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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads (Senator Ian Campbell): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act 1995, and for related purposes. Crimes Legislation Amendment (Telecommunications Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2004.

Senator Stott Despoja: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate, recalling its resolution of 14 October 2003 relating to human rights in Colombia:

 (a) notes again with regret the long and continuing history of violence directed towards human rights defenders in Colombia;

 (b) reiterates its recognition of the important role performed by both local and international human rights organisations in Colombia and the positive contribution made by international observers including the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Peace Brigades International, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch;

 (c) expresses its concern that:

  (i) rural communities, and in particular the Peace Community of San Josde Apartad, as well as local human rights defenders, and international observers that accompany this community, such as Peace Brigades International and the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, have recently been subjected to increased intimidation in the Urabregion of North-West Colombia, and

  (ii) the safety of members of the above-mentioned community, their leaders, and the international human rights organisations present in the area, is at risk following recent adverse statements made by members of the Colombian Government, who have in the past equated human rights organisations with agents of terrorism;

 (d) notes:

  (i) that the Peace Community of San Josde Apartadhas been granted provisional precautionary measures by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, because of the high level of risk suffered by community members, which has claimed the lives of many within the community in recent years, and

  (ii) that these provisional measures were also re-affirmed by the Constitutional Court of Colombia, which ordered that the safety of the community and the fundamental human rights of its people be guaranteed; and

 (e) expresses its hope that the Colombian Government will guarantee the safety of the people of San Josde Apartad, and of the international observers who accompany them. (general business notice of motion no. 927)

Senator Allison: To move on the next day of sitting—That the budgetary and environmental implications of the Government's Energy White Paper be referred to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee for inquiry and report by 2 September 2004.


Senator Stott Despoja: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Monash University bookshops were joint winners of the 2003 Australian Tertiary Bookshop of the Year award,

  (ii) being a winner, the UNSW bookshop also recognises that students will be losers when the Educational Textbook Subsidy Scheme ceases on 30 June 2004 and has been trying to meet the demand of students who wish to purchase textbooks before prices rise,

  (iii) the UNSW bookshop is concerned about the effect of the closure of the scheme on students' access to educational resources at a time of increasing higher education contribution scheme fees and is saddened by the discontinuation of a successful scheme, and

  (iv) booksellers will soon face the additional cost of updating or modifying their software, as they did 4 years ago, to accommodate the closure of the scheme;

 (b) condemns the Government for effectively introducing a new tax from 1 July 2004, which will result in students paying price increases of up to 10 per cent; and

 (c) urges the Government to extend the scheme. (general business notice of motion no. 928)

Senator Nettle: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the Senate resolution of 8 October 2003 that called on the Australian Government to support the development of a Protocol to the `Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects' to prevent the creation of explosive remnants of war and reduce their impact on humanity,

  (ii) that on Friday, 28 November 2003, the 92 nations that are signatories to this Convention adopted Protocol V to the Convention to deal with cleaning up explosive remnants of war after a conflict ends, and

  (iii) that thousands of civilians continue to be killed and maimed by explosive remnants of war each year; and

 (b) calls on the Australian Government to sign and ratify Protocol V of the Convention without delay. (general business notice of motion no. 929)

Senator Nettle: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table, by 3 pm on 30 June 2004, the following documents:

 (a) all correspondence between Environment Australia and Hutchison 3G in relation to the installation of videophone facilities in Oatley Park; and

 (b) all correspondence between Environment Australia and Telstra in relation to the installation of videophone facilities in Leichardt and Coogee. (general business notice of motion no. 930)

Senator Nettle: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) it is estimated that at least 300 000 children under the age of 18 are currently taking part in armed conflicts around the world,


  (ii) more than 2 million children have been killed in armed conflicts in the past decade, with a further 6 million seriously injured or permanently disabled,

  (iii) an Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child has been developed that `prohibits governments that have signed up and armed groups from using children under the age of 18 in conflict', and

  (iv) Australia signed the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict on 21 October 2002, but has so far failed to ratify the Optional Protocol; and

 (b) calls on the Australian Government to ratify the Optional Protocol without further delay. (general business notice of motion no. 931)

Senator Ridgeway: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) acknowledges that midwives have a critical role to play in birthing services, especially given the shortage of obstetricians and an increase in invasive caesarean section procedures;

 (b) notes that:

  (i) there is a chronic shortage of obstetricians, especially in rural, remote and outer suburban areas,

  (ii) 60 per cent of births involve no complications and can be safely performed by midwives,

  (iii) a 2002 report estimated a national shortage of more than 1 800 midwives,

  (iv) 386 registered midwives are not currently practicing, primarily due to the lack of medical indemnity insurance,

  (v) caesarean sections have been identified by the World Health Organization as occurring at twice the desirable level, and

  (vi) increasingly, women are embracing non-medical and non-invasive births; and

 (c) calls on the Federal Government to:

  (i) recognise the Victorian Government's decision to fund midwifery birthing units as positive,

  (ii) include midwives in the 2002 Medical Indemnity package to increase the number of registered and practicing midwives, and

  (iii) increase funding for training services for midwives, to address the current shortage. (general business notice of motion no. 932)

Senator Nettle: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matters be referred to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 29 November 2004:

 (a) the National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits—Budget Measures) Bill 2002 [No. 2];

 (b) the social and economic implications of increasing the co-payment for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listed medicines, including the long-term implications for the health of Australians; and

 (c) any related matters.

Senator Brown: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that the Australian flag flying above Parliament House has twice been obscured by fog during the week beginning 20 June 2004;


 (b) notes that school children have been in the vicinity; and

 (c) calls on the Government not to defund Parliament but rather, recognising that fog results from hot air rising into a colder atmosphere, to see what can be done to prevent this emblematic obfuscation recurring. (general business notice of motion no. 933)

The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads (Senator Ian Campbell): To move on the next day of sitting—That the provisions of paragraphs (5), (6) and (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

 Australian Energy Market Bill 2004 and Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Energy Market) Bill 2004

 Customs Legislation Amendment (Airport, Port and Cargo Security) Bill 2004

 Family and Community Services and Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Sugar Reform) Bill 2004

 Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2004.

 Documents: Senator Ian Campbell tabled the following documents:

  Consideration of legislation—Statements of reasons [4] for introduction and passage of certain bills in the 2004 winter sittings.

Senator Brown: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Australian Energy Market Bill 2004 and the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Energy Market) Bill 2004 be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 31 August 2004, with particular reference to the constitutional implications and legal precedents that will be established by giving the South Australian Parliament the ability to modify Commonwealth law, regulations and rules.

Senator Brown: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed in August 2003 to develop a national water initiative which would:

  (i) `ensure ecosystem health by implementing regimes to protect environmental assets at a whole-of-basin, aquifer or catchment scale', and

  (ii) include `firm pathways and open processes' for returning over-allocated surface and groundwater systems to environmentally-sustainable levels of extraction; and

 (b) calls on COAG to reject any agreement on the national water initiative which fails to ensure ecosystem health or to provide firm pathways, including clear timelines, and open processes for reducing extraction from over-allocated surface and groundwater systems to environmentally-sustainable levels. (general business notice of motion no. 934)

Notice of motion withdrawn: Senator Ridgeway withdrew general business notice of motion no. 918 standing in his name for today, authorising the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee to hold a private meeting during the sitting of the Senate.