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NOTICES

Senator Crossin: To move on the next day of sitting—That the exposure draft of the Personal Property Securities Bill 2008 be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 24 February 2009.

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that in October 2008, 13-year-old Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was stoned to death for adultery in Kismayo, Somalia, by 50 men in front of 1 000 spectators, after her father reported she had been raped by three men, none of whom were arrested;

 (b) expresses profound distress at this barbaric act against a child;

 (c) condemns the Al-Shabaab militia rebels who arranged the stoning; and

 (d) backs international action to restore peace and human dignity to Somalia. (general business notice of motion no. 274)

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Government to develop a white paper on population during this period of government which takes into account:

 (a) projections of a global population of between 9 to 10 billion people by 2050;

 (b) the inability of the Earth to provide for 9 to 10 billion people if average resource consumption is to be at current levels in Australia;

 (c) climate change;

 (d) Australia's inability to host exponential population growth; and

 (e) the wellbeing of future generations and life on Earth. (general business notice of motion no. 275)

Senator Bernardi: To move on the next day of sitting—

 (1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Men's Health, be established to inquire into and report by 30 May 2009 on:

  General issues related to the availability and effectiveness of education, supports and services for men's health, including but not limited to:

  (i) level of Commonwealth, state and other funding addressing men's health, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and depression,

  (ii) adequacy of existing education and awareness campaigns regarding men's health for both men and the wider community,

  (iii) prevailing attitudes of men towards their own health and sense of wellbeing and how these are affecting men's health in general, and

  (iv) the extent, funding and adequacy for treatment services and general support programs for men's health in metropolitan, rural, regional and remote areas.

 (2) That the committee consist of 7 senators, 2 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 4 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and 1 nominated by any minority party or independent senators.


(3) (a) Participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nominations of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate 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 one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

 (6) That the chair of the committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the committee to be the deputy chair of the committee, and that the member so appointed act as chair of the committee at any time when there is no chair or the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee.

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

 (8) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to examine.

 (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 such proceedings as take place in public. (general business notice of motion no. 276)

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Thursday, 20 November 2008, marks the 10th International Transgender Day of Remembrance, and

  (ii) this day of action was established as a reminder of those who have been killed as a result of anti-gender hatred or prejudice; and

 (b) calls on the Government to act on the recommendations of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report, Sex and Gender Diversity. (general business notice of motion no. 277)


Senators Barnett and Wortley: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) on 20 December 2006, a landmark decision was made by the United Nations General Assembly to adopt Resolution 61/225,

  (ii) the resolution recognised the risks that diabetes and its complications pose to families, member states and world health and was adopted by consensus,

  (iii) the resolution declared 14 November as World Diabetes Day,

  (iv) this resolution joins HIV/AIDS and autism as the only other diseases having its own resolution and declared day of observation,

  (v) an estimated 246 million people aged between 20 and 79 worldwide have diabetes and this number is expected to grow by 44 per cent reaching 380 million by 2025,

  (vi) each year 3.8 million adults die from diabetes-related illnesses, representing one death every 10 seconds,

  (vii) an estimated 7.4 per cent of the Australian population has diabetes, according to the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) study in 2000, and

  (viii) according to an AusDiab study the social and medical costs in Australia were estimated in 2002 to total $6 billion annually;

 (b) acknowledges the work of Professor Martin Silink, AM, MD, FRACP, as President of the International Diabetes Federation and his colleagues worldwide for their work to ensure that this united resolution was carried;

 (c) recognises that:

  (i) in the catalogue of chronic illness few conditions would be more needful of attention than the scourge of diabetes,

  (ii) the prevention and management of diabetes are the responsibility of the whole of society,

  (iii) parliaments should play a leading role in promoting community education and implementing effective policies and health care for sufferers of this worldwide scourge,

  (iv) left undiagnosed and untreated, diabetes dramatically affects quality of life and shortens lifespan and its malevolent course inevitably leads to many serious associated health complications, including heart disease, stroke, renal failure, limb amputation and blindness, and

  (v) unless national governments act to deliver comprehensive policies, the implications for health budgets will be calamitous; and

