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Senator Hanson-Young: To move on 20 June 2011—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 20 June is World Refugee Day,

  (ii) the theme for 2011 is `1 refugee without hope is too many', and

  (iii) events will be held across the country to engage Australians in this important day;

 (b) recognises that:

  (i) 2011 is the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention, and

  (ii) there are more than 10 million refugees around the world; and

 (c) calls on the Government to encourage other countries within our region to sign the Refugee Convention. (general business notice of motion no. 270)


Senator Xenophon: 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 22 August 2011:

The regulatory standards for the approval of medical devices in Australia, with particular attention to devices with high revision rates, and in undertaking the inquiry the committee consider:

 (a) the role of the Therapeutic Goods Administration in regulating the quality of devices available in Australia;

 (b) the cost effectiveness of subsidised devices;

 (c) the effectiveness and accuracy of current billing systems;

 (d) the processes in place to ensure that approved products continue to meet Australian standards;

 (e) the safety standards and approval processes for devices that are remanufactured for multiple use;

 (f) the processes in place to notify the relevant authorities and the general public of high revision rates or possible faulty devices;

 (g) the effectiveness of the current regimes in place to ensure prostheses with high revision rates are identified and the action taken once these devices are identified;

 (h) the effectiveness of the implemented recommendations of the Health Technology Assessment; and

 (i) any other related matter.

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Migration Act 1958 in relation to the declaration of third countries for removal of offshore entry persons. Migration Amendment (Declared Countries) Bill 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 271)

Senators Humphries and Lundy: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 24 May 2011 marks the centenary of the launch of an international competition to design an Australian national capital,

  (ii) the winning design by the American architect, Walter Burley Griffin, was announced in May 1912, and

  (iii) the winning design for Canberra was a collaboration between Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin; and

 (b) calls on the National Capital Authority and the Intergovernmental Working Group for the Centenary of Canberra to work with the Parliament to arrange an appropriate celebration of the centenary of the choice of the Griffin design for our nation's capital. (general business notice of motion no. 272)

The Chair of the Select Committee on the Scrutiny of New Taxes (Senator Cormann): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Select Committee on the Scrutiny of New Taxes be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 16 June 2011, from 1.50 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 273)


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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the bilby is listed as a threatened species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999,

  (ii) human generated habitat degradation is identified as a major threat to bilbies according to the National Recovery Plan for the Greater Bilby Macrotis lagotis (2006), and

  (iii) the plan lists the following threats to the species:

   (A) a potential increase in predation through creating a corridor for predators to move along,

   (B) habitat destruction and degradation resulting from mining and other development, and

   (C) road mortality,

  (iv) building a gas hub at James Price Point, Western Australia, could result in degradation to known bilby habitats,

  (v) Woodside Petroleum has been given permission by the Government to clear 25 hectares of vegetation in known bilby habitat,

  (vi) there was evidence of bilbies in the area according to surveys conducted for the project, and

  (vii) this decision on clearing pre-empts any final decision by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) on the gas hub and has been given during the process of a strategic assessment; and

 (b) calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities to re-examine this decision and halt any clearing until a decision has been made on the strategic assessment of a gas hub for Browse Basin gas. (general business notice of motion no. 274)

Senator Crossin: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 22 June 2011, from 12.30 pm to 2 pm, to take evidence for the committee's biannual review of the National Capital Authority. (general business notice of motion no. 275)

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That, on Monday, 20 June 2011:

 (a) the hours of meeting shall be 10 am to noon, 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm; and

 (b) the routine of business from 3.30 pm shall be the items specified in standing order 57(1)(a)(iv) to (xi).

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That, in accordance with subsection 10B(2) of the Health Insurance Act 1973, the Senate approves the Health Insurance (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Amendment Determination 2011 and the Health Insurance (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Amendment Determination 2011 (No. 2) made under subsection 10B(1) of the Act on 23 May 2011 and 1 June 2011, respectively.


The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That, in accordance with subsection 10B(2) of the Health Insurance Act 1973, the Senate approves the Health Insurance (Extended Medicare Safety Net - Telehealth) Amendment Determination 2011 made under subsection 10B(1) of the Act on 23 May 2011.

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

 (a) congratulates the not-for-profit organisation Do Something! for its successful `National Phosphate Ban' campaign which has resulted in all major players in the Australian detergent industry now implementing or agreeing to phase out phosphates in laundry detergents by 2014; and

 (b) calls on the Government to legislate to ban phosphate based laundry detergents. (general business notice of motion no. 276)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the dire situation facing wild orang-utan populations in southeast Asian forests which are being destroyed at a rate equal to 300 soccer fields every hour,

  (ii) that orang-utans are predicted to be extinct in the wild within 10 to 15 years due largely to the palm oil industry replacing native forest with palm plantations,

  (iii) that only three vegetable oils, namely peanut, sesame and soybean, are required to be labelled as food products under Australian labelling laws, allowing palm oil to be hidden as vegetable oil,

  (iv) the DeforestACTION program run in 350 Australian schools and in many other schools worldwide raises awareness of forestry impacts and fundraises for international wildlife and forest conservation projects, and

  (v) the DeforestACTION program's objectives are to:

   (A) raise funds to buy back and preserve rainforests (initially in Indonesia),

   (B) regrow a full forest ecosystem (initially 50 000 hectares),

   (C) create the world's largest orang-utan sanctuary, allowing people to interact remotely with the animals,

   (D) monitor rainforest via satellites to provide real time intelligence required to halt illegal deforestation,

   (E) develop a proven model for 21st century learning to be embraced by schools globally, and

   (F) create global awareness of the dangers of destroying forest for monoculture farming, especially palm oil;

 (b) recognises and congratulates Tasmania's Taroona High School students and staff for their awareness and fundraising activities for the DeforestACTION program resulting in recognition of Taroona High School as the world's leading school for the program; and

 (c) calls on the Government to:

  (i) include palm oil as a declared ingredient in food and cosmetic products under current labelling laws, and


  (ii) support the DeforestACTION program by showing leadership in protecting native forests in Australia and primary forests around the world. (general business notice of motion no. 277)

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

 (a) reaffirms the World Heritage significance of the Tarkine wilderness in the northwest of Tasmania;

 (b) notes:

  (i) the resolution passed unanimously by the Senate on 13 September 2007, that noted that the Government had `asked the Australian Heritage Council also to examine, identify and advise the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (Mr Turnbull) of any World Heritage values contained in the areas proposed', and

  (ii) that this request was never communicated to the Australian Heritage Council or carried out; and

 (c) calls on the Government to:

  (i) direct the Australian Heritage Council as a matter of urgency to advise the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) of any World Heritage values contained in the Tarkine area boundary already examined by the Council,

  (ii) immediately include the Tarkine on the National Heritage List through the Minister's emergency listing powers, and

  (iii) publicly release the Australian Heritage Council's 2010 report into the National Heritage values of the Tarkine. (general business notice of motion no. 278)