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Notice given 17 August 2005

*222  Senator Ludwig: To move—That the Senate expresses its deep concern that the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Senator Vanstone) has failed to take responsibility for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs despite the ongoing revelations and rising financial and human cost of the portfolio mismanagement.

*223  Chair of the Select Committee on Mental Health (Senator Allison): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on Mental Health be extended to the Thursday of the second sitting week in March 2006.

*224  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) it has been 1 484 days since Ms Vivian Solon’s unlawful deportation by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and 94 days since she was discovered in a hospice in the Philippines,

(ii) evidence suggests that numerous officers within the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Queensland Police, knew that Ms Solon had been deported unlawfully but failed to correct the situation and bring her home, and

(iii) the Australian Government:

( a )  is refusing to guarantee that it will provide more than 6 months care for Ms Solon when she returns, and

( b ) refuses to agree to arbitration should mediation not result in a compensation settlement; and

(b) calls on the Government to allow Ms Solon to come home to Australia and be with her children by:

(i) extending the guarantee of care past 6 months,

(ii) offering her brother a visa which entitles him to work rights or a carers allowance and is not limited to 6 months, and

(iii) agreeing to arbitration of a compensation settlement if 6 months of mediation does not result in a settlement.

*225  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Friday, 26 August 2005 is the 4th anniversary of the rescue of 433 asylum seekers by the MV Tampa , and

(ii) 4 years later, 32 asylum seekers remain on Nauru as part of the Government’s cruel Pacific Solution; and

(b) calls on the Government to bring the remaining asylum seekers still on Nauru to the Australian mainland.

*226  Senator Crossin: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) in 2004 the Northern Territory Parliament passed the Nuclear Waste, Storage and Disposal (Prohibition) Act 2004 which bans the establishment and operation of a nuclear waste management facility in the Northern Territory, and

(ii) during the 2004 Federal Election the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (Senator Ian Campbell) gave an ‘absolute categorical assurance’ to Territorians that the Commonwealth is not pursuing any options anywhere on the mainland, including the Northern Territory, for a national nuclear waste facility; and

(b) calls on the Commonwealth Government to honour its election promise not to locate a nuclear waste facility in the Northern Territory.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

National Oceans Office—Report for 2003-04

Adjourned debate on the motion—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August  2005 ).

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust—Report for 2003-04

Adjourned debate on the motion—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—Report for 2003-04, including reports pursuant to the Immigration (Education) Act 1971 and the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

Adjourned debate on the motion—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Kirk, 11 August 2005 ).

Refugee Review Tribunal—Report for 2003-04

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11August  2005 ).

Aboriginals Benefit Account—Report for 2003-04

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

Cape York Land Council Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2003-04

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

National Environment Protection Measures (Implementation) Act 1998 —Report—Independent review by Baker and McKenzie

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

Productivity Commission—Report for 2003-04

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

National Environment Protection Council and NEPC Service Corporation—Report for 2003-04

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

10  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission—Telstra’s compliance with price control arrangements—Report for 2003-04

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

11  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner—Report for 2004—Native Title (Report no. 1/2005)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 11 August 2005 ).

12  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner—Report for 2004—Social justice (Report no. 2/2005)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 11 August 2005 ).

13  Productivity Commission—Report no. 33—Review of national competition policy reforms, 28 February 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

 

 14  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report of an inquiry into complaints by immigration detainees concerning their detention at the Curtin Immigration Reception and Processing Centre (HREOC report no. 28)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

15  Natural Heritage Trust—Report for 2003-04

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

16  Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report for the period 1 January to 31 March 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

17  Inquiry into the circumstances of the immigration detention of Cornelia Rau—Report by Mr Mick Palmer AO APM, July 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).

18  Sydney Airport Demand Management Act 1997 —Quarterly report on the maximum movement limit for Sydney Airport for the period 1 January to 31 March 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator George Campbell—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator George Campbell, in continuation, 16 August 2005 ).

19  Civil Aviation Safety Authority—Corporate plan 2005-06 to 2007-08

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator George Campbell—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator George Campbell, in continuation, 16 August 2005 ).

20  Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—Report—Review into the viability of establishing an Indigenous television service and the regulatory arrangements that should apply to the digital transmission of such a service using spectrum in the broadcasting services bands, August 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 16 August 2005 ).

