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Senator Back: To move on the next day of sitting—That, pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a), the Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015 be restored to the Notice Paper and consideration of the bill resume at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament. ( general business notice of motion no. 1114 )

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

    (a)   tobacco taxes fall disproportionately on the poor;

    (b)   Australia’s taxation of tobacco is already high by international standards; and

     (c)   higher tobacco taxes will promote the production and smuggling of illicit tobacco by organised crime. ( general business notice of motion no. 1115 )

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

    (a)   pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a) the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015 be restored to the Notice Paper and consideration resume at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament; and

    (b)   in accordance with standing order 115(3), further consideration of the bill be made an order of the day for 20 June 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 1116 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   corruption in any sector of society is unacceptable and threatens the fabric of our democracy, and

                 (ii)   the Government’s attempt to legislate the Australian Building and Construction Commission is not about corruption, but the enforcement of anti-worker laws; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to immediately legislate to establish a national Anti-Corruption Commission to address corruption among public officials and politicians that threatens the fabric of our democracy. ( general business notice of motion no. 1117 )

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

    (a)   pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a), the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2016 be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration be resumed at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament; and

    (b)   in accordance with standing order 115(3), further consideration of the bill be made an order of the day for 17 June 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 1118 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move on the next day of sitting—That, pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a), the following bills be restored to the Notice Paper and consideration of each of the bills resume at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament:

National Integrity Commission Bill 2013

Mining Subsidies Legislation Amendment (Raising Revenue) Bill 2014

Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014

Motor Vehicle Standards (Cheaper Transport) Bill 2014

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Alpine Grazing) Bill 2014

Private Health Insurance Amendment (GP Services) Bill 2014

Migration Amendment (Visa Maximum Numbers Determinations) Bill 2013

Migration Amendment (Humanitarian Visa Intake) Bill 2014

Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2013

Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2014

Migration Amendment (Protecting Babies Born in Australia) Bill 2014

Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2015

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Reducing Barriers for Minor Parties) Bill 2014

Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2014

End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014

Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Amendment (A Stronger Land Account) Bill 2014

Save Our Sharks Bill 2014

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Caring for Single Parents) Bill 2014

Social Security Amendment (Caring for People on Newstart) Bill 2014

Stop Dumping on the Great Barrier Reef Bill 2014

Great Barrier Reef Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2015

Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015

Australian Centre for Social Cohesion Bill 2015

International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015

Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Intergenerational Report) Bill 2015

Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment (Securing the Automotive Component Industry) Bill 2015

Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015

Fair Work Amendment (Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2015

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015

Migration Amendment (Free the Children) Bill 2016

Restoring Territory Rights (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2016

Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Bill 2014. ( general business notice of motion no. 1119 )

Senator Wang: To move on the next day of sitting—That, pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a), the Commonwealth Grants Commission Amendment (GST Distribution) Bill 2015 be restored to the Notice Paper and consideration of the bill resume at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament. ( general business notice of motion no. 1120 )

Senator Muir: To move on the next day of sitting—That, pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a), the Social Security Amendment (Diabetes Support) Bill 2016 be restored to the Notice Paper and consideration of the bill resume at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament. ( general business notice of motion no. 1121 )

Senator Muir: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Road Safety Remuneration Repeal Bill 2016 be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 28 April 2016.

Senator Carr: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Education and Training, no later than 9.30 am on Wednesday, 20 April 2016, a copy of the report of the Research Infrastructure Review. ( general business notice of motion no. 1122 )

Senator Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That, pursuant to standing order 136(1)(b), a message be sent to the House of Representatives requesting the House to resume consideration of ‘A Bill for an Act to amend the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 , and for related purposes’ [Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Consumer Lease Exclusion) Bill 2015], which was transmitted to the House of Representatives for its concurrence during the last session of Parliament, the proceedings on the bill having been interrupted by the prorogation of Parliament. ( general business notice of motion no. 1123 )

