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Monday, 20 March 2017
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Senator Burston to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the statements made by the Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) identifying the extent of the abuse perpetrated by priests and members of religious orders;

(b) is of the opinion that, given the obligations on local bishops to disclose to the Vatican incidents of child sexual abuse, the Catholic Church must be aware of the identities of those perpetrators; and

(c) calls on the Government to request the Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, to provide a list of those perpetrators, as a gesture of co-operation and responsiveness, to the work of the Royal Commission.

Senator Hanson to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to remuneration of certain office holders, and for related purposes. Communications Legislation Amendment (Executive Renumeration) Bill 2017

Senators Moore and Rice to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the Brisbane action on Sunday, 12 February 2017, as part of the One Billion Rising movement to end violence against women and girls,

(ii) that together with Nia Australia, Vulcana Women’s Circus, WaW Dance and Brisbane Powerhouse, women gathered to celebrate a world free from violence, and

(iii) that funds raised on the day were directed to Brisbane domestic violence services; and

(b) recognises that One Billion Rising:

(i) is the biggest mass action to end violence against women and was launched on Valentine’s Day 2012,

(ii) began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime, with the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls, and

(iii) is focused is on women’s strength and resistance, aiming to work together to raise awareness and demand a world free from violence.

Senator Roberts to move:

That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2017:

(a) the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE), with particular reference to the energy production options, including:

   (i ) coal fired electricity (without carbon capture and storage),

   (i i) combined cycle gas turbines (without carbon capture and storage),

   (i ii) wind turbines, and

   (i v) medium-sized (five megawatt) solar photovoltaic (PV) systems;

(b) the projected LCOE generation in Australia from 2017 to 2030 as using coal, gas, wind and solar, and the likely variations in the percentages of these sources of electricity over the same period;

(c) the amount of taxpayer subsidies currently paid for electricity generation from each source, and the projected subsidies to 2030;

(d) to assist in cost effective decisions relating to carbon dioxide reductions, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted for coal, gas, wind and solar energy in:

   (i ) the construction process for plants or farms, for example, construction of components and transportation,

   (i i) a 20-year power production period once constructed, and

   (i ii) the amount of carbon dioxide emitted for wind and solar PV farms across a 20 year power production period when a gas fired power station is the back up power source for when wind and solar PV is not supplying power at the rated power level, including the carbon dioxide emitted from the backup power source;

(e) the average amount of time over a year, a month, a week and a day that power plants or power farms are not producing power a t their full-rated power level;

(f) whether the basis for calculating the effect on global climate of carbon dioxide as a result of human activity is either the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or the reports of NASA or the reports of CSIRO; and

(g) the financial costs and benefits to Australia of reducing Australia ' s carbon dioxide output by 23 per cent, 50 per cent and 90 per cent.

Senator Williams to move:

That the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 4) Regulation 2016, made under the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Act 1997, be disallowed [F2016L01751].

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

Senator Williams to move:

That the Jervis Bay Territory Marine Safety Ordinance 2016, made under the Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915, be disallowed [F2016L01756].

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

Senators Bernardi and Leyonhjelm to move:

That, given the Commonwealth’s debt and Australia’s budget deficit, the Senate is of the view that all senators receive an appropriate remuneration package and, therefore, the Remuneration Tribunal should not consider increasing the remuneration paid to senators until the Government has delivered a budget surplus.

Senators McKenzie, Williams, Canavan and O’Sullivan to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences has forecast the gross value of Australian farm production will increase by 8.3 per cent to a record $63.8 billion in 2016-17,

(ii) real net farm cash income is estimated to have been $25.7 billion in 2015-16, well above the 20-year average to 2014-15 of $15.6 billion,

(iii) farm cash income for Australian broadacre farms is projected to average $216,000 per farm in 2016-17 which is the highest recorded in the past 20 years,

(iv) new trade opportunities negotiated by the Coalition Government with China, Korea and Japan have boosted Australian farm exports which are projected to be $48.7 billion in 2017-18, and

(v) agriculture contributed 0.5 per cent to the Australian economy's 1.1 per cent growth in the December quarter, the largest contribution of the 19 sectors of the economy; and

(b) further notes that, with the right policy settings and programmes, agriculture still has massive potential to grow and deliver even better results as an economic powerhouse of the nation.

Senators Cameron, Di Natale and Lambie to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Fair Work Act 2009, and for related purposes. Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay) Bill 2017 [No. 2]

Senator Bernardi to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the comments of the Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Ms Sally McManus, saying that if a law is unjust then she believes that the law can be broken, and

(ii) the comments by the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale), supporting Ms McManus' comments;

(b) notes that:

(i) the Parliament passes laws,

(ii) all citizens are expected to abide by them, and

(iii) if laws need to be changed, that is Parliament’s responsibility;

(c) disagrees with the ACTU Secretary's comments; and

(d) supports the rule of law.

Senator Cameron to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the decision of the Fair Work Commission in relation to penalty rates in matter AM2014/305, will result in reductions to the take home pay of up to 700 000 workers employed in retail, hospitality and pharmacies, and

(ii) in its decision, the Fair Work Commission found that reductions in penalty rates will cause hardship to employees affected by the decision; and

(b) expresses its opposition to reductions in penalty rates that reduce the take home pay of Australian workers now and in the future.

