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17    Notices

Senator Bernardi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that the Australian Greens website claims that the President of the United States of America ‘was elected on a platform of racism, division and fear’ and that ‘his time in office so far could easily be confused for that of a fascist dictator’;

               (b)       discourages honourable senators from making emotive statements of this nature about Australia’s allies, as they do not assist bilateral relations; and

                (c)       expresses its respect for the free, fair and democratic presidential election decision of the American people made on 8 November 2016. ( general business notice of motion no. 547 )

Senator Bernardi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that the Trump Administration in the United States of America has declared 7 November to be the National Day for Victims of Communism;

               (b)       further notes the Senate motion passed on 18 October 2017 rejecting any assertion that the teachings of Lenin or Marx should be celebrated in a liberal democracy;

                (c)       recalls the number of refugees who came to Australia fleeing communist regimes; and

               (d)       calls on the Government to organise a similar annual commemoration remembering the victims of communism from 7 November 2018 onwards. ( general business notice of motion no. 548 )

Senator Bernardi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate supports repealing the Student Services and Amenities Fee. ( general business notice of motion no. 549 )

Senator Bernardi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that 31 October 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation triggered by Martin Luther;

               (b)       also notes that, in Australia and around the world, this anniversary was commemorated, including for the first time in history by Catholics and Protestants together in joint ecumenical events;

                (c)       further notes the significant social, political and religious changes that occurred throughout Europe as a result of, and in response to, the Reformation;

               (d)       recognises the benefits to Australian students from learning more about the Reformation in the school curriculum;

                (e)       further recognises the significant contribution of the Reformation to the advancement of literacy and freedom of thought, conscience, belief and religion; and

                (f)       calls on honourable senators, the House of Representatives and the Federal Government to uphold those freedoms in their legislative deliberations. ( general business notice of motion no. 550 )

Senator Bernardi: To move on the next day of sitting—

(1)       That the Senate notes:

(a)       the auspicious date of 15 October 1529 on which the Ottoman Empire’s Siege of Vienna was broken;

(b)       that, despite the lifting of the Siege of Vienna, violence and oppression against liberal-democracy and other faiths by Islamists has continued into our own time; and

(c)       the creation of the croissant by the coffee houses of Vienna to celebrate the defeat of the Army of the Crescent.

(2)       That the Senate calls on members and senators to enjoy a croissant with their coffee this week in solidarity with the defenders of liberalism and freedom. ( general business notice of motion no. 551 )

Senator Carr: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       acknowledges the failure of the Abbott-Turnbull Government to manage offshore processing arrangements and secure other third country resettlement arrangements for eligible refugees;

               (b)       notes that the United States of America refugee resettlement agreement will resettle up to 1250 eligible refugees from Manus Island and Nauru but that some eligible refugees will miss out on the opportunity to resettle in America;

                (c)       acknowledges that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced an agreement with Prime Minister John Key on 9 February 2013 at the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ meeting that:

                                     (i)       New Zealand would resettle 150 refugees annually from Australia, including refugees from Manus Island and Nauru, and

                                    (ii)       the first refugees would be resettled in 2014;

               (d)       notes that, if former Prime Minister Tony Abbott had not withdrawn from the agreement, as many as 600 refugees would have been resettled in New Zealand by now;

                (e)       acknowledges the inquiry and report of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, Serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre , and in particular, recommendation 7: ‘The committee recommends that the Australian Government give serious consideration to all resettlement offers it receives, including the Government of New Zealand’s offer to resettle refugees from Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Nauru. Further, if particular resettlement offers are considered unsuitable, the Government should clearly outline the reasons’;

                (f)       notes that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has renewed the offer to Australia to resettle 150 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru;

                (g)       notes that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has failed to explain why he will not accept New Zealand’s offer to resettle eligible refugees from Manus and Nauru; and

               (h)       calls on the Turnbull Government to immediately accept New Zealand’s offer to resettle refugees from Manus Island and Nauru and begin negotiating appropriate conditions, similar to the United States refugee resettlement agreement, to ensure people smugglers do not exploit vulnerable people. ( general business notice of motion no. 552 )

Senator Cameron: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Employment, by no later than 3.30 pm on 27 November 2017, the following documents:

               (a)       all emails and messages, including text messages and messages sent on any instant messaging service or application, between any employee of the Minister’s office and any employee of the Prime Minister’s office between 9 am on 23 October 2017 and 30 October 2017 which refer or relate to:

                                     (i)       the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) investigation into the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU), or

                                    (ii)       the execution of a search warrant on AWU premises in relation to the ROC investigation, or

                                  (iii)       media presence at the execution of a search warrant on AWU premises in relation to the ROC investigation, or

                                  (iv)       the allegation that the Minister’s office tipped-off the media that the search warrant was to be executed, or

