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Notice given 13 August 2003

*523  Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Senator Heffernan): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on the provisions of the Aviation Transport Security Bill 2003 and a related bill be extended to 9 September 2003.

*524  Senator O’Brien: To move—That the Senate condemns the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) for his ongoing pattern of deceit in relation to his dealings with the chair of the Manildra Group, Mr Dick Honan, prior to a Cabinet decision that delivers direct financial benefits to that company.

*525  President (Senator Calvert): To move—

(1) That, in accordance with section 54 of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999, the Senate resolves that:

(a) the Joint House Department, Department of the Parliamentary Library and Department of the Parliamentary Reporting Staff are abolished with effect from 31 January 2004; and

(b) a new joint service department, to be called the ‘Department of Parliamentary Services’ be established from 1 February 2004 to fulfil all the functions of the former joint departments;

and supports the Presiding Officers in the following endeavours:

(c) to reinforce the independence of the Parliamentary Library by strengthening the current role of the Library committees of both Houses of Parliament;

(d) to bring forward amendments to the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to provide for a statutory position of Parliamentary Librarian within the new joint service department and conferring on the Parliamentary Librarian direct reporting responsibilities to the Presiding Officers and to the Library committees of both Houses of Parliament;

(e) to ensure that the resources and services be provided to the Parliamentary Library in the new joint service department be specified in an annual agreement between the Departmental Secretary and the Parliamentary Librarian, approved by the Presiding Officers following consideration by the Library committees of both Houses of Parliament; and

(f) to consider, after the establishment of the joint service department, that department providing human resources and financial transaction-processing activities for all the Parliamentary departments, subject to such an arrangement being proven to be both cost-effective and efficient.

(2) That this resolution be transmitted to the House of Representatives.

*526  Senator Ridgeway: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the retirement of champion athlete Cathy Freeman from athletics on 16 July 2003;

(b) notes the tremendous contribution Cathy has made to Australian and international athletics including:

(i) being the first Aboriginal track and field athlete to represent Australia at an Olympic Games at Barcelona in 1992,

(ii) winning 200m and 400m gold medals at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada,

(iii) being the first woman to claim consecutive 400m world championship titles with victories in 1997 and 1999 - the first time an Australian had won successive world titles in any sporting field,

(iv) holding 13 national athletics titles, and

(vi) winning the 400m gold medal at the Sydney Olympic games in 2000; and

(c) recognises the role she has also played in national reconciliation by being a great role model for young Indigenous people and by overcoming stereotypes of Indigenous Australians to become an Australian national icon.

*527  Senator Ridgeway: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that it was NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week from 6 July to 13 July 2003 and that this year’s theme was, ‘Our Children, Our Future’, and

(ii) the high proportion of youth who make up the Indigenous Australian population, with the 2001 Census showing that 58 per cent of the Indigenous population is aged under 25 years, compared with the rest of the Australian population with only one-third (35 per cent) aged under 25 years;

(b) recognises the significance of NAIDOC Week in celebrating Indigenous culture and the individual achievements of Indigenous people throughout the country; and

(c) congratulates the 2003 National NAIDOC Award winners including:

Person of the Year: Ms Deborah Mailman

Apprentice of the Year: Ms Laurell Dodd

Scholar of the Year: Mr Frederick Penny

Female Elder of the Year: Mrs Violet French

Male Elder of the Year: Mr William Kennedy

Youth of the Year: Ms Stacey Kelly-Greenup

Sportsperson of the Year: Mr David Peachey

Artist of the Year: Ms Belynda Waugh.

*529  Senator Cherry: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the European Union in December 2002 imposed a moratorium on the further approvals of food irradiation due to research about the possible health effects, particularly in relation to cyclobutanones,

(ii) Food Standards Australia in the same month expanded the list of foods that can be irradiated in Australia to include a range of tropical fruits, and

(iii) a number of community campaigners have chosen to fast in protest against the approval of food irradiation in Australia, arguing that fasting is safer for their health than eating irradiated food;

(b) calls on the Federal Government to urgently commission research on the health effects of food irradiation and to follow the lead of the European Union in not approving any further foods for irradiation until such research is completed; and

(c) calls on the Queensland Government to conduct a full review of the safety of food irradiation plants in Queensland, including the impacts on public health and the environment.

*530  Senator Cherry: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that thousands of Indigenous workers in Queensland suffered the economic injustice of having their wages stolen, or of being underpaid, as the direct result of Government policy up to the 1970s;

(b) endorses the view of the Queensland Council of Unions that the issue of stolen wages is a legitimate issue of wage and workers’ justice; and

(c) calls on the Beattie Labor Government to withdraw its paltry $2 000 and $4 000 compensation caps and negotiate a full, just and proper settlement of stolen wages.

*531  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes

(i) that Australian citizens Mamdouh Habib and David Hicks currently incarcerated at Guantanemo Bay, Cuba, still face the possibility of a death sentence at the hands of the United States military, and

(ii) the comments by the Prime Minster (Mr Howard) regarding the sentencing of Bali Bomber Amrozi where he said, ‘If it’s the view of the Indonesian court that it be carried out then it should be carried out’; and

(b) calls on the Government:

(i) to reaffirm its opposition to capital punishment as a matter of principle,

(ii) to reaffirm its commitment to the fundamental tenets of common law, namely, habeas corpus and judicial review of executive action, and

(iii) to take immediate action to secure the release and return of Mr Hicks and Mr Habib to Australia to face trial or to be freed as appropriate.

*532  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the serious allegations of kidnap, beating and arson in relation to the tactics of Indonesian Special Forces ‘Kopassus’ in their deployment in Aceh,

(ii) the unresolved allegation that Kopassus was involved in the murder of United States citizens near Freeport, West Papua, in 2002,

(iii) that Kopassus members have been found to be responsible for the murder of West Papuan independence leader Theys Eluay in November 2001,

(iv) that Kopassus troops trained East Timorese militias responsible for massacring civilians and attacking Australian forces in East Timor, and

(v) that Kopassus members have been found to have links with terrorist organisations including the now disbanded Laskar Jihad; and

(b) calls on the Government:

(i) to cancel any planned re-establishment of cooperation with Kopassus,

(ii) to acknowledge that it is not in the best interests of Australia or the region to extend tacit support for an organisation which engages in terrorising civilian populations, and

(iii) to heed the advice of Professor Damien Kingsbury of Australia’s Deakin University that Indonesia’s military is ‘part of the problem, not part of the answer’ and that restoring military cooperation should be off the agenda until the Indonesian military ‘is thoroughly reformed, including closing its business and criminal networks, and it is brought under full civilian authority’.

*533  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the significant steps taken by the company ERA towards the rehabilitation of the Jabiluka uranium mine site;

(b) congratulates the traditional owners of the land, the Mirrar people, for their strong and ongoing opposition to uranium mining on their land;

(c) congratulates the community voices in Australia and overseas who have constantly campaigned to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine so as to protect the World Heritage values of Kakadu National Park; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government:

(i) to immediately implement the recommendations of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s report on Kakadu National Park, and

(ii) to implement outstanding recommendations from the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee report, Jabiluka: The undermining of process—Inquiry into the Jabiluka uranium mine project , including the recommendation that the Jabiluka uranium mine should not proceed because it is irreconcilable with the outstanding natural and cultural values of Kakadu National Park.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

Housing Assistance Act 1996 —Report for 2000-01 on the operation of the 1999 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 June 2003 ).

2  Independent Soccer Review—Report of the Independent Soccer Review Committee into the structure, governance and management of soccer in Australia, April 2003

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 June 2003 ).

3  Higher education—Report for the 2003 to 2005 triennium by the Minister for Education, Science and Training

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 June 2003 ).

4  Western Australian Fisheries Joint Authority—Report for 2000-01

Consideration ( 24 June 2003 ).

5  Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 24 June 2003 ).

Australia-Korea Foundation—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 24 June 2003 ).

List of multilateral treaty action presently under negotiation or consideration by the Australian Government, or expected to be within the next twelve months, June 2003

Consideration ( 24 June 2003 ).