21  Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate—Joint ministerial statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Downer) and the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (Senator Ian Campbell)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Milne—That the Senate take note of the statement ( 16 August 2005 ).

*22  Customs Act 1901 —Report for 2004-05 on the conduct of customs officers under subsection 233(3A) of the Act

Consideration ( 17 August 2005 ).

*23  List of multilateral treaty actions under negotiation, consideration or review by the Australian Government as at August 2005

Consideration ( 17 August 2005 ).

Orders of the Day

Anti-Genocide Bill 1999 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government) 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Murray and Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Defence Amendment (Parliamentary approval for Australian involvement in overseas conflicts) Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett and Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bishop, in continuation, 10 February 2005 ) ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Euthanasia Laws (Repeal) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

Financial Management and Accountability (Anti-Restrictive Software Practices) Amendment Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

10  Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

11  Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

12  Ministers of State (Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja and Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

13  National Animal Welfare Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

14  Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

15  Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

16  Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

17  Reconciliation Bill 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

18  Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

19  Sexuality Anti-Vilification Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

20  Sexuality and Gender Identity Discrimination Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

21  State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2004]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

22  Textbook Subsidy Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

23  Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1998 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

24  Workplace Relations Amendment (Paid Maternity Leave) Bill 2002 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

25  Communications—Telstra

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has failed to ensure that telecommunications service standards are up to scratch in rural and regional Australia,

(ii) the chief of the Government’s telecommunications inquiry, Mr Dick Estens, has said that telecommunications services in the bush remain a ‘shemozzle’, and

(iii) selling Telstra will cost the budget $255 million over the next 4 years; and

(b) calls on the Government to keep Telstra in majority public ownership to ensure reliable telecommunications services for all Australians—( Senator Heffernan, in continuation, 18 November 2004 ).

 

 26  Criminal Code Amendment (Workplace Death and Serious Injury) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Nettle )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 30 November 2004 ).

27  Constitution Alteration (Right to Stand for Parliament—Qualification of Members and Candidates) 1998 (No. 2) [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

In committee ( committee to consider the bill as reported by the committee of the whole on 15 May 2003 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 1 December 2004 ).

28  Senate Voters’ Choice (Preference Allocation) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 9 December 2004 ).

29  Flags Amendment (Eureka Flag) Bill 2004—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Marshall )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 9 December 2004 ).

31  Economy

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

(a) notes the deterioration in the economy including the record current account deficit of 7.1 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), record net foreign debt of $422 billion, the negative household savings ratio and among the lowest GDP growth rates of the advanced economies; and

(b) calls on the Government:

(i) to acknowledge that there are severe economic imbalances in the economy that threaten to push interest rates still higher,

(ii) to implement policies that will lift the productive potential of the economy,

(iii) to invest in skills development to ease skill shortages which are now at 20 year highs, and

(iv) to support infrastructure investment to ease capacity constraints and inflation pressures and promote exports—( Senator Lundy, in continuation, 10 March 2005 ).

32  Spyware Bill 2005—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 May 2005 ).

33  Family and Community Services—Welfare reform

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Wong—That the Senate notes the Howard Government’s cuts to the incomes of the most vulnerable families in Australia, its introduction of a parents’ dole and a disability dole, and its failure to effectively tackle the need for real welfare reform—( 12 May 2005 ).

34  Migration Amendment (Act of Compassion) Bill 2005

Migration Amendment (Mandatory Detention) Bill 2005—( Senate bills )— ( Senators Nettle and Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 16 June 2005 ).

 

 36  Taxation Laws Amendment (Scholarships) Bill 2005—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 21 June 2005 ).

37  Transparent Advertising and Notification of Pregnancy Counselling Services Bill 2005—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 23 June 2005 ).

38  Truth in Food Labelling Bill 2003 [2005]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 11 August 2005 ).

39  Employment—Skills shortages—Training policies

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator George Campbell—That the Senate notes that:

(a) the Howard Government’s training policies since 1996 have contributed to Australia’s current skills shortages in the traditional trades; and

(b) the Government’s inaction in addressing this national skills crisis is hurting Australian businesses, families, young people and the economy—( Senator Moore, in continuation, 11 August 2005 ).