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9           Notices

Senators Sterle and Gallacher: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                    the Government’s failure to provide a response to the reports of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (the Committee) on aspects of road safety in Australia,

(ii)                  that, in 2018, the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation and References Committees each sent a letter to the Minister, drawing attention to the Committee’s reports into aspects of road safety in Australia,

(iii)                that the Committee received correspondence in reply from the Minister, advising that the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development was ‘consulting with other portfolios to finalise the Australian Government response to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee inquiry into aspects of road safety in Australia’,

(iv)                that it has now been a further nine months since the Minister’s advice to the Committee that a government response to its road safety reports was being finalised, and a government response has still not been presented to the Senate, and

(v)                  significant concern about this lack of response, given the importance of improving road safety in Australia and preventing unnecessary deaths on our roads;

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                    respond to the Committee’s recommendations in reports presented in 2016 and 2017, so that the recently established Joint Select Committee on Road Safety can properly consider the best ways to reduce road accident rates and deaths on Australian roads, and

(ii)                  take immediate action to implement the recommendations of the Committee’s road safety inquiry; and

(c)              requires the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development to table, by no later than 3.30 pm on 14 November 2019, the government response to the Committee’s reports. ( general business notice of motion no. 231 )

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

(a)              recognises that there is a crisis in Australia in the exploitation of migrant workers;

(b)              notes the findings in a report, dated November 2017, Wage theft in Australia: Findings of the National Temporary Migrant Work Survey , authored by the Migrant Worker Justice Initiative, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney, that include:

(i)                    two-thirds of migrant workers reporting that their employer, at one point or another, failed to provide a payslip - with 44% reporting that they had never received a payslip for their work,

(ii)                  28% of workers in the hospitality industry experiencing their employer confiscating their passport,

(iii)                30% of survey participants earning $12 per hour or less - this is approximately half the minimum wage for a casual employee in many of the jobs in which temporary migrants work, and

(iv)                46% of participants earning $15 per hour or less;

(c)              notes an October 2018 report, by the Migrant Worker Justice Initiative which found that fewer than one in 10 (9%) migrant workers took action to recover unpaid wages, even though most know that they were being underpaid;

(d)             commends UnionsNSW and the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre for their Visa Assist program which provides free legal advice and assistance to migrant union members; and

(e)              notes that, despite accepting all of the recommendations contained in the report of the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce, released on 7 March 2019, the Federal Government has failed to act on recommendations 3 to 9, 11 to 13 and 18 to 22. ( general business notice of motion no. 232 )

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

(a)              congratulates all finalists and recipients of the 2020 South Australian of the Year awards;

(b)              further congratulates eye surgeon and blindness prevention pioneer, Dr James Muecke, AM, for being honoured as South Australian of the Year for 2020;

(c)              recognises that Dr Muecke, AM, has dedicated his working life to fighting blindness prevention and ophthalmic research;

(d)             notes that in 2000, Dr Muecke, AM, co-founded Vision Myanmar at the South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, a $1 million program that has developed and operated eye health and blindness initiatives in the Southeast Asian nation;

(e)              further notes that Dr Muecke, AM, is the founder and chairman of Sight for All, a social impact organisation which aims to create a world where everyone can see;

(f)               acknowledges that Sight for All creates low-cost programs to fight blindness through research, education and infrastructure, and is closely involved in projects operating in Ethiopia, nine Asian countries, and in mainstream and Aboriginal communities across Australia;

(g)              notes that, according to the Institute of Health and Welfare, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 40 years, have 6 times the rate of blindness of other Australians, and that 94% of vision loss in Indigenous Australians is preventable or treatable; and

(h)             calls on the Federal Government to correct the marked under-resourcing of specialist eye services provided to remote and disadvantaged communities, when compared with the national average. ( general business notice of motion no. 233 )

Senator Steele-John :To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that, in October 2019, the Conservation Council of Western Australia released its ‘Clean State’ report, which found that:

(i)                    LNG production in Western Australia  is the fastest-growing pollution source in Australia, and has been the primary driver of recent national emissions growth,

(ii)                  the rapid expansion in LNG production in Western Australia, in combination with inadequate carbon pollution controls, has had a dramatic impact on the State’s total emissions - while all other states’ emissions are falling, Western Australia’s have risen by 23% since 2005,

