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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

Senators Pratt and Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) acknowledges the Government's continued commitment to improved media representation of women through the 2010 launch of the Voluntary industry code of conduct on body image (the code);

 (b) recognises that body image is an important health and wellbeing issue, as evidenced by research, including:


  (i) the recently released report, Australian Guides say  2010: An insight into the minds of girls and young women in Australia today, which shows that 63 per cent of girls aged 10 to 14 years, and 75 per cent of those aged 18 to 30, believe that the media think the most important aspect of being a girl is to look `pretty and thin' and that pressure to look good was listed by survey respondents as one of the top 10 worst things about being a girl,

  (ii) Mission Australia's National survey of young Australians 2010: Key and emerging issues, which states that body image is the top personal concern among 11 to 24 year old Australians, a highly regarded survey which had 50 240 participants, with 53.9 per cent of the respondents being female,

  (iii) research published in 2000 by the Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, which showed that anorexia nervosa is the third most common chronic illness after obesity and asthma for adolescent girls in Australia, and

  (iv) a report published in the Annual Review of Medicine, dated February 2010, which states that anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric order with the death rate higher than that of major depression;

 (c) applauds the important work of Equality Rights Alliance, led by YWCA Australia, to promote and strengthen the code; and

 (d) notes that as Australia's largest network of organisations advocating for women's equality, women's leadership and acknowledgement of the diversity of women, Equality Rights Alliance celebrated 100 years of International Women's Day held on Tuesday, 8 March 2011, with `Sharing Young Women's Stories', a project to promote positive body image. (general business notice of motion no. 206)

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That the President's ruling that remarks by Senator Brandis in the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on 16 March 2011 offended standing order 193 and constituted offensive language, be appropriately responded to by a withdrawal of the offending words by Senator Brandis in the Senate, within 24 hours. (general business notice of motion no. 207)

The Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water (Senator Farrell): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide a framework for reducing the environmental and other impacts of products, and for related purposes. Product Stewardship Bill 2011.

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations (Senator Evans): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to regulate higher education, and for other purposes. Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill 2011.

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations (Senator Evans): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to deal with consequential and transitional matters arising from the enactment of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, and for other purposes. Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011.


The Chair of the Select Committee on the Reform of the Australian Federation (Senator Trood): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on the Reform of the Australian Federation be extended to 20 June 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 208)

The Chair of the Select Committee on the Reform of the Australian Federation (Senator Trood): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Select Committee on the Reform of the Australian Federation be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 24 March 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 209)

Senator Bilyk: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on Migration be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 11 May 2011, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 210)

Senators Siewert and Fifield: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) acknowledges the success of the Deafness Technology Demonstration Forum in Parliament House on 19 August 2009, and notes the interest expressed by parliamentarians in technologies to enable deaf students to better participate in mainstream education;

 (b) draws the attention of senators to recent progress in further development and application of the Ai-Live system, which combines voice recognition software with trained re-speakers to deliver real time word accurate text translation or captioning of speech to the student and its successful application in schools and further education;

 (c) recognises the transformative impact that technology has had on the engagement and learning of deaf students with access to the technology, who as a result are now able to understand and follow what their teacher or lecturer is saying in real time;

 (d) notes that state and territory education departments have indicated in principle commitment to a national pilot of Ai-Live in high schools, which would see them meeting 75 per cent of the costs; and

 (e) calls on the Federal Government to provide supplementary funding, to cover technology, infrastructure and support costs, to enable a national pilot of Ai-Live to commence. (general business notice of motion no. 211)

Senators Siewert and Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) welcomes the launch of the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce on Tuesday, 22 March 2011;

 (b) raises concern at the significant impacts of problem gambling on our community, including relationship breakdown, mental health issues, unemployment, debt and financial hardship, theft and social isolation, with an estimated cost to our community of $4.7 billion a year;

 (c) notes the Productivity Commission's findings that:

  (i) for every problem gambler, on average seven other people are adversely impacted as a direct result, and

  (ii) of the 600 000 Australians who play poker machines on a weekly basis, approximately 15 per cent are problem gamblers and account for around 40 per cent of expenditure on the `pokies', with an estimated average loss of $21 000 per problem gambler per year, and another 15 per cent are at risk of becoming problem gamblers; and


 (d) commends the ongoing effort to introduce a national pre-commitment scheme for all electronic gambling machine venues and expresses the hope that we can reduce the impacts of problem gambling on those vulnerable to gambling addiction, their families and loved ones. (general business notice of motion no. 212)

Senator Fisher: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 2 November 2011:

Operational issues arising in the export grain storage, transport, handling and shipping network, with particular reference to:

 (a) any risks of natural, virtual or other monopolies discouraging or impeding competition in the export grain storage, transport, handling and shipping network, and any implications for open and fair access to essential grains infrastructure;

 (b) the degree of transparency in storage and handling of grain and the appropriateness of any consequent marketing advantages;

 (c) equitable access to the lowest cost route to market, including transport options;

 (d) competition issues arising from the redelivery of grain;

 (e) the absence of uniform receipt, testing and classification standards and practices and any implications for growers and/or for Australia's reputation as a quality supplier;

 (f) equitable and efficient access to the shipping stem; and

 (g) any other related matters.

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

 (a) notes the past statements by the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) in relation to Government advertising, specifically that `Labor will end the abuse of taxpayer funded government advertising';

 (b) expresses its regret at the hypocrisy on display as a result of the Government having confirmed it is developing options for an advertising campaign related to its planned carbon tax; and

 (c) states its clear opposition to any such taxpayer funded advertising campaign prior to consideration by the Parliament of the Government's carbon tax proposal. (general business notice of motion no. 213)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the boycott of Israel instigated by Marrickville Council - part of the Global Boycott Divestments and Sanctions (GBDS) - banning any links with Israeli organisations or organisations that support Israel and prohibiting any academic, government, sporting or cultural exchanges with Israel,

  (ii) letters from Marrickville Council to Members of Parliament asking them to support the GBDS, and

  (iii) reports of the intention of the Greens Marrickville Mayor, Ms Fiona Byrne, to seek to extend the boycott of Israel to the entire state of New South Wales;

 (b) acknowledges that Israel is a legitimate and democratic state and a good friend of Australia; and


 (c) denounces the Israeli boycott by Marrickville Council and condemns any expansion of it. (general business notice of motion no. 214)

Notice of motion withdrawn: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) withdrew business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2 standing in his name for today, proposing a reference to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee.

Senator Ludwig, by leave, made a statement relating to the matter.