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Wednesday, 2 March 2016
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Senators Lindgren and Reynolds to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that Vietnam Veterans Day:

(i) is celebrated on 18 August every year,

(ii) commemorates the service and sacrifice given by almost 60,000 Australians who served in the Vietnam War, including the 521 who were killed and the 3,000 wounded, and

(iii) was, until 1987, known as Long Tan Day, which commemorated the service of 108 personnel of D Company 6RAR, who on 18 August 1966, with limited supplies and in torrential rain, successfully fought off 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops near the village of Long Tan;

(b) reiterates its sincere appreciation for the service of all veterans of the Vietnam War; and

(c) express its regret that many veterans of the Vietnam War did not receive appropriate recognition of their service upon their return to Australia.

Senator Conroy to move:

That the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee meet on Thursday, 17 March 2016 between 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm to further consider the 2015-16 additional estimates and examine the Department of Defence, and, in particular, the implications for the department of the 2016 Defence White Paper and that the Minister for Defence appear before the committee to answer questions for that time.

Senators Xenophon and McEwen to move:


(a) the Senate notes that:

(i) on 17 November 2014 the Senate agreed to an order for the production of documents directed at the Minister for Defence for 'any documents produced by Pty Ltd as a result of tender reference DMOCIP/RFT 0315/2012, including economic modelling and other examination of the potential economic impact of the SEA1000 submarine project on the Australian economy, among other subjects',

(ii) on 23 February 2016 the Minister for Defence rose in the Senate and made a 'Cabinet-in-Confidence' related public interest immunity claim with respect to the documents ordered, and

(iii) on 16 July 1975 the Senate laid out by resolution its position with respect to public interest immunity claims—where paragraph 4 of that resolution makes it clear that, while the Senate may permit claims of public interest immunity to be advanced, it reserves the right to determine whether any particular claim will be accepted; and

(b) there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, no later than 15 March 2016, the independent legal advice which grounds the Minister's public interest immunity claim made in the Senate on 23 February 2016 in relation to the Senate resolution agreed to on 17 November 2014.

Senator Muir to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Social Security Act 1991, and for related purposes. Social Security Amendment (Diabetes Support) Bill 2016.

Senator Lines to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that Ruah Community Services has coordinated Perth's third Registry Week, held between 8 February and 19 February 2016, with teams of trained volunteers surveying rough-sleeping homeless people, with the aim of providing the sector a current snapshot of who is homeless in these areas and what are their needs;

(b) commends the City of Perth, the City of Vincent, the Town of Victoria Park, the City of Kwinana, the City of Rockingham, the City of Joondalup and the City of Wanneroo for their participation in the survey; and

(c) condemns the Abbott-Turnbull Government for its inaction on homelessness and affordable housing.

Senator Cash, and Senators Moore and Waters to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 8 March is International Women's Day (IWD), and that the theme for IWD 2016 is 'Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality',

(ii) International Women's Day is a time to celebrate acts of courage and determination by women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities to achieve gender equality, and

(iii) 2016 marks 40 years since Australia appointed its first Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Women's Affairs;

(b) acknowledges:

(i) the work that UN Women, the United Nations (UN) organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, undertakes to improve the conditions of women, both domestically and internationally,

(ii) that, despite the many rights and privileges Australian women enjoy, there remain challenges that we must strive to overcome, and

(iii) that all women have the right to be safe and live without fear of violence, and women's safety must therefore remain at the forefront of Australia's national consciousness; and

(c) recognises:

(i) that in Australia, violence against women is still far too common, with Australian Bureau of Statistics data revealing that one in four women has experienced violence at the hands of a current or former partner, and

(ii) that Australians have an obligation to speak out and protect the human rights of women, both in Australia and overseas.

Senator Collins to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Special Minister of State, no later than 2 pm on Thursday, 3 March 2016, documents recording the agreement between the Government and the Australian Greens relating to changes to Senate voting.

Senators Madigan, Leyonhjelm, Day, Muir, Lambie, Wang and Xenophon, and the Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus) to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Sport (Senator Fiona Nash), no later than 4 pm on Friday, 11 March 2016, the following documents relating to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and the National Anti-Doping Framework:

(a) the final report by ASADA investigator, Mr Aaron Walker, on its investigation into the Essendon Football Club's player supplements program during the 2012 AFL season (Operation Cobia), dated 4 March 2014;

(b) the independent review of Operation Cobia conducted by former Federal Court judge, Garry Downes;

(c) the report of the independent review of ASADA commissioned by former Minister for Sport (Ms Ellis); and

(d) the decision of the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal signed by the chairman, Mr David Jones, and members, Mr John Nixon and Mr Wayne Henwood, dated 31 March 2015 which cleared 34 Essendon footballers who played for the club during the 2012 AFL season of an alleged violation of the 1 January 2012 AFL Anti-Doping Code.

Senator Dastyari to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Education and Training (Senator Birmingham), the Minister for Finance and the Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Cormann), no later than 3.30 pm on Tuesday, 15 March 2016, all documents prepared since 15 September 2015, relating to the indexation of total school funding by the consumer price index with allowances for changes in enrolments from the 2018 school year onwards, as referred to in the measure contained in the 2014-15 Budget 'Students First'—indexation of school funding from 2018.

Senator Ryan to move:

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Increasing Consumer Choice) Bill 2016

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2015-2016

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2015-2016

Tax Laws Amendment (Norfolk Island CGT Exemption) Bill 2016.