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Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Page: 1295

Senator Ian Macdonald to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on State Government Financial Management be extended to 27 August 2008.

Senator Stott Despoja to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 to give all adopting parents access to baby bonus payments, and for related purposes. A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Improved Access to Baby Bonus) Amendment Bill 2008.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes the reports in the Sydney Morning Herald regarding concerns about the Mercy Ministries residential programs for young women suffering from psychological illnesses, in particular that despite advertising that residents would receive support from psychologists, general practitioners, dieticians, and social workers, former residents report receiving only an occasional visit to a general practitioner; and

(b)   calls on the Government to instruct the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to investigate whether Mercy Ministries has engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct.

Senator Ludwig to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network) Bill 2008 be referred to the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee for inquiry and report by 7 May 2008.

Senator Hurley to move on the next day of sitting:

   That, in considering the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Fair Bank and Credit Card Fees) Amendment Bill 2008, the Economics Committee have power to consider and use the records of the Economics Committee appointed in the previous Parliament relating to its consideration of an earlier version of the bill.

Senator Bernardi to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matter be referred to the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee for inquiry and report by 9 June 2008:

An examination into the effectiveness of the broadcasting codes of practice operating within the radio and television industry, with particular reference to:

(a)   the frequency and use of coarse and foul language (swearing) in programs;

(b)   the effectiveness of the current classification standards as an accurate reflection of the content contained in the program;

(c)   the operation and effectiveness of the complaints process currently available to members of the public; and

(d)   any other related matters.

Senator Birmingham to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matter be referred to the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee for inquiry and report by August 2008:

Management of Australia’s waste streams, with particular reference to:

(a)   trends in waste production in Australia across household, consumer, commercial and industrial waste streams;

(b)   effectiveness of existing strategies to reduce, recover or reuse waste from different waste streams;

(c)   potential new strategies to reduce, recover or reuse waste from different waste streams;

(d)   the economic, environmental and social benefits and costs of such strategies;

(e)   policy priorities to maximise the efficiency and efficacy of efforts to reduce, recover or reuse waste from different waste streams; and

(f)   consideration of the Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008.

Senator Bob Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Smith) to seek the abandonment of the death sentence in China.