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17    Notices

Senators Lindgren and Bernardi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   bullying and harassment should never be tolerated in any forum,

                 (ii)   schools should provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all students, and

                (iii)   schools participating in the Safe Schools Coalition Australia program should carefully consider the suitability of resources, including web-based resources, for all their students;

    (b)   requests that all parents are provided information about the program to allow them to make an informed decision regarding their child’s participation, and that schools respect their decision, including the right to exclude their child from the programme; and

     (c)   requests that all schools considering joining the program respectfully consult parents in making any such decision. ( general business notice of motion no. 1029 )

The Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   acknowledges that rural and regional Queensland is suffering from drought and ongoing job losses across many sectors, including the meat processing industry;

    (b)   calls on the Government to take immediate action to prevent further job losses in the Queensland meat industry by:

                  (i)   establishing a dedicated working group comprised of Government, employers and employees, including representative groups/bodies to consult with employers, employees and unions in the meat processing industry to ascertain what level of support would be useful in protecting employment levels in the industry, and

                 (ii)   developing an industry accord in consultation with industry stakeholders, including those within the meat processing, live export and farming sectors, which delivers positive outcomes for all stakeholders and reduces job losses in the meat processing industry; and

     (c)   further calls on the Government to investigate and report on the extent to which recently signed free trade agreements (FTAs), such as the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, have altered demand and supply patterns in the local meat industry and, if FTAs have contributed to local jobs being lost, how such agreements can be strengthened to prevent this from happening in the future. ( general business notice of motion no. 1030 )

Senators Xenophon and McEwen: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee meet to consider additional estimates 2015-16 prior to 10 March 2016 to further examine the Department of Defence and that Dr Rob Bourke, Economic Adviser, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group appear before the committee at that time to answer questions. ( general business notice of motion no. 1031 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   strong digital encryption protects the personal and financial information of millions of people,

                 (ii)   encryption is an important tool to prevent identity theft and other crime,

                (iii)   encryption ensures that public interest whistleblowers, journalists and other civil society actors can conduct their activities more securely,

                (iv)   the Government, through services such as Medicare and Centrelink, and digital platforms such as myGov, depends on encryption to keep client information safe, and

                 (v)   any decrease in public trust in digital systems and services will present an obstacle to the Government’s agile innovation agenda; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   support the continued development and use of strong encryption technologies,

                 (ii)   resist any push from other governments to weaken encryption on personal devices, and

                (iii)   work with law enforcement to develop alternative avenues to obtain information through warrants and targeted surveillance that does not put every Australian at greater risk of identity theft. ( general business notice of motion no. 1032 )

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Williams): To move 15 sitting days after today—That the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities—Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) Regulation 2015, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2015 No. 172 and made under the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 , be disallowed [F2015L01737].

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

    (a)   the devastating and destructive impact of bushfires in Tasmania which are affecting the people of Tasmania and destroying Tasmanian wilderness areas;

    (b)   grave concern for the survival of Indigenous cultural heritage sites in the area, as well as precious flora and fauna; and

     (c)   the unwavering commitment and hard work of the Tasmanian Fire Service, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, SES and volunteers for their resilience and exceptional efforts responding to this natural disaster. ( general business notice of motion no. 1033 )

Senator Hanson-Young:To move on 24 February 2016—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that the Australian Medical Association has said that keeping children in immigration detention is akin to state-sanctioned child abuse; and

    (b)   calls on the Federal Government to let baby Asha and the hundreds of other people who are facing return to Nauru and Manus Island stay, in accordance with treating doctors’ advice, so that they can have their claims for protection assessed in Australia and be permanently integrated into the community. ( general business notice of motion no. 1034 )

The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan): 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:

Dairy Produce Amendment (Dairy Service Levy Poll) Bill 2016

Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment Bill 2016

Parliamentary Entitlements Amendment (Injury Compensation Scheme) Bill 2016

Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business Restructure Roll-over) Bill 2016.




Documents : Senator Ryan tabled the following documents:

Consideration of legislation—Statements of reasons [5] for introduction and passage of bills in the 2016 autumn sittings.




Notices of motion withdrawn :

Senator Ludlam withdrew general business notice of motion no. 93 standing in his name for 24 February 2016, proposing the introduction of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Get a Warrant) Bill 2014.

Senator Rhiannon withdrew general business notice of motion no. 980 standing in her name for today, relating to funding for family planning.