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7       Notices

The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) and Senators Boyce, Moore and Siewert: To move on 20 March 2014—That, on the first anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions on 21 March 2014, the Senate:

    (a)   acknowledges the ongoing pain and suffering of the mothers, children and fathers affected by the unethical, dishonest and sometimes illegal practices of the past;

    (b)   commends the National Archives of Australia, the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the Department of Social Services and members of the Forced Adoptions Implementation Working Group for their work in the past 12 months to realise the recommendations of the Community Affairs References Committee report; and

     (c)   resolves to continue to do all in its power to make sure these practices are never repeated. ( general business notice of motion no. 168 )

Senators McEwen and Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   the importance of the Australian aid program to sustainable economic and social development and poverty alleviation for Pacific nations,

                 (ii)   the contribution of the Australian aid program to Australia’s national interests through support for regional stability, security and prosperity,

                (iii)   the verbal commitment by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to not cut Australian development assistance to Pacific nations, and

                (iv)   the announcement by the Minister on 18 January 2014 that $650 million will be cut from Australia’s development assistance in 2013-14, including $61.4 million to the following Pacific country and regional programs:

                          Papua New Guinea - $5.3 million,

                          Solomon Islands - $14.2 million,

                          Vanuatu - $6.2 million,

                          Samoa - $3.6 million,

                          Fiji - $2.8 million,

                          Tonga - $2.7 million,

                          Kiribati - $3 million,

                          Other small Pacific islands - $3.6 million, and

                          Pacific regional - $20 million;

    (b)   calls on the Minister to meet her commitment to not cut Australian development assistance to Pacific nations; and

     (c)   calls on the Government to reverse its $4.5 billion in cuts to Australia’s aid program and work to reinstate funding to levels published in the 2013-14 Budget. ( general business notice of motion no. 169 )

The Chair of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (Senator Williams):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 Australia Post be extended to 14 April 2014. ( general business notice of motion no. 170 )

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

    (a)   expresses concern:

                  (i)   at the arrest and subsequent detention of Ms Balendra Jeyakumari, an advocate for families of the disappeared, and the arrest of her 13 year old daughter Vidushika, by the Sri Lankan police on Thursday, 13 March 2014, and

                 (ii)   that these arrests followed both Balendra and Vidushika Jeyakumari being featured in media photographs and videos when British Prime Minister Mr David Cameron visited northern Sri Lanka during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2013;

    (b)   notes, with concern, reports that Australia is working to actively undermine the United States (US) resolution, entitled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka’, to be voted on at the upcoming meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC); and

     (c)   calls on the Australian Government to:

                  (i)   intervene and call for the release of Ms Balendra Jeyakumari and for her to be reunited with her daughter, and

                 (ii)   desist from watering down the resolution proposed by the US at the upcoming meeting of the UNHRC. ( general business notice of motion no. 171 )

Senator McEwen: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Environment and Communications References Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 18 March 2014, from 5 pm to 6 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the Direct Action Plan. ( general business notice of motion no. 172 )

Senator McEwen: To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Environment and Communications References Committee on the Direct Action Plan be extended to 26 March 2014. ( general business notice of motion no. 173 )

The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield): To move on the next day of sitting—That consideration of the business before the Senate on Wednesday, 19 March 2014, be interrupted at approximately 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable Senator O’Sullivan to make his first speech without any question before the chair.



Senator Carr, the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) and Senator Madigan: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by the first sitting day in July 2015:

The challenges to Australian industries and jobs posed by increasing global competition in innovation, science, engineering, research and education, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the need to attract new investment in innovation to secure high skill, high wage jobs and industries in Australia, as well as the role of public policy in nurturing a culture of innovation and a healthy innovation ecosystem;

    (b)   the Australian Government’s approach to innovation, especially with respect to the funding of education and research, the allocation of investment in industries, and the maintenance of capabilities across the economy;

     (c)   the importance of translating research output into social and economic benefits for Australians, and mechanisms by which it can be promoted;

    (d)   the relationship between advanced manufacturing and a dynamic innovation culture;

     (e)   current policies, funding and procedures of Australia’s publicly-funded research agencies, universities, and other actors in the innovation system;

     (f)   potential governance and funding models for Australia’s research infrastructure and agencies, and policy options to diversify science and research financing;

     (g)   the effectiveness of mechanisms within Australian universities and industry for developing research pathways, particularly in regard to early and mid-career researchers;

    (h)   policy actions to attract, train and retain a healthy research and innovation workforce;

      (i)   policy actions to ensure strategic international engagement in science, research and innovation; and

     (j)   policy options to create a seamless innovation pipeline, including support for emerging industries, with a view to identifying key areas of future competitive advantage.

