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NOTICES

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 26 August 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the rescue of 433 asylum seekers by the MV Tampa,


  (ii) this rescue was followed by the refusal of the Coalition Government to allow the ship to enter Australian shores in direct violation of both maritime conventions and human rights obligations,

  (iii) the majority of the asylum seekers, including children, were detained indefinitely on Nauru, as part of the Coalition's `Pacific Solution', and

  (iv) 10 years later, the Labor Government is still pursuing offshore processing, through Australia's agreement with Malaysia, and Australia's Memorandum of Understanding with Manus Island;

 (b) recognises a majority of Australians want asylum seekers processed on the mainland, according to The Age/Neilson poll published on 16 August 2011; and

 (c) calls on the Government to abandon offshore processing. (general business notice of motion no. 374)

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following operate as a temporary order with immediate effect until the conclusion of the 43rd Parliament:

Standing order 18 establishing the Committee of Privileges be amended as follows:

 (a) paragraph (1), omit "7", substitute "8"; and

 (b) omit paragraph (3), substitute:

  (3) The committee shall consist of 8 senators, 4 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 1 nominated by a minority party and independent senators.

Senator Stephens: 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, 25 August 2011, from noon. (general business notice of motion no. 375)

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

 (a) notes the opening statement made by the President of Fair Work Australia on 1 June 2010 during his appearance at an estimates hearing of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee, in particular, the request made that the Senate reconsider its order of 28 October 2009 which requires that, on each occasion on which the committee meets to consider estimates in relation to Fair Work Australia, the President of Fair Work Australia appear to answer questions; and

 (b) modifies the order of 28 October 2009 by indicating that the Senate expects that the President of Fair Work Australia will appear should his or her presence be requested by the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee in the future, but that the requirement that the President attend to answer questions on all occasions when the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee meets to consider estimates in relation to Fair Work Australia no longer applies. (general business notice of motion no. 376)

Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Qantas Sale Act 1992, and for related purposes. Qantas Sale Amendment (Still Call Australia Home) Bill 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 377)


Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Quarantine Act 1908, and for related purposes. Quarantine Amendment (Disallowing Permits) Bill 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 378)

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

 (a) notes that a series of Australian citizens have been arrested and held in prison in China in recent years without prompt notification to the Australian Government; and

 (b) calls on China to fulfil its diplomatic obligation and promptly notify Australia if any Australian citizen is apprehended in the future. (general business notice of motion no. 379)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) north Queensland's significant economic growth has been recorded in the recent quarterly development status report released by Townsville Enterprise Pty Ltd,

  (ii) the report, which covered the 3-month period to 30 June 2011, showed that, despite setbacks caused by Cyclone Yasi, approximately $53 billion worth of development projects are currently underway or awaiting approval, and

  (iii) current projects include the $385 million redevelopment of Lavarack Barracks in Townsville in preparation for the arrival of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment; and

 (b) congratulates Townsville Enterprise Pty Ltd on its pivotal role in encouraging and facilitating continued investment in north Queensland. (general business notice of motion no. 380)