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NOTICES

Senator Boswell: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 29 November 2012:

The effect on Australian ginger growers of importing fresh ginger from Fiji, including:

 (a) the scientific basis on which the provisional final import risk analysis report regarding the importation of fresh ginger has been developed;

 (b) the adequacy of the pest risk assessments contained in the provisional final import risk analysis report for fresh ginger from Fiji;

 (c) the risk and consequences of the importation resulting possibly in the introduction of pest species or diseases and soil-borne diseases;

 (d) the adequacy of the quarantine conditions recommended by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; and

 (e) any other related matter.

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins): To move on the next day of sitting—That consideration of the business before the Senate on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, be interrupted at approximately 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable Senator Ruston to make her first speech without any question before the chair.

The Chair of the Economics Legislation Committee (Senator Bishop): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Economics 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 Thursday, 20 September 2012, from 3.30 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 942)


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 a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, from 5.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the care of Australian Defence Force personnel wounded and injured on operations. (general business notice of motion no. 943)

Senators Polley and Brown: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) dementia is the greatest cause of disability in older Australians aged 65 and over,

  (ii) there are almost 280 000 Australians living with dementia and 1.2 million who provide support and care, and

  (iii) every week an estimated 1 600 new cases of dementia occur, with the number expected to grow to 7 400 new cases per week by 2050, resulting in 1 million Australians living with dementia by 2050;

 (b) recognises the significance of Dementia Awareness Week, from 21 September to 28 September 2012, in promoting and advocating for the needs of those living with dementia, their families and carers;

 (c) welcomes the designation of dementia by the Minister for Health (Ms Plibersek) as the ninth National Health Priority Area; and

 (d) acknowledges the ongoing contributions of Alzheimer's Australia and its state and territory associations in supporting and advocating for those affected and leading the charge in the fight against dementia. (general business notice of motion no. 944)

Senator Back: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Health, by 5 pm on Thursday, 11 October 2012, the contents of the following National Health and Medical Research Council files which relate to wind turbines:

 (a) Public Health and Medical Research - Advice - Health Effects of Wind Farms;

 (b) Public Health and Medical Research - Research - Wind Turbines and Health - Evidence Review and Public Statement 2010/012940;

 (c) Public Health and Medical Research - Enquiries - Wind Turbines and Health - Evidence Review 2010/041323;

 (d) Information Management - Appeals (decisions) - Freedom of Information 2010/00883;

 (e) Wind Turbines and Health - Acciona Energy Oceania Pty Ltd 2010/066543;

 (f) Public Health and Medical Research - Latest Scientific Evidence on Wind Turbines and Health 2011/014789;

 (g) Public Health and Medical Research - Research - Wind Turbines and Health Literature 2011/024222;

 (h) Public Health and Medical Research - Liaison - Wind Turbines Externally Submitted References 2011/028268;

 (i) Public Health and Medical Research - Liaison - Wind Turbines Externally Submitted References Part Two 2011/039890;

 (j) Public Health and Medical Research - Reviews (Decisions) - Wind Turbines and Health Senate Inquiry 2011/039945;

 (k) Public Health and Medical Research - Liaison - Reference Group and Literature Review 2011/054388;


 (l) Public Health and Medical Research - Research - Wind Turbines and Health Literature 2011/054389; and

 (m) Public Health and Medical Research - Committees - Wind Turbines and Health Literature Review Reference Group Membership and Finance 2011/054391. (general business notice of motion no. 945)

Senators Pratt and Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that two-thirds of Australian women who have experienced domestic violence with their current partner are in paid employment;

 (b) recognises the:

  (i) significant impact that domestic violence can have on the employment of women who are subjected to it, including:

   (A) lost productivity as a result of anxiety and distraction in the workplace,

   (B) absenteeism due to sustaining physical and psychological injuries,

   (C) disrupted work histories as victims often frequently change jobs,

   (D) lower personal incomes and reduced hours of work, and

   (E) risks to personal safety in the workplace as well as to co-workers, and

  (ii) positive impact of the inclusion of domestic violence clauses in contracts of employment to ensure protections for victims, including:

   (A) additional paid leave to enable employees subjected to domestic violence to, for example, attend court hearings and medical appointments without exhausting other forms of personal leave,

   (B) access to flexible working arrangements where possible, and

   (C) assurance that employee details will be treated confidentially and disclosure will not lead to discriminatory treatment;

 (c) acknowledges the introduction of domestic violence clauses for public sector employees in both Queensland and New South Wales and congratulates organisations in the private sector that have also moved to incorporate these clauses in contracts of employment; and

 (d) urges all private companies and public sectors to include domestic violence clauses in their enterprise agreements to provide victims with important protections such as access to leave in addition to existing entitlements. (general business notice of motion no. 946)

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

 (a) acknowledges:

  (i) that 19 September 2012 is National Family Business Day, and

  (ii) the role that family businesses have played in shaping the social, economic and cultural fabric of Australia; and

 (b) notes:

  (i) data from Family Business Australia advising that about 70 per cent of Australian businesses are family businesses and employ 50 per cent of the Australian workforce,

  (ii) that family businesses can be small, medium or large enterprises and that one of the largest family businesses employs more than 27 000 people, and


  (iii) the resilience and adaptability of family business even in difficult economic conditions. (general business notice of motion no. 947)

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, by 28 September 2012, the following:

 (a) the confidentialised Wave 3 and Wave 4 Parent 1 and Parent 2 data sets from the `Footprints in Time - The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children';

 (b) the Wave 3 and Wave 4 Parent 1 Mark Up Questionnaire from the `Footprints in Time - The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children';

 (c) the Wave 3 and Wave 4 Parent 2 Mark Up Questionnaire from the `Footprints in Time - The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children'; and

 (d) documents which include an analysis of income management data in the `Footprints in Time - The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children'. (general business notice of motion no. 948)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Australia has been a signatory to the Japan-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement since 1974,

  (ii) Australia has been a signatory to the China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement since 1986,

  (iii) Australia has been a signatory to the Republic of Korea-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement since 2006,

  (iv) each of these agreements obliges Australia to protect the flight paths and habitats of those migratory birds listed in the agreements, and

  (v) the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) requires that `an action will require approval if the action has, or is likely to have, a significant impact on a listed migratory species'; and

 (b) calls on the Government to ensure it complies with its obligations to protect the flight paths and habitats of all migratory birds listed under these agreements and the Act, and to refer any project that has, or may have, a significant impact on a listed migratory species for assessment under the Act. (general business notice of motion no. 949)

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 Australians expect our nationally threatened species and wilderness places to be protected by the Commonwealth Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, including South Australia's Glossy Black Cockatoo, and the internationally listed Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Ramsar Wetlands; 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. 950)