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Monday, 11 May 2015
Page: 2759


Senator Brown to move:

That the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

(a) Thursday, 14 May 2015;

(b) Thursday, 18 June 2015; and

(c) Thursday, 25 June 2015.

Senator Fawcett to move:

That the Joint` Standing Committee on Treaties be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1), followed by public meetings, during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

(a) Monday, 15 June 2015; and

(b) Monday, 22 June 2015.

Senator Madigan to move:

That the resolution of the Senate of 24 November 2014, appointing the Select Committee on Wind Turbines, be amended to omit "24 June 2015", and substitute "3 August 2015".

Senator Leyonhjelm to move:

That the Senate declares its opposition to the fuel duty rates for excise and customs contained in the Excise Tariff Proposal (No. 1) 2014 and the Customs Tariff Proposal (No. 1) 2014 respectively, and tabled in the House of Representatives on 30 October 2014.

Senator Wright to move:

That the Senate—

(a) welcomes, after significant delay, the release of the National Mental Health Commission's Report of the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, which found:

(i) mental health care in Australia often comes too late, is fragmented, fails to prevent crisis situations, and often does not take into account a person's broader social needs,

(ii) inadequate responses to significantly higher rates of mental distress, trauma, suicide and intentional self-harm among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and

(iii) mental health funding is concentrated in expensive acute care services, and too little is directed towards prevention and early intervention strategies; and

(b) calls on the Government to expeditiously progress reform of the mental health sector and address the significant unmet mental health needs of Australians.

Senator Williams to move:

That the Senate notes—

(a) for over 100 years the Australian economy was said to be 'riding on the sheep's back';

(b) wool is Australia's third largest agricultural export;

(c) the gross value of wool produced in Australia in 2013-14 was $2.53 billion;

(d) the value of Australian wool exported in 2013-14 was $2.87 billion;

(e) shearers and wool producers are hard-working people with strong animal welfare ethics;

(f) the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has admitted its picture of a supposed bloodied lamb is a fake; and

(g) PETA's scurrilous and blatant misinformation campaign is an unwarranted attack on the shearing and wool industries and should be condemned.

Senator Siewert to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Health, by noon on 14 May 2015, a copy of the advice generated by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator stating that crops developed using EXZACT Delete technology would not contain introduced foreign nucleic acid, once the ZFN genes are no longer present, and would not be considered GMO and therefore not subject to regulation under the Gene Technology Act 2000.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That, in accordance with the recommendation of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee in the report International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015, the International Aid (Promoting Gender Equality) Bill 2015 be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 17 June 2015.

Senator Gallagher to move:

That the order of the Senate of 20 June 2001, as amended on 27 September 2001, 18 June 2003, 26 June 2003, 4 December 2003 and 1 March 2007 for the production of documents relating to departmental and agency contracts, be amended as follows:

(1) Paragraph (1) omit "agency", insert "entity".

(2) Paragraph (1), omit "a list of contracts in accordance with paragraph (2) has been placed on the Internet, with access to the list through the department's or agency's home page", insert ":

(a) a list of contracts in accordance with paragraph (2) has been placed on the Internet, with access to the list through the entity's home page; and

(b) includes an assurance by the minister that the listed contracts do not contain any inappropriate confidentiality provisions".

(3) Paragraph(2)(a) omit "agency", insert "entity".

(4) Insert paragraph "(2A) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), access from an entity's home page may include a link to a complying report on AusTender.".

(5) Paragraph (3)(b) omit "agencies", insert "entities".

(6) Paragraph (4) omit "a department or agency", insert "an entity".

(7) Paragraph (5) omit "each year", insert "2016 and 30 September 2018".

(8) Paragraph (7) after the word "Administration" insert "References".

(9) Paragraph (9) omit ""agency" means an agency within the meaning of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997; and", insert

""complying report on AusTender" means a report in respect of an individual entity that meets the requirements of this order in respect of procurement contracts.

"entity" means a Commonwealth entity within the meaning of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013;

"inappropriate confidentiality provision" means a confidentiality provision that is not in accordance with guidance issued by the Department of Finance on compliance with this order and approved by the Finance and Public Administration References Committee; and".

Senate adjourned at 16:09