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Senator Stephens: 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 Thursday, 29 November 2012, from 9.30 am, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationship with Japan and the Republic of Korea. (general business notice of motion no. 1067)

The Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Senator Sterle): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee be authorised to meet during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 29 November 2012, from 4 pm, for a private briefing. (general business notice of motion no. 1068)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) there is widespread community support for broad freedom of information laws and transparency in government,

  (ii) the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 are currently under review,


  (iii) the Prime Minister, Ms Julia Gillard, on taking office in September 2010 stated `we will be held more accountable than ever before, and more than any government in modern memory. We will be held to higher standards of transparency and reform, and it's in that spirit that I approach the task of forming a government', and

  (iv) the OpenAustralia Foundation has developed a new website `Right to Know' to improve the ease with which Australians can lodge freedom of information requests and to make the whole request and response process public;

 (b) recognises the new `Right to Know' website;

 (c) congratulates the Foundation for its `Right to Know' initiative which will further improve access to government-held information; and

 (d) urges the Government to use the site, provide feedback and support the Foundation in its aim of encouraging effective citizen access to government information. (general business notice of motion no. 1069)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) demonstrations will be held in Adelaide, Perth and Darwin to mark the Toro Energy Limited annual general meeting on Wednesday, 28 November 2012,

  (ii) the Toro Energy Ltd uranium project near Wiluna, Western Australia, is located within a lake bed that floods periodically, and

  (iii) the project poses potential risk of the extinction of flora species and the extinction of, or adverse impacts to, stygofauna; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) insist that the proponent and the Western Australian Government provide further information, baseline surveys and studies under section 133 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, particularly regarding impacts to tecticornia, stygofauna, radiological modelling on the risks of contamination of aquatic ecosystems and water supply for the full life of the mine,

  (ii) prevent the extinction of any species or sub-species occurring,

  (iii) demand adequate assessment of the potential for contamination of Lake Way from seepage from the proposed tailings storage facility, and

  (iv) act to ensure the comprehensive protection of the local environment and of future generations of Australian taxpayers by requiring the highest operational standards and comprehensive and costed closure and rehabilitation. (general business notice of motion no. 1070)

Senator Ludlam: 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 30 June 2013:

The role, adequacy and effectiveness of government regulation of uranium oxide transport, including:

 (a) the mitigation of public radiation exposure from uranium oxide transport;

 (b) the evaluation of the frequency and severity of transport and handling accidents including the 27 December 2011 train derailment resulting in toxic copper concentrate flowing into the Edith River;


 (c) the process of issuing and auditing compliance with radiation transport management plans;

 (d) the resourcing and conduct of transport-related aspects of nuclear actions referred under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999;

 (e) the preparedness and resourcing of regional emergency contingency planning, education and training services;

 (f) the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency codes, including the Code of Practice for Safe Transport of Radioactive Material;

 (g) the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office regulation of the transportation of nuclear material and issuance and auditing of compliance with transport permits; and

 (h) other relevant related matters.

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 20 March 2013:

 (a) recent trends on the frequency of extreme weather events, including but not limited to drought, bushfires, heatwaves, floods and storm surges;

 (b) based on global warming scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation of 1 to 5 degrees by 2070:

  (i) projections on the frequency of extreme weather events, including but not limited to drought, bushfires, heatwaves, floods and storm surges,

  (ii) the costs of extreme weather events and impacts on natural ecosystems, social and economic infrastructure and human health, and

  (iii) the availability and affordability of private insurance, impacts on availability and affordability under different global warming scenarios, and regional social and economic impacts;

 (c) an assessment of the preparedness of key sectors for extreme weather events, including major infrastructure (electricity, water, transport, telecommunications), health, construction and property, and agriculture and forestry;

 (d) an assessment of the preparedness and the adequacy of resources in the emergency services sector to prevent and respond to extreme weather events;

 (e) the current roles and effectiveness of the division of responsibilities between different levels of government (federal, state and local) to manage extreme weather events;

 (f) progress in developing effective national coordination of climate change response and risk management, including legislative and regulatory reform, standards and codes, taxation arrangements and economic instruments;

 (g) any gaps in Australia's Climate Change Adaptation Framework and the steps required for effective national coordination of climate change response and risk management; and

 (h) any related matter.

