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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
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Senator Smith to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates Ms Tanya Dupagne on being the national winner of the 2017 AgriFutures Rural Woman's Award for her tireless work and leadership in establishing Camp Kulin in regional Western Australia;

(b) acknowledges the work Camp Kulin undertakes in helping children, teenagers and young people, particularly supporting children who have experienced trauma and equipping them with invaluable life skills;

(c) recognises Camp Kulin' s contribution to much-needed support services in regional and rural Western Australia, and its significant role in educating and empowering children, teenagers and young people in the community; and

(d) acknowledges Ms Dupagne's commitment to expand her program to support women in the bush. (general business notice of motion no. 540)

Senator Smith to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that 1 November 2017 will mark the 3rd anniversary of the opening of the National Anzac Centre in Albany by the then Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand,

(ii) that the National Anzac Centre has recently welcomed its 200,000th visitor since its opening in 2014, and has again been recognised as one of the top museums in Australia in the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards for Museums, and

(iii) the significance of the visit to the National Anzac Centre by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2015; and

(b) acknowledges:

(i) that the National Anzac Centre, which looks over King George Sound - the final departure point for the first Anzac troops - has become one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations for both Australians and New Zealanders, and

(ii) the significant role the National Anzac Centre continues to play in preserving the Anzac story. (general business notice of motion no. 541)

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

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

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

(ii) the petition calls for a free vote on West Papuan independence, which the West Papuan people have been denied since Indonesian annexation in 1969, and for 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% of the West Papuan population, despite the Indonesian Government threatening those who signed it with arrest, and

(iv) the petition was 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;

(b) congratulates those who risked their safety and freedom by organising and signing the petition; 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. 542)

Senators Singh and Watt to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) remains concerned that conflict between minorities, including Rohingya Muslims, and armed forces in Myanmar's Rakhine State since 25 August 2017 has:

(i) caused the death and suffering of many people, almost all of them minorities in Rakhine State,

(ii) forced possibly more than 536,000 members of minorities in Rakhine State to flee to Bangladesh since 25 August 2017, approximately 94% of whom are Rohingya Muslims, and

(iii) completely prevented access to United Nations (UN) and Non-Government Organisation (NGO) aid agencies to the delivery of crucial supplies of food, water and medicine to the region;

(b) notes:

(i) that many of Rakhine State's 1.1 million Rohingya and other minorities live in tented camps and rely on UN and NGO aid for survival,

(ii) the deeply concerning details listed in the UN Secretary-General's remarks to the UN Security Council on 28 September 2017, including that 176 out of 471 Rohingya villages in Northern Rakhine have been totally abandoned, and

(iii) that more than half a million people from minorities in Rakhine State are already living in tented camps in Bangladesh, which itself is home to widespread poverty and inequality;

(c) echoes:

(i) the Minister for Foreign Affairs' (Ms Bishop) expressions of deep concern regarding the ongoing violence in Rakhine State and call for the protection of civilians, in accordance with international law and unfettered humanitarian access to affected areas,

(ii) the recommendations towards a peaceful, fair and prosperous future for the people of Rakhine, as detailed in the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State that was submitted to the Government of Myanmar on 23 August 2017, and

(iii) the UN Secretary-General's urging that all those who have fled to Bangladesh be able to exercise their right to a safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return to their homes; and

(d) urges:

(i) the Government of Myanmar to:

(A) recommit to the pursuit of peace and national reconciliation, and

(B) allow access to all parts of Rakhine State to allow for the provision of humanitarian aid,

(ii) the Minister for Foreign Affairs to do everything in her power to help alleviate the suffering in Rakhine State, and

(iii) the Turnbull Government to:

(A) pledge further funds to aid those affected by the violence in Rakhine State at the Donor Pledging Conference in Geneva on 23 October 2017, and

(B) increase pressure on the Government of Myanmar, particularly the military and security forces. (general business notice of motion no. 543)

Senator Watt to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers, be established to inquire into and report on the impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in Australia, with particular reference to:

(a) the future earnings, job security, employment status and working patterns of Australians;

(b) the different impact of that change on Australians, particularly on regional Australians, depending on their demographic and geographic characteristics;

(c) the wider effects of that change on inequality, the economy, government and society;

(d) the adequacy of Australia's laws, including industrial relations laws and regulations, policies and institutions to prepare Australians for that change;

(e) international efforts to address that change; and

(f) any related matters.

(2) That the committee present its final report on or before the first sitting Thursday in June 2018.

