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NOTICES

Senator Bishop: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 12 September 2012, from 11 am, followed by a public hearing to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the review of Auditor-General's reports. (general business notice of motion no. 856)

Senator Bishop: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1), including a private briefing, during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 19 September 2012, from 11 am to 12.15 pm, followed by a public hearing to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the review of Auditor-General's reports. (general business notice of motion no. 857)

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 hold public meetings to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into cyber-safety for senior Australians during the sittings of the Senate, from 4.15 pm, as follows:

 (a) on Wednesday, 22 August 2012; and

 (b) on Wednesday, 12 September 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 858)

The Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (Senator Birmingham): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties be authorised to hold public meetings to take evidence for the committee's ongoing review of tabled treaties during the sittings of the Senate, from 10 am to 1 pm, as follows:

 (a) on Monday, 10 September 2012; and

 (b) on Monday, 17 September 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 859)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) on Friday, 17 August 2012, Ms Yekaterina Samutsevich, Ms Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ms Maria Alyokhina, members of the Russian band Pussy Riot, were each sentenced to 2 years in jail after being found guilty by a Russian court of `hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' following a performance which was critical of President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral,

  (ii) the Russian Orthodox Church described what the women did as `sacrilege' but also requested clemency be shown to the convicted women, and

  (iii) Amnesty International has stated that, while the women's protest may have been offensive, their sentence was a `bitter blow to freedom of expression'; and


 (b) expresses its concern at the severity of the sentence and the seeming intolerance of freedom of expression in Russia. (general business notice of motion no. 860)

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

 (a) recognises the achievements of Mr Peter Norman who won the silver medal in the 200 metre sprint at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics;

 (b) acknowledges his brave action in the cause of racial equality by wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge during the medal ceremony as African-American athletes Mr Tommie Smith and Mr John Carlos famously gave the `black power' salute;

 (c) apologises to Mr Norman and his family for his exclusion from the 1972 Olympics despite having qualified to do so; and

 (d) regrets his passing on 3 October 2006 and that he was not sufficiently acknowledged for his brave action during his lifetime. (general business notice of motion no. 861)

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

 (a) acknowledges that the week beginning 19 August 2012 is Hearing Awareness Week and recognises that poor hearing health outcomes are a significant challenge to `Closing the Gap' for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;

 (b) notes that otitis media is a serious childhood disease that disproportionately affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and, left unaddressed, can lead to poor life outcomes; and

 (c) calls on the Government:

  (i) to take a cross-disciplinary approach to otitis media in young people, that encompasses, but is not limited to:

   (A) regular ear screening,

   (B) pathways to medical intervention and follow-up,

   (C) education and support for parents and teachers,

   (D) numeracy and literacy development, and

   (E) vaccinations and other efforts to reduce the prevalence of otitis media and other middle ear disease,

  (ii) to commit to tackling otitis media and its associated educational and social impacts as a national problem and working collaboratively with the states on a holistic, sustained, cross-disciplinary approach to addressing this issue and its effects, and

  (iii) to facilitate the interaction between health, education and family support programs that address the impacts of otitis media and focus funding toward programs that foster cross-disciplinary action. (general business notice of motion no. 862)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) three members of the Russian group Pussy Riot have been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for `hooliganism' and `homosexual propaganda' following a non-violent performance,

  (ii) the Governments of the United States of America, Britain, France and Germany have denounced the sentences as disproportionate,


  (iii) several laws recently passed in Russia restrict freedom of expression, severely punish dissent, ban pride marches and restrict gay rights, and

  (iv) several Russian opposition leaders, including Mr Gary Kasparov and Mr Sergei Udaltsov, have been arrested for rallying in defence of Pussy Riot; and

 (b) calls on the Government to make direct representations to Russian authorities regarding repeal of these restrictive laws, the intimidation and prosecution of opposition activists and the disproportionate sentence given to Pussy Riot. (general business notice of motion no. 863)

The Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water (Senator Farrell): To move on the next day of sitting—That the government business orders of the day relating to the Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Improvements) Bill (No. 2) 2011, the Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Improvements) Bill (No. 2) 2012 and the Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2012 may be taken together for their remaining stages.

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

 (a) calls on the Government to immediately:

  (i) increase the Humanitarian Program to 20 000 as recommended by the Report of the expert panel on asylum seekers (Houston report), dated August 2012, in recommendation 2, and

  (ii) make available an additional $70 million to fund programs in support of a regional framework for improved protections, registration, processing, integration, resettlement and returns as per recommendation 3; and

 (b) calls for immediate disclosure of the Government's implementation timeframe for the remaining Houston report recommendations. (general business notice of motion no. 864)