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Tuesday, 15 June 2010
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Senator Abetz to move on the next day of sitting:

(1)   That the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee reconvene to resume its consideration of the 2010-11 Budget estimates on Thursday, 17 June 2010, during the sitting of the Senate from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm, for the purpose of further examination of outcome Program 2.1, specifically, matters relating to government advertising.

(2)   That Senator Ludwig as the responsible minister, and officers and staff from the Department of Finance and Deregulation with responsibility for matters relating to government advertising, appear before the committee to answer questions.

Senator Scullion to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee present its report on the Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010 [No. 2] by 10 am on Thursday, 17 June 2010.

Senator Ryan to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the time for the presentation of the report of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee on COAG reforms relating to health and hospitals be extended to 21 June 2010.

Senator Nash to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee on import restrictions on beef be presented by 22 June 2010.

Senator Fisher to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the time for the presentation of the report of the Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee on the sustainable management by the Commonwealth of water resources be extended to 30 July 2010.

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 2 September 2010.

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

   That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to require the Auditor-General to oversee expenditure on government information and advertising campaigns, and for related purposes. Preventing the Misuse of Government Advertising Bill 2010.

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

   That, upon its introduction, the Preventing the Misuse of Government Advertising Bill 2010 be referred to the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 21 June 2010.

Senator Barnett to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2010:

The past and present practices of donor conception in Australia, with particular reference to:

(a)   donor conception regulation and legislation across federal and state jurisdictions;

(b)   the conduct of clinics and medical services, including:

(i)   payments for donors,

(ii)   management of data relating to donor conception, and

(iii)   provision of appropriate counselling and support services;

(c)   the number of offspring born from each donor with reference to the risk of consanguine relationships; and

(d)   the rights of the donor conceived.

Senator Lundy to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate, from 10 am to 1 pm, on Thursday, 17 June 2010, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the role of the Auditor-General in monitoring compliance with the ‘Guidelines on Campaign Advertising’.

Senator Milne to move on the next day of sitting:

(1)   That the Senate notes that at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh in September 2009, the Prime Minister (Mr Rudd) agreed to ‘phase out and rationalise over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies while providing targeted support for the poorest’ and further that the Prime Minister also agreed to report back to the G20 on how to implement this commitment.

(2)   That there be laid on the table by 10 am on 17 June 2010, any document that the Government provided to the meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors at Busan, Korea, on 5 June and 6 June 2010, regarding the commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, including:

(a)   the implementation plans for the phase out as required by the commitment, including any assessment of the nature and size of fossil fuels subsidies in Australia; and

(b)   any advice from the department to the minister in relation to these implementation plans and how the Government seeks to define ‘fossil fuel subsidy’.

Senator Xenophon to move on the next day of sitting:

   That new regulations 4.67C and 4.67E in item [2] of Schedule 1 to the Aviation Transport Security Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 1), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2010 No. 80 and made under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004, be disallowed. [F2010L01200]

Fifteen sitting days remain, including today, to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

Senator Xenophon to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   the World Trade Organization (WTO) has issued a report to the Australian and New Zealand Governments regarding Australia’s 90-year-long ban on importing apples from New Zealand, and

(ii)   the recommendations contained within the report could expose Australia’s apple and pear industry to greater risk from disease and pests foreign to Australia’s shores;

(b)   recognises that:

(i)   the Australian apple and pear industry generates an annual turnover of approximately $500 million and any increase in major quarantine incursions could devastate both the industry’s biosecurity and future financial viability, and

(ii)   it is of paramount importance that Australia protects its biosecurity and maintains a disease free apple and pear producing industry; and

(c)   calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)   publish the report as soon as possible to allow thorough consultation and review,

(ii)   vigorously defend the integrity of Australia’s science-based quarantine regime, and

(iii)   appeal any errors of law in the WTO interim report to the relevant appellate body.

Senator Ludwig to move on the next day of sitting:

   That—

(1)   On Thursday, 17 June 2010:

(a)   the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to adjournment;

(b)   the routine of business from 7.30 pm shall be government business only;

(c)   divisions may take place after 4.30 pm; and

(d)   if the Senate is sitting at 10 pm, the sitting of the Senate be suspended till 9 am on Friday, 18 June 2010.

(2)   On Friday, 18 June 2010, the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be put at 1.30 pm.

Senator Hanson-Young to move on 17 June 2010:

   That the Senate—

(a)   recognises that:

(i)   20 June 2010 marks World Refugee Day 2010,

(ii)   the global theme for 2010 is ‘Home’, in recognition of the plight of more than 40 million uprooted people around the world, and

(iii)   as a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Geneva Convention Relating to the Status on Refugees, Australia is obliged to protect those seeking asylum from persecution;

(b)   notes, with concern:

(i)   the Government’s commitment to reopening desert detention centres across the country, and

(ii)   the effect that the suspension of processing claims for asylum seekers from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will have on the mental health of some of the worlds most vulnerable; and

(c)   calls on the Government to immediately lift the imposed suspension and process all claims for asylum, irrespective of race or ethnicity.

Senator Hanson-Young to move on 21 June 2010:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

(i)   the recent report from the International Crisis Group on War Crimes in Sri Lanka, and

(ii)   this report, recommends, among other things, for the United Nations (UN) to authorise an independent international inquiry into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka during the last year of the conflict; and

(b)   calls on the Australian Government, as an active member state of the UN, to encourage the UN to investigate the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Senator Fielding to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matters be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2010:

(a)   whether the Rudd Government’s tax reform advertising campaign is an outrageous abuse of taxpayers’ dollars;

(b)   whether the Rudd Government should be allowed to spend millions of dollars in advertising a new tax that has not been approved by parliament;

(c)   whether the Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary (Senator Ludwig) acted appropriately in exempting the tax reform advertising campaign from the Guidelines on Information and Advertising Campaigns by Australian Government Departments and Agencies; and

(d)   what further provisions are necessary to strengthen the controls on government advertising to prevent taxpayers’ dollars being used for electioneering purposes in the future.

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

   That on 22 June 2010 so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the following motion having precedence over all other business until determined:

That the Senate:

(a)   notes the Obama Administration’s Afghanistan exit plan to start to bring troops home by the middle of 2011; and

(b)   calls on the Australian Government to develop an exit plan for Australia’s combat troops from Afghanistan.