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Tuesday, 8 May 2018
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Presentation

Senator Birmingham to move on the next day of sitting:

That consideration of the business before the Senate on the following days be interrupted at approximately 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable senators to make their first speeches without any question before the chair, as follows:

(a) Wednesday, 9 May 2018—Senator Storer; and

(b) Wednesday, 20 June 2018—Senator Stoker.

Senator Birmingham to move on the next day of sitting:

That—

(1) To ensure appropriate consideration of time critical bills by Senate committees, the provisions of all bills introduced into the House of Representatives after 10 May 2018 and up to and including 31 May 2018 that contain substantive provisions commencing on or before 1 July 2018 (together with the provisions of any related bill) are referred to committees for inquiry and report by 18 June 2018.

(2) The committee to which each bill is referred shall be determined in accordance with the order of 31 August 2016, as amended, allocating departments and agencies to standing committees.

(3) A committee to which a bill has been referred may determine, by unanimous decision, that there are no substantive matters that require examination and report that fact to the Senate.

(4) This order does not apply in relation to bills which contain:

(a) no provisions other than provisions appropriating revenue or moneys (appropriation bills); and

(b) commencement clauses providing only for the legislation to commence on Royal Assent.

Senator Bilyk to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the resolution of the 70th World Health Assembly on Cancer Prevention and Control in the context of an integrated approach;

(b) expresses its support for the resolution and for global co-operative efforts to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer; and

(c) urges the Australian Government to:

   (i) consider and, where appropriate, implement the actions the resolution calls upon member states to implement, and

   (ii) where appropriate, support the Director-General of the World Health Organisation in implementing the actions the resolution calls upon him to implement.

Senator Urquhart to move on the next day of sitting:

That—

(a) the Senate notes that:

   (i) in its response to question on notice no. 197 from the October supplementary estimates, 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 2017 additional estimates hearings,

   (iii) NBN Co responded to question on notice no. 145 with reference only to its response to question on notice no. 197 from the 2017-18 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 4 May 2018, and

   (v) the NBN Co response has not been received; and

(b) there be laid on the table by the Minister for Communications, by 9.30 am on 10 May 2018, an updated response with information current to 13 March 2018.

Senator Leyonhjelm to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to remove Commonwealth restrictions on cannabis, and for related purposes. Criminal Code and Other Legislation Amendment (Removing Commonwealth Restrictions on Cannabis) Bill 2018.

Senator Williams to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) the passing of Mr Stuart Devlin, AO, CMG on 12 April 2018,

   (ii) that Mr Devlin was born in Geelong and designed Australia's decimal coins that were released into circulation in February 1966,

   (iii) that Mr Devlin designed coins for thirty other countries, as well as medals and coins for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and the medals for the founding awards of the Australian Honours System,

   (iv) that Mr Devlin also designed furniture, jewellery and tableware,

   (v) that, in 1982, Mr Devlin was appointed goldsmith and jeweller to the Queen,

   (vi) that, amongst his numerous awards and honours, in 1980, he was named a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, and in 1988, Officer of the Order of Australia,

   (vii) that, in 2011, Mr Devlin was named Australian of the Year in the United Kingdom, and

   (viii) that the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, described Mr Devlin as 'probably the most original and creative goldsmith and silversmith of his time, and one of the greats of all time'; and

(b) extends its condolences to his family.

Senator Moore to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) that Australia's Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Week will be held from 6 May to 12 May 2018,

   (ii) that MND describes a disease in which the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control walking, talking, eating, swallowing, and breathing progressively die - MND is also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease,

   (iii) that life expectancy of a person diagnosed with MND is short, being less than 3 years,

   (iv) that, at present, two Australians are diagnosed with MND and two die from the disease every day - an estimated 420,000 are living with MND across the world,

   (v) the importance in raising awareness that MND has no effective treatment and there is no cure, yet MND can strike anyone at any time,

   (vi) the vital role the MND community plays in providing care that minimises the loss of dignity for those suffering from MND, and

   (vii) that progress has definitely been made with MND research, and ongoing effort is needed to achieve breakthroughs that will lead to a cure; and

(b) acknowledges the collective effort of MND associations, families and friends in ensuring no one faces MND alone, and striving to raise awareness and engage with the community towards bettering our understanding of the causes of MND, finding effective treatments and discovering a cure.

