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8       Notices

Senators Brown, Brockman and Steele-John: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that 3 December 2017 will mark the 25th International Day of People with Disability, and the United Nations’ theme for 2017 International Day of People with Disability is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’ - the overarching principle of this theme is to ‘Leave no one behind’ and to empower people with disability to be active contributors to society;

               (b)       further notes that people with disability must first have full access to justice, healthcare, infrastructure, education and employment, as outlined in the United Nations 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals; and

                (c)       calls on Commonwealth, state and territory governments to ensure that people with disability are able to realise their right to participate fully and equally in Australian society as a whole. ( general business notice of motion no. 618 )

The Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (Senator Hinch): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       congratulates Victoria on the recent passage of voluntary assisted dying legislation;

               (b)       encourages all Australian states to follow suit; and

                (c)       calls on the Federal Government to respect the wishes of the residents of all Australian territories with regards to dying with dignity. ( general business notice of motion no. 619 )

Senators Rhiannon and Cameron: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that, according to:

                                     (i)       census data, the proportion of renting households in housing stress, whose reference person is aged 65 years or over, has risen from 31.7% in 1996 to 54.2% in 2016,

                                    (ii)       the 2017 report Older people at risk of homelessness in New South Wales , since 2012, the number of households in housing stress in receipt of Commonwealth Rent Assistance whose reference person is aged 65 years or over has increased by 53.7%, and

                                  (iii)       the Society of St Vincent de Paul, women aged 55 or over make up the fastest growing group of people experiencing homelessness; and

               (b)       calls on the Federal Government to:

                                     (i)       raise real levels of funding for homelessness services and social housing,

                                    (ii)       work with stakeholders to ensure the specific needs of older people are addressed in National Housing and Homelessness Agreement negotiations with states, and

                                  (iii)       review the Commonwealth Assistance with Care and Housing Sub-Programme to ensure it is meeting the needs of Australia’s ageing population. ( general business notice of motion no. 620 )

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

               (a)       expresses the firm view that at all times senators must act in the Australian national interest and not in the interests of other nations;

               (b)       notes potential serious consequences for senators who fail to meet legal requirements to act in that fashion; and

                (c)       urges all senators to adhere to this view in their communications and dealings with persons who may be foreign agents or otherwise under the surveillance of Australia’s security apparatus. ( general business notice of motion no. 621 )

Senator O’Neill: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the Prime Minister is responsible for the decision to abandon optical fibre and instead deploy a second-rate National Broadband Network (NBN),

                                    (ii)       NBN Co abandoned use of the Optus Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) infrastructure because it was deemed not fit for purpose,

                                  (iii)       NBN Co has announced that the company will immediately halt the HFC rollout because the technology is delivering poor service quality,

                                  (iv)       NBN Co has indicated that up to 2 million homes could have their NBN connection delayed by 6 to 9 months because of the mismanagement of the HFC rollout, and

                                   (v)       it is nearly 2018 and the NBN still does not work properly; and

               (b)       calls on the Minister for Communications to:

                                     (i)       stop attacking the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and instead focus on making the NBN work, and

                                    (ii)       apologise to the 48,000 households and small businesses in the electorate of Bennelong who are currently scheduled to be served by the unreliable HFC network. ( general business notice of motion no. 622 )

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

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       that this week is National Asbestos Awareness Week,

                                    (ii)       the success of this week’s Asbestos Safety and Eradication Summit, which was hosted by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency at Old Parliament House in Canberra, in reviewing what has been achieved in coordinating and implementing the 2014-18 National Strategic Plan and setting the scene for the next phase of asbestos safety and eradication in Australia’s next National Strategic Plan, and

                                  (iii)       that the Government has not committed to ongoing funding for the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency;

               (b)       further notes:

                                     (i)       the ongoing importance of the Parliamentary Friendship Group on Asbestos Related Diseases in raising awareness in Parliament of the asbestos scourge,

                                    (ii)       that Australia has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world,

                                  (iii)       that as many as 40,000 Australians will be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease in the next 20 years, and

                                  (iv)       that Australians are being exposed to a wide range of imported goods and materials containing asbestos that are not being detected by our customs services, including fibre cement sheets and children’s crayons; and

                (c)       supports:

                                     (i)       the 2017 Asbestos Awareness Month national campaign, which aims to inform homeowners, renovators, tradespeople and handymen about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes and how to manage it safely, and

                                    (ii)       the recommendations in the recent interim report of the Economics References Committee, Protecting Australians from the threat of asbestos , inquiring into the effects of non-conforming building products on the Australian building and construction industry. ( general business notice of motion no. 623 )

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

               (a)       notes that the Prime Minister:

                                     (i)       has failed to represent people in northern and regional Queensland,

                                    (ii)       has failed to connect with people in northern and regional Queensland and identify with their values, and

                                  (iii)       is only concerned with Brisbane and the south-east; and

               (b)       applauds Senator Macdonald for calling out the Prime Minister’s neglect of northern and regional Queensland. ( general business notice of motion no. 624 )

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

(1)       On Thursday, 30 November 2017, the following bills shall have precedence over all government business in the following order:

(a)       any bill relating to the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into banking, insurance, superannuation, financial and related services; and

(b)       Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017.

