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Notice given 27 August 2001

*1016  Senator Bartlett: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) repeated concerns expressed by many sections of the community about the conditions in Australia’s detention centres and the treatment of some asylum seekers in those centres,

(ii) plans announced by the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (Mr Ruddock) to build three new detention centres,

(iii) statements made by the President of the Law Council of Australia that the practice of mandatory detention is questionable in the light of several international conventions and that mandatory detention is excessive and not necessary for all asylum seekers; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to immediately reconsider its policy of mandatory detention and to save taxpayers’ money by scrapping plans to build extra detention centres.

On 30 August 2001

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on child migration.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the administration of AusSAR in relation to the search for the Margaret J .

Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the framework for the market supervision of Australia’s stock exchanges.

On 17 September 2001

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Taxation Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2001. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Trade Practices Amendment (Telecommunications) Bill 2001. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

Taxation Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2001— ( Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Senator Ian Macdonald )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Ludwig, 20 August 2001 ).

On 18 September 2001

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Prohibition of Compulsory Union Fees) Bill 2001. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

Workplace Relations Amendment (Prohibition of Compulsory Union Fees) Bill 2001— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Senator Tambling )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Ludwig, 6 August 2001 ).

On 19 September 2001

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on annual reports tabled by 30 April 2001.

On 20 September 2001

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee

Report to be presented on higher education.

On 25 September 2001

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Report to be presented on methods of appointment to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s board.

On 27 September 2001

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on the recruitment and retention of Australian Defence Force personnel.

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000, the Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2000, the Auditor of Parliamentary Allowances and Entitlements Bill 2000 [No. 2] and the provisions of the Government Advertising (Objectivity, Fairness and Accountability) Bill 2000. ( First two bills referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Superannuation and Financial Services—Select Committee

Report to be presented on initial terms of reference.

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee

Report to be presented on the education of gifted and talented children.

National Capital and External Territories—Joint Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the sale of the Christmas Island resort.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Second report to be presented on the examination of developments in contemporary Japan and the implications for Australia.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on the disposal of Defence properties.

General Business—Orders of the Day

85  Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2000

Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 10 October 2000 ).

88  Auditor of Parliamentary Allowances and Entitlements Bill 2000 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Faulkner )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator O’Brien, in continuation, 9 November 2000 ).

Thirteen sitting days after today

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion