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7           Notices

Senator Dean Smith: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes the following West Australians who received Queen’s Birthday Honours on 8 June 2020, for exceptional service to our community:

(i)                    in the General Division:

(A)                 Officer of the Order of Australia (AO): Mr Colin Beckett, Ms Denise Goldsworthy, Mr Ronald Manners, and Professor Bryant Stokes RFD,

(B)                 Member of the Order of Australia (AM): Mr David Airey, Dr John Byrne, Mr Michael Dillon, Professor Neil Drew, Mr Kevin Edwards, Ms Margaret Halsmith, Mr Ian Kaye-Eddie ASM, Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, Ms Marie Joan Kormendy, Ms Kate Lamont, Mr Ross Ledger, Professor Rhonda Marriott, Mr Abe Schneider, Mr Ross Shardlow, Ms Donna Shepherd, Dr Bryan Smith, Reverend Dr Elizabeth Smith, Dr Alastair Tulloch, and Mr Mike Wood, and

(C)                 Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM): Dr Edmond Adler, Ms Fay Alford, Mrs Jillian Barton, Mrs Kristine Carter, Mr Neville Clark, Mr John Coles, Ms Robyn Devenish, Mrs Robin Dunham, Dr Barry Fatovich, Ms Tammy Flett, Mrs Gloria Grocott, Mr Michael Gusterson, Mr Christopher Hammond, Mr Noel Hoffman, Mrs June Hutchison, Mrs Helen James, Mr Donald McClements, Ms Janice McGlinn, Ms Helen McIntyre, Mr Ian Miffling, Mr James Mumme, Mr Noel Nancarrow, Mrs Phyllis Proud, Colonel Michael Romalis (Retd), Mr Malcolm Seymour, and Mr Muuki Taylor,

(ii)                  Meritorious Awards:

(A)                 Public Service Medal (PSM): Mr Michael Barnes, Ms Heather Brayford and Mr John Fischer,

(B)                 Australian Police Medal (APM): Detective Sergeant Alan Millar, Sergeant Siobhan O’Loughlin, Inspector Shane Sadler, and Superintendent Valdo Sorgiovanni,

(C)                 Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM): Mr James Armanasco, Mr Warren Day, and Mr Peter Sutton, and

(D)                Emergency Services Medal (ESM): Mr Danny Goodlad and Mr David Price,

(iii)                in the Military Division, Member of the Order of Australia (AM): Colonel Steven Gaunt, and

(iv)                Distinguished and Conspicuous Awards:

(A)                 Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC): Commander Barry Carmichael Ran and Captain Paul Johnson RAN, 

(B)                 Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM): Lieutenant Commander Siobhan Sturdy RAN; and 

(b)              recognises the distinguished service that all Western Australian Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients have made to the Australian community. ( general business notice of motion no. 655 )

Senator Brown: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              congratulates the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on its decision to include Auslan as a language option in the 2021 Australian census; and

(b)              acknowledges:

(i)                    the advocacy of Deaf Australia and other deaf and hard-of-hearing organisations that has led to this decision by the ABS, and

(ii)                  that recognition of Auslan and access to Auslan interpreters and interpretation is vital if deaf and hard-of-hearing Australians are to live full and included lives in our community, and an important part of that inclusion is recognition in the Australian census. ( general business notice of motion no. 656 )

Senators Lines, Sheldon, Walsh, Watt and Wong: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that Monday, 15 June 2020 is International Day of Justice for Cleaners;

(b)              acknowledges and sincerely thanks:

(i)                    cleaners all over the world for their vitally important work at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic,

(ii)                  Australian cleaners, who have contributed to significantly flattening the curve of COVID-19 cases across the country whilst putting their own health at risk,

(iii)                hospital cleaners, who have been particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic where they have risked their lives on a daily basis ensuring that our hospitals remain free from COVID-19 outbreaks, and

(iv)                cleaners at Parliament House, for keeping us safe; and

(c)              recognises the hard work and steadfast advocacy of the United Workers Union and Health Services Union in representing cleaners across Australia. ( general business notice of motion no. 657 )

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that on Thursday, 11 June 2020 the Prime Minister said in a radio interview that ‘there was no slavery in Australia’, 

(b)              acknowledges that:

(i)                    First Nations peoples worked on farms and pastoral stations for rations instead of wages; they were traded amongst settlers, with children being taken from their families and moved across the country to work,

(ii)                  First Nations peoples’ wages were stolen, 

(iii)                First Nations peoples had restrictions placed on them, such as restrictions on movement and choice - for example people had to apply for permission to travel and what they could purchase and where they could live, 

(iv)                First Nations peoples were subject to forced labour,

(v)                  at least 60,000 South Sea islanders were taken to Australia from 1857 to 1908, where they worked largely in cotton, sugar and pastoral industries in a process named ‘blackbirding’, and

(vi)                there are many other examples of such abuse; and

(c)              calls on the Prime Minister to withdraw these comments, apologise and engage in a genuine process of truth-telling about Australia’s history. ( general business notice of motion no. 658 )

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    the robodebt and the income compliance program has caused enormous harm and trauma to hundreds of thousands of Australians, and

