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Thursday, 21 June 2018
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Senator Hanson to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911, and for related purposes. Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment (Restoring the Debt Ceiling) Bill 2018.

Senator McKim to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 17 June 2018, The Washington Post published an opinion piece written by Mrs Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States and wife to former Republican President of the United States, George W. Bush,

(ii) Mrs Bush's opinion piece was highly critical of the Trump Administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the Mexico-United States border,

(iii) in her opinion piece, Mrs Bush wrote:

(A) this zero-tolerance policy [of children being separated from their parents, and children being kept in immigration detention] is cruel - it is immoral - and it breaks my heart,

(B) these images [of children warehoused in converted box stores] are eerily reminiscent of the internment camps for U.S. citizens and non-citizens of Japanese descent during World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history, and

(C) we [in the United States] pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the colour of their skin - we pride ourselves on acceptance - if we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents - and to stop separating parents and children in the first place; and

(b) agrees with Mrs Laura Bush that governments should not use border protection policies to separate children from their parents or keep children in immigration detention.

Senator Rhiannon to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following matter be referred to the Procedure Committee for inquiry and report by 22 August 2018:

(a) the following proposed amendments to standing order 50:

(i) omit the heading, substitute, "50 Prayer or reflection and acknowledgement of country", and

(ii) in the first paragraph, omit all words after "following", substitute: "invitation to prayer or reflection: Senators, let us, in silence, pray or reflect upon our responsibilities to all people of Australia, and to future generations", and

(b) in undertaking the inquiry, the committee:

(i) consult with all senators,

(ii) have the power to send for persons and documents, to move from place to place, and to meet and transact business in public or private sessions, and

(iii) invite submissions and take evidence in public session.

Senator Whish-Wilson to move on the next day of sitting:

That items 1 and 2 of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Hammerhead Shark) Regulations 2018, made under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, be disallowed [F2018L00191].

Senator Hanson-Young to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) a 2016 sub-licensing deal between Optus and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) allowed Optus to screen all 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 39 of them exclusively,

(ii) Optus charged customers $15 to access its streaming service of the World Cup, and

(iii) technical errors left customers unable to watch matches during the tournament's opening weekend;

(b) notes further that the SBS has since arranged to show all remaining group stage matches, for free, to all Australians;

(c) considers this experience has demonstrated, once again:

(i) the importance of our public broadcasters, and

(ii) that the SBS is an invaluable national public institution; and

(d) congratulates SBS for delivering outstanding value for money to taxpayers.