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Notice given 11 February 2004

*758  Chair of the Select Committee on Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters (Senator Ludwig): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters be extended to 31 March 2004.

*759  Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Cook): To move—That the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Monday, 1 March 2004, from 4 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the effectiveness of the Australian military justice system.

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

(a) congratulates Bernadette McMenamin who was named 2004 Australian of the Year for Victoria;

(b) notes that some of her achievements include:

(i) founding Child Wise Limited in 1993, a not-for-profit company which works towards the attainment of a world free from child exploitation, child sex abuse and child sex tourism, and

(ii) establishing the award-winning Choose with Care information and training program, the Child Wise Tourism and the Travel with Care programs which provide education, training and information on child sex tourism to the tourism industry;

(c) also notes that, according to a recent report from Child Wise, Australian paedophiles have now become part of the growing child sex trade in Bali; and

(d) calls on the Government to commit to providing ongoing support to organisations like Child Wise as a general principle of focussing on preventative measures against Australians involved in child sex tourism, rather than focussing on prosecution after the offence.

*761  Chair of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee (Senator Cherry): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee on the Australian telecommunications network be extended to 31 March 2004.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 42 million women, men and children are living with HIV/AIDS globally, with more than 95 per cent of these people living in developing countries,

(ii) more than 3 million die each year of AIDS (8 500 a day),

(iii) there are more than 7.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific,

(iv) every year, 2 million people die of tuberculosis (TB) (i.e. more than 5 000 a day) and 8 million develop active TB,

(v) malaria kills between 1 and 2 million people each year,

(vi) there are more than 3 million confirmed cases of malaria in South-East Asia and the Pacific each year,

(vii) the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001, is already saving lives, contributing to placing 700 000 people on anti-retroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS, detecting and treating more than 2 million TB cases and providing 64 million bed nets to protect people from malaria transmission,

(viii) 2 years after its creation, the fund is facing a massive shortfall in funding, and

(ix) according to the Equitable Contributions Framework, Australia should be contributing 1.2 per cent of the fund’s resources, or $AU110 million for the period 2002 to 2004; and

(b) urges the Government to join the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Japan and France in contributing to the fund, in accordance with the Equitable Contributions Framework.

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

(a) expresses great concern that the Howard Government has sold out Australian sugar growers;

(b) notes that:

(i) the expected gains from the trade deal with the United States of America (US) are based on unrealistic assumptions, and

(ii) the US offered a better deal on agriculture to Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; and

(c) has referred the trade deal with the US to a select committee for thorough examination to assess if it is in Australia’s national interest.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

1  Aboriginal Land Commissioner—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report for the period 1 April to 30 June 2003

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

3  Indigenous Land Corporation—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

Aboriginal Hostels Limited—Report for the period 24 June 2001 to 28 June 2003

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

5  Torres Strait Regional Authority—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

Australian National Training Authority—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator George Campbell—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Crossin, 30 October 2003 ).

Australian National Training Authority—Australia’s vocational education and training system—Report for 2002—Volume 1: National overview and Volume 2: Commonwealth, state and territory reports

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator George Campbell—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Crossin, 30 October 2003 ).

Australian National Training Authority—Australia’s vocational education and training system—Report for 2002—Volume 3: Report on the key performance measures for the Australian Vocational Education and Training System

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator George Campbell—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Crossin, 30 October 2003 ).

10  Australian Research Council—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

11  National Gallery of Australia—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

12  National Occupational Health and Safety Commission—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Crossin, 30 October 2003 ).

13  Cotton Research and Development Corporation and Cotton Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee—Reports for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

14  Department of Education, Science and Training—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

15  Department of the Environment and Heritage—Report for 2002-03, including reports on the operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 , the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports (Act) 1989 , the Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2002 , the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 and the Ozone Protection Act 1989

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

16  Supervising Scientist—Report for 2002-03 on the operation of the Environment Protection (Alligator Rivers Region) Act 1978

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

17  Director of National Parks—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

18  Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—Report for 2002-03, including reports pursuant to the Immigration (Education) Act 1971 and the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett)—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Crossin, 30 October 2003 ).

19  Employment Advocate—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Senator Hutchins—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Crossin, 30 October 2003 ).

20  Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency—Report for 1 June 2002 to 31 May 2003

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Mackay—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Crossin, 30 October 2003 ).

21  Wet Tropics Management Authority—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett)—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 30 October 2003 ).

22  Grains Research and Development Corporation and Grains Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee—Reports for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator O’Brien, in continuation, 28 October 2003 ).

