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NOTICES

Senator Carol Brown: 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 Tuesday, 22 November 2011, from 6 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 558)

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

 (a) formally marks National Asbestos Awareness Week, which this year is being held between 21 November to 25 November 2011, by affirming its support for the historic decision by Australia in 1993 to ban the production, importation and use of asbestos;

 (b) notes the terrible legacy that asbestos has left on the Australian community, leaving us with one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world;

 (c) extends its sympathies to all individuals living with asbestos-related diseases and the friends and families of those who have sadly passed away as a result of asbestos-related disease; and

 (d) commends the Government on its efforts to eradicate asbestos from workplaces, homes and the community, including through:

  (i) the recent ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Asbestos Convention, as one of the first ILO conventions to be ratified by the Commonwealth Government since 2006,

  (ii) its work at the 2011 Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent to have chrysotile asbestos listed in the convention,

  (iii) the $5 million grant made to support the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute's Bernie Banton Centre,

  (iv) funding for the new Australian Mesothelioma Registry, which was launched in 2010 to gather more detailed and accurate information on mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases,

  (v) support for the harmonisation of health and safety legislation which will provide, for the first time, a uniform framework for the minimisation of exposure, the removal of asbestos and the management of asbestos materials in the workplace,

  (vi) the establishment of the Asbestos Management Review in late 2010 to recommend strategies for the development of a national strategic plan to improve asbestos awareness, management and removal,


  (vii) the loan agreement with the New South Wales Government to ensure asbestos victims and their families continue to receive payments through the Asbestos Injuries Compensation Fund, and

  (viii) the $1.5 million Comcare Asbestos Innovation Fund which sponsors programs and research to prevent and better manage asbestos exposure, as well as improving the treatment for asbestos disease sufferers. (general business notice of motion no. 559)

The Minister for Sport (Senator Arbib): To move on the next day of sitting—That—

 (1) In the week beginning Monday, 21 November 2011, the following government business orders of the day shall be considered:

   Social Security Legislation Amendment (Family Participation Measures) Bill 2011

   Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Legislation Amendment e Bill 2011

   Business Names Registration (Application of Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

   Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

   Social Security Amendment (Student Income Support Reforms) Bill 2011

   National Health Reform Amendment (Independent Hospital Pricing Authority) Bill 2011

   Work Health and Safety Bill 2011 and Work Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2011

   Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011

   Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011

   Parliamentary Service Amendment (Parliamentary Budget Officer) e Bill 2011

   Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

   Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011

   Corporations (Fees) Amendment Bill 2011

   Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 8) Bill 2011 and Pay As You Go Withholding Non-compliance Tax Bill 2011

   Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fair Protection for Firefighters) Bill 2011

   Auditor-General Amendment Bill 2011

   Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 7) Bill 2011

   Navigation Amendment Bill 2011

   Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

   Aviation Transport Security Amendment (Air Cargo) Bill 2011

   Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Participants in British Nuclear Tests) Bill 2011

   Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment (Oils in the Antarctic Area) Bill 2011

   National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Amendment (Deer) Bill 2011

   Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011

   Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

   Personal Property Securities Amendment (Registration Commencement) Bill 2011

   Competition and Consumer Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2011


   Broadcasting Services Amendment (Review of Future Uses of Broadcasting Services Bands Spectrum) Bill 2011

   Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

   Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 and Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010

   Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011.

 (2) On Wednesday, 23 November 2011 and Thursday, 24 November 2011, any proposal pursuant to standing order 75 shall not be proceeded with.

 (3) On Tuesday, 22 November 2011:

  (a) the hours of meeting shall be 2 pm to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.40 pm;

  (b) the routine of business from 7.30 pm shall be government business only; and

  (c) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 10 pm.

 (4) On Wednesday, 23 November 2011:

  (a) consideration of the business before the Senate be interrupted at approximately 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable Senator Sinodinos to make his first speech without any question before the chair; and

  (b) consideration of government documents shall not be proceeded with.

 (5) On Thursday, 24 November 2011:

  (a) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to adjournment;

  (b) consideration of general business and consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General's reports under standing order 62(1) and (2) shall not be proceeded with;

  (c) the routine of business from 12.45 pm till not later than 2 pm, and from not later than 3.45 pm, shall be government business only;

  (d) divisions may take place after 4.30 pm;

  (e) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed after the Senate has finally considered the bills listed in paragraph (1); and

  (f) if the Senate is sitting at 10 pm, the sitting of the Senate be suspended till 9.30 am on Friday, 25 November 2011.

The Minister for Sport (Senator Arbib): To move on the next day of sitting—That any order of the day relating to the Auditor-General Amendment Bill 2011 be listed on the Notice Paper as a government business order of the day.

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

 (a) notes the continued financial problems and huge debt levels afflicting many European countries;

 (b) asks the Government to call on the European countries that offer farm subsidy programs to cease these programs immediately to allow more balanced terms of trade; and

 (c) agrees that the cessation of farm subsidy programs would assist Australian farmers and the global financial system more broadly. (general business notice of motion no. 560)


The Minister for Sport (Senator Arbib): To move on the next day of sitting—That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

 Business Names Registration (Application of Consequential Amendments) e Bill 2011

 Corporations (Fees) Amendment Bill 2011

 Deterring People Smuggling Bill 2011

 Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

 Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011

 National Health Reform Amendment (Independent Hospital Pricing Authority) e Bill 2011

 Parliamentary Service Amendment (Parliamentary Budget Officer) Bill 2011

 Personal Property Securities Amendment (Registration Commencement) Bill 2011

 Social Security Amendment (Student Income Support Reforms) Bill 2011

 Social Security Legislation Amendment (Family Participation Measures) Bill 2011

 Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 8) Bill 2011 and Pay As You Go Withholding Non-compliance Tax Bill 2011.

 Documents: Senator Arbib tabled the following documents:

  Consideration of legislation—Statements of reasons [11] for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2011 spring sittings.

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

 (a) notes the report of the Book Industry Strategy Group recommending that the goods and services tax be scrapped from domestic book sales or applied to online purchase of books from overseas; and

 (b) calls on the Government to determine in 2011 which is the better option for the $2.3 billion Australian book industry. (general business notice of motion no. 561)