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Thursday, 14 February 2019
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Senator Urquhart to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) only 14 Australian-flagged trading vessels operate in this country,

(ii) up to 80 Australian seafarers were sacked following the decision by BHP and Bluescope to remove the MV Mariloula and the MV Lowlands Brilliance from their iron ore route between Port Hedland and Port Kembla, replacing them with foreign-flagged vessels with exploited foreign crews getting paid as little as $2 an hour,

(iii) the ongoing failure of the Liberal-National Government to stand up for Australian seafarers and to support the Australian shipping industry, a situation that will be made worse by its Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Amendment Bill 2017 that could open up more domestic sea freight routes, including Bass Strait, to foreign-flagged ships and exploited foreign crews, and

(iv) the continued failure of the Liberal-National Government to guarantee that Bass Strait shipping would not be impacted by its proposed legislative changes threatens the jobs of Tasmanian seafarers and leaves Tasmanian exporters at the mercy of decisions in overseas boardrooms; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) support Australian seafarers and the Australian shipping industry and abandon the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Amendment Bill 2017, and

(ii) investigate the establishment of an Australian 'strategic merchant fleet' in areas of importance to the Tasmanian and Australian economy, such as the importation and distribution of liquid fuel, namely crude oil, aviation fuel and diesel, and quarantining the domestic sea freight task on Bass Strait as part of a 'strategic fleet'.

Senator Rice to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes with alarm that climate change is hitting Australia harder and faster than many have predicted;

(b) is gravely concerned that Australia's greenhouse pollution is increasing under the current government;

(c) fears that young people, first peoples and vulnerable communities will be forced to bear the brunt of climate damage;

(d) congratulates United States Democrat Member of the House of Representatives, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as other members of the House and Senate, on their push for a 'Green New Deal'; and

(e) calls on the Australian Government to begin a large-scale public works program to combat climate change and provide meaningful employment to people in our country.

Senator Griff to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Aged Care Act 1997, and for related purposes. Aged Care Amendment (Resident Welfare and Provider Disclosure) Bill 2019.

Senator Griff to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) in 2015, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that there were 164,000 Australians with an autism diagnosis and a prevalence rate of 2.8% for those aged between 5-14 years (around 81,000 children), though this does not reflect the large numbers of autistic adults who remain undiagnosed,

(ii) 85% of Australians have personal contact with an autistic person; despite this, only 29% of Australians believe they understand how to support autistic people, and only 4% of autistic people and their families agree that people in the community know how to support them,

(iii) 29% of all NDIS participants have a primary diagnosis of autism, representing the largest diagnostic cohort in the scheme, and

(iv) waiting times for diagnosis in the public system can be between 12 months to two years;

(b) further notes that:

(i) between 40% to 70% of autistic people experience a co-occurring mental health condition,

(ii) international studies have found that autistic people have a life expectancy between 20 and 36 years shorter than the general population,

(iii) in 2015, the unemployment rate for autistic people was 31.6%, which is three times the rate for all people with disability and almost six times the rate of people without a disability,

(iv) 35% of autistic students achieve Year 10 or below, compared with 17% of all students - only 6.5% have a Bachelor's degree or above, half the rate of all people with a disability, and

(v) autistic people and their families experience significant social isolation with 51.6% agreeing that they feel socially isolated and 39.3% agreeing that they sometimes feel unable to leave the house due to concerns about discriminatory or negative behaviours in the community;

(c) acknowledges that:

(i) across Europe, a number of countries have developed national autism plans,

(ii) analysis has found that European countries which have a national autism plan or strategy appear to bring about a positive impact and change for autistic people, and

(iii) the Victorian Government inquiry into services for people with autism spectrum disorder recommended the development of a National Autism Strategy, highlighting the benefits, including:

(A) increasing understanding of autism in the community, and

(B) creating a common set of aims for policy makers, service providers, departments and agencies, noting that many of the issues faced by autistic people cut across Commonwealth and state responsibilities;

(d) affirms that a National Autism Strategy would complement the current National Disability Agreement and National Disability Strategy by providing a much-needed cohort-specific response for autism; and

(e) encourages the Government to develop a National Autism Strategy, in partnership with autistic people and their families and carers, to determine a set of actions with measurable outcomes to improve the life outcomes of autistic people.