23  Department of Transport and Regional Services—Australian Transport Safety Bureau—Supplementary investigation report 200002157-A—Piper PA31-350 Chieftain VH-MZK Spencer Gulf SA, 31 May 2000

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Buckland—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Buckland, in continuation, 28 October 2003 ).

24  Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

25  Australian Broadcasting Corporation—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

26  Australia Business Arts Foundation Ltd—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

27  Public Lending Right Committee—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

28  Telstra Corporation Limited—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

29  Australian Heritage Commission—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

30  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

31  National Oceans Office—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

32  Australian Prudential Regulation Authority—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

33  National Native Title Tribunal—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

34  Office of Film and Literature Classification—Classification Board and Classification Review Board—Reports for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

35  Industrial Relations Court of Australia—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

36  Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

37  Australian Institute of Family Studies—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

38  Indigenous Business Australia—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

39  Australian Federal Police—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

40  National Capital Authority—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

41  Private Health Insurance Ombudsman—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

42  Department of Health and Ageing—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

43  Australian Institute of Marine Science—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

44  Australian Submarine Corporation Pty Limited—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 30 October 2003 ).

45  Veterans’ Review Board—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

46  Australian Government Solicitor—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

47  Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner—Report for 2002-03 on the operation of the Privacy Act 1988

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

48  CrimTrac Agency—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

49  Migration Review Tribunal—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

50  Refugee Review Tribunal—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

51  Department of Defence—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

52  Health Services Australia Ltd (HSA)—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

53  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

54  Commonwealth Ombudsman—Report for 2002-03, including a report of the Defence Force Ombudsman and a report pursuant to the Complaints (Australian Federal Police) Act 1981

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

55  Administrative Appeals Tribunal—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

56  Federal Police Disciplinary Tribunal—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

57  Australian Law Reform Commission—Report for 2002-03 (Report no. 97)

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

58  Family Court of Australia—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

59  Office of Parliamentary Counsel—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

60  Federal Court of Australia—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

61  Federal Magistrates Court—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 24 November 2003 ).

62  Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

63  Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

64  Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

65  Sugar Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

66  National Standards Commission—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

67  Air Passenger Ticket Levy (Collection) Act 2001 —Report for the period 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

68  Airservices Australia—Equity and diversity program—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

69  Australian Sports Drug Agency—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

70  Health Insurance Commission—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

71  Professional Services Review [Medical and pharmaceutical services]—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

72  Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency—Quarterly report for the period 1 April to 30 June 2003

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

73  Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation Ltd—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

74  Australian Research Council—Report for 2002-03—Corrigendum

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

75  Bankstown Airport Limited—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

76  Camden Airport Limited—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

77  Hoxton Park Airport Limited—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

78  Australian Securities and Investments Commission—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

79  Army and Air Force Canteen Service Board of Management (trading as Frontline Defence Services)—Report for 2002-03, including a report of its equal employment opportunity program for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

80  Australian Dairy Corporation—Report for 2002-03 [Final report]

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

81  Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation and Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee—Reports for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

82  Regional Forest Agreement between the Commonwealth and Victoria—Report for 2001

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

83  Regional Forest Agreement between the Commonwealth and Victoria—Report for 2002

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

84  United Nations—International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—Human Rights Committee—

Communication No. 776/1997—Decision

Communication No. 937/2000—Decision

Communication No. 983/2001—Views

Communication No. 987/2001—Decision

Communication No. 1053/2003—Decision

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

85  Telstra Corporation Limited—Equal employment opportunity program—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

86  Department of Employment and Workplace Relations—Report for 2002-03—Corrigendum

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

87  Indigenous education and training—National report to Parliament 2002

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

88  Australian Landcare Council—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

89  Civil Aviation Safety Authority—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

90  Sydney Airport Demand Management Act 1997 —Quarterly report on the maximum movement limit for Sydney Airport for the period 1 July to 30 September 2003

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

91  Australia and the International Financial Institutions—Reports for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

92  Financial Reporting Council and Australian Accounting Standards Board—Reports for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

93  Migration Agents Registration Authority—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

94  Administrative Review Council—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

95  Australian Industrial Relations Commission and Australian Industrial Registry—Reports for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

96  Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Corporation—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

97  United Nations—International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination—Report of the Australian Government under Article 9—Combined 13th and 14th periodic report for the period 1 July 1998 to 30 June 2002

Consideration ( 25 November 2003 ).

