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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

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

 (a) acknowledges 19 February 1942 as the day Darwin was bombed and marks the first time Australia was militarily attacked by enemy forces;

 (b) reflects on the significant loss of life of Australian defence personnel and civilians during the attacks and casualties of the bombings;

 (c) recognises that the attack remained a secret for many years and that, even today, many Australians are unaware of the bombing of Darwin and the significant damage and loss of life which resulted; and

 (d) calls for 19 February each year to be gazetted as `Bombing of Darwin Day' and be named a day of national significance by the Governor-General. (general business notice of motion no. 496)

Senator Cormann: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by noon on Wednesday, 2 November 2011, a copy of all correspondence between the Minister for Health and Ageing (Ms Roxon) and the Future Fund. (general business notice of motion no. 497)

Senator Cormann: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by 5 pm on Thursday, 3 November 2011:

 (a) for each of the following measures linked to the MRRT [Minerals Resource Rent Tax], the estimated budget expenditure and/or revenue foregone for each of the financial years from 2011-12 to 2014-15 inclusive:

  (i) superannuation guarantee increase (from 9 to 12 per cent),

  (ii) superannuation tax rebate for low income earners,

  (iii) 50 per cent discount on interest income,

  (iv) increasing concessional contribution caps for over 50s,

  (v) phasing down interest withholding on financial institutions,

  (vi) early company tax cut for small business,

  (vii) small business instant asset write-off,


  (viii) standard deduction for work related expenses,

  (ix) lowering company tax rate, and

  (x) regional infrastructure fund;

 (b) for each of the measures listed above the methodology used for projecting these costs in 2013-14, 2014-15 and over the medium- to long-term, including (but not limited to) actual uplift/up rate factors for wages, prices and any other relevant factors;

 (c) the methodology used to project the cost of the proposed superannuation guarantee increase at $3.6 billion in 2019-20, as cited in the 2010-11 Budget, Budget paper no. 2, p. 42; and

 (d) Treasury's assessment of the impact on estimated MRRT revenue for the period 2012-13 to 2014-15, and if available beyond, of state and territory government decisions taken since the release of the 2011-12 Budget to change royalty arrangements in relation to iron ore and coal. (general business notice of motion no. 498)

The Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber Safety (Senator Bilyk): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Select Committee on Cyber Safety be authorised to meet during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 2 November 2011, from 4 pm to 6 pm, for a private briefing. (general business notice of motion no. 499)

The Chair of the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee (Senator Heffernan): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee on the operational issues in export grain networks be extended to the last sitting day in March 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 500)

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Public Accounts and Audit Committee Act 1951, and for related purposes. Public Accounts and Audit Committee Amendment (Ombudsman) Bill 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 501)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) in the week beginning 16 October 2011 the West Papuan people held their third Papuan National Congress in Jayapura,

  (ii) the congress was a peaceful gathering of thousands of delegates from all over West Papua, and

  (iii) the congress elected leaders to speak for the Papuan people;

 (b) condemns the violent crackdown that left seven Papuans dead and many more injured;

 (c) calls for an immediate end to violence in the area;

 (d) recognises the rights of the people of West Papua to freely travel, assemble and discuss their own future; and

 (e) calls for the humane treatment and timely release of those arrested. (general business notice of motion no. 502)


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 (Protecting Australia's Water Resources) Bill 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 503)

Senator Furner: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate as follows:

 (a) on Wednesday, 2 November 2011, from 11 am to noon; and

 (b) on Tuesday, 22 November 2011, from 1 pm to 2 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 504)

The Minister for Sport (Senator Arbib): To move on the next day of sitting—That, on Thursday, 3 November 2011, the consideration of general business orders of the day for the consideration of private senators' bills shall not be proceeded with and the routine of business shall be government business only.

The Minister for Sport (Senator Arbib): To move on the next day of sitting—That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2012 be as follows:

  Autumn sittings:

  Tuesday, 7 February to Thursday, 9 February
Monday, 27 February to Thursday, 1 March
Tuesday, 13 March to Thursday, 15 March
Monday, 19 March to Thursday, 22 March

  Budget sittings:

  Tuesday, 8 May to Thursday, 10 May

  Winter sittings:

  Monday, 18 June to Thursday, 21 June
Monday, 25 June to Thursday, 28 June

  Spring sittings:

  Tuesday, 14 August to Thursday, 16 August
Monday, 20 August to Thursday, 23 August
Monday, 10 September to Thursday, 13 September
Monday, 17 September to Thursday, 20 September
Tuesday, 9 October to Thursday, 11 October
Monday, 29 October to Thursday, 1 November
Monday, 19 November to Thursday, 22 November
Monday, 26 November to Thursday, 29 November.

The Minister for Sport (Senator Arbib): To move on the next day of sitting—That, pursuant to standing order 25(9), the Senate determines:

 (a) that the chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee shall be elected by that committee from members nominated by minor parties or independent senators; and

 (b) that this order remain in effect until the President is duly notified of an agreement that meets the terms of standing order 25(9)(c).

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

 (a) notes the estimation by the United Nations (UN) that the global population, which was some two billion people in 1927, and some three billion in 1959, has now surpassed seven billion people, and may, later this century, build to nine or 10 billion people; and


 (b) accepts responsibility for debating this historic and challenging issue and the need for Australia, also estimated by the UN to be the world's wealthiest nation in terms of natural resources per capita, to take a lead role in devising how the planet may accommodate a greater population, using less resources per capita, of the finite planet Earth. (general business notice of motion no. 505)

Notice of motion withdrawn: Senator McEwen, at the request of Senator Singh, withdrew general business notice of motion no. 494 standing in the name of Senator Singh for today, relating to the authorisation for the Joint Standing Committee on Migration to meet during the sitting of the Senate.