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Notice given 22 October 2002

*219  Chair of the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee (Senator George Campbell): To move—That the time for the presentation of reports of the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee be extended as follows:

(a) education of students with disabilities—to 5 December 2002; and

(b) small business employment—to 12 December 2002.

*220  Senator Mason: To move—That the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate on Monday, 11 November 2002, from 7.15 pm, and on Monday, 2 December 2002, from 7.15 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the conduct of the 2001 federal election.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) Mrs Valarie Linow, an Aboriginal woman from New South Wales, was removed from her family at the age of 2 years and placed in children’s homes in Bomaderry and then Cootamundra,

(ii) at the age of 14, Mrs Linow was placed on a rural property in New South Wales by the Aborigines Welfare Board and employed as a domestic worker,

(iii) Mrs Linow is the first member of the stolen generations to be awarded monetary compensation for the psychological trauma she suffered as a result of sexual assaults that occurred when she was employed as a domestic worker, and

(iv) by awarding Mrs Linow compensation of $35 000, the New South Wales Victims Compensation Tribunal is distinguished as the first judicial body in Australia’s history to award compensation to a member of the stolen generations for harm that occurred while in state care;

(b) acknowledges that the success of Mrs Linow’s case may give hope to other members of the stolen generations who suffered a similar fate and validate their conviction that the harm done to them does warrant and deserve compensation;

(c) regrets that the Government has provided members of the stolen generations no alternative to the adversarial, costly and protracted court system for the resolution of their claims, with the result that many claims will continue to be defeated because of the applicants’ inability to produce the necessary documentation or the witnesses to substantiate their claims; and

(d) calls on the Government to:

(i) reconsider its opposition to the establishment of a more humane and compassionate response, particularly for those members of the stolen generations who have suffered harm as a consequence of the act of removal, and

(ii) establish a reparations tribunal for the stolen generations, as recommended in the Legal and Constitutional References Committee report on the stolen generations, Healing: A Legacy of Generations , the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the National Sorry Day Committee.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Gembrook Primary School has for the past 100 years had only two permanent classrooms, even when the school population has been around 300,

(ii) the Gembrook Primary School population has been around 170 children for the past 3 years and is increasing each year,

(iii) the Victorian State Government’s school infrastructure policy for the ratio of permanent and portable classrooms is 80:20,

(iv) the Victorian State Government does not provide funding for the maintenance of portable classrooms, instead replacing them when the repair bill is more than 5 per cent of the cost of replacement, and

(v) as a result the Gembrook Primary School, receives no maintenance funding for most of its classrooms;

(b) calls on the Victorian State Government to provide Gembrook Primary School with four new permanent classrooms, bringing the capacity of its permanent classrooms to 150;

(c) recognises that there are many thousands of students housed in inadequate portable classrooms Australia-wide; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to provide more funds for urgently needed, basic capital works in government schools.

*223  Senator Crossin: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the signing of the 1997 National Communiqué to progress Indigenous Justice issues by the Northern Territory Government confirming its commitment to reducing the over-representation of Indigenous people in all stages of the criminal justice system;

(b) recognises that the 1997 communiqué commits all signatories to addressing customary law and its relationship with the criminal justice system;

(c) notes that, in accordance with Australian and international law, Aboriginal customary law should be recognised consistently with universally-recognised human rights and fundamental freedoms; and

(d) acknowledges that the Northern Territory Government is working in partnership with Indigenous people in moving to conduct an inquiry into Aboriginal customary law and its relationship with the criminal justice system.

*224  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the rally in Sydney on 22 October 2002 of the Korean Solidarity for Human Rights Group, which is demanding an apology for the imprisonment in high security jails of two Korean asylum seekers who were neither convicted nor charged with any offence;

(b) condemns the transfer of asylum seekers into the regular prison system as contrary to the strong tradition in Australia of, and legal commitment to, civil and human rights that protect individuals from imprisonment without conviction or charge; and

(c) calls on the Government to end this practice immediately, bringing Australia back in line with commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

*1  Film Finance Corporation Australia Limited—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*2  International Air Services Commission—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*3  Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*4  CrimTrac Agency—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*5  Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation (Land and Water Australia) and Land and Water Australia Selection Committee—Reports for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator O’Brien, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*6  National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*7  Fisheries Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*8  Dairy Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*9  Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee—Reports for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*10  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report—Visits to immigration detention facilities by the Human Rights Commissioner 2001, August 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*11  Grains Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*12  Dairy Adjustment Authority—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*13  Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*14  Sugar Research and Development Corporation and Sugar Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee—Reports for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*15  Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*16  Australian Fisheries Management Authority—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*17  Defence Housing Authority—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*18  Export Finance and Insurance Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*19  Australian Electoral Commission—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*20  Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*21  Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*22  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*23  Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*24  Australian Industrial Relations Commission and Australian Industrial Registry—Reports for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*25  Australian Strategic Policy Institute—Report for the period 22 August 2001 to 30 June 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*26  Australian Greenhouse Office—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*27  National Archives of Australia and National Archives of Australia Advisory Council—Reports for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*28  Film Australia Limited—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*29  Australian Film, Television and Radio School—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*30  Australia Council—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*31  National Gallery of Australia—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*32  National Library of Australia—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Tierney—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Tierney, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*33  Australian Film Commission—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*34  Australian Sports Commission—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*35  Bundanon Trust—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*36  Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post)—Statement of corporate intent 2002-03 to 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*37  Centrelink—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*38  Indigenous Land Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 2002 ).

*39  Indigenous Land Corporation—National Indigenous Land Strategy—Changes to strategy, 18 September 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 22 October 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 )— ( 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 )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, 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  Superannuation

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Sherry—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 ( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 26 September 2002 ).

36  Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 21 October 2002 ).

37  Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 21 October 2002 ).