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16    Notices

Senator Roberts: To move on 11 September 2017—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 to provide for members of the Parliament to voluntarily opt-out of payment of certain remuneration and allowances, and for related purposes. Parliamentary Business Resources Amendment (Voluntary Opt-out) Bill 2017 . ( general business notice of motion no. 393 )

Senator Kakoschke-Moore: To move on 10 August 2017—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       12 August 2017 is World Elephant Day,

                                    (ii)       World Elephant Day was launched in 2012 to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants,

                                  (iii)       the escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity threaten both African and Asian elephants,

                                  (iv)       there are fewer than 40,000 Asian elephants left in the wild,

                                   (v)       according to the Great Elephant Census, African Savanna elephant populations declined by 30% (equal to 144,000 elephants) between 2007 and 2014,

                                  (vi)       the current annual rate of decline is 8% or about 27,000 elephants die each year, primarily due to poaching,

                                (vii)       Australia is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora,

                               (viii)       the Australian Government supports the efforts of other nations to protect their wildlife, by implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora; and

               (b)       recognises that Australians should #BeElephantEthical by experiencing elephants in non-exploitative and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection. ( general business notice of motion no. 394 )

Senators O’Sullivan and Macdonald: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate acknowledges that—

               (a)       on 5 July 2017, the World Heritage Committee unanimously endorsed Australia’s Reef 2050 Plan and the progress made to implement this plan;

               (b)       the decision recognises Australia’s significant efforts and investment in the early and effective implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan; and

                (c)       the World Heritage Committee has not put the Great Barrier Reef on its in-danger ‘watchlist’. ( general business notice of motion no. 395 )

Senators O’Sullivan and Macdonald: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate notes that the Australian Government should not force early retirement of coal-fired power stations in order to meet emissions targets. ( general business notice of motion no. 396 )

Senator Burston: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 , and for related purposes. Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Regional Australia) Bill 2017 . ( general business notice of motion no. 397 )

The Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann): To move on the next day of sitting—That the second reading of the Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016 be restored to the Notice Paper and be made an order of the day for a later hour.

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

               (a)       notes that the unresolved bargaining dispute between cleaners at Parliament House and their employer Limro Pty Ltd means the cleaners have not had a wage increase since 2012;

               (b)       affirms its support for the men and women who clean the offices of parliamentarians and staff at Parliament House;

                (c)       urges Limro to quickly resolve this dispute;

               (d)       recognises that the current contract between the Department of Parliamentary Services and Limro will finish on 30 June 2018;

                (e)       notes that the Department of Parliamentary Services will conduct a review of current cleaning requirements and conduct an approach to market within the 2017 calendar year; and

                (f)       acknowledges that the President has agreed to convene a meeting of the Standing Committee on Appropriations, Staffing and Security and has arranged for the Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services to attend in order for the policy parameters for the approach to market and the future contract to be discussed. ( general business notice of motion no. 398 )

Senators Wong, Bernardi, Gichuhi, Hanson-Young and Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—

(1)       That the Senate—

(a)       affirms its support for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan;

(b)       expresses deep concerns about allegations of theft and corruption in management of water resources in the Barwon-Darling Basin raised by the Four Corners report on 24 July 2017;

(c)       notes that the matter has been referred to the Australian National Audit Office and New South Wales authorities for investigation;

(d)       considers a state-based inquiry into allegations, revealed in the report, to be insufficient and that the only way to ensure confidence in states’ commitment to achieve the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is through a national investigation;

(e)       calls for the establishment of an independent national judicial inquiry through the Council of Australian Governments; and

(f)        calls on all governments to commit to achieving a healthy, sustainable Murray-Darling Basin which supports the future prosperity of the communities which rely upon it.

(2)       That this resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives for concurrence. ( general business notice of motion no. 399 )

Senator Kakoschke-Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the inaugural Tournament of Nations (the Tournament), an international women’s football tournament, was held in the United States of America (USA) from 27 July to 3 August 2017,

                                    (ii)       the Tournament was won by Australia’s Matildas,

                                  (iii)       the Matildas are ranked 7th on the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) women’s world ranking,

                                  (iv)       in the Tournament, the Matildas beat the number one ranked USA on American soil, in their first-ever win over the reigning World Cup champions,

                                   (v)       the Matildas also beat Japan and Brazil, who are ranked 6th and 8th, respectively,

                                  (vi)       the Matildas played Brazil in the final, winning 6 - 1,

                                (vii)       the unbeaten performance by the Matildas positions them well for qualification to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France,

                               (viii)       more than 270,000 women and girls play football in Australia and the sport is growing rapidly, and

                                  (ix)       the Matildas are an inspiration to young players and their win will encourage even more children to play football; and

               (b)       congratulates the Matildas on their impressive win and acknowledges the importance of investing in women’s football, including coaching and facilities and pay and conditions for professional players. ( general business notice of motion no. 400 )

Senator Kakoschke-Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       7 to 13 August 2017 is Homelessness Week,

                                    (ii)       the theme of this year’s week is ‘Action and Innovation’ which aims to highlight the many effective approaches specialist homelessness services have implemented to prevent and respond to homelessness,

                                  (iii)       Australians of all ages and backgrounds become homeless, however, some people are more vulnerable to homelessness than others,

                                  (iv)       along with domestic violence, poverty, drug and alcohol use, mental health is a key cause of homelessness,

