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Notice given 26 February 2007

*708  Chair of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee (Senator Eggleston): To move—That the time for the presentation of reports of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee be extended as follows:

(a) Australia’s national parks—to 29 March 2007; and

(b) Australia’s Indigenous visual arts and craft sector—to 12 June 2007.

*709  Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee (Senator Johnston): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on Australia’s public diplomacy be extended to 12 June 2007.

*710  Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Senator Ferguson): To move—That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate on Wednesday, 28 February 2007, and Wednesday, 21 March 2007, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into Australia’s trade with Mexico and the region.

*711  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison), and Senators Ferris and Moore: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that

(i) National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Week runs from Sunday, 25 February to Sunday, 4 March 2007,

(ii) more than 1 000 women get ovarian cancer every year,

(iii) between 1991 and 2001 there was a 23 per cent increase in the number of new cases of ovarian cancer and other cancers of the female genital organs, and

(iv) the relative 5 year survival rate for ovarian cancer is less than half that for breast cancer;

(b) draws attention to the Community Affairs Committee report Breaking the silence: A national voice for gynaecological cancers which was tabled in the Senate on 19 October 2006; and

(c) calls on the Government to implement the recommendations in the report.

 

 *712  Senator Watson: To move—That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate as follows:

(a) on Wednesday, 28 February 2007, from 11.30 am to 1 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s review of Auditor-General’s reports; and

(b) on Thursday, 1 March and 29 March 2007, from 10.30 am to 1 pm, and Wednesday, 28 March 2007, from 11.15 am to 1.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into financial reporting and equipment acquisition at the Department of Defence and the Defence Materiel Organisation.

*713  Chair of the Community Affairs Committee (Senator Humphries): To move—That the Community Affairs Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 1 March 2007, from 3.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the provisions of the Aged Care Amendment (Security and Protection) Bill 2007.

*714  Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Senator Payne): To move—That the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 1 March 2007, from 4.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the provisions of the AusCheck Bill 2006.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the growing tension between the United States of America (US) and Iran, including the military build-up in the Persian Gulf,

(ii) the indication by US Vice President Dick Cheney, while in Sydney from 22 February to 25 February 2007, that a military strike on Iran is an option, and

(iii) that US intelligence bases in Australia are likely to be used in any military strike on Iran; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) support a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and

(ii) rule out Australian support for a military strike on Iran.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the comments on 26 February 2007 by former Family Court Chief Justice Alastair Nicholson that the Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Attorney-General could be charged with war crimes for insisting Mr David Hicks face trial before a United States of America military commission,

(ii) the Federal Court case examining the Government’s breach of its protective duty to Australian citizen Mr Hicks, and

(iii) that Mr Hicks has been detained for 1 909 days; and

(b) calls on the Government to fulfil its duty of care and return Mr Hicks to Australia.

 

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

(a) notes:

(i) the plight of Mr Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, a Bangladeshi journalist who is on trial for sedition, an offence punishable by death, because as editor of an English-language newspaper he has been critical of Islamic extremism and has expressed his belief in interfaith dialogue, particularly between Christians, Muslims and Jews,

(ii) that Mr Choudhury was detained in Dhaka Central Jail in November 2003 for passport violation, was charged with sedition, interrogated and was held in prison for 17 months without legal recourse until April 2005 when he was released on bail after intervention by the United States Department of State,

(iii) that on 6 July 2006 Mr Choudhury’s newspaper offices were bombed by an Islamic extremist organisation after the newspaper published articles in support of the Ahmadiyya Muslim minority,

(iv) that on 18 September 2006 a Bangladeshi judge ruled that Mr Choudhury would stand trial for sedition and that his trial commenced, only to be suspended when a state of emergency was declared in Bangladesh on 11 January 2007 and a caretaker government was installed by the military on 22 January 2007,

(v) that Mr Chouldhury’s trial has been suspended while the new government is established, and

(vi) that the previous government admitted that there was no basis for the charges against Mr Choudhury and the Public Prosecutor testified that there was no evidence against him; and

(b) calls on the Government of Bangladesh to:

(i) drop all charges against Mr Choudhury,

(ii) ensure his confiscated possessions are returned, and

(iii) investigate those responsible for his harassment and intimidation because of his call for interfaith tolerance.

*718  Senator Milne: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) growing international concern about nuclear proliferation and recent speculation about a possible United States of America (US) or Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities,

(ii) Australia is a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) which makes its decisions by consensus,

(iii) the US-India nuclear cooperation deal would breach the guidelines of the NSG that restricts trade with non-nuclear-weapon states that do not accept full-scope International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards,

(iv) exemptions from NSG guidelines would erode the credibility of the NSG’s effort to restrict nuclear trade to those states that meet global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament standards, and

(v) the next NSG meeting is in April 2007 and the US is expected to seek agreement to allow the US-India nuclear cooperation deal to proceed; and

 

 (b) calls on the Government to preserve the integrity of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by blocking the US-India deal at the NSG meeting in April 2007 and ruling out the supply of uranium to India.

*719  Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to protect Jetstar from foreign ownership and ensure jobs and operations stay in Australia, and for related purposes. Qantas Sale (Keep Jetstar Australian) Amendment Bill 2007 .

*720  Senator Milne: To move—That the Senate—

(a) welcomes the call from the electricity sector for a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme to promote investor confidence;

(b) notes that:

(i) the purpose of an emissions trading scheme is to create an economically efficient mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and

(ii) notes that international emissions trading is a key mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol;

(c) rejects the McKibbin-Wilcoxen proposal because it fails to cap greenhouse gas emissions and creates an unacceptable risk that long-term emission permits will be over-allocated; and

(d) calls on the Government to announce the rules of an emissions trading scheme by 2008, for commencement in 2010.

Orders for Thursday relating to Government Documents

Tourism Australia—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 8 February 2007 ).

Murray-Darling Basin Commission—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 8 February 2007 ).

Australian Landcare Council—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 8 February 2007 ).

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 8 February 2007 ).

Sugar Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 8 February 2007 ).

Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 8 February 2007 ).

 

 7  Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 8 February 2007 ).

Australian Fisheries Management Authority—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Webber—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Ian Macdonald, 8 November 2006 ).

Australian Crime Commission—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 8 February 2007 ).

Order of the Day relating to Government Documents

*10  National Environment Protection Council and NEPC Service Corporation—Report for 2005-06

Consideration ( 26 February 2007 ).

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 )— ( Senators Bartlett and 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 ).

( 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 .)

 

 7  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—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bernardi, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ) ( restored pursuant to resolution of 17 November 2004 ).

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

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 ).

35  National Animal Welfare Bill 2005—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 20 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 ( 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 ( Minister for Ageing (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 ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation (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 ).

48  Community Affairs References Committee—Children in institutional care—States and territories—Response—Letters to the President of the Senate, responding to the resolutions of the Senate of 29 December 2005, from the—

Minister for Family and Community Services (Northern Territory) (Ms Lawrie), dated 9 January 2006

Premier of Queensland (Mr Beattie), dated 22 December 2005

Premier of Victoria (Mr Bracks), dated 23 December 2005

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Murray—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 7 February 2006 ).

 

 49  Administration—Government accountability

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

(a) over a decade in office the Howard Government has established a new low for government integrity and accountability; and

(b) the Howard Government’s record is littered with scandals involving rorts, waste and incompetence ( 2 March 2006 ).

50  Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 30 March 2006 ).

51  Family and Community Services—Child care

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Lundy—That the Senate condemns the Howard Government for ignoring in the Budget the urgent needs of parents struggling with the cost, availability and quality of child care, noting:

(a) the incompetence of the Howard Government in allocating $60 million for child care places that will never be delivered given that there are already 100 000 unallocated places due mainly to the shortage of child care professionals;

(b) the failure to bring forward the 30 per cent rebate on out-of-pocket child care expenses despite criticism of the rebate from the Government’s own backbench and the fact that child care fees are rising far in excess of other goods and services; and

(c) that parents who cannot find child care, cannot work, adding to the skills shortage ( Senator Kemp, in continuation, 11 May 2006 ).

52  Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2006

Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) Bill 2006—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 15 June 2006 ).

53  Same-Sex Marriages Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja and Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 15 June 2006 ).

54  Migration Legislation Amendment (Appropriate Access to Detention Centres) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 June 2006 ).

55  Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Minchin), in continuation, 14 September 2006 ).

 

 56  Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas Repeal) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 22 June 2006 ).

