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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 93

Senator Ridgeway to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in March 2006:

The impact of climate change on agriculture, with particular reference to:

(a)   the agriculture response, including land use practices, work practices and farming techniques;

(b)   emerging regional industries and technologies; and

(c)   other related matters.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 23 June 2005:

Current arrangements for the provision of mental health services in Australia, with particular reference to:

(a)   the extent to which the National Mental Health Strategy has achieved its aims and objectives, including what factors have impacted on progress;

(b)   the opportunities for current funding arrangements and agreements between the Commonwealth and state governments to better deliver services for people with a mental health problem or disorder;

(c)   the extent to which the National Mental Health Strategy and current level of mental health services has contributed to the over-representation of people with a mental illness in the criminal justice system, and within detention centres;

(d)   the adequacy of the current legislative framework for protecting the human rights of people with a mental health problem in the criminal justice system and within detention centres, and including the effects of indefinite detention on the mental health of children;

(e)   the capability of the current mix of mental health services to meet present and future demand for the entire spectrum of mental health services, including prevention, treatment and continuing care, in both metropolitan and rural Australia;

(f)   the adequacy of education and support services available for families and carers of people with a mental health problem or disorder;

(g)   potential methods for improving coordination and delivery of funding and services, across all levels and sectors of government, to ensure that appropriate and comprehensive care is provided throughout the episode of care, particularly for people with complex and co-morbid conditions and needs; and

(h)   the proficiency of staff outside mental health services for dealing with individuals with mental health problems and disorders.

Senator Bartlett to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

(i)   the announcement by the Papuan New Guinean Minister for Environment and Conservation to prohibit:

(a)   from 1 January 2005 the importation and sale of plastic shopping bags into Papua New Guinea (PNG), and

(b)   from 1 June 2005 the manufacture and sale of plastic bags in PNG, and

(ii)   that the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce supports the PNG Government’s moves; and

(b)   calls on the Federal Government to commit to:

(i)   mandatory targets for reduction of plastic bag use in Australia by June 2005, and

(ii)   banning of single use plastic bags in Australia by 1 January 2007.

Senator Cook to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matters be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 23 June 2005:

(a)   the delivery of services and options for treatment for persons diagnosed with cancer, with particular reference to:

(i)   the efficacy of a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer treatment,

(ii)   the role and desirability of a case manager/case co-ordinator to assist patients and/or their primary care givers,

(iii)   differing models and best practice for addressing psycho/social factors in patient care,

(iv)   differing models and best practice in delivering services and treatment options to regional Australia and Indigenous Australians, and

(v)   current barriers to the implementation of best practice in the above fields; and

(b)   how less conventional and complementary cancer treatments can be assessed and judged, with particular reference to:

(i)   the extent to which less conventional and complementary treatments are researched, or are supported by research,

(ii)   the efficacy of common but less conventional approaches either as primary treatments or as adjuvant/complementary therapies, and

(iii)   the legitimate role of government in the field of less conventional cancer treatment.

Senator Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

(i)   that a closed session of the Cambodian National Assembly, under the direction of Prime Minister Hun Sen, has removed the rightful parliamentary immunity of leading opposition figures, including Sam Rainsy, and

(ii)   the subsequent arrest of Sam Rainsy Party Member of Parliament, Cheam Channy; and

(b)   calls on the Australian Government to immediately make representations to the Cambodian Government to:

(i)   have parliamentary immunity reinstated, and

(ii)   ensure the safety of Mr Rainsy and his colleagues and the release of Mr Cheam Channy without condition.