Senators Di Natale and Faruqi to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) between September and October 2018, more than 20 cases of advanced silicosis had been found in Queensland,

(ii) by 26 November 2018, 53 young men, including 11 with progressive massive fibrosis, had been diagnosed with severe progressive silicosis following dust exposure from cutting artificial stone benchtops,

(iii) it is highly likely that many more will soon be detected,

(iv) at present, there is no known treatment that can arrest the progress of this disease,

(v) previous attempts have been made to raise this issue with the Government, but they have not taken action on it,

(vi) the majority of recommendations contained in the report of the Community Affairs References Committee into workplace exposure to toxic dust, received on 31 May 2006, have not been actioned, and

(vii) the only effective action against silicosis is preventing exposure to silica dust; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) fund an initiative to educate workers in at-risk occupations on the dust control measures used in their industry, including:

(A) independent monitoring of dust levels,

(B) training in the selection, maintenance and use of respirators, and

(C) use of measures to control airborne dust, including enforcing an immediate prohibition on dry-cutting techniques,

(ii) conduct comprehensive enforcement of hazardous substances regulations related to silica dust exposure, and

(iii) recognise the need for:

(A) qualified and competent occupational hygienists to be involved in the recognition, evaluation and control of silica exposures, and

(B) establishing a multi-disciplinary Institute of Occupational Health.

Senator McGrath to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 15 February 2019 was the 77th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, an event that was considered one of the greatest military defeats in the history of the British Empire;

(b) recognises the heroic role that thousands of Australian troops played in fighting to prevent the Fall of Singapore, alongside their British and Indian compatriots;

(c) further recognises that over 100,000 allied troops were taken as prisoners of war following the Fall of Singapore, including 15,000 Australians;

(d) notes the annual presence of the 2/10th Field Regiment Association of the 8th Division, AIF, at the Singapore Day Memorial Service, held this year on 17 February at Brisbane's Shrine of Remembrance;

(e) thanks the volunteers who dedicate their time to organise this event; and

(f) recognises and commemorates all men and women who have sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice, in service of this nation.

Senator Waters to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) today on Budget day, the women of Australia will be looking to their government to address economic inequality and women's financial security,

(ii) the gender pay gap is currently 14.6%, meaning women would have to work an extra 62 days per year to earn the same money as their male counterparts,

(iii) the fastest-growing cohort of homeless people in Australia is older women,

(iv) one in two women fleeing domestic violence are turned away from refuges due to lack of beds,

(v) there is unmet need for legal advice and support for women due to underfunding of community legal centres,

(vi) one in three women retire with no superannuation, and those who do retire with superannuation do so with just over half the amount that men do,

(vii) women do most of the unpaid care work in society, estimated at more than 60%,

(viii) well over 50% of migrants to Australia are women, and they bear the cost of delays in family reunification processing, and

(ix) budget cuts made in 2014 to frontline domestic violence services have been compounded by continued underfunding; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government in tonight's Budget to:

(i) restore the Women's Budget Impact Statement, axed in 2014,

(ii) fully fund family and domestic violence services, by funding frontline crisis services and primary prevention with at least $2.3 billion over the forward estimates,

(iii) commit $16 million to make abortion safe, accessible, legal and free,

(iv) address the housing and homelessness crisis for older women, by providing certainty of funding for transitional housing and crisis services,

(v) extend paid parental leave arrangements to six months with superannuation, and

(vi) increase foreign aid to improve global equality for women through Australia's international development program.

Senator Faruqi to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the inherent conflict of interest present when animal welfare issues are regulated by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the Department),

(ii) that the Department inappropriately influenced the Review of the regulatory capability and culture of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the regulation of live animal exports, also known as the 'Moss Review' report,

(iii) that the Department removed words that pointed to its failure in regulating the live export industry and warnings of the risks of corruption, and

(iv) that the Department further outright rejected some of Mr Moss' draft findings, including dismissing one of the review's conclusions on the Department's inability to address livestock mortality as 'overly simplistic'; and

(b) condemns the Federal Government for interfering with the Moss Review.

Senator Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to establish the National Development Bank, and for related purposes. National Development Bank Bill 2019.

Senator Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for a plebiscite at the next general election in relation to migration to Australia, and for related purposes. Plebiscite (Allowing Australians to Decide Who Comes Here) Bill 2019.

Senator Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for citizen initiated referendums, and for related purposes. Democratising Lawmaking Bill 2019.

Senator Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) with great concern, growing levels of homelessness amongst Australians, in particular the elderly,

(ii) long waiting lists for public housing, and

(iii) the priority afforded to so-called refugees in the provision of public accommodation; and

(b) calls on state and Federal Governments to give absolute priority in all publicly-funded accommodation to Australian citizens over recent arrivals.