Senator Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That, pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a), the following bills be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration of each of the bills be resumed at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament:

Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2014

Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill 2015. ( general business notice of motion no. 1124 )

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

    (a)   pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a), the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Australian Workers) Bill 2016 be restored to the Notice Paper and consideration resume at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament; and

    (b)   further consideration of the bill be made an order of the day for the next day of sitting; and

     (c)   the bill be considered on Thursday, 21 April 2016, under standing order 57(1)(d)(i) relating to consideration of private senators’ bills. ( general business notice of motion no. 1125 )

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

    (a)   notes that 15 April 2016 marked 25 years since the release of the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991;

    (b)   recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples:

                  (i)   are imprisoned at a rate 13 times higher than that of non-Indigenous people, and are estimated to make up 3 per cent of the Australian population, but 27 per cent of the prison population, and

                 (ii)   constituted 14 per cent of the prison population in 1991, but now make up 27 per cent of the prison population;

     (c)   acknowledges that more than 204 Aboriginal people have died in custody since the release of the Royal Commission report;

    (d)   expresses its concern that a quarter of a century later, many of the Royal Commission’s recommendations have not been fully implemented; and

     (e)   calls on the Commonwealth and state and territory governments to:

                  (i)   implement in full the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and

                 (ii)   adopt justice targets in order to close the gap and to change the record on the rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. ( general business notice of motion no. 1126 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the confidence and trust in the financial services industry has been shaken by ongoing revelations of scandals, which have resulted in tens of thousands of Australians being ripped off, including:

                  ( a )   retirees who have had their retirement savings gutted,

                  ( b )   families who have been rorted out of hundreds of thousands of dollars,

                  ( c )   small business owners who have lost everything, and

                  ( d )   life insurance policy holders who have been denied justice,

                 (ii)   the first 3 months of 2016 alone have seen:

                  ( a )   allegations of serious misconduct in the insurance industry,

                  ( b )   the launch of an investigation into several banks for bank bill swap rate fixing, and

                  ( c )   allegations that major financial institutions have supported systematic tax avoidance as a result of the disclosure of the Panama Papers,

                (iii)   it is clear from the breadth and scope of the allegations that the problems in this industry go beyond any one bank or type of financial institution,

                (iv)   on 6 April 2016, the Prime Minister himself said ‘There have been too many troubling incidents over recent times for them simply to be dismissed’,

                 (v)   Australian Labor Party, the Australian Greens, crossbench, Australian Liberal Party and The Nationals parliamentarians have supported further investigation of these allegations through a Royal Commission, and

                (vi)   Australia has one of the strongest banking systems in the world, but Australians must have confidence in their banks and financial institutions, making it necessary to sweep away doubt and uncover and deal with unethical behaviour that compromises that confidence; and

    (b)   calls on the Prime Minister to request His Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia issue Letters Patent to establish a Royal Commission to inquire into misconduct in the banking and financial services industry. ( general business notice of motion no. 1127 )

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong): To move on the next day of sitting—That, for the first 30 days of the second session of the 44th Parliament, the provisions of standing order 74(5) apply to questions on notice lodged in the first session of this Parliament and which remained unanswered at the prorogation of the Parliament, as if the prorogation did not occur. ( general business notice of motion no. 1128 )

Senators Polley and Lambie: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care, no later than 3.30 pm on Wednesday, 20 April 2016, a copy of the ‘Aged Care Roadmap’ developed by the Aged Care Sector Committee and delivered to the Minister in December 2015. ( general business notice of motion no. 1129 )

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

    (a)   notes that on 8 November 2015, Myanmar held its first openly contested election in 25 years;

    (b)   congratulates the people of Myanmar on the peaceful and efficient conduct of the election, which was a powerful demonstration of the people’s wish to transition to democracy;

     (c)   notes:

                  (i)   the result of the election, which delivered a significant majority to the National League for Democracy (NLD), the political movement led by pro-democracy campaigner Ms Aung San Suu Kyi,

