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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7556

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

That the time for the presentation of reports of the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee be extended as follows:

(a) small business employment—to 6 February 2003; and

(b) refusal of the Government to respond to the order of the Senate of 21 August 2002 for the production of documents relating to financial information concerning higher education institutions—to 6 March 2003.

Senator Ferris to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That, with effect from 1 January 2003, matters relating to the powers and proceedings of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Crime Commission shall be as set out in the resolution of 14 February 2002 relating to the powers and proceedings of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority.

(2) That a message be sent to the House of Representatives requesting concurrence with this resolution.

Senator Ridgeway to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 11 December 2002, from 4 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the rural water resource usage.

Senator Heffernan to move on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the following reports of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee be extended to the last sitting day in June 2003:

(a) the administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority;

(b) the import risk assessment on New Zealand apples; and

(c) the administration of AusSAR in relation to the search for the Margaret J.

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

(1) That estimates hearings by legislation committees for the year 2003 be scheduled as follows:

2002-03 additional estimates:

Monday, 10 February and Tuesday, 11 February and, if required, Friday, 14 February (Group A)

Wednesday, 12 February and Thursday, 13 February and, if required, Friday, 14 February (Group B).

2003-04 Budget estimates:

Monday, 26 May to Thursday, 29 May and, if required, Friday, 30 May (Group A)

Monday, 2 June to Thursday, 5 June and, if required, Friday, 6 June (Group B)

Wednesday, 5 November, and, if required, Friday, 7 November (supplementary hearings-Group A)

Thursday, 6 November and, if required, Friday, 7 November (supplementary hearings-Group B).

(2) That the committees consider the proposed expenditure in accordance with the allocation of departments to committees agreed to by the Senate.

(3) That committees meet in the following groups:

Group A:

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Finance and Public Administration

Legal and Constitutional

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Group B:

Community Affairs

Economics

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

(4) That the committees report to the Senate on the following dates:

Wednesday, 19 March 2003 in respect of the 2002-03 additional estimates, and

Thursday, 19 June 2003 in respect of the 2003-04 budget estimates.

Senator Murray to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to encourage the disclosure of conduct adverse to the public interest in the public sector, and for related purposes. Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill 2002.

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

That the Senate—

(a) notes the ceasefire agreement signed by Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement in Geneva on 9 December 2002;

(b) expresses sorrow over the many lives that have been lost as a result of ongoing violence between Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement over the past 26 years;

(c) congratulates Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement on their commitment to deal with ongoing issues through peaceful negotiation rather than violent means;

(d) welcomes the Government's initial commitment of support to the international ceasefire monitoring group to implement the agreement; and

(e) urges the Government to continue to provide assistance to the international ceasefire monitoring group, particularly in the lead-up to the provincial elections to be held in Aceh in 2004.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the introduction by Swimming Australia of a member protection policy requiring police checks for instructors and other sports officials who have unsupervised contact with children,

(ii) the call by the Australian Sports Commission that this requirement be extended to all sports within 12 months, and

(iii) that this requirement is already law in New South Wales and Queensland;

(b) congratulates Swimming Australia and the Australian Sports Commission for this initiative;

(c) urges the Federal Government, through the Council of Australian Governments process, to put in place nationally-consistent requirements for police checks for those who have unsupervised contact with children; and

(d) urges state governments:

(i) to extend this requirement to schools, particularly for teachers and others involved in school camps and other situations in which children may be vulnerable, and

(ii) to provide funds for groups and schools to cover the cost of such police checks.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent this resolution having effect.

(2) That the Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1998 be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration of the bill be resumed at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament.

Senator Bartlett to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That the Senate notes:

(a) that the scheduled program of sittings for 2003 is just 63 days;

(b) that the scheduled sittings for 2002 and 2003 are the shortest parliamentary sitting years since 1988 that have not been election years; and

(c) that by providing for minimal sittings of the Senate the Government does not allow the Senate enough time to properly consider and evaluate the Government's heavy legislative program.

(2) That the order of the Senate relating to the days of meeting of the Senate for 2003 be varied as follows:

(a) by adding additional sitting weeks as follows:

Monday, 24 February to Thursday, 27 February 2003

Monday, 7 April to Thursday, 10 April 2003; and

(b) the routine of business for the week beginning Monday, 7 April 2003 be in accordance with standing order 57 except that, on each day, general business orders of the day relating to private senators' bills shall take precedence of government business.

Senator Faulkner to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate congratulates:

(a) writer Doris Pilkington, film director Phillip Noyce and producers Christine Olsen and John Winter for their Australian Film Institute (AFI) award for best Australian feature film, in Rabbit Proof Fence;

(b) the actors and the film crew for this achievement;

(c) the makers of the soundtrack which won AFI awards for best score and best sound; and

(d) Senator Abetz for his constant assistance in promoting this powerful film about the tragedy of the children of the Stolen Generations.

Senator Sherry to move on the next day of sitting:

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

(a) in the context of the ageing and longer life expectancies of the Australian population identified in the Intergenerational Report, the implications of evolving employment and retirement trends for the superannuation and social security systems, with particular reference to:

(i) the effects of ageing on workers' productivity,

(ii) the continuing relevance of the concept of a fixed retirement age,

(iii) the potential to encourage progressive transitions from work to retirement, including through possible new benefit access and contribution arrangements,

(iv) any scope for older workers to access their superannuation to finance retraining to continue work that is more suitable for elderly people,

(v) the potential implications for individual standards of living in retirement, especially for those who are over the age of 45,

(vi) how to assist older workers plan for their retirement,

(vii) the short- and long-term effect on the Budget of any proposals for change, and

(viii) issues for the federal and state workplace relations systems; and

(b) corporate governance and standards for superannuation funds.

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

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to broadcasting, and for related purposes. Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2002.

Senator Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, no later than noon on Thursday, 12 December 2002, all documents relating to the answers to question on notice no. 404 (Senate Hansard, 14 October 2002, p. 5093) and subsequent related questions on logging activities in Tasmania.