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Notice given 7 August 2007

836  Senator Murray: To move—

(1) That the Senate, noting concern in the community at the abuse of alcohol, asks that the Government refer the following matter to an appropriate body or a specially-established task force for inquiry and report:

The need to significantly reduce alcohol abuse in Australia, especially in geographic or demographic hot spots, and what the Commonwealth, states and territories should separately and jointly do with respect to:

(a) the pricing of alcohol, including taxation;

(b) the marketing of alcohol; and

(c) regulating the distribution, availability and consumption of alcohol.

(2) In undertaking the inquiry regard is to be had to:

(a) economic as well as social issues;

(b) alcohol rehabilitation and education;

(c) the need for a flexible responsive and adaptable regulatory regime; and

(d) the need for a consistent harmonised Australian approach.

838  Senator Bartlett: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 9 August 2007 is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People,

(ii) it marks a day that we honour and pay respect to Australia’s First Peoples as well as Indigenous peoples across the world for their traditions and knowledge, as well as to the valuable contribution they have made to the cultures of the world and to environmental conservation, and

(iii) it is appropriate to reflect on the positive advancements that have been made internationally to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples and to guarantee them equal treatment, as well as to provide a reminder of how much more needs to be done; and

(b) calls on the Government to support the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples when it is considered later in 2007.


 844  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Australia’s Anti-terrorism Laws be established to inquire into and report upon Australia’s anti-terrorism laws in light of the case of Dr Mohamed Haneef, including whether the laws which enabled the detention and charging of Dr Haneef:

(a) adequately safeguard Australian citizens from the threat of terrorism;

(b) reasonably and adequately define ‘terrorism’ and terrorism-related offences;

(c) provide reasonable and adequate guidance on matters of policy, practice and procedure to investigative and enforcement agencies, such as the Australian Federal Police;

(d) maintain an appropriate balance between the need to curtail individual freedoms in situations involving a terrorist threat and the fundamental civil liberties and human rights of Australian citizens;

(e) have affected fundamental principles of justice such as the presumption of innocence and habeus corpus, and the granting of bail;

(f) allow for periods of indefinite detention of suspects while being questioned or contain provisions allowing for periods of ‘dead time’ which require amendment or review;

(g) are in accordance with notions of procedural fairness and natural justice;

(h) contain or require provisions allowing parliamentary or judicial review;

(i) are compatible with Australia’s obligations under international law;

(j) interact appropriately with other powers of detention or deportation, for example immigration laws; and

(k) any other related matters pertaining to the operation of the laws.

(2) That the committee present its final report on or before 1 December 2007.

(3) That the committee consist of 9 senators, as follows:

(a) 4 to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b) 3 to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; and

(c) 2 to be nominated by minority groups or independents.

(4) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(5) That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the non-government parties in the Senate.

(6) That the chair of the committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the committee to be the deputy chair of the committee, and that the member so appointed act as chair of the committee at any time when there is no chair or the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee.

(7) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.


 (8) That the quorum of the committee be 5 members.

(9) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(10) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider, and that the quorum of a subcommittee be a majority of the senators appointed to the subcommittee.

(11) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

(12) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

847  Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Boswell): To move—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the dictatorial actions of the Beattie Queensland Government in imposing forced amalgamations on Queensland local government without the opportunity for appeal;

(b) expresses serious concern at the Queensland Government’s decision to impose fines on councillors who put the amalgamation policy to local citizens by referendum;

(c) notes that the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights states that every citizen shall have the right and the opportunity to take part in the conduct of public affairs and that this right is being undermined by the Queensland State Government; and

(d) calls on the Beattie Government to make any amalgamations voluntary as recommended by the Federal Leader of the Opposition (Mr Rudd).

848  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) and Senators Bartlett, Murray and Stott Despoja: To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to implement the recommendations of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report Same-Sex: Same Entitlements, and for related purposes. Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 .

849  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move—That the Senate requests the Irish Government to inform the Senate about:

(a) the project to route the M3 motorway through the Royal Demesne of Tara and the unique archaeological, historical and cultural site of the Hill of Tara;

(b) the current progress of the project; and

(c) any alternative routes which could be used to protect this unique site.