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Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Page: 4954

Presentation

Senator Sterle to move:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee on its inquiry into the implications of the restrictions on the use of Fenthion on Australia's horticultural industry be extended to 25 July 2014.

Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the Senate—

(a) expresses its concern for the asylum seeker children who are currently missing in South Australia;

(b) notes that the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection is the legal guardian of these unaccompanied minors; and

(c) urges the Government to act in their best interest and ensure their safety.

Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the Migration Amendment (Repeal of Certain Visa Classes) Regulation 2014, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2014 No. 65 and made under the Migration Act 1958, be disallowed [F2014L00622].

Senator Bernardi to move:

That the Senate orders the Select Committee on the National Broadband Network to cease to exist on Thursday, 17 July 2014.

Senator Bernardi to move:

That—

(1) A Joint Select Committee on the National Broadband Network be established to inquire into the National Broadband Network, examine and report on the rollout, end user take-up and NBN Co's financial and operational performance.

(2) The committee consist of 9 members, 3 members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Government Whip or Whips, 2 members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips, 2 senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 1 senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and 1 senator to be nominated by minor party or independent senators.

(3) Every nomination of a member of the committee be notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(4) The committee shall elect a government member as its chair.

(5) The committee shall elect a non-government member as its deputy chair.

(6) The deputy chair shall act as chair of the committee at any time when the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee, and at any time when the chair and deputy chair are not present at a meeting of the committee the members present shall elect another member to act as chair at that meeting.

(7) In the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(8) Three members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall include one government member of either House and one non-government member of either House.

(9) The committee shall have power to send for persons and documents, to move from place to place, and to meet and transact business in public or private session and notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives.

(10) The committee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

(11) The committee may report from time to time its proceedings and evidence and any recommendations, and that it present its final report by no later than 30 June 2016.

(12) The committee have access to relevant records and evidence of the current Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network.

Senator Waters to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the litany of sexist, misogynistic, and racist slogans which have been used by Wicked Campers on their hire vans, including:

'In every princess, there's a little slut who wants to try it just once',

'Fat chicks are harder to kidnap',

'Save a whale…harpoon a Jap',

'Women are like banks—once you withdraw you lose interest', and

'A wife: an attachment you screw on the bed to get the housework done'; and

(b) condemns the use of such slogans and calls on Wicked Campers to remove slogans which are sexist, misogynistic, or racist from their vans.

Senators Rhiannon and Xenophon to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) water is one of our most important resources,

(ii) the National Water Commission (the Commission) plays a crucial role in monitoring, auditing and assessing water policy,

(iii) the independence of the Commission is vital to its effectiveness, and

(iv) the 2011 Council of Australian Governments review of the Commission stated that it should continue 'for the lifetime of the NWI' and 'without sunset provision until the NWI is substantially replaced'; and

(b) calls on the Government to reverse its position on the closure of the Commission.

Attorney-General (Senator Brandis) to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to national security and intelligence services, and for related purposes. National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014.