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Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Senator Georgiou to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

   (a) notes that:

      (i) senators have a duty to act in the interests of both the nation and of the states they represent,

      (ii) in 2017-18, the GST (goods and services tax) revenue distribution to Australian states and territories averaged $2561 per person overall, however Western Australians received just $882 per person, being less than a third of the average,

      (iii) no other state or territory received less than $2200 per person, with Tasmanians receiving $4624, South Australians $3690 and Victorians $2389,

      (iv) in 2016-17, Western Australia accounted for 35% of the nation's exports, and Western Australia is by far the country's leading state on a balance of payments basis,

      (v) every other Australian state is subsidised by Western Australia and, according to analysis conducted by the Productivity Commission, over $3.6 billion a year is being drained from WA, and

      (vi) both Labor and Liberal Western Australian state governments have called on the Federal Government to increase Western Australia's GST distribution;

   (b) recognises that the government has the power to immediately increase the share of GST revenue that Western Australia receives; and

   (c) calls on the Government to increase the GST distribution share that Western Australia receives to at least the average level. (general business notice of motion no. 913)

Senator Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

   (a) notes:

      (i) the recent spate of horrific violent crimes against women,

      (ii) that the first duty of government is to ensure that its innocent citizens are protected from harm,

      (iii) that police cannot be everywhere at all times, so in order to ensure citizens are protected from harm, all citizens must have the absolute right to self-defence,

      (iv) that the ability of individuals to defend themselves varies with the strength, age, fitness and skill of the individual, with women and the elderly generally more vulnerable,

      (v) that vulnerable people need some form of defence against violent individuals of superior strength,

      (vi) the non-lethal nature of pepper spray, mace and tasers and the fact that prior training or skill is not required to use them for self-defence, and

      (vii) the ease, affordability and convenience of pepper spray, mace and tasers as a means of self-defence by women;

   (b) accepts that access to a means of self-protection by women in particular would provide greatly increased security and confidence that they will not become just another assault, rape or murder statistic; and

   (c) calls on the Australian Government to:

      (i) allow the importation of pepper spray, mace and tasers for individual self-defence, and

      (ii) encourage state governments to legalise and actively promote the carrying of pepper spray, mace and tasers by women for personal protection. (general business notice of motion no. 914)

Senator Farrell to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence (Senator Payne), by no later than 3.30 pm on 28 June 2018, the schedule of special purpose flights for the period from 1 July to 31 December 2017. (general business notice of motion no. 915)

Senator Collins to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

   (a) notes that:

      (i) company profits have increased by 5.8% over the year, which is almost three times as much as wages,

      (ii) penalty rates for 7277 workers in the electorate of Braddon, and 11,850 workers in the electorate of Longman, will decrease again on 1 July 2018, and

      (iii) the Turnbull Government continues to hold a policy that would give multinational companies an $80 billion tax cut; and

   (b) condemns the Turnbull Government for its failure to support low-paid workers, and instead protect the interests of big business. (general business notice of motion no. 916)

Senator Griff to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

   (a) acknowledges that on 25 July 2018, the world's first IVF (in-vitro-fertilisation) baby, Louise Joy Brown, celebrates her 40th birthday;

   (b) notes that:

      (i) IVF clinics provide a valuable service to the Australian community,

      (ii) there is a lack of publicly available performance data for individual IVF clinics - an annual report is produced by the University of New South Wales's National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU), but it only provides a national overview of the performance of participating clinics,

      (iii) no clinic-specific information is made public - IVF clinics can choose what information they disclose, if any, relating to their own success rates,

      (iv) according to the 2014 NPESU report, live birth rates between fertility clinics varied from between 9% and 24% for fresh cycles, and in 2012, the difference in live birth rates between clinics was as low as 4% and as high as 31%, the most recent report, for 2015, did not disclose these statistics,

      (v) in 2015, Richard Henshaw, a senior fertility expert with the Monash group of IVF clinics told the ABC's AM program that clinics in the top 25th percentile cost Medicare around $2 million to produce 100 live births, and clinics in the bottom 25th percentile cost Medicare triple that amount to produce 100 live births,

      (vi) the average cost of one IVF cycle in Australia (excluding other ancillary treatments) is $9290, with estimated out of pocket costs being $4502,

      (vii) lack of transparency rewards poor performing clinics while denying consumers the opportunity to make an informed choice about their treatment options,

      (viii) in the United States of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publish performance data for 463 IVF clinics in a searchable database, broken down by procedures, pregnancies and live birth rates, and

      (ix) in the United Kingdom, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority publishes broad performance data for individual clinics and allows patients to rate clinics and see whether the clinic meets formal inspector standards; and

   (c) calls on the Federal Government to work with industry to publish individual clinic performance data in a searchable database to ensure Australian families are able to make an informed choice in relation to their fertility treatment. (general business notice of motion no. 917)

Senator Duniam to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 September 2018:

   The extent to which gaming micro-transactions for chance-based items, sometimes referred to as 'loot boxes', may be harmful, with particular reference to:

   (a) whether the purchase of chance-based items, combined with the ability to monetise these items on third-party platforms, constitutes a form of gambling; and

   (b) the adequacy of the current consumer protection and regulatory framework for in-game micro transactions for chance-based items, including international comparisons, age requirements and disclosure of odds.

