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Wednesday, 4 December 2002
Page: 7164

Senator Heffernan to move on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on the Transport Safety Investigation Bill 2002 be extended to 10 December 2002.

Senator Watson to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Select Committee on Superannuation for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in June 2003:

The facilitation of superannuation investment in rural and regional Australia.

(2) That, in conducting the inquiry the committee is to:

(a) evaluate the current structure of investment from superannuation funds in rural and regional Australia, compared with capital cities;

(b) evaluate investment flows offshore from superannuation funds to determine whether the level of flows is appropriate, and whether the taxation and regulatory framework provides adequate and appropriate incentives for investment onshore rather than offshore;

(c) review and evaluate any current or previous measures designed to facilitate public or private investment in rural and regional Australia by the Commonwealth Government, state governments and the private sector;

(d) identify any factors inhibiting the investment of superannuation monies in rural and regional Australia;

(e) identify opportunities for the Commonwealth Government, state governments and the private sector to facilitate or direct investment to rural and regional Australia; and

(f) identify and evaluate options available for increasing investment opportunities in rural and regional Australia.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the truck blockade on the Hume Highway on 3 December 2002,

(ii) that the purpose of the blockade was to call attention to the lack of safety standards and a national code of conduct for long distance truck drivers,

(iii) that the primary cause of long-distance truck driver death is driver fatigue,

(iv) the concern of the long-distance truck industry that unreasonable driving hours are partially a result of demands made by shippers,

(v) the concern of the long-distance trucking industry that transport rates are so low that increased driving hours are increasingly necessary in order for long haul truckers to remain economically viable, and

(vi) that these pressures to drive longer hours create a threat for drivers and the broader community; and

(b) calls on the Government to implement national safety standards and an enforceable code of conduct for long-distance drivers in consultation with that industry.

Senator Hill to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Crimes Act 1914 and other legislation relating to criminal law or law enforcement, and for related purposes. Crimes Legislation Enhancement Bill 2002.

Senator Ian Campbell to move on the next day of sitting:

That, on Thursday, 5 December 2002:

(a) consideration of general business and consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General's reports under standing order 62(1) and (2) not be proceeded with;

(b) the routine of business from not later than 4.30 pm till the adjournment shall be government business only; and

(c) divisions may take place after 6 pm.

Senator Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate calls on the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra on Friday, 6 December 2002, when addressing the critical issue of water, to commit to the following outcomes:

(a) the restoration of the Murray River to good health;

(b) an end to broad scale land clearing; and

(c) a national structural adjustment package, linked to binding environmental outcomes.