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Monday, 23 November 2009
Page: 8554

Senator Forshaw to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 25 November 2009, from 11 am, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relations with Asia, the Pacific and Latin America.

Senator Siewert to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the time for the presentation of the report of the Community Affairs References Committee on the impact of gene patents on the provision of healthcare in Australia be extended to 18 March 2010.

Senator Fielding to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the question for the third reading of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] and 10 related bills not be put until the third sitting day in February 2010.

Senator Boyce to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 2 September 2010:

Access to planning options and services for people with a disability to ensure their continued quality as they and their carers age, and to identify any inadequacies in the choice and funding of planning options currently available to people ageing with a disability and their carers.

Senator Mason to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 25 November 2009, from 5 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the continuing oversight of the operations of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Senator Heffernan to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 24 November 2009, from 4 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into food production in Australia.

Senator Ludwig to move on the next day of sitting:

   That, on Tuesday, 24 November 2009:

(a)   the hours of meeting shall be 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 11.40 pm;

(b)   the routine of business from 7.30 pm shall be consideration of the government business order of the day relating to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] and 10 related bills; and

(c)   the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 11 pm.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells to move on the next day of sitting:

   That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, no later than 2 pm on Wednesday, 25 November 2009, documents outlining or including, the following:

(a)   the date, time and duration of the meetings of the Border Protection Committee of Cabinet since it was established in about April 2009;

(b)   in relation to each of the meetings referred to above, details of all the attendees at each meeting, including the name and position of each attendee and the capacity in which they attended the meeting;

(c)   in relation to any ministerial staff attending any meeting, the level of security clearance of all ministerial staff who attended each meeting;

(d)   all documents relating to the formulation, discussion and approval (including any drafts) of the letter from Mr Jim O’Callaghan, Minister-Counsellor Immigration, Australian Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia, entitled Message to the 78 passengers on the Oceanic Viking, dated November 2009, including by the Border Protection Committee of Cabinet or any other committee, taskforce or entity;

(e)   all documents relating to the formulation, discussion and approval (including any drafts) of the letter from Mr Andrew Metcalfe, Department of Immigration and Citizenship to Senator Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, dated 16 November 2009, including by the Border Protection Committee of Cabinet or any other committee, taskforce or entity;

(f)   in relation to the formulation, discussion or approval referred to in paragraphs (d) and (e), which was undertaken by any other committee, taskforce or entity other than the Border Protection Committee of Cabinet, documents outlining or including:

(i)   the name of the other committee, taskforce or entity,

(ii)   the date, time and duration of the meeting/s of the other committee, taskforce or entity, and

(iii)   details of all the attendees at each meeting of the other committee, taskforce or entity, including the name and position of each attendee and the capacity in which they attended the meeting;

(g)   in relation to any ministerial staff attending any meeting, the level of security clearance of all ministerial staff who attended each meeting of the Border Protection Committee of Cabinet or any other committee, taskforce or entity;

(h)   in relation to approval referred to in paragraphs (d) and (e) above, details of the date, time, duration and attendees at the meeting or meetings that resulted in such approval by the Border Protection Committee of Cabinet or any other committee, taskforce or entity;

(i)   details of when the Prime Minister became aware of the decision of the Border Protection Committee of Cabinet or any other committee, taskforce or entity to make the offer referred to in paragraphs (d) and (e) above and how he became aware of this decision;

(j)   in relation to the letter from Mr Jim O’Callaghan, Minister-Counsellor Immigration, Australian Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia, entitled Message to the 78 passengers on the Oceanic Viking, dated November 2009, all documents relating to the formulation, discussion and approval (including drafts) of any arrangements, undertakings or special circumstances with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees regarding processing and resettlement of the asylum seekers;

(k)   in relation to the letter from Mr Jim O’Callaghan, Minister-Counsellor Immigration, Australian Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia, entitled Message to the 78 passengers on the Oceanic Viking, dated November 2009 and the letter from Mr Andrew Metcalfe, Department of Immigration and Citizenship to Senator Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, dated 16 November 2009, all documents relating to the formulation, discussion and approval (including drafts) of any arrangements, undertakings or special circumstances with Indonesia regarding the detention, processing and resettlement of the asylum seekers; and

(l)   in relation to any approval covered by paragraphs (h) and (i), a statement of whether the Prime Minister or any member of the Prime Minister’s staff approved any part, aspect, detail or condition contained in the letter from Mr Jim O’Callaghan, Minister-Counsellor Immigration, Australian Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia, entitled Message to the 78 passengers on the Oceanic Viking, dated November 2009 and in the letter from Mr Andrew Metcalfe, Department of Immigration and Citizenship to Senator Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, dated 16 November 2009.

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

   That the Senate, noting that:

(a)   Rwanda’s nomination to join the Commonwealth will be decided at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago from 27 November to 29 November 2009; and

(b)   Rwanda’s ruling party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front, has actively stopped alternative political parties from operating and has been implicated in electoral irregularities and restrictions on press freedom,

calls on the Government to review Rwanda’s record on human rights according to the standards agreed to by the Commonwealth’s 1991 Harare Declaration, before supporting its membership of the Commonwealth.