Senator Patrick to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Defence Act 1903, and for related purposes. Defence Amendment (Sovereign Naval Shipbuilding) Bill 2018.

Senator Patrick to move on the next day of sitting:

That—

(1) The Senate notes that:

(a) on 7 February 2018, the Senate agreed to an order for the production of documents concerning all assessments of the 36 adjustment mechanism projects completed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA);

(b) on 22 March 2018, the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia (Senator Canavan) tabled documents within the scope of the order in full; and

(c) on 23 March 2018, the MDBA wrote to Senator Patrick advising that the documents they had provided do not, in isolation, provide a good representation of how the final agreed package of projects was put together by jurisdictions, and the strength of the assessment process undergone by all proposals brought forward by Basin states, but advised that there was a final modelled notified package that included all issues raised by jurisdictions in their assessments.

(2) There be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, by no later than 3.30 pm on 15 August 2018:

(a) the final modelled notified package for all adjustment mechanism projects; and

(b) the current project status of all adjustment mechanism projects.

Senator O'Neill to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) MAYDAYS for Eating Disorders is the Butterfly Foundation's annual awareness and advocacy campaign, which takes place nationally throughout the month of May,

   (ii) this year, MAYDAYS is focussed on raising the alarm on the crippling cost of eating disorders - the Butterfly Foundation has conducted a survey asking Australians to share their experiences on the cost of treating eating disorders and has found that:

(A) 1 in 3 people had to go into debt in order to treat their eating disorder,

(B) 40% of individuals could not complete studies or qualifications,

(C) 78% of carers lost work or study hours in order to provide support, and

(D) 1 in 4 people had to delay or stop treatment;

(b) calls on all levels of Government and the community to work together to help ensure those with, or at risk of, an eating disorder are able to access evidence-based early interventions and treatments;

(c) acknowledges the amazing and tireless work undertaken by eating disorder professionals across the country; and

(d) encourages anyone needing support with eating disorders or body image issues to contact Butterfly's National Helpline on 1800 ED HOPE (334673).

Senator Griff to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 28 April 2018 commemorated World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day, and

   (ii) World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day is a day for promoting safety and health in the workplace and to honour those who have died from work-related injury or illness;

(b) acknowledges that:

   (i) Ms Gayle Woodford was a remote area nurse in South Australia who was attacked and killed while on call in South Australia's Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in March 2016,

   (ii) the maliciousness of the attack, the isolation of the work-setting and the dedication to her patients and their families drew collective shock and grief from around the country,

   (iii) in November 2017, the South Australian Parliament passed a law that now requires remote area nurses, like Ms Gayle Woodford, to work in pairs, known as 'Gayle's Law' - the law came into effect in South Australia on 12 December 2017,

   (iv) 'Gayle's Law' is only effective in South Australia, despite the Northern Territory implementing a second responder call-out policy since March 2017,

   (v) in November 2017, at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, federal and state health ministers discussed adopting similar safety measures within their jurisdictions,

   (vi) with the Minister for Health's endorsement, health ministers agreed to investigate how these guidelines could be implemented under their own relevant state or territory legislation, and

   (vii) whilst the matter was considered at COAG and a commitment to better protection for nurses is welcome, there needs to be action in the form of legislation;

(c) recognises that:

   (i) Australia might be a federation but there is no reason nurses should be afforded different safety and security rights depending on what side of our state and territory borders they carry out their vital work, and

   (ii) there are about 1,000 remote area nurses in Australia, mostly women, and their work is challenging where they can be called upon for everything from a toothache or a wound needing stitches, to medical evacuation, childbirth or domestic violence-related injuries;

(d) further recognises the efforts of Ms Woodford's family and RAN Core to ensure that 'Gayle's Law' is introduced and passed into every Parliament in Australia; and

(e) requests the Minister for Health to urge his state and territory counterparts to adopt similar legislative safety measures within their jurisdictions without delay.

