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Senator Simms: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 20 June 2016:

The prevalence and impacts of homophobia, transphobia and discrimination against people with intersex variations in Australian schools, with particular reference to:

    (a)   prevalence of bullying, verbal and physical abuse;

    (b)   impacts of bullying on academic performance;

     (c)   long-term health effects and other implications of bullying;

    (d)   levels of support provided to individuals subjected to bullying; and

     (e)   potential government support that could be provided to reduce the prevalence of bullying.

Senators Madigan, Leyonhjelm, Lambie, Muir and Wang, the Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus) and Senators Day and Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matters be referred to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2016:

The ramifications for professional sports people of Australia’s participation in the international sports anti-doping framework, with particular reference to:

    (a)   Australia’s international obligations under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation [UNESCO] October 2005 International Convention against Doping in Sport and the World Anti-Doping Code;

    (b)   the operation in domestic professional sports of the:

                  (i)   Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 (the ASADA Act),

                 (ii)   National Anti-Doping Scheme, and

                (iii)   National Anti-Doping Framework;

     (c)   the investigatory powers of ASADA in comparison with similar bodies in other jurisdictions and conventional law enforcement agencies;

    (d)   the judicial process provided for under the ASADA Act, including, but not limited to, the rights accorded to accused sportspersons and others during the investigatory phase, the rules governing admissibility of evidence at each stage of the process, the standard of proof applicable at each stage of the process, and rights to appeal any finding of guilt or associated penalties;

     (e)   how professional sporting competitions have responded to the obligations imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the effects on the individual sports person;

     (f)   the effect on domestic professional sporting competitions of the regulation by WADA and the rulings of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; and

     (g)   any related matters.

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   on 3 February 2016, the Senate referred the ‘need for a nationally-consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence’ to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee,

                 (ii)   late night violence and alcohol abuse has terrible consequences and is putting health and law enforcement services under tremendous pressure,

                (iii)   other large cities have retained a vibrant night life by providing 24 hour public transport, a range of support services and policing, and diversity in the density of licensed premises,

                (iv)   since the Sydney CBD entertainment precinct’s lockout laws commenced there have been huge costs to creative communities, live performances have declined by 40 per cent, jobs have been lost and dozens of venues have closed,

                 (v)   on Sunday, 21 February 2016, about 15 000 people protesting in Sydney against the lockout policy of the New South Wales Liberal/National Government singled out job losses, the lack of personal freedoms and lost opportunities for young people as key concerns, and

                (vi)   residents and visitors to Sydney’s entertainment precinct should not be punished due to the behaviour of a small minority, and local communities should have a right to choose whether or not to have state lockout laws imposed on their localities; and

    (b)   calls on the Federal Government to urge the New South Wales Government to work with the community and key stakeholders to find innovative and integrated long-term solutions that will keep Sydney vibrant, open and safe. ( general business notice of motion no. 1035 )

Senators Wang and Madigan: To move on the next day of sitting—

    (1)   That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission, be established to inquire into and report, on or before 22 September 2016, on the following matters:

                 (a)   the adequacy of the Australian Government’s legislative, institutional and policy framework in addressing all facets of institutional, organisational, political and electoral, and individual corruption and misconduct, with reference to:

                    (i)   the effectiveness of the current federal and state/territory agencies and commissions in preventing, investigating and prosecuting corruption and misconduct,

                   (ii)   the interrelation between federal and state/territory agencies and commissions, and

                  (iii)   the nature and extent of coercive powers possessed by the various agencies and commissions, and whether those coercive powers are consistent with fundamental democratic principles;

                 (b)   whether a national integrity commission should be established to address institutional, organisational, political and electoral, and individual corruption and misconduct, with reference to:

                    (i)   the scope of coverage by any national integrity commission,

                   (ii)   the legislative and regulatory powers required by any national integrity commission to enable effective operation,

                  (iii)   the advantages and disadvantages associated with domestic and international models of integrity and anti-corruption commissions/agencies,

                 (iv)   whether any national integrity commission should have broader educational powers,

                  (v)   the necessity of any privacy and/or secrecy provisions,

                 (vi)   any budgetary and resourcing considerations, and

                (vii)   any reporting accountability considerations; and

                 (c)   any other 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, and Senators Wang and Madigan.

    (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 groups or independent senators;

                 (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; and

                 (c)   a participating member shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of members of the committee is not present.

    (4)   That every nomination of a member of the committee be notified in writing to the President of the Senate.

    (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 Senator Wang chair the committee.

    (7)   That the committee elect a member as its deputy chair, who 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 the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, may appoint another member of the committee to act as chair during the temporary absence of both the chair and deputy chair at a meeting of the committee.

    (9)   That, in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, has the casting vote.

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

  (11)   That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 2 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to examine.

  (12)   That 2 members of a subcommittee constitute a quorum of that subcommittee.

  (13)   That members of the committee who are not members of a subcommittee may participate in the proceedings of that subcommittee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum.

  (14)   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, the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

  (15)   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.

