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Notice given 27 August 2001

*1009  Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Crowley): To move—That the Community Affairs References Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on 28 August 2001, from 5 pm till 7 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into nursing.

*1010  Senators Bourne and Bartlett: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the proposed meeting of Australian Prime Minister, Mr Howard, and United States President, Mr Bush, on 10 September 2001;

(b) recalls its resolutions of 29 June 2000 and 1 March 2001 in regard to missile defence issues;

(c) notes the substantial international efforts made by successive Australian governments to promote the ratification and entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty;

(d) considers the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile delivery systems to be a most serious international security issue;

(e) notes the possibility that the deployment of a missile defence system may undermine the integrity of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and thereby lead to a renewed nuclear arms race; and

(f) urges the Prime Minister to uphold the integrity of Australia’s joint facilities, namely that these facilities should only be utilised in the context of the anti-ballistic missile defence treaty, the comprehensive test ban treaty and the non-proliferation treaty.

*1011  Senator Calvert: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) ten years have now passed since the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania re-established total independence from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which had, as the result of a secret pact between the regimes of Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler, forcibly and illegally occupied the Baltic countries for half a century since World War II,

(ii) during those 50 years of Soviet occupation the Australian Government gave significant support to the Baltic peoples at international forums and during bilateral contacts with other countries and was, in August 1991, among the first to give formal recognition to the Baltic nations upon their re-establishment of independence, and

(iii) since the restoration of independence the Baltic nations have demonstrated their commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law and have actively pursued full integration into global and European political, economic and security organisations; and

(b) in this year of Australia’s Centenary of Federation, congratulates the Baltic peoples on their achievements and expresses a sincere hope that the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will never again be threatened.

*1012  Chair of the Select Committee on Superannuation and Financial Services (Senator Watson): To move—That the time for the presentation of the final report of the Select Committee on Superannuation and Financial Services on prudential supervision and consumer protection for superannuation, banking and financial services be extended to the last sitting day in March 2002.

*1013  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Stott Despoja): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 19 to 25 August 2001 was Hearing Awareness Week,

(ii) the theme for Hearing Awareness Week in 2001 was ‘It’s Caption Time’, and

(iii) legislative requirements now ensure that all programs broadcast on the ABC, SBS and commercial networks, between 6 pm and 10.30 pm, are captioned, providing access to the 1.7 million Australian who have a hearing impairment; and

(b) looks forward to future advances in captioning.

*1014  Senator Mackay: To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, no later than immediately after motions to take note of answers to questions without notice on 30 August 2001, the Telstra document, or series of Telstra documents, containing substandard plant reports and known as the E71 database, which Telstra undertook to prepare at the estimates hearing of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 7 June 2001 and which, according to Telstra Director of Finance, John Stanhope, is being provided to the Minister’s office during the week beginning 26 August 2001.

*1015  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) will be discussing a United States-Australia free trade agreement with President Bush in Washington D.C. on 10 September 2001; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to rule out any consideration of relaxing Australia’s media content, media ownership, Foreign Investment Review Board rules or changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in any such free trade agreement.

Orders of the Day

1  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 4 of 1998-99—Performance audit—Client service initiatives: Austrade Trade Commission (Austrade)

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

2  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 3 of 1998-99—Performance audit—Assessable government industry assistance: Follow-up audit: Australian Taxation Office

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

3  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 5 of 1998-99—Performance audit—Commonwealth agencies’ security preparations for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

4  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 6 of 1998-99—Audit activity report: January to June 1998: Summary of audit outcomes

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

5  Commonwealth programs—Promotional campaigns—Documents (pursuant to the order of the Senate of 24 June 1998)

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

6  Reserve Bank of Australia—Report for 1997-98 of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

7  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 7 of 1998-99—Performance audit—Management of the implementation of the new employment services market: Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

8  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 8 of 1998-99—Performance audit—Safeguarding our national collections

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

9  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 9 of 1998-99—Performance audit—Accountability and performance information: Australian Sports Commission

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

10  Electorate issues briefs—Document (pursuant to the order of the Senate of 2 July 1998)

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

11  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 11 of 1998-99—Performance audit—OGIT and FedLink infrastructure: Office of Government Information Technology, Department of Finance and Administration

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

12  Australian National Audit Office—Report for 1997-89

Consideration ( 10 November 1998 ).