57  Privacy (Extension to Political Acts and Practices) Amendment Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 22 June 2006 ).

58  Australian Defence Force commitment to southern Iraq—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), in continuation, 22 June 2006 ).

59  Australian Defence Force commitment to Afghanistan—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 August 2006 ).

60  Family and Community Services—Housing affordability

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

(a) condemns the Howard Government for its failure to address the widely acknowledged affordability crisis in Australia’s rental and home ownership markets; and

(b) calls on the Howard Government to show leadership on this critical issue by working with state, territory and local governments, industry, business and the not-for-profit sector to develop a national housing strategy.

And on the amendment moved by Senator Bartlett —Omit paragraph (a), substitute:

“(a) condemns the Howard Government and the state and territory Labor governments for their failure to address the widely acknowledged affordability crisis in Australia’s rental and home ownership markets; and” ( Senator Sherry, in continuation, 10 August 2006 ).

61  Migration Legislation Amendment (Provisions Relating to Character and Conduct) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 August 2006 ).

62  Migration Legislation Amendment (Return to Procedural Fairness) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 17 August 2006 ).

63  Migration Legislation Amendment (End of Mandatory Detention) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 7 September 2006 ).

 

 64  Health—Medibank Private

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government is divided over the sale of Medibank Private,

(ii) the public is concerned about the consequences of the sale of Medibank Private and its impact on the affordability of private health insurance, and

(iii) despite government promises to keep private health insurance premiums low, they have risen by almost 40 per cent since 2001; and

(b) calls on the Government to abandon plans to sell-off Medibank Private.

And on the amendment moved by Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) —At the end of paragraph (b), add “, unless the Government is prepared to produce a white paper that substantiates and supports its proposal, to engage in a genuine period of public consultation, and to be able to confirm it has widespread public support for its sale” ( 7 September 2006 ).

65  Migration Legislation Amendment (Complementary Protection Visas) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 13 September 2006 ).

66  Social Security (Helping Pensioners Hit by the Skills Shortage) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Evans )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator George Campbell, in continuation, 14 September 2006 ).

67  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Protecting the Great Barrier Reef from Oil Drilling and Exploration) Amendment Bill 2003 [2006]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Bartlett and McLucas )

Second reading ( restored pursuant to resolution of 10 October 2006 ).

68  Migration Legislation Amendment (Enabling Permanent Protection) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

69  Skills for the future—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Wong, in continuation, 12 October 2006 ).

70  Crimes Amendment (Victim Impact Statements) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ludwig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Fifield, in continuation, 19 October 2006 ).

71  Migration Legislation Amendment (Appropriate Review) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 October 2006 ).

 

 73  Migration Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Human Rights) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 November 2006 ).

74  Migration Legislation Amendment (Duration of Detention) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 November 2006 ).

75  Economy—Inflation and interest rates

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Sherry—That the Senate notes:

(a) that the interest rate rise on 8 November 2006 is the eighth consecutive increase since May 2002 and the fourth since the 2004 election;

(b) that the headline inflation rate increased to 3.9 per cent for the year ending September 2006;

(c) that national and personal debt levels are increasing; and

(d) the lowering of productivity and trending down in manufacturing and services export ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 9 November 2006 ).

76  Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change (Kyoto Protocol Ratification) Bill 2006 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Carr )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 30 November 2006 ).

77  Migration Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Fair Process) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 30 November 2006 ).

78  Climate Change Action Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Milne )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Milne, in continuation, 30 November 2006 ).

80  Pregnancy Counselling (Truth in Advertising) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja, Troeth, Nettle and Carol Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 7 December 2006 ).

81  Removal of Recognition of US Military Commissions (David Hicks) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Nettle and Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 7 December 2006 ).

82  Australian Territories Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 2007—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 8 February 2007 ).

 

 83  Environment—Human activity and climate change

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

(a) notes:

(i) the continued scepticism of the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) over the link between human activity and climate change,

(ii) that the Howard Government has dragged the chain on climate change for more than 10 years, and

(iii) the environmental and economic cost of past inaction and any future delays in tackling this challenge; and

(b) calls on the Government to recognise the link between human activity and climate change and join in the efforts of the international community by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol ( Senator Ronaldson, in continuation, 8 February 2007 ).