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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
Page: 5296

Senator Watson to move on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on Superannuation on tax arrangements for superannuation and related policy be extended to 10 December 2002.

Senator Stott Despoja to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that the 16th Annual Australian Record Industry Association Awards were held on 15 October 2002,

(ii) that the awards recognise a range of contributions made to the industry, including awards for Best New Artist, Highest Selling Album, Best Children's Album, Best Independent Release, Best Cover Art and Engineer of the Year,

(iii) that the awards provide an opportunity to showcase the depth and talent of craft evident in the music sector in Australia, and

(iv) the strong presence of female performers in this years winners list;

(b) congratulates the many nominees and winners for their contribution to the Australian music industry; and

(c) calls on the Government to provide continuing support for the Australian music industry.

Senator Stott Despoja to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Science, no later than 2 pm on Thursday, 24 October 2002:

All documents held by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator relating to the risk assessment for the Canola trial licence application (Application No. DIR 011/2001) and the decision to approve the licence, including submissions, correspondence, records and minutes of meetings scientific reports, and the risk assessment itself, including any drafts, risk assessment criteria and protocols and memos.

Senator Stott Despoja to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the 4th Australian Publishers' Bookshow will be held at the New South Wales Writers Centre on the weekend of 19 and 20 October 2002,

(ii) this is an opportunity to celebrate and encourage local publishing in light of the increasing globalisation of the Australian publishing industry,

(iii) the recently-released 2000-01 Australian Bureau of Statistics survey of publishers found a drop of 19 per cent in the number of new books bought in Australia in this period compared with the previous year, and

(iv) the average publishing business cut staff by 15 per cent in this period and that profits fell by 41 per cent; and

(b) calls on the Government to exempt books from the goods and services tax.

Senator Stott Despoja to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the planned execution of Nigerian woman, Ms Amina Lawal, who was sentenced for having a child outside marriage,

(ii) that more than 100 000 people have signed an online open letter to the President of Nigeria calling for this sentence to be overturned and for the human rights of the citizens of Nigeria to be respected, and

(iii) that the Australian Government has conveyed the deep concern of the Australian Government and people to the Nigerian Government on this issue; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to maintain its advocacy in relation to this issue.