13  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 12 of 1998-99—Performance audit—Taxation reform: Community Education and Information Programme

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner)—That the Senate take note of the document—( Senator Cook, in continuation, 10 November 1998 ).

14  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 10 of 1998-99—Performance audit—Sale of one-third of Telstra

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bishop—That the Senate take note of the document—( Senator Bishop, in continuation, 10 November 1998 ).

15  Telstra

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bishop—That the Senate—

(a) opposes any further sell-down of Telstra because of the grave risks such a sell-down would have on:

(i) access to advanced communications services,

(ii) service availability, quality and price,

(iii) public finances,

(iv) foreign ownership,

(v) employment, and

(vi) local manufacturing;

(b) notes the refusal of the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Senator Alston) to back down from a commitment to the full sale of Telstra despite strident opposition from his own backbench; and

(c) condemns the Minister for seriously undermining the reputation and standing of Telstra with his public comment on 8 September 1998 that Telstra’s ‘best years may lie behind it’—( Senator Quirke, in continuation, 12 November 1998 ).

16  Air Navigation Amendment (Extension of Curfew and Limitation of Aircraft Movements) Bill 1995 [1998]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bourne )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 March 1995 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

17  Captioning for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Bill 1998—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 28 May 1998 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

18  D’Entrecasteaux National Park Protection Bill 1996 [1998]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 17 October 1996 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

19  Defence Cooperation Control Amendment Bill 1997 [1998]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Sherry, in continuation, 27 May 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

20  Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Coonan, in continuation, 5 October 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

21  Koongarra Project Area Repeal Bill 1996 [1998]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Lees )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 7 May 1996 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

22  Native Forest Protection Bill 1996 [1998]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Brown and Lees )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 11 September 1996 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

23  Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [1998]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bourne )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 31 May 1995 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

24  Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [1998]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 June 1996 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

25  Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 1997 [1998]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bolkus )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 June 1997 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

26  Prohibition of Exportation of Uranium (Customs Act Amendment) Bill 1996 [1998]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Lees )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 7 May 1996 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

28  Sexuality Discrimination Bill 1995 [1998]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 28 May 1998 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

29  Taxation Laws Amendment (Part-Time Students) Bill 1997 [1998]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 30 October 1997 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

30  Telecommunications Amendment (Prohibition of B-Party Charging of Internet Service Providers) Bill 1997 [1998]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Allison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 June 1997 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

31  Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1998—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Allison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 28 May 1998 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

32  World Heritage Properties Conservation Amendment (Protection of Wet Tropics of Tully) Bill 1996 [1998]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Lees )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 9 May 1996 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 ).

33  Constitution Alteration (Right to Stand for Parliament—Qualification of Members and Candidates) 1998 (No. 2)—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Special Minister of State (Senator Abetz), in continuation, 3 December 1998 ).

34  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 17 of 1998-99—Performance audit—Acquisition of aerospace simulators: Department of Defence

Adjourned debate on the motion—That the Senate take note of the document—( 25 November 1998 ).

35  Finance—Banking services

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—That the Senate views, with deep concern:

(a) the Federal Government’s callous disregard and total lack of interest in ensuring that the community has access to both affordable and accessible banking services, as evidenced by the fact that under the Howard Government over 484 bank branches were closed in 1997-98; and

(b) the failure of the Government to:

(i) formally monitor bank fees, and

(ii) rule out a goods and services tax being applied to bank service charges—( Senator Schacht, in continuation, 26 November 1998 ).

36  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 19 of 1998-99—Performance audit—The planning of aged care: Department of Health and Aged Care

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Evans—That the Senate take note of the document—( Senator West, in continuation, 8 December 1998 ).

