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Senator Whish-Wilson: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Mutual Recognition Act 1992, and for related purposes. Mutual Recognition Amendment (Northern Territory Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags) Bill 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1188)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) it is 10 years since the United States of America (US) led the invasion of Iraq,

  (ii) the British non-government organisation, Iraq Body Count, estimates about 162 000 people, almost 80 per cent of them civilians, were killed in Iraq from the start of the 2003 US-led invasion, up to the withdrawal of American forces in 2012, and


  (iii) in sending Australian troops to Iraq in 2003, the Howard Government was the first government in Australia's history to go to war without the support of both Houses of Parliament; and

 (b) calls on the Government and the Opposition to:

  (i) support the Australian Greens' Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2010 [No. 2] which would require parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force, and

  (ii) support an independent inquiry into the reasons behind Australia's participation in the invasion. (general business notice of motion no. 1189)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the resolution of the Senate of 22 November 2012, that the Government was to fulfil its 2007 election commitment and introduce a public interest disclosure bill into the Parliament in the first sitting week of 2013, and

  (ii) that this resolution has not been complied with and, to date, there is still no listing of the public interest disclosure bill; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) provide an explanation as to whether it will deliver on its 2007 election commitment, and

  (ii) introduce legislation within the current Parliament that would comprehensively protect whistle-blowers across the entire government sector. (general business notice of motion no. 1190)

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 Wednesday, 20 March 2013, from 1 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 1191)

Senator Urquhart: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 21 March 2013, from 5 pm, followed by an in camera hearing, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the Sydney Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices. (general business notice of motion no. 1192)

The Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce), the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz), and Senators Brandis, Fierravanti-Wells, Stephens, Madigan, Back, Williams, Heffernan, Ryan, Cormann, Mason, Cash, Boswell, Bernardi and Humphries: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) congratulates Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ on his election as the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff;

 (b) notes that Pope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope, and not only is the first Pope from South America but the first Pope from outside Europe in over 1 000 years; and

 (c) acknowledges Pope Francis' very strong commitment to social justice, as exemplified by his decision to choose his papal name in honour of St. Francis of Assisi. (general business notice of motion no. 1193)


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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Cape York's Quinkan region is home to rock art galleries and cultural sites of great cultural significance, with some sites dated to 30 000 years old,

  (ii) much of this art and cultural heritage is not adequately protected and is open to mining exploration activities, and

  (iii) the traditional owners of the Quinkan region want the Quinkan rock art galleries and surrounding cultural landscapes fully protected from mining exploration and other destructive activities, and support its inclusion in a World Heritage nomination for Cape York Peninsula; and

 (b) calls on:

  (i) the Queensland Government to refuse any mining exploration in the Quinkan rock art galleries until the area is declared a World Heritage Area, and

  (ii) the Federal Government to step in to protect the Quinkan rock art galleries and surrounding cultural landscapes from all mining activities, until the area is declared a World Heritage Area in accordance with the wishes of the traditional owners. (general business notice of motion no. 1194)

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on 20 March 2013—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) that local sporting clubs bring significant social and health benefits to communities, and

  (ii) with concern, the South Australian Government's proposal to reduce funding for local sporting clubs by $3.5 million through cuts to the Community Recreation and Sports Facilities Program; and

 (b) calls on the South Australian Premier to reverse his Government's decision and reinstate the funding in the 2013-14 Budget. (general business notice of motion no. 1195)

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on 20 March 2013—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) with concern, the escalating human rights crisis in Tibet, as seen in 109 self-immolations by Tibetans, including 80 self-immolations over the past year, and

  (ii) the calls from advocates around the world for the establishment of an effective intergovernmental platform for coordinated diplomatic action by concerned nations to address the crisis; and

 (b) endorses the Government taking any practical steps to bring about a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Tibet. (general business notice of motion no. 1196)

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) with concern, the New South Wales Government's intention to abolish the Independent Snowy Scientific Committee established under section 57 of the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997 (NSW), and


  (ii) that the Independent Snowy Scientific Committee was established with the purpose of maintaining political and scientific independence in conducting research and providing advice to the Minister in relation to Snowy catchments, Snowy Montane and the Snowy River; and

 (b) calls on the New South Wales Government to reverse its decision and to reinstate and fully fund the Independent Snowy Scientific Committee and all its legislative functions. (general business notice of motion no. 1197)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) a recently released community survey of humpback whales recorded a minimum of 2 669 individual whales, including cow-calf pairs, passed within 8 km of the James Price Point shoreline, which exceeds the 1 000 whales that the Western Australian environmental assessment process estimated would pass, and

  (ii) the research recorded that the whales engaged in resting, milling, playing and slow swimming behaviour close to shore, and that some humpback whales are born in the area and use it for vital first interactions; and

 (b) calls for the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to:

  (i) commission more extensive and thorough research into the use of the James Price Point area by humpback whales so that the potential impact of the proposed gas hub development can be adequately assessed, and

  (ii) examine the Browse gas hub proposal in light of its impact on humpback whales. (general business notice of motion no. 1198)

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:

 Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment Bill 2013

 Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Finance) Bill 2013

 Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2013

 Higher Education Support Amendment (Further Streamlining and Other Measures) Bill 2013

 National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2013

 Royal Commissions Amendment Bill 2013

 Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 6) Bill 2012.

 Documents: Senator Collins tabled the following documents:

  Consideration of legislation—Statements of reasons [7] for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2013 autumn sittings.