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13    Notices

Senators Back, Reynolds and Smith: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes the severity of recent catastrophic bushfires across Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, and extends its deepest sympathy to the families of those who have lost their lives, livelihoods, homes, property and livestock;

    (b)   acknowledges the impact of devastating bushfires on the community;

     (c)   urges the Government to work closely with the states and territories in bushfire prevention, preparedness, response and recovery;

    (d)   recognises that, in forests throughout Australia, combustible fuels have accumulated to levels that severely challenge safe fire suppression;

     (e)   encourages state and territory authorities to focus on bushfire prevention when developing strategies to protect their communities and the environment;

     (f)   recalls the practice of mosaic burning of the bush practised by Aboriginal peoples extending back thousands of years; and

     (g)   calls for more focussed work by fire agencies and research institutions to minimise the impact of devastating bushfires in affected communities. ( general business notice of motion no. 1003 )

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

    (a)   notes that under the United Nations oversight:

                  (i)   rogue nation and dictatorship North Korea has successfully carried out four nuclear bomb tests in 10 years,

                 (ii)   Islamic State terrorists control the site of the nuclear plant Syria was building with North Korean assistance,

                (iii)   Islamic State terrorists could be in control of a Syrian nuclear reactor producing plutonium, or at least significant quantities of radioactive material, had Israel not destroyed the site, and

                (iv)   rogue nation and theocratic dictatorship Iran has successfully negotiated a deal with America to drop hundreds of billions of dollars in economic sanctions while still denying the world full knowledge of its nuclear weapons programs; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to express the grave concerns of the Australian people about the ability of the United Nations to safely and properly oversee and manage the possible military dimensions of North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs. ( general business notice of motion no. 1004 )

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

    (a)   notes that Parliamentary Library research indicates that:

                  (i)   states and territories are responsible for regulating and issuing licences to operate poker machines,

                 (ii)   reporting of data on poker machine activity varies considerably, and there is no apparent requirement to report ownership of licences, making the details of the ownership of the licences difficult to obtain, and

                (iii)   Victoria provides reasonably comprehensive data on poker machines, including ownership, but no other jurisdiction publishes such detailed data; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to work with state and territory governments to establish a national register to allow the public and media to easily identify the persons, companies or groups who hold poker machine licences and own poker machines. ( general business notice of motion no. 1005 )

The Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee (Senator Lazarus): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2016:

The need for a nationally-consistent approach, negotiated, developed and delivered by the Federal Government together with all state and territory governments, to address and reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, including one-punch related deaths and injuries across Australia, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the current status of state and territory laws relating to:

                  (i)   bail requirements and penalties surrounding alcohol-related violence, and

                 (ii)   liquor licensing, including the effectiveness of lockout laws and alcohol service laws;

    (b)   the effectiveness of the current state and territory:

                  (i)   training requirements of persons working within the hospitality industry and other related industries, and

                 (ii)   educational and other information campaigns designed to reduce alcohol-related violence;

     (c)   the viability of a national strategy to ensure adoption and delivery of the most effective measures, including harmonisation of laws and delivery of education and awareness across the country, and funding model options for a national strategy;

    (d)   whether a judicial commission in each state and territory would ensure consistency in judgments relating to alcohol-related violence in line with community standards; and

     (e)   any other related matter.

Senator Carr: To move on 2 March 2016—That the Customs (Anti-Dumping Review Panel Fee) Instrument 2015, made under subsections 269ZZE(3) and 269ZZQ(2) of the Customs Act 1901 , be disallowed [F2015L01735].