37  Communications—ABC Online

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the unique and valuable contribution that the award winning internet service ABC Online has made to the multimedia services of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC),

(ii) that the Online gateway structure is now closely integrated with most ABC broadcasting services and is fully integrated with ABC news services,

(iii) that any attempts to privatise Online would have ramifications at every level of ABC services, and

(iv) that ABC Online is integral to the way the ABC will operate and perform in the future;

(b) expresses concern at:

(i) proposals to privatise 49 per cent of ABC Online,

(ii) attempts to link future ABC funding to the privatisation of key services, and

(iii) government support for the privatisation of Online;

(c) condemns:

(i) the anti-ABC ideology of senior members of the Liberal Party of Australia,

(ii) the destabilising, anti-ABC stance of board member Mr Michael Kroger in pursuing a privatisation agenda to the detriment of the ABC, and

(iii) the active support given to Mr Kroger’s privatisation agenda by the Treasurer (Mr Costello), the Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation (Mr McGauran), and the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Senator Alston); and

(d) calls on the Government to support the position of ABC Chair, Mr Donald McDonald, and ABC Managing Director, Mr Brian Johns, in their rejection of any sale of Online services—( Special Minister of State (Senator Abetz), in continuation, 18 February 1999 ).

38  Employment—Women workers

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Mackay—That the Senate—

(a) notes the Howard Government’s long-term agenda to cut wages for low income workers which will see women, who dominate low-paid, part-time and casual occupations, significantly worse off;

(b) rejects the Government’s intention, signalled by the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business (Mr Reith):

(i) to abolish the no disadvantage test, removing what little protection many women workers have when moving to Australian workplace agreements, which will result in the wage gender gap widening,

(ii) to exempt small business from award provisions, and

(iii) to institute wage discounting for the unemployed, thus penalising women workers who are more likely to exit and then re-enter the workforce; and

(c) notes that:

(i) women workers still have not achieved equal remuneration in Australia,

(ii) as a result of the Government’s deregulation of the labour market, the gender gap in wages and conditions is growing steadily,

(iii) women workers are systemically discriminated against in Australian workplace agreements, and

(iv) women workers are increasingly suffering a loss in basic conditions like maternity leave—( Senator Coonan, in continuation, 11 March 1999 ).

39  Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment Bill 1999—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bourne )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator O’Brien, 25 March 1999 ).

40  Health—Aged care

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Evans—That the Senate—

(a) notes the failure of the aged care reforms of the Commonwealth Government to:

(i) provide adequate capital funding for the aged care sector,

(ii) equitably provide access to high quality residential and community-based aged care to older Australians,

(iii) protect the viability of aged care facilities in rural and remote regions, and

(iv) address the wage disparity for nursing staff that exists between the acute and aged care sectors;

(b) notes the failure of the Minister for Health and Aged Care (Dr Wooldridge) to resolve the:

(i) setting of accreditation fees for the Standards and Accreditation Agency,

(ii) provision of growth funding for home and community care services to New South Wales,

(iii) finalisation and release of the new certification instrument,

(iv) numerous anomalies and problems that residents and providers are encountering under the Aged Care Act 1997 ,

(v) release of the initial report of the 2-year review of the Government’s aged care reforms, and

(vi) release of the report of the Productivity Commission into nursing home funding, handed to the Government 70 days ago; and

(c) calls on the Minister to enter meaningful dialogue with all sectors of the aged care industry to address concerns about the quality of aged care received by older Australians—( Senator Knowles, in continuation, 25 March 1999 ).

41  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 35 of 1998-99—Performance audit—The service pension: Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator West—That the Senate take note of the document—( Senator West, in continuation, 19 April 1999 ).

42  New Tax System—Select Committee—Statement by President

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner)—That the Senate take note of the statement—( Senator Carr, in continuation, 20 April 1999 ).

43  Parliamentary questions

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Mackay—That the Senate notes the failure of government ministers and their departments to adequately respond to parliamentary questions and requests for information on government programs and administration—( Senator Ferris, in continuation, 22 April 1999 ).

