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Monday, 18 November 2002
Page: 6603

Senator Eggleston to move on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee on the provisions of the Telecommunications Competition Bill 2002 be extended to 22 November 2002.

Senator Brandis to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Economics Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 19 November 2002, from 4 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the Inspector-General of Taxation Bill 2002.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of reports of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee be extended as follows:

(a) urban water management—to 5 December 2002; and

(b) environmental performance at the Ranger, Jabiluka, Beverley and Honeymoon uranium operations—to 4 March 2003.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the report recently released by United States Congressman Henry Waxman which shows that:

(i) major tobacco companies continue to deny in court that smoking causes disease, despite public admissions on their websites about the harm caused by their products,

(ii) only Philip Morris Ltd does not contest the fact that smoking causes disease,

(iii) four of the five major tobacco companies, including British American Tobacco which operates in Australia, decline to admit that nicotine is addictive, and

(iv) all five major tobacco companies deny that second-hand tobacco smoke causes disease in non-smokers, despite the evidence of leading medical and scientific organisations;

(b) urges the Federal Government to invest more in tobacco control, noting the significant savings that can be made in deaths, disabilities, suffering and cost to the health system of around one fifth of the Australian population being addicted to smoking;

(c) congratulates the New South Wales Government on successfully taking court action against Philip Morris for breaching tobacco advertising laws at their stand at the Fashion's Future Designer Awards in Sydney; and

(d) encourages the New South Wales Government to introduce tougher penalties for companies flouting tobacco laws.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the findings of the 2001 National Survey of Photovoltaics in Australia which shows that:

(i) in 1996 Australia led the world in per capita manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) systems,

(ii) despite an increase from 7.5 mega-watts to 10 megawatts capacity between 1996 and 2001, Australia fell behind Japan and Spain for per capita manufacture of PV systems,

(iii) Japan now dominates PV manu-facture whilst Australia's share of the world market is down 70 per cent,

(iv) Australia's relative share of PV usage fell 50 per cent between 1996 and 2000,

(v) the growth in uptake of PVs is greatest in the United States of America and European countries, where subsidies make PV competitive with residential electricity prices,

(vi) rebates in Australia leave PVs two to three times more expensive than coal fire-generated electricity, and

(vii) there is potential for an extra 10 million grid-connected rooftop customers in Australia;

(b) urges the Federal Government to extend the PV rebate program, currently due to end in 2003; and

(c) urges state governments to mandate net metering for renewable energy generation.

Senator Conroy to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table, in accordance with their respective ministerial responsibilities, by the Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Minchin) and the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer (Senator Coonan), by 2 December 2002, the following documents:

(a) the Treasury files, as described in paragraph 10.1.4 of the report to Messrs Corrs Chambers Westgarth from John Palmer, FCA, entitled `Review of the role played by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in the collapse of the HIH Group of Companies' and provided as a witness statement to the HIH Royal Commission;

(b) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of FAI Insurance Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company's eventual authorisation;

(c) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of Fire and All Risks Insurance Company Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company's eventual authorisation;

(d) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of Car Owners' Mutual Insurance Company Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company's eventual authorisation; and

(e) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of Australian and International Insurance Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company's eventual authorisation.

Senator Bartlett to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to provide for the regulation of invasive species, and for related purposes. Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002.

Senator CROSSIN (Northern Territory) (3.54 p.m.)—At the request of Senators Bartlett, Brown and Nettle, I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) more than 1 500 asylum seekers from East Timor have had the processing of their refugee claims put on hold for many years and that many of these applicants were, and still are, suffering the effects of torture and trauma, and

(ii) the Australian Government sought to avoid offering protection for these asylum seekers and deliberately delayed processing, causing great hardship to those involved due to the ties they have formed in Australia;

(b) acknowledges the persecution and suffering that these people endured before leaving East Timor and that many of these people have lived in our community for up to 10 years, and have formed close links with their community;

(c) recognises that two organisations of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, Caritas Australia and the Australia Catholic Social Justice Council, and the Australian East Timor Association have also renewed calls to grant residency to the East Timorese asylum seekers who are facing deportation; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Mr Ruddock) to acknowledge the commitment and contribution this group of asylum seekers is making to the Australian community, and the enormous uncertainty and trauma they have endured, by granting these people permanent residency in Australia on humanitarian grounds by means of a special visa.