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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

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

 (a) welcomes the signing of various bilateral agreements between China and Taiwan, including on direct flights, maritime shipping, linking postal services, food security, financial services and cooperation in telecommunications, agreed to since May 2008;

 (b) recognises the continuing improvement in relations between China and Taiwan is conducive to the long-term rapprochement between these communities and will have a positive effect on the stability and security of the Asia-Pacific region; and

 (c) encourages both sides of the Taiwan Strait to further enhance dialogue, practical cooperation and confidence-building, including a cooperative approach towards providing increased opportunities for Taiwanese participation in international forums and global policy dialogue. (general business notice of motion no. 848)


Senator Birmingham: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate notes the continuing failings of the Rudd Government in relation to its Green Loans Program (the program), despite the undertakings of the Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water (Senator Wong) of 10 March 2010 to the Senate, including:

 (a) the training and accreditation of thousands more assessors than the Government first promised, had work for, or ever intended to contract;

 (b) systemic failures to process bookings for home sustainability assessments, return assessments to householders in a timely way or pay assessors for work undertaken in a timely way;

 (c) its cancellation of the loans component of the program, having provided only approximately 1 per cent of the 200 000 loans it promised at the 2007 election;

 (d) its failure to finalise additional assessor contracts in a timely manner, leaving thousands of assessors in limbo and/or unemployed and without any offer of Government support;

 (e) delays in its conduct of audits and reviews into the program, including reviews the Minister has indicated would inform the finalising of additional assessor contracts;

 (f) its failure to commit to the public release of these audit and review findings;

 (g) its failure to deliver a promised Green Rewards Card to householders and its expensive, bureaucratic alternative to the card;

 (h) its failure to implement, following the discontinuation of loans, any mechanism for evaluating the worth of assessments conducted at taxpayer expense; and

 (i) the Minister's failure to acknowledge, let alone respond to, correspondence. (general business notice of motion no. 849)

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

 (a) Australians use more than 11 billion drink containers every year;

 (b) through a container deposit scheme, South Australia has achieved a recovery rate of more than 80 per cent;

 (c) the National Waste Report 2010 shows that Australians recycle only 40 per cent of municipal solid waste;

 (d) a national container deposit scheme would:

  (i) create hundreds of green jobs,

  (ii) decrease litter by 12 to 15 per cent,

  (iii) increase recycling of drink containers from 50 to 80 per cent,

  (iv) divert more than 512 000 tonnes from landfill,

  (v) reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one million tonnes of CO2 each year, the equivalent of switching 135 000 homes to renewable energy, and

  (vi) improve air quality to the equivalent of taking 56 000 cars off the road; and

 (e) a national container deposit scheme be introduced without further delay. (general business notice of motion no. 850)

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

 (a) the ineptitude of the Rudd Labor Government to deliver promised services to the Australian people; and


 (b) the mismanagement by the Rudd Labor Government in relation to:

  (i) border protection,

  (ii) migration,

  (iii) Indigenous policy,

  (iv) home insulation, and

  (v) the Building Education Revolution. (general business notice of motion no. 851)

The Minister for Defence (Senator Faulkner): 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 Legislation Amendment (Security of Defence Premises) Bill 2010.

The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to enhance customer choice in the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, and for related purposes. Choice of Repairer Bill 2010. (general business notice of motion no. 852)

The Chair of the Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee (Senator Fisher): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee on the Energy Efficient Homes Package be extended to 2 July 2010. (general business notice of motion no. 853)

Senator Barnett: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to establish the Parliamentary Budget Office, and for related purposes. Parliamentary Budget Office Bill 2010. (general business notice of motion no. 854)

Senator Barnett: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 to ensure value for money in the use of Commonwealth resources, and for related purposes. Financial Management and Accountability Amendment (Value for Money in Government Spending) Bill 2010. (general business notice of motion no. 855)

The Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That, on Thursday, 24 June 2010:

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

 (b) the routine of business from not later than 6 pm shall be government business only; and

 (c) divisions may take place after 4.30 pm.

The Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—

 (1) That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 1 July 2011:

  Exposure drafts of Australian privacy amendment legislation.