                                   (v)       the decision, on or about 27 October 2017, that the person employed as Fair Work Ombudsman Director of Media would not take up a position in the Minister’s office;

               (b)       all correspondence received by the Minister or her office from the Registered Organisations Commissioner or his office relating to any:

                                     (i)       inquiry, or

                                    (ii)       investigation, or

                                  (iii)       ‘matter under assessment’, or

                                  (iv)       opening of a file,

including, but not limited to, any matter related to any registered organisation or in relation to any police investigation into the possible leak of the raid of the AWU offices;

                (c)       all correspondence received by the Minister or her office from the Fair Work Commission General Manager or their office relating to any:

                                     (i)       inquiry, or

                                    (ii)       investigation, or

                                  (iii)       ‘matter under assessment’; or

                                  (iv)       opening of a file,

including, but not limited to, any matter related to any registered organisation; and

               (d)       phone records, including phone numbers, time and date of call, and duration of call, for each of the following people between 20 and 30 October 2017:

                                     (i)       the Minister for Employment,

                                    (ii)       the Minister’s Chief of Staff,

                                  (iii)       the Minister’s Senior Media Adviser,

                                  (iv)       the Minister’s Junior Media Adviser(s), and

                                   (v)       the Minister’s adviser with responsibility for matters relating to the Registered Organisations Commission. ( general business notice of motion no. 553 )

Senator Cameron: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Employment, by no later than 3.30 pm on 16 November 2017, the following documents:

               (a)       all emails and messages, including text messages and messages sent on any instant messaging service or application, between the Minister and any staff member employed in her ministerial or electorate office between 9 am on 23 October 2017 and 11 pm on 27 October 2017, which refer or relate to:

                                     (i)       the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) investigation into the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU),

                                    (ii)       the execution of a search warrant on AWU premises in relation to the ROC investigation,

                                  (iii)       media presence at the execution of the search warrant,

                                  (iv)       the allegation and subsequent admission that the Minister’s office tipped-off the media that the search warrant was to be executed, and

                                   (v)       the decision that the person employed as Fair Work Ombudsman Director of Media would not take up a position in the Minister’s office;

               (b)       all emails and messages, including text messages and messages sent on any instant messaging service or application, between any employee of the Minister’s office and the person employed as Fair Work Ombudsman Director of Media between 9 am on 23 October 2017 and 30 October 2017 which refer or relate to:

                                     (i)       the ROC investigation into the AWU,

                                    (ii)       the execution of a search warrant on AWU premises in relation to the ROC investigation,

                                  (iii)       media presence at the execution a search warrant on AWU premises in relation to the ROC investigation,

                                  (iv)       the allegation that the Minister’s office tipped-off the media that the search warrant was to be executed, and

                                   (v)       the decision, on or about 27 October 2017, that the person employed as Fair Work Ombudsman Director of Media would not take up a position in the Minister’s office;

                (c)       all emails and messages, including text messages and messages sent on any instant messaging service or application, between the Minister’s Senior Media Advisor and any person other than the Minister or an employee of the Minister, on 24, 25 and 26 October 2017 which refer or relate to the execution of a warrant obtained by the ROC to search offices of the AWU;

               (d)       all emails, file notes, memos and forms held by the Minister’s office or the Fair Work Ombudsman which relate to:

                                     (i)       the resignation or termination of employment on 26 October 2017 of the person employed on that date as the Minister’s Senior Media Advisor,

                                    (ii)       all advertisements, wherever circulated, of job vacancies in the senator’s ministerial office between 1 August and 27 October 2017,

                                  (iii)       any offer of employment in the Minister’s office which had been made, prior to 26 October 2017, to the person then employed as the Fair Work Ombudsman Director of Media, and

                                  (iv)       the decision, on or about 27 October 2017, that the person employed as Fair Work Ombudsman Director of Media would not take up a position in the Minister’s office; and

                (e)       any question time briefs, or draft question time briefs created between 20 and 26 October 2017 relating to the ROC, the AWU, or the execution of a warrant on the Victorian and National Office of the AWU. ( general business notice of motion no. 554 )

Senator Bernardi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to remove prohibitions in Commonwealth laws on the construction and operation of certain nuclear installations, and for related purposes. Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Facilitation) Bill 2017 . ( general business notice of motion no. 555 )

Senator Abetz: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       affirms the independence of the Australian Electoral Commission;

               (b)       rejects allegations that the Australian Electoral Commission is partisan or unprofessional; and

                (c)       expresses full confidence in the Australian Electoral Commissioner. ( general business notice of motion no. 556 )

Senator Singh: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       14 November 2017 is World Diabetes Day,

                                    (ii)       the theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is women and diabetes,