Senator Abetz to move:

That the Senate—

(a) affirms that our society operates on the rule of law;

(b) calls on all Australians to respect and abide by the rule of law; and

(c) condemns expressions of support for breaching the rule of law.

Senator Wong to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 21 March 2017 is Harmony Day, a day which celebrates Australia's cultural diversity and demonstrates cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home, and

(ii) Harmony Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination;

(b) endorses Harmony Day's message, 'everyone belongs';

(c) notes the success of Australia's laws in protecting Australians from discrimination on the basis of race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin, key to Australia's success as a multicultural society; and

(d) reaffirms its commitment to the right of all Australians to enjoy equal rights and be treated with equal respect regardless of race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) many aspects of modern life associated with a more inclusive, equal and respectful society have come about by people taking courageous, principled actions of civil disobedience, and

(ii) examples of such actions include hundreds of women arrested during the campaign to change the law so women could vote, thousands of Indians arrested at protests against British rule over India and the imposition of the salt tax, the action of Rosa Parks who refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger as the law then required, and the more than 1 000 protesters arrested in the campaign to save the Franklin River; and

(b) recognises that peaceful civil disobedience remains a driving force for progressive change to reduce economic and social inequality in our society.

Senator Rice to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the tragic death of a cyclist in Melbourne recently, who was struck and killed by a truck while riding a busy cycle route in the city's inner west,

(ii) the work of cycling advocates in calling for improved infrastructure and safety measures to ensure people have the freedom to ride safely,

(iii) the importance of well-designed and properly funded infrastructure to support cycling as a healthy, clean and efficient mode of transport for Australians of all ages,

(iv) that our cities suffer from traffic congestion and pollution, which can be relieved by providing people with safe cycling routes,

(v) that the National Cycling Participation Survey 2015 showed that four million people ride their bike each week in Australia,

(vi) that the National Cycling Strategy aimed to double the number of people riding a bike between 2011 and 2016, yet rider numbers remained relatively unchanged over that period, and

(vii) that the Federal Government funds a range of transport modes, yet provides very little funding to active transport; and

(b) calls on the Government to invest in cycling infrastructure in the upcoming Budget, to reflect the nationally significant role of cycling as a transport mode in Australia, and the need to ensure the safety of everyone who rides.

Senators Brown and Siewert to move:

That the Senate notes that—

(a) 21 March 2017 will mark the 12th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day;

(b) World Down Syndrome Day recognises the rights of people with Down Syndrome;

(c) over 13 000 Australians live with Down Syndrome;

(d) it is the responsibility of local, state and territory, and national governments to advocate for people with Down Syndrome;

(e) we have a responsibility to ensure that people with Down Syndrome participate fully and equally in their communities and all aspects of Australian society; and

(f) we have an obligation to empower people with Down Syndrome, by giving them a voice in policy development and public life.

Senator Ludlam to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the deeply concerning reports of the persecution of the Rohingya people in Rakhine State in Myanmar, including United Nations' estimates of the deaths of more than 1 000 people in a recent crackdown and the displacement of at least 97 000 Rohingya,

(ii) the appalling reports, documented by Human Rights Watch, of arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, and sexual violence, including the rape of women and girls, which appear to be part of coordinated and systematic attacks on Rohingya villagers, and

(iii) that the Australian Senate unanimously passed a motion on 16 February 2017 inviting the Government to consider calling for a United Natioms Commission of Inquiry into human rights abuses in Myanmar, but that subsequently the Australian Government has indicated willingness to support Myanmar's national-level inquiries like the Investigation Commission, despite the fact that the Investigation Commission is neither credible nor impartial; and

(b) urges the Australian Government to co-sponsor the Myanmar resolution tabled by the European Union on 16 March 2017 at the United Nations Human Rights Council, which calls for an urgent independent international Fact Finding Mission into human rights abuses in Rakhine State.

Senator Ludlam to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the resounding defeat of the Barnett Government in Western Australia on 11 March 2017,

(ii) the unnecessary, destructive land-clearing undertaken by Main Roads Department contractors at the site of the proposed Roe Highway project in the Beeliar Wetlands in contravention of state and federal approval conditions, and

(iii) that the incoming McGowan Government has committed to cancel the project;

(b) congratulates Aboriginal leaders, community organisers, local governments and local residents for their defiant and ultimately successful campaign to protect country and culture in the Beeliar Wetlands; and

(c) calls on the Government to ensure that Commonwealth funds worth $1.2 billion committed to the unwanted Roe Highway project are reallocated to public transport, rail fright upgrades and rehabilitation of the Roe Highway corridor.

Senator Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report 2017;

(b) acknowledges that unaddressed hearing loss and impairment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities leads to poorer life outcomes and entrenches disadvantage;

(c) recognises that not enough is being done to address hearing loss and impairment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;

(d) calls on the Minister for Indigenous Affairs to support the recommendations of the Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report 2017, which calls for new engagement with our First Peoples, and the Redfern Statement, as well as a reset to the national approach to health inequality; and

(e) calls on the federal, state and territory governments to urgently address hearing loss and impairment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.