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne): To move on 6 February 2013—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that off shore tax havens are a vehicle for international corruption with a current value of at least $21 trillion globally;


 (b) supports the European Union Savings Directive, the United States of America, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and all other countries working to implement a comprehensive international agreement of automatic tax information exchange between revenue agencies, so that a receiving country will immediately report to another country when its citizen or corporation has transferred assets or income into its jurisdiction;

 (c) is highly critical of the `Rubik Agreements' signed between Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and Switzerland and Germany, used to undermine international progress towards closing the loopholes in the current multilateral agreement; and

 (d) urges the Government to work towards implementing a comprehensive global agreement on automatic tax information exchange. (general business notice of motion no. 1071)

Senator Di Natale: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 May 2013:

The impacts on health of air quality in Australia, including:

 (a) particulate matter, its sources and effects;

 (b) those populations most at risk and the causes that put those populations at risk;

 (c) the standards, monitoring and regulation of air quality at all levels of government; and

 (d) any other related matters.

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for the appointment of an Inspector-General of Biosecurity, and for related purposes. Inspector-General of Biosecurity Bill 2012.

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act relating to diseases and pests that may cause harm to human, animal or plant health or the environment, and for related purposes. Biosecurity Bill 2012.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises that:

  (i) Christian Assyrians, a minority religious and racial group in Iraq, are subject to ongoing violence, intimidation, harassment and discrimination on religious and ethnic grounds,

  (ii) on 31 October 2010, 58 Christian Assyrians were killed in an attack on a church in Baghdad in an act of violent extremism targeting this minority group,

  (iii) Christian Assyrians are actively discriminated against by having their land illegally occupied and transferred to squatters,

  (iv) 600 000 Christian Assyrians have now fled Iraq, including many thousands to Australia, and

  (v) Assyrians remaining in Iraq are denied many basic human rights and subject to ongoing harassment, intimidation and discrimination;

 (b) condemns violence, intimidation, harassment and discrimination on religious and ethnic grounds wherever it may be found, including in Iraq; and


 (c) calls on the Government to raise the significant human rights concerns of Christian Assyrians with the Iraqi Government. (general business notice of motion no. 1072)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Australian peacekeepers make a significant contribution to international peace and security,

  (ii) 48 Australians have died on peacekeeping missions overseas, and

  (iii) over 19 000 individuals have signed a community petition calling for the 48 Australian peacekeepers who have died in the service of their country to receive equal recognition and be placed on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial; and

 (b) calls on the Government to ask the Council of the Australian War Memorial to consider the community support for including peacekeepers on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial and make a decision on this matter at its first meeting in 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1073)

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

 (a) the Senate notes, with concern, the recent and growing job losses in state governments around Australia, as well as the difficulties many state public sector employees face in bargaining over wages and conditions; and

 (b) the following matter be referred to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 June 2013:

  The conditions of employment of state public sector employees and the adequacy of protection of their rights at work as compared with other employees, including:

  (i) whether:

   (A) the current state government industrial relations legislation provides state public sector workers with less protection and entitlements than workers to whom the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) applies,

   (B) the removal of components of the long-held principles relating to termination, change and redundancy from state legislation is a breach of obligations under the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions ratified by Australia,

   (C) the rendering unenforceable of elements of existing collective agreements relating to employment security is a breach of the obligations under the ILO conventions ratified by Australia relating to collective bargaining,

   (D) the current state government industrial relations frameworks provide protection to workers as required under the ILO conventions ratified by Australia,

   (E) state public sector workers face particular difficulties in bargaining under state or federal legislation, and

   (F) the Act provides the same protections to state public sector workers as it does to other workers to the extent possible, within the scope of the Commonwealth's legislative powers; and


  (ii) noting the scope of states' referrals of power to support the Act, what legislative or regulatory options are available to the Commonwealth to ensure that all Australian workers, including those in state public sectors, have adequate and equal protection of their rights at work.

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Government to give asylum seekers and refugees the legal right to work. (general business notice of motion no. 1074)