44  Olympic Games—Opening

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate notes the inconsistency in the view of the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) that it would be inappropriate for a non-Australian to open the Olympic Games, yet appropriate for a non-Australian to remain as Head of State—( Leader of the National Party in the Senate (Senator Boswell), in continuation, 29 April 1999 ).

45  Employment Security Bill 1999 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Collins )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Cooney, in continuation, 13 May 1999 ).

46  Electoral Amendment (Senate Elections) Bill 1999—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 22 June 1999 ).

47  Republic (Consultation on an Elected President) Bill 1999—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator O’Brien, 30 June 1999 ).

48  Indonesian elections 1999—Report of the Australian Observation Mission to the 1999 Indonesian elections

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ferguson—That the Senate take note of the document—( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 30 June 1999 ).

49  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 8 of 1999-2000—Performance audit—Managing data privacy in Centrelink: Centrelink

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate take note of the document—( Senator O’Brien, in continuation, 23 August 1999 ).

50  Constitution Alteration (Proportional Representation in the Senate) 1999—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Harris )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 24 August 1999 ).

52  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 9 of 1999-2000—Performance audit—Managing pest and disease emergencies: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Australia

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Brown—That the Senate take note of the document—( adjourned, Senator Gibbs, 25 August 1999 ).

53  Australian Defence Force—Fringe benefits tax

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate—

(a) recognises the unique and harsh conditions under which Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel work and the fact that the ADF is not an ordinary workforce and has never been treated that way by previous governments;

(b) notes that:

(i) as a result of the new fringe benefits tax (FBT) reporting regime, put in place as part of the Government’s new tax system, extreme hardship will be experienced by ADF personnel, and

(ii) the Government has decided to exempt only a few of the fringe benefits and allowances that ADF personnel receive from the new FBT reporting regime; and

(c) calls on the Government to continue to recognise the unique status of the ADF and to therefore exempt all ADF personnel from the FBT reporting requirements in respect of the conditions and benefits they receive because of their service in the armed forces—( Senator Calvert, in continuation, 26 August 1999 ).

54  Convention on Climate Change (Implementation) Bill 1999—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator O’Brien, 2 September 1999 ).

55  Victoria—Quality of services

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate notes the disturbing parallel between the uncaring and arrogant policies of the Kennett and Howard Governments which have seen a dramatic decline in the quality of services in Victoria.

And on the amendment moved by Senator Allison —Omit all words after “That”, substitute “the Senate:

(a) notes the disturbing parallel between the uncaring and arrogant policies of the Kennett and Howard Governments which have seen a dramatic decline in the quality of services in Victoria; and

(b) calls on both the Liberal and Labor leaders in Victoria to urgently introduce legislation to reform the Victorian Upper House electoral system so it may become a true house of review and thereby act as a guard against future episodes of mismanagement, and to ensure the legislation is passed within a year”—( 23 September 1999 ).

56  Electoral Amendment (Optional Preferential Voting) Bill 1999—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Harris )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator O’Brien, 29 September 1999 ).

57  Indigenous education

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate notes, with deep concern, the statement by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Chairman, Mr Gatjil Djerrkura, that, ‘Despite the gains in Indigenous education in the past three decades, Indigenous students lag behind other Australians by almost any measure of participation or attainment. The gap between rates of retention for non-Indigenous students compared with Indigenous students has increased and is expected to worsen.’—( Senator Ferris, in continuation, 30 September 1999 ).

58  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 13 of 1999-2000—Performance audit—Management of major equipment acquisition projects: Department of Defence

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate take note of the document—( Senator Carr, in continuation, 11 October 1999 ).

59  Workplace Relations Amendment (Australian Defence Force Service and Training) Bill 1999 (No. 2)—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Collins )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Chapman, in continuation, 21 October 1999 ).

60  Anti-Genocide Bill 1999—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Greig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 April 2001 ).

61  Customs Amendment (Anti-Radioactive Waste Storage Dump) Bill 1999—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator O’Brien, 20 October 1999 ).

62  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 19 of 1999-2000—Performance audit—Aviation safety compliance: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate take note of the document—( adjourned, Senator Brown, 22 November 1999 ).

