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Notice given 18 November 2002

*263  Chair of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee (Senator Eggleston): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee on the provisions of the Telecommunications Competition Bill 2002 be extended to 22 November 2002.

*264  Chair of the Economics Legislation Committee (Senator Brandis): To move—That the Economics Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 19 November 2002, from 4 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the Inspector-General of Taxation Bill 2002.

*265  Chair of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee (Senator Allison): To move—That the time for the presentation of reports of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee be extended as follows:

(a) urban water management—to 5 December 2002; and

(b) environmental performance at the Ranger, Jabiluka, Beverley and Honeymoon uranium operations—to 4 March 2003.

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

(a) notes the report recently released by United States Congressman Henry Waxman which shows that:

(i) major tobacco companies continue to deny in court that smoking causes disease, despite public admissions on their websites about the harm caused by their products,

(ii) only Philip Morris Ltd does not contest the fact that smoking causes disease,

(iii) four of the five major tobacco companies, including British American Tobacco which operates in Australia, decline to admit that nicotine is addictive, and

(iv) all five major tobacco companies deny that second-hand tobacco smoke causes disease in non-smokers, despite the evidence of leading medical and scientific organisations;

(b) urges the Federal Government to invest more in tobacco control, noting the significant savings that can be made in deaths, disabilities, suffering and cost to the health system of around one fifth of the Australian population being addicted to smoking;

(c) congratulates the New South Wales Government on successfully taking court action against Philip Morris for breaching tobacco advertising laws at their stand at the Fashion’s Future Designer Awards in Sydney; and

(d) encourages the New South Wales Government to introduce tougher penalties for companies flouting tobacco laws.

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

(a) notes the findings of the 2001 National Survey of Photovoltaics in Australia which shows that:

(i) in 1996 Australia led the world in per capita manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) systems,

(ii) despite an increase from 7.5 megawatts to 10 megawatts capacity between 1996 and 2001, Australia fell behind Japan and Spain for per capita manufacture of PV systems,

(iii) Japan now dominates PV manufacture whilst Australia’s share of the world market is down 70 per cent,

(iv) Australia’s relative share of PV usage fell 50 per cent between 1996 and 2000,

(v) the growth in uptake of PVs is greatest in the United States of America and European countries, where subsidies make PV competitive with residential electricity prices,

(vi) rebates in Australia leave PVs two to three times more expensive than coal fire-generated electricity, and

(vii) there is potential for an extra 10 million grid-connected rooftop customers in Australia;

(b) urges the Federal Government to extend the PV rebate program, currently due to end in 2003; and

(c) urges state governments to mandate net metering for renewable energy generation.

*268  Senator Conroy: To move—That there be laid on the table, in accordance with their respective ministerial responsibilities, by the Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Minchin) and the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer (Senator Coonan), by 2 December 2002, the following documents:

(a) the Treasury files, as described in paragraph 10.1.4 of the report to Messrs Corrs Chambers Westgarth from John Palmer, FCA, entitled ‘Review of the role played by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in the collapse of the HIH Group of Companies’ and provided as a witness statement to the HIH Royal Commission;

(b) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of FAI Insurance Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company’s eventual authorisation;

(c) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of Fire and All Risks Insurance Company Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company’s eventual authorisation;

(d) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of Car Owners’ Mutual Insurance Company Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company’s eventual authorisation; and

(e) the files of the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in relation to the application of Australian and International Insurance Limited for an authority to carry on insurance business following the proclamation of the Insurance Act 1973 containing the application and all correspondence and documentation relating to the consideration of the application and leading to and including the company’s eventual authorisation.

*269  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to provide for the regulation of invasive species, and for related purposes. Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002 .

*270  Senator Crossin, Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett) and Senators Brown and Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) more than 1 500 asylum seekers from East Timor have had the processing of their refugee claims put on hold for many years and that many of these applicants were, and still are, suffering the effects of torture and trauma, and

(ii) the Australian Government sought to avoid offering protection for these asylum seekers and deliberately delayed processing, causing great hardship to those involved due to the ties they have formed in Australia;

(b) acknowledges the persecution and suffering that these people endured before leaving East Timor and that many of these people have lived in our community for up to 10 years, and have formed close links with their community;

(c) recognises that two organisations of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Caritas Australia and the Australia Catholic Social Justice Council, and the Australian East Timor Association have also renewed calls to grant residency to the East Timorese asylum seekers who are facing deportation; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Mr Ruddock) to acknowledge the commitment and contribution this group of asylum seekers is making to the Australian community, and the enormous uncertainty and trauma they have endured, by granting these people permanent residency in Australia on humanitarian grounds by means of a special visa.

