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NOTICES

The Chair of the Environment and Communications References Committee (Senator Birmingham): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Environment and Communications References Committee on the protection of Australia's threatened species and ecological communities be extended to 28 February 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1045)

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Eggleston): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on aid to Afghanistan be extended to 28 March 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1046)

The Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (Senator Heffernan): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of reports of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee be extended as follows:

 (a) Foreign Investment Review Board national interest test—to 27 February 2013;

 (b) fresh pineapple imports—to 20 March 2013; and

 (c) fresh ginger import risk analysis—to 20 March 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1047)

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 a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 22 November 2012, from 6 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 1048)

Senator Fifield: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate notes the challenges for good government posed by the culture of the Australian Labor Party and its special relationship with affiliated trade unions. (general business notice of motion no. 1049)


The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Government to fulfil its 2007 election commitment to the Australian people by introducing a public interest disclosure bill in the first sitting week of 2013 to comprehensively protect whistleblowers. (general business notice of motion no. 1050)

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

 (a) expresses deep concern about the upper Spencer Gulf population of the giant Australian cuttlefish (Sepia apama) which has catastrophically declined from a high of over 200 000 individuals in 1999 to less than 10 000 individuals in 2012; and

 (b) calls on the Gillard Government to urgently reassess whether or not the upper Spencer Gulf population of this species is eligible for listing under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. (general business notice of motion no. 1051)

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That general business order of the day no. 13, relating to the Restoring Territory Rights (Voluntary Euthanasia Legislation) Bill 2010, be discharged from the Notice Paper. (general business notice of motion no. 1052)

Senator Di Natale: To move on 26 November 2012—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend certain territory legislation to restore legislative powers concerning euthanasia and to repeal the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997, and for related purposes. Restoring Territory Rights (Voluntary Euthanasia Legislation) Bill 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 1053)

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

 (a) notes the report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Australia 2012 which concludes:

  (i) Australia's carbon price scheme is `an example of the standard of leadership that the IEA has been calling for so that the energy sector can be protected from sudden and vacillating climate policy that paralyses investors and disrupts energy markets',

  (ii) Australia's implementation of carbon pricing marks `the first major fossil fuel energy resource rich economy to take the most cost effective mitigation measure',

  (iii) the design of the emissions trading scheme `fits well' with the IEA's findings on lessons from international experience, with the exception of the free permits and cash given to coal-fired generators,

  (iv) supplementary policies to the carbon price are required to successfully make a transition to a low-carbon economy, and welcomes the establishment of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and

  (v) further incentives should be introduced to increase energy efficiency, covering new buildings and refurbishment of existing building stock, and notes `much more work' is required on improved fuel efficiency; and

 (b) urges the Government to adopt world's best practice by implementing the IEA's recommendation for the removal of free permits for coal-fired generators and the phase-out of over-generous allocations. (general business notice of motion no. 1054)


Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Federal Government to urgently investigate the serious claims made about Fortescue Metals Group regarding its actions in relation to the Solomon mine site and the Yindjibarndi community and its influence on the native title and heritage processes in the Pilbara. (general business notice of motion no. 1055)

Senators Crossin and Scullion: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the passing of Major-General Alan Stretton, AO, CBE,

  (ii) the outstanding work and service of Major-General Stretton, as head of the National Disaster Organisation, in coordinating the recovery of Darwin after Tropical Cyclone Tracy, which devastated the city on Christmas Day of 1974, as a remarkable achievement which averted much suffering,

  (iii) the admiration in which Major-General Stretton was held by the Australian community and that he was awarded Australian of the Year, an Officer of the Order of Australia and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire as well as many other honours, and New South Wales `Father of the Year', and

  (iv) Major-General Stretton's distinguished military career over 38 years, including active service in World War II, Korea, Malaya and Vietnam;

 (b) recognises his contribution to the Australian community, and, in particular, to the people of Darwin and the Northern Territory; and

 (c) extends its sincere condolences to his family, particularly his children Virginia, April and Greg, and friends and colleagues of Major-General Stretton. (general business notice of motion no. 1056)

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

 (a) expresses grave concern at the crisis in the Middle East, the loss of lives and the prospect for a further escalation in violence;

 (b) condemns the repeated rocket and mortar attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip and calls for them to end immediately;

 (c) recognises Israel's right to defend itself, like that of any country subject to attack, and calls on Israel to exercise restraint and proportionality in its response;

 (d) notes the United Nations (UN) and the European Union's calls on both sides to exercise restraint, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement of 20 November 2012 that further escalation would be dangerous and tragic for Palestinians and Israelis and would put the entire region at risk;

 (e) supports:

  (i) all efforts to broker a ceasefire, and

  (ii) a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - a solution based on the right of Israel to live in peace within secure borders internationally recognised and agreed by the parties and reflecting the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to also live in peace and security within their own state; and

 (f) calls for any public demonstrations or rallies in Australia to be peaceful, and not target private businesses or individuals. (general business notice of motion no. 1057)