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Notice given 9 May 2007

*785  Chair of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee (Senator Eggleston): To move—That the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 10 May 2007, from 1 pm.

*786  Senator Watson: To move—That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 13 June 2007, from 11.30 am to 1 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the financial reporting and equipment acquisition at the Department of Defence and the Defence Materiel Organisation.

*787  Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee (Senator Payne): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on the Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill 2006 be extended to 31 May 2007.

 

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

(a) notes:

(i) the growing incidence of, and pressures on, grandparents who are being called upon to resume the role of parenting of grandchildren because of family tragedies, family breakdown, or the devastating impact of drug or alcohol abuse,

(ii) the important role played by community organisations and support services in highlighting these issues and seeking funding for services, and

(iii) the fundamental role many grandparents play in holding family units together, and their struggle to provide a safe, secure and supportive environment for their grandchildren;

(b) acknowledges:

(i) the support currently provided by government departments and agencies,

(ii) the contribution of peak organisations, including research and reports developed by such bodies as Families Australia ( Grandparenting: present and future , January 2007) and, in the Australian Capital Territory, the Canberra Mothercraft Society Inc ( Grandparents parenting children because of alcohol and other drugs , 2006), and

(iii) calls to achieve substantive improvements in quality of life for grandparents and the children in their care by advocating for legislative recognition of these particular family units and their unique situations;

(c) recognises:

(i) the need for relevant, current and accessible information as soon as children arrive,

(ii) the potential for significant financial hardship and compromise when they take on parenting of grandchildren,

(iii) the need for access to affordable legal advice and support,

(iv) that parenting over the age of 55 years has significant health impacts,

(v) the significant contribution grandparents make to the social capital of their communities and the nation, and

(vi) the need for further research to identify the extent of grandparent families, particularly Indigenous grandparent families; and

(d) calls for improved responses by government to these issues, including in relation to:

(i) accessibility of relevant information and advice,

(ii) consideration of financial implications,

(iii) legal complexities and costs,

(iv) health impacts on grandparents and children,

(v) impact on grandparents and their contribution to society, and

(vi) the need for further research.

 

 *789  Senator Sherry: To move—That the Senate notes the 2007-08 Budget:

(a) fails to:

(i) tackle Australia’s poor productivity performance,

(ii) meet the challenges of climate change,

(iii) deliver practical solutions to the water crisis, and

(v) ensure long-term investment in broadband infrastructure; and

(b) focuses on a short-term election fix rather than long-term nation building.

*790  Senator Joyce: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 30 April 2007, CPA Australia presented Senator John Watson with the Meritorious Service Award, and

(ii) the Meritorious Service Award is the highest honour bestowed by CPA Australia; and

(b) commends Senator Watson, the father of the Senate, for his long-standing contribution to the Senate and the people of Australia particularly for his work on superannuation.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the extensive history of violence directed towards human rights defenders and non-violent activists in Colombia, and

(ii) that Article 3 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits violence against civilians in the context of armed conflict that occurs within the borders of a sovereign state and is not of an international character;

(b) recognises the importance of human rights and peace work in the current situation in Colombia;

(c) recalls its resolution of 4 August 2004, in which it expressed its ‘hope that the Colombian Government will guarantee the safety of the people of San José de Apartadó, and of the international observers who accompany them’;

(d) remembers the death of Luis Eduardo Guerra, leader of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, his partner and child, in a massacre of eight people in the Department of Antioquia, Colombia in February 2005;

(e) notes that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has strongly condemned these murders and called on Colombian authorities to prosecute those responsible;

(f) recognises the importance of the Colombian Public Prosecutor calling in 69 soldiers from the 17th Brigade, based in Carepa, Department of Antioquia, for questioning in regards to this tragic crime; and

(g) calls on the Colombian Government to:

(i) ensure that this investigation is carried out in an exhaustive and impartial manner to ascertain all the relevant facts and bring to justice those responsible for the murders, and

(ii) open an investigation of the 130 murders of members of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó which have not yet been duly investigated.

 

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

(a) notes that most industrialised nations now accept the imperative of constraining global temperature increase to 2 degrees or less to avoid catastrophic climate change; and

(b) agrees that the imperative of constraining global temperature increase to no more than 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels should underpin government policy responses to global warming.

