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General Business

 

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Notices of Motion

Notice given 10 October 2016

      64   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes the large storm that lashed South Australia on 28 and 29 September 2016;

                          (b)      acknowledges the incredible effort of hundreds of emergency services personnel and volunteers who responded to the storm damage under very difficult circumstances; and

                           (c)      expresses support for the renewable energy industry in South Australia and endorses South Australia’s strong renewable energy target.

      69   Senator Ludlam : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes:

                                                (i)      the video games industry is the fastest-growing entertainment industry in the world,

                                               (ii)      in recent years the industry in Australia has generated over $2 billion in retail revenue, and it continues to grow,

                                             (iii)      the industry is larger than the local film industry, but receives no Federal Government assistance,

                                             (iv)      the Senate inquiry into the future of Australia’s video game development industry was held from June 2015 to April 2016, with the final report presented on 29 April 2016, which was unanimously agreed to, and

                                              (v)      under resolution of the Senate, the Government is required to respond to Senate inquiries within three months of reporting; and

                          (b)      orders that there be laid on the table no later than 2 pm on Thursday, 13 October 2016, by the Minister for the Arts, the Government’s response to the report of the Environment and Communications References Committee on the future of Australia’s video game development industry.

Notice given 11 October 2016

    *79   Senator Lambie : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses in trade agreements restrict Australia’s sovereignty and ability to fairly regulate and legislate in the public interest,

                                               (ii)      ISDS clauses in trade agreements empower multi-national corporations to sue Governments for decisions which impede company profits,

                                             (iii)      approximately 52 per cent of ISDS claims were partly or fully successful in the multi-national corporations’ favour, and 60 per cent of the cases decided on merits were won by investors,

                                             (iv)      ISDS clauses are a drain on the taxpayer and government resources,

                                              (v)      in 2009, Swedish energy company Vattenfall brought a successful ISDS claim against the German Government, for imposing quality controls for waste waters released from their power plant which supposedly made their investment project “unviable”, and

                                             (vi)      in 2015, United States company Bilcon, brought a successful ISDS claim against the Canadian Government, for not allowing it to build a quarry and marine terminal in an ecologically sensitive coastal area in eastern Canada; and

                          (b)      calls on the Government to ban Investor-State Dispute Settlement for all trade agreements.

    *80   Senator Rhiannon : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that the National Bank of Australia has announced a voluntary ban on all political donations to avoid perceptions of impropriety or graft; and

                          (b)      calls on all parties and members of Parliament to refuse political donations from all banks and financial institutions to avoid perceptions of impropriety or graft.

 

 

    *81   Senators Kakoschke-Moore, Xenophon and Griff and the Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (Senator Hinch): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act 1995 , and for related purposes. Criminal Code Amendment (Misrepresentation of Age to a Minor) Bill 2016 .

    *82   Senator Siewert : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recently called for Geraldton man, Mr Marlon Noble, to have the conditions of his release lifted after serving more than ten years in prison without a conviction;

                          (b)      acknowledges that people with cognitive impairment or intellectual disability are being incarcerated for an indefinite period without conviction; and

                           (c)      calls on the Western Australian Government to commit to implementing the CRPD recommendation to lift the conditions on Mr Marlon Noble’s release.

    *83   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      welcomes the decision by BP to withdraw its application to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight; and

                          (b)      calls on the Turnbull Government to permanently ban all oil exploration and drilling in the Great Australian Bight.

    *85   Senator Lambie : To move—That—

                          (a)      the Senate notes various media and other reports which indicate:

                                                (i)      China claims almost all of the South China Sea and has sought to bolster its case by building a series of artificial islands capable of supporting military facilities,

                                               (ii)      a United Nations-backed tribunal ruled in July, in a case brought by the Philippines, that any extensive claims to the sea had no legal basis and that China’s construction of artificial islands in disputed waters was illegal,

                                             (iii)      Beijing has reacted furiously, with foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, implicitly threatening military action and a “decisive response” if anyone took “any provocative action against China’s security interests based on the award”,

                                             (iv)      China and Russia have recently staged war games in the South China Sea, in a show of force after an international tribunal invalidated the Chinese Communist Government’s extensive claims in the area,

                                              (v)      Australian warships, planes and soldiers have begun annual joint military exercises with four strategic allies in the sensitive South China Sea region involving around 400 Australia ADF personnel,

                                             (vi)      those 400 Australian Defence and thousands of our allies military personnels’ lives are now at serious risk from a hostile Communist Government threatening military action, while we exercise a right of freedom of navigation in international waters, and

                                           (vii)      according to research undertaken by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, the same Communist Government have been allowed to spend tens of billions of dollars and buy into major Australian infrastructure critical to our national security, including Port Melbourne, Darwin Port and Hydro Tasmania; and

                          (b)      taking into the above facts, a resolution be placed before the next joint sitting of Parliament which calls on the Australian Government to ban all sales of major Australian infrastructure to the Chinese Communist Government and its various associated investment companies while ever a military threat exists to Australian Defence Personnel who abide by international laws and United Nations Tribunals’ rulings.

    *86   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—

(1)         That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World, be established to inquire into and report on, by 10 February 2017, the following matters:

(a)         the role of storage technologies and localised, distributed generation to provide Australia’s electricity networks with the resilience to withstand the increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events driven by global warming;

(b)         recommend measures that should be taken by federal, state and local governments to hasten the rollout of such technologies in order to:

                                                            (i)       create jobs in installation, manufacture and research of storage and distribution technologies,

                                                           (ii)       stimulate household and business demand for storage technologies,

                                                         (iii)       anticipate the rapid deployment of localised distributed generation through changes to market rules,

                                                         (iv)       drive the reduction in technology costs through economies of scale, and

                                                          (v)       seize on the opportunities to be a global leader in deploying storage technologies because of Australia’s high fixed electricity tariffs and significant penetration of rooftop solar; and

(c)         any other relevant matters.

(2)         That the committee consist of 7 senators, 2 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, 1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens and 1 nominated by minority groups and independent senators.

(3)         That:

(a)         participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, the Leader of the Australian Greens or any minority party or independent senator;

(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.

(4)         That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(5)         That the committee elect as chair a member nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens and, as deputy chair, a member nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

(6)         That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

(7)         That the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, may appoint another member of the committee to act as chair during the temporary absence of both the chair and deputy chair at a meeting of the committee.

(8)         That, in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(9)         That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings, the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(10)     That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

(11)     That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of proceedings take place in public.