(iii)                Chevron and Woodside are responsible for most of this pollution and there are no effective controls on their operations,

(iv)                over the next 12 years, the total cumulative emissions from Western Australia’s five current LNG facilities (384Mt) will cancel out the entire amount of abatement expected to be delivered under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) (375Mt), and that at a total cost of $4.55 billion the ERF is effectively an Australian taxpayer-funded offset program for Chevron and Woodside’s operations to 2031,

(v)                  offsetting LNG pollution in Western Australia would create 4000 jobs, and

(vi)                there is no such thing as clean gas; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                    acknowledge the ‘clean gas myth’, and

(ii)                  commit to moving away from extracting and exporting LNG. ( general business notice of motion no. 234 )

The Chair of the Select Committee on the effectiveness of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia agenda (Senator Watt): To move on the next day of sitting—That paragraph (5) of the resolution of the Senate of 4 July 2019, appointing the Select Committee on the effectiveness of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia agenda, be amended to provide: That 3 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee, provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall include one Government member and one Opposition member. ( general business notice of motion no. 235 )

The Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ( Senator Hanson ): To move on the next day of sitting—

(1)                That the Senate notes that:

(a)                  on 15 March 2019, the Federal Government announced that it would progress a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy industry;

(b)                  the current exposure draft of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Dairy) Regulations 2019 differs from an earlier exposure draft, in that it provides that milk processors will be able to retrospectively reduce the minimum price paid to producers under a milk supply agreement in circumstances that are ‘beyond reasonable control of the processor’; and

(c)                  the Minister for Agriculture, Senator McKenzie, stated during a media interview on 12 November 2019 on ABC Radio National, that ‘our legal drafters have interpreted the feedback we got through consultation and have actually reflected that in the words we have today’.

(2)                That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Agriculture, by 5 pm on 25 November 2019:

(a)                  the drafting instructions provided to legal drafters to make changes to the previous exposure draft of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Dairy) Regulations 2019; and

(b)                  all correspondence between milk processors and the Minister for Agriculture, and milk processors and the Department of Agriculture during the period 1 March and 12 November 2019. ( general business notice of motion no. 236 )

Senators O’Neill, Farrell, Polley, Ciccone and Marielle Smith: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              recognises that:

(i)                    85% of retail and fast food workers have experienced abuse from customers at work,

(ii)                  for retail and fast food workers, this abuse can severely impact their physical and psychological health and it cannot continue,

(iii)                the Christmas holidays period is the busiest time for retail workers, and

(iv)                every worker has the right to be able to do their job in a safe environment; and

(b)              acknowledges the work of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association in representing its members in retail and fast food, and advocating for industry changes to ensure that customers cannot continue this behaviour and build better protections for retail and fast food workers. ( general business notice of motion no. 237 )

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

(a)              notes, with deep concern, recent comments from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Rupert Colville that:

(i)                    an undeclared curfew is still in place in large parts of the Kashmir Valley, and that this curfew prevents the free movement of people, hampers their ability to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and restricts their rights to health, education and freedom of religion and belief,

(ii)                  there have been allegations of excessive use of force against protestors, and unconfirmed reports of civilian deaths and injuries,

(iii)                all internet services remain blocked in the Kashmir Valley, and

(iv)                hundreds of political and civil society leaders have been detained;

(b)              notes that Kashmiris have a right to self-determination and to live their lives free of violence, militarisation, curfews and limits to freedom of speech; and

(c)              urges the Australian Government to use all diplomatic means available to call on the Indian Government to reverse its decision to remove the autonomy of Kashmir, to release political prisoners, to lift the curfew and allow freedom of movement, communication, speech and assembly to the people of Kashmir, and to respect Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. ( general business notice of motion no. 238 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    in May 2019, the Victorian Essential Services Commission agreed to update its Energy Retail Code (the Code) to improve protections for customers affected by family violence, with effect from 1 January 2020,

(ii)                  changes to the Code implement a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, and were developed in consultation with energy and community sector participants, and

(iii)                the revised Code will provide practical support and protection to those experiencing domestic and family violence by requiring energy providers to:

(A)                 adopt policies to assist customers affected by family violence, including through consideration for hardship programs,

