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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

Senator Rhiannon, the Assistant Treasurer (Senator Arbib) and the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the sad passing of Arthur Beetson who died on 1 December 2011 at age 66,

  (ii) the extraordinary contribution that Arthur Beetson made to rugby league and to Australian sporting life as a player and coach, including:

   (A) having represented Australia on 47 occasions,

   (B) in 1973 becoming the first Indigenous player to captain Australia in any sport,

   (C) being awarded an Order of Australia in 1987 in recognition of service to the sport of rugby league,

   (D) being inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2003,

   (E) being named in the front-row in the rugby league `Team of the Century', and

   (F) becoming the seventh post-war `Immortal' of the game, and

  (iii) the powerful and tireless leadership that he showed to his sport, as a mentor to young people and to the Indigenous community;

 (b) extends the deepest sympathy of all members of the Senate to the family and friends of Arthur Beetson; and

 (c) calls on all members of the Senate to support initiatives to pay tribute to the contribution and achievements of Arthur Beetson to his sport and to Australian public life, such as the establishment of the Arthur Beetson scholarship for young Indigenous Australians. (general business notice of motion no. 631)

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to require the monitoring of whaling activities by foreign whaling vessels. Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Monitoring of Whaling) Bill 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 632)


Senator Wright: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the Register of the National Estate (RNE) is a list of more than 13 000 natural, Indigenous and historic heritage places throughout Australia, created in 1975 and currently maintained by the Australian Heritage Council, and

  (ii) as of 19 February 2012, all references to the RNE will be removed from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) and the Australian Heritage Council Act 2003;

 (b) recognises that:

  (i) Australia's historic heritage makes a critical contribution to our national identity, community and economy,

  (ii) the RNE was frozen on 1 January 2007, and a 5 year transition period was given for the Commonwealth, states and territories to assess and enter eligible places within their respective jurisdictions onto the appropriate heritage registers, and

  (iii) if the transition process is not completed by 19 February 2012, thousands of heritage places will potentially be left without legislative protection; and

 (c) calls on the Government to:

  (i) extend the 5 year transition period for phasing out the RNE as a statutory list by a further 12 months, from 19 February 2012 to 19 February 2013, as recommended by the Hawke Review of the EPBC Act, and

  (ii) collaborate with the states and territories to ensure that the transition process is completed within that 12 month period. (general business notice of motion no. 633)

Senators Crossin, Back and Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform for inquiry and report:

The prevention and treatment of problem gambling, with particular reference to:

 (a) measures to prevent problem gambling, including:

  (i) use and display of responsible gambling messages,

  (ii) use, access and effectiveness of other information on risky or problem gambling, including campaigns, and

  (iii) ease of access to assistance for problem gambling;

 (b) measures which can encourage risky gambling behaviour, including:

  (i) marketing strategies, and

  (ii) use of inducements/incentives to gamble;

 (c) early intervention strategies and training of staff;

 (d) methods currently used to treat problem gamblers and the level of knowledge and use of them, including:

  (i) counselling, including issues for counsellors,

  (ii) education, and

  (iii) self-exclusion;

 (e) data collection and evaluation issues;


 (f) gambling policy research and evaluation; and

 (g) other related matters. (general business notice of motion no. 634)

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) condemns the appalling human rights abuses and escalating violence in Syria, that has seen thousands of innocent civilians killed; and

 (b) calls on President Assad to step down, to finally put an end to the intolerable bloodshed of the Syrian people. (general business notice of motion no.635)

Senators Di Natale and Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by 27 February 2012 by the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (Senator Evans) any advice or documentation received by the Government regarding the cost of implementing $1 bet limits on poker machines, particularly in relation to the $1.5 billion figure referred to by the Minister in public comments. (general business notice of motion no. 636)

Senator Bernardi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate agrees with Senator Rhiannon who was reported in the official notes of an October 2000 SEARCH Foundation seminar commemorating the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) as arguing `that the Green's Party is closest to the best of the CPA's politics and methods'. (general business notice of motion no. 637)

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on 22 March 2012—That the following matter be referred to the Committee of Privileges for inquiry and report:

Having regard to Senator Cash's shares in Woodside Petroleum and her speech to the Senate on 23 August 2011 and questions without notice, on 28 August 2008 and 3 December 2008, regarding Woodside's proposal for a gas hub in the Kimberley:

 (a) whether any person, by the offer or promise of an inducement or benefit, or by other improper means, attempted to influence a senator in the senator's conduct as a senator, and whether any contempt was committed in that regard; and

 (b) whether Senator Cash received any benefit for herself or another person on the understanding that she would be influenced in the discharge of her duties as a senator, or enter into any contract, understanding or arrangement having the effect, or which may have the effect, of controlling or limiting the senator's independence or freedom of action as a senator, or pursuant to which the senator is in any way to act as the representative of any outside body in the discharge of the senator's duties.

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on 22 March 2012—That the following matter be referred to the Committee of Privileges for inquiry and report:

Having regard to Senator Joyce's acceptance of hospitality from GVK and Hancock Group and the subsequent purchase by GVK of $1.2 billion assets from Hancock Group, including assets in Queensland's Galilee Basin, and Senator Joyce's opposition to the Minerals Resource Rent Tax and the Clean Energy Bills:

 (a) whether any person, by the offer or promise of an inducement or benefit, or by other improper means, attempted to influence a senator in the senator's conduct as a senator, and whether any contempt was committed in that regard; and


 (b) whether Senator Joyce received any benefit for himself or another person on the understanding that he would be influenced in the discharge of his duties as a senator, or enter into any contract, understanding or arrangement having the effect, or which may have the effect, of controlling or limiting the senator's independence or freedom of action as a senator, or pursuant to which the senator is in any way to act as the representative of any outside body in the discharge of the senator's duties.

