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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Page: 1275


Senator O ' Sullivan to move:

That the Senate recognises:

(a) the supportive role Australia's uranium export industry provides in global efforts to address climate change by avoiding the further production of significant quantities of greenhouse gas emissions;

(b) that, according to the Australian Academy of Sciences, 10 000 tonnes of Australian uranium exports replaces the generation of 400 million tonnes of C02 from conventional power sources;

(c) that Australia has the largest share of uranium resources globally, with 33 per cent of the world's reasonably assured resources;

(d) the World Nuclear Association has stated in its recent report, The world nuclear supply chain: outlook 2030, there could be as many as 266 new reactors around the globe by 2030; and

(e) that, given our large resources and reputation as a secure long-term supplier, Australia is well placed to capitalise on any expansion of the global nuclear power industry.

Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 10 March 2015 marked the 56th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising;

(b) acknowledges that torture and mistreatment of Tibetans by Chinese authorities continues today;

(c) notes the evidence provided in the Torture and impunity: 29 Cases of Tibetan political prisoners report which details specific cases of torture in custody and the impacts of imprisonment on the lives of political prisoners from 2008 to 2014; and

(d) supports the release of all Tibetan political prisoners who have been detained for religious beliefs or practices, or peaceful expression of views.

Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the Senate agrees that all members of Parliament and senators should be granted a conscience vote on the issue of equal marriage in Australia.

Senator Xenophon to move:

That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 25 June 2015:

(a) the quantum of stormwater resource in Australia and impact and potential of optimal management practices in areas of flooding, environmental impacts, waterway management and water resource planning;

(b) the role of scientific advances in improving stormwater management outcomes and integrating these into policy at all levels of government to unlock the full suite of economic benefits;

(c) the role of stormwater as a positive contributor to resilient and desirable communities into the future, including 'public good' and productivity outcomes;

(d) model frameworks to develop economic and policy incentives for stormwater management;

(e) model land use planning and building controls to maximise benefits and minimise impacts in both new and legacy situations;

(f) funding models and incentives to support strategic planning and investment in desirable stormwater management, including local prioritisation;

(g) asset management and operations to encourage efficient investments and longevity of benefit;

(h) the role of innovation in supporting desirable outcomes and transparent decision-making, including access to information and novel technologies for planning, design and implementation; and

(i) any related matters.

Senator Fifield to move:

That on Monday, 23 March 2015 consideration of the business before the Senate shall be interrupted at 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable valedictory statements to be made relating to Senator Lundy.

Senator Fifield to move:

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2015, allowing it to be considered during this period of sittings.