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Wednesday, 16 March 2005
Page: 93

Senator Murray to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Workplace Relations Amendment (Fair Dismissal Reform) Bill 2004 be referred to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee for inquiry and report as part of the committee’s current inquiry into unfair dismissal laws.

Senator Bartlett to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes the precarious state of the world’s great ape populations, including estimates that the only great ape in our region, the orang-utan, faces extinction within a decade;

(b)   recalls its resolution of 21 October 1999 which noted that:

(i)   ‘the number of great apes has declined dramatically due to measures such as deforestation, commercial bush-meat trade, live trade, and civil conflicts, with all non-human great ape species being listed as threatened’, and

(ii)   ‘scientific evidence that great apes share not only human genes but also basic human mental traits, such as self-awareness, intelligence and other forms of mental insight, complex communications and social systems’; and

(c)   calls on the Government to give consideration to:

(i)   increasing funding for its Regional Natural Heritage program, which currently provides $10 million over 3 years to projects towards the conservation of biodiversity in our region, so that Australia can play a more significant role in securing the future of great ape populations,

(ii)   committing to working with relevant governments and local communities to develop significant post-tsunami conservation measures in biodiversity hotspot areas,

(iii)   focusing its efforts on in situ conservation efforts, instead of providing resources towards captive populations of threatened animals in zoos in Australia or elsewhere, and

(iv)   providing direct financial assistance to the United Nations’ Great Ape Survival Project.

Senator Santoro to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Crime Commission be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 17 March 2005, from 6 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s examination of the Australian Crime Commission annual report 2003-04.

Senator Heffernan to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 17 March 2005, from 4 pm to 6.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the provisions of the Border Protection Legislation Amendment (Deterrence of Illegal Foreign Fishing) 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 legislation about fisheries, and for related purposes. Fisheries Legislation Amendment (International Obligations and Other Matters) Bill 2005.

Senator Ludwig to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that 17 March 2005 marks the celebration of St Patrick’s Day;

(b)   recognises the past and present contribution of Irish migrants in building Australian society and to Australia’s cultural life; and

(c)   recognises the contribution of 1.9 million Australians of Irish descent to our nation.

Senator Ludwig to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that 21 March 2005 is Harmony Day;

(b)   recognises the importance of community harmony in Australia, in particular the social and economic benefits of a stable, multicultural society;

(c)   notes that 21 March is also United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and

(d)   condemns racism and the practice of racial discrimination.

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

   That the Senate notes that:

(a)   the Howard Government’s training policies since 1996 have contributed to Australia’s current skills shortages in the traditional trades; and

(b)   the Government’s inaction in addressing this national skills crisis is hurting Australian businesses, families, young people and the economy.

Senator Carr to move on the next day of sitting:

   That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training, no later than 3.30 pm on Thursday, 17 March 2005, the following documents:

(a)   the ‘Survey of New Apprenticeship outcomes [2003-04]’ prepared by the Social Research Centre Pty Ltd (SRC), Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) contract number 2789; and

(b)   the ‘Survey of long-term New Apprenticeship outcomes [2004]’ prepared by SRC, DEST contract number 75104.

Senator Carr to move on the next day of sitting:

   That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training, no later than 3.30 pm on Thursday, 17 March 2005, the letter from the Department of Education, Science and Training, on behalf of the Minister for Education, Science and Training (Dr Nelson), to the Australian Council of Deans of Education advising how the National Priority Funding for Teacher Education of $110 million would be disbursed to universities.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes the death on 25 February 2005 of Peter Benenson, founder of the worldwide human rights organisation, Amnesty International;

(b)   extends its condolences to Mr Benenson’s family following their loss; and

(c)   recognises the vital role that Amnesty International plays as the world’s largest independent human rights organisation and commends it for its outstanding efforts to increase awareness of human rights issues, promote respect for fundamental rights and liberties and combat violations of human rights.

Senator Greig to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   commends the Government’s support for the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) resolution on ‘Sexual orientation and human rights’ (the Brazil Resolution), introduced at the commission’s meetings in 2003 and 2004; and

(b)   urges the Government to take a leadership role in the elimination of discrimination against persons on the grounds of sexuality and gender identity by:

(i)   continuing its support for the Brazil Resolution when it is debated at the forthcoming session of the UNCHR in March and April 2005, and

(ii)   actively encouraging other member countries to support the resolution.

Senator Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

(i)   claims on the SBS Dateline program that international aid money earmarked for humanitarian and development purposes in West Papua has been siphoned to the Indonesian military, and

(ii)   reports of destruction of highland villages by the Indonesian military causing thousands of West Papuans to flee; and

(b)   calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Downer) to investigate the claims and report back to the Senate as a matter of urgency.

Senator Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 June 2005:

‘Bird flu’, including virus strain H5N1, its derivation, its evolution, its present status and future potential threat to Australians, with particular reference to:

(a)   the potential for a pandemic;

(b)   preparations by all sectors of the Australian community to prevent or offset a pandemic in our country;

(c)   Australia’s role in preventing or offsetting the impact of a pandemic globally; and

(d)   potential impacts on agriculture and wildlife.