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Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Page: 6761

Presentation

Senator Bishop to move:

That the Economics Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 13 September 2012, from 3.30 pm.

Senator Thistlethwaite to move:

That the Select Committee on Electricity Prices be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Monday, 17 September 2012, from 4.45 pm.

Senator Urquhart to move:

That the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works be authorised to meet during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 13 September 2012, from 5 pm, for the purpose of making an inspection.

Senator Colbeck to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A bill for an act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and for related purposes.

Senator Fifield to move:

That the Senate notes the Gillard Government's $120 billion budget black hole.

Senator Waters to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) the intention of the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to transfer responsibility for protecting our nationally threatened species and wilderness places to state governments by March 2013, and

   (ii) that the Victorian Premier (Mr Baillieu) is ready to sacrifice the endangered Leadbeater's Possum for logging and development; and

(b) calls on the Government to retain responsibility for all major decisions on environmentally damaging projects that affect our nationally threatened species and wilderness places.

Senator Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 13 September 2012 is the 5th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

(b) congratulates the Government on expressing support for this important document in 2009; and

(c) calls on the Government to continue to work towards implementing this declaration into policy and domestic law, including the ratification of the International Labour Organization Convention No. 169.

Senator Xenophon to move:

That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 29 November 2012:

(a) the findings of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau into the ditching of VH-NGA Westwind II, operated by Pel-Air Aviation Pty Ltd, in the ocean near Norfolk Island airport on 18 November 2009;

(b) the nature of, and protocols involved in, communications between agencies and directly interested parties in an aviation accident investigation and the reporting process;

(c) the mechanisms in place to ensure recommendations from aviation accident investigations are implemented in a timely manner; and

(d) any related matters.

Senators Fierravanti-Wells and Wright to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that Thursday, 13 September 2012 is R U OK? Day;

(b) recognises that:

   (i) today, six Australians will die through suicide and more than 200 will make a suicide attempt,

   (ii) one in four deaths among young people occur through suicide,

   (iii) suicide is the leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds each year at 23.3 per cent,

   (iv) suicide is the biggest killer of men under 44 and women under 34, and

   (v) suicide currently ranks 15th in the overall causes of death in Australia;

(c) encourages people of all backgrounds to regularly check in with each other and ask the question, 'Are you ok?', because a conversation could change a life; and

(d) calls on the Government to increase efforts to raise awareness about the problems and complexity of suicide, especially among our young Australians.

Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the Senate calls on the Government to rule out a Commonwealth High Court challenge to state-based marriage equality legislation if the bill currently before the Tasmanian Parliament is passed into law.