Senators Polley and Bilyk: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month,

                 (ii)   the campaign for 2016 urges Australians to ‘Know Ovarian Cancer’, and

                (iii)   only 43 per cent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year will survive; and

    (b)   urges federal, state, territory and local governments to take leadership in encouraging Australian women to become more aware of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, to know their family history and where to get help, and to create communities where people openly talk about ovarian cancer. ( general business notice of motion no. 1006 )

Senator Wang, the Minister for Employment (Senator Cash), Senators Bullock, Sterle, Siewert, Lines and Ludlam, the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann) and Senator Smith: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   acknowledges the devastating impact of the bushfires in Yarloop, Waroona, Wagerup and surrounding communities in Western Australia from 6 January 2016, which sadly:

                  (i)   claimed the lives of Mr Les Taylor and Mr Malcolm Taylor,

                 (ii)   caused injury to a number of community members, volunteers, emergency workers and firefighters,

                (iii)   damaged more than 70 000 hectares of property,

                (iv)   destroyed 180 buildings and infrastructure in totality, of which 162 were family homes, and

                 (v)   left many residents without essential services, including water and electricity, for days;

    (b)   expresses sincere condolences to:

                  (i)   the family and friends of Mr Taylor and Mr Taylor for their loss, and

                 (ii)   members of the Yarloop, Waroona, Wagerup and surrounding communities for the losses they have suffered as a result of the disaster;

     (c)   extends sincere gratitude to:

                  (i)   all the firefighters and emergency services workers who braved the perilous conditions to save lives and property, and

                 (ii)   the volunteers and community members who risked their lives in an attempt to lessen the effects of the disaster and offered support throughout the disaster, including those responsible for operating evacuation centres;

    (d)   notes that the Insurance Council of Australia labelled the bushfire as a ‘catastrophe’ resulting in insured losses of more than $57 million, and that not all losses suffered will be insured;

     (e)   commends the establishment of an independent inquiry to examine a number of important factors, including but not limited to:

                  (i)   the effectiveness of pre-incident bushfire prevention and mitigation activities,

                 (ii)   the effectiveness of emergency management plans and procedures,

                (iii)   protection of essential services infrastructure, and access to essential services (power, transport, water and communications) by emergency services organisations and the community,

                (iv)   the effectiveness of public messaging, including the adequacy and timeliness of emergency warnings issued to residents and visitors, and

                 (v)   the lessons learned from prior bushfire emergency situations in Western Australia; and

     (f)   calls on the Western Australian Government to undertake an extensive consultation process with members of the Yarloop, Waroona, Wagerup and surrounding communities to determine the best course of action in respect of rebuilding each respective township. ( general business notice of motion no. 1007 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   it has been over 150 days since the former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Ms Elizabeth Broderick, stepped down at the end of her term,

                 (ii)   during that time, there have been multiple high-profile examples of sexism and sexual harassment,

                (iii)   in October 2015, the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis) told a Senate committee that the selection process to appoint the next Sex Discrimination Commissioner had been under way for ‘some months’, and

                (iv)   there is no longer a full-time Disability Discrimination Commissioner; and

    (b)   calls on the Federal Government to appoint a female full-time Sex Discrimination Commissioner without delay. ( general business notice of motion no. 1008 )

Senator Smith: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to meet, as follows:

    (a)   to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 4 February 2016; and

    (b)   to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate from 10.45 am, as follows:

                  (i)   Thursday, 25 February 2016,

                 (ii)   Thursday, 3 March 2016, and

                (iii)   Thursday, 17 March 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 1009 )

Senator Fawcett: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

    (a)   Thursday, 4 February 2016, from 12.45 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the role of development partnerships in agriculture and agribusiness in promoting prosperity, reducing poverty and enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region;

    (b)   Monday, 29 February 2016, from 10 am, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into Australia’s advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty;

     (c)   Tuesday, 1 March 2016, from 12.45 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into Australia’s advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty; and

    (d)   Tuesday, 15 March 2016, from 12.45 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into Australia’s advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty. ( general business notice of motion no. 1010 )

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, as follows:

    (a)   Thursday, 4 February 2016;

    (b)   Thursday, 25 February 2016;

     (c)   Thursday, 3 March 2016; and

    (d)   Thursday, 17 March 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 1011 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Federal Government has approved an Instrument Landing System (ILS) for the Gold Coast Airport (GCA) at a cost of $10 million,

                 (ii)   Qantas Group head of safety and compliance, Mr Mark Cameron, has written to former GCA Chief Operating Officer, Mr David Collins, stating that Qantas does not support the ILS proposal, claiming that it is not value for money and will likely be outdated technology,

