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Wednesday, 27 June 2012
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Senator Nash to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   Australian charities, including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) face significantly higher electricity and other costs as a result of the Government's carbon tax,

      (ii)   the RSPCA faces up to $180 000 in increased costs because of the carbon tax and that the Chief Executive Officer of its Australian Capital Territory branch, Mr Linke, has stated that services to help animals could be cut, and

      (iii)   the Government's Low Carbon Communities program will be of no assistance to thousands of charitable organisations across the nation facing carbon tax-related cost increases; and

   (b)   condemns the Government for imposing major extra cost burdens on charitable organisations like the RSPCA, forcing them to cut services, including to save helpless and injured animals.

Senator Abetz to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes the Speaker of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, the Right Honourable James Wani Igga, announced the Declaration of Independence Act for South Sudan on 9 July 2011; and

   (b)   congratulates the world's newest state, the Republic of South Sudan, on its 1st anniversary on 9 July 2012.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 December 2012:

The administration, management and objectives of Australia's overseas development programs in Afghanistan in the context of the 'Transition Decade', including:

   (a)   an evaluation of Australia's bilateral aid program to date in Afghanistan;

   (b)   an evaluation of the interaction and effectiveness of Australia's bilateral aid, multilateral aid, the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund and other Australian government departments delivering aid;

   (c)   the means to most effectively address the Millennium Development Goals in Afghanistan;

   (d)   how to guarantee the safety of all workers involved in the delivery of Australian aid programs in Afghanistan; and

   (e)   any other related matters.

Senators Madigan and Back to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   Saturday, 23 June 2012, marked the anniversary of the tabling of the final report by the Community Affairs References Committee, The social and economic impact of rural wind farms,

      (ii)   this report made seven recommendations, including recommendations calling for studies on the effects of wind farms on human health,

      (iii)   on 7 February 2012, the Senate passed a motion calling on the Government to immediately act on the seven recommendations of the report,

      (iv)   12 months after the tabling of the report, and more than 4 months since the Senate called on the Government to immediately act on the recommendations, the Government has failed to respond to the Senate's call, and

      (v)   Mr Lane Crockett, board member of the Clean Energy Council and General Manager of Pacific Hydro, one of the leading wind farm corporations in Australia, has called on the Government to launch a national review into the health effects of all forms of power generation, including wind power; and

   (b)   orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Health, no later than noon on Tuesday, 14 August 2012, information detailing the actions being taken by the Government to act on the recommendations calling for studies on the effects of wind farms on human health.

Senators Madigan and Xenophon to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, and for related purposes. Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Excessive Noise from Wind Farms) Bill 2012.

Senator Abetz to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes:

      (i)   advice from the Department of Finance and Deregulation released under Freedom of Information laws that the review of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) should have included productivity, for example, a look at the costs incurred through bargaining, disputes, training and delays,

      (ii)   that the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations (Mr Shorten) revised the terms of reference drafted by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to:

   (A)   delete references to flexibility and balancing the needs of employees and employers in the opening paragraph,

   (B)   delete any reference to how the Act has reduced the compliance burden on business, and

   (C)   delete surveys of employers on their experiences in bargaining and agreement making under the Act and a survey of employees to measure their views and experiences under the Act, and

      (iii)   the view of departmental officers that the Minister's terms of reference were too narrow; and

   (b)   expresses concern that the terms of reference for the review were not broader.

Senator Wright to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:   

      (i)   in September 2011, the Government released a public discussion paper seeking community views on the consolidation of Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws, and

      (ii)   approximately 270 submissions were received;

   (b)   recognises that the Government has committed to introducing new protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; and

   (c)   calls on the Government to introduce, as a matter of priority, legislation that ensures Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws are consistent with Australia's international human rights obligations.

Senator Waters to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, no later than 14 August 2012, any documents, including correspondence, created since 1 January 2009 in the possession or control of the Minister, his office, or the department, regarding:

   (a)   the adequacy of relevant Queensland Government departments' administration of their responsibilities under the current or former assessment bilateral agreement established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act); or

   (b)   the capacity and likelihood of relevant Queensland Government departments to effectively administer the EPBC Act if an approvals bilateral agreement were to be entered into under the EPBC Act.

Senator Ryan to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   Senator Bob Carr's electorate office in Bligh House, Sydney, also served as the principal place of business of R.J. Carr Pty Ltd, his former lobbying company, until 24 May 2012,

      (ii)   on 24 May 2012, Senator Ryan raised this issue at the 2012-13 Budget estimates hearing of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee,

      (iii)   on 24 May 2012, the principal place of business of R.J. Carr Pty Ltd was transferred to an address in Burwood,

      (iv)   on 30 May 2012, Senator Bob Carr told the 2012-13 Budget estimates hearing of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee that the 'process of excising that reference from the record of ASIC is a matter between my business accountant and ASIC' and 'just an office detail', and

      (v)   clause 2.9 of the Prime Minister's 'Standards of Ministerial Ethics', dated September 2010 'require that Ministers divest themselves of investments and other interests in any public or private company or business'; and

   (b)   calls on Senator Bob Carr to explain to the Senate forthwith why he has retained his shareholding in R.J. Carr Pty Ltd in contravention of the Prime Minister's 'Standards of Ministerial Ethics'.