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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

Senator Williams: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act relating to maritime safety to ensure the maintenance of standards of training and certification of marine engineers. Marine Engineers Qualifications Bill 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1309)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the ethnic and sectarian unrest in parts of Myanmar, including in the states of Rakhine, Kachin and Shan, in the Mandalay, Bago, and Yangon regions,

  (ii) that in Rakhine State in particular, this has created significant humanitarian concerns given the current monsoon season,

  (iii) that Human Rights Watch recently released a report on the unrest in Rakhine State in 2012 and the situation of Rohingya Muslims there,

  (iv) that the Australian Government continues to assist affected people in Rakhine State through direct humanitarian assistance, and in 2012-13 provided over $5.79 million in humanitarian assistance to Rakhine State, making Australia one of the largest donors to the crisis, and

  (v) that the Myanmar Government and the Kachin Independence Organisation recently reached an agreement on 30 May 2013 following peace talks in Myitkyina (Kachin State), to de-escalate and cease hostilities; and

 (b) calls on the Australian Government to:

  (i) urge the Myanmar Government to:

   (A)  redouble its efforts to resolve ethnic and sectarian unrest in parts of Myanmar,

   (B) resolve the underlying causes of unrest,

   (C) bring to justice those responsible,

   (D) ensure proper judicial procedures are applied, and

   (E) support the reconciliation of local communities, and

  (ii) continue to urge the Myanmar Government to provide appropriate humanitarian assistance, including adequate shelter, and access by humanitarian organisations, to those affected by the unrest. (general business notice of motion no. 1310)

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


 (a) notes:

  (i) Stage 8 of the Roe Highway:

   (A) threatens the Beeliar wetlands and its regionally significant vegetation, banksia woodlands and the habitat of fauna, migratory birds and the endangered Carnaby cockatoo, and

   (B) would dissect North Lake and Bibra Lake, recognised as valuable biodiversity sites by all three levels of government, and one of the most significant Aboriginal historical sites within the Perth metropolitan area south of the Swan River, and

  (ii) the Western Australian Environment Protection Authority received 449 submissions, 29 from organisations and government agencies and 420 from the public opposing Stage 8 of the Roe Highway extension; and

 (b) calls on all political parties to:

  (i) recognise widespread community opposition to this project, and

  (ii) affirm that Commonwealth funding for this project will not be forthcoming. (general business notice of motion no. 1311)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) Western Australia has the fifth largest reserve of shale gas in the world, and

  (ii) the Western Australian Government is providing significant subsidies and royalty reductions to incentivise the gas fracking while failing to establish environmental assessment processes to assess its impact on groundwater, environmental integrity and agricultural productivity; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) explain why the Commonwealth Government deems coal seam gas dangerous to ground water and agricultural productivity but not shale gas fracking, and

  (ii) amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013 to apply equivalent Commonwealth regulatory oversight to shale gas as coal seam gas. (general business notice of motion no. 1312)

Senator Humphries: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 September 2013:

The operation and effectiveness of customs functions within the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, with particular reference to:

 (a) the effectiveness of controls in place to prevent goods from entering the country illicitly;

 (b) issues of alleged misconduct, bribery and corruption in the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service;

 (c) any links between staff of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and organised crime;

 (d) the extent to which criminal gangs use the proceeds of smuggled goods to fund their activities;

 (e) an assessment of the current division of roles and responsibilities of different levels of government (federal, state and local) to respond to smuggling and the integration of these roles to ensure best outcomes;


 (f) the incentives and disincentives for criminal organisations to engage in illicit trade;

 (g) the levels of illicit tobacco products coming into Australia and the cost to the Australian taxpayer;

 (h) options to improve border security and control; and

 (i) any related matter.

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the concern of Hansard editors about their trial changes which have reduced their presence in the Senate and House of Representatives chambers, and

  (ii) that this trial, if made permanent, has a number of serious implications for the social, legal and historical value of Hansard in the future; and

 (b) calls on the Presiding Officers to:

  (i) not make decisions which adversely affect or compromise the quality of Hansard services, and

  (ii) ensure that the integrity and quality of Hansard is their foremost consideration. (general business notice of motion no. 1313)

Senator Birmingham: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Government to bring forward urgently a bill to provide that the legislated increase in the carbon tax from 1 July 2013 does not proceed. (general business notice of motion no. 1314)

Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Reserve Bank Act 1959, and for related purposes. Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1315)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) over one year ago the Australian Heritage Council found that the 30 000 year old rock art complex on the Dampier Archipelago and Burrup Peninsula met two World Heritage criteria, and

  (ii) construction of the Yara Pilbara Nitrates ammonium nitrate plant began in November 2012, in breach of approval conditions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, as a survey of rock art within a 2 km radius of the site has not been completed and no air quality monitoring instruments are in place; and

 (b) calls on the Minister to:

  (i) commit to taking all necessary steps to have the Dampier Archipelago, which includes the Dampier Archipelago Rock Art Province with its uninterrupted rock art collection spanning 30 000 years, placed on the World Heritage List by 2016,

  (ii) confirm that the Dampier Archipelago is on the Tentative List for World Heritage Nomination, and

  (iii) urgently suspend construction of the Yara Pilbara Burrup Nitrates ammonium nitrate production facility until approval conditions are met. (general business notice of motion no. 1316)

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins): To move on the next day of sitting—


 (1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Cyber Safety be appointed to inquire into and report on options for addressing the issue of sexting by minors.