(B)                 provide customers experiencing family violence with flexible assistance in managing their personal and financial security,

(C)                 develop policies to ensure the privacy of contact details are protected in a situation where a customer is escaping a family violence situation, and

(D)                provide comprehensive and ongoing training to all responsible staff regarding family violence;

(b)              commends the Victorian Government and the Essential Services Commission for adopting these measures; and

(c)              calls on the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction to discuss the development of a national framework of Family Violence Support Provisions for Energy Retailers with Energy Ministers at the upcoming COAG Energy Council Meeting. ( general business notice of motion no. 239 )

Senators Duniam, Askew, Abetz, Chandler and Colbeck: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                    the devastating impact of bushfires currently burning across Australia,

(ii)                  the tragic loss of life, loss of and damage to property, and the impact on the livelihoods and communities of many Australians, and

(iii)                the extraordinary resilience of these communities and emergency service personnel in responding to these tragic and challenging circumstances;

(b)              acknowledges the immense risk being taken by our firefighting personnel, both paid and voluntary; and

(c)              particularly acknowledges the Tasmanian firefighting personnel from the Tasmanian Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Services and Sustainable Timbers Tasmania assisting in New South Wales, which is a great representation of the Australian spirit of helping out when needed. ( general business notice of motion no. 240 )

Senator Siewert : To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Governor-General Act 1974 , and for related purposes. Governor-General Amendment (Cessation of Allowances in the Public Interest) Bill 2019 . ( general business notice of motion no. 241 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    this week is Transgender Awareness Week, and

(ii)                  Transgender Awareness Week is an opportunity to learn about gender diversity, work to remove all forms of discrimination against transgender and gender diverse people, and commit to being better allies; and

(b)              calls on all parliamentarians to:

(i)                    commit to learning more about the lives and experiences of transgender and gender diverse people,

(ii)                  elevate the voices of transgender and gender diverse people, especially during Transgender Awareness Week, and

(iii)                support the provision of essential health, social, cultural, and community services for trans and gender diverse people and their families, delivered with the meaningful input and involvement of these communities. ( general business notice of motion no. 242 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    since 2013, more than $300 million has been cut from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) by the Coalition Government,

(ii)                  the ABC has confirmed it will not buy the non-commercial rights to next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, meaning there will be no live broadcast for the first time since 1952, and

(iii)                the ABC has cited ‘budget pressures’ as being behind the decision; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to restore every dollar cut from the ABC’s budget since 2013. ( general business notice of motion no. 243 )

The Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ( Senator Hanson ) : To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes:

(i)                    the statement made by the Queensland Premier, Ms Annastacia Palaszczuk, reported in the Brisbane Times on 30 October 2019, indicating she would be open to discussing the development of a ‘smaller version of the Bradfield scheme’ with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and

(ii)                  that, on 1 November 2019, the Courier Mail reported that LNP Leader, Ms Deb Frecklington, has committed to an updated version of the Bradfield Scheme in the form of a ‘multibillion-dollar water scheme that could drought-proof parched western Queensland’; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to take the necessary steps to ensure the construction of a Bradfield-type scheme can begin, in Queensland, as swiftly as possible. ( general business notice of motion no. 244 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    the 2019 Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot found that there were no affordable properties in any capital city for a single person on Newstart or Youth Allowance,

(ii)                  the low level of appropriate and affordable properties available to rent for households on the Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance, strongly indicates the likelihood that many of those households will be living in housing stress or housing that is not appropriate,

(iii)                the lack of affordable housing means that people on Newstart and Youth Allowance are spending a disproportionately high percentage of their income support on housing, resulting in them not being able to afford other essentials like food, energy and health, and

(iv)                poverty is a well-established social determinant of health, including psychological health, and persistent poverty plays a demonstrable role in increasing levels of psychological distress; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to immediately increase Newstart and Youth Allowance to allow people in our community to have dignity of choice and to help address housing stress. ( general business notice of motion no. 245 )

Intention to withdraw : The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Fierravanti-Wells), pursuant to standing order 78, gave notice of her intention, at the giving of notices on the next day of sitting, to withdraw business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 standing in her name for that day for the disallowance of the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Regulations 2018 , made under the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 [F2018L01708].