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 ).

40  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

41  Australian Institute of Criminology and Criminology Research Council—Reports for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

42  Australian Law Reform Commission—Report for 2001-02 (Report no. 94)

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

43  Office of Parliamentary Counsel—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

44  Family Court of Australia—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

45  Administrative Appeals Tribunal—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

46  Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

47  Tobacco Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

48  Cotton Research and Development Corporation and Cotton Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee—Reports for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

49  Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation and Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee—Reports for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

50  National Museum of Australia—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

51  Australian National Maritime Museum—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

52  NetAlert Limited—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

53  Telstra Corporation Limited—Equal employment opportunity program—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

54  Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS)—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

55  Australian Communications Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

56  Australian Broadcasting Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

57  Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

58  Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post)—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

59  National Office for the Information Economy—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

60  Australian National Training Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

61  Australian National Training Authority—Australia’s vocational education and training system—Report for 2001—

Volume 1: National overview

Volume 2: Commonwealth, state and territory reports

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

62  Australian National Training Authority—Australia’s vocational education and training system—Report for 2001—Volume 3: Report on the key performance measures for the Australian Vocational Education and Training System

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

63  Australian Institute of Marine Science—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

64  Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

65  Australian Research Council—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

66  Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

67  National Occupational Health and Safety Commission—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

68  Department of Family and Community Services—Report for 2001-02—Volume 1

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

69  Department of Family and Community Services—Report for 2001-02—Volume 2

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

70  Social Security Appeals Tribunal—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

71  ComLand Limited—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

72  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade—Report for 2001-02—Volume 1: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

73  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade—Report for 2001-02—Volume 2: Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

74  Commissioner for Complaints—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

75  Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Limited—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

76  National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme—Report for 2001-02 on the operation of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

77  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

78  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

79  National Competition Council—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

80  Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

81  Maritime Industry Finance Company Limited—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

82  National Road Transport Commission—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

83  Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

84  Australian Maritime Safety Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

85  Repatriation Commission, Department of Veterans’ Affairs and National Treatment Monitoring Committee—Reports for 2001-02, including reports pursuant to the Defence Service Homes Act 1918 and the War Graves Act 1980

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

86  Department of Veterans’ Affairs—Data-matching program—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

87  Aboriginal Hostels Limited—Report for the period 24 June 2001 to 23 June 2002

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

88  Australian Hearing Services (Australian Hearing)—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

89  Australian Institute of Family Studies—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

90  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

91  Australian Prudential Regulation Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

92  Australian War Memorial—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

93  Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

94  Migration Review Tribunal—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

95  Public Service Commissioner—Report for 2001-02, incorporating the report of the Merit Protection Commissioner

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

96  Health Insurance Commission—Equity and diversity program—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 23 October 2002 ).

97  Department of Education, Science and Training—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

98  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

99  Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

100  Australian Security Intelligence Organisation—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

101  Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

102  National Native Title Tribunal—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

103  Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

104  Northern Land Council—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

105  Department of the Environment and Heritage—Report for 2001-02, including the report of the Supervising Scientist and reports on the operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports (Act) 1989 , the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 and the Ozone Protection Act 1989

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

106  Bureau of Meteorology—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

107  Inspector-General in Bankruptcy—Report for 2001-02 on the operation of the Bankruptcy Act 1966

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

108  Industrial Relations Court of Australia—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

109  National Standards Commission—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

110  Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency—Report for 1 June 2001 to 31 May 2002

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

111  Employment Advocate—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

112  Private Health Insurance Administration Council—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

113  Australian Government Solicitor—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

114  Attorney-General’s Department—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

115  Indigenous Business Australia—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

116  Australian Dairy Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

117  Veterans’ Review Board—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

118  Australian Heritage Commission—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

119  Sydney Harbour Federation Trust—Report for the period 20 September 2001 to 30 June 2002

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

120  Professional Services Review—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

121  Federal Police Disciplinary Tribunal—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

122  Department of Employment and Workplace Relations—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

123  Australia New Zealand Food Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

124  Australia Business Arts Foundation Ltd—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

125  National Oceans Office—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

126  Refugee Review Tribunal—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

127  Department of Health and Ageing—Report for 2001-02, including a report on the administration and operation of the Therapeutic Goods Administration

