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Monday, 9 December 2002
Page: 7401

Senators Faulkner, Bartlett, Harradine, Murphy, Brown and Nettle to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) expresses:

(i) its support for the majority findings in the report of the Select Committee on a Certain Maritime Incident and calls on the Commonwealth Government to immediately implement all of the recommendations contained in that report, and

(ii) its serious concern at the apparent inconsistencies in evidence provided to the committee and estimates committees by Commonwealth agencies in relation to the People Smuggling Disruption Program and in relation to Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels (SIEVs), including the boat known as SIEV X; and

(b) calls on the Commonwealth Government to immediately establish a comprehensive, independent judicial inquiry into all aspects of the People Smuggling Disruption Program operated by the Commonwealth Government and agencies from 2000 to date, including:

(i) all funding and other resources put to the program, both within Australia and overseas,

(ii) the involvement and activities of all Australian Departments and agencies involved in the program, both within Australia and overseas,

(iii) the extent of ministerial knowledge of, and authorisation for, the program,

(iv) allegations raised in the media in relation to the program, including by the Sunday program,

(v) the nature of the co-operative relationship between the Australian and Indonesian Governments and agencies, including the operation of agreements and protocols, the funding and resources provided under those arrangements, and the activities of individual Australian and Indonesian citizens,

(vi) the use of Australian equipment and resources in the program, including use by persons outside of Australian agencies,

(vii) the effect of the program on persons seeking asylum from Indonesia or Australia, including the effect on means of transport, and

(viii) the circumstances and outcomes of all departures from Indonesia of all boats carrying asylum-seekers, including the circumstances of the sinking of SIEV X.

Senator Faulkner to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table, no later than immediately after motions to take note of answers on Thursday, 12 December 2002, all documents relating to the inquiries undertaken by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet into the possible conflict of interest between the ministerial responsibilities of the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer (Senator Coonan) and the commercial activities of Endispute Pty Ltd (including, but not limited to, a copy of the report of those inquiries furnished to the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) and referred to by him during question time in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, 3 December 2002).

Senator Bartlett to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 12 December 2002, the following documents:

(a) the agreement signed by the Commonwealth for the Walla Weir Irrigation Project, funded under the Sugar Industry Infrastructure Package; and

(b) any materials relating to compliance with the terms of the agreement.

Senator Bartlett to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 12 December 2002, all materials prepared by Geoscience Australia in response to the proposal by TGS-NOPEC to conduct seismic testing in the Townsville Trough.

Senator Bartlett to move on Wednesday, 11 December 2002:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the recent oil tanker disaster off the coast of Spain and the restrictions on oil tanker shipping now being implemented by the Spanish Government,

(ii) that there are approximately 6 000 vessel movements of ships in excess of 50 metres annually in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park,

(iii) that between 5 and 10 per cent of those vessels are oil tankers,

(iv) the dangers associated with `ships of shame' and that 95 per cent of the ships using the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are foreign owned,

(v) the regularity of shipping accidents inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; and

(b) calls on the Howard Government to:

(i) prohibit vessels from using the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park unless:

(a) the vessel is stopping at a port or ports inside the Great Barrier Reef region, or

(b) the vessel is a commercial vehicle of 50 metres or less, or

(c) the vessel is Australian flagged, and

(b) prohibit all oil tankers from using the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park unless they are double hulled.

Senator Brandis to move on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Economics Legislation Committee on the provisions of the Financial Sector Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002 be extended to 12 December 2002

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

That—

(1) On Tuesday, 10 December 2002:

(a) the hours of meeting shall be 2 pm to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 11.10 pm;

(b) the routine of business from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm shall be government business only; and

(c) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 10.30 pm.

(2) On Wednesday, 11 December 2002, the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to adjournment, and standing order 54(5) shall apply to the adjournment debate as if it were Tuesday.

Senator Forshaw to move on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee on the recruitment and training in the Australian Public Service be extended to 27 March 2003.

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 11 December 2002.

Senator Tierney to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) expresses concern about the extreme bushfire danger facing the citizens of New South Wales;

(b) praises the unstinting and brave work of the voluntary bushfire fighters in combating the fires and protecting and saving property and lives;

(c) congratulates the Australian Government for its high tech support for the firefighting effort with the provision of air crane fire bombing technology;

(d) recognises that the current extreme fire conditions have been exacerbated by a build-up of forest fuel resulting from the Carr Australian Labor Party Government's anti-back-burning policies over the past 7 years;

(e) condemns the Carr Government for ignoring the recommendations of the state parliamentary inquiry into the 2001-02 New South Wales fires brought down 6 months ago; and

(f) calls on the Carr Government in New South Wales to recognise that south-eastern Australia is the most fire-prone region in the world and to develop more appropriate policies to protect life, property and the environment.

Senator Brown to move on Wednesday, 11 December 2002:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges the substantial contribution members of the East Timorese community have made to the Northern Territory community over many years;

(b) expresses its support for the East Timorese asylum seekers living in Darwin who are in the process of being served with deportation orders by the Federal Government;

(c) extends it support to those affected families, some of whom are facing having their family permanently separated because of the Federal Government's decision to deport individual family members in some instances;

(d) supports the Northern Territory Government and its agencies in assisting these East Timorese families in their efforts to remain in Darwin;

(e) commends the individuals, businesses and community organisations that are supporting the East Timorese people affected by the deportation orders;

(f) recognises that the Northern Territory Government wants the East Timorese to remain at home in the Northern Territory and will use its best endeavours to achieve that end; and

(g) calls on:

(i) the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Mr Ruddock) to grant a favourable assessment on each application considering the unique and compelling reasons this group of East Timorese Territorians have for remaining in Darwin, and

(ii) federal parliamentary representatives to actively support this resolution and the applications of the deportees to the Minister.