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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the shark cull and the deployment of drum lines continues in Western Australia,

                 (ii)   at least two mako sharks have died after they were caught on the drum lines,

                (iii)   the mako shark is listed as a migratory species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), and

                (iv)   the Minister for the Environment (Mr Hunt):

                  ( a )   has exempted the drum lines from the EPBC Act, and

                  ( b )   says that ‘any breach of conditions will result in the exemption being terminated’; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to terminate the exemption of the drum lines from the EPBC Act. ( general business notice of motion no. 135 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   Transfield Holdings is a major sponsor of the 18th Biennale of Sydney,

                 (ii)   Transfield Holdings is a shareholder in Transfield Services,

                (iii)   Transfield Services is being paid $1.22 billion by the Australian Government to run offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru,

                (iv)   five artists have pulled out of the Biennale of Sydney because of Transfield’s links to Australia’s cruel mandatory detention policies, and

                 (v)   28 Biennale artists have written to the Biennale board, urging it to cut ties with Transfield and to find new sponsors; and

    (b)   commends the courage and commitment to human rights of the Biennale artists who have both written to the board requesting new sponsors, and the artists who have pulled out of the Biennale of Sydney. ( general business notice of motion no. 136 )

The Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (Senator Macdonald): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on the Criminal Code Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill 2013 be extended to 28 May 2014. ( general business notice of motion no. 137 )

Senator Waters: To move on 5 March 2014—

    (1)   That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 June 2014:

             The history, appropriateness and effectiveness of the use of environmental offsets in federal environmental approvals in Australia, including:

                 (a)   the principles that underpin the use of offsets;

                 (b)   the processes used to develop and assess proposed offsets;

                 (c)   the adequacy of monitoring and evaluation of approved offsets arrangements to determine whether promised environmental outcomes are achieved over the short and long term; and

                 (d)   any other related matters.

    (2)   That in conducting the inquiry the committee consider the terms of reference in (1) with specific regard to, but not restricted to, the following projects:

                 (a)   Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek Project;

                 (b)   Waratah Coal’s Galilee Coal Project;

                 (c)   QGC’s Queensland Curtis LNG project;

                 (d)   North Queensland Bulk Port’s Abbot Point Coal Terminal Capital Dredging Project; and

                 (e)   Jandakot Airport developments.

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   meeting notes and draft decision documents released under Freedom of Information in regard to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal Capital Dredging Project have revealed that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA):

                  ( a )   believed the Abbot Point dredging proposal in the form proposed at that time should be refused a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park permit for offshore dumping of dredge spoil,



                  ( b )   found offshore dumping of up to 1.6 million cubic metres per year for three separate dredging campaigns has the potential to cause long-term, irreversible harm to areas of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, in particular seagrass meadows and nearby coral reefs of Camp Reef, Horseshoe Bay, Cape Upstart, and Holbourne Island,

                  ( c )   considered the North Queensland Bulk Ports dredge plume modelling for the offshore dumping to be of limited value, deficient and unreliable,

                  ( d )   considered that remnant and recovering seagrass meadows, such as those around Abbot Point, provide critical foraging refugia for struggling turtle and dugong populations,

                  ( e )   found the project could result in water quality in the region being in a degraded state for approximately the next 6 to 7 years, and

                   ( f )   clearly advised Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities officials in June 2013 that GBRMPA did not consider it practical or feasible to develop environmental offsets of the magnitude required to offset the damage caused to the reef by the proposed dredging and offshore dumping at Abbot Point, and that the project approval as proposed would involve conditions which are effectively unachievable, and

                 (ii)   there do not appear to have been changes made to the proposed Abbot Point Coal Terminal Capital Dredging Project, since these concerns were raised by GBRMPA officials, that would address these concerns; and

    (b)   calls on the Minister for the Environment (Mr Hunt) to immediately revoke his approval of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal Capital Dredging Project. ( general business notice of motion no. 138 )

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

    (1)   That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 18 March 2014:

             A plan to support Qantas as a national carrier, and in doing so, the committee consider:

                 (a)   what plan should be implemented to ensure Qantas remains a strong national carrier with jobs onshore, including options available to the Federal Government such as:

                    (i)   a debt guarantee,

                   (ii)   a debt guarantee with conditions to protect local jobs, wages, conditions and services,

                  (iii)   a Federal Government loan,

                 (iv)   an equity stake in Qantas, or

                  (v)   any other forms of support;

                 (b)   the levels and forms of government support received by other international airlines;

                 (c)   the ownership structures of other international airlines; and

                 (d)   the impact on Qantas workers and the wider community of the announced job cuts and other measures, such as a wages freeze for all employees and route cuts.

    (2)   That the committee hold at least one public hearing and invite the Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Airways to appear before the committee.

