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Monday, 29 November 2004
Page: 70

Senator Murray to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters inquire into and report, as soon as practicable on:

(a) the matter relating to electoral funding and disclosure, which was adopted by the committee in the 39th and 40th Parliaments, and any amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act necessary to improve disclosure of donations to political parties and candidates and the true source of those donations; and

(b) submissions and evidence received by the committee in relation to those inquiries in the 39th and 40th Parliaments.

Senators Allison and Ridgeway to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates the Northern Territory Government on announcing a new maternity services package that will allow independently practicing midwives to practice in the Northern Territory by indemnifying them through the government health department;

(b) notes that:

(i) community midwifery is the most appropriate care for 80 per cent of pregnant women, and

(ii) the inability of independently practicing midwives to obtain medical indemnity insurance has restricted the provision of optimal care and choice for Australian women during the birth process;

(c) calls on the governments of other states and territories to follow the Northern Territory, which has joined South Australia and Western Australia, in providing indemnity insurance arrangements which allow independent midwives to practice; and

(d) calls on the Government to consider Medicare funding for independent midwifery consultations.

Senator Ian Macdonald 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 copyright, and for related purposes. Copyright Legislation Amendment Bill 2004.

Senator Brown to move on Wednesday, 1 December 2004:

That the following matters be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 15 March 2005:

(a) the operation of the Regional Partnerships Program, with particular reference to:

(i) the nature and extent of the respective roles of the administering department and minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, any other senators or members and their advisers and staff in the process of selection of successful applications,

(ii) the funding and announcement of the six `regional icon' projects,

(iii) the role of the public service, in particular the administering department and the Department of Finance and Administration in assuring the financial viability of the projects and safeguarding against political bias, and

(iv) the role of the Auditor-General in assuring the financial viability of the projects and safeguarding against political bias;

(b) with respect to the future administration of similar programs, any safeguards or guidelines which might be put in place to ensure proper accountability for the expenditure of public money;

(c) funding for other rural or regional programs including higher education funding announced in the lead-up to the federal election; and

(d) any related matters.

Senator Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate, alarmed by the death in custody of an Aboriginal citizen on Palm Island and the destruction of property consequent on his death, and the operations of riot police involving men, women and children on Palm Island and responding to the unacceptable status and life outcomes of Aboriginal Australians on Palm Island and throughout the nation:

(a) expresses to the Palm Island community its deepest regret and concern; and

(b) calls on the Federal and Queensland Governments to intervene, using all available powers and persuasion, to end hostilities, investigate the events and put in place tangible measures to improve Aboriginal affairs on Palm Island.

Senator Nettle 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 Criminal Code Amendment (Workplace Death and Serious Injury) Bill 2004 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 Brown 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 Constitution Alteration (Right to Stand for Parliament—Qualification of Members and Candidates) 1998 (No. 2) [2002] 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 Marshall to move on the next day of sitting:

That a standard outdoor size replica of the Eureka flag be displayed on a flagstaff in public view in the main Senate entry foyer from dawn to dusk on Friday, 3 December 2004 in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade.