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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 during the sittings of the Senate to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into cyber-safety for senior Australians, from 4.15 pm to 6 pm, as follows:

 (a) on Wednesday, 19 September 2012;

 (b) on Wednesday, 10 October 2012;

 (c) on Wednesday, 31 October 2012; and

 (d) on Wednesday, 28 November 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 888)

Senator Bishop: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

 (a) on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, from 11 am, followed by a private briefing; and

 (b) on Wednesday, 31 October 2012, from 11 am, followed by a private briefing. (general business notice of motion no. 889)

Senator Bishop: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, from noon, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the review of Auditor-General's reports. (general business notice of motion no. 890)

The Chair of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee and Deputy Chair of the Environment and Communications References Committee (Senator Cameron): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee and the Environment and Communications References Committee be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 13 September 2012, from 1 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 891)

The Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (Senator Crossin): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on the provisions of the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 be extended to 20 September 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 892)

The Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (Senator Cash): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, from 11 am, as follows:

 (a) on Thursday, 11 October 2012;


 (b) on Thursday, 1 November 2012; and

 (c) on Thursday, 29 November 2012 . (general business notice of motion no. 893 )

Senator Fawcett: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the ongoing review of tabled treaty actions, from 1 pm, as follows:

 (a) on Monday, 29 October 2012; and

 (b) on Monday, 26 November 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 894)

The Chair of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (Senator Moore): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Community Affairs Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 18 September 2012, from 12.35 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 895)

Senator Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, from 1 pm to 2 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into slavery, slavery like conditions and people trafficking. (general business notice of motion no. 896 )

The Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement (Senator Nash): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, from 5.30 pm, as follows:

 (a) on Wednesday, 19 September 2012;

 (b) on Wednesday, 10 October 2012;

 (c) on Wednesday, 31 October 2012; and

 (d) on Wednesday, 28 November 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 897)

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 palliative care in Australia be extended to 10 October 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 898 )

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 Tuesday, 18 September 2012, from 12.35 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 899)

Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, from 4 pm, as follows:

 (a) on Tuesday, 18 September 2012;

 (b) on Tuesday, 9 October 2012;

 (c) on Tuesday, 30 October 2012; and

 (d) on Tuesday, 27 November 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 900)


Senators Back and McKenzie: 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 21 March 2013:

Teaching and learning - maximising our investment in Australian schools, with particular reference to:

 (a) the effectiveness of current classroom practices in assisting children to realise their potential in Australian schools;

 (b) the structure and governance of school administration - local and central - and its impact on teaching and learning;

 (c) the influence of family members in supporting the rights of children to receive a quality education;

 (d) the adequacy of tools available for teachers to create and maintain an optimal learning environment;

 (e) factors influencing the selection, training, professional development, career progression and retention of teachers in the Australian education system; and

 (f) other related matters.

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

 (a) notes that the Supreme Court of Victoria twice declared the blockade of Grocon's Emporium site on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne to be illegal; and

 (b) condemns the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union's blockade of this site, contrary to the rule of law. (general business notice of motion no. 901)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) there is bipartisan support for foreign investment, provided that the particular foreign investment is not contrary to the national interest,

  (ii) the Treasurer (Mr Swan) has approved the potential sale of Cubbie Station to a consortium 80 per cent owned by Shandong RuYi Scientific and Technological Group Co Ltd,

  (iii) the Treasurer has failed to explain why the potential sale to a majority foreign-owned consortium of one of Australia's most valuable irrigation properties, with a water licence equal to 6 per cent of the water use in the northern Murray-Darling Basin, is not contrary to the national interest, and

  (iv) Annex II of the Treasurer's own policy on foreign investment requires him to consider the effect of the proposal on:

  (A) the quality and availability of Australia's agricultural resources, including water,

 (B) land access and use,

 (C) agricultural production and productivity,

 (D)Australia's capacity to remain a reliable supplier of agricultural production both to the Australian community and our trading partners,

 (E) biodiversity, and

(F) employment and prosperity in Australia's local and regional communities;


 (b) calls on the Treasurer to provide a statement detailing:

  (i) how the Treasurer determined the ownership and control of the consortium, particularly in the context of the national interest,

  (ii) why the Treasurer did not publish an interim order to extend the period of consideration by 90 days as required by Australia's Foreign Investment Policy, and

  (iii) why the sale is not contrary to the national interest and release the advice to the Treasurer from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and associated documents, including what, if any, other options were considered; and

 (c) calls on the Government to ensure that foreign investment transactions are transparent by:

  (i) establishing a publicly available national register of all foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land,

  (ii) reducing the financial threshold for the FIRB examination of foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land, and

  (iii) ensuring that at least one member of the FIRB has experience in agricultural management. (general business notice of motion no. 902)

Senators Bernardi and Fifield: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) congratulates:

  (i) the Australian Paralympic Team on its performance at the London 2012 Paralympic Games,

  (ii) Mr Matthew Cowdrey for his achievement on becoming Australia's most successful paralympic athlete with 13 career gold medals, and

  (iii) Ms Jacqueline Freney for winning eight gold medals and being the highest-ranked medallist for the London 2012 Paralympic Games; and

 (b) acknowledges:

  (i) the dedication and effort of the Australian athletes, coaches and support staff in representing our country, and

  (ii) that the success of the Australian Paralympic Team is an inspiration to all Australians. (general business notice of motion no. 903)

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

 (a) notes evidence provided at Senate Estimates on 28 May 2012 by the Secretary of the Department of Defence (Mr Lewis), regarding the 2013 Defence White Paper process not including a community consultation process, but instead engaging peak organisations, industry groups and think tanks; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) detail which peak organisations, industry groups and think tanks will be afforded the opportunity to provide input into the 2013 Defence White Paper and the criteria for their selection,

  (ii) state the reasons for not incorporating a public consultation component into the development of the paper, and

  (iii) advise the Senate whether the Government is interested in hearing from the Australian public on the development of the paper, and if so, how. (general business notice of motion no. 904)


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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the intention of the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to transfer responsibility for protecting our nationally threatened species and wilderness places to state governments by March 2013, and

  (ii) that the Queensland Premier (Mr Newman) is ready to sacrifice the Great Barrier Reef for mining and development; and

 (b) calls on the Government to retain responsibility for all major decisions on environmentally damaging projects that affect our nationally threatened species and wilderness places. (general business notice of motion no. 905)

Senator Cormann: To move on the next day of sitting—

 (1) That the Senate:

  (a) notes that:

   (i) there continues to be serious doubt about the revenue the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) will raise,

   (ii) the Government has steadfastly refused to release the key Mining Tax revenue assumptions they have used, such as commodity price and production volume assumptions,

   (iii) in order to secure Australian Greens' support for the MRRT legislation in the Senate despite that lack of transparency, the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) promised on 18 March 2012 that monthly updates on revenue collections from the MRRT would be published,

   (iv) the MRRT legislation commenced on 1 July 2012,

   (v) still no monthly updates of the revenue collected from the MRRT have been published by the Government, and

   (vi) when the Government was previously questioned about its failure to publish monthly updates of revenue collections from the Mining Tax as promised, the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Milne, stated in the Senate on 15 August 2012 that the undertaking from the Government was that Treasury will make that material publicly available, and that will occur, yet it still has not; and

  (b) calls on the Government to explain its continuing failure to provide monthly updates of the MRRT revenue collections as promised.

 (2) That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer, no later than noon on the 30th day of every month, information relating to the MRRT revenue collected by the Government in the preceding calendar month, broken down by state or territory of collection and by commodity type.

 (3) If the Senate is not sitting when a statement is ready for presentation, the statement is to be presented to the President under standing order 166.

 (4) This order is of continuing effect. (general business notice of motion no. 906)

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Government to ban all super trawlers from Australian waters. (general business notice of motion no. 907)


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

 (a) halt the sale of Cubbie Station;

 (b) release the written advice provided by the Foreign Investment Review Board to the Treasurer (Mr Swan) regarding the proposed sale of Cubbie Station announced on Friday, 31 August 2012; and

 (c) complete and release a national audit of foreign ownership of water entitlements. (general business notice of motion no. 908)

Senators Hanson-Young and Di Natale: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Migration Act 1958, and for related purposes. Migration Amendment (Health Care for Asylum Seekers) Bill 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 909)

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012 be listed on the Notice Paper as a government business order of the day.

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins): To move on the next day of sitting—That, on Tuesday, 18 September 2012:

 (a) the hours of meeting shall be from 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to adjournment;

 (b) the routine of business from not later than 7.30 pm shall be consideration of the government business order of the day relating to the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012, and

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

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins): 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:

 International Monetary Agreements Amendment (Loans) Bill 2012

 Statute Law Revision Bill 2012.

 Documents: Senator Collins tabled the following documents:

  Consideration of legislation—Statements of reasons [2] for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2012 spring sittings.

 Document: Senator Collins tabled the following document:

  Migration Act—Instrument IMMI 12/100—Instrument of designation of the Republic of Nauru as a regional processing country [F2012L01851] and explanatory statement.


The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins): To move on the next day of sitting—That, for the purposes of section 198AB of the Migration Act 1958, the Senate approves the designation of the Republic of Nauru as a regional processing country, by instrument made on 10 September 2012. [F2012L01851]

 Documents: Senator Collins tabled the following documents:

  Migration Act—Section 198AC—

   Instrument IMMI 12/100—Instrument of designation of the Republic of Nauru as a regional processing country [F2012L01851] and explanatory statement.

   Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Nauru and the Commonwealth of Australia, relating to the transfer to and assessment of persons in Nauru, and related issues, dated 29 August 2012.

   Statement about arrangements that are in place, or are to be put in place, in Nauru for the treatment of persons taken to Nauru.

   Statement about the Minister's consultations with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in relation to the designation of Nauru as a regional processing country, including the nature of those consultations.

   Statement of reasons for thinking that it is in the national interest to designate Nauru to be a regional processing country, dated 10 September 2012.

   Summary of advice—Letter from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Mr Antonio Guterres) to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Mr Bowen), dated 5 September 2012.