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Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Page: 835

Senator Ludwig to move on the next day of sitting:

   That—

(1)   The following matter be referred to the Standing Committee of Senators’ Interests for inquiry and report by 12 May 2011:

   The development of a draft code of conduct for senators, with particular reference to:

(a)   the operation of codes of conduct in other parliaments;

(b)   who could make a complaint in relation to breaches of a code and how those complaints might be considered;

(c)   the role of the proposed Parliamentary Integrity Commissioner in upholding a code; and

(d)   how a code might be enforced and what sanctions could be available to the parliament.

(2)   The committee consult with the House Committee on Privileges and Members’ Interests on the text of a code of conduct with the aim of developing a uniform code, together with uniform processes for its implementation for members and senators.

Senator Xenophon to move on the next day of sitting:

   That—

(1)   The Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Flood and Cyclone Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011 and the Income Tax Rates Amendment (Temporary Flood and Cyclone Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011 be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 18 March 2011, together with the following matters:

(a)   the adequacy of current insurance and reinsurance arrangements by the State of Queensland of its assets; and

(b)   the impact of the State of Queensland’s current insurance and reinsurance arrangements on the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement.

(2)   The Senate calls on the Queensland Government to provide to the committee any correspondence, and any related documents, between the Queensland Government and any insurance advisers, insurance brokers, reinsurance brokers, insurers and reinsurers in relation to providing services, insurance products, offers or proposals of insurance or reinsurance of Queensland Government assets, from 1 January 2000.

(3)   In conducting its inquiry, the committee seeks from any relevant individual, corporation or other private entity, any correspondence, and any related documents, between the Queensland Government and any insurance advisers, insurance brokers, reinsurance brokers, insurers and reinsurers in relation to providing services, insurance products, offers or proposals of insurance or reinsurance of Queensland Government assets, from 1 January 2000.

(4)   This motion take effect from 2 pm Thursday, 3 March 2011.

Senator Ludwig to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the government business order of the day relating to the Federal Financial Relations Amendment (National Health and Hospitals Network) Bill 2010 be discharged from the Notice Paper.

Senator McGauran to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Monday, 21 March 2011, from 10.15 am to noon.

Senator Siewert to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that the British High Court is hearing a legal challenge to the decision to allow deep sea drilling in the North Sea, based on the concern that the oil and gas industry has not demonstrated its readiness to effectively respond to a large-scale spill in deep water;

(b)   welcomes the fact that Australia is in the process of reviewing and reforming the legislation and regulation governing the offshore oil and gas industry, in the wake of the recent Montara spill in the Kimberley and Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico;

(c)   raises concern that deep sea drilling licences continue to be granted in Australian waters before this regulatory reform has taken place, and before the industry has demonstrated it has appropriate risk management practices, response plans and resources in place to handle a deep sea spill in Australian waters; and

(d)   calls on the Australian Government to put in place a moratorium on deep sea drilling until the Senate has confidence that all the necessary measures are in place to prevent another serious spill.

Senators Ludlam and Siewert to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   the largest single rock art site complex, which is also the largest outdoor rock art complex in the world, is that located on the Dampier Archipelago,

(ii)   the rock art located on the Dampier Archipelago provides the most significant and intact continuous chronology of human endeavour in the world and as such identifies that the rock art and its chronology is unique and irreplaceable, and

(iii)   it is widely acknowledged that the Dampier Archipelago contains approximately 2.5 million carvings, and in the 117 km2 of the Burrup Peninsula (formerly the Dampier Island) 10 000 pieces of rock art have been destroyed at a minimum with a further 2 000 remaining in the Western Australian Museum’s fenced compound; and

(b)   calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities:

(i)   immediately to place the Dampier Cultural Precinct on the Interim List of World Heritage sites, and

(ii)   to act urgently to prioritise the nomination of the rock art present on the Dampier Archipelago to the World Heritage List.

Senator Wortley to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Joint Select Committee on Cyber Safety be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Monday, 21 March 2011, from 10.15 am to 12.30 pm.

Senator Bob Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

   That when the Government, or any other senator, intends to rely on the clauses under standing orders 55(2) to (5) relating to an unscheduled meeting of the Senate, leaders of all parties or independent senators shall be consulted in a timely manner prior to the summoning of the Senate.

Senator Nash to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that the Government:

(i)   has admitted there is a problem with the criteria for independent youth allowance for inner regional students,

(ii)   has committed to bringing forward its review of the matter, and

(iii)   has indicated it will remove the difference between the inner regional area and the other regional zones for the eligibility criteria for independent youth allowance; and

(b)   calls on the Government to bring forward its timetable for resolving the matter and, in particular, ensure that:

(i)   the review is completed and funds to pay for the measure are secured by 1 July 2011,

(ii)   that the current eligibility criteria for independent youth allowance for persons whose homes are located in Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia and Very Remote Australia according to the Remoteness Structure defined in subsection 1067A(10F) of the Social Security Act 1991 also apply to those with homes in Inner Regional Australia from 1 July 2011, and

(iii)   all students who had a gap year in 2010 (that is, 2009 year 12 school leavers) and who meet the relevant criteria qualify for the payment.