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14    Notices

Senators Canavan and Macdonald: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   that the Queensland Government has issued an environmental authority for the construction of the Carmichael mine,

                 (ii)   that the Queensland Government has acknowledged that, following 5 years of approval processes, there is no legal impediment stopping it from issuing a mining lease for the Carmichael mine,

                (iii)   that Townsville’s Labor Mayor, Ms Jenny Hill, the Queensland Resources Council and elders of the Wangan and Jagalingou people have all supported the benefits this mine will bring to Central Queensland, and

                (iv)   the statement of the Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Lynham, that ‘Everyone deserves their day in court, but not their four years in court’; and

    (b)   calls on the Queensland Government to get on with the job of issuing this mining lease, providing a much needed economic boost to the people of Central Queensland. ( general business notice of motion no. 1016 )

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Turnbull Government to grant amnesty to the 267 men, women and children in Australia as part of the M68 High Court challenge, and allow them to stay. ( general business notice of motion no. 1017 )

Senator Siewert: To move on 22 February 2016—That the Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area — Ceduna and Surrounding Region) Determination 2015, made under the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 , be disallowed [F2015L01836].

Senators Lazarus, Moore and Waters: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate acknowledges, congratulates and thanks all 99 Queensland 2016 Australia Day Award recipients for their outstanding service and contribution to Queensland and more broadly Australia:

    (a)   Young Australian of the Year - Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett;

    (b)   Medal of the Order of Australia - Douglas Ambrose, Raymond Ashford, Maxwell Barton, Andrew Bell, Frank Benjamin, Colin Bevan, Darrel Bourke, Thomas Braes, Mark Brimble, Raymond Chapman, John Cole, John Coventry, Graeme Curnow, Noel Dowse, Stephen Eaton, Kenneth Edwards, Stathis Efstathis, Craig Egan, Edith Fairlie, Allan Fazldeen, Lynne Foley, Beverley Fraser, Alistair Gow, Anthony Harrington, Paul Holley, Beryl Holmes, Alma Ing, Fred Johnson, Donald Jones, Noel Kendall, John Lough, John Maccarone, Robert McDonald, Steven Moon, Paul Parkinson, Ross Patching, Thakorbhai Babubhai Patel, Mervyn Reid, Joycelyn Rieck, Phyllis Robilotta-Glenister, Clifford Robinson, Allan Sauer, Linda Sivyer, George Skeene, Jean Sorley, Wallace Taylor, Michael Tierney, Keith Tronct, Donald Waters, Edward Weaver and Michael White;

     (c)   Conspicuous Service Medal - Andrew Baker, David Bromwich, Stephen Brooks, Gregory Clive, Brad Graham and Claire Pearson;

    (d)   Conspicuous Service Cross - Robert Brennan, Gavin Keating, Natasia Pulford and Martin White;

     (e)   Emergency Service Medal - Andrew Bickerton and George Hill;

     (f)   Ambulance Service Medal - Michael Day, Mark McDonald and Jan Tooth;

     (g)   Member of the Order of Australia - Ralph Devlin, Carol Dickenson, Nigel Du Pre Chamier, Ross Dunn, Vlasis Pitsonis Efstathis, Ronald Fritschy, Michael Gardner, Ashley Gunder, Karen Healy, Ralph Hultgren, Paula Penfold, Frederick Pitt, Napau Stephen, Kym Stuart, Neil Summerson and Michael Veivers;

    (h)   Public Service Medal - Nicola Doumany, Helen Gluer, Bradford John, Bridget Mather, Glen Potter and Katherine Schaefer;

      (i)   Commendation for Distinguished Service - Danielle Huggins;

     (j)   Officer of the Order of Australia - Gwendolen Jull, Tracey Moffatt, Peter Sly and Susan Spence;

    (k)   Companion of the Order of Australia - Rodney Laver;

      (l)   Distinguished Service Cross (Australian) - Steven Roberton; and

   (m)   Australian Fire Service Medal - Fabian Stangherlin and Bruce Trickey. ( general business notice of motion no. 1018 )

Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 May 2016:

The causes and consequences of the collapse of listed retailers in Australia, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the conduct of private equity firms prior to, during and after corporate takeovers;

    (b)   the role of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in overseeing corporate takeovers;

     (c)   the effect of the appointment of external administrators on secured and unsecured creditors, including employees and consumers of retail businesses;

    (d)   the effect of external administration on gift card holders and those who have made deposits on goods not delivered;

     (e)   the desirability of the following proposals in the event that gift card holders are unable to redeem their gift cards following the appointment of external administrators:

                  (i)   placing an obligation on external administrators to honour gift cards,

                 (ii)   a requirement that funds used to purchase gift cards be kept in a separate trust account by businesses, and

                (iii)   directors to be personally liable for the value of gift cards purchased; and

     (f)   any related matters.

