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Notice given 14 May 2008

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

(a) notes that the week beginning 11 May 2008 is International Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Awareness Week;

(b) recognises that:

(i) these conditions can strike at any time and affect children as well as adults,

(ii) sufferers of these conditions experience abnormal levels of exhaustion which often stops them from working, studying or socialising, and

(iii) the cause of these conditions is currently unknown and there is no single diagnostic test to accurately diagnose them; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) support research into encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, and

(ii) adequately support non-government organisations that provide support, education, and resources to consumers, the community, health professionals and policy makers about the encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) throughout Australian hospitals, patients are managed in mixed gender wards and that assault, trauma and violence are too often perpetrated on women patients in acute inpatient facilities,

(ii) a survey on assaults on women while being treated as inpatients in public hospitals shows that 27 per cent of female patients questioned (N=117) had experienced broadly defined physical assault, 63 per cent had experienced verbal assault and 58.5 per cent felt intimidated and unsafe in the inpatient unit,

(iii) many male patients are admitted to hospital because their behaviour (due to their illness) is often disinhibited or aggressive,

(iv) many female patients have sexual abuse histories and hence fare very badly in this environment, and

(v) women patients cannot lock the doors to their hospital rooms for treatment safety reasons and so feel totally vulnerable; and

(b) calls on the Government to raise with the states, as a matter of urgency, the need to re-designate acute psychiatry inpatient units to have ‘women-only areas’ and/or separate male and female wards, as is the case in many other countries, for the safety and privacy of women in these settings.

 

 *84  Chair of the Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries (Senator Heffernan): To move—

(1) That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries be extended to 16 October 2008.

(2) That the resolution of appointment of the Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries be amended to provide for participating membership, as follows:

After paragraph (2), insert:

(2A) (a) On the nominations of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and minority groups and independent senators, participating members may be appointed to the committee;

(b) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee; and

(c) a participating member shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of members of the committee is not present.

*85  Senator Kirk: To move—

(1) That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent this resolution having effect.

(2) That the Parliamentary (Judicial Misbehaviour or Incapacity) Commission Bill 2007 be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration of the bill resume at the stage reached in the 41st Parliament.

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

(a) notes the continuing human rights crisis in Tibet and restrictions on entry to areas in Tibet by journalists, international observers, aid agencies and foreign diplomats;

(b) welcomes the informal talks between the Chinese Government and representatives of the 14th Dalai Lama on 4 May and 5 May 2008 in Shenzen, China and the agreement to hold a seventh round of the China-Tibet dialogue;

(c) encourages both parties to work sincerely towards a peaceful and mutually agreeable resolution of the China-Tibet issue;

(d) welcomes the forthright statements by the Prime Minister (Mr Rudd) during his recent trip to China, both in public and in private talks with the Chinese Premier (Wen Jiabao) and President (Hu Jintao), on the need for constructive dialogue;

(e) appreciates the Prime Minister’s commitment to being a zhengyou, or a ‘true friend’, to the Chinese leadership and his willingness to raise challenging issues including Tibet; and

(f) requests the Government to actively support and monitor the progress of the China-Tibet dialogue and offer its good offices to help bring about a positive outcome.

 

 *87  Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin): To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 19 June 2008, the red folder brandished by the Minister which he claims contains details of ‘problematic’ defence procurement projects.

*88  Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to require unit prices of grocery products sold by measure, weight or volume to be displayed, and for related purposes. Unit Pricing (Easy comparison of grocery prices) Bill 2008 .

*89  Senator Milne: To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 to support the greater commercialisation of renewable energy technologies, and for related purposes. Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Feed-in-Tariff) Bill 2008 .

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

(a) expresses its deep sorrow and condolences at the massive destruction and loss of life and trauma suffered by people affected by the earthquake in southwest China; and

(b) hopes the rescue services have maximum success and that suffering is minimised by the rapid assistance from the Chinese people and the international community.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the closure of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) wool scour at Belmont in Victoria will impact on thousands of Australian individuals, small businesses and a number of large Australian companies,

(ii) the CSIRO scouring plant is vital infrastructure to businesses, researchers and enterprises associated with the Australian speciality fibre industries (ultra and superfine wools, coloured wool, cashmere, mohair, alpaca and commercial processors) and small lot wool processors, and

(iii) it is the only scour in Australia commercially scouring small lots and coloured fibre and its closure will threaten the viability of industry members and force others offshore for processing; and

(b) calls on the Government to ensure that the CSIRO scouring plant is not decommissioned and, if privatised, is required to prioritise research and development and provide ongoing long-term access to scouring services in Victoria for the speciality fibre industries and small lot wool processors.

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

(a) recognises the massive destruction of cyclone Nargis in Burma; and

(b) calls on the Burmese authorities to urgently remove all impediments to international aid and assistance for all those who are suffering.

 

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005 and the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Legislation Amendment Act 2006 facilitated the Howard Government’s plan to develop a Commonwealth radioactive waste dump in the Northern Territory, and,

(ii) prior to the federal election, the Australian Labor Party committed to repealing this legislation, if elected; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) announce the schedule for the repeal of this legislation and notify all affected communities and stakeholder organisations, and

(ii) repeal all sites proposed or nominated under the legislation for the Commonwealth radioactive waste facility, including Muckaty, which was nominated by the Northern Land Council.

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 ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 20 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, 20 March 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, 20 March 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, 20 March 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, 20 March 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, 20 March 2008 ).

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, 20 March 2008 ).

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, 20 March 2008 ).

 

 9  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, 20 March 2008 ).

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

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 20 March 2008 ).

11  Australia Business Arts Foundation Ltd—Financial statements for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 20 March 2008 ).

12   Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 —Live-stock mortalities during exports by sea—Report for the period 1 July to 31 December 2007

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 20 March 2008 ).

*13  Migration Act 1958 —Section 440A—Conduct of Refugee Review Tribunal reviews not completed within 90 days—Report for the period 1 November 2007 to 29 February 2008

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

*14  Migration Act 1958 —Section 91Y—Protection visa processing taking more than 90 days—Report for the period 1 November 2007 to 29 February 2008

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

*15  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Personal identifiers 366/08 to 412/08—Government response to reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman, dated 13 May 2008

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

 

 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 ).

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 ).

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 ).

47  Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2003 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored 18 March 2008 ).

48  National Commissioner for Children Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 18 March 2008 ).

49  A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Improved Access to Baby Bonus) Amendment Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 20 March 2008 ).

*51  Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002 [2008]—( Senate bill ) —( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading ( restored 14 May 2008 ).