Senators Pratt and Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate expresses grave concern:

 (a) regarding discriminatory legislation against lesbian, bi, gay and transgender people currently before the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg in Russia; and

 (b) that these proposed laws undermine the human rights of lesbian, bi, gay and transgender people and breach human rights treaty obligations to which Russia is signatory. (general business notice of motion no. 638)

Senator Rhiannon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) that the final report of Sri Lanka's Lesson Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was released publicly on 16 December 2011,

  (ii) the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Rudd) stated that the Government would wait until the LLRC reported before taking any further action regarding allegations of war crimes committed during the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war,

  (iii) the Australian Government is yet to respond to the LLRC's final report,

  (iv) Alistair Burt MP, the United Kingdom minister with responsibility for Sri Lanka has said that `The British Government is, on the whole, disappointed by the report's findings and recommendations on accountability',

  (v) the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird has said:

  `(I) Canada remains concerned that the report does not fully address the grave accusations of serious human rights violations that occurred toward the end of the conflict.

 (II) Canada continues to call for an independent investigation into the credible and serious allegations raised by the UN [United Nations] Secretary-General's Panel that international humanitarian law and human rights were violated by both sides in the conflict.

 (III) the government of Sri Lanka must demonstrate the principles of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law',

  (vi) the Tamil National Alliance, the democratically elected representative voice for the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, has called on the international community to institute measures that will advance accountability and encourage reconciliation in Sri Lanka, in keeping with the recommendations of the UN Secretary-General's Panel of Experts,

  (vii) the report of the UN Secretary-General's Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka has said `the LLRC fails to satisfy key international standards of independence and impartiality, as it is compromised by its composition and deep-seated conflicts of interests of some of its members', and


  (viii) Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Crisis Group have said the LLRC does not adequately address the issue of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the final phases of the conflict between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam;

 (b) expresses disappointment that the Federal Government has not issued a public response to the LLRC final report; and

 (c) calls on the Government to:

  (i) acknowledge that the LLRC fails to adequately address the issue of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Sri Lankan conflict, and

  (ii) support calls for the UN Secretary-General and the UN Security Council to establish an independent international mechanism to investigate the issue of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sri Lanka, as recommended by the report of the UN Secretary-General's Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka. (general business notice of motion no. 639)

Senator Cash: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate notes the reflections of the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) on the President of the Senate, the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard), the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig), Senator Boswell, the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce) and Senator Cash. (general business notice of motion no. 640)

Senator Fifield: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate notes the mismanagement of economic and fiscal policy by the current Government. (general business notice of motion no. 641)

The Chair of the Select Committee on Australia's Food Processing Sector (Senator Colbeck): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Select Committee on Australia's Food Processing Sector be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 29 February 2012, from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 642)

The Chairs of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (Senator Moore) and the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Community Affairs Legislation and References Committees be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 9 February 2012, from 5 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 643)

Senator Stephens: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold public meetings during the sitting of the Senate, as follows:

 (a) on Monday, 27 February 2012:

  (i) from 10 am to 11.30 am, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationship with Japan and the Republic of Korea, and

  (ii) from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into Australia's overseas representation; and


 (b) on Monday, 19 March 2012, from 10 am to 11.30 am, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationship with Japan and the Republic of Korea. (general business notice of motion no. 644)

Senator Siewert: To move on 1 March 2012—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to promote the supply of Opal fuel and control the supply of other fuels in certain areas, and for related purposes. Opal Fuel Bill 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 645)

Senator Siewert: To move on 29 February 2012—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Native Title Act 1993 to further the interests of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders, and for related purposes. Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill (No. 1) 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 646)

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that the Australian Year of the Farmer 2012 is a year-long celebration of the vital role farmers play in feeding, clothing and housing people - both here and overseas;

 (b) acknowledges that:

  (i) agriculture plays an important role in Australia's economy and prosperity, injecting more than $405 billion into our economy per year, and

  (ii) Australian farmers greatly contribute to global food security and supply; and

 (c) calls on the Government to support and provide funding for the initiatives of the Australian Year of the Farmer 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 647)

Senator Waters: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 22 August 2012:

 (a) the economic, social and environmental impacts of Australia's domestic and export coal seam gas (CSG)/liquid natural gas (LNG) industry on:

  (i) surface and groundwater and future water licensing arrangements,

  (ii) agricultural land and food production,

  (iii) the coast and marine environments, including impacts on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and industries relying on these environments, including impacts from pipelines, ports, dredging and shipping,

  (iv) the property rights and values of landholders,

  (v) rural, regional and urban communities, and the effective management of relationships between mining and other interests, and

  (vi) other related matters, including health impacts;

 (b) the greenhouse gas emission intensity of Australia's domestic and export CSG/LNG industry across its lifecycle, and the adequacy of accounting, monitoring and compliance of greenhouse impacts;

 (c) the potential impacts of other unconventional gas industries developing rapidly across Australia, including shale and tight gas;


 (d) the adequacy of existing and proposed state, territory and Commonwealth regulatory regimes to manage the above issues, including cumulative impacts and the appropriateness of `adaptive management' in regulating the industry; and

 (e) any other related matter.

The Chair of the Economics Legislation Committee (Senator Bishop): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Economics Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 9 February 2012, from 3.30 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 648)

Notices of motion withdrawn:

Senator Wright, pursuant to notice of intention given on 7 February 2012, withdrew business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 standing in her name for today for the disallowance of the Health Insurance (Allied Health Services) Amendment Determination 2011 (No. 2), made under subsection 3C(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

The Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert) withdrew general business notice of motion no. 622 standing in her name for today, relating to the authorisation for the committee to meet during the sitting of the Senate.