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Notice given 13 March 2008

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

(a) notes the study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (Vol. 31, Issue 6, pp 551-7, December 2007) by Yazahmeidi and Holman, School of Population Health, University of Western Australia, ‘A survey of suppression of public health information by Australian governments’ which found that:

(i) just under one-third of academics had witnessed the suppression of health information by Australian governments in the past 5.5 years,

(ii) more than one-fifth had experienced such events personally,

(iii) no state or territory in which the survey took place was immune,

(iv) governments most commonly hindered research by sanitising, delaying or prohibiting the publication of findings but ‘there was no part of the research process beyond their reach’,

 

 (v) most of the affected researchers believed that their work had been targeted because it drew attention to failings in health service delivery, uncovered bad news about the health of a vulnerable group, or pointed to a harmful exposure in the environment, and

(vi) in most instances the government agency seeking to suppress the health information succeeded and, consequently the public was left uninformed or given a false impression; and

(b) calls on the Government to take up the recommendations of the study with state and territory governments, including:

(i) adopting policies that match or exceed the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s ‘Guidelines for managing conflict of interest in the public service’,

(ii) adopting a charter by government health agencies and research and academic institutions that supports the independent role of health researchers in evaluating the health system,

(iii) establishing parliamentary ombudsmen or ombudswomen in mediating the resolution of complaints by researchers concerning suppression,

(iv) promoting a culture that avoids blame and values constructive criticism,

(v) promoting the role of institutional ethics committees in scrutinising the ethical behaviour of government agencies and researchers who work together, and

(vi) establishing a surveillance system to monitor the occurrence of suppression events and report on their trends.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the South Australian Government has agreed to host the Asia Pacific Defence and Security exhibition and conference in Adelaide from 11 to 13 November 2008, and

(ii) the stated object of the exhibition and conference is to provide an international forum for arms manufacturers wishing to expand their business in the Asia Pacific region; and

(b) calls on the South Australian Government to renege on its agreement to host the exhibition and conference.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) Crown Casino in Melbourne continues to burn large quantities of gas, and therefore contribute significantly to global warming, for the purpose of holding fireball shows at the front of the complex, and

(ii) the fireball shows take place approximately 3 000 times a year, and each show consists of hundreds of fireballs with diameters of between 3 and 7 metres; and

(b) calls on the Victorian Government to introduce legislation that would prevent Crown Casino from continuing to hold the fireball shows.

 

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nash—That the Senate take note of the document ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing (Senator McLucas), in continuation, 13 March 2008 ).

National Native Title Tribunal—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nash—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 14 February 2008 ).

Indigenous Land Corporation—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Central Land Council—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Northern Land Council—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Torres Strait Regional Authority—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Natural Heritage Trust of Australia—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

10  Tiwi Land Council—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

11  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

12  Department of Immigration and Citizenship—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

 

 13  Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

14  National Health and Medical Research Council—NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee—Report on the operation of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 for the period 1 April to 30 September 2007

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

15  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Government response to reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifiers 221/07 to 346/07, dated 12 February 2008

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Orders of the Day

Qantas Sale (Keep Jetstar Australian) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading ( restored 13 February 2008 ).

Trade Practices (Creeping Acquisitions) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading ( restored 13 February 2008 ).

Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 13 February 2008 ).

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Fair Bank and Credit Card Fees) Amendment Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

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

10  Marriage (Relationships Equality) Amendment Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Nettle )

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

11  Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison, Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown and Senators Bishop and Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

12  Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government) 2001 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Murray and Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

 

 13  Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

14  Electoral (Greater Fairness of Electoral Processes) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

15  Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

16  Euthanasia Laws (Repeal) Bill 2004 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

17  Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

18  Ministers of State (Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions) Bill 2002 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja and Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

20  Parliamentary Charter of Rights and Freedoms Bill 2001 [2008]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

21  Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

22  Peace and Non-Violence Commission Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

23  Privacy (Data Security Breach Notification) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

24  Privacy (Extension to Political Acts and Practices) Amendment Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

25  Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

26  Public Interest Disclosures Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

27  Repatriation of Citizens Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison, and Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

 

 28  Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill 2001 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

29  Same-Sex Marriages Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja and Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

30  Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison, and Senators Bartlett, Murray and Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

31  State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

32  Taxation Laws Amendment (Scholarships) Bill 2005 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

33  Textbook Subsidy Bill 2003 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

34  Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1998 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

35  Workplace Relations (Guaranteeing Paid Maternity Leave) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

36  Rural and Regional Australia

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

(a) notes:

(i) the challenges facing Australia’s rural and regional communities, and

(ii) that the Government is showing its contempt of rural and regional Australia, including through cuts to rural and regional funding programs; and

(b) calls on the Labor Government to continue the strong commitment of the former Coalition Government to rural and regional Australia ( Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector (Senator Stephens), in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

37  Special Broadcasting Service Amendment (Prohibition of Disruptive Advertising) Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Allison, in continuation, 12 March 2008 ).

 

 38  Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2006 [2008]

Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored 12 March 2008 ).

39  Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas Repeal) Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored 12 March 2008 ).

40  Migration Legislation Amendment (Provisions Relating to Character and Conduct) Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored 12 March 2008 ).

41  Migration Legislation Amendment (End of Mandatory Detention) Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored 12 March 2008 ).

42  Migration Legislation Amendment (Complementary Protection Visas) Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored 12 March 2008 ).

43  Migration Legislation Amendment (Access to Judicial Review of Migration Decisions) Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored 12 March 2008 ).

44  Migration Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Rights and Procedural Fairness) Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored 12 March 2008 ).

*45  Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Fielding, in continuation, 13 March 2008 ).

* 46  Budget and the economy

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

(a) notes:

(i) the concern of Australians given the impending budget cuts proposed by Labor’s razor gang, and

(ii) that Labor is showing with its backflips and ill-conceived proposals that it has no idea how to run our trillion dollar economy; and

(b) calls on Labor’s razor gang to ensure that no Australian will be worse off when the Budget is delivered in May 2008 ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing (Senator McLucas), in continuation, 13 March 2008 ).