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Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Page: 795


Senators Bushby and McGrath to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 15 February 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore;

(b) acknowledges the significant contribution made by Australian forces in the defence of Singapore and in the Malaya Campaign, particularly:

(i) the Australian 8th Division's efforts at the Battle of Muar, which saw a successful ambush of Japanese forces,

(ii) the Australian forces who saw the first and fiercest attacks of the Battle of Singapore, and

(iii) the 1,800 Australians who died during the Malayan Campaign and the Battle for Singapore;

(c) notes that the fall of Singapore saw over 15,000 Australians become prisoners of war and that many of these prisoners would die in captivity; and

(d) acknowledges that for many Australians, their experience as prisoners of war during the Second World War impacted thousands of families.

Senator McGrath to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the 2/10th Field Regiment was an artillery regiment within the 8th Division 2nd Australian Imperial Force, composed almost entirely of Queenslanders from across the state, and

(ii) the Regiment:

(A) formed and trained at Redbank in Queensland in July 1940,

(B) boarded the Queen Mary at Circular Quay in Sydney and embarked for Malaya on 4 February 1941,

(C) disembarked at Malacca in Johore on 19 February 1941 and played a vital role in the Malayan campaign and in the defence of Singapore,

(D) was among the 15,000 Australians who were surrendered to the Japanese at the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942,

(E) was dispersed to camps across South East Asia and Japan after being transferred to the Changi prisoner of war camp, and

(F) suffered, for the remainder of the war, cruel and inhuman conditions as prisoners of war, with 286 of the 846 men dying;

(b) further notes that today marks the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore;

(c) further notes that:

(i) the 2/10th Field Regiment Association was formed in 1947,

(ii) since then, the Association has held an annual public remembrance service to commemorate all of the Australian servicemen and women who fought and gave their lives during the Malayan Campaign, as Singapore fell, and as Japanese prisoners of war, as well as those who have since passed on,

(iii) this annual service brings together friends and family of those who served, as well as representatives from the army, navy and air force, the nurses, the widows, the prisoners of war, the Government of Singapore, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and the Returned and Services League, and

(iv) to commemorate the 75th anniversary, the Association will be holding a service on 19 February 2017 at the Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane; and

(d) commends the Association for its dedication to:

(i) maintaining contact between the remaining men and women who served in Malaya and Singapore and their families, and

(ii) keeping alive the memory and sacrifices of those who have fallen.

Senators Brown, Bilyk, Duniam, Polley, Urquhart, Abetz, Bushby and Singh to move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges Tasmania has the defence knowledge, capabilities and capacities to participate in the defence industries sector;

(b) notes that:

(i) the University of Tasmania, through its world leading marine research, engineering and training facility the Australian Maritime College (AMC), is the acknowledged Australian leader in maritime education in both technical skills and research,

(ii) the AMC has developed a range of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) which are suited for defence purposes and provide the opportunity for:

(A) increased consolidation of research and innovation at the University of Tasmania Inveresk site,

(B) the redevelopment of the University of Tasmania, AMC Newnham site, and

(C) associated local advanced manufacturing, particularly in North and North West Tasmania,

(iii) the state-of-the-art AUVs enable a broad range of scientific, industry and defence-related projects by facilitating exploration and data collection in remote and inhospitable locations,

(iv) the AMC has the capability to lead or play a key role in any necessary training associated with significant defence projects, such as the Future Submarines Program,

(v) in addition to the defence opportunity that the AUVs represent, Tasmania already has a number of industries with the capability to participate in defence-related industries supporting, for example, combat reconnaissance vehicles, shield and antenna protection and marine survival,

(vi) defence industry opportunities for Tasmania will deliver a range of significant social and economic benefits across the state, including a growth in industry research and increased employment through advanced manufacturing, and

(vii) there is unequivocal and mutual support from both Labor and Liberal parties at a state and federal level for Tasmania as a key centre for defence research, development and industry; and

(c) calls on:

(i) the Department of Defence to continue to work with industry with the goal of ensuring Tasmania is as integrated as possible in Australia's defence capability, including defence research, associated education, training and manufacturing, and

(ii) the Government to continue working collaboratively with the Tasmanian Government so Tasmania can play its role in the defence research and manufacturing industries sector.

Senators Hinch, Leyonhjelm, Lambie and Griff to move:

That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2017:

(1) The number of women in Australia:

(a) who have had transvaginal mesh implants;

(b) who have had transvaginal mesh implants who have experienced adverse side effects; and

(c) who have made attempts to have the mesh removed in Australia or elsewhere.

(2) Information provided to women prior to surgery about possible complications and side effects.

(3) Information provided to doctors regarding transvaginal mesh implants and possible complications and side effects.

(4) Any financial or other incentives provided to medical practitioners to use or promote transvaginal mesh implants.

(5) The types and incidence of health problems experienced by women with transvaginal mesh implants and the impact these health problems have had on women's lives.

(6) The Therapeutic Goods Association's:

(a) role in investigating the suitability of the implants for use in Australia;

(b) role in ongoing monitoring of the suitability of the implants; and

(c) knowledge of women suffering with health problems after having transvaginal mesh implants.

(7) Options available to women to have transvaginal mesh removed.

(8) Any other related matters.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Australian National Audit Office has undertaken an audit to assess whether appropriate steps were taken to protect the Australian Government's interests and obtain value for money in respect to the $3.5 billion in funding committed to the WestConnex project,

(ii) the report concludes that the May 2014 decision to make the $500 million advance payment led to the project being approved without there being any documented analysis and advice to ministers that the statutory criteria for giving such approvals had been met, and

(iii) funds have been paid in advance of project needs and the payment method did not adequately protect the Government's financial interests; and

(b) condemns the Government for contributing federal funds to this poorly executed project and neglecting public transport solutions for Sydney.

Senator Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the Redfern Statement Parliamentary Event that took place in the Great Hall on 14 February 2017;

(b) acknowledges the Redfern Statement, which was presented to the Prime Minister at the parliamentary event, sets out a plan for addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' disadvantage and progressing reconciliation with our First Peoples;

(c) notes the Redfern Statement Engagement Approach for 2017, including a forum, workshops and a national summit; and

(d) calls on the Government to commit to this Engagement Approach and ensure that a National Enduring Agreement or Framework is produced prior to the 2018 Budget, following the national summit.

Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Turnbull Government's plan to reduce schools funding will result in a $335 million cut from the following South Australian schools:

Unley High School: $1,551,000

Elizabeth North Primary School: $627,000

Blackwood High School: $1,072,000

Blair Athol North School: $513,000

Brighton Secondary School: $1,849,000

Nuriootpa Primary School: $388,000

Port Augusta Secondary School: $757,000

Mount Barker Primary School $504,000

Mount Barker High School: $662,000

Goodwood Primary School: $440,000

Goolwa Primary School: $431,000

Cowandilla Primary School: $470,000

Salisbury Downs Primary School: $408,000

Happy Valley Primary School: $403,000

Riverdale Primary School: $434,000

Berri Primary School: $403,000

Mount Gambier North Primary School: $428,000

Modbury High School: $1,159,000

Giles St Primary School: $131,000

Glenunga International High School: $2,000,000

Woodville Gardens School: $763,000

Adelaide High School: $1,624,000; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Education and Training to inform the Parliament which classes, programs and students will suffer as a result of the schools funding cuts.