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Business for Future Consideration

On the next day of sitting (27 June 2012)

General Business—Notices of Motion

Notice given 22 June 2012

808  Senator Di Natale: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) temporary and migrant workers make a significant contribution to the Australian economy and Australian society,

(ii) the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was adopted by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 1990, and

(iii) the Convention’s provisions protect the human rights of migrant workers and shield them from unconscionable exploitation; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) ensure that temporary migrant workers who come to Australia receive settlement assistance, language training and culturally appropriate services,

(ii) institute a rigorous program of inspection and enforcement to ensure that the conditions and pay migrant workers receive are fair and meet the legal requirements, and

(iii) show its commitment to leading the world in the protection of the rights of migrant workers by immediately ratifying the Convention.

 

Notice given 25 June 2012

*817  Senator Ludlam: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the criticism by News Limited Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kim Williams, of the online presence of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as ‘misplaced’, ‘misconceived’ and ‘self-congratulatory’,

(ii) the ABC’s online presence provides important competition in news and current affairs content, and

(iii) the ABC is accountable to its Charter, its board and the Parliament,

(b) rejects the suggestion that the ABC should not be competing in the online environment; and

(c) supports unequivocally the right of the ABC to provide a strong online presence and content.

On 28 June 2012

General Business—Private Senators’ Bills—Orders of the Day

86  Health Insurance (Dental Services) Bill 2012 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bushby )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Boyce, in continuation, 21 June 2012 ).

51  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bioregional Plans) Bill 2011—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Mason, in continuation, 9 February 2012 ).

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion

Notice given 21 June 2012

Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne): To move—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 23 August 2012:

The causes of electricity bill increases and options to moderate future increases, with particular reference to:

(a) identification of the key causes of electricity price increases over recent years and in future projections;

(b) whether the current electricity market objectives, and governance and regulation structures have been and will continue to be effective at moderating costs and serving their intended purposes;

(c) the accuracy of past electricity demand projections, the impact of declining wholesale electricity prices and the role of energy efficiency;

(d) barriers to reform created by the National Electricity Market institutions, including state-based regulators, the Australian Energy Market Operator, the Australian Energy Market Commission and the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), and whether the reach of the AER is unnecessarily restricted;

 

 (e) the difference in cost drivers between private and government-owned transmission and distribution businesses and the significant decline in the productivity of these businesses;

(f) the impact of state and federal government measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support renewable energy and energy efficiency in light of market externalities, broader social and economic benefits and whether market objectives should be reconsidered in light of these benefits;

(g) whether or not network reliability standards are unnecessarily high, and whether there are benefits of moving to a more sophisticated probabilistic approach to reliability standards, including more appropriate metrics of value of unserved energy and value of customer reliability ;

(h) the effects of the imposition of obligations on electricity distributors for minimum targeted levels of ‘demand management’ and consumer energy efficiency schemes;

(i) the benefits of decoupling the profits of electricity distributors from the volume of energy supplied;

(j) the materiality of ‘merit order’ based price reductions in the wholesale energy market from increasing levels of distributed generation;

(k) regulatory and other barriers relating to the connection processes for embedded generators;

(l) the potential to shift from an energy-only market to markets in both energy and capacity, to restrain price volatility, ensure resource adequacy, and foster the development of a broad, competitive mix of generation and demand-side resources;

(m) the potential for increased funding of, and capacity for, consumer advocacy to reduce bills through countering the lobbying of market participants and networks;

(n) the need for a government agency to coordinate and promote energy savings, demand management and distributed generation;

(o) barriers to reform of the energy markets and systems in Western Australia and the Northern Territory; and

(p) any related matters.

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the performance of the Department of Parliamentary Services.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Final report to be presented on procurement procedures for defence capital projects.

General Business—Notices of Motion

Notice given 29 February 2012

673  Senator Ludlam: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the publication of evidence that a sealed grand jury indictment against Australian citizen Mr Julian Assange has been in existence for more than a year; and

 

 (b) calls on the Government to obtain confirmation of its existence from the Government of the United States of America and report to the Senate.

Notice given 25 June 2012

*816  Senator Ludlam: To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 , and for related purposes. Broadcasting Services Amendment (Public Interest Test) Bill 2012 .

On 30 June 2012

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Australia’s Food Processing Sector—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee

Report to be presented on infrastructure delivery and engineering skills shortages.

On 13 July 2012

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Courts Legislation Amendment (Judicial Complaints) Bill 2012 and the Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Bill 2012. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

On 14 August 2012

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Tax Laws Amendment (Cross-Border Transfer Pricing) Bill (No. 1) 2012. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

Tax Laws Amendment (Cross-Border Transfer Pricing) Bill (No. 1) 2012— ( Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Farrell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Farrell, 20 June 2012 ).

