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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
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Senator Conroy to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, and for other purposes. Broadcasting Services Amendment (Anti-siphoning) Bill 2012.

Senator Farrell to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the National Water Commission Act 2004, and for related purposes. National Water Commission Amendment Bill 2012.

Senator Ludlam to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes:

      (i)   that a crackdown by over 6 000 police on non-violent anti-nuclear power protestors, including arrests for sedition and the prohibition on people congregating, occurred at the construction site of a nuclear reactor near the fishing village of Koodankulam in south India on 19 March and 20 March 2012,

      (ii)   that 20 000 people gathered on 20 March 2012 with thousands on an indefinite hunger strike until the non-violent protestors are released,

      (iii)   a growing mass movement in India opposed to nuclear power includes protests in Jaitapur, Maharashtra and Gorakhpur, Haryana,

      (iv)   the sale of uranium to India while that country refuses to sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) would be illegal under the Treaty of Rarotonga, signed by the Australian Government in 1985,

      (v)   the 1998 United National Security Council resolution 1172 'encourages all States to prevent the export of equipment, materials or technology that could in any way assist programmes in India or Pakistan for nuclear weapons or for ballistic missiles capable of delivering such weapons, and welcomes national policies adopted and declared in this respect', and

      (vi)   the Nuclear Security Summit will be held on 26 March and 27 March 2012 in South Korea; and

   (b)   calls on the Government to utilise all diplomatic channels to:

      (i)   protest the Indian Government's unprecedented deployment of police around Koodankulam and the harassment of peaceful protestors as inconsistent with the democratic right to peaceful protest,

      (ii)   caution the Indian Government against loading uranium fuel rods into the reactor at Koodankulam without conducting any safety or evacuation drills, mandatory exercises under the Indian Atomic Energy Regulatory Board rules,

      (iii)   promote the independence of nuclear regulators from industry and government as best international practice, and

      (iv)   not sell uranium to countries that stand outside the NPT and its associated safeguards system.

Senator Singh to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   affirms its support for:

      (i)   the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons, and

      (ii)   the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as the essential foundation for the achievement of nuclear disarmament and the cornerstone of the nuclear non-proliferation regime;

   (b)   notes:

      (i)   ratification by the United States and Russia of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms [New START] on 5 February 2011,

      (ii)   unilateral nuclear arsenal reductions announced by France and the United Kingdom,

      (iii)   the strong working relationship between Australia and Japan on issues of non-proliferation and disarmament, including more recently by establishing the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative to take forward the 2010 NPT Review Conference outcomes, and

      (iv)   the unanimous views presented by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties in Report 106: Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament; and

   (c)   calls for:

      (i)   further cuts in all categories of nuclear weapons and a continuing reduction of their roles in national security policies,

      (ii)   states outside the NPT to join the treaty as non-nuclear weapon states,

      (iii)   ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty by all states yet to do so,

      (iv)   the immediate commencement and early conclusion of negotiations for a verifiable treaty banning the production of fissile material for weapons purposes,

      (v)   stronger international measures to address serious NPT non-compliance issues,

      (vi)   Iran, Syria and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions,

      (vii)   political and financial support for a strengthened IAEA safeguards regime, including universalisation of the Additional Protocol,

      (viii)   further investigation of the merits and risks of nuclear fuel cycle multilateralisation,

      (ix)   exploration of legal frameworks for the abolition of nuclear weapons, including the possibility of a nuclear weapons convention, as prospects for multilateral disarmament improve,

      (x)   efforts to establish a Middle East zone free from weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, freely arrived at by all regional states, and

      (xi)   efforts to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism within the framework of the IAEA and the Nuclear Security Summits.

Senator Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that in 2008 the Government and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia signed the Closing the Gap Statement of Intent; and

   (b)    acknowledges that is it too early to accurately measure progress but calls on all parties to reaffirm commitment to its objectives:

      (i)   To developing a comprehensive, long-term plan of action, that is targeted to need, evidence-based and capable of addressing the existing inequities in health services, in order to achieve equality of health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by 2030.

      (ii)   To ensuring primary health care services and health infrastructure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples which are capable of bridging the gap in health standards by 2018.

      (iii)   To ensuring the full participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their representative bodies in all aspects of addressing their health needs.

      (iv)   To working collectively to systematically address the social determinants that impact on achieving health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

      (v)   To building on the evidence base and supporting what works in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and relevant international experience.

      (vi)   To supporting and developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health services in urban, rural and remote areas in order to achieve lasting improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

      (vii)   To achieving improved access to, and outcomes from, mainstream services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

      (viii)   To respect and promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including by ensuring that health services are available, appropriate, accessible, affordable, and of good quality.

      (ix)   To measure, monitor, and report on our joint efforts, in accordance with benchmarks and targets, to ensure that we are progressively realising our shared ambitions.

Senators Ronaldson and Macdonald to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   recognises that Buckingham Palace has issued two official portraits to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the ascension to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia;

   (b)   is concerned that these portraits are not available for members and senators of the Australian Parliament to distribute to organisations in their electorate under the Department of Finance and Deregulation's Constituents' Request Program; and

   (c)   calls on the Government to expand the Constituents' Request Program to include access to these official portraits of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh in their Diamond Jubilee year, and to so enable members and senators of the Australian Parliament to share with organisations in their community images of Australia's Head of State.

Senator Wright to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   up to 90 per cent of marine life within the Great Australian Bight is found nowhere else on Earth,

      (ii)   the Great Australian Bight is an important feeding and migration area to approximately 30 species of whales and dolphins, including sperm whales, beaked whales, southern right whales and the critically endangered blue whale, and

      (iii)   less than 1 per cent of this area is protected from oil and gas operations;

   (b)   recognises that:

      (i)   over the past 3 years, the Government has progressively opened up more areas in the Great Australian Bight to oil and gas exploration,

      (ii)   BP holds four oil and gas exploration leases in the Great Australian Bight, the boundaries of which overlap with the Great Australian Bight Marine Park,

      (iii)   BP is currently conducting seismic testing in marine park areas to explore for oil and gas, and such testing is moving into known whale feeding regions,

      (iv)   grave concerns have been expressed by a number of environmental groups about the risks associated with seismic testing occurring too close to whales, including organ and lung damage, hearing damage and haemorrhaging, which can result in death, and

      (v)   the Great Australia Bight is an iconic and globally significant area for marine life and its unique ecology and environment must be protected and preserved for the benefit of future generations; and

   (c)   calls on the Government to:

      (i)   prioritise the protection and preservation of marine life in the Great Australian Bight by creating a network of large marine sanctuaries,

      (ii)   impose a moratorium on the issuing of oil and gas leases in the Great Australian Bight until after final decisions have been made regarding the establishment of marine sanctuaries in the Great Australian Bight through the Commonwealth marine bioregional planning process, and

      (iii)   prohibit night-time seismic testing and require the mandatory use of passive acoustic technology when conducting such testing in the Great Australian Bight.

Senator Crossin to move:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on the provisions of the Access to Justice (Federal Jurisdiction) Amendment Bill 2011 be extended to 29 March 2012.

Senator Crossin to move:

That the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 22 March 2012, from 5 pm.

Senator Waters to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that in the past 6 months since the Greens motion for a moratorium on coal seam gas mining was first defeated in the Senate, the urgent concerns of farmers, landholders and regional communities regarding the risks posed by the runaway coal seam gas industry have not been addressed;

   (b)   notes that the recent Senate inquiry into the impacts of coal seam gas mining in the Murray Darling Basin heard compelling evidence that regional communities are suffering many negative impacts from the operations of coal seam gas mining companies; and

   (c)   calls on the Government to implement an immediate moratorium on any new coal seam gas approvals until the long-term impacts of the industry on groundwater, agriculture, rural communities, threatened species, the climate and the Great Barrier Reef are known.