98  Backing Australia’s ability: Real results real jobs—The Commonwealth Government’s innovation report 2002-03

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

99  Copyright Agency Limited—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

100  Audio-Visual Copyright Society Ltd (Screenrights)—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

101  Maritime Industry Finance Company Limited—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

102  Productivity Commission—Report no. 26—Review of TCF assistance, 31 July 2003

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

103  Australian Public Service Commission—State of the service—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

104  Defence Housing Authority—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

105  National Institute of Clinical Studies Limited—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

106  Backing Australia’s ability: Real results real jobs—The Australian Government’s innovation report 2003-04

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

107  Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

108  Takeovers Panel—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

109  Higher Education Funding Act 1988 —Report on determinations made under the Act in respect of 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

110  Australian Electoral Commission—2003 redistribution of Queensland into electoral divisions—Report, together with maps and compact disc

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

111  Australian Broadcasting Corporation—Equity and diversity program—Report for 1 September 2002 to 31 August 2003

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

112  Australian Land Transport Development Programme—Progress report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

113  Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited (ARTC)—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

114  List of multilateral treaty actions under negotiation, consideration or review by the Australian Government, 2 December 2003

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

115  Bilateral treaty—Text, together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Exchange of letters constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Italian Republic on the Civil Registry Documentation to be Submitted by Australian Citizens Wishing to Marry in Italy, done at Rome on 10 February and 11 April 2000

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

116  Multilateral treaty—Text, together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Agreement Establishing an International Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank, done at London on 26 June 1985

Consideration ( 2 December 2003 ).

117  Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

118  Australia-Japan Foundation—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

119  Australian Security Intelligence Organisation—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

120  Australian Federal Police—Report—A review of professional standards in the Australian Federal Police, February 2003

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

121  Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Authority—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

122  Medical Training Review Panel—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

123  General practice education and training—An initiative of the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Health and Ageing—Report for the period 5 March 2001 to 30 June 2002

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

124  Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited (ARTC)—Statement of corporate intent 2003-04

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

125  Telecommunications Act 1997 —Funding of consumer representation grants and research in relation to telecommunications—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

126  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis, the regulation impact statement and annexures—Protocol of 1997 to Amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships of 2 November 1973, as Modified by the Protocol of 17 February 1987 (London, 26 September 1997)

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

127  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (New York, 15 November 2000)

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

128  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (New York, 15 November 2000)

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

129  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air (People Smuggling Protocol), supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (New York, 15 November 2000)

Consideration ( 3 December 2003 ).

130  Department of Defence—Special purpose flights—Schedule for the period 1 January to 30 June 2003

Consideration ( 4 December 2003 ).

131  Parliamentarians’ travel paid by the Department of Finance and Administration—1 January to 30 June 2003, December 2003

Consideration ( 4 December 2003 ).

132  Former parliamentarians’ travel paid by the Department of Finance and Administration—1 January to 30 June 2003, December 2003

Consideration ( 4 December 2003 ).

133  Former Governors-General travel paid by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet—1 January to 30 June 2003

Consideration ( 4 December 2003 ).

134  Department of Defence—Director of Trials—A concept to support capability management and accountability through test and evaluation, March 2003

Consideration ( 4 December 2003 ).

135  Private Health Insurance Administration Council—Report for 2002-03 on the operations of the registered health benefits organisations

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

136  Airservices Australia—Corporate plan July 2003 to June 2008

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

137  Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 —NHMRC Licensing Committee—Report for the period 1 April to 30 September 2003

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

138  Mid-year economic and fiscal outlook 2003-04—Statement by the Treasurer (Mr Costello) and the Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Minchin), December 2003

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

139  Centrelink and the Data-Matching Agency—Data-matching program—Report on progress for 2002-03

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

140  United Nations—Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women—Women in Australia: Australia’s combined fourth and fifth reports on implementing the convention

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stott Despoja—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 10 February 2004 ).

141  Australian Greenhouse Office—Energy use in the Australian Government’s operations—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

142  Health Insurance Act 1973 —Biennial review of Medicare provider number legislation, December 2003

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

143  Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995— Report for 2002-03 on the operation of the Act

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

144  Review of Lifetime Health Cover Scheme—Report prepared by the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies for the Department of Health and Ageing, December 2003

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

145  Anglo-Australian Telescope Board—Anglo-Australian Observatory—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

146  Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Report for 2002-03—Corrigendum

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

147  Industry Research and Development Board—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

148  Freedom of Information Act 1982 —Report for 2002-03 on the operation of the Act

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

149  Australian Electoral Commission—2003 redistribution of South Australia into electoral divisions—Report, together with maps and compact disc

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

150  Renewable opportunities: A review of the operation of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 —Report, September 2003

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

151  High Court of Australia—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

152  Foreign Investment Review Board—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

153  Department of the Treasury—Tax expenditures statement 2003, January 2004

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

154  Pooled Development Funds Registration Board—Report for 2002-03

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

155  Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report for the period 1 July to 30 September 2003

Consideration ( 10 February 2004 ).