8  Multilateral treaty—Text, together with national interest analysis and annexures—Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances 2000, done at London, 15 March 2000 [ Replacement for document tabled on 17 June 2003 ]

Consideration ( 24 June 2003 ).

9  Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme (MSBS) and Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme (DFRDB)—Report on long-term costs carried out by the Australian Government Actuary using data to 30 June 2003

Consideration ( 25 June 2003 ).

10  Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (PSS) and Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS)—Report on the long-term cost of the Public Sector Superannuation Scheme and the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme prepared by Mercer Human Resource Consulting Pty Ltd using data as at 30 June 2002

Consideration ( 25 June 2003 ).

11  Aboriginal Land Commissioner—Garrwa (Wearyan and Robinson Rivers Beds and Banks) land claim no. 178—Report (no. 64) of the Aboriginal Land Commissioner, Justice HW Olney, to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and to the Administrator of the Northern Territory

Consideration ( 25 June 2003 ).

12  Aboriginal Land Commissioner— Garrwa (Wearyan and Robinson Rivers Beds and Banks) land claim no. 178—Explanatory statement by the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Mr Ruddock)

Consideration ( 25 June 2003 ).

13  Department of Finance and Administration—Parliamentarians’ travel paid by the Department of Finance and Administration—July to December 2002, June 2003

Consideration ( 26 June 2003 ).

14  Department of Finance and Administration—Former parliamentarians’ travel paid by the Department of Finance and Administration—July to December 2003, June 2003

Consideration ( 26 June 2003 ).

15  Department of Defence—Special purpose flights—Schedule for the period 1 January to 30 June 2002

Consideration ( 26 June 2003 ).

16  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet—Former Governors-General travel paid by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet—1 July to 31 December 2002

Consideration ( 26 June 2003 ).

17   National Health Act 1953 —Report—Independent review of the private sector outreach services legislation, June 2003

Consideration ( 11 August 2003 ).

18   Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 —NHMRC Licensing Committee—Report for the period 19 December 2002 to 31 March 2003

Consideration ( 11 August 2003 ).

19  Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report for the period 1 January to 31 March 2003

Consideration ( 11 August 2003 ).

*20  Advance to the Finance Minister—Statement—March and April 2003

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 13 August 2003 ).

*21  Advance to the Finance Minister—Supporting applications for funds—March and April 2003

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 13 August 2003 ).

*22  Advance to the Finance Minister—Statement—May 2003

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 13 August 2003 ).

*23  Advance to the Finance Minister—Supporting applications for funds—May 2003

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 13 August 2003 ).

*24  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act—Statement under subsection 40(3)—Suspension of a commissioner from office, dated 13 August 2003

Consideration ( 13 August 2003 ).

Orders of the Day

ABC Amendment (Online and Multichannelling Services) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 3 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Air Navigation Amendment (Extension of Curfew and Limitation of Aircraft Movements) Bill 1995 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 March 1995 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Anti-Genocide Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Greig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 25 March 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 10 October 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government) 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Murray and Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 June 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 April 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Corporate Code of Conduct Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 6 September 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

10  Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 31 May 1995 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

12  Reconciliation Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ridgeway )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

13  State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 7 August 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

14  Public liability insurance premiums

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—That the Senate—

(a) expresses its concern about the significant increase in public liability insurance premiums and the effect it is having on the viability of many small businesses and community and sporting organisations;

(b) condemns the Government for its inaction; and

(c) urges the Minister to propose a solution to this pressing issue, as quickly as possible, not just look at the problem ( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 14 February 2002 ).

15  Ministers of State (Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 13 March 2002 ).

16  Lucas Heights reactor—Order for production of documents—Statement by Minister

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Carr, in continuation, 19 March 2002 ).

17  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Boundary Extension) Amendment Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Calvert, in continuation, 16 May 2002 ).

18  Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 October 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

19  Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 June 1996 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

20  Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 September 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

21  Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Scrutiny of Board Appointments) Amendment Bill 2002—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 15 May 2002 ).

22  Workplace Relations Amendment (Paid Maternity Leave) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 16 May 2002 ).

