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Tuesday, 19 November 2002
Page: 6736

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that, in the week beginning 17 November 2002, the Australian Medical Association called on the Federal Government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change as an important first step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions;

(b) calls on the Government to assess the future costs of predicted increases in disease from vector-born diseases; and

(c) again urges the Government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and increase efforts to abate greenhouse emissions.

Senator Nettle to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) opposes:

(i) the privatisation of Bankstown Airport, and

(ii) any expansion of the runways or infrastructure of Bankstown Airport and the diversion to it of regional turboprops and/or 737 jet aircraft from Kingsford Smith Airport; and

(b) supports a legislated curfew for Bankstown Airport.

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

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, that the 12th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, held from 4 November to 15 November 2002, passed resolutions allowing Namibia, Botswana and South Africa to sell a total of 60 000 kilograms of stockpiled ivory after May 2004,

(ii) that these resolutions are inconsistent with the international ban on the sale of ivory, which came into force in 1989, and

(iii) evidence suggesting that these resolutions are likely to increase the incidence of illegal poaching of elephants from other African states in order to meet the increased demand for ivory;

(b) acknowledges that the Australian Government voted to oppose these resolutions; and

(c) calls upon the Australian Government to maintain pressure on other states, both directly and through multilateral frameworks, to adopt a full trade ban on ivory.