Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Page: 8544


Senator BIRMINGHAM: To move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, no later than noon on Thursday, 10 November 2011, all recommendations provided by the Australia Network tender assessment panel to the responsible Minister or responsible departmental secretary since the commencement of the tender and the legal advice referred to by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in Question Time on Tuesday, 8 November 2011.

Senator BOB BROWN: To move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

   (i)   the letter of the President of the Senate to the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), dated 7 November 2011, in which he states 'I have examined the Hansard and agree that the remarks made by Senator Abetz alleging fraudulent conduct on your part were contrary to standing order 193(3) and should have been ruled out of order on the grounds that they imputed improper motives to you and contained personal reflections', and

   (ii)   the President's advice 'as a senator, you have numerous opportunities to respond. These include…giving notice of a motion calling on Senator Abetz to retract'; and

(b)   calls on Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) to retract the allegation in accordance with standing orders.

Senator SIEWERT: To move:

That the Community Affairs References Committee be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 9 November 2011, from 5 pm.

Senator WATERS: To move:

That the Senate notes that no coal seam gas development should proceed where it poses a significant impact on the quality of groundwater or surface water systems, unless it is absolutely clear that it is proven safe for the environment.

Senator RHIANNON: To move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   the technical and further education (TAFE) system, as the dominant provider of vocational education and training (VET) since its inception, has improved Australian skill levels with important assistance provided to Indigenous and other disadvantaged communities,

   (ii)   while TAFE is the key component of VET, its base funding is diminishing, and

   (iii)   a report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research found that a 6 per cent funding increase did not match a 12 per cent increase in training and course delivery costs; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

   (i)   work to address the skills shortages by securing public funding for TAFE,

   (ii)   rule out supporting a Higher Education Contribution Scheme-style university loans scheme for TAFE students,

   (iii)   increase TAFE funding so it can continue to offer a broad range of high quality, diverse programs for all the community, and

   (iv)   ensure the Ministerial Council of Tertiary Education and Employment commissions a review of VET since the competition policy was introduced.

Senator LUDLAM: To move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   National Recycling Week runs from 7 November to 13 November 2011,

   (ii)   Australians use more than 12 billion drink containers every year - 1.4 million per hour - fewer than half of which are recycled,

   (iii)   a July 2010 study commissioned by the Government found that a container deposit scheme (CDS) with a 10 cent deposit on beverage containers would increase recycling to more than 80 per cent and reduce overall litter volume by 19 per cent,

   (iv)   South Australia has operated a successful CDS since 1977,

   (v)   the Northern Territory has adopted a CDS to commence in 2012, and

   (vi)   the Australian Labor Party in Western Australia has adopted the Australian Greens' model CDS bill for that state; and

(b)   calls on the Government to immediately adopt a national CDS.

Senator BOB BROWN: To move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   after the final vote on the Clean Energy bills, Senator Heffernan crossed the chamber to stand in front of the crossbenches and the Australian Greens' senators, and

   (ii)   this action obscured vision of cameras and the press gallery observing the proceedings for the Australian public; and

(b)   calls on Senator Heffernan and his colleagues to reflect on this regrettable behaviour and take appropriate steps to see that it does not recur.

Senator WATERS: To move:

That the Senate calls for all applications and approvals made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 which would have a significant impact on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to be suspended until the conclusion of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization requested strategic assessment, to allow consideration of all cumulative impacts of coal and coal seam gas ports and other developments on this internationally-significant biodiversity icon.