24  Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Forest Practices) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 20 June 2002 ).

25  Family Law Amendment (Joint Residency) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Harris )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Harris, in continuation, 20 June 2002 ).

26  ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organisation (AIPO)—Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation to the 22nd AIPO General Assembly, Thailand, 2 to 5 September 2001; Visits and briefings, Bangkok, 6 to 8 September 2001; and Bi-lateral visit to Singapore, 9 to 13 September 2001

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Calvert—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Calvert, in continuation, 27 June 2002 ).

27  Family and Community Services—Family tax benefits

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Howard Government’s decision to strip, without warning, the tax returns of Australian families who have been overpaid family payments as callous and unfair to parents trying to survive under increasing financial pressures;

(b) notes that this is not consistent with the statement of the Minister for Family and Community Services (Senator Vanstone) in July 2001 in which she assured families that, ‘The Government has also decided that it would be easier for any family who still had an excess payment to have it recovered by adjusting their future payments, rather than taking it from their tax refund. This is because people may have earmarked their refund for use for specific things’;

(c) considers that the Government’s 2-year-old family payments system is deeply flawed, given that it delivered average debts of $850 to 650 000 Australian families in the 2001-02 financial year and continues to punish families who play by the rules; and

(d) condemns the Howard Government and its contemptible attack on Australian families ( Senator Tierney, in continuation, 22 August 2002 ).

28  Health—Medicare—Bulk billing

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Evans—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) since the election of the Howard Government, the rate of bulk billing by general practitioners (GPs) has dropped from 80.6 per cent to 74.5 per cent, and that the average patient cost to see a GP who does not bulk bill has gone up 41.8 per cent to nearly $12, and

(ii) in every year from the commencement of Medicare in 1984 through to 1996, bulk billing rates for GPs increased, but that, in every year since the election of the Howard Government, bulk billing rates have decreased;

(b) recognises that the unavailability of bulk billing hurts those Australians who are least able to afford the rising costs of health care and those who are at greatest risk of preventable illness and disease;

(c) condemns the Howard Government’s failure to take responsibility for declining rates of bulk billing; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Health and Ageing (Senator Patterson) to release publicly the June 2002 quarter bulk billing figures so that the true extent of the problem is made known ( Senator Moore, in continuation, 29 August 2002 ).

29  Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (Licence Charges) Amendment Bill 2002—Document

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 16 September 2002 ).

30  Kyoto Protocol (Ratification) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 19 September 2002 ).

31  Communications—Regional telecommunication services—Inquiry

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Mackay—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Howard Government for establishing an inquiry into regional telecommunications services, the Estens inquiry, which is chaired by a member of the National Party and friend of the Deputy Prime Minister, and has a former National Party MP as one of its members;

(b) condemns the Government’s decisions that the inquiry will hold no public hearings and must report within little more then 2 months of its commencement; and

(c) calls on the Government to address all issues associated with Telstra’s performance, including rising prices, deteriorating service standards and inadequate broadband provision ( Senator Tierney in continuation, 19 September 2002 ).

32  Trade Practices Amendment (Public Liability Insurance) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

33  Corporations Amendment (Improving Corporate Governance) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

34  Trade Practices Amendment (Credit Card Reform) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

35  Superannuation

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Sherry—That the Senate notes the Howard Government’s third term failures on superannuation, including:

(a) the failure to provide for a contributions tax cut for all Australians who pay it, rather than a tax cut only to those earning more than $90 500 a year;

(b) the failure to adequately compensate victims of superannuation theft or fraud;

(c) the failure to accurately assess the administrative burden on small business of the Government’s third attempt at superannuation choice and deregulation;

(d) the failure to support strong consumer protections for superannuation fund members through capping ongoing fees and banning entry and exit fees;

(e) the failure to provide consumers with a meaningful, comprehensive and comprehensible regime for fee disclosure; and

(f) the failure to cover unpaid superannuation contributions in the case of corporate collapse as part of a workers’ entitlements scheme ( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 26 September 2002 ).

38  Parliament House security—Statement by President

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ray—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Ray, in continuation, 11 November 2002 ).

39  Convention on Climate Change (Implementation) Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 September 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).

40  Customs Amendment (Anti-Radioactive Waste Storage Dump) Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 20 October 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).

41  Human Rights (Mandatory Sentencing for Property Offences) Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 6 September 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).

42  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 November 2002 ).

43  Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Bali Bombings) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).

44  Health—Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme—Order for Production of Documents—Statement by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Ian Campbell)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).

45  Trade—Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme—Order for Production of Documents—Statement by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Ian Campbell)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).

46  Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 11 December 2002 ).

47  Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1998 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Allison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 28 May 1998 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 11 December 2002 ).

48  Environment—National radioactive waste repository

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate condemns the Government for:

(a) its failure to respect the rights of the people of South Australia in its consultation process over the location of the planned low-level radioactive waste repository;

(b) its decision to replace effective and meaningful consultation and discussion with a $300 000 propaganda campaign, designed to sway the opinions of South Australians towards locating the repository in that state, in the absence of genuine efforts to provide accurate and exhaustive information on the suitability of the selected site, close to Woomera; and

(c) its lack of a thorough examination of the environmental impact of this plan, in particular the possible dangers caused by the site’s proximity to the Woomera rocket range, and the serious concerns of both the Department of Defence and private contractors on this issue ( Senator Buckland, in continuation, 6 February 2003 ).

49  Immigration—East Timorese asylum seekers—Document

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett)—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 3 March 2003 ).

50  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Protecting the Great Barrier Reef from Oil Drilling and Exploration) Amendment Bill 2003 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator McLucas and the Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 6 March 2003 ).

52  Isalmic Republic of Iran and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon—Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation, October to November 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ferris—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ferris, in continuation, 6 March 2003 ).

53  Taxation—Small business

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—That the Senate—

(a) calls on the Government to take action to crack down on late payments by big business and government customers to their small business suppliers; and

(b) notes that:

(i) late payments by big businesses are a major issue for small businesses as they create cash flow problems,

(ii) this comes on top of the cumbersome administrative arrangements of the new tax system, and

(iii) the problems faced by small business are being ignored by the Howard Government—( adjourned, 20 March 2003 ).

54  Environment—Rehabilitation of former nuclear test sites at Emu and Maralinga (Australia)—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Chapman, in continuation, 25 March 2003 ).

55  Building and Construction Industry—Royal Commission—Ministerial statement and documents

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Sherry—That the Senate take note of the documents ( Senator Santoro, in continuation, 26 March 2003 ).

56  Defence Amendment (Parliamentary approval for Australian involvement in overseas conflicts) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett) and Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 27 March 2003 ).

57  Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 27 March 2003 ).

58  Sexuality Anti-Vilification Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Greig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Greig, in continuation, 27 March 2003 ).

59  Governor-General

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner)—That the Senate—

(a) notes with concern that:

(i) the Government has failed to respond to evidence of sexual abuse of children in our society and within our public institutions,

(ii) the independent report of the Diocesan Board of Inquiry found that Dr Peter Hollingworth, while occupying a position of public trust as Archbishop of Brisbane, allowed a priest to remain in the ministry after an admission of sexual abuse, and the Board of Inquiry found this decision to be ‘untenable’,

(iii) the Governor-General has admitted that he made a serious error in doing so,

(iv) Dr Peter Hollingworth, through his actions while in the Office of Governor-General, in particular his interview on ‘Australian Story’ and his apparent ‘reconstruction’ of evidence before the Diocesan Board of Inquiry, has shown himself not to be a person suitable to hold the Office of Governor-General,

(v) members of the House of Representatives, senators, and premiers and members of state parliaments have called upon the Governor-General to resign, or failing that, to be dismissed by the Prime Minister,

(vi) the Governor-General is now no longer able to fulfil his symbolic role as a figure of unity for the Australian people,

(vii) the Governor-General is now no longer able to exercise the constitutional powers of the Office in a manner that will be seen as impartial and non-partisan,

