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Thursday, 15 November 2018
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Senator Williams to move 15 sitting days after today:

That the English Language Proficiency Assessments Exemption 2018, made under the Civil Aviation Act 1988, be disallowed [F2018L01214].

Senator Williams to move 15 sitting days after today:

That the Number of Cabin Attendants (Alliance Airlines) Direction 2018, made under the Civil Aviation Act 1988, be disallowed [F2018L01244].

Senator Williams to move 15 sitting days after today:

That the Banking (prudential standard) determination No. 4 of 2018 - Prudential Standard APS 221 Large Exposures, made under the Banking Act 1959, be disallowed [F2018L01190].

Senator Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) expresses its concern that:

   (i) the Federal Government is pushing ahead with signing the UN Global Compact on Refugees, and

   (ii) the Compact lacks clear indicators to measure progress and accountability in relation to the agreement's four objectives;

(b) expresses its alarm that, once again, unelected left-wing United Nations bureaucrats are being allowed to dictate policy to the government of Australia without regard to the wishes of the Australian people; and

(c) condemns the UN Global Compact on Refugees as yet another attack on Australian sovereignty, and calls on the Australian Government to repudiate it.

Senator Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate requests the Banking Royal Commission to publish all the 9000 submissions made to it on a public website (with the usual privacy considerations), so that the public will be able to check that the Royal Commission's report in February 2019 will have dealt with all the issues raised by the public.

Senator Patrick to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That the Senate notes that—

(a) on 16 October 2018, the Senate ordered the Commissioner of Taxation to provide information (company names) to the Economics Legislation Committee related to designated financial entities that have lodged late, or not yet lodged, a corporate income tax return;

(b) on 5 November 2018, the Minister for Finance and the Public Service advanced a public interest immunity claim on the grounds that the disclosure of individual taxpayer information to the committee will harm the public interest by undermining public confidence in taxation laws and taxation administration;

(c) the Minister for Finance and the Public Service also claimed that the disclosure of this information will have a substantial adverse effect on the proper and efficient operations of the Australian Taxation Office;

(d) except in circumstances where the Parliament has explicitly carved out the ability for a House of Parliament to make inquiries, the secrecy provisions of legislation are subservient to the Constitution-derived inquiry powers of Senate;

(e) disclosing the names of financial entities that have not complied with tax laws does not undermine taxation laws and taxation administration, but rather may serve to encourage compliance with taxation laws; and

(f) Australia's tax transparency laws oblige the Commissioner of Taxation to annually publish selected income tax information, including the company name, for certain taxpayers and this has not resulted in the purported harm.

(2) That the Senate affirms that:

(a) under no circumstances should any corporation be of the view that it is entitled to anonymity when it breaches taxation law;

(b) the public interest balance lies in favour of the disclosure of companies in breach of taxation law; and

(c) the Senate does not accept the public interest immunity claim advanced by the Minister for Finance and the Public Service.

(3) That the Senate orders the Commissioner of Taxation to comply with the balance of the order agreed to by the Senate on 16 October 2018.

Senator Singh to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) observes that 20 November 2018 is Universal Children's Day, commemorating the UN General Assembly's same-day adoption of the 1958 Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child ('Children's Convention');

(b) acknowledges the work of UNICEF Australia and other stakeholders involved in the Australian Child Rights Taskforce's Children's Report and its recommendations;

(c) notes:

   (i) that Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continue to experience disadvantage,

   (ii) the report and recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory,

   (iii) that children in Australia face growing issues of intergenerational inequality,

   (iv) that no child under Australia's care should suffer harm, and

   (v) that refugee children under Australia's care have been languishing in indefinite detention on Nauru for over five years;

(d) invites the Morrison Government to take steps to improve Australia's adherence to the Children's Convention; and

(e) calls on the Morrison Government to accept New Zealand's resettlement offer and get the children off Nauru.

Senator Patrick to move on the next day of sitting:

That—

(a) the Senate notes that formal business is taking up a significant amount of time each sitting week; and

(b) the following amendment to standing order 66 operate as a temporary order from 27 November 2018 to the last sitting day of 2019:

At the end of paragraph (3), add:

(4) A senator may not in any sitting week request that more than four general business motions be taken as formal motions, with the exception of motions ordering documents to be laid on the table or relating to an earlier order of the Senate relating to the production of documents.

Senators Williams, O'Sullivan and Bernardi to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the National Farmers' Federation states that one Australian farmer produces enough food to feed 600 people, including 450 people overseas,

   (ii) there are over 300,000 people directly employed in Australian agriculture, and

   (iii) the gross value of Australian farm production in 2016-17 was $60 billion;

(b) further notes that:

   (i) the Australian Greens endorsed candidate for the Federal seat of Page, Mr Daniel Reid, posted on Facebook 'Cattle don't belong on this land and the cost of supporting them through drought is extreme', and

   (ii) Mr Reid's Facebook post also included the statement 'In Australia there are 26 million cattle that eat as much as 669 million kangaroos'; and

(c) calls on the Australian Greens to clarify whether they support farmers or kangaroos loose in the top paddock.