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Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Page: 288

Presentation

Senator Fawcett to move:

That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

(a) Monday, 2 March 2015, from 5.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region;

(b) Tuesday, 3 March 2015, from 12.45 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean—Asia Pacific region;

(c) Tuesday, 3 March 2015, from 5.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into government support for Australian defence industry exports;

(d) Wednesday, 4 March 2015, from 11 am, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationships with countries of the Middle East;

(e) Monday, 16 March 2015, from 5.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region;

(f) Tuesday, 17 March 2015, from 12.45 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean—Asia Pacific region;

(g) Tuesday, 17 March 2015, from 5.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into government support for Australian defence industry exports;

(h) Wednesday, 18 March 2015, from 11 am, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationships with countries of the Middle East;

(i) Monday, 23 March 2015, from 5.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region;

(j) Tuesday, 24 March 2015, from 12.45 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean—Asia Pacific region; and

(k) Wednesday, 25 March 2015, from 11 am, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationships with countries of the Middle East.

Senator Fifield to move:

That, on Wednesday, 11 February 2015, on its presentation to the Senate, the Prime Minister's annual report on Closing the Gap and accompanying ministerial statement be considered for not more than 2 hours.

Senator Milne and Senator Xenophon to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to country of origin labelling of food, and for related purposes. Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling) Bill 2015.

Senator Milne to move:

That the Senate—

(a) welcomes the Egyptian Government's decision to unconditionally release and deport Australian journalist, Mr Peter Greste;

(b) recognises the tireless work of the Greste family, the Australian Government, the Ambassador and embassy staff in Cairo, and supporters of free press in Australia and around the world in advocating for the release of Mr Greste; and

(c) calls on the Egyptian Government to uphold freedom of the press and ensure the just and timely release of Mr Greste's Al Jazeera colleagues, Mr Mohamed Fahmy and Mr Baher Mohamed.

Senator O ' Sullivan to move:

That the Senate recognises Australia's ability to develop and expand the kangaroo meat and hide industry, which can create jobs and build wealth for communities across rural and regional Australia.

Senator Polley to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness among Australian women of the symptoms of ovarian cancer,

(ii) that each year 1 400 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and more than 1 000 will die from the disease—that is one woman every 8 hours, and

(iii) with concern, that the prognosis for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer is generally poor due to the advanced stage of most ovarian cancers at the time of diagnosis;

(b) acknowledges that there is no screening program or detection test for ovarian cancer, and that the Pap smear will not detect the disease;

(c) recognises that:

(i) ovarian cancer is not a silent disease and that all women experience symptoms, even in the early stages of the cancer, and

(ii) the four most common symptoms are:

(a) abdominal or pelvic pain,

(b) increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating,

(c) needing to urinate often or urgently, and

(d) difficulty eating or feeling full quickly;

(d) understands that every Australian woman needs to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer; and

(e) notes the need for greater focus on education and additional research funding to help Australian scientists to find early detection markers and more effective treatments for this disease.

Senator Collins to move:

That the Senate:

(a) adopt the recommendation in the 160th report of the Committee of Privileges, on the use of CCTV material in Parliament House, that no contempt be found in relation to the matter referred; and

(b) adopt the following further recommendations made by the committee:

That the Presiding Officers instigate the development of a new Code of Practice which restores the focus on matters of security and safety, and emphasises accountability to the Presiding Officers and the Parliament, with appropriate regard for the primacy of the powers, and immunities of the Houses and their members.

That the review process involve consultations with members and senators and other building occupants, and give consideration to the matters dealt with in this report.

That senior officers in the Department of Parliamentary Services involved in the administration of the CCTV system and other systems managed on behalf of the Parliament undertake some structured training to acquaint themselves with the principles of privilege.

That the attention of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee be drawn to the matters set out from paragraph 2.2, under the heading Contradictory evidence, relating to the misleading evidence given at its estimates hearing on 26 May 2014.

Senator Wong to move:

That—

(a) the Senate—

(i) notes the Abbott Government's failure to keep Parliament and the public informed of the nature and progress of its trade negotiations,

(ii) expresses concern that the Abbott Government's lack of transparency diminishes industry and community engagement and undermines support for trade liberalisation,

(iii) draws to the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Investment the order of the Senate of 11 December 2013 requiring bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements to be tabled at least 14 days before signing, and

(iv) requires the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Investment to make a statement in the Senate on the status of negotiations on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 12 February 2015;

(b) at the conclusion of the statement a senator may move to take note of the statement; or

(c) if no statement has been made by the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Investment by 4 pm on Thursday, 12 February 2015, the Senator Wong) may immediately move a further motion relating to the Minister's failure to comply.

Senators Carr, Xenophon, Lambie, Muir, Rhiannon and Lazarus to move:

That the following matters be referred to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 March 2015:

(a) the principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014;

(b) alternatives to deregulation in order to maintain a sustainable higher education system;

(c) the latest data and projections on student enrolments, targets, dropout rates and the Higher Education Loans Program;

(d) structural adjustment pressures, and the adequacy of proposed measures to sustain high quality delivery of higher education in Australia's regions;

(e) the appropriateness and accuracy of government advertising in support of higher education measures, including those previously rejected by the Senate;

(f) research infrastructure; and

(g) any other related matters.

Senator Cash to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) February 2015 marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month,

(ii) Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is run every year by Ovarian Cancer Australia and its purpose is to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and to offer support for the women, their families and friends affected by ovarian cancer, and

(iii) Teal Ribbon Day is commemorated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015, and is a day when all Australians are invited to wear a teal ribbon to show support for ovarian cancer awareness, support and research;

(b) recognises that:

(i) ovarian cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancers in Australia, with more than 1 300 Australian women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, which equates to almost four women each day,

(ii) ovarian cancer has a low survival rate compared to other women's cancers, with more than two-thirds of ovarian cancers being advanced at the time of diagnosis and therefore being difficult to treat,

(iii) there are no screening tests for ovarian cancer that provide early detection and many Australian men and women remain unaware of the symptoms of this insidious disease, and

(iv) from 2000 to 2014, the National Health and Medical Research Council allocated over $97 million in funding for research into ovarian cancer, and over $11 million is to be allocated in 2015 to 2018; and

(c) commends Ovarian Cancer Australia for its continuing efforts to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, and to provide support to those Australians affected by ovarian cancer.