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Tuesday, 11 August 2015
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Senator Rice to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) in April 2015, the Minister for the Environment up-listed Victoria's animal emblem, the Leadbeater's Possum, to critically endangered which is one category level prior to becoming extinct in the wild,

(ii) the 'Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan 2015-16—20 mammals by 2020' released by the Government on 16 July 2015 states that emergency intervention is required for this species, and

(iii) the scientific evidence states that the main threats to the Leadbeater's Possum habitat are native forest logging and fire, and that fire risk is exacerbated by logging activity; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) take urgent action to immediately protect the Leadbeater's Possum from extinction, including:

(A) immediately listing the montane ash forests of the Victorian Central Highlands on the Register of Critical Habitat, and

(B) working with the Victorian Government to implement an immediate moratorium on logging in the native forests of Victorian Central Highlands, while the taskforce considering the future of logging in these forests carries out its investigations, and

(ii) scrap the Regional Forest Agreement which entrenches industrial scale clear fell logging in these forests.

Senator O ' Sullivan to move:

That the Senate notes:

(a) that the opportunity now exists for Australian mango growers—a $110 million a year industry that produces the best mangoes in the world—to nominate for export to lucrative markets such as the United States of America, China, Japan and Korea;

(b) that a key to increasing farm gate returns for Australian producers is through creating new trade opportunities for Australia's agricultural sector;

(c) that since September 2013, the Government has achieved 42 key market access gains or restorations of suspended markets, and 14 key market access improvements or actions to maintain market access; and

(d) the knee-jerk reaction of the Australian Greens in opposing free-trade agreements places in jeopardy Australian producers' access to new markets and the growth of primary production export industries.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Training, no later than 11 am on Wednesday, 19 August 2015, all documents held by the Government in relation to the modelling or costings of impacts of the Government's proposed changes to higher education or funding for students, universities or other related changes regarding higher education not previously provided to the Senate, including but not limited to:

(a) the impact of removing caps on university fees charged to students;

(b) calculations of the potential impact on student fees, accumulated student HELP debt and loan costs, and interest rates where applicable;

(c) the effects of accumulated fee and loan costs for female graduates over their working lives;

(d) the level of public funding to public and for-profit higher and VET education providers, including the potential cost of cuts for individual institutions;

(e) cuts to course funding;

(f) the assessment of impacts of deregulation and funding on regional public universities; and

(g) access by lower income, regional and other students suffering disadvantage to a full choice of university courses.

Senator Fifield to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Aged Care Act 1997, and for related purposes. Aged Care Amendment (Independent Complaints Arrangements) Bill 2015.

Senator Williams, Senator Canavan and Senator O ' Sullivan to move:

That the Senate notes that:

(a) the beef industry is worth $8.5 billion to Australia;

(b) a report released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences [ABARES] shows that farm incomes are increasing for Australia's beef producers;

(c) beef producers in northern Australia have enjoyed a 98.1 per cent increase or around 50 per cent above the average for the previous 10 years;

(d) beef producers in southern Australia have seen their farm cash income increase from $38 100 a farm in 2013-14 to $64 000 a farm in 2014-15;

(e) increases in the numbers of cattle sold for live export and higher prices have resulted in the farm cash income in the northern live cattle export region increasing from an average of $143 000 in 2013-14 to $277 000 in 2014-15; and

(f) the Australian Government's free trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea, combined with the live cattle trade negotiations with China, ensure a strong and prosperous future for the beef industry.

Senator Brown to move:

That the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, from 9.40 am to 11 am, as follows:

(a) Wednesday, 12 August 2015;

(b) Wednesday, 19 August 2015;

(c) Wednesday, 9 September 2015;

(d) Wednesday, 16 September 2015;

(e) Wednesday, 14 October 2015;

(f) Wednesday, 11 November 2015;

(g) Wednesday, 25 November 2015; and

(h) Wednesday, 2 December 2015.

Senator McKenzie, Senator Wong , Senator Fierravanti-Wells and Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that netball is the largest female community-based sport in the world, with more than 70 nations competing and more than 21 million participants,

(ii) that netball is ranked as the leading women's participation team sport in Australia for 15-24 year olds, boasting more than 350 000 registered members with an estimated 1.2 million people nationwide who are involved in the game as players, umpires, coaches and administrators,

(iii) the important role netball plays in empowering young women and girls through competitive sport and teamwork,

(iv) the Netball World Cup is being held in Sydney, from 7 August


to 16 August 2015, with 16 nations playing a total of 64 matches over 10 days,

(v) that Australia has a strong record of success in World Cup matches, winning the sport's first gold medal in 1963 as well as a total of 109 of its 116 World Cup matches, and securing a record 10 World Cups, and

(vi) that the Australian Government invested $300 000 to support the participation of qualified teams from Zambia, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Malawi and Samoa at the 2015 Netball World Cup, removing the financial barriers for these nations to ensure they can compete in Sydney; and

(b) wishes:

(i) the Australian Diamonds, led by captain Ms Laura Geitz and coach Ms Lisa Alexander, great success as they chase a record 11th World Cup in Sydney, and

(ii) a successful and enjoyable World Cup for Australia and the 15 other competing nations.

Senator Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) with sadness that 4 August 2015 marked one year since the death of Ms Dhu in police custody in Western Australia, and

(ii) that the inquest into Ms Dhu's death still has not occurred and will not until the end of 2015, and that meanwhile fine defaulters are still being gaoled in Western Australia; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to continue to work with its state and territory counterparts to implement the remaining recommendations from the Deaths in Custody report.