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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

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

 (a) acknowledges the proven success and cost-effectiveness of the national programs PrimaryConnections and Science By Doing, run by the Australian Academy of Science and funded by the Government, that support the professional development of teachers and actively engage primary and secondary school students in science education;

 (b) expresses disappointment that funding for the two programs has been discontinued, particularly given that:

  (i) the programs will only account for $3.5 million over the next 3 years, and

  (ii) the Government has already invested $13.4 million in the development of the programs with Science By Doing having great success despite only running for the past 2 years and PrimaryConnections being only 2 years away from becoming self-sustaining; and

 (c) calls on the Government to immediately restore funding for the programs. (general business notice of motion no. 481)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) a number of submissions to and participants at the recent tax forum called for the global introduction of a financial transaction tax, and

  (ii) the European Parliament has voted to support introducing a financial transaction tax and that the European Commission has proposed it be levied at a very low rate of 0.1 per cent on transactions in shares and bonds and 0.01 per cent on derivatives trading; and

 (b) urges the Government to support further discussion of a global financial transaction tax at the next G20 meeting. (general business notice of motion no. 482)

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

 (a)  notes that:

  (i) the weekend of 15 October and 16 October 2011 marks both International Day of Rural Women and World Food Day,


  (ii) the coming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in October 2011 and the G20 meeting in early November 2011 both have food security on their agenda,

  (iii) currently more than 50 per cent of the world's food is produced by smallholder farmers, of whom more than 70 per cent are women,

  (iv) despite doing the majority of the farming in the developing world, women farmers receive only 5 per cent of the training, own just 2 per cent of the land and access only 1 per cent of the credit available for agriculture,

  (v) policies to improve agricultural output must be tailored to assist women if they are to be effective, and

  (vi) the contribution of women farmers must be recognised and properly supported if we are to achieve food security across the globe; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) ensure that support for women smallholder farmers is part of Australia's contribution to addressing international food security challenges, and

  (ii) raise the importance of the role of women smallholder farmers at CHOGM in Perth in October 2011 and at the G20 meeting in Cannes in early November 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 483)

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises the positive contribution to productivity, inflation, gross domestic product and days lost through industrial action of the Australian Building and Construction Commission; and

 (b) affirms the need for a tough cop on the beat with power to compel information in order to keep the building and construction industry free of thuggery, intimidation and illegality. (general business notice of motion no. 484)

Senator Fifield: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate notes the failure of the Gillard Labor Government to maintain the confidence of the Australian people in its ability to protect our borders. (general business notice of motion no. 485)

The Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Community Affairs References Committee be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 13 October 2011, from 4 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 486)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the tragic deaths of four monks from the Kirti Monastery in Ngawa county, eastern Sichuan province between 26 September and 11 October 2011, and

  (ii) the men set themselves on fire in order to highlight the continued human rights abuse and oppression of the Tibetan people;

 (b) recognises:

  (i) the people of Tibet continue to be subject to appalling human rights abuse, and

  (ii) the Chinese authorities have continued to take repressive measures against monks of the Kirti Monastery since the self-immolation of a monk in March 2011; and


 (c) calls on the Government to urge the Chinese Government to cease repressive measures against the Tibetan people and respect human rights in Tibet. (general business notice of motion no. 487)

Senator Waters: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and for related purposes. Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Emergency Listings) Bill 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 488)

Senator Milne: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2011:

Mandatory vehicle CO2 emission standards, with particular reference to:

 (a) the adequacy of the short and medium term targets currently being considered by the Government;

 (b) costs and benefits of mandatory standards;

 (c) design questions such as separate targets for different vehicle classes, bonus credits for electric vehicles and methodologies for setting targets for individual manufacturers;

 (d) the legal framework;

 (e) penalties for non-compliance; and

 (f) any other related matters.

Senators Boswell and Scullion: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) calls on the Australian Greens and green groups, including the World Wildlife Fund, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Conservation Council of Western Australia and the Wilderness Society, to honour the promise they made in 2007 with the traditional land owners of the Kimberley to allow the Indigenous community and Woodside Gas to negotiate a deal to mine gas in the Kimberley without interference or objection from conservation groups;

 (b) recognises the right of the traditional land owners of the Kimberley to use that land to create economic prosperity and employment opportunities for the Indigenous people of that region for generations to come; and

 (c) expresses concern that Indigenous people who have exercised this self-determination and accepted a single hub at James Price Point have been victimised, unfairly pressured by some green and conservation groups and subjected to racial vilification through being referred to as `toxic coconuts' in publicly distributed material. (general business notice of motion no. 489)

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

 (a) requests that the President convey to the people of New Zealand (Aotearoa) the Senate's concerns about the oil spill and other consequences of the stranding of the container carrier ship Rena; and

 (b) sends its best wishes for a rapid and complete recovery from the oil spill and other consequences of this disaster in such a beautiful region of New Zealand. (general business notice of motion no. 490)

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (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 Banking Amendment (Covered Bonds) Bill 2011, allowing it to be considered during this period of sittings.


Document: Senator Ludwig tabled the following document:

  Consideration of legislation—Statement of reasons for introduction and passage of the Banking Amendment (Covered Bonds) Bill 2011 in the 2011 spring sittings.

Notice of motion withdrawn: Senator McEwen, at the request of Senator McLucas, withdrew general business notice of motion no. 470 standing in the name of Senator McLucas for today, relating to the final report of the Productivity Commission on disability care and support.