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Monday, 30 August 2004
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Senator McLucas to move on the next day of sitting:

That the second report of the Community Affairs References Committee on its inquiry into children in institutional care be presented by the last sitting day in December 2004.

Senator Stott Despoja to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate notes that:

(a) on Friday, 27 August 2004, the Macquarie University announced that it would not increase its higher education contribution scheme (HECS) fees in 2005;

(b) Macquarie University stated that it was conscious of the big burden on students currently and that it would not raise fees unless absolutely necessary;

(c) Macquarie University stated that another factor in this decision was the funding `uncertainty' created by the possible change in Government before the end of 2004 and the Australian Labor Party's commitments to reverse HECS increases and abolish full-fee places;

(d) the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (AVCC) has publicly warned that there will not be enough time in 2004 to reverse any fee increases for 2005;

(e) Macquarie University, whose Vice-Chancellor is also President of the AVCC, has taken the responsible decision not to increase fees because of the funding uncertainty; and

(f) those universities who have announced HECS fees increases for 2005 did so in the full knowledge that an alternative Government could be in power by the end of 2004.

Senators Allison and Stott Despoja to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the report launched on 30 August 2004 by the Medical Association for Prevention of War entitled A new clear direction:Securing nuclear medicineforthe next generation,

(ii) that the Medical Association for Prevention of War, in this report, suggests that claims about the medical importance of the new reactor under construction at Lucas Heights in Sydney's southern suburbs are not based on actual scientific need,

(iii) that the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation will, in the near future, apply for an operating licence in order to bring the controversial new reactor online, and

(iv) that no plans for storage of waste from this facility have yet been made public, despite calls by the Australian Democrats in the Senate and in other public fora; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) as a matter of urgency, assess the potential for imported isotopes, non-reactor isotope production, innovation and advanced new technologies to meet all demands for medical isotopes, and

(ii) finalise and make public its plans for the location of the Commonwealth's nuclear waste dump.

Senator Harradine to move on the next day of sitting:

That supplementary estimates hearings by legislation committees for the 2004-05 estimates take place in accordance with the resolution of the Senate on 3 December 2003.

Senator Watson to move on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on the Lindeberg Grievance be extended to the day before the Senate next meets.

Senators Kemp and Lundyto move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates:

(i) the Australian Olympic Team for its outstanding performance at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and, in particular, for its:

(a) record number of 17 gold medals, and

(b) best ever total medal count of 49 medals at an away Olympic games,

(ii) all the members of the team for their inspirational performances and, in particular, for the impact their efforts will have on Australian youth in fostering participation in sport across the board, and

(iii) the coaches, doctors, officials, administrators and other support staff who have so remarkably supported and assisted the Australian Olympic Team; and

(b) notes:

(i) that the result achieved by the Australian Olympic Team is the first time a country has improved its gold medal tally after hosting an Olympics games,

(ii) that Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) athletes, past and present, accounted for 65 per cent of all medals won by Australians in Athens, and

(iii) the outstanding contribution of the Australian Sports Commission and the AIS in the sustained support provided to Olympic sports.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges that coexisting mental health and substance misuse disorders are very common, and that due to the significant challenges these disorders present for service providers, many young people who suffer from such disorders are not able to access appropriate help;

(b) notes that:

(i) the ORYGEN Research Centre has found that 15- to 24-year olds presenting with non-psychotic mental disorders use a wider variety of substances at a younger age and in much greater quantities than similar age groups not affected by mental disorders, and

(ii) the ORYGEN Research Centre has also found that rates of daily cannabis use for young people with early psychosis are 6 times higher than those within the general population; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to work with the states to:

(i) provide integrated treatment for coexisting mental health and substance use disorders in young people,

(ii) provide dual training for workers in both the mental health and drug and alcohol fields who have contact with people with both a mental health and substance misuse problem, and

(iii) increase the integration of the National Drug Strategy and the National Mental Health Strategy.

Senator Nettle to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the National Council of Churches in Australia held `Refugee and Migrant Sunday' on 29 August 2004 and that on this day, thousands of churches around Australia celebrated the contribution refugees and other `uprooted' people have made to Australia,

(ii) the Government's new measures to make it easier for temporary protection visa holders to apply for `mainstream visas' only applies to those currently holding temporary visas sub-classes 447, 451 and 785,

(iii) these changes will not apply to the 106 Kosovars who remain in Australia after being granted safe haven visas in 1999, and

(iv) these Kosovar refugees have made a significant contribution to Australian society and enjoy great support from the communities in which they have settled, such as the regional area of Albury-Wodonga; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) extend the recent changes to temporary protection visas holders to these Kosovar refugees, and

(ii) fast track the applications of these Kosovar refugees for permanent visas, in recognition of their established community links and support, and the length of time they have been waiting.

Senator Nettle to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the week commencing 5 September 2004 is National Child Protection Week,

(ii) it is the responsibility of the Federal Government to ensure that children are safe from physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect, and

(iii) by detaining children in detention centres or in residential housing projects, the Government has completely neglected its responsibility in relation to children in Australia; and

(b) calls on the Government to end this state sanctioned child abuse immediately and release children from detention centres and residential housing projects.

Senators Marshall and Nettle to move 15 sitting days after today:

That the Guidelines in relation to the exercise of Compliance Powers in the Building and Construction Industry, made under section 88AGA of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 as amended by the Workplace Relations Amendment (Codifying Contempt Offences) Act 2004, be disallowed.

Senator Faulkner to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on the Scrafton Evidence, be appointed to inquire into and report by 24 November 2004, on matters arising from the public statements made by former ministerial staffer, Mr Mike Scrafton, about the conversations he had with the Prime Minister, Mr Howard, about the `children overboard' affair on 7 November 2001 and the implications of these statements for the findings of the Select Committee on a Certain Maritime Incident.

(2) That the committee consist of 5 senators, 2 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 2 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 1 nominated by minority groups and independent senators.

(3) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) That the chair of the committee be elected by the committee from the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

(5) That the deputy chair of the committee be elected by the committee from the members nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

(6) That the deputy chair act as chair when there is no chair or the chair is not present at a meeting.

(7) That, in the event of the votes on any question before the committee being equally divided, the chair, or deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(8) That the quorum of the committee be a majority of the members of the committee.

(9) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken, and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(10) That the committee have access to the evidence and documents of the Select Committee on a Certain Maritime Incident, established by the Senate on 13 February 2002.

(11) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(12) That the quorum of a subcommittee be a majority of the members appointed to the subcommittee.

(13) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

(14) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.