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 ).

Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( 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 ).

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 ( Senator Heffernan, in continuation, 27 November 2003 )—( 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 ).

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 ).

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 ).

51  Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

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

52  Isalmic Republic of Iran and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan—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 ).

53  Taxation—Small business

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—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 ( adjourned, 20 March 2003 ).

54  Environment—Rehabilitation of former nuclear test sites at Emu and Maralinga (Australia)—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Chapman, in continuation, 25 March 2003 ).

55  Building and Construction Industry—Royal Commission—Ministerial statement and documents

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Sherry—That the Senate take note of the documents ( Senator Santoro, in continuation, 26 March 2003 ).

56  Defence Amendment (Parliamentary approval for Australian involvement in overseas conflicts) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Bartlett, and Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 27 March 2003 ).

57  Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 27 March 2003 ).

58  Sexuality Anti-Vilification Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Greig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Greig, in continuation, 27 March 2003 ).

59  Governor-General

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner)—That the Senate—

(a) notes with concern that:

(i) the Government has failed to respond to evidence of sexual abuse of children in our society and within our public institutions,

(ii) the independent report of the Diocesan Board of Inquiry found that Dr Peter Hollingworth, while occupying a position of public trust as Archbishop of Brisbane, allowed a priest to remain in the ministry after an admission of sexual abuse, and the Board of Inquiry found this decision to be ‘untenable’,

(iii) the Governor-General has admitted that he made a serious error in doing so,

(iv) Dr Peter Hollingworth, through his actions while in the Office of Governor-General, in particular his interview on ‘Australian Story’ and his apparent ‘reconstruction’ of evidence before the Diocesan Board of Inquiry, has shown himself not to be a person suitable to hold the Office of Governor-General,

(v) members of the House of Representatives, senators, and premiers and members of state parliaments have called upon the Governor-General to resign, or failing that, to be dismissed by the Prime Minister,

(vi) the Governor-General is now no longer able to fulfil his symbolic role as a figure of unity for the Australian people,

(vii) the Governor-General is now no longer able to exercise the constitutional powers of the Office in a manner that will be seen as impartial and non-partisan,

(viii) the Governor-General’s action in standing aside until the current Victorian Supreme Court action is resolved, does not address any of the issues surrounding his behaviour as Archbishop of Brisbane, and is therefore inadequate,

(ix) the Governor-General has failed to resign and the Prime Minister has failed to advise the Queen of Australia to dismiss him, and

(x) the Australian Constitution fails to set out any criteria for the dismissal of a Governor-General or a fair process by which this can be achieved; and

(b) urges:

(i) the Prime Minister to establish a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Australia, and

(ii) the Governor-General to immediately resign or, if he does not do so, the Prime Minister to advise the Queen of Australia to terminate the Commission of the Governor-General—( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 13 May 2003 ).

And on the amendment moved by Senator Murphy —Omit all words after “That”, substitute “the Senate—

(a) notes with concern that:

(i) Dr Peter Hollingworth, while in the Office of Governor-General, gave in an interview on ‘Australian Story’, a version of events which have been found by the diocesan Board of Inquiry to be untrue, and

(ii) the same Board of Inquiry found that they could not accept Dr Hollingworth had a belief that the child sexual abuse was an isolated incident and that his handling of the matters was untenable;

(b) finds that:

(i) the circumstances that have developed around the Office of Governor-General are doing irreparable damage to the Office and must be resolved,

(ii) the conclusions of the report of the Anglican Church clearly demonstrates that Dr Hollingworth failed in his duty as Archbishop,

(iii) such failing in a position of significant public trust renders Dr Hollingworth an unsuitable person to fill the Office of Governor-General,

(iv) the Governor-General’s action in standing aside until the current Victorian Supreme Court action is resolved does not address any of the issues surrounding his behaviour as Archbishop of Brisbane, and is therefore inadequate,

(v) the Governor-General is now no longer able to fulfil his symbolic role as a figure of unity for the Australian people, and

(vi) the Governor-General is now no longer able to exercise the constitutional powers of the Office in a manner that will be seen as impartial and non-partisan; and, therefore, in light of these unacceptable circumstances

(c) urges:

(i) the Governor-General to immediately resign or, if he does not do so, the Prime Minister to advise the Queen of Australia to terminate the Commission of Governor-General, and

(ii) the Prime Minister to establish a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Australia” ( Senator Collins, in continuation, 14 May 2003 ).

