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9    Notices

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, from 10.30 am, as follows:

    (a)   Thursday, 12 May 2016, followed by a public meeting from 11 am;

    (b)   Thursday, 23 June 2016, followed by a public meeting from 11 am; and

     (c)   Thursday, 30 June 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 1073 )

The Minister for Communications ( Senator Fifield ): To move on the next day of sitting—That—

    (1)   The Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 have precedence over all government business until determined.

    (2)   On Tuesday, 15 March 2016:

                 (a)   the hours of meeting shall be 12.30 pm to 7 pm and 7.30 pm to adjournment;

                 (b)   the routine of business from 7.30 pm shall be government business only; and

                 (c)   the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 10.30 pm.

    (3)   On Wednesday, 16 March 2016:

                 (a)   the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 7 pm and 7.30 pm to 11.10 pm;

                 (b)   the routine of business from 7.30 pm shall be government business only; and

                 (c)   the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 10.30 pm.

    (4)   If by adjournment of the Senate on Wednesday, 16 March 2016, the following bills have not been finally considered:

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2015-2016 and Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2015-2016

Biological Control Amendment Bill 2016

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016

Dairy Produce Amendment (Dairy Service Levy Poll) Bill 2016

Law and Justice Amendment (Northern Territory Local Court) Bill 2016

Migration Legislation Amendment (Cessation of Visa Labels) Bill 2015

Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 and Passenger Movement Charge Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2016

Trade Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016,

                 (a)   on Thursday, 17 March 2016:

                    (i)   the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to adjournment,

                   (ii)   consideration of general business and consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports under standing order 62(1) and (2) shall not be proceeded with,

                  (iii)   the routine of business from not later than 4.30 pm shall be government business only, and

                 (iv)   divisions may take place after 4.30 pm; and

                 (b)   the Senate shall adjourn after it has finally considered the bills listed above in paragraph (4) only, or a motion for the adjournment is moved by a minister, whichever is the earlier.

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

    (a)   notes that World Kidney Day, held on 10 March 2016, is an opportunity to raise awareness of kidney disease;

    (b)   acknowledges that:

                  (i)   severe kidney disease is more common among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples than non-Indigenous Australians, and

                 (ii)   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are more likely to die from kidney disease;

     (c)   recognises:

                  (i)   the importance of prevention and dialysis services for remote communities,

                 (ii)   that governments have provided funding for kidney health services in remote communities, particularly most recently in central Australia, and

                (iii)   the on-going need for further prevention and dialysis services in Australia, including northern Australia; and

    (d)   calls on the Government to continue to invest in kidney health in Australia. ( general business notice of motion no. 1074 )

Notice of motion withdrawn: Senator McEwen, at the request of Senator Conroy, withdrew general business notice of motion no. 1065 standing in the name of Senator Conroy for today, relating to the 2015-16 additional estimates hearings of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee.