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12    Notices

Senator Polley: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   recognises:

                  (i)   the successful campaigning of Maria Bond from Bears Of Hope, whose efforts have prompted the Tasmanian Government move to provide official recognition for babies lost during early pregnancy, and

                 (ii)   the importance of this initiative, which allows Tasmanian parents who lose a baby before 20 weeks gestation, or a baby that weighs less than 400 grams, to apply for a commemorative certificate;

    (b)   notes that:

                  (i)   15 October is recognised as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, New South Wales and Western Australia, and

                 (ii)   the campaign for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in Australia began in 2008; and

     (c)   calls for 15 October to be recognised in Australia as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day - a day for parents and families who experience the loss of their baby. ( general business notice of motion no. 974 )

Senators Smith, McAllister, Singh and Simms: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   1 December marks World AIDS Day, which is held every year to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, and is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have died,

                 (ii)   the aim of World AIDS Day is to encourage all Australians to be aware of HIV, to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting safe sexual practices, and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination, and

                (iii)   while significant advancements in treatment and diagnosis have been made, 30 years after the discovery of the HIV virus the HIV epidemic remains one of the greatest public health challenges facing Australia, its region and the world;

    (b)   reaffirms the commitment made by all Australian Health Ministers in 2014 in signing the AIDS 2014 Legacy Statement, which commits to:

                  (i)   a rejuvenated response to HIV and ensuring that the HIV responses of all jurisdictions reflect new scientific advances and the vision of ending HIV and AIDS,

                 (ii)   continue measures to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people remain a high priority area for Australia’s HIV response and to achieving HIV prevention and treatment targets, with a particular focus on research and health literacy,

                (iii)   taking necessary actions, in partnership with key affected communities and sector partners, to remove barriers to accessing HIV testing, treatment, prevention, care and support across legal, regulatory, policy, social, political and economic domains,

                (iv)   continuing to support high quality, multi-disciplinary, collaborative research that incorporates basic science, clinical research, social and behavioural science and operational research to inform local and international action to eliminate HIV,

                 (v)   advancing actions to ensure an appropriately trained and supported HIV workforce, including in clinical, community, research and policy and program areas, and

                (vi)   continuing to demonstrate global leadership in the response to HIV; and

     (c)   acknowledges the role played by people living with HIV, their friends, family and supporters, AIDS activists and researchers, past and present, in making HIV a disease people can live with. ( general business notice of motion no. 975 )

Senator Ludlam: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes the recommencement of legal action against Australia by Timor-Leste in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague regarding claims that Australian spies bugged a Timor-Leste cabinet office during negotiations over an oil and gas treaty in 2004;

    (b)   calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to direct the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to reissue a passport to the individual known as ‘Witness K’, a former senior intelligence officer who came forward as a whistle-blower, to enable him/her to appear as a witness at the upcoming hearing of the case; and

     (c)   affirms the right of the Government of Timor-Leste to bring these proceedings against Australia in the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the need for this case to be independently investigated. ( general business notice of motion no. 976 )

Senator McKenzie: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Charter and board composition in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 , and for related purposes. Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015 . ( general business notice of motion no. 977 )

The Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement (Senator Singh): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, from 5 pm, as follows:

    (a)   Wednesday, 3 February 2016, followed by a public meeting;

    (b)   Wednesday, 24 February 2016, followed by a public meeting; and

     (c)   Wednesday, 16 March 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 978 )

Senator Madigan: 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, omitting from paragraph (3A) “the 2013 election” and substituting “political donations”. ( general business notice of motion no. 979 )

The Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert) and Senator Polley: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2016:

The future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the current composition of the aged care workforce;

    (b)   future aged care workforce requirements, including the impacts of sector growth, changes in how care is delivered, and increasing competition for workers;

     (c)   the interaction of aged care workforce needs with employment by the broader community services sector, including workforce needs in disability, health and other areas, and increased employment as the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolls out;

    (d)   challenges in attracting and retaining aged care workers;

     (e)   factors impacting aged care workers, including remuneration, working environment, staffing ratios, education and training, skills development and career paths;

     (f)   the role and regulation of registered training organisations, including work placements, and the quality and consistency of qualifications awarded;

     (g)   government policies at the state, territory and Commonwealth level which have a significant impact on the aged care workforce;

    (h)   relevant parallels or strategies in an international context;

      (i)   the role of government in providing a coordinated strategic approach for the sector;

     (j)   challenges of creating a culturally competent and inclusive aged care workforce to cater for the different care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people;

    (k)   the particular aged care workforce challenges in regional towns and remote communities;

      (l)   impact of the Government’s cuts to the Aged Care Workforce Fund; and

   (m)   any other related matters.