                (iii)   residents from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise will experience more noise pollution due to a new flight path associated with the ILS, particularly if a runway extension results in larger aircraft flying over the Tweed,

                (iv)   the former New South Wales Deputy Premier and New South Wales National Party Leader, Mr Andrew Stoner, granted the GCA an 84 year lease over the New South Wales Crown Reserve for public recreation/conservation for any and all airport facilities, including works associated with a runway extension (New South Wales Government Gazette, No. 138, 18 October 2013),

                 (v)   under the Air Services Act, the ILS is exempt from any New South Wales land use laws or regulations protecting the environmental assets of the Crown Reserve, and

                (vi)   fishing industry representatives are concerned that the clearing of the Cobaki wetlands and saltmarsh required for the ILS would impact on Class 1 fish breeding habitat; and

    (b)   calls on the Federal Government to defer its approval for the ILS installation to allow an investigation to be held into the New South Wales Crown Land lease, and the availability of more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly technology. ( general business notice of motion no. 1012 )

Senators Smith, Reynolds and Johnston, the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann), Senator Back and the Minister for Employment (Senator Cash): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

    (a)   congratulates the 37 worthy Western Australians who were recipients of Order of Australia awards on 26 January 2016 for their outstanding achievement and service; and

    (b)   particularly notes the following recipients:

                  (i)   Mr Murray Davidson Nixon, OAM, for service to the Parliament, to the agricultural sector and to the community of Western Australia,

                 (ii)   Mrs Wendy Ireland, OAM, for service to public administration in Western Australia and to the community,

                (iii)   the Honourable Norman Frederick Moore, AM, for significant service to the Parliament of Western Australia through a range of portfolio responsibilities, to education and to the community, and

                (iv)   Mrs Elsia May Archer, OAM, for service to local government and to the community of the West Kimberley. ( general business notice of motion no. 1013 )

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

    (a)   notes the findings of the Federal Auditor-General’s report that examined approval and administration of federal funding for the East West Link project, including that:

                  (i)   the commitment of $3 billion funding went against ‘clear advice’ from the public service that the project had not been justified and was not ready,

                 (ii)   neither stage of the project had proceeded fully through processes that have been established to assess the merits of nationally significant infrastructure investments prior to the decision to approve $3 billion in Commonwealth funding,

                (iii)   at the time the commitment was made it was not considered to have yet demonstrated strong strategic and economic merit by Infrastructure Australia, and

                (iv)   the payment came just months after the Coalition promised not to fund infrastructure projects worth more than $100 million without the publication of a proper cost-benefit analysis;

    (b)   notes that the Federal Government funded the East West Link project at the same time as it cancelled existing investment in public transport projects like the Perth Light Rail project and the Melbourne Metro Rail project - both of which had been assessed and included by Infrastructure Australia on their infrastructure priority list; and

     (c)   requests that, given the almost identical characteristics, the Auditor-General investigate the Commonwealth funding approvals and decisions taken for the Perth Freight Link and WestConnex projects. ( general business notice of motion no. 1014 )

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

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   in the 2014-15 financial year Centrelink had 62 691 complaints, an increase of 18.8 per cent on 2013-14,

                 (ii)   the top complaint was difficulties with phone services, and

                (iii)   the Government has a clear policy of driving people to telephone and online services;

    (b)   recognises the mounting frustration of Australians who experience difficulties with Centrelink and the Department of Human Services, particularly using telephone services and the myGov website; and

     (c)   calls on the Government to address Centrelink’s service delivery failures, including telephone wait times, and provide appropriate support to the millions of Australians who rely on Centrelink and the Department of Human Services. ( general business notice of motion no. 1015 )

Notices of motion withdrawn : Senator McEwen, at the request of the Chair of the Education and Employment References Committee (Senator Lines) and Senator Dastyari, withdrew business of the Senate notices of motion nos 1 and 8 standing in their names for today, proposing references to the Education and Employment References Committee.