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Thursday, 27 November 2014
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Senators Smith and Singh to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 1 December 2014 is World AIDS Day,

(ii) the aim of World AIDS Day is to:

(a) encourage all Australians to be aware of HIV,

(b) take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting safe sex practices, and

(c) ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination,

(iii) in July 2014, Australia hosted the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne which highlighted that it was possible to end HIV globally by focusing on evidence -based programs, such as increasing access to HIV testing and treatment, improving treatment options and implementing prevention tools like harm reduction, and

(iv) while much has been achieved, the challenge to combat HIV/AIDS remains with new HIV infection rates in Australia being at their highest in 20 years; and

(b) recognises:

(i) Australia’s resolve to work with governments, the business community and civil society across the region to reach the goals that the international community has set—zero new infections, zero AIDS -related deaths and zero discrimination,

(ii) the work of current and previous Australian governments in the development of national strategies to address HIV infection, and

(iii) the release on 7 July 2014 of the 7th National HIV Strategy and its commitment to working towards achieving the virtual elimination of HIV transmission in Australia by 2020, reducing the morbidity and mortality caused by HIV, and minimising the personal and social impact of HIV.

Senator Wright to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Youth Connections program has assisted hundreds of disengaged young people to reconnect to education, training or employment,

(ii) funding to the program has been cut by the Federal Government, and will officially end on 31 December 2014,

(iii) the Government has not allocated any funds to any similar or replacement program,

(iv) this will be the first time in 20 years there is no federally -funded program to assist young people to re -engage with pathways to future work and education, and

(v) young people across Australia, especially those who are disadvantaged, will miss out on vital support provided by the Youth Connections program; and

(b) calls on the Government to reinstate the funding for this effective and necessary program.

Senator Siewert to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services, no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, 3 December 2014, the report into income management in the Northern Territory, Evaluating new income management in the Northern Territory , final report.

Senator Whish-Wilson to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the report of the expert panel on a declared commercial fishing activity, Final (Small Pelagic Fishery) Declaration 2012, has been released,

(ii) the report found a super trawler would negatively impact on protected species such as seals, dolphins and sea birds, and

(iii) the statement by the Prime Minister (Mr Abbott) on 4 March 2014 that ‘the super trawler is banned from Australian waters…it was banned with the support of members on this side of the House. It was banned; it will stay banned’; and

(b) calls on the Government to introduce legislation banning super trawlers from Australian waters.

Senator O’Sullivan to move:

That the Senate recognises that a profitable and strong mining sector is essential to government being able to further fund and develop Australia’s agricultural interests, especially in relation to infrastructure.

Senator Ludwig to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Cormann), by 3.30 pm on Wednesday, 3 December 2014, any documents held in relation to the contents of a letter dated 6 February 2014 from the Hon. Warren Truss MP to the Hon. Scott Emerson MP (QLD ref:MC73750/Federal ref:05543 -2013) which details the Australian Government’s commitment to the Ipswich Motorway, Darra to Rocklea, project of $279 million.

Senator Wright to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010 , and for related purposes. Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Amendment Bill 2014 .

Senator Gallacher to move:

That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 18 June 2015:

The Commonwealth’s treaty -making process, particularly in light of the growing number of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements Australian governments have entered into or are currently negotiating, including:

(a) the role of the Parliament and the Executive in negotiating, approving and reviewing treaties;

(b) the role of parliamentary committees in reviewing and reporting on proposed treaty action and implementation;

(c) the role of other consultative bodies including the Commonwealth-State-Territory Standing Committee on Treaties and the Treaties Council;

(d) development of the national interest analysis and related materials currently presented to Parliament;

(e) the scope for independent assessment and analysis of treaties before ratification;

(f) the scope for government, stakeholder and independent review of treaties after implementation;

(g) the current processes for public and stakeholder consultation and opportunities for greater openness, transparency and accountability in negotiating treaties; and

(h) related matters.

Senator Di Natale to move:

That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 28 April 2015:

The details of Australia’s bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and in particular:

(a) the use of public funds;

(b) the tactics adopted;

(c) the individuals involved;

(d) the allegations of corruption contained in Mr Michael Garcia’s report to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA); and

(e) other matters pertaining to potentially inappropriate behaviour in relation to the bid.