 (2) That, in undertaking this inquiry, the committee may consider the exposure draft of the Australian Privacy Principles and the draft companion guides on the Australian privacy reforms, and any other relevant documents tabled in the Senate or presented to the President by a senator when the Senate is not sitting.


The Chair of the Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries (Senator Heffernan): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries on food production in Australia be extended to 23 August 2010. (general business notice of motion no. 856)

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

 (a) notes that the price of alcohol has proven to be a significant factor in tackling alcohol abuse, especially among disadvantaged drinkers;

 (b) raises concern at the decision by Coles supermarkets to place on sale $4 bottles of wine in Alice Springs;

 (c) calls on the Minister for Health and Ageing (Ms Roxon) to convene a meeting of the large supermarket chains and public health authorities to discuss responsible alcohol sales and promotions; and

 (d) calls on the Rudd Government to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. (general business notice of motion no. 857)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the statement made by seven Coalition senators in their dissenting report in the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee's report Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010 [No. 2] that `the principle of "free, prior and informed consent" is a fundamental human rights principle for Indigenous peoples', and

  (ii) that the principle of `free, prior and informed consent' is reflected in Articles 19 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which was recently endorsed by the Federal Government but has yet to be implemented in Australian law;

 (b) affirms the view that `free, prior and informed consent' is a fundamental human rights principle for Indigenous peoples; and

 (c) calls on all current and future Australian governments to ensure this principle is taken into account in developing, implementing and administering their laws and programs. (general business notice of motion no. 858)

Senators Nash and Colbeck: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 July 2010:

 (a) the import risk analysis process for the proposed importation of Chinese apples into Australia; and

 (b) the protocols relating to the Australia/United States of America cherry trade.

Senator Ludlam: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee for inquiry and report by 20 October 2010:

The adequacy of protections for the privacy of Australians online, with regard to:

 (a) privacy protections and data collection on social networking sites;

 (b) data collection activities of private companies;

 (c) data collection activities of government agencies; and

 (d) other related issues.


The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the massive trade in complex financial derivatives was a major cause of the recent financial crisis and that governments around the world are now seeking solutions to ensure that financial markets price risk appropriately and that unregulated financial trading is more visible to regulators,

  (ii) the `Robin Hood' tax (the tax), an idea that is gaining traction in many western countries with growing public support, imposes a small levy (0.05 per cent) on banks, hedge funds, foreign exchange transactions, derivatives and share deals,

  (iii) the tax is estimated to raise approximately $400 billion dollars a year globally and up to $18 billion in Australia, and

  (iv) the tax advocates propose that 50 per cent of the revenue is spent by governments on the delivery of essential services and costs of bail-outs associated with the global financial crisis, with the remaining 50 per cent to be spent on overseas development aid and climate change adaptation; and

 (b) calls on the Government to support the adoption of this tax at the G20 meeting in Toronto, Canada, in June 2010. (general business notice of motion no. 859)

The Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

 Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Amendment Bill 2010

 Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Bill 2010

 Crimes Amendment (Royal Flying Doctor Service) Bill 2010

 Farm Household Support Amendment (Ancillary Benefits) Bill 2010

 Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment Bill 2010

 Higher Education Support Amendment (Indexation) Bill 2010

 Immigration (Education) Amendment Bill 2010

 Insurance Contracts Amendment Bill 2010

 International Monetary Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2010

 Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Amendment Bill 2010

 Tax Laws Amendment (2010 Measures No. 3) Bill 2010

 Tax Laws Amendment (Confidentiality of Taxpayer Information) Bill 2009

 Tax Laws Amendment (Foreign Source Income Deferral) Bill (No. 1) 2010

 Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill (No. 2) 2010

 Veterans' Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2009.

Documents: Senator Ludwig tabled the following documents:

  Consideration of legislation—Statements of reasons [15] for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2010 winter sittings.


Notice of motion withdrawn: Senator Xenophon, pursuant to notice of intention given on 22 June 2010, withdrew business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2 standing in his name for today for the disallowance of new regulations 4.67C and 4.67E in item [2] of Schedule 1 to the Aviation Transport Security Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 1), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2010 No. 80 and made under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004.