  (16)   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. 1036 )

Senators Xenophon and Carr: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   the importance of Australia’s steel industry, not only in terms of revenue but also jobs and the economic value created through the multiplier effect,

                 (ii)   the recent announcement by Arrium OneSteel that unless operating conditions improve at their steel manufacturing facility in Whyalla, thousands of jobs could be lost in the region, and

                (iii)   actions by the United States of America, India and Canada in recent weeks, in relation to imposing duties on steel dumped in those markets, as well as a current investigation by the European Commission of imported steel in the European Union;

    (b)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   uphold the provisions of the Australian Jobs Act 2013 and the ‘Buy Australian at Home and Abroad’ principles, and

                 (ii)   urgently uphold procurement rules that recognise the economic value and contribution to the Australian economy of local production of steel, including the positive impact on small- and medium-enterprises in the Australian steel industry supply chain when compared to using imported steel, and taking this into account:

                  ( a )   seek to maximise the use of locally-milled and locally-fabricated steel in federally-funded infrastructure and construction projects where possible, and

                  ( b )   ensure all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and construction projects be supplied with steel made to the Australian standard, and refer to the South Australian Government’s policy as a best practice model for third party certification to ensure that steel procured for public works is independently tested and certified to Australian standards; and

     (c)   expedite the Australian Dumping Commission’s investigation into allegations of steel being dumped in Australia, and, if need be, provide additional resources to the Commission to effect this. ( general business notice of motion no. 1037 )

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

    (a)   notes that three United Nations human rights experts have urged the Parliament of Western Australia not to adopt new anti-protest laws which would criminalise legitimate protests, including those by environmentalists and human rights defenders;

    (b)   recognises the important role public protest and free speech have played, and continue to play, in a healthy democratic society; and

     (c)   calls on the Government of Western Australia to abandon these divisive and unnecessary laws. ( general business notice of motion no. 1038 )

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for inquiry and report by 12 May 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 1039 )

Senator Waters: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, no later than 9 am on 3 March 2016, the following documents in relation to the restructuring of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Oceans and Atmosphere division reported on 4 February 2016:

    (a)   the written briefing prepared in December 2015 by Dr Ken Lee, Director of the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere division, for submission to the CSIRO executive for the ‘Deep Dive’ meeting;

    (b)   documents from November to December 2015 demonstrating the consultation that was undertaken with the Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship Research Program Leaders in preparing the above briefing;

     (c)   any written communication from Dr Alex Wonhas or Dr Larry Marshall to the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere division subsequent to the briefing mentioned in paragraph (a) requesting a proposal for more extensive restructuring;

    (d)   documents from January 2016 demonstrating any consultation that was undertaken by Dr Ken Lee with the Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship Research Program Leaders in developing the proposal for more extensive restructuring;

     (e)   all written communication from December 2015 until the present between the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship and either Dr Wonhas or Dr Marshall in relation to any proposed more extensive restructuring, including:

                  (i)   communications detailing the scope, rationale and implications of the restructuring,

                 (ii)   guidelines or criteria to be used in choosing specific areas to be restructured,

                (iii)   the rationale for a reduction of 100 equivalent full-time staff, and

                (iv)   the decision to proceed after the CSIRO executive meeting on or around 27 January 2016;

     (f)   documents from December 2015 until the present demonstrating the consultation process that is being undertaken with the Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship Research Program Leaders, including guidelines or criteria being used, to determine the specific research groups and teams to be restructured;

     (g)   any written briefings for Dr Wonhas or Dr Marshall for the CSIRO executive meeting on or around 27 January 2016 concerning proposed restructuring in the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship;

    (h)   the minutes or other records of any CSIRO board meeting which considered the restructuring of the Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship;

      (i)   all project description and project budget documents for projects concerning the Cape Grim observing station and the associated Gas Lab analysis, for the past 5 years, up to and including 2015-16; and

     (j)   any written communication between Dr Marshall and CSIRO staff concerning clean coal technology from November 2015 until the present. ( general business notice of motion no. 1040 )

The Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus): To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by each Government minister, no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 12 May 2016, any documents relevant to the outsourcing of work by their government departments and associated agencies (including any commissions, bureaus and corporations), to foreign businesses (including wholly-owned foreign businesses, companies registered in Australia with a foreign parent company/companies and foreign companies with a majority shareholding held outside of Australia), specifically:

    (a)   the name and location of each government department and agency that is party to a procurement contract with a foreign business (contract);

    (b)   the number of contracts that currently exist between each government department and their agencies and foreign business;

     (c)   for each foreign company/business engaged by government departments and their agencies pursuant to contract, the foreign company/business name and the country in which their office is located and/or is operating;

    (d)   the date each contract commenced, and the date that contract is due to be finalised or reviewed for the purpose of further negotiations;

     (e)   the nature and scope of works required to be performed pursuant to each contract, including:

                  (i)   where the works are managed and performed,

                 (ii)   the composition of the workforce, including whether Australian workers are required to be engaged by the contract,

                (iii)   the number of Australian workers engaged by the contract, and

                (iv)   the monetary value of each contract; and

     (f)   prior to the commencement of each contract, information as to:

                  (i)   whether the requirement for goods and/or services previously existed,

                 (ii)   whether the provision of those goods and/or services were performed by the Government, or

                (iii)   whether the provisions of those goods and/or services was managed and performed on the Government’s behalf, and, if so, the name and location of the business responsible for the provision of those goods and/or services. ( general business notice of motion no. 1041 )

Notice of motion withdrawn : Senator Xenophon withdrew general business notice of motion no. 1024 standing in his name for 24 February 2016, proposing the introduction of the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Above the Line Voting) Bill 2016.