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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
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Senator Cormann to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law in relation to whistleblowing, and for related purposes. Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017.

Senator Cormann to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, and for related purposes. Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017.

Senator Ruston to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for the control of the export of certain goods, and for related purposes. Export Control Bill 2017.

Senator Bernardi to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that, on 5 December 2017, certain staff members of Senator Rhiannon's office verbally abused an official guest of Senator Leyonhjelm;

(b) condemns the actions of those staff members;

(c) observes that senators host guests on a regular basis who might be persons whom other senators or their staff might dislike, or with whom they might disagree;

(d) recognises that access to private areas of Parliament House is a privilege;

(e) requires all passholders to honour the expected courtesy and respect for differences of opinion that comes with the granting of passes;

(f) calls upon all senators to exercise discipline over their staff; and

(g) urges the respectful conduct of senators, their staff and events they participate in within Parliament House. (general business notice of motion no. 655)

Senator Smith to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) joins with the people of Australia, and throughout the Commonwealth, in recognising and paying tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on the celebration of their 70th wedding anniversary on 20 November 2017;

(b) congratulates Her Majesty and His Royal Highness on this remarkable achievement of 70 years of marriage; and

(c) recognises that this royal partnership continues to provide strength to Her Majesty in the fulfilment of her royal duties as Queen of Australia. (general business notice of motion no. 656)

Senators McCarthy and Farrell to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following matter be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade for inquiry and report by 20 June 2018:

The Turnbull Government's management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in and around Defence bases, with particular reference to:

(a) the extent of contamination in and around Defence bases, including water, soil, other natural assets and built structures;

(b) the response of, and coordination between, agencies of the Commonwealth Government, including, but not limited to, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Health, the Department of the Environment and Energy, the Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force;

(c) communication and coordination with state and territory governments, local councils, affected local communities and businesses, and other interested stakeholders;

(d) the adequacy of health advice and testing of current and former defence and civilian personnel and members of the public exposed in and around Defence bases identified as potentially affected by contamination;

(e) the adequacy of Commonwealth and state and territory government environmental and human health standards and legislation, and any other relevant legislation;

(f) remediation works at the bases; and

(g) what consideration has been given to understanding and addressing any financial impact to affected businesses and individuals. (general business notice of motion no. 657)

Senator Reynolds to move on the next day of sitting:

That the resolution of appointment of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters be amended to provide for participating membership, as follows:

After paragraph (3A), insert:

(3B) for the purposes of the inquiry into matters relating to Section 44 of the Constitution only, participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination in the House of Representatives, of the Government or Opposition Whips or any minority group or independent Member, and, in the Senate, of the Leader of the Government or Opposition, or any minority group or independent Senator, and such participating member:

(a) shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purposes of forming a quorum; and

(b) may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee and have all rights of a committee member, except that a participating member may not vote on any question before the committee. (general business notice of motion no. 658)

Senator Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's 53,700 breaches of the Anti­-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth), significantly contributed to the Government's decision to launch a Royal Commission into the banking industry;

(b) calls on the Commonwealth Bank of Australia:

   (i) to act as a model litigant in its defence of the civil proceeding brought by AUSTRAC in the Federal Court of Australia, and

   (ii) if ordered by the Federal Court of Australia to pay a civil penalty, not to pass on, directly or indirectly, the costs of paying the penalty to its customers or shareholders;

(c) calls on the Government to closely monitor the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to ensure that if the Commonwealth Bank of Australia is ordered to pay a civil penalty, that the costs associated in doing so are not passed onto its consumers and shareholders, directly or indirectly; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Finance to table a report to the Senate within 12 months of the decision by the Federal Court of Australia, detailing whether or not the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has passed on the costs of any civil penalty the Commonwealth Bank of Australia is ordered to pay, to its customers and shareholders, directly or indirectly. (general business notice of motion no. 659)

Senator Moore to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) the report of the High-Level Working Group for Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents delivered to the World Health Organization and the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights in May 2017,

   (ii) that this working group was tasked with securing political support for the implementation of the human rights-related measures contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Global Strategy based on a commitment to the rights 'to health and through health', and

