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Notice given 12 February 2002

Senator Bartlett: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report by 19 June 2002:

Aspects of the Government’s current policy in relation to asylum seekers and refugees, including, but not limited to:

(a) the impact on the operations of Navy and other Defence forces due to their use in turning around, detaining and transporting boat people;

(b) the processes and criteria being used to assess the asylum seekers who have been transferred to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Nauru;

(c) the level of access to legal advice for people on PNG and Nauru;

(d) the nature of the facilities which asylum seekers are detained in;

(e) the placement options for those people on PNG and Nauru who are found to be refugees;

(f) whether any asylum seekers who are not found to be refugees will be unable to return to their country of origin and what will be done in such an event;

(g) the extent and nature of Australia’s international involvement in facilitating an orderly worldwide system for movement and settlement of refugees;

(h) likely future worldwide trends on the movement of refugees;

(i) the impact and operation of the seven bills amending the Migration Act 1958 which were passed by the Senate on 26 September 2001; and

(j) reviewing all reports, proposals and recommendations in relation to activities and facilities at the Woomera Immigration Detention Centre, including whether or not the centre should be closed down or its operations scaled back.

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

*1  Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the New Business Tax System (Consolidation, Value Shifting, Demergers and Other Measures) Bill 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

*2  Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Egg Industry Service Provision Bill 2002 and the Egg Industry Service Provision (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

Government Business—Order of the Day

New Business Tax System (Consolidation, Value Shifting, Demergers and Other Measures) Bill 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Buckland, 16 September 2002 ).

On 24 October 2002

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Research Involving Embryos and Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

*2  Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

*1  Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002— ( Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Alston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Buckland, 18 September 2002 ).

On the last sitting day in October 2002 (24 October 2002)

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee

Report to be presented on the education of students with disabilities.

On 31 October 2002

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Australian meat industry and export quotas.

On 12 November 2002

General Business—Notice of Motion