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Notice given 15 September 2003

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Cormo Express shipment of 57 000 sheep rejected by Saudi Arabia 3 weeks ago, because of suspected scabbie mouth, and subsequently rejected by a second unnamed country is now to be offered free to a third unnamed country in the region,

(ii) originally the Cormo Express sailed with a shipment of 57 000 sheep in mid-August 2003 but, by 12 September 2003, after around 5 weeks at sea, the number had been reduced by at least 6 per cent,

(iii) Saudi Arabia’s rejection of Australian shipments because of disease concerns resulted in the cessation of the live sheep trade for a decade from 1989, and trade only resumed in 1999 after Australian exporters agreed to vaccinate all sheep against scabbie mouth before shipment,

(iv) throughout the period the Cormo Express has been at sea, Livecorp spokespeople have continually assured the Australian Government, media and community that the Cormo Express’ shipment of live sheep would soon find an alternative port,

(v) on Wednesday, 10 September 2003, it was reported in the Australian media that Cormo Express ’ shipment of 57 000 were still stranded; a day later Meat and Livestock Australia announced that Australia’s live sheep exports were soaring, with reference made to exports to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan all being on the increase, and

(vi) Tuesday, 9 September 2003, saw the National Livestock Service announcing that the number of sheep slaughtered in Australia’s eastern states was in decline due to the huge numbers of sheep euthanased and dead because of the drought;

(b) notes:

(i) the Australian Bureau of Statistics export data for the 2002-03 financial year and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics estimate, that the beef, veal, mutton and lamb carcass trade was worth $4 964 million while the live cattle and sheep trade was worth in the vicinity of $976 million, and

(ii) the Federal Government and Livecorp are prepared to ignore the facts about pursuing a live sheep trade with Saudi Arabia and this nation’s own animal welfare codes and practices, in favour of maintaining and expanding live export and international trade opportunities; and

(c) calls on the Government:

(i) to provide details to the Senate by 3 pm on Thursday, 18 September 2003, on the number of mortalities aboard the Cormo Express , and identify the second and subsequent ports approached after the Saudi Arabian rejection of the shipment, and identify the port, if any, prepared to accept the sheep and at what cost, and

(ii) to commence an immediate winding-back of the live sheep trade in favour of expanding a humane, halal certified frozen carcass trade.

On 18 September 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on recruitment and training in the Australian Public Service.

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Age Discrimination Bill 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Migration Legislation Amendment (Identification and Authentication) Bill 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

On 3 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Regulations and Ordinances—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Legislative Instruments Bill 2003 and the Legislative Instruments (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003.

Government Business—Order of the Day

Legislative Instruments Bill 2003

Legislative Instruments (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Mackay, 9 September 2003 ).

On 7 October 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002 [No. 2] and the Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002 [No. 2]. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Australian Protective Service Amendment Bill 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

Australian Protective Service Amendment Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 June 2003 ).

General Business—Orders of the Day

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 ).

Three sitting days after today (7 October 2003)

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion