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The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) that in 2011, the Government passed the Work Health and Safety Bill 2011 which removed the term `control' from the Duties of Care, which changed the longstanding principle that responsibility for safety under the Act should be allocated according to what was within reasonable and practicable control,

  (ii) that this principle was established in the 1972 Robens Review which recommended that responsibility for safety be allocated according to reasonable and practicable control and enshrined in the International Labor Organization Convention 155, article 16,

  (iii) that the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations, Senator Collins, confirmed in the 2011 Senate debate that a principal contractor retains responsibility for all safety down the contractual line with the new person conducting a business or undertaking test,

  (iv) the numerous reports of exposure to asbestos in telecommunications pits while rolling out the National Broadband Network,

  (v) evidence from the Chief Executive Officer of Comcare at Senate estimates that the Commonwealth Government may be liable for these exposures under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, and

  (vi) further evidence that more than half of all asbestos cases since 1996 involving telecommunications pits have occurred in the past 6 weeks;

 (b) calls on the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations to provide the Senate with a detailed report before 27 June 2013 on asbestos in telecommunications pits and the responsibilities of the Government, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the National Broadband Network Corporation under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011; and


 (c) supports moves to protect workers by the Government and Telstra, and recognises the longstanding contribution of the trade union movement towards awareness and identification of asbestos. (general business notice of motion no. 1299)

Senator Rhiannon: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, no later than noon on Thursday, 27 June 2013, the overdue report by the National Transport Commission, `Review of the Australian Road Rules and Australian Vehicle Standards Rules: Draft Evaluation Report', which was due for release in March 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 1300)

Senators Pratt and Singh: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) supports the world's largest network of marine parks put in place by this Government; and

 (b) supports the management plans for the marine parks. (general business notice of motion no. 1301)

Senator Ludlam: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for the better use of, and fairer access to, copyrighted information, and for related purposes. Copyright Legislation Amendment (Fair Go for Fair Use) Bill 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1302)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria board meeting, held in the week beginning 16 June 2013, approved the first funding grants under its new funding model,

  (ii) one of the first three countries receiving funding is Myanmar, with which Australia has established significant ties, including support for its health sector and efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis,

  (iii) the Australian Government has been a significant supporter of the Global Fund since 2004, contributing $310 million to help the Global Fund save an estimated 8.7 million lives to date,

  (iv) this money has been leveraged in the Asia Pacific, where between 2002 and 2012 the Global Fund has invested $3.1 billion, and

  (v) the Global Fund remains the biggest international funder for the three diseases, providing 80 per cent of international funding for tuberculosis, 50 per cent for malaria and one-fifth of international funding for HIV;

 (b) calls on the Government to consider the request of the Global Fund and civil society health professionals to significantly increase Australia's financial support to the Global Fund to help address the funding gap that has grown between patient needs and resources available to meet those needs, as part of the fourth Global Fund replenishment at the end of 2013; and

 (c) reiterates the commitment of all parties to Australia's ongoing financial support for global efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. (general business notice of motion no. 1303)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the government estimates that the Reef Rescue program has stopped the equivalent of over one million wheelbarrows worth of sediment run-off entering the Great Barrier Reef,


  (ii) that at least 116 times that amount of sediment has been approved by this Government for offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and

  (iii) scientific understanding, that added sediment in the marine environment has destructive impacts on seagrasses and corals; and

 (b) calls on the Government to prohibit offshore dumping of dredge spoil within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. (general business notice of motion no. 1304)

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

 (a) notes that the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council will review the implementation of recommendations which emerged from the first UPR cycle of 14 states, as well as human rights developments since the first review of these states, in its seventeenth session commencing in October 2013;

 (b) urges the full and transparent engagement of all states with the UPR process and consideration of the recommendations arising thereof; and

 (c) notes that China is scheduled in this session for review, and:

  (i) supports China's participation in the UPR,

  (ii) notes the ongoing tension in the Tibetan regions, and nearly 120 deaths by self-immolation in protests against China's policies in those regions, and

  (iii) endorses Australia's efforts to promote human rights in Tibet. (general business notice of motion no. 1305)

Senator Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Federal Government to:

 (a) work cooperatively with the states through the Council of Australian Governments and the Australian Council of Trade Unions, in order to get agreement among all states on a minimum standard of entitlements for all workers in all industrial relations jurisdictions across Australia, particularly around reflecting Australia's international obligations in respect of consultation, dispute resolution, general protections, major organisational change and entitlements;

 (b) commence the process of ratifying the International Labor Organization's Collective Bargaining Convention 1981 (No. 154) and Collective Bargaining Recommendation 1981 (No.163); and

 (c) explore options to:

  (i) deal with the growing problem of indirect employment relationships, particularly through labour hire arrangements used by state governments and the Commonwealth, and

  (ii) ensure all Australian workers, including those in state public sector employment, have adequate and equal protections of their rights at work. (general business notice of motion no. 1306)

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

 (a) notes the importance of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and specifically that signatories to the convention:

  (i) are conscious of the value of wild fauna and flora from aesthetic, scientific, cultural, recreational and economic points of view,


  (ii) recognise that peoples and states are and should be the best protectors of their own wild fauna and flora, and

  (iii) recognise that wild flora and fauna are an irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the earth, needing protection for generations to come;

 (b) acknowledges that flora and fauna have value to recreational users of our national parks; and

 (c) supports the different values that are placed on flora and fauna by different people and groups, and agrees those different values should be balanced through sustainable usage approach. (general business notice of motion no. 1307)

Senator Siewert: To move on 27 June 2013—That the Social Security (Administration) (Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipient) Principles 2013, made under subsection 123UGA(2) of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999, be disallowed.

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

 (a) notes that Australia's legal action against Japanese whaling will begin in the International Court of Justice, The Hague, on 26 June 2013, and will be followed closely by all Australians who have expressed significant concern about the annual slaughter of whales in Antarctic waters; and

 (b) urges the Government to outline how a positive result for Australia in this court case will be enforced by Australia and what financial provisions have been made to resource the enforcement efforts. (general business notice of motion no. 1308)