63  Child Care Legislation Amendment (High Need Regions) Bill 1999—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Evans )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Senator Ian Campbell), in continuation, 25 November 1999 ).

64  UNESCO General Conference, 30th Session—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate take note of the statement—( Senator Carr, in continuation, 9 December 1999 ).

65  Superannuation (Entitlements of same sex couples) Bill 2000—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 15 February 2000 ).

66  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 30 of 1999-2000—Examination of the Federal Cultural and Heritage Projects Program

Adjourned debate on the motion of Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner)—That the Senate take note of the document—( Senator Ray, in continuation, 15 February 2000 ).

67  Environment—Queensland land clearing—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Chief of Staff (Rob Whiddon), Officer of the Premier, Queensland, responding to the resolution of the Senate of 7 December 1999

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator McGauran—That the Senate take note of the document—( Senator McGauran, in continuation, 15 February 2000 ).

68  New Tax System—Implementation—Joint Select Committee—Proposed appointment

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Cook—

(1) That a joint select committee, to be known as the Joint Select Committee to Scrutinise the Implementation of the New Tax System, be established to inquire into and report, by 1 March 2001, on the implementation and impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), as well as associated tax system changes.

(2) That, in conducting its inquiry, the committee examine the following matters:

(a) the actual impact of the GST and associated tax system changes on different socio-economic groups, particularly disadvantaged and fixed-income groups;

(b) the extent to which government commitments on the GST have been achieved, including the promises that:

(i) no person will be worse off because of the tax changes,

(ii) no petrol price will rise as a result of the GST,

(iii) no price will rise by more than 10 per cent, and

(iv) health and education will be GST free;

(c) the extent to which confusion remains over whether the GST applies to some goods and services, particularly food products;

(d) the revenue generated by the proposed changes, including the level of revenue generated by imposing a GST on specific items of food, clothing, shelter, education expenses, health products, books, newspapers and magazines, petrol and other essential goods and services;

(e) the effects of the proposed changes on the Consumer Price Index;

(f) the effects of the GST on bank and other financial institutions’ fees and charges and interest rates;

(g) the creation and management of the Australian Business Number system;

(h) the pricing policies of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in implementing the GST and the resourcing of the ACCC for that task;

(i) the actual compliance cost impacts for the implementation of the GST and other tax changes on:

(i) business, especially small business,

(ii) charities and non-profit organisations, and

(iii) local government,

and the adequacy of proposed compensation measures;

(j) the financial and compliance cost impacts of requiring disclosure of the GST on receipts for consumers;

(k) the extent to which the GST is levied on state and local government fees, charges and levies, thus becoming a tax-on-a-tax;

(l) the implementation performance of the Australian Taxation Office, the GST Start-up Office and other relevant bodies including (but not limited to) information provision, accuracy of advice and adequacy of briefing materials;

(m) the scope of further legislative change required and the timetable for issuing of regulations and public and private rulings; and

(n) such other matters as the committee considers fall within the scope of this inquiry.

(3) That the committee consist of 7 members, 2 members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the House of Representatives, 2 members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, 1 senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 1 senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 1 senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democrats.

(4) That every nomination of a member of the committee be forthwith notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(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:

(a) senators, or members of the House of Representatives, may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government or Opposition in the Senate or the Leader of the Australian Democrats, or the Leader of the Government or Opposition in the House of Representatives, respectively, as substitutes for members of the committee in respect of particular matters before the committee;

(b) senators, or members of the House of Representatives, may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Australian Greens, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, or independent senators, or independent members of the House of Representatives, respectively, as participating members; and

(c) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and shall have all the rights of members of the committee, but shall not vote on any questions before the committee or be counted for the purpose of a quorum.

(7) That the committee shall elect a government member as its chair.

(8) That the committee shall elect an opposition member as its deputy chair, immediately after the election of the chair.

(9) That the deputy chair act as chair when there is no chair or the chair is not present at a meeting.

(10) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, shall have a casting vote.

