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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 313


Senator Polley to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that February is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month,

(ii) the campaign for 2017 urges Australians not to wait until it is too late, because 90 per cent of cases can be treated successfully if detected early, and

(iii) over 15,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year—Australia’s second biggest cancer killer; and

(b) urges Federal, state, territory and local governments to help change the way bowel cancer is perceived by encouraging Australians to recognise and talk about the signs of bowel cancer, and to get checked before it is too late.

Senator Di Natale to move:

That the Senate—

(a) sends its sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the three young Australians who tragically died last month in Melbourne after overdosing on pills they believed to be MDMA;

(b) notes the recent reports that Victorian Police tested the pills but did not release potentially life-saving information about the extremely dangerous substances they contained; and

(c) calls on the Government to urgently introduce effective harm minimisation strategies and work with state and territory governments to introduce pill testing trials and early warning systems to allow young Australians to access critical information about the drugs they are considering taking.

Senator Smith to move:

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren Western Australia (GRGWA) on winning the group category in the Western Australia Council of the Ageing (COTA) Senior Awards for 2016;

(b) commends the staff of GRGWA, all of whom are volunteers, for their tireless work in supporting those grandparents, and their families, who take on the role of primary carer for their grandchildren; and

(c) notes that the numbers of grandparents taking on the full-time care of their grandchildren continues to grow, and reaffirms the recommendations contained in the report of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, Grandparents who take responsibility for raising their grandchildren.

Senator Xenophon to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983, and for related purposes. Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Restoring Shortwave Radio) Bill 2017.

Senators Bilyk and Polley to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Labor in Government provided $2.67 million over four years to Palliative Care Tasmania to deliver the Networking End of Life Care Across Tasmania project as part of the $63.2 million Better Access to Palliative Care (BAPC) program,

(ii) the project has delivered education on end of life and palliative care, death, dying, grief and bereavement which has reached more than 13,000 Tasmanians,

(iii) the BAPC program has increased the number of Tasmanians dying at home, in their preferred setting, to 26 per cent compared with 14 per cent nationally,

(iv) prior to the last federal election, Labor committed to provide funding of $2.3 million over three years to allow Palliative Care Tasmania to continue its important work, and

(v) in the absence of any funding commitment from the Australian Government, Palliative Care Tasmania is expected to close its doors due to a lack of funding; and

(b) condemns the Turnbull Liberal Government for its failure to secure the future of Palliative Care Tasmania.

Senators Fierravanti-Wells and Moore to move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges the advancements toward democratisation made by Myanmar’s civilian government, which was elected in 2015;

(b) reaffirms Australia’s support for genuine democracy and institution building in Myanmar;

(c) expresses its sadness at the murders of Mr Ko Ni and Mr Nay Win;

(d) acknowledges that:

(i) Mr Ko Ni was a legal adviser to Myanmar’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and an expert in constitutional law who visited Australia last year, meeting leaders in the legal and political community, including at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian National University and University of Melbourne, and

(ii) Mr Nay Win was a taxi driver who attempted to restrain Mr Ko Ni’s attacker before being killed himself; and

(e) sends condolences to the family and friends of Mr Ko Ni and Mr Nay Win, as well as to the people of Myanmar on these tragic losses.

Senator McCarthy to move:

That the Senate—

(a) affirms its support for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as the national broadcaster;

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) take note of the concerns of Senator McCarthy, Mr Warren Snowdon MP and Mr Luke Gosling MP,and those expressed by other senators and members of the House of Representatives, on the impact of scrapping the ABC’s shortwave service in the Northern Territory, and

(ii) explore all options available to it, including working with the ABC Board and management, to recommence shortwave services to the Northern Territory and the Pacific region as soon as practicable; and

(c) calls on the ABC to:

(i) recognise that it provides vital services and programs including emergency information to remote communities, pastoral stations, Indigenous rangers, travellers and people who work remotely, as well as people in the Pacific region,

(ii) recognise that alternative platforms, such as AM/FM radio, digital radio, online streaming and Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST), are not available to remote listeners in a range of circumstances, and

(iii) recognise that the provision of digital media services should not undermine the provision of comprehensive broadcasting services to Australians living in remote areas.

Senator Fawcett to move:

That the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1), private briefings and public meetings, during the sittings of the Senate, from 11 am to 1 pm, as follows:

(a) Monday, 13 February 2017;

(b) Monday, 20 March 2017; and

(c) Monday, 27 March 2017.

Senators Rhiannon and Cameron to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the proportion of Australians leasing in the private rental housing market is the highest in over 50 years,

(ii) long-run structural changes in Australia’s housing system are leading to increasing numbers of households choosing to rent on a long-term and, in some cases, a permanent basis,

(iii) comparative international studies, including a 2011 study by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, show that tenancy laws administered by the Australian states and territories perform poorly in the provision of tenant protections against arbitrary eviction, excessive rent increases and allowing tenants the full enjoyment of their home,

(iv) in the absence of affordable owner-occupied housing, life-long renting is now a prospect for many people, and

(v) Australian tenancy laws may no longer be fit for purpose; and

(b) calls on the Government to work with the states, territories and relevant non-government organisations to set national minimum tenancy standards to ensure that tenants’ rights are protected in relation to matters, including fairer processes around lease terminations and evictions, fair standards to govern the amounts by which rents can be increased, and provide for long-term residential leases that enable households the full enjoyment of a secure home.

Senator Macdonald to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the substantial contribution to the economic health of North Queensland provided by the resources industry;

(b) acknowledges that the resources industry:

(i) contributed $2.97 billion in gross regional product in 2015-16 across two of the electorates that comprise a large part of North Queensland, namely Herbert and Kennedy,

(ii) paid $673 million in wages to 5,053 full-time employees in 2015-16 across the electorates of Herbert and Kennedy,

spent $952 million on local goods and services in 2015-16 across the electorates of Herbert and Kennedy, and

(iii) made contributions that benefited 151 community organisations in 2015-16 across the electorates of Herbert and Kennedy; and

(c) urges the Government to continue its support of this economically, socially and environmentally responsible industry.

Senator Gallagher to move:

That the Senate condemns the failure of the Turnbull Government to invest in public transport infrastructure across Australia.

Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the Government’s refusal to commit to the final two years of Gonski funding, which has established a funding cliff in 2018, will cut billions of dollars from Australian schools, and

(ii) that some of the wealthiest private schools in Australia are over-funded while many public schools are struggling without adequate funding; and

(iii) calls on the Turnbull Government to prioritise equality in Australian schools by committing to a genuine needsĀ­-based funding model.

Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) this week marks the beginning of long-term remediation of the ash dams adjacent to the decommissioned Port Augusta Power Station,

(ii) the people of Port Augusta have health concerns due to the ash cloud and should be supported,

(iii) Port Augusta residents have had lung cancer rates double the state average and have led a passionate campaign to build a solar thermal plant to secure their energy future, and

(iv) the slow response to the closure of the Port Augusta Power Station and the resultant pollution should serve as a lesson to other power station operators in the country; and

(b) calls on the Turnbull Government to:

(i) offer support to the people of Port Augusta in regards to their health concerns and take all possible steps to avoid a repeat of the situation in Port Augusta elsewhere,

(ii) expedite the process of permanently rehabilitating the ash dam site at Port Augusta by assisting the State Government and Flinders Power, and

(iii) secure Port Augusta’s future as a renewable energy leader by providing the support needed to build a solar thermal power plant.

Senator Ludlam to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes Condition 4 of the federal approval decision for the Roe Highway Extension, which specifies that all potential nesting trees are to be investigated to detect the presence of black cockatoos using hollows within 7 days prior to clearing, and that the investigation must be undertaken by a suitably qualified and experienced person; and

(b) orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Energy, by no later than close of business on 9 February 2017, the following information:

(i) the date the investigation of nesting trees was completed,

(ii) how the investigation was undertaken,

(iii) the qualifications of the person/s who undertook the investigation, and

(iv) a copy of the investigation, including all results.

Senator Rice to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Melbourne is currently facing a housing crisis, with record numbers of people experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough in streets and parks,

(ii) over 100 people are turned away from crisis accommodation every night in Victoria, and there are 32,000 people on the public housing waiting list,

(iii) emergency housing services and other frontline services are operating above their capacity, and

(iv) across Australia, almost 200,000 families are on housing waiting lists and yet only a small fraction of this need was addressed via new public and community houses made available last year; and

(b) calls on the Government to take urgent and meaningful action to end homelessness and housing distress being experienced by thousands of Australians.

Senator Rice to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australian Rules football fans have wholeheartedly embraced the AFL Women’s league, which launched last weekend drawing crowds exceeding 50,000 people and securing bumper television ratings, and

(ii) women’s and girls’ participation in Australian Rules football has seen enormous growth in recent years, and the launch of an elite level national competition provides an inspiring level to which players can aspire;

(b) congratulates the players, coaching staff, supporters and clubs involved in the inaugural season of the AFL Women’s competition; and

(c) calls on the Government to take action to support women’s participation in Australian Rules football and to support fair pay for its professional players.

Senator Ludlam to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Trump Presidency is causing deep concern and unease in the Australian community, and

(ii) the Speaker of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom, Mr John Bercow, said on 7 February 2017 that speaking in Westminster Hall 'is not an automatic right, it is an earned honour', and that he would not issue an invitation to President Trump;

(b) affirms the principles expressed by Speaker of the House of Commons; and

(c) resolves that senators will act in accordance with these principles, and reject any invitation to attend an address by Mr Trump to the House of Representatives.