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Notice given 13 March 2002

35  Senator Greig: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the recent meeting of state attorneys-general and, in particular, notes the willingness by the state attorneys-general to transfer their powers to have property issues for de facto couples settled in the Family Court; and

(b) calls on the Government in bringing forward legislation on this matter to ensure that:

(i) such federal legislation will in no way limit existing rights under state legislation, and

(ii) an equitable legislative regime is proposed which eliminates any disadvantage or discrimination against all de facto couples whether they are of the same or opposite sex.

Notice of motion altered on 19 March 2002 pursuant to standing order 77.

38  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate—

(a) expresses its concern about reports that two Australians, amongst a party of ten members of Falun Gong arrested by police in Beijing on 8 March 2002, were beaten by the police; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to obtain an explanation from China and to respond appropriately, to ensure Australians are not abused in similar circumstances in the future.