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Notice given 9 August 2007

*1  Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation (Senator Abetz): To move—That—

(1) On Monday, 13 August 2007:

(a) the hours of meeting shall be 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to adjournment;

(b) the routine of business from 7.30 pm shall be government business only;

(c) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 10 pm; and

(d) standing order 54(5) shall apply to the adjournment debate as if it were Tuesday.

(2) On Tuesday, 14 August 2007:

(a) the hours of meeting shall be 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 11.40 pm;

(b) the routine of business from 7.30 pm shall be government business only; and

(c) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 11 pm.

(3) On Thursday, 16 August 2007:

(a) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to adjournment;

(b) consideration of general business and consideration of committee reports, government responses and Auditor-General’s reports under standing order 62(1) and (2) shall not be proceeded with;

(c) the routine of business from 12.45 pm till not later than 2 pm, and from not later than 4.30 pm, shall be government business only;

(d) divisions may take place after 4.30 pm; and

(e) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed after the Senate has finally considered the bills listed below, including any messages from the House of Representatives:

APEC Public Holiday Bill 2007

Aviation Legislation Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007

Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Bill 2007

Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 1) 2007-2008

Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 2) 2007-2008

 

  Water Bill 2007

Water (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2007

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Testing) Bill 2007.

Orders of the Day

Aviation Legislation Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 21 June 2007 ).

Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Testing) Bill 2007— ( Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Johnston )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Johnston, 8 August 2007 ).

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007

Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Bill 2007

Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 1) 2007-2008

Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 2) 2007-2008

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Scullion)—That these bills be now read a second time.

And on the amendment moved by Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Evans) in respect of the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007, the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007 and the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Bill 2007— At the end of the motion, add “but the Senate notes that:

(a) the protection of children from harm and abuse is of paramount concern to all Australians;

(b) the documented instances of child abuse within Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory are of such gravity as to require an urgent and comprehensive response to make safe children and the communities in which they live;

(c) these legislative measures taken together represent a major challenge for Territorians and a change to current arrangements;

(d) we will not succeed in our goal of protecting children without the support and leadership of Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory and therefore the Commonwealth must gain their trust, engage them and respect them throughout this emergency and beyond;

(e) the work of strong and effective Indigenous community members and organisations must continue to be supported during this emergency;

 

 (f) it is important that temporary measures are replaced in time with permanent reforms that have the confidence and support of Territorians, and short-term measures aimed at ensuring the safety of children grow into long-term responses that create stronger communities that are free of violence and abuse;

(g) in the case of town camps, effective partnerships with lessors and negotiated outcomes should obviate the need for compulsory acquisition;

(h) stimulating economic development and more private sector partnerships will secure greater self-reliance;

(i) both levels of government must work in partnership and there must be political accountability at the highest level - the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) and the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (Mr Brough);

(j) program funding must hit the ground through evidence-based delivery and there must be a relentless focus on best-practice and rigorous evaluation by all parties set within specific timeframes; and

(k) practical measures must include:

(i) police keeping every community in the Territory safe, particularly children, women and elders,

(ii) safe houses that provide a safe place for women and children escaping family violence or abuse, built using the direction and leadership of local Indigenous women,

(iii) night patrols that provide important protection,

(iv) community law and justice groups that play an important role in the effective administration of justice,

(v) appropriate background checks for all people providing services in communities who work in proximity to children,

(vi) comprehensive coverage of child and maternal health services, essential to give children the best start,

(vii) comprehensive coverage of parenting and early development services for Indigenous parents and their babies,

(viii) an effective child protection system in the Northern Territory,

(ix) all children being enrolled and attending school and governments delivering teachers, classrooms, teacher housing and support services, such as Indigenous teacher assistants,

(x) investment in housing construction and maintenance to reduce the shortfall in Indigenous homes and infrastructure, and

(xi) reform of the Community Development and Employment Program, including transitioning participants who are employed in public sector work into proper public sector jobs and ensuring participants are not left without sufficient income or participation opportunities” ( Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison), in continuation, 8 August 2007 ).

( Bills exempted on 8 August 2007 from the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111—see Orders of the Senate—Legislation )

Customs Legislation Amendment (Modernising Import Controls and Other Measures) Bill 2006 [2007]—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 21 June 2006 ).

 

 5  Customs Legislation Amendment (Augmenting Offshore Powers and Other Measures) Bill 2006— ( Minister for Community Services, Senator Scullion )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Scullion, 1 March 2007 ).

*6  Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Board and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2007— ( Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Coonan )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Coonan, 9 August 2007 ).

*7  Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007— ( Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Coonan )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Coonan, 9 August 2007 ).

Archives Amendment Bill 2006 [2007]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 6 September 2006 ).

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007— ( Minister for Community Services, Senator Scullion )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 21 June 2007 ).

10  Migration Amendment (Visa Integrity) Bill 2006 [2007]—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 21 June 2006 ).

11  Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment (Promoting Safer Workplaces) Bill 2005— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 8 December 2005 ).

12  Sex Discrimination Amendment (Teaching Profession) Bill 2004— ( Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Abetz, 14 June 2005 ).

13  Human Services (Enhanced Service Delivery) Bill 2007— ( Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Brandis )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 28 February 2007 ).

14  Budget statement and documents 2007-08

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Minchin)—That the Senate take note of the statement and documents ( adjourned, Minister for the Arts and Sport (Senator Brandis), 10 May 2007 ).

15  Budget statement and documents 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Minchin)—That the Senate take note of the statement and documents ( adjourned, Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation (Senator Abetz), 11 May 2006 ).

 

 16  Budget statement and documents 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Minchin)—That the Senate take note of the statement and documents ( adjourned, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration (Senator Colbeck), 12 May 2005 ).