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Notice given 5 March 2003

*372  Senator Conroy: To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for interest to be levied on the late payment of commercial debts arising in relation to contracts for the supply of goods and services, and for related purposes. Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill 2003 .

*373  Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Hutchins): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Community Affairs References Committee on poverty and financial hardship be extended to 18 September 2003.

*374  Senator Murray: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that an estimated 41 per cent of the Iraqi population is below the age of 14;

(b) believes that in any war in Iraq that a significant proportion of any killed, wounded, or affected civilians could therefore be children under the age of 14;

(c) requests the Government to advise the Senate in writing, by no later than Tuesday, 18 March 2003, in the event of Australian participation in war in Iraq, what plans it has to contribute to the recovery of injured children, and improving the circumstances of other children materially affected by the war.

*375  Senators Payne and Ridgeway: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 9 March 2002 is a Global Day of Prayer for Burma, and

(ii) on this day, people throughout the world will pray for the physical and spiritual freedom of Burma;

(b) acknowledges that the human rights situation in Burma remains extremely grave, with severe restrictions on political freedoms and continued use of forced labour, torture, child soldiers and other serious abuses; and

(c) calls on the State Peace and Development Council of Burma to:

(i) take immediate steps to end human rights violations, and

(ii) restore the rule of law to Burma.

*376  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Downer) to:

(a) use all means at his disposal to investigate allegations that the United States of America (US) has intercepted telephone and e-mail communications of United Nations (UN) delegates in order to ascertain the voting intentions of members of the UN Security Council;

(b) ask the US Ambassador to Australia to explain the US position in relation to the allegations; and

(c) report to the Senate on the outcome of his investigations and the explanation, if any, provided by the US Ambassador.

*377  Senator Greig: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes, with concern, that the United States of America (US) has:

(i) refused to ratify the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court (ICC),

(ii) adopted a national security strategy which seeks to ensure that its military efforts ‘are not impaired by the potential for investigations, inquiry, or prosecution by the ICC’,

(iii) entered into agreements with a number of states under Article 98 of the Rome Statute to prevent the prosecution of American citizens for crimes against humanity, and

(iv) is seeking to enter into such an agreement with Australia;

(b) acknowledges the possibility that leaders and service personnel may be charged with war crimes arising from unlawful conduct during any attack against Iraq;

(c) reaffirms its support for the ICC and the important role that it plays in bringing to justice those who commit crimes against humanity; and

(d) urges the Government to take all measures necessary to ensure that, if Australia joins the US in an attack against Iraq, Australian personnel are subject only to Australian command and are not required to engage in any activity which may render them liable to prosecution under the Rome Statue.

*378  Senator Cherry: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) after more than a year and a half, the Howard Government is yet to respond to the July 2001 unanimous report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee on the National Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) Program,

(ii) the administration of the program continued to cause severe hardship to sheep producers in New South Wales,

(iii) more than 1 000 sheep producers in Forbes on 3 February 2003 passed a vote of no confidence in the handling of the OJD Program in New South Wales,

(iv) New South Wales Agriculture has estimated that, if uncontrolled, the disease would escalate to cost the New South Wales economy $204 million in stock losses and $248 million on lost wool income annually, and

(v) the recent announcements by the New South Wales Government to improve the management of the OJD Program, including:

( a ) assistance to stud operators to help them show their animals at shows and trade fairs,

( b ) recent changes to policy to provide wider access to the OJD vaccine for farmers in the disease control zone,

( c ) the provision of a $4.2 million to cover the shortfall in industry levy funds caused by the drought, and

( d ) the creation of the new OJD Management Area, formerly known as the Southern Tablelands Residue Zone, to provide producers with greater trading opportunities; and

(b) calls on the Howard Government to respond to the Senate report, and demonstrate leadership on the development of a national OJD program as its contribution to the alleviation of social and economic hardship experienced by producers and rural communities.

