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Notice given 11 March 2008

32  Senator Murray: To move—That, in view of:

(a) the instances of developers being identified in investigations into corrupt influence in local government, and other levels of government;

(b) public and media perceptions of improper conduct and influence by developers; and

 

 (c) calls for donations, loans, gifts and favours from developers to be prohibited,

the Senate calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Rudd) to put this matter before the Council of Australian Governments, with a view to designing amendments to all federal, state and territory electoral laws no later than 1 December 2008 either:

(a) prohibiting donations, loans, or gifts by developers, either directly or indirectly, to candidates or political parties at any level of government; or

(b) significantly improving and harmonising law, regulation and governance in this area.

35  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move—That the Senate:

(a) having regard to:

(i) the 11th Australia-China Human Rights Dialogue held in Beijing on 30 July 2007,

(ii) the United Nations (UN) Olympics Truce, as passed by the UN General Assembly on 31 October 2007 (A/RES/62/4),

(iii) the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising of 10 March 1959,

(iv) the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with particular attention to Article 9, concerning arbitrary arrest and detention, Article 13 on the right to freedom of movement and Article 18 on the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,

(v) the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and the People’s Republic of China on 21 December 1972 resulting in Australia-China relations developing strongly, politically and economically, and

(vi) the Australia-China Strategic Partnership, established on 7 September 2007, which is of great importance for the relationship between Australia and China;

(b) regrets that there have been no further rounds of the Sino-Tibetan dialogue since February 2006 and that the five rounds of talks between Chinese officials and representatives of the Dalai Lama from 2002 to 2006, led by his Special Envoy Lodi Gyari, brought no substantive results;

(c) calls on the parties to make every effort to continue the dialogue and on the Chinese Government to engage in substantive negotiations, taking into due consideration the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach to the resolution of the Tibet issue; and

(d) reiterates its concern over the reports of continuing human rights violations in Tibet, including torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, repression of religious freedom, ‘patriotic re-education’ including forcing Tibetans to denounce the Dalai Lama, arbitrary restrictions on free movement, rehabilitation through labour camps and coercive resettlement.

41  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to repeal provisions relating to group voting tickets and provide for preferential above-the-line voting, and for related purposes. Commonwealth Electoral (Above-the-Line Voting) Amendment Bill 2008 .

 

On the tenth sitting day of 2008 (20 March 2008)

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Standing Committees

Reports to be presented on annual reports tabled by 31 October 2007.

On 20 March 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the cost of living pressures on older Australians.

On 11 April 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

*1  Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the exposure drafts of the Wheat Export Marketing Bill 2008 and the Wheat Export Marketing (Repeal and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008.

On 28 April 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Bill 2008.

On 1 May 2008

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

*1  Economics—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Tax Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Reduction) Bill 2008. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

*2  Legal and Constitutional Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the Rights of the Terminally Ill (Euthanasia Laws Repeal) Bill 2008. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Order of the Day

Rights of the Terminally Ill (Euthanasia Laws Repeal) Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

 

On the first day in the next period of sittings (13 May 2008)

Government Business—Order of the Day

*1  Communications Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Evans )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 March 2008 ).

On 15 May 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping operations.

On 30 May 2008

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

*1  Economics—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the Renewable Energy Legislation Amendment (Renewable Power Percentage) Bill 2008. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

*2  Economics—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the National Market Driven Energy Efficiency Target Bill 2007 [2008]. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Orders of the Day

Renewable Energy Legislation Amendment (Renewable Power Percentage) Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Allison, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

19  National Market Driven Energy Efficiency Target Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

On 16 June 2008

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Agricultural and Related Industries—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

Housing Affordability in Australia—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

*3  Legal and Constitutional Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the Stolen Generation Compensation Bill 2008. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

 

General Business—Order of the Day

Stolen Generation Compensation Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

On 18 June 2008

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Community Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2007 [2008]. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

State Government Financial Management—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

General Business—Order of the Day

Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading ( restored 13 February 2008 ).

On 23 June 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

*1  Environment, Communications and the Arts—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the sexualisation of children in the media.

On 24 June 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Standing Committees

Reports to be presented on the 2008-09 Budget estimates.

On 25 June 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

*1  Community Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the Poker Machine Harm Reduction Tax (Administration) Bill 2008. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Order of the Day

Poker Machine Harm Reduction Tax (Administration) Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Fielding, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

 

On 26 June 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on mental health services in Australia.

On 4 September 2008

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on climate change and the Australian agricultural sector.