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Notice given 25 September 2002

*190  Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Senator Ferguson): To move—That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 23 October 2002, from 11 am to 12.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into central Europe.

*191  Senator Sherry: To move—That the Senate notes the Howard Government’s third term failures on superannuation, including:

(a) the failure to provide for a contributions tax cut for all Australians who pay it, rather than a tax cut only to those earning more than $90,500 a year;

(b) the failure to adequately compensate victims of superannuation theft or fraud;

(c) the failure to accurately assess the administrative burden on small business of the Government’s third attempt at superannuation choice and deregulation;

(d) the failure to support strong consumer protections for superannuation fund members through capping ongoing fees and banning entry and exit fees;

(e) the failure to provide consumers with a meaningful, comprehensive and comprehensible regime for fee disclosure; and

(f) the failure to cover unpaid superannuation contributions in the case of corporate collapse as part of a workers’ entitlements scheme.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that Australians use an estimated 13 million plastic bags a year,

(ii) that the introduction of a plastic bag levy in Ireland in March 2002 has totally changed consumer behaviour so now about 90 per cent of people bring their own bags to avoid paying the levy,

(iii) the serious, and sometimes fatal, impact plastic bags have on Australia’s native fauna and flora, and an estimated 100 000 birds, whales, seals and turtles around the world,

(iv) that, according to research conducted by the Council for the Encouragement of Philanthropy, 85 per cent of shoppers in Australia support a levy on plastic bags, and

(v) the recent comments by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (Dr Kemp) that the Government is considering a plastic bag levy if measures under the National Packaging Covenant fail;

(b) congratulates the Council for the Encouragement of Philanthropy in Australia for its research and lobbying for a levy on plastic bags; and

(c) urges the Federal Government to consider a levy on plastic bags as a priority, independent of the National Packaging Covenant.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the building sector accounts for about 20 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions,

(ii) the Victorian Government has proposed a compulsory ‘five-star’ minimum energy rating for new homes,

(iii) a minimum five-star energy rating for new houses could halve energy demand for heating and cooling in those homes,

(iv) within 10 years this will result in the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of around 2 million tonnes in Victoria, the equivalent of removing 550 000 cars from the road or planting 3 million trees,

(v) most Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries have had minimum building energy performance requirements for more than a decade, and

(vi) in comparison with most European countries and North America, the Victorian five-star rating sets a lower standard of energy efficiency;

(b) welcomes the Victorian Government’s move towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector; and

(c) urges the Victorian Government to take the next step by taking into account solar hot water and photovoltaic systems in calculating building energy ratings.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) United Nations (UN) efforts to accomplish the decolonisation process in Western Sahara have not been successful yet,

(ii) more than 165 000 Saharawis have been living in refugee camps in the south-west of Algeria for the past 27 years in dire conditions, waiting to return to their homeland which is occupied by Morocco,

(iii) the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1429 on 30 July 2002 and asked the UN Secretary-General and his personal envoy to continue their efforts to provide a genuine opportunity for the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination,

(iv) the mandate of the UN mission for the organisation of a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara expires on 31 January 2003,

(v) the only just, legal and lasting solution to the conflict in the Western Sahara is the organisation of a free and fair referendum to allow the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination, in accordance with the UN/Organisation of African Union peace plan, and

(vi) a failure by the UN to implement the peace plan would compromise UN credibility and lead to further instability in north-west Africa;

(b) calls on both parties in the conflict, Morocco and the Frente Polisario, to cooperate fully with the UN in its efforts to organise a free and fair referendum in Western Sahara; and

(c) urges the Commonwealth Government to make representations to:

(i) the UN, urging it to proceed in organising the long overdue referendum of self-determination without further delays, and

(ii) the Moroccan Government, asking it to cooperate fully with the UN, to respect human rights in the occupied territories and allow independent observers to visit Western Sahara.

*195  Senator Ridgeway: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that Ms Mary Robinson ended her term as the second United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commissioner in September 2002, having held the office since September 1997 and having won the praise and respect of human rights advocates around the world for her strong, principled and consistent promotion and protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms;

(b) welcomes the appointment of Mr Sergio Vieira de Mello as the new UN Human Rights Commissioner, following his leadership of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor and longstanding contribution to the promotion and defence of human rights in other UN posts, including Kosovo, Lebanon and Cambodia;

(c) pays tribute to the tireless and courageous work undertaken by Ms Robinson as UN Human Rights Commissioner, acknowledging that she:

(i) held this demanding position during a particularly unstable period in world history, including the civil war and peacekeeping effort in Sierra Leone, the civil unrest and wars in the former Yugoslavia, the independence of East Timor, growing unrest in the Middle East, the attack on the World Trade Centre and the war in Afghanistan,

(ii) was proactive in her promotion of universal human rights, visiting some 60 countries, including China, Russia and Israel, to address concerns about the erosion of fundamental principles of civil liberty and basic human rights, including the rights of minorities and refugees, and

(iii) worked skilfully to promote greater public understanding of fundamental human rights, particularly through international conferences, including the UN World Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa, in 2001; and

(d) concurs with Ms Robinson’s philosophy that anything less than universal adherence to the basic principles of human rights will diminish, ‘our capacity to transmit these values to succeeding generations’.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

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

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 19 September 2002 ).

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

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 19 September 2002 ).

3  Australian Government Solicitor—Statement of corporate intent 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Mackay—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ray, in continuation, 24 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 ).

11  Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator O’Brien, 27 June 2001 )—( 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 ).

30  Kyoto Protocol (Ratification) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 19 September 2002 ).

31  Communications—Regional telecommunication services—Inquiry

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Mackay—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 ( Senator Tierney in continuation, 19 September 2002 ).

32  Trade Practices Amendment (Public Liability Insurance) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

33  Corporations Amendment (Improving Corporate Governance) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

34  Trade Practices Amendment (Credit Card Reform) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

35  Australia’s Development Cooperation Program—Australian aid: Investing in growth, stability and prosperity—Ministerial statement—Documents

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the documents ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 24 September 2002 ).