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Thursday, 18 November 2004
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Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges that drug use within Australian prisons poses a considerable health risk to prisoners and the broader community;

(b) notes that:

(i) the Australian National Council on Drugs report, Supply,demandandharmreductionstrategiesinAustralianprisons:Implementation,costandevaluation, found that many injecting drug users spend considerable periods behind bars and that a history of drug use is far more common amongst prisoners than in the general population,

(ii) the report also identified a high prevalence of injecting drug use during incarceration and that high proportions of prison inmates report injecting drug use in the community once released, and

(iii) levels of hepatitis C in prisons are estimated to be up to 17 times greater than those in the general community; and

(c) calls on the Government to work collaboratively with the states and territories to:

(i) ensure that all suitable prisoners are provided with free hepatitis B vaccinations,

(ii) ensure that testing for HIV and other blood-borne viral infections is available and voluntary in all jurisdictions, and

(iii) provide funding for the introduction and rigorous evaluation of a trial needle and syringe exchange program in an Australian prison.

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

That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2005:

(a) the overall effectiveness and appropri-ateness of the PrivacyAct1988as a means of protecting the privacy of Australians and any legislative changes that may help to provide more comprehensive protection or improve the current regime in any way;

(b) the resourcing of the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner and whether current levels of funding enable the Federal Privacy Commissioner to properly fulfil her mandate;

(c) the potential implantation of human beings with microchips (for example, as recently authorised in the United States of America (US) by the US Food and Drug Administration) and the implications of such technology for individual privacy;

(d) proposals for a national `Smart Card' identification regime, whether private sector or government proposals, any consultation that the Government may have undertaken in relation to such proposals, and the implications of such a regime for individual privacy;

(e) the extensive use of voter databases by political parties, including whether political acts and practices should continue to be exempted from the Privacy Act and/or whether voters should be afforded basic access to, and the right to correct information held about them by political parties;

(f) the extent of surveillance within the Australian community by both government agencies and the private sector, the purposes for which surveillance is undertaken and whether those purposes justify the significant invasion of privacy that results from surveillance;

(g) access by government agencies to stored communications such as e-mail, SMS and voicemail;

(h) telecommunications interception, includ-ing the increasing rate of interception by law enforcement agencies and whether or not the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation should be required to provide basic information regarding its interception activities to the Parliament;

(i) Australia's participation in the global ECHELON interception program, as documented in the report of the European Parliament, dated 11 July 2001; and

(j) the lack of legislative protection for sensitive genetic information, including the Government's failure to implement the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission and the Australian Health Ethics Committee in their 2003 report, Essentially yours:The protectionof human genetic informationinAustralia.

Senator Brown to move on Wednesday, 1 December 2004:

That the Senate calls on the Government to evaluate Tasmania's Tarkine wilderness, including its temperate rainforest, coastline and Aboriginal heritage, for World Heritage listing.

Senator Brown to move on Tuesday, 30 November 2004:

That the Senate calls on the Government to give immediate protection to the 240 000 hectares of forests in Tasmania which have been identified by environment groups and experts as having high conservation value.