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11    Notices

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

               (a)       notes the:

                                     (i)       ongoing reports about foreign powers seeking to interfere in the domestic political and electoral affairs of Australia and other sovereign nations, including the revelations reported by the Four Corners program on 5 June 2017, and

                                    (ii)       highly concerning nature of any attempt by a foreign power to interfere in the domestic political and electoral affairs of sovereign nations such as Australia, especially where it involves direct or indirect interference in the electoral process;

               (b)       calls on the Prime Minister to support a bipartisan reference to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) to inquire into and report on possible measures to address the risk posed by foreign governments and their agents seeking to improperly interfere in Australia’s domestic political and electoral affairs; and

                (c)       acknowledges:

                                     (i)       the current threat posed by foreign governments and their agents seeking to interfere in the domestic political and electoral affairs of sovereign nations, both in Australia and abroad,

                                    (ii)       the source of that threat, including direct interference by foreign governments, such as through foreign intelligence and security services, and indirect interference through proxies, such as lobbyists, business representatives and other agents,

                                  (iii)       existing measures to address foreign interference in domestic political and electoral affairs currently in place in comparable overseas jurisdictions, such as the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand,

                                  (iv)       existing measures currently in place under Australian law which may be adapted or expanded to defend against interference by foreign governments or their agents in Australia’s domestic political and electoral affairs, and

                                   (v)       all direct and indirect influence by foreign intelligence agencies, including through traditional and social media, as well as cyber security attacks. ( general business notice of motion no. 345 )

Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Corporations Act 2001 , and for related purposes. Corporations Amendment (Modernisation of Members Registration) Bill 2017 . ( general business notice of motion no. 346 )

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

               (a)       notes the concern expressed by the Australian Government at reports of mass arrests and torture of individuals in the Republic of Chechnya in the Russian Federation due to their perceived or actual sexual orientation;

               (b)       welcomes that these concerns have been raised by the Australian Government on six separate occasions directly with the Russian Government;

                (c)       calls on the Government to:

                                     (i)       work with other nations to highlight the deplorable treatment of LGBTI persons in Chechnya through the United Nations (UN) and other international human rights forums,

                                    (ii)       publicly back the UN’s Free and Equal Campaign, a global public education campaign which raises awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and promotes greater respect for the rights of LGBTI people globally, and

                                  (iii)       raise awareness of Smart Traveller advice on Chechnya and the Russian Federation in light of these reports; and

                                  (iv)       notes that Australia has joined with Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America and Uruguay in endorsing the Equal Rights Coalition Statement of 26 April 2017, which states:

The undersigned Equal Rights Coalition members urgently call on Russian federal authorities to conduct an independent and credible investigation into reports of arbitrary detention, torture and killing of gay men by security services and other government authorities in the Republic of Chechnya. If these reports prove credible, we call on the Russian government to take steps to ensure the release of anyone wrongfully detained and hold accountable anyone found responsible. These steps are in-line with international human rights obligations and commitments made by the Russian government to respect the human rights of all individuals. ( general business notice of motion no. 347 )

Senator Rice: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 10 August 2017:

Operations of existing and proposed toll roads in Australia, including:

               (a)       financial arrangements of existing and proposed private toll roads, and transparency, accountability and equity aspects of these arrangements;

               (b)       interaction of commercial considerations of private toll road operators with federal and state transport and infrastructure policy; and

                (c)       any other related matters.

Senators Rhiannon and Cameron: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the most recent statistics from 2015-16 show that 275 requests for homelessness assistance were unable to be met each day, and

                                    (ii)       the Government has failed to raise real levels of federal funding for homelessness services and social housing in the 2017-18 Budget; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to provide real support for people who are homeless by increasing the real level of funding for homelessness services and social housing. ( general business notice of motion no. 348 )

The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield): To move on the next day of sitting—That on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 consideration of the business before the Senate shall be interrupted at 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable valedictory statements to be made relating to Senator Back.

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       this week marks 200 years since inventor Karl Drais rode the first two-wheeled ‘laufmachine’ in Germany, considered to be the first bicycle ever invented,

                                    (ii)       now, in the 21st century, more than half of all Australian households have at least one bicycle in working order, and

                                  (iii)       the 2015 National Cycling Participation survey shows that around 4 million people in Australia ride a bicycle for recreation or transport in a typical week; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to ensure everyone in Australia has the freedom to ride safely and invest in cycling infrastructure to support the objective of the National Cycling Strategy to double cycling participation by Australians. ( general business notice of motion no. 349 )

The Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Senator O’Sullivan): To move on the next day of sitting—That—

               (a)       in accordance with standing order 25(2)(a), the performance of Airservices Australia be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report; and

               (b)       in conducting its inquiry, the committee have the power to consider and use the records of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee appointed in the previous Parliament.

Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate notes Australia’s energy crisis, its impact on consumers, businesses and the broader economy, and the need for urgent and effective responses. ( general business notice of motion no. 350 )

Senator Kakoschke-Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       volunteering is a core part of our community,

                                    (ii)       5.8 million Australians over the age of 15 formally volunteered in 2014, with many more people volunteering informally,

                                  (iii)       according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there has been a decline in formal volunteering activities over the past five years - this decline comes at a cost to community wellbeing,

                                  (iv)       in South Australia, the state government, Business SA, the Local Government Association of South Australia and the peak body Volunteering SA and NT collaborated to develop a state-wide strategy, which is providing a coordinated approach to addressing the diverse needs of volunteers and their communities, and

                                   (v)       given the tremendous benefits of volunteering, a national, sector-driven volunteering strategy would help increase participation, create new opportunities and ensure volunteering remains vibrant and strong; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to follow South Australia’s lead and partner with the volunteering sector to develop a national volunteering strategy. ( general business notice of motion no. 351 )

Intention to withdraw : Senator Bushby, at the request of the Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Williams) and pursuant to standing order 78, gave notice of Senator Williams’ intention, at the giving of notices on the next day of sitting, to withdraw business of the Senate notices of motion standing in his name as follows:

Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 for 2 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the Jervis Bay Territory Marine Safety Ordinance 2016 [F2016L01756].

Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 for 10 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 4) Regulation 2016 [F2016L01922].

Notices of motion withdrawn :

Senator Rice withdrew business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3 standing in her name for today, proposing a reference to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee.

Senator Waters withdrew business of the Senate notice of motion no. 7 standing in her name for today, proposing a reference to the Environment and Communications References Committee.