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8       Notices

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

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   the launch of the Carers Australia report Defusing a Ticking Time Bomb on improving the quality and delivery of home care in Australia,

                 (ii)   that carers provide over $40 billion in care each year, a cost that would otherwise be passed onto health, community and government services,

                (iii)   that Australia’s care system is coming under increasing pressure, and

                (iv)   the health and wellbeing of a large proportion of the Australian community is dependent on the extent to which quality care can be administered in the home;

    (b)   acknowledges the critical role carers play in providing care in our community; and

     (c)   urges the Federal Government to review the report and develop a strategy to ensure better support for our carers. ( general business notice of motion no. 178 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne) and Senator Singh: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes the ongoing violent conflict in South Sudan;

    (b)   supports Australia’s commitment of additional resources to the United Nations (UN) Mission in South Sudan and to UN efforts to bring peace and stability to South Sudan;

     (c)   supports an appropriate contribution by the Australian Government to promoting constructive dialogue between the various groups in the conflict; and

    (d)   calls on:

                  (i)   all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to:

                  ( a )   immediately end armed conflict,

                  ( b )   respect the mandate and neutrality of the UN mission, and

                  ( c )   take measures to ensure the safety of all UN personnel, and

                 (ii)   the Australian Government to:

                  ( a )   provide immediate humanitarian assistance to those at most serious risk, seeking the advice of the Australian South Sudanese communities about how best to target assistance, and

                  ( b )   support and resource projects in Australia that address divisions in the Australian South Sudanese communities and promote harmony and unity. ( general business notice of motion no. 179 )

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

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   that a number of serious safety breaches have occurred on Sydney commercial construction sites over the past 18 months, including the Barangaroo fire, the tower crane fire at the UTS building and the collapse of scaffolding at Mascot,

                 (ii)   that the increasing numbers of contractors and sub-contractors employed on large construction projects has been linked to insufficient control over safety practices,

                (iii)   that WorkCover NSW has significantly scaled back its enforcement actions to protect working people’s safety in both the construction sector and more generally across New South Wales, and

                (iv)   the historic role construction unions played in winning support for occupational health and safety legislation and their ongoing role in promoting workplace safety;

    (b)   supports the call of Unions NSW and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union for an urgent safety audit of major construction sites across Sydney; and

     (c)   urges the New South Wales Minister for Finance and Services, Mr Andrew Constance, to initiate this audit and allocate extra resources as required for the quick completion of this task. ( general business notice of motion no. 180 )

Senator Ludwig: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , and for related purposes. Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2014 . ( general business notice of motion no. 181 )

The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield): To move on the next day of sitting—That on Thursday, 20 March 2014—

    (a)   if by 8 pm the following bills have not been finally considered:

Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

True-up Shortfall Levy (General) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

True-up Shortfall Levy (Excise) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013

Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates and Other Amendments) Bill 2013

Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013,



             the Senate shall not adjourn, the routine of business from not later than 8 pm shall be government business only, and the Senate shall continue to sit until it has finally considered these bills, or a motion for the adjournment is moved by a minister, whichever is the earlier; and

    (b)   divisions may take place after 4.30 pm.

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

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   recent revelations of threats to water from the unconventional gas industry, including water contamination with uranium at 20 times the safe level, at coal seam gas company Santos’ Pilliga operations,

                 (ii)   recent reports of contamination of groundwater by asbestos contained in drilling fluids at Origin’s coal seam gas operations in Queensland, and

                (iii)   the important role of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development in advising on project impacts and conducting bioregional groundwater assessments; and

    (b)   calls on the Federal Government to:

                  (i)   not issue any further approvals for unconventional gas mining under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act),

                 (ii)   suspend all existing unconventional gas approvals,

                (iii)   maintain the funding for the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development,

                (iv)   expand the federal protection for water under the EPBC Act to include shale gas and tight gas mining, and

                 (v)   retain federal powers to protect water from coal seam gas, rather than seeking to delegate these to state governments. ( general business notice of motion no. 182 )