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NOTICES

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 private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, from 12.30 pm, as follows:

 (a) on Tuesday, 9 October 2012; and

 (b) on Tuesday, 30 October 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 951)

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 private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, from 12.30 pm, as follows:

 (a) on Tuesday, 9 October 2012; and

 (b) on Tuesday, 30 October 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 952)

Senators Madigan and Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Excessive Noise from Wind Farms) Bill 2012 be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 29 November 2012.

Senator Wright: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 March 2013:

The role played by the former Australian Government in Mr David Hicks' trial, treatment and detention, with particular reference to:

 (a) his transfer from the custody of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance to the United States (US) military and subsequent transfer into detention at the US Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba;

 (b) his detention, interrogation and treatment in US custody;

 (c) his 2004 charges and initial prosecution by the first US Military Commission;

 (d) his subsequent 2007 charges and plea agreement under the Military Commission Act 2006 (US);

 (e) his subsequent transfer to and incarceration in Australia;

 (f) the control order placed upon him at the time of release from prison in Australia;

 (g) whether Australia acted consistently with its obligations under international law in its dealings with the US in respect of the above matters; and

 (h) any other related matters.

Senator Fifield: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate notes the Labor Government's abject failure to support Australia's agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. (general business notice of motion no. 953)


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

 (a) notes the contribution to Australia's vibrant multicultural society by citizens of all cultures and religions;

 (b) condemns anyone who vilifies any cultural or religious group;

 (c) notes:

  (i) the application by Dutch politician Mr Geert Wilders to visit Australia to speak against multiculturalism and Muslim immigration, and

  (ii) with alarm, his public statements describing Muslim culture as retarded and barbaric and comparing the Koran to Mein Kampf; and

 (d) calls on all members of the Australian Parliament to reject the hateful anti-Muslim views of Mr Wilders and his Australian sponsors. (general business notice of motion no. 954)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the Bald Hills wind farm in South Gippsland was approved by the Commonwealth in 2006 and has not yet been built,

  (ii) the Commonwealth has allowed the project proponent to increase the height of the proposed 52 turbines from 110 metres to 135 metres without any assessment of the environmental impact of this increase,

  (iii) the Commonwealth's 2006 conditions of approval failed to specify the height of the turbines permitted in the project,

  (iv) the conditions of approval permit the proposed wind farm to cut directly across a migratory shorebird flyway connecting three sites of international significance for six migratory shorebird species,

  (v) the species are listed under the Commonwealth's 2009 Significant impact guidelines for 36 migratory shorebird species,

  (vi) the three sites of international significance flanking the Bald Hills area are identified in the Migratory Shorebirds of the East Asian - Australasian flyway: population estimates and internationally important sites report which underpins the Commonwealth's Significant impact guidelines for 36 migratory shorebird species, and

  (vii) the Bald Hills Wetland Conservation Reserve and the Kings Flat Flora and Fauna Reserve that directly abut the proposed wind farm site are an important habitat for a seventh species listed in the Commonwealth's Significant impact guidelines for 36 migratory shorebird species; and

 (b) calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to remove the Commonwealth's approval for the construction of the Bald Hills wind farm and to refer the project proposal for review as per the terms of the Significant impact guidelines for 36 migratory shorebird species, and in line with Australia's obligations under the Japan-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement, the China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement, the Republic of Korea-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. (general business notice of motion no. 955)


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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) today, due to the differences in the types of indexation, pensions will go up by $17.10 while allowances will only increase by $2.90, and

  (ii) indexation against the consumer price index alone keeps Newstart so low it cannot adequately meet the true increases in the cost of living; and

 (b) urges the Government to take immediate steps to appropriately index Newstart at the same rate as the pension to prevent an ever-widening gap. (general business notice of motion no. 956)

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 the Australian Capital Territory's nationally heritage listed Namadgi National Park, which makes up almost 45 per cent of the territory; 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. 957)