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Notice given 28 August 2002

*147  Chair of the Legal and Constitutional References Committee (Senator Bolkus): To move—That the Legal and Constitutional References Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Monday, 16 September 2002, from 8 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the Migration Legislation Amendment (Further Border Protection Measures) Bill 2002 and related issues.

*148  Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Hutchins): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Community Affairs References Committee on the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2002 and related issues be extended to 25 September 2002.

*149  Senator Evans: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) since the election of the Howard Government, the rate of bulk billing by general practitioners (GPs) has dropped from 80.6 per cent to 74.5 per cent, and that the average patient cost to see a GP who does not bulk bill has gone up 41.8 per cent to nearly $12, and

(ii) in every year from the commencement of Medicare in 1984 through to 1996, bulk billing rates for GPs increased, but that, in every year since the election of the Howard Government, bulk billing rates have decreased;

(b) recognises that the unavailability of bulk billing hurts those Australians who are least able to afford the rising costs of health care and those who are at greatest risk of preventable illness and disease;

(c) condemns the Howard Government’s failure to take responsibility for declining rates of bulk billing; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Health and Ageing (Senator Patterson) to release publicly the June 2002 quarter bulk billing figures so that the true extent of the problem is made known.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

1  Torres Strait Regional Authority—Report for 2000-01

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Buckland, 22 August 2002 ).

2  Australia and the Asian Development Bank—Report for 2000-01

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 27 August 2002 ).

3  National Health and Medical Research Council—Report for 2001

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Wong—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 27 August 2002 ).

4  Bilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and the regulation impact statement—Protocol, done at Canberra on 23 January 2002, amending the Convention between Australia and Canada for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income, done at Canberra on 21 May 1980

Consideration ( 27 August 2002 ).

5  Bilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and associated exchange of letters—Second Protocol and Exchange of Letters, done at Genting Highlands, Malaysia on 28 July 2002, amending the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Malaysia for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income of 20 August 1980, as amended by the First Protocol of 2 August 1999

Consideration ( 27 August 2002 ).

6  Bilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and diplomatic note constituting an arrangement of less than treaty status concerning the interpretation of the proposed agreement—Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America concerning Security Measures for the Reciprocal Protection of Classified Information, done at Canberra on 25 June 2002

Consideration ( 27 August 2002 ).

7  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis—Amendments, done at Shimonoseki, Japan on 24 May 2002, to the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, done at Washington on 2 December 1946

Consideration ( 27 August 2002 ).

8  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis—Amendment, adopted on 18 October 2000, to the Limitation Amounts in the Protocol of 1992 to amend the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1969

Consideration ( 27 August 2002 ).

9  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis—Amendment, adopted on 18 October 2000, to the Limits of Compensation in the Protocol of 1992 to Amend the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage, 1971

Consideration ( 27 August 2002 ).

10  Bilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis ( To replace documents tabled on 25 June 2002 )—Exchange of Notes Constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Democratic Republic of East Timor concerning Arrangements for Exploration and Exploitation of Petroleum in an Area of the Timor Sea between Australia and East Timor, done at Dili on 20 May 2002

Consideration ( 27 August 2002 ).

11  Bilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis ( To replace documents tabled on 25 June 2002 )—Timor Sea Treaty between the Government of Australia and the Government of East Timor, done at Dili on 20 May 2002

Consideration ( 27 August 2002 ).

*12  Commonwealth Grants Commission—Report—Jervis Bay Territory 2002

Consideration ( 28 August 2002 ).

*13  Reserve Bank of Australia—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 28 August 2002 ).

Orders of the Day

ABC Amendment (Online and Multichannelling Services) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 3 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Air Navigation Amendment (Extension of Curfew and Limitation of Aircraft Movements) Bill 1995 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 March 1995 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Anti-Genocide Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Acting Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Greig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator O’Brien, 25 March 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2000 [2002]

Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 10 October 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government) 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Murray and Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 26 June 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 4 April 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Corporate Code of Conduct Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 6 September 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 5 September 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

10  Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 31 May 1995 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 23 November 1998 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

12  Reconciliation Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ridgeway )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 5 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

13  State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 7 August 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

14  Public liability insurance premiums

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

(a) expresses its concern about the significant increase in public liability insurance premiums and the effect it is having on the viability of many small businesses and community and sporting organisations;

(b) condemns the Government for its inaction; and

(c) urges the Minister to propose a solution to this pressing issue, as quickly as possible, not just look at the problem ( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 14 February 2002 ).

15  Ministers of State (Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 13 March 2002 ).

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

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Carr, in continuation, 19 March 2002 ).

17  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Boundary Extension) Amendment Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Calvert, in continuation, 16 May 2002 ).

18  Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Coonan, in continuation, 5 October 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

19  Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 June 1996 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

20  Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 26 September 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

21  Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Scrutiny of Board Appointments) Amendment Bill 2002—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 15 May 2002 ).

23  Constitution Alteration (Right to Stand for Parliament—Qualification of Members and Candidates) 1998 (No. 2) [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Special Minister of State (Senator Abetz), in continuation, 3 December 1998 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 16 May 2002 ).

24  Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Forest Practices) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 20 June 2002 ).

25  Family Law Amendment (Joint Residency) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Harris )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Harris, in continuation, 20 June 2002 ).

26  ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organisation (AIPO)—Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation to the 22nd AIPO General Assembly, Thailand, 2 to 5 September 2001; Visits and briefings, Bangkok, 6 to 8 September 2001; and Bi-lateral visit to Singapore, 9 to 13 September 2001

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Calvert—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Calvert, in continuation, 27 June 2002 ).

27  Social Security—Family tax benefits

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

(a) condemns the Howard Government’s decision to strip, without warning, the tax returns of Australian families who have been overpaid family payments as callous and unfair to parents trying to survive under increasing financial pressures;

(b) notes that this is not consistent with the statement of the Minister for Family and Community Services (Senator Vanstone) in July 2001 in which she assured families that, ‘The Government has also decided that it would be easier for any family who still had an excess payment to have it recovered by adjusting their future payments, rather than taking it from their tax refund. This is because people may have earmarked their refund for use for specific things’;

(c) considers that the Government’s 2-year-old family payments system is deeply flawed, given that it delivered average debts of $850 to 650 000 Australian families in the 2001-02 financial year and continues to punish families who play by the rules; and

(d) condemns the Howard Government and its contemptible attack on Australian families ( Senator Tierney, in continuation, 22 August 2002 ).