Senator Siewert to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Government intends to charge interest on income support debts;

(b) recognises that income support recipients often accrue debts through no fault of their own;

(c) considers this is a sledge hammer approach and will disproportionately hurt Australians who have made a mistake or do not owe a debt at all; and

(d) urges the Federal Government to abandon this punitive approach and instead focus on measures that will decrease inequality and poverty.

Senator Di Natale to move on 18 June 2018:

That the Product Emissions Standards Rules 2017, made under the Product Emissions Standards Act 2017, be disallowed [F2018L00021].

Senators Polley and Griff to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 12 May 2018 is International Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Awareness Day,

   (ii) ME and CFS a debilitating neurological illness that affects the brain, endocrine system and muscles in adults and children,

   (iii) ME and CFS affects between 94,000 and 242,000 Australians, with around 25% of people with ME and CFS unable to leave their house or bed,

   (iv) the lack of a current diagnostic test for ME and CFS is a barrier to people receiving timely and accurate diagnosis,

   (v) there is no current cure or effective treatment for ME and CFS and more biomedical research needs to be done to better understand this medical condition, and

   (vi) there are actions and activities across Australia during awareness week, including Millions Missing events;

(b) acknowledges:

   (i) the positive development of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) establishing a ME/CFS advisory committee to advise if new guidelines are needed in Australia, and

   (ii) the important role of families and carers of people living with ME/CFS; and

(c) urges:

   (i) the NHMRC to ensure the ME/CFS advisory committee runs an open and transparent process that includes advice from leading scientists and clinicians, and

   (ii) federal, state, territory and local governments to take leadership, and work with people who have ME/CFS to help them get the support they need.

Senator Wong to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table, by no later than 11.45 am on 10 May 2018, outstanding answers to the questions on notice listed, relating to department or agency staff based overseas, asked of the following ministers:

(a) Senator Cormann, Minister representing the Prime Minister, question on notice no. 698;

(b) Senator Fifield:

   (i) Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, question on notice no. 712,

   (ii) Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs, question on notice no. 734,

   (iii) Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation, question on notice no. 735,

   (iv) Minister representing the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, question on notice no. 736, and

   (v) Minister representing the Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security, question on notice no. 737;

(c) Senator Payne:

   (i) Minister for Defence, question on notice no. 710,

   (ii) Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, question on notice no. 716,

   (iii) Minister representing the Minister for Defence Industry, question on notice no. 723, and

   (iv) Minister representing the Minister for Defence Personnel, question on notice no. 728; and

(d) Senator Cash, Minister representing the Attorney-General, question on notice no. 702.

Senator Wong to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table, by no later than 11.45 am on 10 May 2018, outstanding answers to the 23 questions on notice listed, asked of the Minister representing the Prime Minister (Senator Cormann):

(a) nos 358, 359, 360, 361, 362 and 363 (asked on 10 February 2017);

(b) no. 473 (asked on 5 May 2017);

(c) nos 502, 503 and 506 (asked on 17 July 2017);

(d) nos 577, 578, 579, 580, 581, 582, 583, 584, 585 and 586 (asked on 30 October 2017); and

(e) nos 690, 691 and 692 (asked on 5 February 2018).

Senator Rice to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999, and for related purposes. Treasury Laws Amendment (Axe the Tampon Tax) Bill 2018.

Senator McKim to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Social Security (Assurances of Support) Determination 2018, made under the Social Security Act 1991, be disallowed [F2018L00425].

Senator Rhiannon to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) according to the Anglicare Australia 2018 Rental Affordability Snapshot, only 6% of surveyed rental properties nationwide were affordable and appropriate for households on government income support payments,

   (ii) the same research showed that for households on the minimum wage only 28% of surveyed rental properties nationwide were suitable, and

   (iii) the 2016 Census data revealed that more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness on Census night; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

   (i) provide real support for people who are homeless by increasing the real level of funding for homelessness services and social housing, and

   (ii) work with the states, territories and relevant non-government organisations to set national minimum tenancy standards to ensure that tenants' rights are protected in relation to matters, including fairer processes around lease terminations and evictions, fair standards to govern the amounts by which rents can be increased, and provide for long-term residential leases that enable households the full enjoyment of a secure home.