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

128  Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

129  Public Service Commission—Report for 2001-02—Workplace diversity

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

130  Public Service Commission—Report for 2001-02—State of the service

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

131  Department of the Treasury—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

132  Family Law Council—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

133  Department of Defence—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

134  Private Health Insurance Ombudsman—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

135  National Capital Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

136  Australian Submarine Corporation Pty Limited—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

137  Employment National Limited—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

138  Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—Report for 2001-02, including reports pursuant to the Immigration (Education) Act 1971 and the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

139  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

140  Australian Tourist Commission—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

141  Department of Finance and Administration—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

142  Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

143  Financial Reporting Council and Australian Accounting Standards Board—Reports for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

144  Commonwealth Ombudsman—Report for 2001-02, including a report of the Defence Force Ombudsman and a report pursuant to the Complaints (Australian Federal Police) Act 1981

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

145  Commissioner of Taxation—Report for 2001-02, including reports of the Australian Valuation Office and the Development Allowance Authority

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

146  Australian Office of Financial Management—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

147  Airservices Australia—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

148  Housing Assistance Act 1996 —Report for 1999-2000 on the operation of the 1996 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

149  Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation Ltd—Report for the period 17 October 2001 to 30 June 2002

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

150  CSS Board—Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

151  PSS Board—Public Sector Superannuation Scheme—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

152  High Court of Australia—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

153  Federal Court of Australia—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

154  Federal Magistrates Service—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

155  Australian Sports Drug Agency—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

156  Productivity Commission—Report no. 20—Citrus growing and processing, Government response

Consideration ( 11 November 2002 ).

157  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report of an inquiry into a complaint by six asylum seekers concerning their transfer from immigration detention centres to state prisons and their detention in those prisons (HRC report no. 21)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 11 November 2002 ).

158  Army and Air Force Canteen Service Board of Management (trading as Frontline Defence Services)—Report for 2001-02, incorporating a report of its equal employment opportunity program for 2001-02

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

159  Services Trust Funds—Reports for 2001-02 of the Australian Military Forces Relief Trust Fund, the Royal Australian Navy Welfare Trust Fund and the Royal Australian Air Force Welfare Trust Fund

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

160  Royal Australian Air Force Veterans’ Residences Trust Fund—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

161  Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

162  Military Superannuation and Benefits Board of Trustees—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

163  Wet Tropics Management Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

164  Director of National Parks—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

165  Office of Film and Literature Classification—Classification Board and Classification Review Board—Reports for 2001-02

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

166  Australian Federal Police—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

167   Crimes Act 1914 —Authorisations for acquisition and use of assumed identities for 2001-02—Australian Federal Police

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

168  Australian Statistics Advisory Council—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

169  Commissioner for Superannuation (ComSuper)—Report for 2001-02, including reports on the administration and operation of the Papua New Guinea (Staffing Assistance) Act 1973 and the Superannuation Act 1922

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

170  Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report for the period 1 January to 30 March 2002

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

171  Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report for the period 1 April to 30 June 2002

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

172  Health Insurance Commission—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

173  Australia-Indonesia Institute—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

174  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and the current status list—Amendments, done at Bonn, Germany on 24 September 2002, to Appendices I and II of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, done at Bonn on 23 June 1979

Consideration ( 12 November 2002 ).

175  National Australia Day Council—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 13 November 2002 ).

176  Enterprise and Career Education Foundation Limited—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 13 November 2002 ).

177  Sydney Airports Corporation Limited—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 13 November 2002 ).

178  Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—Radiocommunications review—Report, June 2001

Consideration ( 13 November 2002 ).

179  Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts —Radiocommunications review—Government response

Consideration ( 13 November 2002 ).

180  Anindilyakwa Land Council—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 13 November 2002 ).

181  List of multilateral treaty action presently under negotiation or consideration by the Australian Government, or expected to be within the next twelve months, November 2002

Consideration ( 13 November 2002 ).

Orders of the Day

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

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

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 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 ( 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 13 February 2002 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 June 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

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

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ).

38  Parliament House security—Statement by President

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ray—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Ray, in continuation, 11 November 2002 ).

39  Convention on Climate Change (Implementation) Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 September 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).

40  Customs Amendment (Anti-Radioactive Waste Storage Dump) Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 20 October 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).

41  Human Rights (Mandatory Sentencing for Property Offences) Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 6 September 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).