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Monday, 17 September 2012
Page: 7045


Senator Marshall: to move:

That the time for the presentation of reports of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee be extended to the first sitting day in March 2013, as follows:

(a)   provisions of the Protecting Local Jobs (Regulating Enterprise Migration Agreements) Bill 2012; and

(b)   Fair Work Amendment (Small Business—Penalty Rates Exemption) Bill 2012.

Senator Wright : to move:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee on detention of minors be extended to 4 October 2012.

Senator Ludlam: to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) from 15 October 2012, the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) will visit India and will likely advance a bilateral uranium framework agreement while there,

(ii) the growing mass movement in India peacefully protesting nuclear reactors on grounds of health, safety and loss of livelihood due to radiation risks, and

(iii) brutal repression by the police and navy of the tens of thousands of peaceful protestors at the Koodankulam reactor, including two deaths due to police shootings, the latest being Mr Anthony Samy on 11 September 2012, and at least five related deaths over struggles against Koodankulam, Jaitapur (Maharashtra) and Gorakhpur (Haryana) nuclear power plants since 2010; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) make representations to Indian authorities on the democratic right to peaceful protest,

(ii)   recognise that, in the case of Koodankulam, nuclear reactors are being forced on local residents at gunpoint, and that uranium fuel loading is imminent despite 10 safety guidelines having not been met,

(iii)   promote the independence of India’s nuclear regulators from industry and government as best international practice,

(iv)   not sell uranium to countries that stand outside the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its associated safeguards system, and

(v)   implement recommendations made by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on bilateral uranium agreements.

Senator Waters: to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the intention of the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to transfer responsibility for protecting our nationally threatened species and wilderness places to state governments by March 2013, and

(ii) that the New South Wales Premier (Mr O’Farrell) is ready to sacrifice the iconic Australian koala for mining and development; and

(b) calls on the Government to retain responsibility for all major decisions on environmentally damaging projects that affect our nationally threatened species and wilderness places.

Senator Wright: to move:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises that:

(i) torture is a gross violation of human rights,

(ii) Australian, Mr David Hicks, experienced torture and cruel and degrading treatment during his detention in Guantanamo Bay, and

(iii) recent reports indicate that while incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay Mr Hicks was forcibly administered drugs such as mefloquine for non-therapeutic purposes, when it is known to cause psychotic side effects and brain damage; and

(b) calls on the Government to conduct an independent inquiry into Mr Hicks’ detention, treatment and unfair trial, including the role of the former Australian Government.

Senator Mason: to move:

That the Senate—

(a) supports the rights of Australians to peacefully protest and condemns violent protests;

(b) deplores the violence perpetrated by Islamic extremists during protests on 15 September 2012 in Sydney that led to the injury of police officers; and

(c) condemns Green Left Weekly for its publication of articles blaming police for the confrontation that was instigated by violent protestors.