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7       Notices

Senator Xenophon: 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 (Above the Line Voting) Bill 2016 . ( general business notice of motion no. 1024 )

Senator Back: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on Migration be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate, from 9.45 am, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the Seasonal Worker Programme, as follows:

    (a)   Wednesday, 24 February 2016; and

    (b)   Wednesday, 2 March 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 1025 )

Senator Conroy: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, no later than 3.30 pm on Thursday, 25 February 2016, the following documents in respect of the ‘communications campaign’ funded from within the Infrastructure Investment program, as referred to in the 2015-16 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook released in December 2015:

    (a)   all correspondence, including emails, between officials of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and any of the following ministers, including any staff in their offices:

                  (i)   the Prime Minister, including the former Prime Minister,

                 (ii)   the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development,

                (iii)   the Treasurer, including the former Treasurer,

                (iv)   the Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects, including the former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development,

                 (v)   the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister,

                (vi)   the Acting Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, including the former Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, and

               (vii)   the Special Minister of State, including the former Special Minister of State;

    (b)   all correspondence, including emails, between officials of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and external parties, including but not limited to Mitchell & Partners Australia Pty Ltd and the Wallis Consulting Group; and

     (c)   all notes or other documents held by officials of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development which refer to the ‘communications campaign’. ( general business notice of motion no. 1026 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Australian Government has initiated a voluntary site selection process for a national radioactive waste facility,

                 (ii)   consecutive ministers have confirmed that such a facility would not proceed against the wishes of host communities,

                (iii)   six sites have been selected for further assessment for shortlisting, including Hill End in New South Wales, Oman Ama in Queensland, Hale in the Northern Territory, Cortlinye, Pinkawillinie and Barndioota in South Australia, and

                (iv)   strong local opposition clearly exists at all six sites currently under consideration; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   acknowledge the opposition and lack of community support at all six sites,

                 (ii)   respect previous commitments on non-imposition and the importance of community consent, and remove all six sites from further consideration,

                (iii)   initiate a genuinely independent inquiry to investigate long-term stewardship options for spent fuel, reprocessing waste, and other categories of radioactive waste, including drawing on international examples and experience,

                (iv)   investigate options for active waste minimisation, including increased use of non-reactor based methods for radioisotope production, and

                 (v)   clearly reaffirm policy and legislative prohibitions on the importation and disposal of international radioactive waste. ( general business notice of motion no. 1027 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   Aboriginal children make up less than 5 per cent of the general population, but 35 per cent of children in out-of-home care nationally, and more than 50 per cent in Western Australia, and

                 (ii)   children in out-of-home care experience poor outcomes on a range of indicators; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to address the unacceptably high rates of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care. ( general business notice of motion no. 1028 )

Notice of motion withdrawn : The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Williams), pursuant to notice of intention given on 3 February 2016, withdrew business of the Senate notice of motion no. 5 standing in his name for 12 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the Removal of Prisoners (Territories) Regulation 2015, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2015 No. 165 and made under the Removal of Prisoners (Territories) Act 1923 [F2015L01524].