Senator O ' Sullivan to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

   (a) notes with concern:

      (i) the current deteriorating economic and political situation in Venezuela, one of the richest countries in Latin America until it turned to socialism in 1999 and embraced anti-private-sector policies, spent recklessly and racked up huge amounts of debt,

      (ii) that the GDP of Venezuela has halved over recent years and is predicted to fall a further 15%; unemployment is currently at 30%; hyperinflation is running at 13,000%; and the currency has been devalued by 99.9%,

      (iii) that the International Monetary Fund has stated that Venezuela is in economic crisis and censured Venezuela for failing to take remedial measures,

      (iv) that Human Rights Watch has stated that: no independent government institutions remain to act as a check on executive power and that the Venezuelan Government under Maduro and previously under Chávez has stacked the courts with judges who make no pretence of independence; that the Government has repressed dissent through often-violent crackdowns on street protests, jailing opponents, and prosecuting civilians in military courts and has also stripped power from the opposition-led legislature; due to severe shortages of medicines, medical supplies and food, many Venezuelans cannot adequately feed their families or access the most basic healthcare; that in response to the human rights and humanitarian crisis, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing the country; and that other persistent concerns include poor prison conditions, impunity for human rights violations, and harassment by government officials of human rights defenders and independent media outlets,

      (v) that Amnesty International has reported that Venezuela remained in a state of emergency, repeatedly extended since January 2016; a National Constituent Assembly was elected without the participation of the opposition; the Attorney General was dismissed under irregular circumstances; security forces continued to use excessive and undue force to disperse protests; hundreds of people were arbitrarily detained; that there were many reports of torture and other ill-treatment, including sexual violence against demonstrators; the judicial system continued to be used to silence dissidents, including using military jurisdiction to prosecute civilians; human rights defenders were harassed, intimidated and subject to raids; conditions of detention were extremely harsh; the food and health crises continued to worsen, especially affecting children, people with chronic illness and pregnant women; and that the number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in other countries increased,

      (vi) that the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, Mr Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, has said Venezuela's presidential election did not in any way fulfil minimal conditions for free and credible elections and that his office had received credible reports of hundreds of extra-judicial killings in recent years, both during protests and security operations; and

   (b) condemns calls by divisions of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) to support the brutal and corruptly elected regime in Venezuela and calls on the Australian Council of Trade Unions to do the same. (general business notice of motion no. 918)

Senator Patrick to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

   (a) notes that:

      (i) on 20 June 2018, the Senate agreed to an order for the production of documents directed at the Minister representing the Minister for Defence Industry (Senator Payne) for the following from the Final Cost Estimate Template that DCNS submitted in response to the Future Submarine Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP):

         (A) the summary sheet total 'Australian Build Price', and

         (B) the total sustainment cost from year one to year 40, including labour, material and other costs,

      (ii) the Minister has not tabled the information and has advanced a claim of public interest immunity on the basis that the material is commercially confidential, and

      (iii) it is a long accepted view that total values are not commercial in confidence, noting the following:

         (A) total costs that do not detail the scope of supply and/or services offered do not reveal any commercially sensitive information,

         (B) AUSTENDER publishes total costs of all contracts,

         (C) on 3 April 2018, the Department of Defence publicly released the total offer price in Luerssen's Offshore Patrol Vessel tender responses,

         (D) the numbers sought in the order are for prices for a pre-concept design to meet purported unique requirements of the Royal Australian Navy's submarine force, not a real submarine design,

         (E) the Department of Defence recognises the pre-concept design numbers in the tender response bear little resemblance to the likely cost of the submarines and their sustainment, which will be finalised in 2022, following the conclusion of a critical design project review,

         (F) the prices being requested are not subject to any tender or ongoing negotiations,

         (G) the future submarine CEP tender documents provided to DCNS stated that the contractor acknowledges that as a Commonwealth agency, the Commonwealth is subject to legislative and administrative accountability and transparency requirements of the Commonwealth, including disclosures to ministers and other government representatives, the Parliament and its committees, and

         (H) total cost information is information to which the Senate must have access to ensure it can properly perform its oversight functions; and

   (b) does not accept the public interest immunity claim made by the Minister representing the Minister for Defence Industry in relation to the order for the production of documents numbered 862, and requires the Minister to table documents in full compliance with order for the production of documents numbered 862 by the conclusion of business on 28 June 2018. (general business notice of motion no. 919)

Senator Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

   (a) notes that:

      (i) the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry ('the Royal Commission') has received more than 6800 submissions,

      (ii) the Royal Commission is underfunded and does not have adequate time to hear submissions from many regional farmers, and

      (iii) as reported in The Australian on 26 June 2018, the Royal Commission's Letters Patent are drafted in a way that excludes receivers, administrators and insolvency professionals, who often act unconscionably and unethically towards farmers; and

   (b) calls on the Government to:

      (i) facilitate the amendment of the Letters Patent to include examination of the conduct of administrators, receivers, controllers, restructuring advisors, turnaround advisors, pre-insolvency advisors or insolvency practitioners, particularly when these entities act against farmers,

      (ii) extend the final reporting period by 12 months to enable the Royal Commission to hear more submissions, and

      (iii) increase funding to the Royal Commission to enable it to hear more submissions. (general business notice of motion no. 920)

Senator Hanson-Young to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

   (a) considers that all governmental agencies, when invited, should seek to participate willingly and transparently with the ongoing South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission; and

   (b) condemns the Government for its decision to prevent the Murray-Darling Basin Authority from appearing before the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission. (general business notice of motion no. 921)

Senator Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate recognises the significant threat posed by China to the national security and democratic process of Australia. (general business notice of motion no. 922)

Senators Whish-Wilson, Burston, Hinch, Anning, Patrick, Leyonhjelm and Georgiou to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

   (a) notes that, at the Brisbane hearings of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, Commissioner Hayne has stated that:

      (i) not everyone who wants their case to be dealt with publicly will be called before the Royal Commission, and

      (ii) examination of farm finance case studies was going to take longer than expected, and has delayed examination of natural disaster insurance cases as a result;

   (b) notes that the above illustrates that the Royal Commission has not been given sufficient time to properly examine all of the issues within its terms of reference; and

   (c) calls on the Government to extend the Royal Commission by a period of at least twelve months. (general business notice of motion no. 923)

Senator Hanson to move on 13 August 2018:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for a plebiscite at the next general election in relation to the level of migration to Australia, and for related purposes. Plebiscite (Future Migration Level) Bill 2018. (general business notice of motion no. 924)

Senators Cormann, Wong, Payne, Farrell, Hinch, Griff, Bernardi, Hanson, Burston and Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

   (a) notes that:

      (i) Australian and United States (US) troops first fought together in and won the Battle of Hamel on the Western Front in France on 4 July 1918, under the command of Australian General John Monash,

      (ii) the hard fought victory achieved by the combined forces at Hamel helped turn the tide of World War I,

      (iii) Australia has fought together with the US in every major conflict since 1918,

      (iv) more than 100,000 Australian service members have given the ultimate sacrifice alongside fellow servicemen and women from the US,

      (v) Australia and the United States of America officially established bilateral diplomatic relations on 8 January 1940,

      (vi) Australia and the US formalised their security alliance with the signing of the Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty, at San Francisco on 1 September 1951 (commonly known as the ANZUS Treaty),

      (vii) the ANZUS Treaty was invoked for the first and only time in response to the terrorist attacks on the US on 11 September 2001,

      (viii) Australia and the US share information essential for security and defence through the Five Eyes intelligence alliance,

      (ix) the Force Posture Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America, made on 12 August 2014 in Sydney, enables closer security and defence cooperation between the two allies,

      (x) Australia and the US conduct diverse joint military exercises and training to enhance capabilities throughout the world, and Australia hosts US Marines at bases in the Northern Territory,

      (xi) Australia and the US work closely in a number of international fora, including the Group of Twenty (G20),

      (xii) the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement, signed on 18 May 2004 in Washington, came into effect on 1 January 2005,

      (xiii) Australia and the US conduct $68.5 billion in two way trade and have an investment relationship valued at $1.6 trillion, and

      (xiv) 4 July 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Hamel and serves as the date on which Australia and the US celebrate the first 100 years of Mateship;

   (b) commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Hamel, forging the unique and enduring relationship between Australia and the US;

   (c) reaffirms the strong military alliance between Australia and the US; and

   (d) supports continued diplomatic, security, and economic cooperation between Australia and the US. (general business notice of motion no. 925)

Senator Burston to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources (Senator Canavan), by no later than 10 am on 20 July 2018, all documents and correspondence:

   (a) relating to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources 2016-17 assessment of New South Wales (NSW) compliance with the National Partnership Agreement on Implementing Water Reform in the Murray-Darling Basin;

   (b) from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to the NSW Government or the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources relating to the 2016-17 assessment of NSW compliance with the National Partnership Agreement on Implementing Water Reform in the Murray-Darling Basin; and

   (c) from the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to the NSW Government or the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources relating to the 2016-17 assessment of NSW compliance with the National Partnership Agreement on Implementing Water Reform in the Murray-Darling. (general business notice of motion no. 926)