*379  Senator Ian Campbell: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes, with great sadness, the passing of Maurice Gibb;

(b) conveys its sympathy to Robin, Barry and the Gibb family;

(c) recognises the important contribution that Maurice and the Bee Gees have made to the Australian music industry;

(d) records its appreciation for the inspiration that Maurice and the Bee Gees have provided to generations of young Australian musicians to venture overseas, build international audiences, expand Australia’s exports and economy; and

(e) notes that the works and great success of Maurice Gibb’s career as musician will be shared by future generations through his prolific recordings.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) respected world leaders such as Pope John Paul II and Mr Nelson Mandela have called for war against Iraq to be avoided,

(ii) the Pope said ‘the future of humanity can never be assured by the logic of war’, and called for a day of fasting on Ash Wednesday to remind people of the long years of suffering endured by the Iraqi people,

(iii) that Mr Mandela said ‘the problems are such that for anyone with a conscience (who) can use whatever influence he may have to try to bring about peace’, and has warned President Bush that his administration risks destroying the United Nations if it attacks Iraq without international support;

(b) notes also that Interpol have urged the world’s police forces to prepare for an increase in terror attacks in the event of a war, warning that terrorist groups like al-Qaeda could use the war as a pretext to increase attacks; and

(c) urges the Australian Government to stay out of a war with Iraq with regard to Australia’s international standing and the clearly expressed views of the Australian people.

*381  Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund (Senator Johnston): To move—That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 18 March 2003, from 8 pm.

*382  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) not to commit Australia to joining a ‘coalition of the willing’ in a military invasion of Iraq.

*383  Senator Cherry: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the opinion of former Australian ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Richard Woolcott:

(i) that it is not in Australia’s national interest to get involved in a distant, costly war,

(ii) that Iraq has been perfectly well contained by the UN for more than a decade, and

(iii) that Australia is becoming increasingly isolated diplomatically in its support for the United States; and

(b) calls on the Government to pursue continuing containment of Iraq under UN supervision as a viable alternative to a devastating and costly war.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the remarks by the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) in January 2003 that he believed Iraq’s ‘aspiration to develop a nuclear capacity’ might be a sufficient reason for Australia to join in pre-emptive action, claiming ‘there is already a mountain of evidence in the public domain’,

(ii) that the Prime Minister has not provided any evidence that Iraq has or has access to nuclear weapons,

(iii) that former United Nations inspector, Mr Scott Ritter, has said that, by 1998, Iraq’s nuclear infrastructure and facilities had been 100 per cent eliminated and that whilst scientists there would still have the knowledge to reconstruct this infrastructure, this would not be possible while weapons inspectors were there, and

(iv) that according to United States (US) nuclear weapons analyst, William Arkin, the US Strategic Command is compiling a list of Iraqi targets with planning focussed on the role for nuclear weapons in relation to underground facilities and to stop chemical or biological attack;

(b) acknowledges the letter from the Prime Minister to the President of the Senate, dated 3 March 2003, in which he said, ‘…I see no prospect of nuclear weapons being used against Iraq’ and, ‘…if I believed that nuclear weapons were going to be used, I would not allow Australian forces to be involved’; and

(c) urges the Government to seek guarantees from the US Administration that no nuclear weapons will, under any circumstances, be used against Iraq.

*385  Chair of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee (Senator Forshaw): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee on recruitment and training in the Australian Public Service be extended to 26 June 2003.

*386  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the United Nations (UN) General Assembly President, Mr Jan Karvan, has criticised the Australian Government’s statement that the UN would become irrelevant if it failed to enforce its resolution on Iraq, and intends to meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Downer) in the week beginning 2 March 2003 and explain the position of the UN General Assembly, and

(ii) the United States Administration had indicated that it considers another resolution on Iraq desirable but not necessary; and

(b) opposes Australia joining or supporting a war against Iraq without, at a minimum, a UN resolution authorising force.

*387  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate calls on the Commonwealth Government:

(a) to demonstrate leadership in cooperation with the states in addressing the unmet need for disability services, recognising that the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Unmet Need for Disability Services: Effectiveness of Funding and Remaining Shortfalls , July 2002, identified that 12 500 people still need accommodation and respite services, 8 200 places are needed for community access services and 5 400 people need employment services;

(b) to publicly release the offers made by the states and the Commonwealth for the next 5 years in the negotiations to date, recognising the failure of the Commonwealth and state governments to reach agreement in the current round of negotiations on a new Commonwealth state and territories Disability Services Agreement;

(c) to immediately double its offer of new funding; and

(d) in consultation with the states, to develop and implement a comprehensive plan beyond the current negotiations to address the unmet need for services over the next 5 years.