(11) That the quorum of the committee shall be a majority of the members of the committee.

(12) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to any subcommittee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine.

(13) That the committee appoint the chair of each subcommittee who shall have a casting vote only and any time when the chair of a subcommittee is not present at a meeting of the subcommittee the members of the subcommittee present shall elect another member of that subcommittee to act as chair at that meeting.

(14) That the quorum of a subcommittee be 2 members of that subcommittee.

(15) 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.

(16) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, and to sit in public or in private.

(17) That the committee have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(18) That a subcommittee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during the adjournment of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

(19) That the committee set 30 June 2000 as the date for receipt of submissions, but that the committee be empowered to receive and consider submissions at any later time.

(20) That the committee hold hearings in each state and territory as required.

(21) That a message be sent to the House of Representatives acquainting it with this resolution and requesting that it concur and take action accordingly—( Senator McGauran, in continuation, 17 February 2000 ).

69  Regional Australia—Financial and telecommunications services

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senators Conroy and Mackay—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the ongoing failure of the Howard Government to ensure that regional Australia has adequate and acceptable access to basic services, including financial and telecommunications services,

(ii) that a total of 1 149 banking branches have closed since June 1996, 318 of these in rural and remote areas, and that in the past year 257 branches have closed, 114 of these in rural and remote areas,

(iii) the Howard Government, despite committing to establish 70 Rural Transaction Centres by 30 June 2000, has to this date opened only six centres,

(iv) that the Rural Transaction Centre program is a woefully inadequate response to branch closures in rural and regional areas,

(v) that on 8 March 2000 Telstra announced plans to shed 10 000 jobs, which will have an adverse effect on service provision in regional Australia,

(vi) comments by the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) that the banks do have social obligations and the Government’s failure to take action to ensure that banks fulfil their social obligations, and

(vii) the apparent contempt that the Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Mr David Murray, has for these comments, stating that, ‘regulating the banks will turn the lights out in the Commonwealth Bank’; and

(b) calls on the Government to immediately begin discussions to establish a social charter of community obligations for Australia’s banks—( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 9 March 2000 ).

70  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 33 of 1999-2000—Administration of Business Entry Program: Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ray—That the Senate take note of the document—( Senator Ray, in continuation, 13 March 2000 ).

71  Sex Discrimination Legislation Amendment (Pregnancy and Work) Bill 2000 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Crossin )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 14 March 2000 ).

72  Workplace Relations Act

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Quirke—That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Committee of Experts of the United Nations (UN) industrial arm, the International Labor Organisation (ILO), found, on 10 March 2000, that the Howard Government’s Workplace Relations Act breached ILO Convention 98 on collective bargaining;

(b) condemns the Government for bringing Australia into international disrepute; and

(c) calls on the Government to amend the Workplace Relations Act to conform with our UN treaty obligations—( Senator Hogg, in continuation, 16 March 2000 ).

73  Auditor-General—Audit report no. 36 of 1999-2000—Home and community care: Department of Health and Aged Care

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate take note of the document—( Senator O’Brien, in continuation, 3 April 2000 ).

74  Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 4 April 2000 ).

75  Education—Australia’s international education industry

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate notes the Government’s belated acknowledgment of the failure of its regulatory regime to safeguard the integrity and the quality of Australia’s international education industry and, in particular, to:

(a) prevent the abuse of student visas; and

(b) act as gatekeeper for the quality of education provided to overseas students—( Senator Tchen, in continuation, 6 April 2000 ).

76  Budget—Magnetic resonance imaging services

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate notes the failure of the Minister for Health and Aged Care (Dr Wooldridge) to protect the budget process in relation to the provision of Medicare rebates for magnetic resonance imaging services—( Senator West, in continuation, 11 May 2000 ).

77  Communications—Radio Australia—Cox Peninsula radio transmitter

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bishop—That the Senate—

(a) deplores the loss of the Cox Peninsula transmitter in 1997 and the more recent sale of the transmitter to a foreign interest group;

(b) notes that the sale of the transmitter:

(i) betrays Australia’s national interest in Asia,

(ii) confirms to listeners the lack of interest of the Australian Government in the Asia region, and

(iii) conveys an intent by the Australian Government to nullify an Australian voice to the region;

(c) urges the Australian Government to take all necessary steps to ensure that Radio Australia regains immediate access to the transmitter; and

(d) calls on the Australian Government to make sufficient funds available immediately so that Radio Australia can access the transmitter—( Senator McGauran, in continuation, 8 June 2000 ).

78  Australian Electoral Commission—Greenfields Foundation

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner)—That the Senate—

(a) notes the repeated attempts of the Greenfields Foundation to avoid scrutiny by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC);

(b) shares the concern expressed by the AEC in its ‘Election 1998—Funding and disclosure’ report that the Greenfields Foundation provides a model for those who wish to avoid full and open disclosure of political donations;

(c) supports the recommendations of the AEC which are designed to prevent such potential circumvention of the intention of the public disclosure provisions in the Electoral Act; and

(d) calls on the Government to bring forward legislation to amend the Electoral Act in accordance the recommendations of the AEC—( 22 June 2000 ).

79  Australian Parliamentary Delegation—Report—Kingdom of Cambodia and the 20th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organisation (AIPO), Manila, Philippines, September 1999

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Calvert—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Calvert, in continuation, 28 June 2000 ).

80  United Nations Human Rights Committee system

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Cook—That the Senate—

(a) notes, with deep concern, the Government’s abrogation of its responsibilities for Australia’s participation in the United Nations Human Rights Committee system;

(b) in particular condemns the Government for refusing to sign the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which the former Labor Government was active in initiating; and

(c) calls on the Government to reconsider this hasty and ill-considered action which will damage Australia’s international reputation and its national interests—( Senator Coonan, in continuation, 31 August 2000 ).

81  Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2000—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 5 September 2000 ).

82  Corporate Code of Conduct Bill 2000—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bourne )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 6 September 2000 ).

84  Environment—Derby Tidal Energy Project—Order for production of document—Statement by Minister

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator O’Brien, in continuation, 5 October 2000 ).

86  Information Technology Outsourcing Program

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Lundy—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Government for persisting with its Information Technology Outsourcing Program given that the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report presents a damning critique exposing the Government as having failed to achieve its stated policy objective of achieving savings;

(b) expresses its concern that, despite the ANAO findings, the Government is continuing a program that has demonstrably:

(i) had program management costs reach inexplicable levels,

(ii) failed to achieve the savings promised by the Minister for Finance and Administration (Mr Fahey),

(iii) damaged the local information technology industry by structuring contracts to suit multinational corporations, and

(iv) hampered the capacity of agencies to innovate in the use of information technologies, including the electronic delivery of government services; and

(c) calls on the Government to immediately exclude the science agencies, described as Group 9 under the program, given the potential damage to their research and development capability—( Senator Schacht, in continuation, 12 October 2000 ).

87  Job Network Monitoring Authority Bill 2000 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Collins )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brandis, in continuation, 9 August 2001 ).

89  Communications—Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate, noting the charter of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as Australia’s national broadcaster:

(a) calls on the Board of the ABC to:

(i) maintain its commitment to news and current affairs programming, and

(ii) resist any political interference by the Government in its decision-making processes and deliberations; and

(b) calls on the Managing Director of the ABC, Mr Shier, to provide to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee for its estimates hearings:

(i) a complete and detailed account of his organisational restructure, and

(ii) a detailed account of his budgetary reallocations within the ABC ( Senator Sandy Macdonald, in continuation, 2 November 2000 ).

90  Bringing them home: National inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families—Progress on Commonwealth initiatives in response to the Bringing Them Home report, as at 30 June 2000

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 November 2000 ).

91  Australian Parliamentary Delegation—Report—Brazil and Argentina, 15 to 29 October 2000

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Tierney—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Tierney, in continuation, 7 December 2000 ).

92  Excise Tariff Amendment (Petrol Tax Cut) Bill 2001 (No. 2)

Customs Tariff Amendment (Petrol Tax Cut) Bill 2001 (No. 2)—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Cook )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Crane, in continuation, 8 March 2001 ).

