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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, 1 November 2012, from 3.30 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 983)

The Chair of the Economics References Committee (Senator Bushby): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Economics References Committee on the effects of the global financial crisis on the Australian banking sector be extended to 28 November 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 984)

The Chair of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (Senator Polley): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 30 October 2012, from 6.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the performance of the Department of Parliamentary Services. (general business notice of motion no. 985)

The Chair of the Select Committee on Electricity Prices (Senator Thistlethwaite): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Select Committee on Electricity Prices be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 31 October 2012, from 9.30 am . (general business notice of motion no. 986 )

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

 (a) acknowledges proposals submitted by the Federated States of Micronesia, and by Canada, Mexico and the United States of America, to amend the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to regulate and phase-down production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with a high global warming potential, that have support of at least 108 Parties and are on the agenda for consideration for the 4th year in a row at the Meeting of the Parties in Geneva from 12 November to 16 November 2012 [25th anniversary meeting];

 (b) recognises that:

  (i) at the Rio+20 Conference earlier in 2012, the nations of the world agreed on a final document that recognised that the phase-out of ozone depleting substances was resulting in a rapid increase in the use and release of high global warming potential HFCs to the environment, and supported a gradual phase-down in the consumption and production of HFCs, and


  (ii) it is time for the Montreal Protocol to fully embrace its obligations and act decisively to regulate HFCs in order to avoid undermining efforts to arrest and reverse climate change by largely negating anticipated reductions in CO2, and to reduce the threat of crossing tipping points for abrupt, irreversible and catastrophic climate changes - tipping points many leading scientists now warn may be only a few years away; and

 (c) calls on the Government to urge the Governments of India, China and Brazil to cease blocking discussion of and agreement to the proposals from the Federated States of Micronesia, and from Canada, Mexico and the United States of America sought by the majority of Parties, to work diplomatically to raise the global community's level of ambition and to actively work at the highest levels to achieve an agreement in 2013 to drive a global HFC phase-out under the Montreal Protocol. (general business notice of motion no. 987)

The Minister for Multicultural Affairs (Senator Lundy): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Friday, 26 October, was the celebration of Eid al-Adha, a special day in the calendar for Muslim Australians,

  (ii) 26 October marked the beginning of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, commemorating Ibrahim's (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God,

  (iii) Eid al-Adha is a time of peace, respect, sharing, caring and donating to those in need for Muslims and it is particularly special for Muslim children as it involves the exchanging of gifts and getting together with family, and

  (iv) this significant time coincides with the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia; and

 (b) wishes all our Australian Muslim friends who are travelling to Mecca a safe trip on their way to, and home from, their spiritual journey.

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

 (a) notes Bight Petroleum's referral of a proposed action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) (Reference number: 2012/6583) dated 15 October 2012, which sets out the company's intention to undertake seismic testing over a 3 000 sq km area to the west of Kangaroo Island between January and May 2013;

 (b) recognises the ecological, economic and social importance of the Kangaroo Island canyons and pool, first and foremost for the Kangaroo Island community, but also for South Australia as a whole; and

 (c) calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to use his powers under the Act to reject Bight Petroleum's referral as clearly unacceptable. (general business notice of motion no. 988)

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

 (a) notes that, in addition to the $60 a week decrease to the base rate of their income support, some single parent families who are already juggling part-time work with caring can also expect to lose up to another $30 a week in concessions from 1 January 2013 as a result of new taper rates associated with the shift from Parenting Payment Single to Newstart; and


 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) model the impact of this policy on single parents and examine whether this perversely impacts on their workforce participation,

  (ii) increase the single rate of Newstart and other allowances by $50 a week, and

  (iii) stop attempting to achieve a surplus at the expense of low-income families. (general business notice of motion no. 989)

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Senator McLucas): To move on the next day of sitting—That the government business orders of the day relating to the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (MySuper Core Provisions) Bill 2012 and the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Further MySuper and Transparency Measures) Bill 2012 may be taken together for their remaining stages.

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins): To move on the next day of sitting—That, on Tuesday, 30 October 2012:

 (a) the hours of meeting shall be 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 government business only; 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:

 Appropriation (Implementation of the Report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers) Bill (No. 1) 2012-2013

 Appropriation (Implementation of the Report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers) Bill (No. 2) 2012-2013.

 Document: Senator Collins tabled the following document:

  Consideration of legislation—Statement of reasons for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2012 spring sittings.

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:

 Clean Energy Amendment (International Emissions Trading and Other Measures) Bill 2012

 Clean Energy (Charges—Excise) Amendment Bill 2012

 Clean Energy (Charges—Customs) Amendment Bill 2012

 Excise Tariff Amendment (Per-tonne Carbon Price Equivalent) Bill 2012

 Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment (Per-tonne Carbon Price Equivalent) Bill 2012

 Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment (Per-tonne Carbon Price Equivalent) Bill 2012

 Clean Energy (Unit Issue Charge—Auctions) Amendment Bill 2012.


 Document: Senator Collins tabled the following document:

  Consideration of legislation—Statement of reasons for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2012 spring sittings.

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 Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2012, allowing it to be considered during this period of sittings.

 Document: Senator Collins tabled the following document:

  Consideration of legislation—Statement of reasons for introduction and passage of the Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2012 in the 2012 spring sittings.

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:

 Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account Bill 2012

 Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012.

 Document: Senator Collins tabled the following document:

  Consideration of legislation—Statement of reasons for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2012 spring sittings.

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:

 Aviation Legislation Amendment (Liability and Insurance) Bill 2012

 Federal Circuit Court of Australia Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

 Higher Education Support Amendment (Maximum Payment Amounts and Other Measures) Bill 2012

 Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Further 2012 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2012.


 Documents: Senator Collins tabled the following documents:

  Consideration of legislation—Statements of reasons [4] for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2012 spring sittings.