Senator Fawcett to move on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on its inquiry into PFAS contamination be extended to the last sitting day in March 2019.

Senator Di Natale to move on 10 May 2018:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee into the Political Influence of Donations be extended to 15 May 2018.

Senator Singh to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 8 May 2018 was World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day and its theme in 2018 was 'Everywhere for everyone, with a smile',

   (ii) this date is a global celebration of the work and bravery of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers around the world, and the diverse humanitarian services they offer in communities everywhere,

   (iii) it also commemorates the birth, 190 years ago of Henri Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize,

   (iv) the activities of the Red Cross are without question a major achievement of human civilisation, both multidimensional and internationally recognised,

   (v) in 1864, the First Geneva Convention was signed, establishing the International Red Cross Movement,

   (vi) since then, the Red Cross has played a decisive role in dealing with numerous humanitarian crises, and

   (vii) the International Red Cross Movement has evolved into the largest humanitarian network in the world, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the National Societies active in about 190 countries; and

(b) further notes that:

   (i) every year, around the world, the Movement supports many millions of people affected by conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies, through its network of around 14 million volunteers and 450,000 staff,

   (ii) the current global refugee crisis is an international challenge that calls for solidarity with the afflicted populations, and Australia's constant presence with the help of organisations and movements, such as the Red Cross, and

   (iii) World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is not just a reminder of the principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, but also a starting point for our commitment to alleviating human suffering and protecting human life and dignity in Australia and around the world.

Senator Leyonhjelm to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) in his address on 30 April 2018 to the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah, the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, included the following statements:

'The Jews who moved from Eastern and Western Europe had been subjected to a massacre by one country or another every 10-15 years, since the 11th century and until the Holocaust in Germany. Okay?

But why was this happening?

...the reason for the hatred of the Jews is not their religion but their function in society. That is a different issue.

So the Jewish question, which was prevalent in all European countries, the anti-Jewish (sentiment) was not because of their religion, but because of their function in society, which had to do with usury, banks, and so on.

You may or may not know this, in 1933, one month after Hitler's rise to power, there was an agreement between the German Ministry of Economics and the Jewish Anglo-Palestinian Bank in Jerusalem. They agreed that any German Jew who wants to emigrate to Palestine could have his movable and immovable property transferred to Palestine.

Did Hitler love the Jews to such a degree? Any Jew who wanted to emigrate to Palestine was entitled to receive all his property, both moveable and immoveable.

... So their narrative about coming to this country because of their longing for Zion, or whatever - we're tired of hearing this. The truth is that this is a colonialist enterprise, aimed at planting a foreign body in this region...',

   (ii) these statements by Mahmoud Abbas, which relied upon quotes from Karl Marx, Josef Stalin and Isaac Deutcher, are historically incorrect, and

   (iii) the Holocaust resulted from the Nazi belief that Jewish existence must be totally eliminated everywhere - in May 1941, Hitler said, 'Germany's goal will be the extermination of the Jews who reside in Arab territories under British rule';

(b) condemns this anti-Semitic speech as historically inaccurate and incompatible with the aims of the peace process and two-state solution between Israel and Palestinians; and

(c) calls on the Government to support the State of Israel as a democratic nation governed by the rule of law having a legitimate right to exist.

Senator Collins to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Cormann), by no later than 11.45 am on 10 May 2018, all outstanding answers to questions on notice as at 26 April 2018 from the 2017-18 additional estimates hearings in the following portfolios:

(a) Health (141 answers);

(b) Human Services (16 answers);

(c) Jobs and Innovation (Industry, Innovation and Science), in which no questions have been answered (91 answers);

(d) Treasury (48 answers);

(e) Education and Training (118 answers);

(f) Jobs and Innovation (Jobs and Small Business) (73 answers);

(g) Environment and Energy (126 answers);

(h) Prime Minister and Cabinet (including cross portfolio Indigenous matters and agencies) (74 answers);

(i) Defence, including Veterans' Affairs (60 answers);

(j) Agriculture and Water Resources (including cross portfolio Murray-Darling Basin Plan matters), in which no questions have been answered (212 answers); and

(k) Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, in which no questions have been answered (128 answers).