                                   (v)       homelessness services which provide mental health support have expressed concern that many clients will not qualify for a package under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and, as a result, will be left without adequate support as funds are withdrawn from psychosocial support services and into the NDIS,

                                  (vi)       the Productivity Commission’s NDIS costs position paper, released in June 2017, stated that about 700,000 Australians experience a severe mental illness in any one year, however, according to the National Disability Insurance Agency, only around 64,000 people with psychosocial disability are expected to be eligible for individual packages in the NDIS, and

                                (vii)       the Productivity Commission also stated that ‘it is unclear what supports will be available for people with a mental illness who do not meet the NDIS eligibility criteria and this should be clarified as a matter of urgency’; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to adequately fund services and programs which provide psychosocial support to ensure no one falls through the emerging gap between these services and the NDIS. ( general business notice of motion no. 401 )

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

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       claims by AUSTRAC that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) handled over 53,000 transactions through so-called Intelligent Deposit Machines (IDM) that were in breach of Australia’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws,

                                    (ii)       claims that the CBA repeatedly failed to meet its reporting obligations despite being aware of patterns of activity in some accounts that were suspicious and indicative of money laundering,

                                  (iii)       claims that the CBA appears to have allowed those undertaking suspicious activity to keep their accounts open and to continue to make transactions using IDMs, and

                                  (iv)       the CBA’s ongoing failure to restore public trust in addressing cultural shortcomings; and

               (b)       calls on the board of the CBA to withhold all bonuses for the CEO, Mr Ian Narev, and all other executives with responsibility for the bank’s IDMs and money deposited through IDMs. ( general business notice of motion no. 402 )

The Chair of the Select Committee on a National Integrity Commission (Senator Collins): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on a National Integrity Commission be extended to 13 September 2017. ( general business notice of motion no. 403 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the most recent statistics from 2015-16 show that 275 requests for homelessness assistance were unable to be met each day,

                                    (ii)       an estimated 1.3 million households are unable to access private market housing or require financial assistance to avoid rental stress, and

                                  (iii)       the use of punitive powers against people sleeping rough costs taxpayers more in the long-run than providing long-term accommodation for homeless people; and

               (b)       calls on the Federal Government to work with states and territories to:

                                     (i)       facilitate moves away from punitive approaches to dealing with homelessness, and

                                    (ii)       put increased emphasis in project plans under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness on the provision of safe, stable, long-term accommodation for people experiencing homelessness. ( general business notice of motion no. 404 )

Senator Rice: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Finance, by no later than 11.50 am on 10 August 2017, the following documents held, commissioned or requested by the Department of Finance: any advice on the conduct or constitutionality of a postal plebiscite or postal ballot received by the Department of Finance from:

               (a)       the Solicitor-General;

               (b)       the Attorney-General’s Department;

                (c)       the Australian Electoral Commission;

               (d)       the Australian Bureau of Statistics;

                (e)       the Australian Statistician; and

                (f)       any other legal, constitutional or electoral experts. ( general business notice of motion no. 405 )

Senators Chisholm, Watt, Ketter and Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the enduring and lasting impact that Tropical Cyclone Debbie has had on communities in Queensland and northern New South Wales,

                                    (ii)       that the cost of recovery for families, businesses and communities is a shared responsibility of local, state and federal governments and the insurance industry, and that each has an important role to play,

                                  (iii)       that the Queensland Government has proposed $110 million in additional funding to support projects which will boost economic growth, help communities get back on their feet and assist in preventing further damage from future extreme weather events, including South Rockhampton Flood Levee, the Whitsunday Coast Airport and the Shute Harbour Revitalisation, and

                                  (iv)       that the Federal Government has chosen not to match this funding through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Category D; and

               (b)       calls on the Prime Minister to review these decisions, and provide matched funding from either the NDRRA or from other appropriate sources to ensure these vital projects are supported. ( general business notice of motion no. 406 )

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Social Security Act 1991 , and for related purposes. Social Security Amendment (Caring for People on Newstart) Bill 2017 . ( general business notice of motion no. 407 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matters be referred to the Court of Disputed Returns under section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 :

               (a)       whether, by reason of s 44(i) of the Constitution, there is a vacancy in the representation of Queensland in the Senate for the place for which Senator Roberts was returned;

               (b)       if the answer to Question (a) is ‘yes’, by what means and in what manner that vacancy should be filled; and

                (c)       what directions and other orders, if any, should the Court make in order to hear and finally dispose of this reference.

Senators Di Natale, Hinch and Lambie: To move on the next day of sitting—

(1)       The following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 14 September 2017:

(a)       the eligibility of senators in the 45th Parliament under section 44 of the Constitution, in so far as it relates to being ‘a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power’;

(b)       the legal liability of senators who know, or have grounds to suspect, that they are ineligible for office but do not come forward with that information, and whether they are defrauding the Commonwealth; and

(c)       any other related matters.

(2)       For the purposes of carrying out the inquiry, the committee must, as soon as practicable, with the approval of the President, appoint an independent auditor, or auditors, with expertise in migration, citizenship and constitutional law to assist the committee.

(3)       The independent auditor or auditors will be able to request the committee to use its powers to order the production of documents from senators and order them to appear as witnesses and answer questions.

(4)       On behalf of the committee, the independent auditor or auditors may present to representatives of foreign governments in Australia and seek information.