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NOTICES

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That—

 (1) To ensure appropriate consideration of time critical bills by Senate committees, the provisions of all bills introduced into the House of Representatives after 12 May 2011 and before 2 June 2011 that contain provisions commencing on or before 1 July 2011 (together with the provisions of any related bill) are referred to committees for inquiry and report by 14 June 2011.

 (2) The committee to which each bill is referred shall be determined in accordance with the order of 29 September 2010 allocating departments and agencies to standing committees.

 (3) A committee to which a bill has been referred may determine, by unanimous decision, that there are no substantive matters that require examination and report that fact to the Senate.

 (4) This order does not apply in relation to bills which contain no provisions other than provisions appropriating revenue or moneys (appropriation bills).

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That the temporary orders of the Senate of 25 November 2009 and 22 November 2010, relating to modified rules for question time and the consideration of private senators' bills, continue as temporary orders till the end of 2011.

Senators Ferguson, Bernardi, Birmingham, Fisher and Minchin: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises the important role that community hospitals play in the lives of regional communities and in providing early access to care for life threatening conditions and trauma;

 (b) condemns the South Australian Government for deciding in its 2010 State Budget to cut funding to three community hospitals in regional areas;

 (c) recognises the critical role that the Keith and District Hospital Inc., Moonta Health and Aged Care Service Inc. and the Ardrossan Community Hospital Inc. play in the lives of those living and travelling in regional South Australia; and

 (d) calls on the Government to:

  (i) reduce the National Healthcare Specific Purpose Payment to the South Australian Government by $1 046 000 in the 2011-12 financial year,

  (ii) index the above amount by the growth factor contained in Schedule D of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations,

  (iii) make a direct financial transfer to the Keith and District Hospital Inc. of $600 000 and annually index this amount by the growth factor contained in the Intergovernmental Agreement,

  (iv) make a direct financial transfer to the Moonta Health and Aged Care Service Inc. of $300 000 and annually index this amount by the growth factor contained in the Intergovernmental Agreement, and

  (v) make a direct financial transfer to the Ardrossan Community Hospital Inc. of $146 000 and annually index this amount by the growth factor contained in the Intergovernmental Agreement. (general business notice of motion no. 240)


Senator Fifield: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate notes the Labor Government's ceaseless and ongoing commitment to debt and to deficit budgeting, which is putting upward pressure on interest rates and further pressure on household budgets. (general business notice of motion no. 241)

Senator Cameron: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 12 May 2011, from 5 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 242)

Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Public Service Act 1999. Public Service Amendment (Payments in Special Circumstances) Bill 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 243)

The Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Community Affairs References Committee on the Commonwealth contribution to former forced adoption policies be extended to 21 November 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 244)

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

 (a) notes with concern decisions by major retailers to heavily discount alcohol as a `loss leader' to increase market share, with beer and wine being sold below the wholesale price so that it is now often cheaper than bottled water;

 (b) draws attention to research that demonstrates that young people, disadvantaged groups and risky drinkers are highly sensitive to the price of alcohol;

 (c) raises concern at the number of serious incidents of alcohol-related violence leading to death, permanent disability or disfigurement in recent weeks;

 (d) notes:

  (i) that alcohol impacts not only on individuals but on the wider community, and

  (ii) the high cost of alcohol-related harm to the community, conservatively estimated for the 2004-05 financial year at more than $15 billion per year; and

 (e) calls on:

  (i) these retailers to end their cheap alcohol promotions in the interest of public health and safety, and

  (ii) the Government to consider introducing a floor price for alcohol. (general business notice of motion no. 245)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) cluster munitions are one of the most inhumane forms of weapons from a humanitarian, medical and ethical perspective,

  (ii) as a `legacy weapon' cluster munitions continue to kill and maim, affecting generations of people after conflict is over, meaning that survivors of war do not necessarily survive the peace,


  (iii) during the Vietnam War, 280 million cluster bomblets were dropped on Laos, leaving at least 80 million unexploded cluster bombs in that country alone such that 37 years later, survivors are still being harmed and killed,

  (iv) cluster bombs are still being used and produced internationally, with confirmed reports of their use against civilians in the Libyan conflict in April 2011,

  (v) Australia is one of 108 countries that has signed the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, and

  (vi) by signing the convention, Australia undertook to never under any circumstances use cluster munitions, develop, produce, otherwise acquire, stockpile, retain or transfer to anyone, directly or indirectly, cluster munitions, or assist, encourage or induce anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a state party under this convention;

 (b) acknowledges the bravery of 19 year old cluster bomb survivor Mr Soraj Ghulam Habib from Afghanistan and the work he is doing as an international advocate for peace and universal disarmament of cluster bombs; and

 (c) calls on the Minister to:

  (i) urgently revise the bill to reflect the convention which states parties should never `under any circumstances' engage in prohibited activities related to cluster munitions,

  (ii) apply the convention's prohibitions on use in joint operations with non-states parties,

  (iii) urgently revise the bill in relation to jurisdiction issues which explicitly allow foreign forces to use Australian territory to stockpile and transit cluster bombs,

  (iv) honour our obligations under the treaty to ban all forms of both direct and indirect investment in cluster munitions, which echoes calls from the Australian financial industry and the Australian Council of Super Investors, and

  (v) honour our obligations under the treaty to provide assistance to ensure adequate provision of care and rehabilitation for victims of cluster munitions, clearance of contaminated areas, education and destruction of stockpiles. (general business notice of motion no. 246)