations, including Britain, Ireland, Spain, Germany and France, and

      (v)   the funding for overseas aid should be protected from any budget cuts between now and 2015; and

   (b)   reaffirms a bipartisan commitment to increase the ODA budget to at least 0.5 per cent of GNI by 2015.

Senator CASH: To move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that 25 November 2011 marks White Ribbon Day, the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women;

   (b)   recognises that:

      (i)   statistics show one in three women in Australia has experienced violence since the age of 15 and one in five has experienced sexual violence,

      (ii)   all forms of violence, including physical, sexual, financial and psychological are unacceptable, and

      (iii)   the social and economic cost to Australian families and all Australians that stem from domestic violence and violence in the home are devastating;

   (c)   acknowledges that:

      (i)   all women, regardless of their status, deserve to live their lives free from the trauma, despair and impaired health that violence can inflict on them, and

      (ii)   whatever a person's circumstances, the role of government is to keep them safe from violence; and

   (d)   encourages all Australians to purchase a white ribbon and wear it on White Ribbon Day to highlight that violence against women is simply not acceptable.

Senator SIEWERT: To move:

That the Community Affairs References Committee be authorised to meet during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 24 November 2011, from 4.30 pm, for a private briefing.

Senator CAMERON: To move:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Emergency Listings) Bill 2011 be extended to 1 March 2012.

Senator PRATT: To move:

That the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 23 November 2011, from 12.30 pm to 1.45 pm.

Senator BOB BROWN: To move:

That the Senate asserts that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons should be upheld with no exception.

Senator MILNE: To move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes:

      (i)   the Tarkine is the last great unprotected wilderness in southern Australia and is recognised to be of World Heritage significance,

      (ii)   the Tarkine has been under consideration for inclusion on the National Heritage List since 2004, making it the longest continuous assessment process in the history of the National Heritage process,

      (iii)   the delay in heritage listing means mining companies only need be assessed on potential impacts on threatened species and not the impacts on heritage values, which include wilderness, geological, cultural, flora and fauna diversity and natural history values,

      (iv)   the recently referred Venture Minerals Limited tin, tungsten, copper and hematite mine at Mt Lindsay is a Pilbara style open cut super pit to a depth of 220 metres that will devastate an area of 3.5 km by 3 km of the Tarkine rainforest wilderness,

      (v)   this proposed pit is within an existing reserve and is completely inconsistent with the protection of the Tarkine,

      (vi)   the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) is legally unable to consider the impacts on the rainforest, the 25 watercourses to be disrupted, or the recognised wilderness values of the area in the mine's assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) unless the Tarkine is heritage listed, and

      (vii)   a diseased Tasmanian devil has been discovered on the eastern side of the Arthur River, making the area to the west of the Arthur River the only disease free part of Tasmania, highlighting the urgent need to permanently protect the Tarkine from further major developments, including mining and roading that directly threaten the devil; and

   (b)   calls on the Minister to:

      (i)   immediately include the Tarkine on the National Heritage List before he considers the Venture Minerals Limited proposed mine under the Act,

      (ii)   acknowledge that Venture Minerals Limited has deliberately split the project for assessment purposes,

      (iii)   require Venture Minerals Limited to submit the entire mining proposal for the Tarkine area for assessment,

      (iv)   recognise that failure to list the Tarkine before 2 December 2011 is a deliberate choice to exclude heritage values from the mine proposal assessment, and

      (v)   acknowledge that a decision not to list the Tarkine on the National Heritage List is a decision to prioritise mining over the protection of wilderness values.

Senator MILNE: To move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes:

      (i)   the announcement by the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) of Australia's in-principle agreement to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement,

      (ii)   the Productivity Commission report noting the failure of free trade agreements to live up to the benefits claimed by successive governments,

      (iii)   the Government's failure to release for public scrutiny the draft text of the agreement under negotiation,

      (iv)   calls by 25 community groups ranging from pensioner groups to the Australian Council of Trade Unions to have the draft text released,

      (v)   the bids by American pharmaceutical companies to use the agreement to delay the release of generic drugs and to undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme,

      (vi)   the failure of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to identify significant benefits to Australian primary producers,

      (vii)   the reported failure of the agreement to include minimum standards for labour or environmental protection,

      (viii)   the concern about reported changed rules for local content in Australian film and television, and

      (ix)   the reported proposed changes to government procurement rules and reported inclusion of investor-state dispute process; and

   (b)   calls on the Government to immediately release the draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

Senator LUDWIG: To move:

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

Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 8) Bill 2011

Pay As You Go Withholding Non-compliance Tax Bill 2011.