                                  (iii)       diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century where, according to the International Diabetes Federation, 199 million women are currently living with diabetes worldwide,

                                  (iv)       in Australia, diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition and:

                                                       (A)       around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes and 280 Australians develop diabetes every day, which is one person every five minutes,

                                                        (B)       diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in Australia,

                                                        (C)       there are more than 4400 amputations every year in Australia as a result of diabetes, and

                                                       (D)       the total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia is estimated at $14.6 billion,

                                   (v)       type 1 diabetes mellitus, which accounts for 10% of all diabetes diagnoses in Australia is an autoimmune condition (not lifestyle-related) affecting nearly 160,000 Australians and is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting children in Australia,

                                  (vi)       people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes require insulin for life to manage their diabetes and live with the reality of hypoglycaemic fits, diabetic ketoacidosis and even death, along with the long-term health impacts, and

                                (vii)       because of this, type 1 diabetes is responsible for significant financial and emotional burdens on the afflicted, their families and the community;

               (b)       welcomes the Government’s investment in diabetes treatment and research, including the provision of free continuous glucose monitoring devices to eligible children and people under the age of 21 years with type 1 diabetes; and

                (c)       calls on the Government to extend this much-needed support to pregnant women and adults with severe hypoglycaemia and limited awareness of their condition who have never been able to afford the technology, and the improvements in their health and safety it would give them. ( general business notice of motion no. 557 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes Senator Brandis’ comments to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee on 26 October 2017, in relation to the Adani Group’s Carmichael mine, that ‘the Australian Government has written to the Government of China to confirm that the project has received all necessary Queensland State Government and Australian Government environmental and mining approvals’; and

               (b)       orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, by no later than 12.45 pm on 15 November 2017, any correspondence from the Australian Government to foreign governments or their agencies in relation to the Adani coal mine or its infrastructure, including the letter from the then-Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Joyce) and the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment (Mr Ciobo) to the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission. ( general business notice of motion no. 558 )

Senator Urquhart: To move on the next day of sitting—That—

               (a)       the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee meet to consider 2017-18 supplementary Budget estimates on 23 November 2017, from 3 pm to 6 pm, to further examine NBN Co Limited; and

               (b)       the following NBN Co Limited officials appear before the committee at that time to answer questions: the Chief Executive Officer, the Chairman, the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Network Engineering Officer. ( general business notice of motion no. 559 )

Senator Siewert: To move on 28 November 2017—That the Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area) Amendment Determination (No. 2) 2017, made under the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 , be disallowed [F2017L01170].

The Chair of the Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism (Senator Dastyari): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism be extended to the first day of sitting in 2018. ( general business notice of motion no. 560 )

The Attorney-General (Senator Brandis): To move on the next day of sitting—That the days of meeting of the Senate for 2018 be as follows:

Autumn sittings:

Monday, 5 February to Thursday, 8 February

Monday, 12 February to Thursday, 15 February

Autumn sittings (2):

Monday, 19 March to Thursday, 22 March

Monday, 26 March to Wednesday, 28 March

Budget sittings:

Tuesday, 8 May to Thursday, 10 May

Winter sittings:

Monday, 18 June to Thursday, 21 June

Monday, 25 June to Thursday, 28 June

Spring sittings:

Monday, 13 August to Thursday, 16 August

Monday, 20 August to Thursday, 23 August

Monday, 10 September to Thursday, 13 September

Monday, 17 September to Thursday, 20 September

Spring sittings (2):

Monday, 15 October to Thursday, 18 October

Spring sittings (3):

Monday, 12 November to Thursday, 15 November

Monday, 26 November to Thursday, 29 November

Monday, 3 December to Thursday, 6 December.

Senator McKim: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       in 2013, the New Zealand Government first made an offer to Australia to resettle 150 refugees sent by Australia to Manus Island and Nauru,

                                    (ii)       New Zealand Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, has confirmed New Zealand’s commitment to resettle 150 refugees sent by Australia to Manus Island and Nauru, stating that the offer remains ‘firmly on the table’, and

                                  (iii)       Prime Minister Ardern will again raise her country’s offer to accept 150 refugees sent by Australia to Manus Island and Nauru when she meets Prime Minister Turnbull at the East Asia Summit in the Philippines this week; and

               (b)       calls on Prime Minister Turnbull to accept New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees sent by Australia to Manus Island and Nauru. ( general business notice of motion no. 561 )

Contingent notice of motion : Senator Siewert gave a contingent notice of motion, as follows: To move (contingent on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017 being read a second time)— That it be an instruction to the committee of the whole to divide the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017 to:

               (a)       incorporate Schedule 2 in a separate bill; and

               (b)       add to that bill enacting words, provisions for titles and commencement, and a provision giving effect to amending schedules.