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Government Business

Orders of the Day

*1  Foreign Affairs—Iraq—Military action

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Defence (Senator Hill)—That the Senate—

(a) condemns Iraq’s refusal, over more than 12 years, to abide by 17 resolutions of the United Nations Security Council regarding the threat it poses to international peace and security;

(b) recognises:

(i) that Iraq’s continued possession and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, in defiance of its mandatory obligations under numerous resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, represents a real and unacceptable threat to international peace and security,

(ii) that Iraq’s behaviour weakens the global prohibitions on the spread of weapons of mass destruction, with the potential to damage Australia’s security, and

(iii) that, as more rogue states acquire them, the risk of weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorists multiplies, thereby presenting a real and direct threat to the security of Australia and the entire international community;

(c) abhors:

(i) Iraq’s continued support for international terrorism, and

(ii) the institutionalised widespread and grave abuse of the human rights of the Iraqi people over many years;

(d) notes that United Nations Security Council resolutions adopted under Chapter VII of the United Nations charter, in particular resolutions 678, 687 and 1441, provide clear authority for the use of force against Iraq for the purposes of disarming Iraq of weapons of mass destruction and restoring international peace and security to the region;

(e) endorses the Government’s decision to commit Australian Defence Force elements in the region to the international coalition of military forces prepared to enforce Iraq’s compliance with its international obligations under successive resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, with a view to restoring international peace and security in the Middle East region;

(f) expresses its unequivocal support for the Australian service men and women, and other personnel serving with the international coalition, its full confidence in them and the hope that all will return safely to their homes;

(g) extends to the innocent people of Iraq its support and sympathy during the military action to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction and the reconstruction period that will follow; and

(h) notes that the Government is committed to helping the Iraqi people, including through humanitarian assistance, to build a new Iraq at peace with itself and its neighbours.

And on the amendment moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner) —Omit all words after “That”, substitute “the Senate—

(a) insists that Iraq must disarm under the authority of the United Nations (UN);

(b) believes that in the absence of an agreed UN Security Council resolution authorising military action against Iraq, there is no basis for military action to disarm Iraq, including action involving the Australian Defence Force;

(c) insists that there should be no commitment of Australian troops to a war in Iraq outside the authority of the UN;

(d) concludes that Australian involvement in a war in Iraq without UN authorisation is not in Australia’s national interests nor in the interests of maintaining international peace and security; and

(e) expresses its confidence in our service men and women and its full support for them and their families”.

And on the amendment moved by the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett) to the amendment moved by Senator Faulkner —At the end of the amendment, add:

(f) is of the view that the decision of the Australian Government to commit Australian troops to an invasion of Iraq is clearly being done without the authorisation or support of the UN Security Council;

(g) condemns and opposes the decision of the Australian Cabinet and the President of the United States of America (Mr Bush) to commit troops to an imminent attack on Iraq;

(h) calls for the Australian troops to be withdrawn and returned home immediately; and

(i) calls on the Australian and the United States governments to continue the policy of containment and disarmament through weapons inspections under the existing UN Security Council authority, as proposed by the governments of France, Germany and Russia.—( Senator Santoro, in continuation, 18 March 2003 ).

Workplace Relations Amendment (Secret Ballots for Protected Action) Bill 2002 [No. 2]— ( Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Ellison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 5 March 2003 ).

Workplace Relations Amendment (Prohibition of Compulsory Union Fees) Bill 2002 [No. 2]— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Webber, 3 March 2003 ).

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2002— ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 23 October 2002 ).

Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002

Australian Heritage Council Bill 2002

Australian Heritage Council (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

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

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002— ( Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Ellison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Buckland, 5 February 2003 ).

Copyright Amendment (Parallel Importation) Bill 2002— ( Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, Senator Coonan )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Buckland, 10 December 2002 ).

Corporations Amendment (Repayment of Directors’ Bonuses) Bill 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Webber, 3 March 2003 ).

Workplace Relations Amendment (Protecting the Low Paid) Bill 2003— ( Special Minister of State, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Crossin, 6 March 2003 ).

10  Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Hogg, in continuation, 6 March 2003 ).

11  Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Webber, 3 March 2003 ).

12  Transport Safety Investigation Bill 2002

Transport Safety Investigation (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002— ( Special Minister of State, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Ludwig, 15 October 2002 ).

13  Superannuation Legislation (Commonwealth Employment) Repeal and Amendment Bill 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Ludwig, 19 June 2002 ).

14  Crimes Legislation Enhancement Bill 2002 [2003]—( Senate bill )— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 December 2002 ).

15  Issues from the Advance to the Finance Minister as a final charge for the year ended 30 June 2002

Consideration in committee of the whole ( 6 February 2003 ).

16  Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2002

Consideration in committee of the whole of message no. 238 from the House of Representatives ( 5 February 2003 ).

17  Inspector-General of Taxation Bill 2002

Consideration in committee of the whole of message no. 251 from the House of Representatives ( 3 March 2003 ).

18  Financial Sector Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002— ( Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Patterson )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 December 2002 ).

19  Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Bill 2002

Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Minister for the Arts and Sport (Senator Kemp)—That these bills be now read a second time.

And on the amendment moved by Senator Sherry in respect of the Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2002 —At the end of the motion, add “but the Senate is of the opinion that the bill should be withdrawn and redrafted to:

(a) ensure that the proposed surcharge tax reduction to high-income earners, the splitting of superannuation contributions and the closure of the public sector funds do not proceed; and

(b) provide for a fairer contributions tax cut that will boost retirement incomes for all superannuation fund members to assist in preparing the nation for the ageing population”.

And on the amendment moved by Senator Cherry in respect of the Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Bill 2002 —At the end of the motion, add “but the Senate notes that analysis provided to the Select Committee on Superannuation shows that extending the co-contribution to workers on average earnings would have a significant positive effect on national savings, and that this could be funded by better targeting of the Government’s superannuation measures”—( adjourned, Special Minister of State (Senator Abetz), 18 November 2002 ).

20  Sex Discrimination Amendment (Pregnancy and Work) Bill 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Webber, 3 March 2003 ).

21  Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Further Simplification of International Payments) Bill 2002— ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 13 March 2002 ).

22  Budget statement and documents 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Minchin)—That the Senate take note of the statement and documents ( adjourned, Special Minister of State (Senator Abetz), 16 May 2002 ).