                 (ii)   the election by Myanmar’s Union Parliament on 15 March 2016 of Mr Htin Kyaw as President, and

                (iii)   the election of Mr Henry Van Thio to the office of Second Vice-President, and its particular significance for the Chin and Christian communities of Myanmar, given this is the most senior office to be held by a Chin person since the Union of Burma was formed in 1947; and

    (d)   recognises that the selection of the Myanmar’s president and vice-presidents is an important step in its political transition, whilst noting the need for further reforms to strengthen representative government in that country. ( general business notice of motion no. 1130 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Turnbull Government is yet to commit funding to any major public transport projects in our urban centres,

                 (ii)   the recent audit of East West Link federal funding showed significant flaws in the Liberal Government’s approvals and funding decisions for that proposed project, and that there are strikingly similar features of the funding decisions for WestConnex and Perth Freight Link toll roads,

                (iii)   communities in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne are standing up and saying they do not want more polluting toll roads pushed through their urban neighbourhoods, and

                (iv)   investment in well-designed public transport infrastructure is a more effective, economic, equitable and less polluting means of tackling congestion than new toll road projects; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to withdraw funding for WestConnex and the Perth Freight Link, and prioritise funding for public transport in our major urban centres before polluting toll roads that further embed car-dependence in our cities. ( general business notice of motion no. 1131 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is a Commonwealth statutory authority established in 1993 to centralise the registration of all agricultural and veterinary chemical products into the Australian marketplace, replacing separate state and territory government systems of registration,

                 (ii)   the APVMA’s activities are mostly funded through cost recovery, in accordance with the agreement which established the National Registration Scheme,

                (iii)   most of the APVMA’s operational income is collected from registrants of pesticides and veterinary medicines, who pay application fees to register products, and an annual fee to maintain product registrations, and also pay levies based on the annual wholesale sales value of registered products,

                (iv)   the APVMA uses independent expert scientific advice to inform and guide regulatory decisions,

                 (v)   the APVMA is responsible for protecting people, animals, crops, the environment and trade,

                (vi)   the APVMA currently employs up to 200 people, comprising 90 regulatory scientists, officers who audit and license manufacturing premises, lawyers, compliance staff, a significant information technology section and case managers,

               (vii)   there is a significant training element for staff working at the APVMA,

              (viii)   since 2014, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources has sought to move the APVMA to Armidale without undertaking a cost-benefit analysis, and

                (ix)   in January 2016, the Government committed to undertaking a cost-benefit analysis; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   fulfil its commitment to an independent and transparent cost-benefit analysis, and

                 (ii)   make the final report public before the 2016 election is called. ( general business notice of motion no. 1132 )

Senators Lines and Sterle: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Government to immediately accept the findings and the recommendations from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project Kimberley Roundtable Report , commissioned by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and to immediately, and as a matter of urgency, implement the key recommendations from that report. ( general business notice of motion no. 1133 )

Senator Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—

    (1)   That the estimates hearings by legislation committees for 2016-17 Budget estimates be scheduled as follows:

Thursday, 5 May ( Group A ), and

Friday, 6 May ( Group B );

    (2)   That cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters pursuant to the orders of the Senate of 26 August 2008 and 23 June 2015 not be proceeded with for the 2016-17 Budget estimates only.

    (3)   That the committees consider the proposed expenditure in accordance with the allocation of departments and agencies to committees agreed to by the Senate.

    (4)   The committees meet in the following groups:

             Group A:

Environment and Communications

Finance and Public Administration

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

             Group B:

Community Affairs

Economics

Education and Employment

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

    (5)   The committees report to the Senate by 11 May 2016.