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Dastyari): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on overseas aid be extended to 27 March 2014. ( general business notice of motion no. 174 )

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

    (a)   acknowledges:

                  (i)   Ms Rose Anne Fulton has been held in custody in Kalgoorlie for 18 months without a trial or conviction, and

                 (ii)   that it is unacceptable for people to be held in custody indefinitely without conviction;

    (b)   notes:

                  (i)   the failure of the Northern Territory Government to provide suitable accommodation and treatment options in order for the Western Australian Government to safely and securely transfer Ms Fulton back to her home in Alice Springs, and

                 (ii)   that Ms Fulton is directly under the guardianship of the Northern Territory Minister for Health, Ms Lambley, as she remains an adult guardian client of the Northern Territory Minister and Mr Ian McKinlay; and

     (c)   calls on the Federal Government to take leadership and negotiate a transfer of Ms Fulton to Alice Springs to enable her to be close to her family. ( general business notice of motion no. 175 )

Senator Waters: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, no later than noon on 14 April 2014, the following departmental documents relating to, or addressing, the internal concerns of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) exhibited in documents released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 , including the file note dated 14 June 2013 (file number 17/2248(3)) and the draft GBRMPA Permit Assessment (undated), with the following applications by North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation:

    (a)   application for an approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 for proposed capital dredging at Abbot Point (EPBC 2011/6213);

    (b)   application for a permit under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 to dump Abbot Point dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (ref 34897, dated 6 January 2012); and

     (c)   application dated 4 March 2013 for a permit under the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 to dump Abbot Point dredge spoil at sea;

and, in doing so:

                  (i)   the documents sought to be laid on the table:

                  ( a )   include any departmental or ministerial briefings, including those on or around June 2013, and any document that establishes whether the Minister knew of the GBRMPA’s internal concerns,

                  ( b )   are for the period 1 June 2013 to 17 March 2014, and

                  ( c )   include any drafts; however

                 (ii)   the following are not required:

                  ( a )   documents that relate only to the determination of alternative dredge spoil disposal sites to the site approved by the above permits and approval (although documents that relate to both an alternative site, and to GBRMPA’s concerns, are sought),

                  ( b )   documents that are publically available, and

                  ( c )   personal details within documents (names of staff are sought, but other personal details are not). ( general business notice of motion no. 176 )

Senator Waters: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, no later than noon on 20 March 2014, the following documents:

    (a)   the independent review of offsets for the Maules Creek coal project submitted to the Minister in accordance with Condition 10 of the approval of the project (Ref: EPBC 2010/5566);

    (b)   any correspondence between the department and the following parties between 1 December 2013 and 17 March 2014:

                  (i)   Whitehaven Coal,

                 (ii)   Hansen Bailey,



                (iii)   Cumberland Ecology, and

                (iv)   Alison Martin;

     (c)   any ministerial briefing notes concerning any matters related to the Maules Creek coal project prepared between 1 December 2013 and 17 March 2014; and

    (d)   any internal departmental emails and memos regarding the independent review of the offset arrangements of the Maules Creek project between 1 December 2013 and 17 March 2014. ( general business notice of motion no. 177 )

The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Senator Cash): To move on the next day of sitting—That, for the purposes of paragraph 48(1)(a) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 , the Senate rescinds its resolution of 2 December 2013 disallowing the Migration Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas) Regulation 2013, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2013 No. 234 and made under the Migration Act 1958 .

The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield): 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:

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2013-2014

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2013-2014

Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2013-2014.

 

 

 

Document : Senator Fifield tabled the following document:

Consideration of legislation—Statement of reasons for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2014 autumn sittings.