(ii)                  the Government has not genuinely apologised to robodebt victims;

(b)              acknowledges that:

(i)                    the Government is only refunding illegal debts from 2015, which will leave many victims behind, and

(ii)                  the social and economic costs of this program have not been fully identified and examined; and

(c)              calls on the Government to establish a Royal Commission into robodebt to examine all elements of this program. ( general business notice of motion no. 659 )

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer, by 2 pm on 18 June 2020, all documents relating to:

(a)              negotiations between the Australian Government and the lessor of the Abbotsford (Yarra) Service Centre, including ongoing lease negotiations;

(b)              consideration of other locations for the Yarra Service Centre; and

(c)              any planned Service Centre closures across Australia. ( general business notice of motion no. 660 )

Senator Faruqi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                    that the New South Wales (NSW) Government has included the former IBM site at 55 Coonara Avenue ,West Pennant Hills in its planning acceleration program, despite the proposal for rezoning from business to residential and environmental use being opposed by the Hills Shire Council and Hornsby Shire Council,

(ii)                  that the proposal for high-density residential development on the site requires the removal of 2,000 trees, including Blue Gum High Forest and Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest in the Sydney Basin Bioregion, both of which are listed as a critically endangered ecological communities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ,

(iii)                the sustained opposition of local residents, civic associations, environmentalists and elected councillors to the development,

(iv)                that the NSW Natural Resource Commission has identified the Sydney Basin Bioregion as being at ‘high biodiversity risk’, and

(v)                  that land clearing has turned Australia into a global deforestation hot-spot and is exacerbating the climate emergency;

(b)              opposes the destruction of ecological communities listed as critically endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ; and 

(c)              calls on the NSW Government to reject Mirvac’s rezoning application and instead convert the Cumberland State Forest and adjacent forest at 55 Coonara Avenue, West Pennant Hills into national park. ( general business notice of motion no. 661 )

Senator Faruqi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    Australian universities are facing massive losses in revenue as a result of falling enrolments during the COVID-19 crisis, and

(ii)                  universities across the country have begun to announce job cuts, with up to 30,000 jobs expected to be lost;

(b)              calls on vice-chancellors to prioritise retaining staff, including those on casual and fixed-term contracts, in their responses to revenue losses; and 

(c)              calls on the Government to include all universities in the JobKeeper scheme. ( general business notice of motion no. 662 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    the Senate passed the Australian Greens’ National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) on 9 September 2019, to establish a Federal corruption watchdog with broad remit to investigate allegations of corruption and misconduct, and to ensure strong, independent oversight of the actions of parliamentarians,

(ii)                  the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) was sent to the House of Representatives for debate on 10 September 2019, but has yet to be debated,

(iii)                on 10 February 2020, the Senate resolved to call on the House to vote on the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2),

(iv)                the Government ignored this call and has prevented all attempts to debate and vote on the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) in the House,

(v)                  public consultation on the Commonwealth Integrity Commission model proposed by the Government ended nearly eighteen months ago, but the Government has yet to introduce legislation to establish an integrity commission,

(vi)                in May 2020, the Attorney-General said that legislation to establish a Commonwealth Integrity Commission would be further delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite an exposure draft being ‘ready for release’, and

(vii)              polls consistently show that the majority of Australians support the establishment of a strong national integrity body;

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to bring on the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) in the House of Representatives for a vote in the June 2020 sittings; and

(c)              transmits this resolution to the House of Representatives for concurrence. ( general business notice of motion no. 663 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters) and Senator Faruqi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that the Government:

(i)                    continues to exclude over 1 million casual workers from the JobKeeper payment,

(ii)                  has announced it will axe the JobKeeper payment for childcare sector workers on 20 July 2020, and

(iii)                has agreed to consider Labor’s call to reduce the JobKeeper payment for low income earners; 

(b)              further notes that the above issues negatively impact women, as:

(i)                    women have been hit hardest by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,

(ii)                  women account for a disproportionate share of the casual workforce,

(iii)                in February 2020, the full-time average weekly earnings of women was $1,508, so reducing the JobKeeper payment for low income workers will have a significant impact on women,

(iv)                women’s underemployment ratio now sits at an unprecedented 16%, compared to 14% for men, and

(v)                  the last census indicates that over 90% of childcare sector workers are women; 

(c)              also notes that the Government’s stimulus response disproportionately benefits men, fails to support low-paid and female-dominated industries, and undervalues unpaid labour activities, which are largely performed by women; and

(d)             calls on the Government to support women in work instead of continuing to prioritise measures that will see women lose hours, lose jobs and lose income. ( general business notice of motion no. 664 )

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    streaming ‘video on demand’ services have no Australian content obligations requiring them to produce or show Australian-made TV shows, documentaries or films, despite having an increasing market share,

(ii)                  research shows that two thirds of Australians support laws requiring streaming services to show and fund locally made shows and films, and

(iii)                Australian stories are vital for our culture and social fabric and the sustainability of our arts and entertainment industry; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to require tech giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Stan to back and fund Australian-made stories. ( general business notice of motion no. 665 )