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Thursday, 30 November 2017
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Senator Williams to move 15 sitting days after today:

That the ASIC Credit (Flexible Credit Cost Arrangements) Instrument 2017/780, made under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009, be disallowed [F2017L01141].

Senators Steele-John and Siewert to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 3 December 2017 is the 25th anniversary of International Day of People with Disability, with the theme of 'Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all', premised on the resilience of those in vulnerable situations and the reduction of their exposure and vulnerability to economic, social, and environmental shocks, as well as disasters,

   (ii) the Community Affairs References Committee held an inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings during the 44th Parliament,

   (iii) on 25 November 2015, the Community Affairs References Committee tabled its report containing 30 recommendations, the headline recommendation calling for a royal commission into the issue,

   (iv) on 2 March 2017, the Government responded to the recommendations in this report, where it refused to commit to a royal commission, and

   (v) in May 2017, more than 120 academics from around Australia signed an open letter urging the Prime Minister to act on the headline recommendation of the Senate inquiry, and a civil society statement from Disabled People's Organisations Australia and endorsed by 163 organisations and groups and over 380 individuals called for a royal commission; and

(b) calls on the Government to reconsider its decision and commit to a royal commission into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings. (general business notice of motion no. 628)

Senator Di Natale to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 1 December is West Papuan National Flag Day, commemorating the day in 1961 when the New Guinea Council - West Papua's Parliament under Dutch colonial rule - raised the Morning Star flag for the first time, signalling the Netherlands' recognition of West Papua's statehood, and

   (ii) since Indonesia formally annexed West Papua in 1969, West Papuans have been waiting for the opportunity to determine their own future, having been denied the right to self-determination;

(b) further notes that:

   (i) on 26 September 2017, the West Papuan People's Petition was presented to the United Nations Decolonisation Committee by Mr Benny Wenda, International Spokesman for United Liberation Movement for West Papua,

   (ii) the petition called for a free vote on West Papuan independence and the appointment of a United Nations representative to investigate human rights violations by Indonesian authorities,

   (iii) the petition was signed by 1.8 million West Papuans, representing more than 70 per cent of the West Papuan population, despite the Indonesian Government threatening those who signed it with arrest, and

   (iv) the petition circulated against a backdrop of reports of abuses by security forces, including extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detention, excessive use of force and mistreatment of peaceful protesters; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government to support West Papuans' claims for self­-determination, and their demands for a United Nations investigation of human rights abuses. (general business notice of motion no. 629)

Senator Di Natale to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) the upcoming visit to Parliament House by "alt-right" figure Mr Milo Yiannopoulos, at the invitation of Senator Leyonhjelm, for a conversation and Q&A in the Mural Hall, and

   (ii) that Mr Yiannopoulos' behaviour is so offensive that he has been permanently banned by Twitter for "inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others";

(b) confirms that Australia's Federal Parliament is a place that celebrates and encourages a diversity of opinions, as long as those views are expressed respectfully;

(c) condemns any senator who seeks to use Australia's Parliament to provide a platform to any person who preaches hate and incites abuse and harassment of women, Jews, and members of the LBGTIQ and multicultural communities; and

(d) calls on the President of the Senate to revoke permission for Mr Yiannopoulos to speak at Parliament House. (general business notice of motion no. 630)

Senator Siewert to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges:

   (i) the contributions of charities and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and their advocacy on issues that matter to Australians, including human rights, social services, foreign aid and development, environmental protection and medical research, and

   (ii) the important role these organisations and their advocacy play in Australia's democracy;

(b) notes the Government's attempts to limit their ability to engage in advocacy on the matters and causes they champion; and

(c) expresses its support for these charities and not-for-profit organisations and their advocacy. (general business notice of motion no. 631)

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

That the Senate—

(a) Notes that:

   (i) On 3 December 2017, the world will observe International Day of People with a Disability, an opportunity to focus on how society can strive for inclusivity through the removal of barriers for people with disabilities.

   (ii) The theme of this year's International Day of People with a Disability is "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all". This reflects an ambition, grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to empower people with disabilities to be active contributors to society through increasing access to justice, infrastructure and accessible communities.

   (iii) People with a disability are the largest and most disadvantaged minority in the world and make up approximately 15 per cent of the global population. Around 80 per cent of all people with a disability live in a developing count ry.

   (iv) In developing countries, people with disabilities and their families are more likely to be poor and remain poor because of higher living costs, barriers to education, health and employment opportunities, and unpaid caring responsibilit ies.

   (v) To be effective in reducing poverty, development efforts must actively include and benefit people with disabilities.

   (vi) Australia's Development for All Strategy is being implemented through the Australian aid program and through our diplomatic eff ort s. It aims to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities through

Enhancing participation and empowerment of people with disabilities as contributors, leaders and decision-makers in community, government and the private sector

Reducing poverty among people with disabilities

Improving equality of people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including service provision, education and employment.

(b) Recognises:

   (vii) That Australia is committed to protecting and strengthening civil society, including disabled people's organisations, internationally.

   (viii) That Australia is widely regarded internationally as a global leader in promoting disability inclusive development and disability right s.

   (ix) That the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper identifies the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities as a key focus for Australia's term on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Senator Moore to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following matter be referred to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 29th November 2018:

Senate Inquiry into the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG}, with particular reference to:

a. What is the understanding and awareness of the SDGs across the Australian government and in the wider Australian community?

b. What are the potential costs, benefits and opportunities for Australia in the domestic implementation of the SDGs?

c. What governance structures and accountability measures are required at the national, state and local levels of government to ensure an integrated approach to implementing the SDGs that is both meaningful

and achieves real outcomes?

d. How can performance against the SDGs be monitored and communicated in a way that engages government, businesses and the public, and allows effective review of the Australia's performance by civil society?

e. What SDGs are currently being addressed by Australia's ODA program?

f. Which of the SDGs is Australia best suited to achieving through our ODA program, and should Australia's ODA be consolidated to focus on achieving core SDGs?

g. How are countries in the Indo-Pacific responding to implementing the SDGs and which of the SDGs have been prioritised by countries receiving Australia's ODA? How could these priorities be incorporated into Australia's ODA program?

h. Are there examples of best practice in how other countries are implementing the SDGs that Australia could learn from?

Senator Wong to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(l) notes the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen where 21 million Yemeni

are reliant on humanitarian assistance;

(2) observes this situation is being made worse by the ongoing disruption to the free movement of life saving humanitarian assistance with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs raising grave concern about the impact on the capacity to respond to the continued Cholera outbreak and the growing incidents of Diphtheria

(3) welcomes reports that United Nations planes and a single ship have been given access to Yemen in recent days, allowing much needed humanitarian supplies to be distributed;

(4) believes that with 7 million Yemeni on the brink of famine and estimates of 130 children dying daily, it is imperative all parties ensure the free entry and movement of life saving humanitarian assistance within Yemen; and

(5) calls on all parties to heed the calls of the United Nations and international non-government organisations operating in Yemen to allow the free movement of humanitarian and commercial trade.

Senate adjourned at 18:32