(2)       Until proceedings on the bills listed in paragraph (1) are concluded, the hours of meeting and routine of business for Thursday, 30 November 2017, shall be varied as follows:

(a)       the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 8.40 pm;

(b)       the routine of business from not later than 4.30 pm shall be general business only;

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

(d)       the Senate shall adjourn without debate at 8.40 pm.

(3)       In the week commencing Monday, 4 December 2017, the bills listed in paragraph (1) shall have precedence over all government and general business and, until proceedings on the bills are concluded, the hours of meeting and routine of business shall be varied as follows:

(a)       proposals under standing order 75 not be proceeded with;

(b)       on Tuesday, 5 December 2017:

                                                        (i)       the hours of meeting shall be 12.30 pm to 11 pm,

                                                      (ii)       the routine of business from not later than 7.20 pm shall be consideration of the bills listed in paragraph (1) only, and

                                                     (iii)       the Senate shall adjourn without debate at 11 pm; and

(c)       on Thursday, 7 December 2017:

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

                                                      (ii)       the routine of business from not later than 4.30 pm shall be consideration of the bills only,

                                                     (iii)       divisions may take place after 4.30 pm, and

                                                    (iv)       the Senate shall adjourn without debate after proceedings on the bills are concluded. ( general business notice of motion no. 625 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       1 December 2017 is World AIDS Day, which is held every year to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, and to show support for people living with HIV,

                                    (ii)       while significant advancements in treatment and diagnosis have been made over the past 30 years, HIV/AIDS remains a major health concern worldwide and in our region,

                                  (iii)       the most recent data shows that:

                                                       (A)       in 2016, 36.7 million people were living with HIV globally, and 1.8 million people became newly infected,

                                                        (B)       in 2016, in the Asia-Pacific, 5.1 million people were living with HIV, the largest population outside Africa, and 270,000 people became newly infected, representing 15% of all new infections, and

                                                        (C)       our nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea (PNG), has high rates of HIV infection - UNAIDS estimates there are 46,000 people living with HIV in PNG, including 3000 children under the age of 14,

                                  (iv)       HIV infection rates are highest among certain populations, including sex workers, people who inject drugs, transgender people, prisoners and men who have sex with men - the discrimination and stigma faced by these populations often prohibit them from accessing HIV prevention and treatment services,

                                   (v)       Australia is one of the few countries that advocates for HIV treatment and prevention and rights for these populations,

                                  (vi)       Australia also plays an important role in the fight against HIV in the Asia-Pacific and is committed to the 90-90-90 treatment targets and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.3 to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, and

                                (vii)       globally, 11 million people living with HIV receive anti-retro viral therapy treatment through Global Fund supported programs, comprising more than half the total number of people on treatment worldwide; and

               (b)       recognises that:

                                     (i)       Australia has a long bipartisan history of supporting the fight against HIV in our Indo-Pacific region - over the past decade, successive Australian Governments have provided over one billion dollars to support HIV-specific programs through the aid program,

                                    (ii)       access to quality health care services for HIV treatment is a challenge in PNG, where budget, population growth, urbanisation and remoteness constrain service delivery,

                                  (iii)       Australia is committed to strengthening PNG’s HIV prevention and treatment activities and has invested in HIV interventions working to reduce sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and increase access to HIV prevention and treatment,

                                  (iv)       Australia recognises the commitment and engagement of local PNG community organisations and their supporters who have worked on HIV education and service delivery in the region for many years,

                                   (v)       Australia benefits from our support to PNG health, because a healthy, prosperous region is in Australia’s interest,

                                  (vi)       Australia recognises that good health and strong and resilient health systems support productive societies and economic growth, and

                                (vii)       SDG 3, healthy lives and wellbeing for all, includes target 3.3, to end the HIV epidemic by 2030 - to achieve this target we need to continue our strong support for action against HIV in our region. ( general business notice of motion no. 626 )

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       recognises that:

                                     (i)       lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people face discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and identity,

                                    (ii)       LGBTIQ people everywhere deserve to live in safe and inclusive societies, and

                                  (iii)       Australian society embraces diversity, ensuring that LGBTIQ people are safe, valued and respected;

               (b)       notes:

                                     (i)       that Australian Governments of both persuasions have sought to promote and protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer human rights in Australia and internationally, and

                                    (ii)       the ongoing and urgent challenges facing the protection of LGBTIQ human rights; and

                (c)       urges all parliamentarians to unreservedly commit to protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people and communities globally. ( general business notice of motion no. 627 )

Intention to withdraw : The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Williams), pursuant to standing order 78, gave notice of his intention, at the giving of notices on the next day of sitting, to withdraw business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 standing in his name for 5 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Amendment Rules 2017 (No. 6) [F2017L00894].