93  Lucas Heights—Nuclear reactor—Order for production of documents—Statement by Minister

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Forshaw—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Forshaw, in continuation, 8 February 2001 ).

94  Finance—Banking social charter

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—That the Senate—

(a) notes that since 1996:

(i) more than 1 500 bank branches have closed throughout Australia, reducing community access to financial services, particularly in regional Australia, and

(ii) the fee for a transaction conducted in a banking branch has increased by as much as 400 per cent and that since 1997 banks’ fee income from households has increased by 53 per cent; and

(b) urges the Commonwealth to immediately begin discussions with the banks on establishing a banking social charter to ensure that banks meet their social obligations to the community—( Senator Coonan, in continuation, 29 March 2001 ).

95  Australian Parliamentary Delegation—Report—Parliamentary visit to East Timor, 12-13 February 2001

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Coonan—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Coonan, in continuation, 2 April 2001 ).

96  ABC Amendment (Online and Multichannelling Services) Bill 2001—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bourne )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 3 April 2001 ).

97  Award of Victoria Cross for Australia Bill 2001—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Schacht )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 4 April 2001 ).

98  Reconciliation Bill 2001—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ridgeway )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 5 April 2001 ).

99  Information Technology—Datacasting

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Government for its failure to create a sensible, workable datacasting regime, which has resulted in the cancellation of its proposed auction of datacasting spectrum;

(b) condemns the Government for its unworkable datacasting regime, which is preventing Australians from reaping the economic and technological benefits of datacasting and the advantages of a new, innovative consumer service; and

(c) calls on the Government to create a viable policy framework for the datacasting industry to replace the restrictive and unworkable existing regime.

And on the amendment moved by Senator Bourne —At the end of the motion, add:

“; and (d) condemns the Opposition for refusing to even consider any amendments to its own datacasting regime, or to consider any alternative datacasting regimes, thereby ensuring that neither its datacasting regime nor any regime other than the Government’s would be passed into legislation”—( Senator Coonan, in continuation, 24 May 2001 ).

100  Trade Practices Amendment (Representative Actions) Bill 2001

Trade Practices Amendment (Mergers in Regional Markets) Bill 2001

Trade Practices Amendment (Unconscionable Conduct) Bill 2001

Trade Practices Amendment (Operation of State and Territory Laws) Bill 2001

Fair Prices and Better Access for All (Petroleum) Bill 2001—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Schacht )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 19 June 2001 ).

101  Finance—Australian Securities and Investments Commission—Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—That the Senate—

(a) expresses its concern about the decline in investor confidence flowing from:

(i) recent corporate collapses,

(ii) public questions about the independence of auditors and brokers, and

(iii) concerns about the competence and performance of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA); and

(b) condemns the Minister for Financial Services and Regulation for his mishandled oversight of ASIC and APRA—( Senator Coonan, in continuation, 21 June 2001 ).

102  Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government) 2001—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray and the Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 26 June 2001 ).

104  State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 7 August 2001 ).

105  Finance—Banking social charter

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—That the Senate—

(a) notes that banking is the most profitable industry in Australia and that these profits have been caused by increased bank fees, increased bank queues and reduced banking services;

(b) notes, in particular, that:

(i) in the past half year the major banks announced record profits of more than $5 billion and are headed for profits of more than $10 billion for the full year, and

(ii) according to the Reserve Bank’s recent update Bank Fees in Australia , banks earned $2.1 billion in fees from households in the past 12 months and that in the past 4 years this income has increased by 75 per cent; and

(iii) since 1996 banks have closed 1 505 bank branches; and

(c) calls upon the Government to immediately negotiate a social charter with Australia’s banks to ensure that all Australians have access to affordable banking services—( Senator McGauran, in continuation, 23 August 2001 ).

*106  Federal Court judgment—Examination of documents—Statement by senator

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ray—That the Senate take note of the statement—( Senator Ray, in continuation, 27 August 2001 ).