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Notice given 10 February 2004

754  Senator Stephens: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the long history of anti-Semitism and its capacity to influence people to express hatred and carry out violence against Jewish people, and

(ii) the alarming rise in the incidence of violent anti-Semitic acts in many countries, resulting in injury and death of both Jewish and non-Jewish people, the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and memorials, and targeted assaults on individual members of the Jewish community; and

(b) in recognition of these developments:

(i) expresses its unequivocal condemnation of anti-Semitism, of violence directed against Jews and Jewish religious and cultural institutions, and all forms of racial and ethnic hatred, persecution and discrimination on ethnic or religious grounds, whenever and wherever it occurs,

(ii) resolves to condemn all manifestations of anti-Semitism in Australia as a threat to the freedoms that all citizens should enjoy equally in a democratic society and commits the Parliament to take all possible concrete actions at a national level to combat this threat to our peaceful and diverse nation, and

(iii) further resolves to encourage Australian ambassadors and other officials engaged in bilateral contacts with other countries to use their influence to oppose and counter anti-Semitic expressions and to promote all possible efforts at fostering tolerance and community harmony.

On 23 March 2004

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Treaties—Joint Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

*2  Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Australian Federal Police and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2003 [2004]. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Order of the Day

Australian Federal Police and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2003 [2004]—( Senate bill )— ( Minister for Defence, Senator Hill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 December 2003 ).

On 24 March 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented in respect of the 2003-04 additional estimates.

Government Business—Order of the Day

*1  Issues from the Advance to the Finance Minister as a final charge for the year ended 30 June 2003

Consideration in committee of the whole ( 11 February 2004 ).

On 25 March 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Amendment Bill 2003.

By the last sitting day in March 2004 (31 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 30 April 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on children in institutional care.

On 11 May 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Procedure—Standing Committee—Third report of 2003—Joint meetings to receive addresses by foreign heads of state; Reference of tax expenditures statement to estimates hearings

Consideration ( 4 December 2003 ).

On 12 May 2004

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

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

On 13 May 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 and the provisions of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Bill 2003 and the Building and Construction Industry Improvement (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2003.

Government Business—Order of the Day

Building and Construction Industry Improvement Bill 2003

Building and Construction Industry Improvement (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2003— ( Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Vanstone )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Buckland, 10 February 2004 ).

General Business—Notice of Motion