60  Textbook Subsidy Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 18 June 2003 ).

61  Health—Medicare—Bulk billing

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator McLucas—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the most damaging effects of the Government’s proposed reforms to Medicare, which will create a user-pays, two-tiered health system in Australia and dismantle the universality of Medicare;

(b) acknowledges that the first of the damaging effects of the Government’s reform package is to cause bulk-billing rates to decline further, and that these reforms do nothing to encourage doctors to bulk bill any Australians other than pensioners and concession cardholders but make it clear that the Government considers bulk billing to be a privilege that accrues only to a subset of Australians, not an entitlement that all Australians have as a result of the Medicare charge;

(c) notes that the second most damaging effect of the Government’s proposed changes to Medicare is the facilitation and encouragement of higher and higher co-payments to be charged by medical practitioners, and that a central plank of the Government’s package is the facilitation of co-payments to be charged by doctors who currently bulk bill Australian families, as well as to make it easier for doctors who currently charge a co-payment to increase the amount of this co-payment; and

(d) notes, with concern, that the Government seeks to allow private health funds to offer insurance for out-of-pocket expenses in excess of $1 000, a measure which, if implemented, would inflate health insurance premiums as well as be a real step towards a user-pays system in Australia where people who can afford co-payments and insurance premiums will be treated when they are sick, whereas those individuals and families on lower incomes will be forced to go without medical assistance ( Senator Eggleston, in continuation, 19 June 2003 )

62  Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 25 June 2003 ).

63  Looking to the future: A review of Commonwealth fisheries policy—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate take note of the statement ( adjourned, Senator McGauran, 25 June 2002 ).

64  Social Security Amendment (Supporting Young Carers) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Lees )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Lees, in continuation, 26 June 2003 ).

65  National Animal Welfare Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2003 ).

66  Transport—Ethanol—Manildra Group

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate condemns the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) for his ongoing pattern of deceit in relation to his dealings with the chair of the Manildra Group, Mr Dick Honan, prior to a Cabinet decision that delivers direct financial benefits to that company ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation (Senator Ian Macdonald), in continuation, 14 August 2003 ).

67  Regional Australia

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate—

(a) notes, with grave concern, the crisis enveloping rural and regional Australia;

(b) condemns the Howard Government for its neglect of rural and regional Australians, in particular, its failure to:

(i) adequately respond to the growing drought,

(ii) provide timely and appropriate assistance to the sugar industry, and

(iii) support essential services including health, banking, employment and telecommunications; and

(c) calls on the Howard Government to reverse its neglect of rural and regional communities ( Senator Colbeck, in continuation, 11 September 2003 ).

68  Financial Management and Accountability (Anti-Restrictive Software Practices) Amendment Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Greig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Greig, in continuation, 18 September 2003 ).

69  Health—Medicare—Bulk billing

That the Senate—

(a) notes, with grave concern, the crisis in Australia’s health system, including:

(i) bulk billing rates falling by more than 12 per cent since 1996,

(ii) 10 million fewer services being bulk-billed each year by general practitioners than in 1996,

(iii) the 59 per cent rise since 1996 in the average amount patients are required to pay to see a general practitioner (GP),

(iv) the largely unaddressed GP workforce shortage, which government policies have exacerbated,

(v) the unaddressed shortages in nurses, dentists, radiographers and other vitally-needed health professionals,

(vi) emergency departments in public hospitals being strained by the increasing numbers of patients who could have been attended to by a GP, and

(vii) frail aged people being accommodated in acute hospital beds because there is nowhere else for them to go; and

(b) calls on the Government to respond to community concerns about its health policies, as evidenced by tens of thousands of petitions, by:

(i) addressing the health crisis in co-operation with the states,

(ii) strengthening Medicare by taking steps to ensure universal access to bulk-billing, and

(iii) ensuring that enough GPs, nurses, dentists, radiographers and other vitally-needed health professionals are trained and retained in the health system—( Senator Barnett, in continuation, 18 September 2003 ).

72  Sexuality and Gender Identity Discrimination Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Greig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Greig, in continuation, 25 November 2003 ).

73  Racial and Religious Hatred Bill 2003 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ludwig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 1 December 2003 ).

74  Sri Lanka and the 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Bangladesh—Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation, 1 to 12 October 2003

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Watson—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Watson, in continuation, 1 December 2003 ).

75  Broadcasting Services (Safeguarding Local Content and Local Audience Needs) Amendment Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Lees )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Lees, in continuation, 3 December 2003 ).