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Notice given 25 June 2003

Senator Tierney: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in June 2004:

Parents as educators in the early childhood years, with particular reference to:

(a) the extent to which parenting skills and family support are factors in reducing educational and social risks of children in the 3 years and under age group;

(b) whether current patterns of parental involvement in community and school-based programs are adequate to respond to the challenge of assisting children with early learning and social behaviour problems;

(c) the current state and territory provisions and programs, whether based on pre-schools, schools, play groups or day-care centres etc, established to assist parents with early childhood learning support;

(d) best practice in home to school transition programs for children, and an assessment as to whether they can be adapted for national implementation; and

(e) the most appropriate role for the Commonwealth in supporting national programs for raising parental consciousness and levels of knowledge and competence in relation to the early educational, social and emotional and health needs of children.

By the last day in February 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

On 1 March 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Report to be presented on the State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2002].

General Business—Order of the Day

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

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Murray—That this bill be now read a second time.

And on the amendment moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner) —Omit all words after “That”, substitute “the bill be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 October 2003”—( Senator Murray, in continuation, 21 August 2003 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

On 3 March 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Report to be presented on the capacity of current legal aid and access to justice arrangements to meet the community need for legal assistance.

By the second sitting week of 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee

Report to be presented on the exposure draft of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Bill 2003.

By the last sitting day in March 2004

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Report to be presented on competition in broadband services.

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Report to be presented on the regulation, control and management of invasive species.

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Report to be presented on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on the performance of government agencies in the assessment and dissemination of security threats in South East Asia in the period 11 September 2001 to 12 October 2002.

General Business—Order of the Day

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 ).

On 12 May 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

*1  Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on the effectiveness of the Australian military justice system.

By the first sitting day of the 2004 winter sittings

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on Hepatitis C in Australia.

By the last sitting day in June 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the structure and distributive effects of the Australian taxation system.

On 1 September 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Report to be presented on the needs of expatriate Australians.

On the next day of sitting after the government fully complies with the order for the production of documents relating to a proposed excise and production subsidy on ethanol made on 16 October 2002

Government Business—Order of the Day

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003

Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2003— ( Special Minister of State, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 12 August 2003 ).