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Monday, 26 November 2012
Page: 9730

Presentation

Senator Bernardi to move:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Standing Committee of Senators' Interests on a draft code of conduct for senators be extended to 29 November 2012.

Senator Bilyk to move:

That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report:

(a) the commitment by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) to reflecting and representing regional diversity in Australia;

(b) the impact that the increased centralisation of television production in Sydney and Melbourne has had on the ABC's ability to reflect national identity and diversity; and

(c) any related matters.

Senator Abetz to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, and for related purposes. Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Towards Transparency) Bill 2012.

Senator Waters to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to prevent the Commonwealth from handing responsibility for approving proposed actions that significantly impact matters protected under the Act to a State or Territory, and for related purposes. Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Retaining Federal Approval Powers) Bill 2012.

Senator Xenophon to move:

That item [1] of Schedule 1 to the National Health (Weighted average disclosed price - interim supplementary disclosure cycle) Amendment Determination 2012 (No. 2) [PB98 of 2012], made under subsection 99ADB(4) of the National Health Act 1953, be disallowed. [F2012L02147]

Fifteen sitting days remain, including today, to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed. (to be resolved on 19 March 2013)

Senators Rhiannon and Ludlam to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) the rare earths miner Lynas Corporation Ltd has established a processing plant at Gebeng in Malaysia to process material from Lynas' Mount Weld mine in Western Australia,

   (ii) rare earths, including radioactive thorium residues, will be transported from Mount Weld to Fremantle, where it will be shipped to Malaysia,

   (iii) a rare earths refinery operated by the Mitsubishi group in Perak in northern Malaysia was closed after news broke of cases of birth defects and leukaemia in some local residents,

   (iv) Lynas plans to dispose of the waste radioactive material near fishing communities in the Malaysian state of Kuantan,

   (v) in early January 2012 the Malaysian press reported severe restrictions on the public's ability to access information about the proposed Lynas plant, and

   (vi) residents who live near the proposed Lynas processing plants and non-government organisations in 2011 marched on Malaysia's Parliament and held a demonstration at the Australian High Commission calling for the processing plant not to be sited in Malaysia;

(b) expresses grave concerns over the Malaysian Government's approval for a new rare earth refinery in Pahang, and the process by which it has been established; and

(c) calls on Lynas to process the thorium ore on site at the Mount Weld mine to minimise the risk of damage arising from radioactive waste.

Senator Hogg to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Parliamentary Service Act 1999, and for related purposes. Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill 2012.

Senator Collins to move:

That—

(1) On Tuesday, 27 November, Wednesday, 28 November, and Thursday, 29 November 2012, any proposal pursuant to standing order 75 shall not be proceeded with.

(2) On Tuesday, 27 November 2012:

(a) the hours of meeting shall be 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to adjournment;

(b) the routine of business from not later than 7.30 pm to 8.15 pm shall be consideration of general business order of the day no. 83 (Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012);

(c) the bill listed in paragraph (b) be considered under a limitation of time, and that the time allotted be as follows:

   from 7.30 pm to 7.45 pm—second reading

   from 7.45 pm to 8.15 pm—all remaining stages,

   and this paragraph shall operate as a limitation of debate under standing order 142;

(d) the routine of business from not later than 4 pm to 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm to 10 pm shall be government business only; and (e) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 10 pm.

(3) On Wednesday, 28 November 2012, the consideration of government documents shall not be proceeded with.

(4) On Thursday, 29 November 2012:

(a) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 7.10 pm;

(b) divisions may take place after 4.30 pm;

(c) consideration of general business and committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General's reports under standing order 62(1) and (2) shall not be proceeded with;

(d) the routine of business from not later than 12.45 pm to 2 pm and from not later than 3.45 pm shall be government business only; and

(e) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 6.30 pm.

Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Water Act 2007, and for related purposes. Water Amendment (Save the Murray-Darling Basin) Bill 2012.

Senator Feeney to move:

That the Senate adopts the recommendation in the 54th report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing to amend standing order 19.

Senator Feeney to move:

That, in accordance with section 5 of the Parliament Act 1974, the Senate approves the following proposals by the National Capital Authority for capital works within the Parliamentary Zone:

(a) the removal and replacement of trees;

(b) the construction of bus shelters;

(c) the removal and replacement of a pedestrian and cycle crossing;

(d) making permanent two existing temporary sculptures at the National Gallery of Australia; and

(e) the installation of three outdoor exhibits at Questacon.

Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the Basin Plan 2012, made under Part 2 of the Water Act 2007, be disallowed. [F2012L02240]