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

    (a)   notes, with concern, the decision of the Russian Parliament to authorise the use of force against Ukraine;

    (b)   supports the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s call for the preservation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty;

     (c)   urges all parties to exercise restraint, and to seek to resolve the situation peacefully; and

    (d)   calls on the Australian Government to work together with the international community, including as a member of the UN Security Council, to seek a peaceful resolution to the situation in Ukraine through dialogue. ( general business notice of motion no. 139 )

Senators Wright and McLucas: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that the National Perinatal Depression Initiative, since 2008:

                  (i)   has improved the prevention and detection of antenatal and postnatal depression, and provided better support and treatment for expectant and new mothers experiencing depression, and in doing so has provided what experts have called ‘the ultimate two-for-one’ by ensuring the babies’ wellbeing in the course of supporting mothers at this critical stage of life, and

                 (ii)   has demonstrated Australia to be a world leader in terms of its support for, and treatment of, people experiencing perinatal depression;

    (b)   notes that the initiative is under review, and there is no clarity in relation to the future of its federal funding; and

     (c)   calls on the Federal Government to express whether it has a commitment to the support of new mothers and their children by continuing the National Perinatal Depression Initiative beyond the 2013-14 financial year. ( general business notice of motion no. 140 )

Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That, given the recently announced half-yearly losses of the Qantas Group, its plans to retrench 5 000 employees, and its requests for amendments to the Qantas Sale Act 1992 and a debt guarantee, the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 June 2014:

    (a)   the likely causes of Qantas’ decline in financial performance;

    (b)   whether the Qantas Sale Act 1992 is, or has been, an impediment to Qantas’ current and long-term financial viability, including the existing foreign ownership and foreign airline ownership restrictions;

     (c)   the effectiveness of the national interest and foreign ownership provisions in the Air Navigation Act 1920 , and whether these provisions led to the greatest benefit for Australians;

    (d)   the ‘Open Skies’ policy and its impact on the competitiveness of the Australian aviation sector, including the policy’s role in shaping bilateral agreements and air navigation rights;

     (e)   the direct costs on Australian-domiciled air carriers, including airport charges and depreciation allowances, compared to foreign-based competitors; and

     (f)   any related matters.

The Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee (Senator Wright): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 5 March 2014, from 1.30 pm. ( general business notice of motion no. 141 )

Senator Fierravanti-Wells: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate authorises the publication of the unpublished documents provided to the former Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee by Fair Work Australia in relation to the Fair Work Australia report, Investigation into the National Office of the Health Services Union under section 331 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 . ( general business notice of motion no. 142 )

The Chair of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (Senator Williams): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 4 March 2014, from 6.45 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into Australia Post. ( general business notice of motion no. 143 )

The Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories (Senator Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, on the following days:

    (a)   Thursday, 6 March 2014;

    (b)   Thursday, 20 March 2014; and

     (c)   Thursday, 27 March 2014. ( general business notice of motion no. 144 )

Senator Kroger: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate, from 9.40 am, on the following days:

    (a)   Wednesday, 5 March 2014;

    (b)   Wednesday, 19 March 2014; and

     (c)   Wednesday, 26 March 2014. ( general business notice of motion no. 145 )

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Native Title Act 1993 to further the interests of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders, and for related purposes. Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2014 . ( general business notice of motion no. 146 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ position is that Australia should provide asylum seekers who enter Australia by whatever means with a full and efficient refugee status determination process in Australia, and

                 (ii)   it would be significantly more cost-effective to process asylum seekers onshore as opposed to offshore;

    (b)   recognises that Australia:

                  (i)   only has limited influence in ending the circumstances forcing people to flee their homeland and seek asylum,

                 (ii)   must increase efforts overseas to do all it can to foster peace and stability in areas of conflict around the world, and

                (iii)   must also focus on what it can do to help the plight of asylum seekers in a balanced, dignified, safe and compassionate way; and

     (c)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   strengthen relations and provide further assistance to Indonesia to stop people attempting the treacherous journey from Indonesia to Australia by boat,

                 (ii)   increase our annual asylum seeker and refugee intake from Indonesia, and

                (iii)   process all asylum seekers onshore, at least in recognition of it being cheaper. ( general business notice of motion no. 147 )

Senator Di Natale: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Finance, no later than noon on 17 March 2014, any reports received from the National Commission of Audit. ( general business notice of motion no. 148 )

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong): To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Assistant Minister for Health, no later than 12.45 pm on Wednesday, 5 March 2014, a copy of the letter submitted by Mr Alastair Furnival to the Minister at the commencement of his engagement as her chief of staff containing undertakings on action to address conflicts of interest between his business affairs and his ministerial staff role. ( general business notice of motion no. 149 )

The Chair of the Standing Committee of Privileges (Senator Collins): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   endorse the conclusion at paragraph 1.57 of the 152nd report of the Committee of Privileges on a possible unauthorised disclosure of the draft report of the Select Committee on Electricity Prices; and

    (b)   adopt the recommendation that no contempt be found in respect of the matter referred. ( general business notice of motion no. 150 )

Senator Urquhart: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate expresses its sincere condolences to the family, friends and work colleagues of Mr Michael Welsh, who was tragically killed at work at the Mount Lyell copper mine on Tasmania’s west coast on Friday, 17 January 2014. ( general business notice of motion no. 151 )