Senator Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate opposes the plan by the Turnbull Government to increase the goods and services tax rate to 15 per cent and broaden its base to include fresh food, education and health. ( general business notice of motion no. 1019 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Federal Government has approved coal seam gas mining in the Pilliga Forest near Narrabri in New South Wales, with Santos planning to develop an 850-well field,

                 (ii)   the Pilliga Push is an ongoing civil disobedience campaign against this mining led by the Gamilaraay and Gomeroi peoples, the Knitting Nannas and other grassroots action groups in New South Wales, and

                (iii)   the Narrabri coal seam gas project presents an unacceptable risk to the region’s groundwater and the Great Artesian Basin; and

    (b)   calls on the Federal Government to:

                  (i)   condemn the New South Wales Police Force’s use of pepper spray against the protesters, and

                 (ii)   withdraw its approval of the Narrabri coal seam gas project. ( general business notice of motion no. 1020 )

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

    (1)   That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on School Funding Investment, be established to inquire into and report by 30 August 2016 on the effect of reduced Commonwealth funding for state and territory provided schools, with particular reference to:

                 (a)   the impact of the cuts announced in the 2014-15 Budget and confirmed in the 2015-16 Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook;

                 (b)   the impact on schools and students in regional, rural and remote areas;

                 (c)   the impact on students acquiring the job skills of the future, including science, technology, engineering, arts and maths; and

                 (d)   any related matter.

    (2)   That the committee consist of 6 senators, 2 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 2 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, 1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens, and 1 nominated by other parties and independent senators.

    (3)   That:

                 (a)   participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator; and

                 (b)   participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee.

    (4)   That 3 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

    (5)   That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

    (6)   That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition, and a deputy chair.

    (7)   That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

    (8)   That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

    (9)   That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

  (10)   That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

  (11)   That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

  (12)   That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public. ( general business notice of motion no. 1021 )

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

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   that the proposed sale of Australasia’s largest and most productive dairy farm holding, Van Diemen’s Land Company, to Moon Lake Investments, is currently before the Foreign Investment Review Board,

                 (ii)   the critical importance of Van Diemen’s Land Company to Australia for food security and our international reputation as a high quality dairy product producer,

                (iii)   the significant environmental importance of the Van Diemen’s Land property with its remnant vegetation, refuge to the last disease-free population of Tasmanian devil in the area and habitat to rare, threatened and endangered native fauna and flora species, and

                (iv)   the opportunity for this iconic and strategically-important agricultural and natural asset to be brought into Australian ownership for the first time; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to consider:

                  (i)   the potential economic, social and environmental benefits that may flow from a viable alternative Australian-based bid for Van Diemen’s Land Company when considering the Moon Lake Investments proposal, and

                 (ii)   the following as part of a national interest test when examining the proposed sale of Van Diemen’s Land Company to Moon Lake Investments:

                  ( a )   the potential for transfer pricing, including any potential loss of revenue to the Commonwealth,

                  ( b )   commitments to the local workforce in terms of the business plan being proposed, and

                  ( c )   any expansion plans of the overseas bid compared to the local bid. ( general business notice of motion no. 1022 )

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

    (a)   acknowledges the impact of recent fires on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA);

    (b)   notes that:

                  (i)   over 12 000 hectares inside the TWWHA has already been burned, and that many fires are still burning inside the TWWHA,

                 (ii)   the time which elapsed between the fires starting on 13 January 2016 and the activation by the Minister for Justice (Mr Keenan) of Emergency Management Australia provisions was at least 12 days, and possibly as long as 2 weeks,

                (iii)   the Commonwealth Government is a signatory to the World Heritage Convention, which binds it to responsibly manage the TWWHA, and

                (iv)   scientists are predicting that it is likely that the TWWHA will experience hotter, drier conditions, and more dry lightning, in the future due to the impacts of global warming; and

     (c)   calls on the Australian Government to work with the Tasmanian Government to establish and adequately resource an independent inquiry to examine the response to the current fires in the TWWHA, and the planning for, management of, and response to future fire events in the TWWHA, to seek submissions and hold public hearings, and to examine, report and make recommendations on relevant matters, including:

                  (i)   the impact of global warming on fire frequency and magnitude,

                 (ii)   the availability and provision of financial, human and mechanical resources,

                (iii)   the adequacy of fire assessment and modelling capacity, and

                (iv)   any other related matters deemed necessary by the inquiry. ( general business notice of motion no. 1023 )

Intention to withdraw : The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Williams), pursuant to standing order 78, gave notice of his intention, at the giving of notices on the next day of sitting, to withdraw business of the Senate notice of motion no. 5 standing in his name for 13 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].