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Senator Crossin: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 20 March 2012, from 4 pm, followed by an in camera hearing. (general business notice of motion no. 703)

The Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Community Affairs References Committee on health services and medical professionals in rural areas be extended to 27 June 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 704)

Senator Fisher: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee for inquiry and report by 10 May 2012:

 The revised Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry, in the context of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2012.

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) there are less than 12 500 Australian sea lions left in Australian waters and that the 2 000 left in Western Australian waters are extremely vulnerable,

  (ii) one of the greatest threats to the survival of Australian sea lions is gillnets,


  (iii) the Western Australian Department of Fisheries has failed to meet the Government's conditions to put an observer program in place on boats within its gillnet fisheries to establish how many sea lions and dolphins are killed each year,

  (iv) without observers, the number of Australian sea lions and dolphins dying in gillnets is likely to be grossly under-reported, given that the example from the South Australian shark gillnet fishery demonstrated that few deaths were reported until observer-based studies identified up to 374 sea lions and 56 dolphins were dying every 18 months,

  (v) the South Australian shark gillnet fishery now has compulsory video or observer coverage on every vessel, as well as new rules to protect Australian sea lions, and

  (vi) the Western Australian Department of Fisheries is currently re-applying to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities for export approval for Western Australia's Temperate Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Fisheries;

 (b) is concerned that, before any re-approval of export licensing, the Western Australian Department of Fisheries should identify its impact on sea lions and safeguard vulnerable and protected marine life from the fishery's impacts; and

 (c) calls on the Government to refuse the grant of the export licence for this fishery until an observer program is put in place and designated buffer zones are created around sea lion breeding colonies. (general business notice of motion no. 705)

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz): To move on the next day of sitting—That the provisions of the Road Safety Remuneration Bill 2011 and the Road Safety Remuneration (Consequential Amendments and Related Provisions) Bill 2011 be referred to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 May 2012.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) on 20 May 2009, Mr Craig Thomson MP wrote to the then Minister for Employment Participation (Mr O'Connor) supporting Central Coast Group Training's (CCGT) proposal for the construction of a new Youth Skills and Employment Centre for the Central Coast, New South Wales,

  (ii) an Australian Labor Party statement, dated 20 July 2010, by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport (Mr Albanese) and Mr Thomson concerning funding for the centre,

  (iii) on 5 April 2011, the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth (Mr Garrett) wrote to Mr Thomson stating that the Government was providing $2.7 million in funding towards the centre under the Community Infrastructure Grants Program,

  (iv) on 16 June 2011, Wyong Council wrote to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, asking about confirmation or progress of the funding for the centre,

  (v) on 8 July 2011, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) wrote to CCGT regarding the centre,


  (vi) an extract from one of the documents provided under freedom of information (FOI) states that, on 20 July 2011 `Mr Craig Thomson wrote to Minister Garrett raising concerns about interaction betweenand DEEWR',

  (vii) on 25 August 2011, Senator Fierravanti-Wells submitted a FOI request to DEEWR requesting inter alia copies of all representations and advice between Mr Thomson and ministers, their offices and departments on applications for funding a jobs incubator (the Youth Skills and Employment Centre) at Wyong proposed by CCGT, including secondary references to such representations or advice,

  (viii) that while documents were provided in response to that request, they were almost all in a redacted form with large portions of the documents exempted, and

  (ix) that the documents were not disclosed inter alia because they contained "unsubstantiated allegations of misconduct or unlawful, negligent or improper conduct"; and

 (b) orders that there be laid on the table by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, no later than 5 pm on Monday, 19 March 2012, in an unredacted form:

  (i) all documents pertaining to "unsubstantiated allegations" made by Mr Thomson to the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth and the former Minister for Employment Participation regarding CCGT, and

  (ii) copies of all representations and advice between Mr Thomson and ministers, their offices and departments on applications for funding a jobs incubator (the Youth Skills and Employment Centre) at Wyong as proposed by CCGT, including secondary references to such representations or advice, including but not limited to the following:

   (A) letter from Mr Thomson to the then Minister for Employment Participation dated 20 May 2009 re. CCGT, and

   (B) letter from Mr Thomson to the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth dated 20 July 2011 re. CCGT and attachments thereto. (general business notice of motion no. 706)

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Senator Stephens): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 21 March 2012, from 5.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the provisions of the Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011. (general business notice of motion no. 707)

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table, no later than 22 March 2012, by the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Lundy), the following documents:

 (a) Serco Induction Training Course Student Manual 2011;

 (b) Serco Induction Training Course Teaching Materials 2011;

 (c) Serco Staff Refresher Training Manual 2011;

 (d) Serco Induction Training Course Student Manual 2012;

 (e) Serco Induction Training Course Teaching Materials 2012; and

 (f) Serco Staff Refresher Training Manual 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 708)