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Wednesday, 22 August 2001
Page: 26357

Senator Bolkus to move, on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Hill), no later than immediately after questions without notice on the next day of sitting, the report prepared by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on water quality targets in the catchments feeding into the Great Barrier Reef region.

Senator Tierney to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education Legislation Committee on the provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Prohibition of Compulsory Union Fees) Bill 2001 be extended to 18 September 2001.

Senator Chris Evans to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the failure of the Government:

(i) to adequately contribute to the funding of public health services, and

(ii) to plan for and fund the aged care services needed by our ageing population; and

(b) calls on the Government to address the problems now evident in Australia's health and aged care systems.

Senator Hogg to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the following reports of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee be extended to 27 September 2001:

(a) second report on the examination of developments in contemporary Japan and the implications for Australia; and

(b) the disposal of Defence properties.

Senator Lees and Senator Lundy to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is currently reviewing its television coverage of sport;

(b) is concerned that the review will result in the cessation of the television broadcast coverage of women's sport, particularly basketball and netball;

(c) notes:

(i) that over the past decade, and probably more, the ABC has been a leader in the broadcast of women's sport, which has provided a signi-ficant boost to the development of women's sport in Australia and which provides audiences with program-ming not provided elsewhere, in keeping with the ABC's Charter that the ABC provide, amongst other programs, `specialised broadcasting programs',

(ii) that any decision to cancel the television broadcast of women's sport will have a detrimental effect on the sport, particularly on drop out rates amongst adolescent girls, which will reduce the pool of talent available within Australia and therefore the strength and viability of women's netball and basketball, currently well-respected and successful internationally, and

(iii) further the disproportionate disadvan-tage likely to be felt amongst young women in rural and regional centres, who, because of geographical circum-stances, are unable to travel to capital cities to watch live sport,

(d) recognises the strong role models elite women sports athletes are to young women and the positive value this has on young women's self-esteem, health, fitness and general well-being, and that without such television broadcast coverage such positive role models will disappear; and

(e) calls on the ABC Board to agree to the continuation of the television broadcasting of women's sport.

Senator Conroy to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that banking is the most profitable industry in Australia and that these profits have been caused by increased bank fees, increased bank queues and reduced banking services;

(b) notes, in particular, that:

(i) in the past half year the major banks announced record profits of more than $5 billion and are headed for profits of more than $10 billion for the full year, and

(ii) according to the Reserve Bank's recent update Bank Fees in Australia, banks earned $2.1 billion in fees from households in the past 12 months and that in the past 4 years this income has increased by 75 per cent; and

(iii) since 1996 banks have closed 1,505 bank branches; and

(c) calls upon the Government to immediately negotiate a social charter with Australia's banks to ensure that all Australians have access to affordable banking services.

Senator Hill to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to improve the quality of employment services and rehabilitation programs provided for people with disabilities, and for related purposes. Disability Services Amendment (Improved Quality Assurance) Bill 2001.