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15    Notices

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

               (a)       that 24 November 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of the death of good government in Australia;

               (b)       that the standards of government and political debate have declined since the days of Menzies, Hawke, Keating and Howard; and

                (c)       the urgent need for senators, members and the Government to return to a focus on the principles exemplified by governments before 24 November 2007, specifically:

                                     (i)       stable government,

                                    (ii)       ministerial standards, and

                                  (iii)       fiscal responsibility. ( general business notice of motion no. 576 )

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

               (a)       notes that the Trump Administration in the United States of America has declared 7 November to be the National Day for Victims of Communism;

               (b)       further notes the Senate motion passed on 18 October 2017 rejecting any assertion that the teachings of Lenin or Marx should be celebrated in a liberal democracy;

                (c)       recalls the number of refugees who came to Australia fleeing communist regimes; and

               (d)       calls on the Government to organise a similar annual commemoration remembering the victims of communism from 7 November 2018 onwards. ( general business notice of motion no. 577 )

Senator Bernardi: To move on 27 November 2017—That the Direction — operation of certain unmanned aircraft, made under the Civil Aviation Act 1988 , be disallowed [F2017L01370].

Senators Fierravanti-Wells, Moore and Rice: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       on 19 November 2017, the world will observe World Toilet Day, an opportunity to reflect on the importance of safe sanitation for everyone,

                                    (ii)       in Australia, access to safe and hygienic toilets that discreetly manage human waste is a given, yet 2.3 billion people around the world lack access to even basic sanitation services,

                                  (iii)       providing universal access to safe sanitation is an ongoing challenge, with nearly 900 million of the world’s poorest people still practising open defecation,

                                  (iv)       poor sanitation undermines advances in education and healthcare and diminishes the dignity of those already disadvantaged and vulnerable,

                                   (v)       poor sanitation is a particular problem for women and girls - the Australian Government commissioned research in the Pacific which confirmed that lack of access to safe and functional toilets, as well as other aspects of menstrual hygiene, including washing facilities and products, such as pads, contribute to absenteeism at school and at work,

                                  (vi)       findings also show that women and girls can be subject to social stigma during menstruation, which leads to further shame and isolation,

                                (vii)       the theme of this year’s World Toilet Day is wastewater - driven by population growth, urbanisation and a changing climate, water scarcity is rapidly emerging as a global issue, and wastewater is increasingly seen as a valuable resource rather than a waste product,

                               (viii)       wastewater poses many challenges - all over the world communities are grappling with the day-to-day dangers of polluted water, degraded environments and communities living alongside untreated or poorly treated sewage,

                                  (ix)       Australians play an important role in addressing the global sanitation problem - the Australian Government’s Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund is projected to provide improved sanitation to over 2.8 million people in 19 countries over the years 2013 to 2018, 60% more than originally estimated,

                                   (x)       Australians will continue to support global action to address sanitation - the new Water for Women Fund will deliver community water and sanitation projects in poor countries, with a focus on projects that directly benefit women and girls, and

                                  (xi)       the Prime Minister is a member of the High Level Panel on Water with ten other world leaders, which has a core focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6), ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all; and

               (b)       recognises:

                                     (i)       universal access to safe sanitation is critical to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 by 2030,

                                    (ii)       Australia has much to offer in this space - ours is the driest inhabited continent and we have a long history of sound, evidence-based water management and far-sighted reform, and

                                  (iii)       the strong commitment from the non-government sector, including WaterAid and Plan International, in their advocacy for safe sanitation. ( general business notice of motion no. 578 )

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

               (a)       the Senate notes that:

                                     (i)       the Murray-Darling river system is a national resource,

                                    (ii)       the aim of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, agreed to in 2012, is to ensure that water is shared between all users, including the environment, in a sustainable way,

                                  (iii)       it is important that the plan is executed effectively and with financial responsibility,

                                  (iv)       on 26 October 2017, the Guardian revealed that the Government had purchased 22 megalitres of water at a price of $78 million in circumstances where there were independent valuations for the same water of $24.8 million (an Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences valuation) and $38 million (Herron Todd White valuation), and

                                   (v)       the Senate has an obligation to inform itself as to whether taxpayers’ money being spent on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is being spent efficiently and effectively; and

               (b)       there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, by the start of business on 28 November 2017:

                                     (i)       all decisions and associated decision reasoning for all purchases of water across the Basin from 1 January 2017, and

                                    (ii)       all valuations/assessments in the Government’s possession related to each of these purchases, including independent valuations/assessments. ( general business notice of motion no. 579 )

Senator Cameron: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Education and Employment Legislation Committee meet on 21 November 2017 to consider the 2017-18 supplementary Budget estimates, in Canberra, from 9 am to 3 pm, or for a further period on that day as is necessary to further examine the Employment portfolio, and that the Minister for Employment (Senator Cash) appear before the committee at that time to answer questions. ( general business notice of motion no. 580 )