    (6)   That the Senate not meet on Thursday, 5 May 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 1134 )

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

    (a)   the Senate notes:

                  (i)   as the Prime Minister (Mr Turnbull) stated on 15 November 2010, when in Opposition, that it would beggar belief that a government could be so reckless as to allow such a massive investment to proceed without the publication of a business case, without the ongoing scrutiny of a parliamentary committee and, above all, without a rigorous cost-benefit analysis, and that any major infrastructure project must be subject to a rigorous cost-benefit analysis and if it does not pass a rigorous cost-benefit analysis then it necessarily detracts from Australia’s wellbeing,

                 (ii)   the resolution of the Senate of 14 October 2015 proposed by a senator from The Nationals that noted the importance of significant funding proposals being accompanied by detailed business cases and subject to a full assessment process, including by Infrastructure Australia, if $100 million or more of Commonwealth funding is sought, to ensure value for taxpayers’ money,

                (iii)   the announcement on 12 April 2016 by the Prime Minister of an additional $260 million for the Perth Freight Link, bringing the total federal contribution to $1.2 billion for a project with no business case, and

                (iv)   the ongoing deterioration in Western Australia’s budget position, with the recent downgrading of Western Australia’s Triple A credit rating to AA2, the second credit downgrading in 18 months; and

    (b)   there be laid on the table by the Minister for Finance, no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, 20 April 2016, the following:

                  (i)   any correspondence between any minister and/or member of the federal bureaucracy with any minister and/or member of the state bureaucracy on the decision to provide an additional $260 million funding for the Perth Freight Link tunnel and the related public announcement, including any requests or proposals for additional funding from either government, any costings, briefing notes, speaking points, designs, maps, availability and type of tunnelling infrastructure, and related documents,

                 (ii)   any correspondence between the Federal Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann), or any member of the Federal Government, and any member of the Western Australian Government, including the Premier (Mr Barnett), relating to expediting the federal funding of the Perth Freight Link project,

                (iii)   the business case and cost-benefit analysis for the Perth Freight Link Tunnel, and

                (iv)   a list of every National Partnership Agreement for infrastructure projects that have received over $100 million in federal funding from the Abbott-Turnbull Federal Government without a published business case and cost-benefit analysis. ( general business notice of motion no. 1135 )

Senator Smith: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

    (a)   Thursday, 28 April 2016, from 10.30 am;

    (b)   Tuesday, 3 May 2016, from 11.30 am; and

     (c)   Thursday, 5 May 2016, from 10.30 am. ( general business notice of motion no. 1136 )

Senator Rhiannon: To move on 20 April 2016—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   electricity network operators in New South Wales are in the process of shedding thousands of jobs,

                 (ii)   in the past 12 months, Ausgrid has shed 879 jobs, Endeavour Energy 155 jobs and Essential Energy 350 regional jobs through voluntary redundancy, and further job cuts are being pursued,

                (iii)   on 7 March 2016, Essential Energy filed an application with the Fair Work Commission to terminate the Essential Energy Enterprise Agreement 2013 which, if successful, will allow the company to significantly reduce workers’ pay and conditions and deliver widespread forced redundancies,

                (iv)   a decision by the Fair Work Commission called Aurizon Operations Limited and others [2015] FWCFB 540 (22 April 2015) set a dangerous precedent for the termination of agreements without the consent of employees or their unions, and

                 (v)   further job losses in New South Wales electricity distribution businesses will cause significant economic and social harm and negatively impact on the safety and security of the electricity network; and

    (b)   calls on the Federal Government to amend section 225 of the Fair Work Act 2009 to:

                  (i)   prevent an employer from applying to the Fair Work Commission to have an enterprise agreement that has passed its nominal expiry date terminated, and

                 (ii)   require employers and workers to undertake negotiation and conciliation and, where necessary, arbitration in the Fair Work Commission to determine a new and fair enterprise agreement. ( general business notice of motion no. 1137 )

Senator Lambie, the Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus) and Senators Xenophon and Madigan: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Government to:

    (a)   merge the anti-dumping and safeguards functions into one agency, for example, the Anti-Dumping and Safeguards Commission, as occurs in the United States of America (US) and other jurisdictions;

    (b)   enable anti-dumping applications to be made by industry bodies and trade unions by amending the interested parties definition;

     (c)   enable and resource the Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) to:

                  (i)   conduct faster and more comprehensive investigations, particularly around circumvention countervailing activity,

                 (ii)   share data with overseas jurisdictions that have conducted their own investigations and imposed significantly higher duties, and

                (iii)   regularly ‘benchmark’ remedies on like products with other jurisdictions around the world, and in particular the US, Asia and the European Union;

    (d)   commit additional resources to the ADC to enable independent verification in investigations of importer data and documentation in all applications to ensure the integrity of these processes;

     (e)   mandate through legislation the use of Australian-made steel in all public procurement, and ensure that all federal grants to the states for infrastructure projects do the same;

     (f)   apply and enforce enhanced and agreed Australian Steel Standards and Specifications which should be enforced in all federal publicly-funded projects and grants to states for this purpose and apply at every subcontracted level of activity;

     (g)   ensure all defence and security-sensitive procurement of steel to be Australian-made where those products are locally-produced and can, in a reasonable timeframe, be made in Australia; and

    (h)   develop and implement, in consultation with industry, union and community stakeholders, an Australian steel industry sustainability plan to incorporate a holistic suite of reforms and measures, such as the ones listed above, to ensure the survival of this industry. ( general business notice of motion no. 1138 )

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

    (1)   That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 4 May 2016:

             The outcomes of the 42nd meeting of the Council of Australian Governments held on 1 April 2016, with particular reference to:

                 (a)   schools funding;

                 (b)   hospitals funding; and

                 (c)   taxation.

    (2)   That the Senate directs the responsible ministers to ensure that relevant officials of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Treasury appear before the committee to answer questions.

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

    (1)   That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 4 May 2016:

             Commonwealth legislative provisions relating to oversight of associated entities of political parties, with particular reference to the adequacy of:

                 (a)   the funding and disclosure regime relating to annual returns;

                 (b)   the powers of the Australian Electoral Commission with respect to supervision of the conduct of, and reporting by, associated entities of political parties; and

                 (c)   any related matters.

    (2)   That the Senate directs Senator Sinodinos to appear before the committee to answer questions.

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

    (a)   so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent this resolution having effect;

    (b)   the Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 be restored to the Notice Paper and consideration resume at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament; and

     (c)   further consideration of the bill be made an order of the day for the next day of sitting, and the bill have precedence over all other Government business on 2 May 2016 and following sitting days until it is finally determined. ( general business notice of motion no. 1139 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Minister for Defence has declined to provide documents commissioned from Macroeconomics.com.au Pty Ltd relating to the potential impact on the Australian economy in accordance with the 17 November 2014 order for the production of documents,

                 (ii)   on 23 February 2016 the Minister advanced a public interest immunity claim that the Department of Defence commissioned the documents to inform the Cabinet’s consideration of the build of the future submarine,

                (iii)   in 1975 the Senate by resolution laid out its position with respect to public interest immunity claims indicating that, while the Senate may permit claims of public interest immunity to be advanced, it reserves the right to determine whether any particular claim will be accepted,

                (iv)   on 3 March 2016 a further order for the production of documents was made by the Senate requiring the Minister for Defence to provide the basis for the public interest immunity claim made in the Senate on 23 February 2016, and

                 (v)   on 16 March 2016 the Minister failed to comply with the order for the production of documents of 3 March 2016 indicating that the Government would not disclose legal advice; and

    (b)   does not accept the public interest immunity claim made by the Minister for Defence in relation to the order for the production of documents of 17 November 2014, and that there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, by the next day of sitting, the documents commissioned from Macroeconomics.com.au Pty Ltd, including economic modelling and other examination of the potential economic impact of the SEA1000 submarine project on the Australian economy, among other subjects. ( general business notice of motion no. 1140 )

