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Business of the Senate

 

Notices of Motion

Notice given 2 December 2015

         1  Senator Xenophon : To move—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 23 June 2016:

             The adequacy of security for government and citizen data held, or transmitted, by governments, commercial entities, non-government organisations (NGOs) or citizens, with a particular focus on:

   (a)   Australia’s current laws and their enforcement;

   (b)   the Government’s cyber security policy framework for government agencies, and reporting requirements of same;

   (c)   security, such as vetting, measures for personnel with access to government and citizen data stored, or transmitted, on government, NGO and commercial entities’ information technology (IT) systems;

   (d)   physical security measures for government, NGO and commercial entities’ IT systems which store or transmit government and citizen data, including for mobile phone networks;

   (e)   cyber-attack and interception security measures for government, NGO and commercial entities’ IT systems which store, or transmit, government and citizen data, including for mobile phone networks (for example, SS7 vulnerabilities and International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers);

   (f)   the safe disposal of obsolete government, NGO and commercial entities’ IT systems, databases, storage systems;

   (g)   methods for detecting security breaches, including the detection of mobile surveillance devices such as IMSI catchers;

   (h)   other approaches to these areas used in other jurisdictions; and

    (i)   any other related matters.



 

         2  Senators Simms and Xenophon : To move—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 May 2016:

             The potential environmental, social and economic impacts of British Petroleum’s planned exploratory oil drilling project, and any future oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight, with particular reference to:

   (a)   the effect of a potential drilling accident on marine and coastal ecosystems, including:

              (i)   impacts on existing marine reserves within the Bight,

             (ii)   impacts on whale and other cetacean populations, and

            (iii)   impacts on the marine environment,

   (b)   social and economic impacts, including effects on tourism, commercial fishing activities and other regional industries;

   (c)   current research and scientific knowledge;

   (d)   the capacity, or lack thereof, of government or private interests to mitigate the effect of an oil spill; and

   (e)   any other related matters. 

Notice of motion altered on 28 January 2016 pursuant to standing order 77.

Notice given 3 February 2016

      *3  Senator Xenophon : To move—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 May 2016:

             The causes and consequences of the collapse of listed retailers in Australia, with particular reference to:

                          (a)      the conduct of private equity firms prior to, during and after corporate takeovers;

                          (b)      the role of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in overseeing corporate takeovers;

                           (c)      the effect of the appointment of external administrators on secured and unsecured creditors, including employees and consumers of retail businesses;

                          (d)      the effect of external administration on gift card holders and those who have made deposits on goods not delivered;

                           (e)      the desirability of the following proposals in the event that gift card holders are unable to redeem their gift cards following the appointment of external administrators:

                                                (i)      placing an obligation on external administrators to honour gift cards,

                                               (ii)      a requirement that funds used to purchase gift cards be kept in a separate trust account by businesses,

                                             (iii)      directors to be personally liable for the value of gift cards purchased; and

                           (f)      any related matters.



 

Orders of the Day

         1  Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the foreign investment review framework.

         2  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on contamination caused by firefighting foams at RAAF Base Williamtown and Australian Defence Force facilities.

         3  Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Fair Work Amendment (Remaining 2014 Measures) Bill 2015 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )

         4  Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015 . ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report. )