Senator Waters to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   a recent Galaxy poll found 88 per cent of Queenslanders oppose offshore dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and

      (ii)   the Government has approved offshore dumping of over 22 million cubic metres of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area in the past 5 years; and

   (b)   calls on the Government to stop approving offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   22 March 2012 is World Water Day - a day to acknowledge that the world has now met the Millennium Development Goal target for drinking water, and 2 billion people have gained access to drinking water since 1990,

      (ii)   around 800 million people still live without access to drinking water and that 2.5 billion people, which is 37 per cent of the world's population, still live without access to basic sanitation,

      (iii)   the Millennium Development Goal target for sanitation will not be met,

      (iv)   2.5 million children die each year as a result of unclean water and poor sanitation, and that diarrhoea is the leading cause of death in Africa and the second leading cause of child death globally,

      (v)   access to clean water and sanitation are the foundation for progress on other development outcomes, especially child health and education, and

      (vi)   the high level meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership will take place on 20 April 2012 in Washington; and

   (b)   calls on the Government to:

      (i)   continue and increase aid funding for water and sanitation, with a special emphasis on investing in sanitation, in the 2012-13 budget and beyond, and

      (ii)   support the work of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership and other initiatives to bring an end to this global crisis.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Export Control Act 1982 to prohibit the export of live animals for slaughter, and for related purposes. Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2012.

Senators Joyce, Nash, Scullion, Boswell, McKenzie and Williams to move:

That the Senate notes:

   (a)   Wednesday, 28 March 2012 marks 100 years since the formation of the Farmers' and Settlers' Association in Western Australia;

   (b)   the Farmers' and Settlers' Association formed the Country Party, which in turn became the National Party;

   (c)   the party has served on the Federal Government benches longer than any other political party in Australia's history;

   (d)   that the party has produced three Prime Ministers in Sir Earle Page, Sir Arthur Fadden and Sir John McEwen; and

   (e)   The Nationals have an outstanding record of delivery for regional Australia.

Senator Heffernan to move:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee on operational issues in export grain networks be extended to 12 April 2012.

Senator Xenophon to move:

That the Senate notes that South Australia has substantially adhered to River Murray extraction caps since 1968, whereas other states in the Murray Darling Basin have increased extractions by at least 3 000 gigalitres.

Senator Joyce and Senator Birmingham to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has modelled the average annual inflows into the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) at 31 599 gigalitres,

      (ii)   the modelling of these inflows covers a 114 year period from 1895 to 2009,

      (iii)   the MDBA has not used the past 2 years of data on inflows in calculating the average inflows into the MDB as listed in the draft basin plan,

      (iv)   the past 2 years have seen record rainfall in the Murray Darling,

      (v)   the MDBA has acknowledged that including the 2010-12 river inflow data would change inflow calculations by 0.13 per cent or 32 gigalitres of water, and

      (vi)   the MDBA has stated that 'long term average inflows do not simply translate into estimates of sustainable diversion limits';

   (b)   calls on the Government to ensure that the final basin plan is based on the most up to date data and the best available science consistent with the requirements of the Water Act 2007; and

   (c)   orders that there be laid on the table by 16 April 2012:

      (i)   annual data on the modelled inflows into the Murray Darling from 1895 to 2011,

      (ii)   any MDBA advice and assessments about how this data is used to calculate sustainable diversion limits,

      (iii)   any MDBA advice about how historical usage in different regions has been used to calculate sustainable diversion limits, and

      (iv)   any other information held by the Government which explains the methodology used in formulating modelled inflows.

Senators Di Natale, Madigan and Xenophon to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for the regulation of poker machines to reduce the harm of problem gambling, and for related purposes. Poker Machine Harm Reduction ($1Bets and Other Measures) Bill 2012.

Senator Macdonald to move:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills on the future direction and role of the committee be extended to 9 May 2012.