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Notice given 19 March 2003

*402  Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Senator Heffernan): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on the Wheat Marketing Amendment Bill 2002 be extended to 14 May 2003.

*403  Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Senator Heffernan): To move—That the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Monday, 24 March 2003, from 4 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the Dairy Industry Service Reform Bill 2003 and a related bill.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) more than 1.1 billion people in the world today lack access to safe drinking water, and around 2.4 billion lack adequate sanitation,

(ii) by 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population will live in countries suffering water scarcity and that this will pose a massive threat to world security,

(iii) water-related diseases are the greatest cause of death in the world today, with one child dying every 8 seconds,

(iv) Australia is committed to the Millennium Development Goals, which include targets to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, and

(v) Saturday, 22 March 2003 is World Water Day; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to work towards its commitment to increasing water and sanitation aid in developing countries in line with the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

*405  Senator Conroy: To move—That the Senate—

(a) calls on the Government to take action to crack down on late payments by big business and government customers to their small business suppliers; and

(b) notes that:

(i) late payments by big businesses are a major issue for small businesses as they create cash flow problems,

(ii) this comes on top of the cumbersome administrative arrangements of the new tax system, and

(iii) the problems faced by small business are being ignored by the Howard Government.

*407  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the death of Ms Rachel Corrie, a 23-year old American killed by an Israeli bulldozer as she attempted to prevent it demolishing a Palestinian home in the Rafah refugee camp; and

(b) expresses its condolences to Ms Corrie’s family and friends.

*408  Senator Lees: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 22 March 2003 is World Water Day,

(ii) there is a growing global water crisis, with more than 1.3 billion people lacking access to safe water and 2.4 billion lacking adequate sanitation,

(iii) one of the Millennium Development Goals is to halve by 2015 the proportion of people without access to safe water,

(iv) this goal was agreed to at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, and

(v) Australia has agreed to this goal; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to commit to paying its fair share of the global costs of meeting the water Millennium Development Goal, and

(ii) to ensure that local communities have the support needed to manage their own water and sanitation service provision.

*409  Senator Lees: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that 2003 is the International Year of Freshwater and that 22 March is World Water Day,

(ii) that we are taking more resources from the Murray-Darling Basin than its natural systems can replenish due to poor management,

(iii) the ecological stress in the Murray-Darling Basin indicated by salinity, unhealthy rivers and decreasing biodiversity,

(iv) that the condition of the Murray River below its junction with the Darling River at Wentworth in New South Wales is continuing to decline,

(v) current scientific advice is that 1 600 gigalitres per annum of additional flow would provide a moderate likelihood of restoring the health of the river system, and

(vi) the bipartisan declaration, the Adelaide Declaration, issued after the deliberations in the Forum at Parliament House, Adelaide, on 25 February 2003; and

(b) supports:

(i) the Adelaide Declaration’s call for the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council to agree to its April 2002 upper reference point of 1 500 gigalitres in extra flows for the Murray River when it meets in October 2003,

(ii) the Adelaide Declaration’s proposal for an immediate step of restoring an additional flow in the Murray-Darling Basin system of 500 gigalitres within the next 5 years, and

(iii) the principle that local communities have the capacities to both implement their local action plans and be involved in making the trade-offs to restore environmental flows.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

*1  Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc., Native Title Unit—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*2  Mirimbiak Nations Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*3  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission—Maria Island and Limmen Bight River land claim no. 71 and part of Maria Island Region land claim no. 198—Report (no. 61) of the Aboriginal Land Commissioner, Justice HW Olney, to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and to the Administrator of the Northern Territory

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*4  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission—Maria Island and Limmen Bight River land claim no. 71 and part of Maria Island Region land claim no. 198—Explanatory statement by the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Mr Ruddock)

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*5  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission—McArthur River Region land claim no. 184 and part of Manangoora Region land claim no. 185—Report (no. 62) of the Aboriginal Land Commissioner, Justice HW Olney, to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and to the Administrator of the Northern Territory

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*6  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission—McArthur River Region land claim no. 184 and part of Manangoora Region land claim no. 185—Explanatory statement by the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Mr Ruddock)

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*7  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission—Lorella Region land claim no. 199 and part of Maria Island Region land claim no. 198—Report (no. 63) of the Aboriginal Land Commissioner, Justice HW Olney, to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and to the Administrator of the Northern Territory

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*8  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission—Lorella Region land claim no. 199 and part of Maria Island Region land claim no. 198—Explanatory statement by the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Mr Ruddock)

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*9  Australian Law Reform Commission—Report no. 95—Principled regulation: Federal civil and administrative penalties in Australia, December 2002

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*10  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner—Report for 2002—Native Title (Report no. 2/2003)

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*11  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner—Report for 2002—Social justice (Report no. 2/2003)

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*12  Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*13  United Nations—International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—Human Rights Committee—Communication No. 881/1999—Recommendation

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*14  United Nations—International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—Human Rights Committee—Communication No. 900/1999—Views

Consideration ( 19 March 2003 ).

*15  United Nations—Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—Communication No. 1127/2002—Outline

Consideration ( 19 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 ( 6 March 2003 ).

52  Isalmic Republic of Iran and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon—Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation, October to November 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ferris—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ferris, in continuation, 6 March 2003 ).