 (2) That the committee present its final report on or before 13 September 2013.

 (3) That the committee consist of 6 senators, 3 to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 2 to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and 1 to be nominated by minority groups or independents.

 (4) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

 (5) That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

 (6) That the chair of the committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the committee to be the deputy chair of the committee, and that the member so appointed act as chair of the committee at any time when there is no chair or the chair is not present, at a meeting of the committee.

 (7) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

 (8) That the quorum of the committee be 3 members.

 (9) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

 (10) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider, and that the quorum of a subcommittee be a majority of the senators appointed to the subcommittee.

 (11) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

 (12) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy): 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 19 July 2013:

 All matters relevant to the impacts of imposing on Telstra Corporation Limited a carrier licence condition that would require it to produce printed and online national number directories within Australia.

Senators Madigan, Xenophon, Smith and Di Natale: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the Sleep Health Foundation is one of Australia's foremost authorities on sleep disorders and their effects,


  (ii) the Foundation aims to raise public awareness of sleep health issues and to improve public health and safety through the treatment of sleep disorders and sleep deprivation, and

  (iii) the Foundation's report, Re-awakening Australia: The economic cost of sleep disorders in Australia, 2010 (dated October 2011) estimates the total cost of sleep disorders on the Australian health system in 2010 at $5.1 billion, with a broader economic cost to the community of $31.4 billion;

 (b) recognises that reducing the incidence of sleep disorders and sleep deprivation would have a positive effect on the wellbeing of the Australian community as well as on the economy; and

 (c) calls on the Government to review the findings of the Foundation's study and consider the inclusion of sleep health issues as part of a broader preventive health strategy. (general business notice of motion no. 1317)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the Government has indicated, in a fact sheet, `Emissions from landfill facilities', available online, that landfill waste projects approved under the New South Wales Government's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme would receive Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) credits for emissions abatement from 1 July 2010,

  (ii) the Government has since informed industry participants that they are not able to backdate an abatement that has been registered but not sold or retired under these schemes, and so cannot claim credits under the CFI, despite what is indicated on the fact sheet, and

  (iii) the Government has stated this is due to double counting, when in fact the abatement in question has been registered but not sold or retired under any other scheme, which does not constitute double counting; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) stand by the position outlined on the fact sheet and allow companies to backdate certain abatements that have been issued but not sold or retired under other schemes, and to claim this abatement under the CFI where they relate to eligible offset projects, and

  (ii) amend the relevant regulations to this effect. (general business notice of motion no. 1318)

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to establish an independent Office of Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children, and for related purposes. Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1319)


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

 (a) notes that Australia is a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity, confirming Australia's commitment to sustainable development through the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of resources, and specifically notes Article 10 of the Convention and its focus on:

  (i) encouraging cooperation between government and the private sector in the sustainable use of biological resources,

  (ii) protecting and encouraging customary use of biological resources in accordance with traditional cultural practices that are compatible with conservation or sustainable use requirements, and

  (iii) supporting local approaches to remedial action in areas of reduced biological diversity;

 (b) supports the sustainable use of Australia's national parks and reserves to conserve biological diversity; and

 (c) notes the Foundation for Australia's Most Endangered Species recognition of value of hunting in protecting biological diversity, particularly in relation to feral control. (general business notice of motion no. 1320)

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

 (a) notes the significance of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), an intergovernmental treaty, which centres on the concept of `wise use' to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and their resources, through ecosystem approaches, for the benefit of humankind, and specifically that:

  (i) the Ramsar Convention aims are to halt the worldwide loss of wetlands and to conserve through `wise use' management those that remain, and

  (ii) that `wise use' means the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and their resources for the benefit of humankind;

 (b) acknowledges that:

  (i) the Ramsar Convention stresses the importance of maintaining `ecological character' and that this should be done for the peoples' benefit, and

  (ii) the natural environment has inherent value, and value in relation to peoples' relationship and interaction with it;

 (c) supports the wise use of wetlands; and

 (d) congratulates Field and Game Australia for the conservation of the Heart Morass, the largest habitat conservation project in Australia. (general business notice of motion no. 1321)

Intention to withdraw: Senator Fifield, pursuant to standing order 78, gave notice of his intention, at the giving of notices on the next day of sitting, to withdraw business of the Senate notices of motion nos 1 and 2 standing in his name for today for the disallowance of the following instruments:

 Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 1), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2013 No. 23 and made under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012.

 Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Regulation 2013, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2013 No. 22 and made under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012.


Notices of motion withdrawn: Senator Madigan withdrew general business notices of motion nos 607, 1078 and 1243 standing in his name for today, proposing the introduction of the Treaties (Parliamentary Approval) Bill 2012, the Citizen Initiated Legislation (Plebiscite) Bill 2013 and the Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Funding for Post-Operative Care for Illegal Organ Transplants) Bill 2013.