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

    (a)   pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a) the Interactive Gambling Amendment (Sports Betting Reform) Bill 2015 be restored to the Notice Paper and consideration resume at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament; and

    (b)   in accordance with standing order 115(3), further consideration of the bill be made an order of the day for Thursday, 12 May 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 1141 )

Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That, pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a), the following bills be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration of each of the bills be resumed at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament:

Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2013

Poker Machine Harm Reduction ($1 Bets and Other Measures) Bill 2012 [2013]

Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013

Anti-Money Laundering Amendment (Gaming Machine Venues) Bill 2012 [2013]

Interactive Gambling and Broadcasting Amendment (Online Transactions and Other Measures) Bill 2011 [2013]

Public Service Amendment (Payments in Special Circumstances) Bill 2011 [2013]

Foreign Acquisitions Amendment (Agricultural Land) Bill 2010 [2013]

Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2013

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2014

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Local Content) Bill 2014

Australian Government Boards (Gender Balanced Representation) Bill 2015

Parliamentary Expenses Amendment (Transparency and Accountability) Bill 2015. ( general business notice of motion no. 1142 )

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

    (a)   notes with concern that one of Australia’s major steel manufacturers, Arrium OneSteel, has recently been placed into administration, highlighting the risk to Whyalla’s economy and our national steelmaking capabilities;

    (b)   recognises the multiple pressures currently being experienced by the Australian steel industry, including the impact of a global oversupply of steel;

     (c)   further notes the worrying evidence presented to the Senate inquiry into Australia’s steel industry on the widespread importation and use of structural steel that does not meet Australian standards and presents a threat to public safety;

    (d)   notes the plan announced by the Australian Labor Party to support Australia’s strategically-significant metals manufacturing industries, particularly the steel industry, by:

                  (i)   ensuring Australian standards are upheld in Federal Government-funded projects, and supporting local steel producers meet certification standards,

                 (ii)   seeking to maximise the use of locally-produced steel in Federal Government-funded projects, and put in place regular reporting of usage levels,

                (iii)   halving the thresholds for projects required to have an Australian Industry Participation Plan from $500 million down to $250 million for private projects, and from $20 million to $10 million for public projects,

                (iv)   doubling funding for the Australian Industry Participation (AIP) Authority and appointing an AIP Board,

                 (v)   ensuring Australia’s anti-dumping system has the right powers and penalties in place,

                (vi)   creating a national Steel Supplier Advocate, and

               (vii)   establishing a tripartite Metals Manufacturing Investment Council to work closely with the Federal Government to deliver these measures;

     (e)   condemns the Turnbull Government’s failure to take a comprehensive approach to securing the future of Australia’s steel industry; and

     (f)   calls on the Government to take serious action to support Australia’s strategically-significant manufacturing industries, particularly the steel industry. ( general business notice of motion no. 1143 )

The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield) and Senators Moore and Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   World Down Syndrome Day was celebrated internationally on 21 March 2016, and the theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘My Friends, My Community’, and

                 (ii)   people with Down syndrome must be able to enjoy full and equal rights to include the opportunity to participate fully in their communities;

    (b)   recognises that, sadly, the reality remains for many that prevailing negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion; and

     (c)   joins with Down Syndrome Australia, Down Syndrome International and the Australian Down syndrome community in:

                  (i)   supporting the ‘My Friends, My Community’ conversation, and notes that when children with Down syndrome are given opportunities to participate, all children benefit from this shared environment of friendship, acceptance and respect for everyone, and high expectations are created, and

                 (ii)   acknowledging these environments prepare all today’s children for life as tomorrow’s adults, enabling adults with Down syndrome to live, work, and participate, with confidence and individual autonomy, fully included in society alongside their friends and peers. ( general business notice of motion no. 1144 )

Senators Simms and Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   acknowledges that:

                  (i)   the Australian steelworks manufacturing industry has been an important part of the Australian economy for almost 100 years, and

                 (ii)   this is a difficult time for South Australian employees at Arrium OneSteel and the Whyalla community, with Arrium recently going into administration; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   provide urgent mental health support to the Whyalla community as part of any plan to assist in securing the future of the steel industry in South Australia,

                 (ii)   invest in the development of greenhouse gas reducing steel-making technologies,

                (iii)   adopt a mandatory use of Australian Standards to assess the quality compliance of all steel-related building products used in Australia,

                (iv)   develop a legislated national procurement policy that ensures all government infrastructure and construction projects use at least 90 per cent locally-produced steel,

                 (v)   as a condition of such a procurement policy, require that Australian steel producers adopt renewable sources of energy for the steel production process,

                (vi)   recognise that the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other free trade deals prevent federal and state governments from adopting such procurement policies should they be signed, and

               (vii)   reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership to protect South Australian jobs. ( general business notice of motion no. 1145 )

Senator Hanson-Young:To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, no later than 9.30 am on Thursday, 21 April 2016:

    (a)   any, and all, documents in the Australian Government’s possession, including, and in relation to:

                  (i)   any contracts between Broadspectrum (formerly known as Transfield Services) and its subcontractor Wilson Security in relation to operations on Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea,

                 (ii)   any sub-contracts engaged in by Wilson Security and other entities in relation to operations on Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, and

                (iii)   any contracts between the Australian Government and Wilson Security in relation to the Government and its agencies;

    (b)   any, and all, documents in the Australian Government’s possession pertaining to the procurement and due diligence process undertaken prior to the awarding of any contracts between:

                  (i)   the Australian Government and Broadspectrum, and its subcontractor Wilson Security, in relation to operations on Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, including Wilson Security’s directorship and or the Kwok family, and

                 (ii)   the Australian Government and Wilson Security in relation to the Government and its agencies, including Wilson Security’s directorship and or the Kwok family; and

     (c)   any, and all, documents in relation to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s internal investigation, and or review, into Wilson Security’s role in relation on Nauru and Manus Island as reported in the Australian on 7 April 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 1146 )

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

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   the unprecedented coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef which the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority describes as the worst ever mass bleaching event,

                 (ii)   the devastating bushfires affecting areas of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area which have not been burned in centuries and which may never recover,

                (iii)   the fact that 2014 and 2015 were both the hottest year on record, and that the United Kingdom Meteorological Office predicts that 2016 will also be the hottest year on record,

                (iv)   that ordinary Australians are leading the way in calling for action on global warming, in particular, the students at the University of Queensland who have occupied the Chancellery Building calling on the University to divest from fossil fuels, and

                 (v)   that fossil fuel companies have made $3.7 million in political donations to the Coalition and the Australian Labor Party since the 2013 election; and

    (b)   calls on all political parties to:

                  (i)   support a legislative ban on fossil fuel donations, and

                 (ii)   refuse to accept any more fossil fuel donations. ( general business notice of motion no. 1147 )

Senator Whish-Wilson:To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   the recommendations of the 2014 Economics References Committee inquiry into the performance of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission,

                 (ii)   the misconduct that has been uncovered in the financial planning arms of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, ANZ Bank and Macquarie Bank,

                (iii)   that IOOF are being investigated for insider trading and front-running,

                (iv)   that the insurance arm of the Commonwealth Bank is alleged to have unfairly and fraudulently denied life insurance claims,

                 (v)   that court proceedings have been initiated against ANZ Bank and Westpac for manipulation of the bank-bill swap rate, and

                (vi)   the lending practices of ANZ Bank and Bendigo Bank that contributed to the collapse of forestry managed investment schemes;

    (b)   calls on the Government to establish a Royal Commission into misconduct in the banking financial services sector; and

