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13       Notices

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

(a)              notes that Saturday, 10 October 2020 marks World Mental Health Day 2020;

(b)              recognises that the theme of World Mental Health Day 2020 set by the World Health Organisation is ‘Move for mental health: let’s invest’ which identifies the need for a massive scale-up in investment in mental health around the world;

(c)              acknowledges that the final report from the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into mental health was handed to the Government on 30 June 2020; and

(d)             calls on the Government to look after Australia’s mental health by:

(i)                    releasing the Productivity Commission’s final report on mental health, and

(ii)                  using World Mental Health Day as an opportunity to commit to significant, long-term investment in mental health, including urgent commitments of funding to implement the recommendations from the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into mental health. ( general business notice of motion no. 829 )

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

(a)              notes that, in respect of responsible lending to consumers, and the provisions of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009  (NCCP Act) in particular, the final report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (the Royal Commission):

(i)                    noted that there was little or no debate about the terms of the NCCP Act,

(ii)                  emphasised that the submission from Treasury stated that abidance by existing laws would likely enhance rather than detract from macroeconomic performance, and

(iii)                concluded simply that the law should be applied as it stands;

(b)              further notes that the Government, in February 2019:

(i)                    accepted recommendation 1.1 of the Royal Commission that the NCCP Act not be amended to alter the obligation to assess unsuitability, and

(ii)                  agreed to take action in relation to all 76 recommendations of the Royal Commission; and

(c)              calls on the Government to honour:

(i)                    its acceptance of recommendation 1.1 of the Royal Commission, and

(ii)                  its promise to introduce legislation relating to the implementation of outstanding recommendations of the Royal Commission in two tranches by December 2020, and by June 2021. ( general business notice of motion no. 830 )

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

(a)              notes that the Government’s Budget is spending billions to give tax breaks to big corporations and prioritising millionaires over the million unemployed Australians;

(b)              acknowledges that this recovery strategy is outsourcing responsibility of job creation to private companies in the vain hope they create jobs and is nothing more than a trickle-down con-job; and 

(c)              resolves that the Government should instead invest in a green recovery by funding public infrastructure and public services to create jobs directly, including:

(i)                    building public housing,

(ii)                  creating renewable energy zones,

(iii)                restoring free childcare,

(iv)                rebuilding the public service, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation,

(v)                  investing in public transport, including high speed rail,

(vi)                research and development through public universities,

(vii)              properly funding residential aged care and 100,000 home care packages,

(viii)            restoring and protecting the environment, and

(ix)                investing in arts and creative industries. ( general business notice of motion no. 831 )

Senators Whish-Wilson, Rice and Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that Julian Assange:

(i)                    is an Australian citizen,

(ii)                  is a father, a son and a husband, and

(iii)                won the Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism;

(b)              acknowledges that during the recent extradition trial, the court heard evidence about:

(i)                    the enormous harm revealed by WikiLeaks of war crimes, crimes against humanity and corruption,

(ii)                  the spying operation conducted against Julian Assange by UC Global on behalf of United States (US) intelligence agencies,

(iii)                the seizure of legally privileged material from the Ecuadorian Embassy by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,

(iv)                plans to poison and kidnap Julian Assange, and

(v)                  the devastating health consequences that Julian Assange is currently facing; and

(c)              further acknowledges that:

(i)                    hundreds of protests and vigils happened all over the world in support of Julian Assange during the extradition trial,

(ii)                  over 160 world leaders - current and former presidents, prime ministers and officials - have called for the release of Julian Assange,

(iii)                a dozen councils have passed resolutions across Australia calling on the Australian Government to act, and 

(iv)                Judge Vanessa Baraitser agreed to delay the decision of the extradition trial until after the US election and is due to deliver the verdict on 4 January 2021. ( general business notice of motion no. 832 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    24 September 2020 was World Maritime Day, and that the theme for 2020 was ‘sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet’,

(ii)                  in 2020, less than half of one percent of Australia’s seaborne trade is carried by Australian ships, and

(iii)                for our island nation Australia, and our island state of Tasmania, the work of mariners is essential; and

(b)              records its appreciation of Australia’s maritime workers and believes that expanding our maritime sector is vital for our economic sovereignty and national security. ( general business notice of motion no. 833 )

Senators Wong and Keneally: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    the Australian Government is responsible for borders, quarantine, and assisting Australians in jeopardy and stranded overseas,

(ii)                  since the Prime Minister capped international passenger arrivals on 13 July 2020, the number of stranded Australians overseas has risen dramatically to more than 27,000,

(iii)                the United Kingdom Government says that Australia is the only country in the world to have actively restricted its citizens returning, 

(iv)                on 5 October 2020, the Senate called on the Government to take urgent steps to help every stranded Australian return home by:

(A)                 increasing the number of permitted arrivals under international flight caps through using Commonwealth resources to increase quarantine capacity,

(B)                 stopping price gouging by airlines flying into Australia, and

(C)                 putting all options on the table to return stranded Australians, especially from places like the United Kingdom, India, the Philippines and Lebanon—including charter flights, and 

(v)                  the Morrison Government did not announce any funding or initiative as part of the 2020 Federal Budget to respond to the Senate’s motion, and has no plan to help every stranded Australian return home; and 

(b)              calls on the Morrison Government to bring our stranded Australians home. ( general business notice of motion no. 834 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee has been conducting an inquiry into identification of leading practices in ensuring evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef,

(ii)                  witnesses at the hearing on 28 August 2020 included Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chair of the Reef 2050 Plan Independent Expert Panel and former Chief Scientist of Australia, Dr Geoff Garrett AO, former Chief Scientist of Queensland, and Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Professor of Marine Studies at the University of Queensland, and

(iii)                these eminent Australians and others in the scientific community have raised concerns about witnesses being talked over and having their longstanding commitment to their scientific field transparently treated with contempt, all because their evidence did not fit the apparently preconceived and intransigent views of some of the senators participating in this inquiry;

(b)              recognises that all proceedings of Senate committees should be conducted respectfully and witnesses treated in a manner consistent with the standing orders and resolutions of the Senate; and

(c)              calls on the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate to ensure the conduct of Senator Rennick at this hearing is not repeated. ( general business notice of motion no. 835 )

Notices of motion withdrawn : The Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation (Senator Fierravanti-Wells), pursuant to notice of intention given on 7 October 2020, withdrew business of the Senate notices of motion nos 1 and 2 standing in her name for eight sitting days after today for the disallowance of the following instruments:

ASIC Corporations (Foreign Financial Services Providers—Funds Management Financial Services) Instrument 2020/199 , made on 27 August 2020 under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2020L00238].

ASIC Corporations (Foreign Financial Services Providers—Foreign AFS Licensees) Instrument 2020/198 , made on 27 August 2020 under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2020L00237].