(3) That the committee consist of six senators, as follows:

(a) two nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b) two nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; and

(c) two nominated by minor party and independent senators.

(4) That:

(a) participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator; and

(b) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee.

(5) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(6) That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and as deputy chair one of the members nominated by minor party and independent senators.

(7) That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

(8) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(9) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(10) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(11) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President of the Senate.

(12) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public. (general business notice of motion no.544)

The Attorney-General (Senator Brandis): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Bankruptcy Act 1966, and for related purposes. Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) Bill 2017.

Senator Dodson to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That a joint select committee, to be known as the Joint Select Committee on Progress Towards Indigenous Recognition, be established to inquire into and report on pathways to constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, with particular reference to:

(a) consulting further with Indigenous Australians, academics and the broader community on the details of any proposal to go to referendum, including any design issues that might need clarification prior to a proposal being put to the people;

(b) working with constitutional experts to develop an appropriate question that genuinely reflects the recommendations of the Referendum Council;

(c) advising the Parliament on the necessary steps to be taken towards a referendum, including a proposed timeline;

(d) advising the Parliament on the appropriate steps that could be taken to ensure the referendum has the best possible chance of success, including proposals for a constitutional convention or other mechanisms for increasing the awareness of the proposal amongst the broader community; and

(e) advising the Parliament on any other matters in relation to constitutional recognition.

(2) That the committee present its final report on or before the first Tuesday in June 2018 on which both the Senate and the House of Representatives are sitting.

(3) That the committee consist of 11 members, as follows:

(a) two nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b) two nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate;

(c) two nominated by the Government Whip in the House of Representatives;

(d) two nominated by the Opposition Whip in the House of Representatives;

(e) one senator or member of the House of Representatives nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens;

(f) one senator nominated by minor party and independent senators; and

(g) one member of the House of Representatives nominated by minor party and independent members.

(4) That:

(a) participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, the Government Whip in the House of Representatives, the Opposition Whip in the House of Representatives, or any minority party or independent senator or member of the House of Representatives; and

(b) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee.

(5) That every nomination of a member of the committee be notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(6) That the members of the committee hold office as a joint select committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

(7) That Senate standing order 29 applies in determining a quorum in the committee and any subcommittees.

(8) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business, notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(9) That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and as deputy chair one of the members nominated by the Government Whip in the House of Representatives.

(10) That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

(11) That Senate standing order 31 applies to voting in the committee and any subcommittees.

(12) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(13) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(14) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(15) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

(16) That the committee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

(17) That the provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

(18) That a message be sent to the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence in this resolution. (general business notice of motion no. 545)

Senators Xenophon, Rhiannon and Lambie to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following matters be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day of May 2018:

Fraudulent, misleading and exploitative practices within the Australian casino industry, and reforms to regulatory frameworks for casinos to ensure:

(a) that suitable and fit and proper persons are operating or providing services to a casino;

(b) that consumer harm is minimised and responsible gambling is promoted;

(c) the integrity of the gambling systems operated;

(d) public confidence and trust in the casino industry;

(e) best practice standards of transparency, probity, whistleblowing protections and anti-corruption practices are met;

(f) that casinos are contributing a net economic benefit to regional and national economies;

(g) that Australia's national security interests are protected and not compromised by the commercial objectives of casino operators;

(h) that casinos are meeting international best practice regulatory benchmarks; and

(i) any other related matters.

Senators Kakoschke-Moore and Lambie to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) this year, Veterans' Health Week 2017 will be held from 21 to 29 October 2017, and the theme will be Physical Activity, and

(ii) the week is an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members, their families and friends to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing;

(b) encourages veterans, their families, friends and the wider community to participate in the many interactive activities which have been organised across Australia;

(c) congratulates Australia's lnvictus Games team's performance in Toronto achieving many personal bests in many of the events, including an all-Australian podium for the 50 metre women's freestyle, with a total 51 medal haul from this year's games;

(d) acknowledges that research published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2017 recommends that integrated health care strategies for improving psychological and physical health, as well as controlling risk factors, could improve the quality of life and survival of sufferers;

(e) recognises that:

(i) in addition to significant psychological effects, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with considerable physical comorbidity,

(ii) veterans with PTSD are more likely to suffer from physical illness and chronic disease than the general population or veterans without PTSD, and

(iii) the overall health and wellbeing of veterans must continue to be a primary focus for the Government; and

(f) calls on the Government to implement the recommendations of the report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee, The constant battle: Suicide by veterans, tabled in the Senate on 15 August 2017. (general business notice of motion no. 546)