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Notice given 30 November 2005

*338  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s ship the Farley Mowat will leave Melbourne in early December 2005 on its way to Antarctica to stop Japanese whalers from slaughtering whales in Australian waters in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary,

(ii) Japan plans to double its kill of minke whales and target, for the first time in 2 decades, the endangered humpback whale and fin whale,

(iii) the Government charged the Farley Mowat $800 when it docked in Melbourne, arguing that it was a commercial vessel, despite the absence of cargo, and

(iv) the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs threatened to impose a $5 000 fine on one of the crew of the Farley Mowat for not having a visa, despite the fact that she had already been granted one;

(b) questions why the Government has been so antagonistic to the Farley Mowat and why it did not itself send vessels to intervene in this kill;

(c) urges the Government to return the $800 erroneous charge imposed on the Farley Mowat ; and

(d) wishes the Farley Mowat a successful mission and thanks it for its efforts on behalf of whales.

*339  Senator Lundy: To move—That the Senate condemns the Howard Government’s targeted attack on women in Australian society through its extreme industrial relations changes and the changes contained in the so-called welfare to work proposals.

*340  Senator Sherry: To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer, no later than 2.30 pm on Friday, 2 December 2005, all correspondence in relation to the nomination and appointment of Mr Robert Gerard to the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, from 1 January 2003 until 1 December 2005, between:

(a) the Department of the Treasury and the Treasurer (Mr Costello);

(b) the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Prime Minister (Mr Howard); and

(c) the Attorney-General (Mr Ruddock) and the Treasurer.

*341  Senator Stephens: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes with sincere regret the death of Mr John Patrick Ducker, AO, former member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, on 25 November 2005;

 

 (b) acknowledges the contribution made by Mr Ducker to the Australian Labor Party, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the New South Wales Labor Council and to the wellbeing of people of Australia through his leadership of the trade union movement;

(c) recognises his contribution to public life through his service to the New South Wales Public Service Board, many community organisations and public companies; and

(d) expresses sincere sympathy to the Ducker family in their loss.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

Ombudsman Act 1976 —Inquiry into the circumstances of the Vivian Alvarez matter—Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman of an inquiry undertaken by Mr Neil Comrie, AO, APM (Report no. 3 of 2005)

Reports to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Senator Vanstone) from the Secretary, Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

Implementation of the recommendations of the Palmer report of inquiry into the circumstances of the immigration detention of Cornelia Rau, dated September 2005

Response to the recommendations of the report of the Commonwealth Ombudsman of the inquiry into the circumstances of the Vivian Alvarez matter, dated October 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the documents ( adjourned, Senator Webber, 10 November 2005 ).

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade—Report—Weapons of mass destruction: Australia’s role in fighting proliferation: Practical responses to new challenges

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Siewert—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Marshall, 10 November 2005 ).

National Water Commission—Report for the period 17 December 2004 to 30 June 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Siewert—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Stephens, 10 November 2005 ).

Northern Territory Fisheries Joint Authority—Report for 2002-03

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Siewert—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Marshall, 10 November 2005 ).

Employment Advocate—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Siewert—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Marshall, in continuation, 10 November 2005 ).

Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, done at New York on 25 May 2000

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Kirk—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Stephens, 10 November 2005 ).

 

 7  Department of Family and Community Services—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator McLucas—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Kirk, 10 November 2005 ).

Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Kirk, 10 November 2005 ).

Commissioner for Complaints [Aged care]—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator McLucas—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Kirk, 10 November 2005 ).

10  Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Stephens, 10 November 2005 ).

11  Department of Health and Ageing—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator McLucas—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Kirk, 10 November 2005 ).

12  Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Limited—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator McLucas—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Kirk, 10 November 2005 ).

13  Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Crossin—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Stephens, 10 November 2005 ).

14  Industrial Relations Court of Australia—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Hogg, in continuation, 10 November 2005 ).

15  Department of Defence—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 30 November 2005 ).

16  Indigenous Business Australia—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stephens—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stephens, in continuation, 30 November 2005 ).

17  Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency—Report for 2004-05

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Sherry, in continuation, 30 November 2005 ).

18  Office of the Privacy Commissioner—Report for 2004-05 on the operation of the Privacy Act 1988

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

19  Official Establishments Trust—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

 

 20  Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

21  Dairy Adjustment Authority—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

22  Maritime Industry Finance Company Limited—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

23  Anglo-Australian Telescope Board—Anglo-Australian Observatory—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

24  Wet Tropics Management Authority—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

25  Industry Research and Development Board—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

26  Migration Agents Registration Authority—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

27  Australia-China Council—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

28  National Institute of Clinical Studies Limited—Report for 2004-05

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

29  Australian Bureau of Statistics—Information paper—Census of population and housing 2006—Nature and content

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

30  Multilateral treaty—Annexures—Appendix 1: World Anti-Doping Convention and Addendum to Appendix 2—United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Convention Against Doping in Sport, done at Paris on 19 October 2005 [ Treaty tabled on 9 November 2005—Appendix 1 omitted ]

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

31  Bilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China concerning transfer of sentenced persons, done at Hong Kong on 25 November 2005

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

32  Bilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey for the Promotion and Protection of Investments, done at Canberra on 16 June 2005

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

 

 33  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Amendments, adopted at Punta del Este on 6 May 2005, to add a new Annex (Annex G) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), done at Stockholm on 22 May 2001

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

34  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Universal Postal Union: Seventh Additional Protocol to the Constitution of 10 July 1964, as amended; Convention, and Final Protocol; General Regulations, done at Bucharest on 5 October 2004

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

35  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Amendments, adopted on 30 June 2005, to the Statue of the Hague Conference on Private International Law of 31 October 1951

Consideration ( 29 November 2005 ).

*36  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report for 2004-05

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

( This bill may be considered together with the Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003 [2004] during the second reading debate, order of 13 October 2005 .)

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 ).

 

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

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

( This bill may be considered together with the Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2004] during the second reading debate, order of 13 October 2005 .)

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 )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob 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 )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob 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 )— ( Senator Nettle and the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob 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 )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Minister for the Arts and Sport (Senator Kemp), in continuation, 15 September 2005 ) ( 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 ).

40  Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—Ministerial responsibility

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—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 ( 18 August 2005 ).

41  36th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference, APIA, Samoa, 11 to 15 July 2005 and ancillary meetings—Report by Deputy President Senator John Hogg and Deputy Speaker the Honourable Ian Causley MP, dated August 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ferguson—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 6 September 2005 ).

42  Parliament—Senate—Processes and procedures

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate condemns the Government’s arrogant abuse of its Senate majority in subverting the Senate’s processes and procedures ( Senator Santoro, in continuation, 8 September 2005 ).

43  Enhancements to the Australian Defence Force military justice system, 5 October 2005—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bishop—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Hogg, in continuation, 5 October 2005 ).

44  Australian electoral system

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate opposes attempts by the Government to restrict the franchise and reduce the transparency of the Australian electoral system ( Special Minister of State (Senator Abetz), in continuation, 6 October 2005 ).

45  Parliamentary Charter of Rights and Freedoms Bill 2001 [2005]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 9 November 2005 ).

46  Law and Justice—Australia’s border security

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate notes the incompetence of the Howard Government in its failure to protect Australia’s border security, quarantine and environmental integrity and its fishery resource in northern Australia and northern Australian waters ( Senator Ronaldson, in continuation, 10 November 2005 ).