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Notice given 22 July 2019

      39   Senator Whish-Wilson : To move—

(1)         That the Senate—

(a)         notes that:

                                                            (i)       on 23 February 2016, the then Treasurer, the Honourable Scott Morrison MP, announced his decision to approve the acquisition of the land and assets of the Tasmanian Land Company (TLC), including the Van Diemen’s Land (VDL) Company, by Moon Lake Investments,

                                                           (ii)       in announcing the approval, the then Treasurer noted the commitment by Moon Lake to create an additional 95 jobs and to invest an additional $100 million into VDL farms, including for ecological restoration; and that, given these considerations, inter alia, he was satisfied that Moon Lake’s acquisition of TLC was not contrary to the national interest,


                                                         (iii)       in June 2019, the media reported extracts of a letter written by senior managers at VDL to Moon Lake seeking indemnity from any animal welfare or workplace health and safety loss or damage, and citing inadequate repairs and maintenance as the reason for this request, and

                                                         (iv)       Moon Lake has reportedly invested less than $20 million of the promised additional $100 million into VDL farms; and

(b)         calls upon the Treasurer to impose a new condition on Moon Lake, under section 74 of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 , compelling the company to:

                                                            (i)       make public the details on how it intends to invest the outstanding amount of the promised $100 million into VDL farms by 31 August 2019, and

                                                           (ii)       invest the outstanding amount of the promised $100 million into VDL farms by 31 July 2021.

(2)         That a message be sent to the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence in this resolution.

  Notice of motion altered on 29 July 2019 pursuant to standing order 77.

Notice given 29 July 2019

    *60   Senator Siewert : To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Families and Social Services, by 1 August 2019, a list of the people and organisations who form part of the Cashless Debit Card community reference groups, in each of the Cashless Debit Card trial sites.

    *61   Senators McDonald, Rennick, McGrath, Scarr and Stoker: To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes:

                                                (i)      that the vast majority of Queenslanders support the Carmichael Mine and opening of the Galilee Basin, and

                                               (ii)      the billions of dollars in royalties that the resources sector delivers to Queensland (Qld), building roads, schools and hospitals for all Queenslanders; and

                          (b)      condemns the actions and hypocrisy of extremist protestors, including:

                                                (i)      a husband and wife who, despite being arrested nine times combined, blocked trucks leaving a concrete business that had urgent works to complete at a local nursing home,

                                               (ii)      a 20 year old unemployed protestor who, despite growing up and living in his family’s lavish waterside mansion on the Sunshine Coast, glued himself to a Brisbane central business district road, causing disruptions for tens of thousands of Qld workers,

                                             (iii)      the numerous protestors who have attacked and disrupted small businesses which have contracts for the construction of the Carmichael Mine and are employing hard-working Queenslanders, and

                                             (iv)      the comments made by Brisbane City Council Greens councillor, Cr Jonathan Sri, who has praised the “effective tactics” used by the Extinction Rebellion protestors, noting particularly that “As a politician I'm telling you that supporting disruptive civil disobedience and general strikes is probably your best option”.

    *62   Leader of the Australian Greens ( Senator Di Natale ): To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that the United Nations (UN) resolved, in June 2019, to mark its 75th anniversary with a one-day high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly in September 2020 on the theme ‘The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’;

                          (b)      supports consideration of comprehensive reform measures for a renewal and strengthening of the UN; and

                           (c)      consistent with a resolution passed by the European Parliament in July 2018, advocates for the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) within the UN system in order to increase the democratic character, the democratic accountability and the transparency of global governance and to allow for better citizen participation in the activities of the UN and, in particular, to contribute to the successful implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

    *63   Senator Rice : To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, by no later than 9.30 am on 31 July 2019, the following documents as listed on the “indexed list of files created between 1 January and 30 June 2018” by the Department of the Environment and Energy:

                          (a)      18/003561 - [Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation / Strategic Initiatives / New South Wales] Field Work Trip Plans - NSW;

                          (b)      18/004410 - [Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation / Strategic Initiatives / New South Wales] Monaro Farm Visit and Engagement; and

                           (c)      18/004409 - [Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation / Strategic Initiatives / New South Wales] Monaro Grasslands guidance.