 

On 15 August 2012

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on health services and medical professionals in rural areas.

Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Bill 2012 and the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Registration Fees) Bill 2012. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011

Customs Amendment (Military End-Use) Bill 2011— ( Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator Feeney )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 22 November 2011 ).

On 20 August 2012

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Maritime Powers Bill 2012 and the Maritime Powers (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

On 22 August 2012

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Fair Incentives to Work) Bill 2012. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Government Investment Funds Amendment (Ethical Investments) Bill 2011. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Notice of Motion

Notice given 24 November 2011

606  Senator Madigan: To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 , and for related purposes. Fair Work Amendment (Arbitration) Bill 2012 .

 

 607  Senator Madigan: To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for parliamentary approval of certain binding international agreements, and for related purposes. Treaties (Parliamentary Approval) Bill 2012 .

General Business—Order of the Day

78  Government Investment Funds Amendment (Ethical Investments) Bill 2011—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Di Natale and Ludlam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Di Natale, in continuation, 24 November 2011 ).

On 10 September 2012

General Business—Notice of Motion

Notice given 9 May 2012

770  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the Tripa forest in Sumatra, an area covered by a 2-year moratorium on new forest-clearing concessions, is being burnt by deliberately lit fires and cleared in order to make way for palm oil concessions,

(ii) the forest is home to people and wildlife and stores massive quantities of carbon, and is also home to the largest concentration of Sumatran orang-utans,

(iii) that leading experts believe the loss of the Tripa forest could lead to the local extinction of Sumatran orang-utans by the end of 2012, and international primate experts such as Ms Jane Goodall and Mr Richard Leakey have called for the protection of the Tripa forest,

(iv) that humanitarian and conservation organisations working within the region have reported that villagers are suffering from health problems associated with the burning and have been subjected to intimidation from both palm oil companies and Indonesian police,

(v) the chair of President Yudhoyono’s task force on forests and carbon has expressed concern that ‘opening up Tripa - an area with high conservation value and home to many animals endemic to Indonesia - is a grave mistake’,

(vi) while the Indonesian Government has launched a police investigation into the criminal activity in the area, palm oil companies continue to illegally clear protected forest, a process that has destroyed countless livelihoods,

(vii) Australia is a significant consumer of palm oil from South East Asia, particularly Indonesia, as Australia imports 130 000 tonnes of palm oil each year,

(viii) the Tripa forest crisis has received major international news coverage in publications such as Time Magazine , Voice of America , the Guardian , the Australian , the Sydney Morning Herald , and the Independent , and

(ix) many conservation groups in Indonesia regard Tripa as a test case that will determine the future of the $1 billion agreement on carbon and forests between Norway and Indonesia;

 

 (b) welcomes the Indonesian Government’s investigations of law-breaking in Tripa forest in early May 2012; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government to request the Indonesian Government to fully enforce the law that protects this important region and cease all clearing in the Tripa forest.

On the tenth sitting day after 30 June 2012 (12 September 2012)

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented on annual reports tabled by 30 April 2012.

On 12 September 2012

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on palliative care in Australia.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on Management of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on Foreign Investment Review Board national interest test.

On 13 September 2012

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

On 19 September 2012

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on detention of minors.

On 21 September 2012

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

 

General Business—Order of the Day relating to Private Senators’ Bills

83  Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Siewert )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Siewert, in continuation, 1 March 2012 ).

On 10 October 2012

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

Report to be presented on fresh pineapple imports.

On 31 October 2012

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the effects of the global financial crisis on the Australian banking sector.

On 1 November 2012

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia and the countries of the Indian Ocean rim.

On 27 November 2012

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Senators’ Interests—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the development of a draft code of conduct for senators.

On 28 February 2013

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

*1  National Broadband Network—Joint Standing Committee

Fourth report to be presented.

On 30 April 2013

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Cyber Safety—Joint Select Committee

Final report to be presented.

 

On 30 June 2013

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Gambling Reform—Joint Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On the next day of sitting after the presentation of the  

Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform report

General Business—Order of the Day relating to Private Senators’ Bills

88  Poker Machine Harm Reduction ($1 Bets and Other Measures) Bill 2012—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Di Natale, Madigan and Xenophon )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Di Natale, in continuation, 22 March 2012 ).

No later than 12 months after the commencement of the review

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the review of the operation of the amendments made by Part 1 of Schedule 5 of the Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 5) Bill 2011. ( Review to commence no later than 12 months after the commencement of Part 1 of the Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No. 5) Bill 2011. )