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Thursday, 10 May 2018
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Senator Steele-John 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 elections and referendums, and for related purposes. Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2018.

Senator Whish-Wilson to move on 26 June 2018:

That items 1 and 2 of Schedule 1 of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Hammerhead Shark) Regulations 2018, made under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, be disallowed [F2018L00191].

Senator Rhiannon to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) this year marks the 50th anniversary of the one of world's worst mass industrial manslaughter incidents in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which resulted in the deaths of 1133 garment workers and more than 2500 injuries, when their factory collapsed,

(ii) most of the victims of this tragedy were women,

(iii) a March 2018 UNICEF report on child marriage in Bangladesh notes that 22% of young people under 15 years of age are married and 59% of young people under the age of 18 years are married, and

(iv) a 2017 Human Rights Watch report notes that the Bangladeshi Government has continued to push for the weakening of the law on child marriage; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) work with stakeholders to ensure Australian companies abide by the 2018 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, and

(ii) continue to advocate for the prevention and elimination of child marriages in accordance with United Nations Human Rights Council resolutions.

Senator Chisholm to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Charitable Fundraising Compliance Regimes, be established to inquire into and report on the current framework of fundraising regulation for charities and options for reform, with particular reference to:

(a) whether the current framework of fundraising regulation creates unnecessary problems for charities and organisations who rely on donations from Australian supporters;

(b) whether current fundraising laws meet the objectives that guided the decision to regulate donations;

(c) whether current fundraising compliance regimes allow charities to cultivate donor activity and make optimal use of resources donors provide;

(d) the loss in productivity for the thousands of charities who try to meet the requirements of the seven different fundraising regimes;

(e) whether the current frameworks for investigation and enforcement are the best model for the contemporary fundraising environment;

(f) how Federal, State and Territory Governments could work together to provide charities with a nationally-consistent, contemporary and fit-for-purpose fundraising regime;

(g) the appropriate donor-focused expectations and requirements that should govern fundraising regulation in the 21st century;

(h) how the Australian consumer law should apply to not-for-profit fundraising activities;

(i) what are the best mechanisms to regulate third party fundraisers and to ensure the culture of third party fundraisers matches community perceptions of the clients they work with;

(j) whether a harmonised, contemporary fundraising regime could help in addressing concerns about the potential influence of foreign money on civil society and political debate in Australia;

(k) the cost to the charity and not-for-profit sector, and the communities they serve, of postponing fundraising reform; and

(l) any other related matters.

(2) That the committee present its final report on or before the first sitting Thursday in October 2018.

(3) That the committee consist of six senators, as follows:

(a) two nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b) two nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate;

(c) one nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens; and

(d) one nominated by minor party and independent senators.

(4) That:

(a) participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator; and

(b) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee.

(5) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(6) That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and as deputy chair the member nominated by minor party and independent senators.

(7) That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

(8) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(9) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(10) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of three or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(11) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President of the Senate.

(12) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

Senator Urquhart to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) in its response to question on notice no. 197 from the October 2017 supplementary estimates hearings, NBN Co provided breakdowns on the number of premises expected to be ready for service in each state by 2020, broken down by technology type, as well as the number of premises expected to be in design and construction in each state by 2020, broken down by technology type,

   (ii) the Senate asked for an update to this information as question on notice no. 145 at the February 2018 additional estimates,

   (iii) the NBN Co responded to question on notice no.145 with only reference to its response to question on notice no. 197 from the October 2017 supplementary Budget estimates and to other public documents that do not contain the specific information sought,

   (iv) the Senate sought a clarification of NBN Co's response to question on notice no. 145 on 24 April 2018, and requested a response by 3 May 2018,

   (v) the NBN Co did not respond until 9 May 2018 and did not provide an update of the information as requested by the committee, and

   (vi) the Minister for Communications has not complied with the Senate's order for the production of documents, passed on 9 May 2018, that an updated response with information current to 13 March 2018 (the date of the original question on notice) be laid on the table by the Minister for Communications, by 9.30 am 10 May 2018; and

(b) reiterates its position that an updated response with information current to 13 March 2018 be laid on the table by the Minister for Communications forthwith.