 (d) calls on the Government to:

  (i) continue to make diabetes a national health priority,

  (ii) commission a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare into the health costs of diabetes,

  (iii) adequately fund best-practice medicine for the treatment of diabetes, and

  (iv) continue to promote healthy lifestyle programs, especially targeted to children and young people. (general business notice of motion no. 278)

The Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee (Senator Sterle): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee on natural resource management and conservation challenges be extended to 12 March 2009. (general business notice of motion no. 279)


The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding): To move on the next day of sitting—

 (1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on the Integrity of the Prime Minister's Office, be established to inquire into and report by 3 December 2008 on:

  (a) the reported leak of the telephone conversation between the Prime Minister of Australia and the President of the United States of America on 10 October 2008;

  (b) the role and any involvement of the Prime Minister's office in relation to the leak;

  (c) the role and any involvement of the `Note Taker', who was with the Prime Minister listening in on the telephone conversation, and any other person present or listening (if any) in regards to the leak;

  (d) the role and any involvement of any of the persons, present at the location where and when the telephone conversation was made, in regards to the leak;

  (e) the role of any ministerial staffer or public servant in regards to the leak;

  (f) the role of any member of the media in regards to the leak;

  (g) why the Australian Federal Police have not been asked to investigate the leak, especially if it is the view the conversation was leaked by either a ministerial staffer or public servant without the authority of the Prime Minister;

  (h) the reported complaint by the United States Ambassador about the leak;

  (i) the impact of the leak on undermining Australia's reputation and trustworthiness of the Prime Minister's office; and

  (j) the ongoing consequences of the leak for relationships between Australia and the United States and any other country.

 (2) That the committee consist of 8 members, 3 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 Family First in the Senate and 1 nominated by any other minority party or independent senator.

(3) (a) On the nominations of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and any minority party 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 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 not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

 (5) That the committee elect a Government member as its chair.


 (6) That the chair of the committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the committee to be the deputy chair of the committee, and that the member so appointed act as chair of the committee at any time when there is no chair or the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee.

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

 (8) That the quorum of the committee be 5 members.

 (9) That the committee 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 and the evidence taken and interim recommendations.

 (10) In exercising its power in accordance with paragraph (9), for the avoidance of doubt, the committee is empowered to send for:

  (a) ministers and ministerial advisers; and

  (b) officers of the security and police services.

 (11) 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.

 (12) 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 such proceedings as take place in public. (general business notice of motion no. 280)

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 14 November is World Diabetes Day, which in 2008 is focusing on children and adolescents particularly,

  (ii) there are currently 250 million people worldwide who are living with diabetes,

  (iii) in Australia an estimated 1.5 million people have the disease,

  (iv) people with diabetes are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, foot complications, blindness, dental problems, kidney failure and amputations,

  (v) 2 per cent of all Australian deaths are due to diabetes,

  (vi) Indigenous Australians are three times more likely to suffer from diabetes than non-Indigenous Australians,

  (vii) 8 per cent of all Indigenous Australian deaths are due to diabetes, and

  (viii) the relatively low use of the National Diabetes Services Scheme by Indigenous patients; and

 (b) calls on the Government to continue:

  (i) its efforts to ensure that people in regional, rural and remote communities have adequate access to the National Diabetes Services Scheme, and

  (ii) to explore means through which the access of Indigenous people to the National Diabetes Services Scheme can be improved. (general business notice of motion no. 281)


Senator Parry: To move on the next day of sitting—That the resolutions of appointment of the following select committees, agreed to on the dates indicated, be varied as follows:

 (a) Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries, agreed 14 February 2008—omit paragraphs (7) and (9);

 (b) Select Committee on Fuel and Energy, agreed 25 June 2008—omit paragraphs (9) and (11);

 (c) Select Committee on the National Broadband Network, agreed 25 June 2008—omit paragraph (8) and in paragraph (11), omit ", and that the quorum of a subcommittee be 2 members"; and

 (d) Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities, agreed 19 March 2008—omit paragraph (9). (general business notice of motion no. 282)