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Business of the Senate

Notices of Motion

Notice given 13 October 2008

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Wortley): To move—That Instrument No. CASA 389/08, made under regulation 208 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988, be disallowed. [F2008L02712]

Last day to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

Notice of intention to withdraw at the giving of notices on 4 December 2008 ( Notice given 3 December 2008 )

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Wortley): To move—That Instrument No. CASA 390/08, made under regulation 208 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988, be disallowed. [F2008L02713]

Last day to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

Notice of intention to withdraw at the giving of notices on 4 December 2008 ( Notice given 3 December 2008 )

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Wortley): To move—That Instrument No. CASA 397/08, made under subregulation 38(1) of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988, be disallowed. [F2008L02734]

Last day to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

Notice of intention to withdraw at the giving of notices on 4 December 2008 ( Notice given 3 December 2008 )

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Wortley): To move—That Instrument No. CASA 414/08, made under subregulation 38(1) of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988, be disallowed. [F2008L03001]

Last day to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

Notice of intention to withdraw at the giving of notices on 4 December 2008 ( Notice given 3 December 2008 )

Notice given 2 December 2008

Senator Siewert: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee for inquiry and report by 25 June 2009:

(a) an assessment of the environmental, economic and community impacts of existing and proposed forestry and mining operations on the Tiwi Islands including compliance with relevant environmental approvals and conditions;

 

 (b) a review of governance arrangements relating to existing forestry and mining operations on the Tiwi Islands, including the examination of consent and approval processes to date;

(c) in respect to forestry operations, an examination of the adequacy of contractual, commercial and legal arrangements between project proponents and operators and the Tiwi Land Council (including examination and reporting on ‘Commercial-in-Confidence’ documentation and land valuations, lease arrangements and royalty payments);

(d) an examination of the economic opportunity costs associated with existing developments including forestry operations;

(e) an examination of the prospects for alternative economic development opportunities and impediments for the Tiwi Islands including sale and promotion of cultural products, community development activities, land and sea management, and opportunities for involvement in future carbon trading and emissions offsets schemes; and

(f) any related matters.

Notice given 3 December 2008

*6  Senator Barnett: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 25 June 2009:

Australia’s judicial system and the role of judges, with particular reference to:

(a) the procedure for appointment and method of termination;

(b) the term of appointment, including the desirability of a compulsory retirement age, and the merit of full-time, part-time or other arrangements;

(c) appropriate qualifications;

(d) jurisdictional issues;

(e) the cost of delivering justice;

(f) the timeliness of judicial decisions;

(g) the judicial complaints handling system;

(h) the interface between the federal and state judicial system; and

(i) other matters relating and incidental thereto.

*7  Senator Ludlam: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee for inquiry and report by 18 June 2009:

The investment of Commonwealth and State funds in public passenger transport infrastructure and services, with reference to the August 2005 report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage, Sustainable Cities , and the February 2007 report of the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee, Australia’s future oil supply and alternative transport fuels , including:

(a) an audit of the state of public passenger transport in Australia;

(b) current and historical levels of public investment in private vehicle and public passenger transport services and infrastructure;

(c) an assessment of the benefits of public passenger transport, including integration with bicycle and pedestrian initiatives;

(d) measures by which the Commonwealth Government could facilitate improvement in public passenger transport services and infrastructure;

 

 (e) options for Commonwealth funding for public passenger transport services and infrastructure;

(f) the role of Commonwealth Government legislation, taxation, subsidies, policies and other mechanisms that either discourage or encourage public passenger transport; and

(g) best practice international examples of public passenger transport services and infrastructure.

*8  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move—That the following proposed amendments to standing order 25 be referred to the Procedure Committee for inquiry and report by 25 February 2009:

Omit paragraphs (5) and (6), substitute:

(5) The committees shall each consist of 7 senators, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 1 nominated by the Leader of the largest party on the Senate crossbench, in consultation with independent members and other minor parties.

Omit paragraph (9)(a), (b) and (c), substitute:

(9) (a) The Standing Committee on Community Affairs shall elect as its chair a member of the largest party on the Senate crossbench, and as its deputy chair a member of the Government.

(b) The Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport shall elect as its chair a member of the Opposition, and as its deputy chair a member of the largest party on the Senate crossbench.

(c) Of the remaining committees:

(i) each of 3 committees shall elect as its chair a member nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and as its deputy chair a member nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and

(ii) each of 3 committees shall elect as its chair a member nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and as its deputy chair a member nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

(d) The allocation of chairs and deputy chairs in accordance with paragraph (c) shall be determined by agreement between the Government and the Opposition, and, in the absence of agreement duly notified to the President, any question of the allocation of chairs shall be determined by the Senate.

Notice of motion altered on 3 December 2008 pursuant to standing order 77.

*9  Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig): To move—That the following matter be referred to the Procedure Committee for inquiry and report by 25 February 2009:

The temporary orders of the Senate of 15 October 2008 and 13 November 2008, relating to the abolition of questions to senators other than ministers and to chairs of committees, and the restructuring of question time.

 

Orders of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport—Standing Committee

Final report to be presented on climate change and the Australian agricultural sector.

Community Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on Government expenditure on Indigenous affairs and social services in the Northern Territory.

Economics—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on disclosure regimes for charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on academic freedom in school and higher education.