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The Chair of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (Senator Cameron): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Retaining Federal Approval Powers) Bill 2012 be extended to 12 March 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1153)

Senator Cameron: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 15 May 2013:

The feasibility of a prohibition on the charging of fees for an unlisted (silent) number service, with particular reference to:

 (a) recommendation no. 72.17 contained in report no. 108 of the Australian Law Reform Commission on Australian privacy law and practice;

 (b) whether the payment of a fee unduly inhibits the privacy of telephone subscribers;

 (c) the likely economic, social and public interest impact for consumers and businesses, carriage service providers and the White Pages directory producer, if the charging of fees for unlisted (silent) number services was prohibited;

 (d) the implications of such prohibition for the efficacy of the national public number directory; and

 (e) any other relevant matters.


Senator Thorp: 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 26 June 2013:

The care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD), including:

 (a) the scope and adequacy of the different models of community, residential and acute care for Australians living with dementia and BPSD, with particular reference to:

  (i) Commonwealth-provided support and services,

  (ii) state- and territory-provided services, and

  (iii) services provided by the non-government sector;

 (b) resourcing of those models of care; and

 (c) the scope for improving the provision of care and management of Australians living with dementia and BPSD, such as:

  (i) access to appropriate respite care, and

  (ii) reduction in the use of both physical and chemical restraints.

Senators Colbeck, Ruston, Edwards, Heffernan, Xenophon, Whish-Wilson and Madigan: 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 20 June 2013:

Review of the citrus industry in Australia, including:

 (a) scale and structure of the industry;

 (b) opportunities and inhibitors for growth of the Australian industry;

 (c) competition issues in the Australian market;

 (d) adequacy and efficiency of supply chains in the Australian market;

 (e) opportunities and inhibitors for export and export growth; and

 (f) any related matters.

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is the most common form of inherited motor and sensory neuropathy,

  (ii) there is no cure for CMT and while most sufferers live a normal lifespan, many do so with severe disabilities,

  (iii) estimates are that around one in every 2 500 Australians is affected by CMT,

  (iv) while CMT is more common than diseases such as muscular dystrophy, there is a low level of community awareness of CMT, particularly amongst Indigenous Australians,

  (v) genetic counselling and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis means that those carrying the CMT gene can now conceive without the 50 per cent risk of passing CMT to their offspring, and

  (vi) despite the advances, detection and genetic counselling, low awareness and detection of CMT means that this disease is still spreading to future generations, when it could be stopped;

 (b) notes the need for more investment for research into the cause, care and cure of CMT; and


 (c) as a first step, calls on the Government to provide funding for projects which will lead to the eradication of CMT. (general business notice of motion no. 1154)

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

 (a) notes that Australia has the highest number of asbestos victims per capita in the world and this is not expected to decline until after 2020;

 (b) notes that many Australians are still vulnerable to mesothelioma when they renovate older houses and also through inadvertent exposure as a result of natural disasters destroying property;

 (c) supports the Asbestos Free Australia campaign of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union; and

 (d) urges the Government to establish a National Asbestos Authority to implement the National Asbestos Strategy and fully fund and implement the recommendations from the Asbestos Management Review Committee to eradicate asbestos from Australia completely by 2030. (general business notice of motion no. 1155)

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

 (a) condemns the reduction in National Health Reform funding to the states indicated in the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook;

 (b) expresses its concern over whether the methodology used to justify these reductions, especially in regard to population growth estimates, was correct and applied in good faith;

 (c) calls on the Government to restore funding to the National Health Funding Pool to all states in 2013 and over the forward estimates;

 (d) is concerned that the direct payments to Victorian hospitals announced by the Government undermines the Government's own National Health Reform Agreement; and

 (e) condemns the long-term underinvestment by some state governments in their public hospitals. (general business notice of motion no. 1156)

Senators Ruston, Xenophon and Madigan and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the significant increase in Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) licence fees for exporters from $500 to $8 350 from 1 July 2012 for horticulture and plants,

  (ii) the disproportionate impact on small and medium exporters,

  (iii) that the licence fees discriminate against and discourage small and medium exporters, and

  (iv) the failure of the Government to successfully negotiate the acceptance of AQIS Approved Officers in many of Australia's export markets; and

 (b) calls on the Government to urgently review the AQIS licence system so as not to discriminate against and discourage small and medium exporters. (general business notice of motion no. 1157)

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

 (a) notes that the average annual Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme military superannuation pension in 2011-12 was $24 603;


 (b) condemns the Gillard Labor Government for its ongoing and stubborn refusal to grant 57 000 Australian military superannuants and their families a fair go;

 (c) denounces the Australian Labor Party for misleading veterans before the 2007 election into believing that Labor would actually deliver fair indexation, a point highlighted by Senator Lundy and the then Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support (Mr Kelly) in their letter to the former Minister for Finance and Deregulation (Mr Tanner) of 14 September 2009; and

 (d) criticises the Government for its ongoing failure to schedule a time for the Senate to consider the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2012, thus denying the Senate the opportunity to debate and vote on the Coalition's amendments to provide fair indexation for these men and women who have served their nation. (general business notice of motion no. 1158)

Senator Cash: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Migration Act 1958, and for related purposes. Migration Amendment (Reinstatement of Temporary Protection Visas) Bill 2013 [No. 2]. (general business notice of motion no. 1159)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the Assistant Director of Regional Projects for the Department of Planning and Community Development in Victoria has confirmed that the Waubra Wind Farm, which has been under review since it commenced in 2009, has not been signed off on any noise compliance by the Planning Minister, Mr Matthew Guy, therefore making it non-compliant,

  (ii) to obtain accreditation from the Clean Energy Regulator, the Waubra Wind Farm must provide evidence that it is compliant with all state permit requirements, and

  (iii) as a result of having been granted Clean Energy Regulator accreditation of its Waubra Wind Farm, Acciona has received tens of millions of dollars in Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs); and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) order a review of the accreditation process, and a review of the accreditation of all other wind farms that have been accredited under the same regulations as the Waubra Wind Farm, and

  (ii) order an investigation of how many RECs have been raised by non-compliant power stations and traded into REC markets as well as the extent to which REC markets and REC market prices may have been distorted by this activity. (general business notice of motion no. 1160)

Senator Siewert: To move on 13 March 2013—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Social Security Act 1991 and the Fair Work Act 2009, and for related purposes. Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Caring for Single Parents) Bill 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1161)

Senator Waters: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to act on his promise of August 2011 to protect national parks under federal environment laws by listing them as matters of national environmental significance to protect them from the threats of logging, grazing, mining or large scale land clearing. (general business notice of motion no. 1162)