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Monday, 29 February 2016
Page: 1305


Senator Lindgren to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Queensland Government’s North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Act 2011 will phase-out sand mining by 2019,

(ii) there is a commitment from the North Stradbroke Island community to address future gaps and challenges by utilising mining forward estimate contributions that could be injected into supporting the local economy,

(iii) a strategy of ecotourism cannot replace the economic disadvantage that will befall the unprepared community, and

(iv) the Australian Workers’ Union has labelled the phase-out of sand mining on the island by 2019 as ‘a kick in the guts’ for hundreds of workers living on the island and in the bayside communities; and

(b) calls on the Queensland Government to extend the mining lease to be compatible with the Council of Australian Governments ‘Closing the Gap’ agenda.

Senator Di Natale and Senator Gallagher to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend certain territory legislation to restore legislative powers concerning euthanasia and to repeal the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997, and for related purposes. Restoring Territory Rights (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2016.

Senator Smith to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) from 1 March 2016, Australians will have access to a new generation of medicines for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection in adults,

(ii) more than 230,000 Australians are currently living with hepatitis C, and each year about 700 deaths are attributable to chronic hepatitis C infection,

(iii) around 10,000 Australians are diagnosed with hepatitis C each year, and

(iv) less than two per cent of Australian patients currently seek treatment for the deadly and debilitating disease;

(b) recognises the Federal Government is investing more than $1 billion to make the new treatments available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme from 1 March 2016;

(c) acknowledges the breakthrough cures could all but eradicate hepatitis C within a generation; and

(d) commends the Government, the Department of Health, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, Hepatitis Australia, physicians, patients and all those who have worked tirelessly to ensure the broadest possible access to these new medicines.

Senator Waters to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Tibetan Plateau is the largest source of freshwater beyond the Arctic and Antarctic, a major driver of the global climate, the source of most of Asia’s major rivers, and an area of great significance to the global environment, and

(ii) traditional nomadic herding has provided Tibetans with resilient livelihoods and ensured the health of Tibetan grasslands, including maintaining biodiversity and soil carbon;

(b) expresses concern that:

(i) Tibetan nomads are leaving the grasslands, and that their displacement will have harmful impacts on their livelihood and culture as well as on Tibet’s fragile environment, and

(ii) construction of large dams and water diversion projects in the headwater regions will impact the environment and the livelihood of millions of people in the region;

(c) notes China’s many positive steps towards addressing the challenges of climate change, including reducing dependence on coal; and

(d) calls for acknowledgement of:

(i) the important role Tibetan nomads play in ensuring the health of Tibetan grasslands, and

(ii) the importance of Tibetans having a say over decisions that affect their land and livelihoods.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Canberra Airport currently displays large and prominent advertisements by some of the world’s biggest weapons manufacturers,

(ii) weapons of war are inappropriate images to greet visitors to our national capital, especially with direct international flights to Canberra to begin later in 2016, and

(iii) Canberra and Australia should be identified to visitors as places of unique historical, natural and cultural attractions, and not as primarily concerned with war machinery;

(b) congratulates the more than 1,500 citizens from Canberra and elsewhere who have petitioned Canberra Airport Management to remove the weapons advertisements; and

(c) supports their campaign to remove the weapons advertisements.

Senator Simms to move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges:

(i) that the South Australian automotive manufacturing industry has been an important part of the South Australian economy for over 50 years,

(ii) this difficult time for South Australian employees in the car manufacturing industry due to the scheduled closure of Holden’s Elizabeth plant, and

(iii) that globally, electric car manufacturing is one of the fastest growing industries in the world; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) develop a strategy to support South Australian workers as they transition into new jobs due to the closure of Holden’s Elizabeth plant, and

(ii) refocus automotive industry assistance to encourage investment in the manufacture of electric and other non-fossil-fuel-powered vehicles.

Senator Collins to move:

That the Senate supports the following reforms to the regulation of political donations:

(a) a donation disclosure threshold of $1,000;

(b) a ban on overseas donations;

(c) a $50 cap on anonymous donations; and

(b) action to prevent donation splitting that avoids disclosure obligations.

Senator Ryan to move:

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Increasing Consumer Choice) Bill 2016

Corporations Amendment (Life Insurance Remuneration Arrangements) Bill 2016

Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Bill 2016

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016

Tax Laws Amendment (Norfolk Island CGT Exemption) Bill 2016.

Senator Ryan to move:

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016, allowing it to be considered during this period of sittings.