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Notice given 18 September 2002

*162  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the second Commonwealth leaders’ troika on Zimbabwe will meet in Nigeria on 23 September 2002,

(ii)   there has been a worsening of conditions for millions of Zimbabweans since the troika first met 6 months ago to discuss steps to restore democracy in Zimbabwe, and

(iii)  the Prime Minister (Mr Howard), as Chairman of the Commonwealth leaders’ troika on Zimbabwe, has acknowledged it is a matter for regret that little substantive progress has been made in implementing the troika’s steps to restore democracy in Zimbabwe; and

(b)   urges the Prime Minister, as Chairman of the Commonwealth leaders’ troika, to use his influence to expel Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth and impose targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe, including an arms embargo, a travel ban to any Commonwealth countries for President Mugabe and his close associates, and a freeze on any assets he or his associates hold in Commonwealth countries.

*163  Acting Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Greig): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Western Australian Acts Amendment (Lesbian and Gay Law Reform) Act 2002 is expected to be proclaimed on Friday, 20 September 2002, providing comprehensive law reform for gay and lesbian people in that state in a range of areas, including anti-discrimination protections, equal age of consent, parenting rights and responsibilities, and partnership recognition;

(b) congratulates the Parliament and people of Western Australia for advancing the human rights of its citizen;

(c) notes that similar legislation now exists, to varying degrees, in most states and territories;

(d) recognises that sexuality anti-discrimination laws and same-sex partnership recognition does not exist in any adequate or comprehensive way in Australia’s federal jurisdiction, and that redressing this will require Commonwealth legislation; and

(e) calls on the Government to initiate or support the passage of necessary legislation to end sexuality discrimination in Commonwealth law.

*164  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the efforts by Philip Morris Ltd to sponsor so-called drug education programs in Asia and, most recently, in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR),

(ii) previous moves in Australia by Philip Morris to sponsor school-based programs, such as the ‘I’ve got the power’ program, received such strong criticism from health and educational professionals that most school education authorities rejected or abandoned the programs,

(iii) the cynicism of the major tobacco companies in sponsoring education ‘events’, when around 370 million cigarettes are illegally sold to children in Australia each year; and

(b) urges the Federal Government to:

(i) advise the Lao PDR that tobacco companies in Australia have consistently opposed genuine measures to reduce youth smoking rates and that their offers to sponsor education activities should not be countenanced, and

(ii) assist countries in the region by supporting a strong framework convention for tobacco control to reduce the global tobacco epidemic and to help reduce the estimated 40 000 to 50 000 Asian teenagers taking up smoking every day.

*165  Senator Mackay: To move—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Howard Government for establishing an inquiry into regional telecommunications services, the Estens inquiry, which is chaired by a member of the National Party and friend of the Deputy Prime Minister, and has a former National Party MP as one of its members;

(b) condemns the Government’s decisions that the inquiry will hold no public hearings and must report within little more then 2 months of its commencement; and

(c) calls on the Government to address all issues associated with Telstra’s performance, including rising prices, deteriorating service standards and inadequate broadband provision.

*166  Chair of the Select Committee on Superannuation (Senator Watson): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on Superannuation on the provisions of the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Choice of Superannuation Funds) Bill 2002 be extended to 16 October 2002.

*167  Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee (Senator Payne): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee on statutory powers and functions of the Australian Law Reform Commission be extended to 24 October 2002.

*168  Senator Brown: To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to ratify the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Kyoto Protocol (Ratification) Bill 2002 .

*169  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate calls on the Government of China to immediately remove the block on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s website in China.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

1   Workplace Relations Act 1996 —Report for 2000 and 2001 on agreement making under the Act

Consideration ( 17 September 2002 ).

2  Defence Housing Authority—Statement of corporate intent, 2002-03

Consideration ( 17 September 2002 ).

3  Productivity Commission—Report no. 17—Review of the National Access Regime, 28 September 2001

Consideration ( 17 September 2002 ).

4   War Crimes Act 1945 —Report for 2001-02 on the operation of the Act

Consideration ( 17 September 2002 ).

5  Bilateral treaty—Text, together with national interest analysis—Treaty between Australia and the Hellenic Republic on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, done at Athens on 4 July 2002

Consideration ( 17 September 2002 ).

6  Bilateral treaty—Text, together with national interest analysis—Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand relating to Air Services, done at Auckland on 8 August 2002

Consideration ( 17 September 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 ).

22  Workplace Relations Amendment (Paid Maternity Leave) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 16 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  Family and Community Services—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 ).

28  Health—Medicare—Bulk billing

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Evans—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 ( Senator Moore, in continuation, 29 August 2002 ).

29  Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (Licence Charges) Amendment Bill 2002—Document

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 16 September 2002 ).