*794  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move—That the Senate calls on the Government to inform the Senate by 13 June 2007 on the following matters:

(a) the number of civilians displaced by the war in Iraq, both internally and externally;

(b) the circumstances of these Iraqi refugees;

(c) what aid or assistance is going to the refugees and what component of that aid comes from the Australian Government;

(d) how many such refugees have been accommodated in Australia and what plans there are to give refuge to more; and

(e) what calls from the United Nations, the Red Cross or any other international agencies have been made to nations, including Australia, to meet the refugees’ needs.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

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 ).

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 February 2007 ).

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 ).

Commonwealth Grants Commission—Report on state revenue sharing relativities—2007 update

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Sterle, in continuation, 1 March 2007 ).

6   Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 —Live-stock mortalities for exports by sea—Report for the period 1 July to 31 December 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 27 February 2007 ).

 

 7  Wheat Export Authority—Report for 1 October 2005 to 30 September 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Moore—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Moore, in continuation, 27 February 2007 ).

Migration Act 1958 —Section 440A—Conduct of Refugee Review Tribunal reviews not completed within 90 days—Report for the period 1 July to 31 October 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Moore—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Moore, in continuation, 27 February 2007 ).

Migration Act 1958 —Section 91Y—Protection visa processing taking more than 90 days—Report for the period 1 July to 31 October 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Moore, 27 February 2007 ).

10  Surveillance Devices Act 2004 —Report for 2005-06 on the operation of the Act

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Moore—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Moore, in continuation, 27 February 2007 ).

11  Bilateral treaty—Text, together with the national interest analysis and annexures—Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Korea on the Protection of Migratory Birds, and Exchange of Notes, done at Canberra on 6 December 2006

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 27 February 2007 ).

*12  Regional Forest Agreement between the Commonwealth and the State of Tasmania—Variation, dated 23 February 2007

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator McGauran—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator McGauran, in continuation, 9 May 2007 ).

*13  Australia-Indonesia Institute—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator McGauran—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator McGauran, in continuation, 9 May 2007 ).

*14  Surveillance Devices Act 2004 —Commonwealth Ombudsman’s report on inspections of surveillance device records for the period 1 July 2006 to 31 December 2006—Australian Crime Commission and Australian Federal Police

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ian Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ian Macdonald, in continuation, 9 May 2007 ).

*15  Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 —Report for 2005-06 on the operations of the Act

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Stott Despoja—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 9 May 2007 ).

*16  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifiers 126/07 to 137/07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 May 2007 ).

 

 *17  Commission of inquiry into certain Australian companies in relation to the UN Oil-for-Food Programme—Report by Commissioner the Honourable TRH Cole, AO, RFD, QC—Government response

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 9 May 2007 ).

Orders of the Day

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

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 .)

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 ( 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 Ronaldson, in continuation, 22 March 2007 ).

79  Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill 2006—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison, Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, and Senators Bishop and Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Allison, in continuation, 5 December 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 ).

84  Qantas Sale (Keep Jetstar Australian) Amendment Bill 2007—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Fielding, in continuation, 27 February 2007 ).

85  Marriage (Relationships Equality) Amendment Bill 2007—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Nettle )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), in continuation, 1 March 2007 ).

86  Electoral (Greater Fairness of Electoral Processes) Amendment Bill 2007—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 1 March 2007 ).

87  Migration Legislation Amendment (Removal of Unjust Restrictions) Bill 2007—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 1 March 2007 ).

88  Migration Legislation Amendment (Access to Judicial Review of Migration Decisions) Bill 2007—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 1 March 2007 ).

89  Environment—Nuclear energy

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

(a) notes that:

(i) nuclear energy is not economically viable in Australia,

(ii) nuclear energy is not a climate change solution for Australia, and

(iii) the delay in establishing nuclear power would only exacerbate the 11 years of inaction under the Howard Government; and

(b) calls on the Government to publish the details of any plans, including possible locations, for nuclear reactors and high level nuclear waste dumps in Australia ( Senator McEwen, in continuation, 1 March 2007 ).

90  Criminal Code Amendment (Anti-Child Abuse and Pornography Materials) Bill 2007—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ludwig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator George Campbell, in continuation, 21 March 2007 ).

 

 91  Food Safety (Trans Fats) Bill 2007—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Nettle )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 26 March 2007 ).

92  Repatriation of Citizens Bill 2007—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison and Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Allison, in continuation, 29 March 2007 ).

93  Workplace Relations (Restoring Family Work Balance) Amendment Bill 2007—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding) )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Fielding, in continuation, 29 March 2007 ).

94  Global initiative on forests and climate—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison), in continuation, 29 March 2007 ).