   (iii) that this report urgently calls on leaders to take up the challenge of translating human rights 'to health and through health' into a reality for all, and calls on leaders to commit to three key areas:

1. Create enabling environments for rights to and through health:

uphold the right to health in national law

establish a rights-based approach to health financing and universal health coverage

address human rights as determinants of health

2. Partner with people themselves by:

removing social, gender and cultural norms that impede realisation of human rights

enabling women, children and adolescents to claim their human right

empowering and protecting human rights defenders

ensuring accountability to the people by the people

3. Strengthen evidence and public accountability by:

collecting data on the status of human rights in and through health

systematically reporting on progress; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government, as we celebrate International Day for Human Rights, on 8 December, to continue to work with the international community, and here in Australia, to join in the leadership on human rights. (general business notice of motion no. 660)

Senator Wong to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate notes—

(a) the need for the executive to respect and protect the non-political role of the security services;

(b) the need to keep confidential information secure;

(c) the importance of the principle that intelligence material should not be used for partisan purposes;

(d) the offences for communicating intelligence information under the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979, including penalties; and

(e) the recommendations of the Hope Royal Commissions on Intelligence and Security, in particular, relating to the relationship between the security services and executive government and the responsibility of the Government to protect and adhere to the above principles. (general business notice of motion no.661)

Senator Griff to move on the next day of sitting

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre was formally shutdown on 31 October 2017,

   (ii) more than 600 men refused to leave the centre, for reasons including fears for their safety, and were forcibly removed on 24 November 2017,

   (iii) the detainees were transferred to the expanded East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre and West Lorengau Haus, with non-refugees housed at Hillside Haus,

   (iv) from the time of the processing centre's closure, until at least 17 November 2017, a number of media reports, photographs and eyewitness accounts indicated the accommodation at West Lorengau Haus - meant to house up to 300 men - was still incomplete, and

   (v) according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and media reports, West Lorengau Haus had intermittent power and water and incomplete security fencing up to mid-November and, while this is now largely rectified, it has an insufficient number of beds to accommodate the number of detainees;

(b) further notes that:

   (i) during supplementary Budget estimates in October 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection advised that the Government's contract with the International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) would be extended to 28 February 2018,

   (ii) refugee advocates have raised concerns about what appears to be a reduced level of medical and health services provided to detainees during this transition period,

   (iii) the Australian Medical Association has asked the Government to allow its doctors to treat detainees on the island, but its offer has been rejected by the Government, and

   (iv) Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) has also called for access to the men in the transit centres, expressing concern the medical and psychological needs of the men are not being met; and

(c) orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, by the start of business on 20 December 2017:

   (i) any correspondence with contractors, reports, memos or photographs relating to the progress of the construction of West Lorengau Haus accommodation, fencing and essential services, made since 1 October 2017 until 6 December 6 2017,

   (ii) any correspondence between the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and its contractors seeking extensions of time or budget to deliver the accommodation, security or essential services at West Lorengau Haus, or regarding difficulties in providing agreed services,

   (iii) the parts of any existing contract, MOU, letter of intent or agreement made with IHMS, with regard to the health and medical services to be provided to detainees, including the type of services to be provided, the specialities (such as psychiatric, general practice, counselling, etc) to be made available at each of the three facilities and the number of practitioners within each, provision of medication, hours to be worked, and the range and limits of responsibilities to be exercised by practitioners,

   (iv) any variations, in respect of paragraph (c) (iii), to the previous contract or agreement,

   (v) the parts of any existing contract, MOU, letter of intent, memo or agreement made with Palladin, with regard to the services to be provided, the timeframes in which they are to be provided, obligations on staff, and any requirement or prohibition on using or allowing access to external service providers (such as MSF),

   (vi) any variations, in respect of paragraph (c) (v), to the previous contract or agreements,

   (vii) the parts of any existing contract, MOU, letter of intent, memo or agreement made with the following providers, with regard to the range and quality of services to be provided, the timeframes in which they are to be provided, any requirement or prohibition to use local subcontractors: JOA Wokman, Toll Group and NKW, and

   (viii) any variations, in respect of paragraph (c) (vii), to previous contracts or agreements. (general business notice of motion no. 662)