     (c)   notes that the Australian Greens moved a motion for the Senate to support a Royal Commission on 24 June 2015. ( general business notice of motion no. 1148 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   there is strong evidence that Leighton Holdings paid millions of dollars to Unaoil in 2010 and 2011, and was involved in serious corruption in Iraq,

                 (ii)   since 2010, Leighton Holdings has donated at least $143 000 to the federal Liberal Party of Australia and the Australian Labor Party,

                (iii)   in 2014-15 the property industry donated $1.8 million to the Liberal Party of Australia and $591 167 to the Australian Labor Party,

                (iv)   in 2014-15, Westpac, ANZ, NAB, the Commonwealth Bank and the Macquarie Group donated $1 057 361 to the major parties, and

                 (v)   the High Court of Australia in a 2015 case on developer donations noted that private patronage of candidates and members of Parliament may, over time, become so necessary as to sap the vitality, as well as the integrity, of the political branches of government; and

    (b)   calls on the Liberal Party of Australia and the Australian Labor Party to donate the equivalent amount of money received from:

                  (i)   Leighton Holdings since 2010 to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Iraq Emergency Appeal, and

                 (ii)   the above five banks to organisations that assist people with financial distress. ( general business notice of motion no. 1149 )

Senator Lambie: To move on the next day of sitting—That, pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a), the Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment (Expanded Gold Card Access) Bill 2015 be restored to the Notice Paper and consideration of the bill resume at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament. ( general business notice of motion no. 1150 )

Contingent notices of motion :

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move (contingent on any senator being refused leave to move an amendment to a motion discovered during formal business)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent that senator moving the amendment to the motion.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong), the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale) and Senators Lambie, Leyonhjelm, Muir, Wang and Xenophon each gave contingent notices of motion as follows—

No. 1—To move (contingent on the President presenting a report of the Auditor-General on any day or notifying the Senate that such a report had been presented under standing order 166)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion to take note of the report and any senator speaking to it for not more than 10 minutes, with the total time for the debate not to exceed 60 minutes.

No. 2— To move (contingent on the Senate on any day concluding its consideration of any item of business and prior to the Senate proceeding to the consideration of another item of business)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate or to provide for the consideration of any matter.

No. 3—To move (contingent on the Senate proceeding to the consideration of documents)—That so much of the standing orders relating to the consideration of documents be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion relating to the order in which the documents are called on by the President.

No. 4—To move (contingent on a minister moving a motion that a bill be considered an urgent bill)—That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would prevent debate taking place on the motion.

No. 5—To move (contingent on a minister moving a motion to specify time to be allotted to the consideration of a bill, or any stage of a bill)—That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would prevent the motion being debated without limitation of time and each senator speaking for the time allotted by standing orders.

No. 6—To move (contingent on the chair declaring that the time allotted for the consideration of a bill, or any stage of a bill, has expired)—That so much of standing order 142 be suspended as would prevent further consideration of the bill, or the stage of the bill, without limitation of time or for a specified period.

No. 7—To move (contingent on the moving of a motion to debate a matter of urgency under standing order 75)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent a senator moving an amendment to the motion.

No. 8—To move (contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on any day)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion relating to the order of business on the Notice Paper .

No. 9—To move (contingent on a minister at question time on any day asking that further questions be placed on notice)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion that, at question time on any day, questions may be put to ministers until 28 questions, including supplementary questions, have been asked and answered.

No. 10—To move (contingent on any senator being refused leave to make a statement to the Senate)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent that senator making that statement.

No. 11—To move (contingent on any senator being refused leave to table a document in the Senate)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving that the document be tabled.

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Brandis) gave contingent notices of motion as follows—

No. 1—To move (contingent on the Senate on any day concluding its consideration of any item of business and prior to the Senate proceeding to the consideration of another item of business)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent a minister moving a motion to provide for the consideration of any matter.

No. 2—To move (contingent on the moving of a motion to debate a matter of urgency under standing order 75)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent a minister moving an amendment to the motion.