(viii) the Governor-General’s action in standing aside until the current Victorian Supreme Court action is resolved, does not address any of the issues surrounding his behaviour as Archbishop of Brisbane, and is therefore inadequate,

(ix) the Governor-General has failed to resign and the Prime Minister has failed to advise the Queen of Australia to dismiss him, and

(x) the Australian Constitution fails to set out any criteria for the dismissal of a Governor-General or a fair process by which this can be achieved; and

(b) urges:

(i) the Prime Minister to establish a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Australia, and

(ii) the Governor-General to immediately resign or, if he does not do so, the Prime Minister to advise the Queen of Australia to terminate the Commission of the Governor-General—( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 13 May 2003 ).

And on the amendment moved by Senator Murphy —Omit all words after “That”, substitute “the Senate—

(a) notes with concern that:

(i) Dr Peter Hollingworth, while in the Office of Governor-General, gave in an interview on ‘Australian Story’, a version of events which have been found by the diocesan Board of Inquiry to be untrue, and

(ii) the same Board of Inquiry found that they could not accept Dr Hollingworth had a belief that the child sexual abuse was an isolated incident and that his handling of the matters was untenable;

(b) finds that:

(i) the circumstances that have developed around the Office of Governor-General are doing irreparable damage to the Office and must be resolved,

(ii) the conclusions of the report of the Anglican Church clearly demonstrates that Dr Hollingworth failed in his duty as Archbishop,

(iii) such failing in a position of significant public trust renders Dr Hollingworth an unsuitable person to fill the Office of Governor-General,

(iv) the Governor-General’s action in standing aside until the current Victorian Supreme Court action is resolved does not address any of the issues surrounding his behaviour as Archbishop of Brisbane, and is therefore inadequate,

(v) the Governor-General is now no longer able to fulfil his symbolic role as a figure of unity for the Australian people, and

(vi) the Governor-General is now no longer able to exercise the constitutional powers of the Office in a manner that will be seen as impartial and non-partisan; and, therefore, in light of these unacceptable circumstances

(c) urges:

(i) the Governor-General to immediately resign or, if he does not do so, the Prime Minister to advise the Queen of Australia to terminate the Commission of Governor-General, and

(ii) the Prime Minister to establish a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Australia.”—( Senator Collins, in continuation, 14 May 2003 ).

60  Textbook Subsidy Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 18 June 2003 ).

61  Health—Medicare—Bulk billing

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator McLucas—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the most damaging effects of the Government’s proposed reforms to Medicare, which will create a user-pays, two-tiered health system in Australia and dismantle the universality of Medicare;

(b) acknowledges that the first of the damaging effects of the Government’s reform package is to cause bulk-billing rates to decline further, and that these reforms do nothing to encourage doctors to bulk bill any Australians other than pensioners and concession cardholders but make it clear that the Government considers bulk billing to be a privilege that accrues only to a subset of Australians, not an entitlement that all Australians have as a result of the Medicare charge;

(c) notes that the second most damaging effect of the Government’s proposed changes to Medicare is the facilitation and encouragement of higher and higher co-payments to be charged by medical practitioners, and that a central plank of the Government’s package is the facilitation of co-payments to be charged by doctors who currently bulk bill Australian families, as well as to make it easier for doctors who currently charge a co-payment to increase the amount of this co-payment; and

(d) notes, with concern, that the Government seeks to allow private health funds to offer insurance for out-of-pocket expenses in excess of $1 000, a measure which, if implemented, would inflate health insurance premiums as well as be a real step towards a user-pays system in Australia where people who can afford co-payments and insurance premiums will be treated when they are sick, whereas those individuals and families on lower incomes will be forced to go without medical assistance—( Senator Eggleston, in continuation, 19 June 2003 )

62  Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 25 June 2003 ).

63  Looking to the Future: A review of Commonwealth fisheries policy—Ministerial statement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate take note of the statement ( adjourned, Senator McGauran, 25 June 2002 ).

64  Social Security Amendment (Supporting Young Carers) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Lees )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Lees, in continuation, 26 June 2003 ).

65  National Animal Welfare Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 11 August 2003 ).