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

(a) notes the outcome of recent action against the International Olympic Committee for using the work of Indigenous artists during the Sydney Olympics without permission and, in particular, that the Olympic Museum Foundation has:

(i) issued an apology to Sam Tjampitjin, Richard Tax Tjupurulla and Mary Kemarre, acknowledging that they are the authors and copyright owners of works displayed on the Museum website from July to 12 December 2000 without proper licence,

(ii) asked any persons who downloaded the artistic works in any digital form to delete it immediately from their computer hard drives, and

(iii) sincerely apologised for any harm or inconvenience their actions may have caused to the artists, regretting any cultural or other harm that may have been occasioned by their families and clans;

(b) further notes that:

(i) Indigenous cultural expression is a fundamental part of Indigenous heritage and identity, and unauthorised use of Indigenous art and cultural expression can be inappropriate, derogatory, and culturally offensive,

(ii) individual Indigenous artists are custodians of the knowledge and wisdom their work incorporates and reflects and Indigenous moral rights are therefore collective rights that are inalienable from their community of origin, and

(iii) Indigenous artists are particularly vulnerable under Australian law, which offers no protection for the moral rights owned collectively by Indigenous communities; and

(c) urges the Government to take immediate action to amend the Copyright Act 1968 to ensure the adequate recognition and protection of Indigenous collective moral rights, as proposed by the Australian Democrats in 2000.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

1  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade—Policy white paper—Advancing the national interest

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Mackay—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Mackay, in continuation, 4 March 2003 ).

2  Bilateral treaty—Text, together with national interest analysis, agreed text of third person notes and regulation impact statement—Singapore - Australia Free Trade Agreement, done at Singapore on 17 February 2003, and associated exchanges of notes

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Mackay—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Mackay, in continuation, 4 March 2003 ).

3  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis—Amendment, done at Santiago, in November 2002, to Appendices I And II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, of 3 March 1973

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 4 March 2003 ).

4  Multilateral treaty—Text, together with national interest analysis and regulation impact statement—International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships done at London on 18 October 2001

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 4 March 2003 ).

5  Multilateral treaty—Text, together with national interest analysis and regulation impact statement—Annex IV: Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships (revised) of the Protocol of 1978 Relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as Amended (MARPOL 73/78), done at London, 17 February 1978, revised text adopted at London, 13 March 2000

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Mackay—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Mackay, in continuation, 4 March 2003 ).

6  Regional Forest Agreement between the Commonwealth and the State of Tasmania—Reports—

Tasmanian Government implementation report for 2001

Inquiry on the progress with implementation of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (1997)—Final recommendations report, December 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Murphy—That the Senate take note of the documents ( Senator Murphy, in continuation, 4 March 2003 ).

*7  Review of the National Biotechnology Centre of Excellence Selection Process—Report to the Prime Minister by the Allen Consulting Group, December 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Harradine—That the Senate take note of the document ( Leader of the National Party of Australia in the Senate (Senator Boswell), in continuation, 5 March 2003 ).

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 ).

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 ).

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 ).

42  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 November 2002 ).

43  Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Bali Bombings) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).

44  Health—Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme—Order for Production of Documents—Statement by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Ian Campbell)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).

45  Trade—Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme—Order for Production of Documents—Statement by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Ian Campbell)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).

46  Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 11 December 2002 ).

47  Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1998 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Allison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 28 May 1998 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 11 December 2002 ).

48  Environment—National radioactive waste repository

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate condemns the Government for:

(a) its failure to respect the rights of the people of South Australia in its consultation process over the location of the planned low-level radioactive waste repository;

(b) its decision to replace effective and meaningful consultation and discussion with a $300 000 propaganda campaign, designed to sway the opinions of South Australians towards locating the repository in that state, in the absence of genuine efforts to provide accurate and exhaustive information on the suitability of the selected site, close to Woomera; and

(c) its lack of a thorough examination of the environmental impact of this plan, in particular the possible dangers caused by the site’s proximity to the Woomera rocket range, and the serious concerns of both the Department of Defence and private contractors on this issue ( Senator Buckland, in continuation, 6 February 2003 ).

49  Immigration—East Timorese asylum seekers—Document

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett)—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 3 March 2003 ).

*50  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Protecting the Great Barrier Reef from Oil Drilling and Exploration) Amendment Bill 2003 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator McLucas and the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett) )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator McLucas, in continuation, 5 March 2003 ).