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

               (a)       notes that a number of senators support a minority view in the community that gender is merely a social construct, and that gender is not determined by chromosomes or biology;

               (b)       questions how someone can logically, or in good conscience, also support Medicare funding of termination of pregnancy on gender grounds if that is their view;

                (c)       finds termination of pregnancy on gender grounds reprehensible, particularly for the value of girls and boys; and

               (d)       opposes Medicare funding for termination of pregnancy, where it occurs on gender grounds. ( general business notice of motion no. 581 )

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

               (a)       notes that political activist organisation GetUp!:

                                     (i)       was seed-funded by organisations closely connected with Mr George Soros, a renowned globalist and funder of socialist politicians and causes,

                                    (ii)       has provided and received support for left-of-centre political parties, trade unions and other organisations, and

                                  (iii)       has actively campaigned like a political party and, in every such instance, against right-of-centre politicians during election periods; and

               (b)       affirms that GetUp! is deserving of greater electoral regulation or scrutiny, given its impact upon our political process, economic development, support for litigation against major job-creating projects, border protection policies, national security, sovereignty and our institutions. ( general business notice of motion no. 582 )

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

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       reports that the New South Wales Government has determined that it will abandon the ‘Crossroads’ program in school years 11 and 12, due to its radical theories about gender and sexuality, and

                                    (ii)       the program will be replaced by teaching those students life skills, such as driving a car, managing their finances and improving their mental health; and

               (b)       commends the New South Wales Government for taking these steps. ( general business notice of motion no. 583 )

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

               (a)       a number of senators are White Ribbon Ambassadors, or have tabled motions supporting campaigns to stop violence against women and domestic violence; and

               (b)       a statement on the White Ribbon Australia website states that they advocate for ‘nationally consistent access to safe and legal abortion, including late-term abortion in all states and territories’, and that if senators have a concern about that stance they ought to take it up with White Ribbon Australia. ( general business notice of motion no. 584 )

The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield): To move on the next day of sitting—That the order of the Senate of 15 November 2017, relating to the 2018 estimates hearings, be amended as follows:

Paragraph (1), after “Tuesday, 29 May to Friday, 1 June”, insert “, and, if required, Friday, 22 June”.

The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield): To move on the next day of sitting—That consideration of the business before the Senate on Monday, 27 November 2017 be interrupted at approximately 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable Senator Patrick to make his first speech without any question before the chair.

The Chair (Senator Sterle) and the Deputy Chair (Senator O’Sullivan) of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 March 2018:

The operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities, with particular reference to:

               (a)       social and economic impacts of air route supply and airfare pricing;

               (b)       different legal, regulatory, policy and pricing frameworks and practices across the Commonwealth, states and territories;

                (c)       how airlines determine fare pricing;

               (d)       the determination of airport charges for landing and security fees, aircraft type and customer demand;

                (e)       pricing determination, subsidisation and equity of airfares;

                (f)       determination of regulated routes and distribution of residents’ fares across regulated routes;

                (g)       airline competition within rural and regional routes;

               (h)       consistency of aircraft supply and retrieval of passengers by airlines during aircraft maintenance and breakdown;

                 (i)       all related costs and charges imposed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority; and

                 (j)       any related matters.

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

               (a)       the Senate notes ABC media reports on 15 November 2017 referring to Operation Manitou and the fact that, on 14 August 2017, the Royal Australian Navy conducted a training exercise with its Saudi Arabian counterpart in the Red Sea;

               (b)       the Senate further notes that Saudi Arabia is currently enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen, which has led to widespread food shortages; and

                (c)       there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, by no later than 12.45 pm on 29 November 2017, any documents relating to the joint training exercise between the Royal Australian Navy and its Saudi Arabian counterpart on 14 August 2017. ( general business notice of motion no. 585 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Finance, Services and Innovation has stated that it will not be extending employment guarantees for cleaners, which have been in place since 1994, in the new contracts in 2018,

                                    (ii)       the Fair Work Act 2009 allows employers, such as the NSW Government, to take this action,

                                  (iii)       7000 school cleaners in NSW will need to reapply for their jobs for the first time in 24 years,

                                  (iv)       many of these already precarious and underpaid workers will be placed under unnecessary financial stress, including housing stress,

                                   (v)       regional school cleaners will face the brunt of this announcement, as many of these workers will be unable to find another job in their area if their contracts are not renewed, and

                                  (vi)       United Voice NSW, the union for cleaners, is doing an excellent job advocating for these workers; and

               (b)       calls on:

                                     (i)       the Federal Government to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 so previous employment guarantees are retained when new contracts are drawn up, and

                                    (ii)       the NSW Government to ensure jobs are guaranteed to all cleaners who want to continue employment under the new agreement. ( general business notice of motion no. 586 )