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Tuesday, 15 March 2005
Page: 46

Senator Mason to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the time for the presentation of the report of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee on annual reports tabled by 31 October 2004 be extended to 10 May 2005.

Senator Bartlett to move two sitting days after today:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   National Youth Week, which runs from 9 April to 17 April 2005, has as its theme ‘Celebrate and recognise the value of all young Australians to their communities’ and is a vital opportunity to celebrate young Australians’ ideas, contributions, talent and energy,

(ii)   young people’s contributions to community and society are often overlooked and undervalued, and

(iii)   despite the creation of 1.2 million new jobs in Australia during the past decade entrenched youth poverty persists, with a conservative estimate that 145 000 young people aged 15 to 24 live in poverty; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

(i)   put a ceiling on youth rates applying beyond workers’ 18th birthdays, and

(ii)   abolish the parental income test on youth allowance for young people over the age of 18.

Senator Ridgeway to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in March 2006:

The operation of the wine-making industry, with particular reference to the supply and purchase of grapes.

Senator Ellison to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to extend the circumstances in which communications can be intercepted without warrant, and for other purposes. Crimes Legislation Amendment (Telecommunications Interception and Other Measures) Bill 2005.

Senator Ellison to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Family Law Act 1975 and the Bankruptcy Act 1966, and for related purposes. Family Law Amendment Bill 2005.

Senator Ellison to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to make various amendments of the statute law of the Commonwealth, and for related purposes. Statute Law Revision Bill 2005.

Senator Ellison to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 and to make changes relating to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, and for related purposes. Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill 2005.

Senator Ellison to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Consular Privileges and Immunities Act 1972, and for related purposes. Consular Privileges and Immunities Amendment Bill 2005.

Senator Bartlett to move on the next day of sitting:

   That there be laid on the table, no later than the conclusion of question time on Wednesday, 11 May 2005, the following documents:

(a)   any reports or similar materials from Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority relating to glyphosate, herbicide-tolerant genetically-engineered plants and Fusarium; and

(b)   all agronomic data from the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator-approved Bayer or Monsanto genetically-engineered canola trials conducted in Australia.

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

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that 16 March 2005 is the third anniversary of the date on which the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Downer) issued the first certificate pursuant to subregulation 5A of the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Regulations to prevent Falun Gong practitioners from holding peaceful demonstrations in front of the Chinese Embassy, and that the Minister has issued consecutive certificates since that time;

(b)   acknowledges wide-ranging evidence indicating that Falun Gong practitioners continue to be subjected to persecution, detention and torture in China;

(c)   expresses concern that preventing Falun Gong practitioners from holding peaceful demonstrations in front of the Chinese Embassy may compromise the practitioners’ freedom of political communication under the Australian Constitution;

(d)   notes that Falun Gong practitioners have been free to demonstrate in front of Australian Government institutions, including Parliament House, without any concern for the dignity of those institutions;

(e)   expresses the view that it is inconsistent to enforce a more restrictive standard in relation to peaceful demonstrations in front of the Chinese Embassy than that which applies to demonstrations in front of Australian Government buildings;

(f)   recalls its resolution agreed to on 1 December 2003 to reaffirm its commitment to freedom of belief within Australia and recognise the freedom of Australians to practise Falun Gong without fear of harassment; and

(g)   calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to refrain from issuing further certificates which would prevent Falun Gong practitioners from demonstrating in front of the Chinese Embassy in the future.

Senator Cherry to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matters be referred to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee for inquiry and report by 13 October 2005:

An assessment of the long-term success of federal programs that seek to reduce the extent of and economic impact of salinity in the Australian environment, including:

(a)   whether goals of national programs to address salinity have been attained, including those stated in the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, National Heritage Trust and the National Landcare programs;

(b)   the role that regional catchment management authorities are required to play in management of salinity-affected areas, and the legislative and financial support available to assist them in achieving national goals; and

(c)   what action has been taken as a result of recommendations made by the House of Representatives’ Science and Innovation Committee’s inquiry ‘Science overcoming salinity: Coordinating and extending the science to address the nation’s salinity problem’, and how those recommendations may be furthered to assist land-holders, regional managers and affected communities to address and reduce the problems presented by salinity.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   recognises:

(i)   the inherent dangers of nuclear proliferation and the role uranium plays in the development of weapons of mass destruction,

(ii)   the poor record of safety breaches in Australia’s existing uranium mines, and

(iii)   the potential for widespread and long-lasting damage to communities and the environment as a result of accidents involving nuclear power generation; and

(b)   calls on the Government to rule out the development of any new uranium mines and to reduce the number of operational uranium mines in Australia to three, regardless of price and demand in global uranium markets.

Senator Nettle to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

(i)   the proposed Nam Theun 2 Dam project in Laos will have significant negative economic, social and environmental impacts,

(ii)   the inadequacy of consultation with communities affected by the dam,

(iii)   that the dam will flood approximately 40 per cent of the Nakai Plateau, home to hundreds of bird species and the Asian elephant,

(iv)   that as many as 150 000 people whose livelihood relies on the Xe Bang Fai river will be affected, and

(v)   that the World Bank Board of Executive Directors is currently deciding whether to support the dam; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

(i)   urge the Laotian Government not to proceed with the project, and

(ii)   request the World Bank not to support the Nam Theun 2 Dam.

Senator Nettle to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   20 March 2005 marks 2 years since the illegal invasion of Iraq by a coalition led by the United States of America (US) which included Australia,

(ii)   on the weekend of 19 and 20 March 2005, people in every capital city in Australia and across the world will join protests calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq,

(iii)   1 791 soldiers from coalition forces have died in Iraq,

(iv)   the US, United Kingdom and Australian Governments have refused to count Iraqi casualties despite estimates that up to 100 000 Iraqis have died in the conflict,

(v)   the British Medical Journal has published a call by public health experts from around the world, including Australia, for an immediate ‘comprehensive, independent inquiry into Iraqi war-related casualties’, and

(vi)   the winning political coalition, the United Iraqi Alliance, in the recent Iraqi election included a policy of ‘a timetable for the withdrawal of the multinational forces from Iraq’ in its election platform; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

(i)   reverse its decision to deploy an additional 450 Australian Defence Force personnel to Iraq, and

(ii)   withdraw all Australian troops from Iraq as a contribution to resolving the conflict.