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8       Notices

Senator Williams: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following additional matters be referred to the Economics References Committee as part of its inquiry into the implications of financial advice reforms:

    (a)   the need for further reform and improved oversight of the life insurance industry;

    (b)   whether entities are engaging in unethical practices to avoid meeting claims;

     (c)   whether a life insurance industry code of conduct is required;

    (d)   the role of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in reform and oversight of the industry; and

     (e)   any related matters.

The Attorney-General (Senator Brandis): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to apply the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 to various Commonwealth Acts, and for related purposes. Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Bill 2016 .

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

    (a)   notes that International Women’s Day will be observed on 8 March 2016;

    (b)   recognises that the day has its origins in the labour movement, and that 8 March was the date of the New York garment workers’ strike of 1908, in which women called for an end to sweatshops and child labour;

     (c)   acknowledges that International Women’s Day is a day to seek the need for further progress in advancing the political and economic welfare of women at home and across the world;

    (d)   recognises that:

                  (i)   violence against women and their children is preventable, and that gender inequality is the core of the problem and the heart of the solution,

                 (ii)   gender parity is linked to economic prosperity, and

                (iii)   increasing the numbers of women filling positions of leadership in Australian workplaces is a key part of addressing equal pay; and

     (e)   in marking International Women’s Day, recommits to promoting gender equality, and to advancing the political and economic welfare of women, domestically and internationally. ( general business notice of motion no. 1058 )

Senator Waters: 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 15 June 2016:

The rehabilitation of mining and resources projects, with regard to:

    (a)   the cost of outstanding rehabilitation obligations of currently operating projects;

    (b)   the adequacy of existing regulatory, policy and institutional arrangements to ensure adequate and timely rehabilitation;

     (c)   the adequacy and transparency of financial mechanisms, including assurances, bonds and funds, to ensure that mines are able to be rehabilitated without impacting on public finances;

    (d)   the effectiveness of current rehabilitation practices in safeguarding human health and repairing and avoiding environmental damage;

     (e)   the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of inadequate rehabilitation, including potential impacts on matters of national environmental significance under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ;

     (f)   the potential social, economic and environmental benefits of adequate rehabilitation, including job opportunities and investment in communities affected by job losses in mining and resources;

     (g)   the impacts of the legacy of abandoned mines and resources projects around Australia, and the cost of rehabilitating those mines;

    (h)   international examples of effective rehabilitation policy and practice;

      (i)   proposals for reform of rehabilitation of mining and resources projects; and

     (j)   any other related matters.

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

    (a)   notes that 2 March 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the election of the Howard Government in 1996;

    (b)   recalls the record of the Howard Government, including:

                  (i)   dogs on the waterfront,

                 (ii)   the false claim that children of asylum seekers had been thrown overboard,

                (iii)   committing Australia to the war in Iraq on a false premise,

                (iv)   refusing to sign the Kyoto protocol,

                 (v)   regional rorts,

                (vi)   wheat for weapons,

               (vii)   the absence of economic reform,

              (viii)   failing to support the transition of Australia to a republic,

                (ix)   refusing to say sorry to Indigenous Australians for past wrongs,

                 (x)   its 10 point plan to amend native title legislation following the Wik decision,

                (xi)   spending over $1 billion on government advertising,

               (xii)   WorkChoices, and

              (xiii)   the erosion of decent standards in our public affairs; and

     (c)   calls on all Australians not to forget the legacy of the Howard Government and its contribution to public policy in this country. ( general business notice of motion no. 1059 )

Senator Collins: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Finance and Special Minister of State, no later than 9.30 am on Thursday, 3 March 2016:

    (a)   documents recording all communications with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) by:

                  (i)   the Minister for Finance,

                 (ii)   the Acting Special Minister of State,

                (iii)   the Special Minister of State, and

                (iv)   the Department of Finance;

             relating to proposed changes to the Senate voting system, including the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016, since 1 September 2015; and

    (b)   the minutes of all ‘round table’ meetings that have taken place in which the AEC participated. ( general business notice of motion no. 1060 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   Mr Benjamin Gantz, former Israel Defence Force (IDF) Chief of General Staff, is currently in Australia as a keynote speaker for United Israel Appeal events,

                 (ii)   during his tenure as Chief of General Staff from 2011 to 2015, Mr Gantz led the IDF through numerous military campaigns, including Operation Protective Edge in Gaza from July to August 2014,

                (iii)   according to the United Nations, Operation Protective Edge resulted in the deaths of over 2 000 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians, and destroyed over 19 000 homes, and

                (iv)   both the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza conflict, and Amnesty International, have released reports pointing to the possible commission of war crimes by both Israeli and Palestinian armed groups; and

    (b)   calls on the Australian Government to:

                  (i)   work for an end to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, and end the 8 year blockade of Gaza,

                 (ii)   halt military cooperation and military trade with Israel, and

                (iii)   communicate this position to Mr Gantz whilst he is in Australia, should he be issued a visa. ( general business notice of motion no. 1061 )

Senator Rhiannon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 , and for related purposes. Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2016 . ( general business notice of motion no. 1062 )

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

    (a)   recognises that:

                  (i)   sharks play an important role as apex predators in marine ecosystems, and

                 (ii)   world shark populations are falling by between 63 to 273 million per year due to fisheries overexploitation;

    (b)   notes that the Australian Government has entered reservations against five shark species (big-eyed, pelagic and common thresher sharks, and scalloped and great hammerheads) under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, removing those shark species from the full protection otherwise provided by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act); and

     (c)   calls on the Australian Government to remove reservations for those five shark species, and to provide them full protection under the Act, by continuing to list Appendices I and II species on the Convention on Migratory Species as ‘migratory species’ under the Act. ( general business notice of motion no. 1063 )

Notice of motion withdrawn : Senator Hanson-Young withdrew general business notice of motion no. 1034 standing in her name for 2 March 2016, relating to asylum seeker children.