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Notice given 3 March 2003

*352  Chair of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee (Senator Allison): To move—That the time for the presentation reports of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee be extended as follows:

(a) environmental performance at the Ranger, Jabiluka, Beverley and Honeymoon uranium operations—to 9 April 2003; and

(b) the role of libraries as providers of public information in the online environment—to 24 June 2003.

*353  Chair of the Select Committee on Superannuation (Senator Watson): To move—That the Select Committee on Superannuation be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 5 March 2003, from 6 pm till 8.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Amendment Bill 2002 and the Superannuation (Financial Assistance Funding) Levy Amendment Bill 2002.

*354  Senator O’Brien: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 16 October 2002 it agreed to an order for the production of documents relating to the government’s consideration of an ethanol excise and production subsidy,

(ii) on 21 October 2002 the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Ian Campbell) advised the Senate that ‘the government intends to comply with the order as soon as possible and fully expects to be in a position to do so shortly’,

(iii) on 12 December 2002 Senator Ian Campbell advised the Senate that, ‘consideration of the documents is close to conclusion’ and committed to tabling the requested documents out of session by 17 December 2002,

(iv) on 5 February 2003 Senator Ian Campbell advised the Senate that, ‘the government is seeking to conclude its consideration of these documents and its compliance - albeit very late - with the order of the Senate’, and

(v) more than 130 days have passed since Senator Ian Campbell gave the Senate a commitment that the Government would ‘shortly’ comply with the Senate order; and

(b) calls on the government to comply with the order of the Senate no later than 5pm on 6 March 2003.

*355  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and the National Cancer Institute (USA) draft report estimates that 11 000 people died from cancers relating to nuclear testing during the Cold War,

(ii) this is the first study to consider the health effects of nuclear detonations, including those done in foreign countries, between 1951 and 1962, when open-air testing was banned, and

(iii) the report concludes that radioactive fallout from the Cold War nuclear testing exposed virtually everyone in the United States and contributed to cancer deaths;

(b) calls on the Federal Government to adopt blood testing, as New Zealand has done, for all veterans who have been exposed to nuclear testing or munitions in light of this new report; and

(c) urges the Federal Government to contact servicemen who are found in the current Australian health study to have been exposed to high levels of radiation, for the purpose of assessing their health condition and providing medical services.

*356  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Eileen Kampakuta Brown, senior Yankunytjatjara/Antikarinya woman and member of the Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta from Coober Pedy, was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) for services to the community ‘through the preservation, revival and teaching of traditional Anangu (Aboriginal) culture and as an advocate for Indigenous communities in central Australia’,

(ii) Mrs Brown’s extensive traditional cultural knowledge has compelled her to lead a 10-year struggle against the Federal Government’s proposal to dump radioactive waste in the South Australian desert,

(iii) just days before Mrs Brown was awarded the AO, the Federal Government released its final environmental impact statement for the waste dump project, and

(iv) the Government also announced that $300 000 is to be spent to ‘re-educate’ the South Australian public and to nullify opposition to the dump;

(b) points out to the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) the hypocrisy of the Government in giving an award for services to the community to Mrs Brown but taking no notice of her objection, and that of the Yankunytjatjara/Antikarinya community, to its decision to construct a national repository on this land; and

(c) calls on the Government to reverse its decision to construct a national repository in South Australia.

*357  Chair of the Economics Legislation Committee (Senator Brandis): To move—That the Economics Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 6 March 2003, from 4 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the Corporations Amendment (Repayment of Directors’ Bonuses) Bill 2002.

*358  Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (Senator Chapman): To move—That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 5 March 2003, from 4.30 pm, to take evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the disclosure of commissions on risk products.

*359  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate congratulates the New South Wales Premier (Mr Carr) for his decision to scrap agreements made under the Regional Forest Agreement so that a further 15 icon areas of forest are to be protected in the north east of New South Wales.

*360  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the tragic fires and destruction of property which occurred over December 2002 and January 2003 at five Australian immigration detention centres and the ongoing consequences in terms of the impact for asylum seekers;

(b) condemns the acting Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Senator Ellison) for the imputations in his media statements accusing refugee advocates for inciting arson; and

(c) calls on the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (Mr Ruddock) and the Department for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs to ensure that refugees not involved in the fires at these detention centres are not arbitrarily detained or punished.

*361  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate—

(a) congratulates the Globalism Institute, the New Internationalist magazine and David Bridie, the organisers of the successful West Papua conference and concert held in Melbourne last week; and

(b) condemns the RMIT University administration for withdrawing, after pressure from the Indonesian Government, permission for the conference to be held on its campus.

Orders of the Day

ABC Amendment (Online and Multichannelling Services) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 3 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Air Navigation Amendment (Extension of Curfew and Limitation of Aircraft Movements) Bill 1995 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 March 1995 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Anti-Genocide Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Greig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 25 March 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2000 [2002]

Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 10 October 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government) 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Murray and Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 June 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 April 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Corporate Code of Conduct Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 6 September 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 September 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

10  Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 31 May 1995 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

12  Reconciliation Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ridgeway )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

13  State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 7 August 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

14  Public liability insurance premiums

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—That the Senate—

(a) expresses its concern about the significant increase in public liability insurance premiums and the effect it is having on the viability of many small businesses and community and sporting organisations;

(b) condemns the Government for its inaction; and

(c) urges the Minister to propose a solution to this pressing issue, as quickly as possible, not just look at the problem ( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 14 February 2002 ).

15  Ministers of State (Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 13 March 2002 ).

16  Lucas Heights reactor—Order for production of documents—Statement by Minister

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Carr, in continuation, 19 March 2002 ).

17  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Boundary Extension) Amendment Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Calvert, in continuation, 16 May 2002 ).

18  Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 October 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

19  Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 June 1996 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

20  Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 September 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

21  Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Scrutiny of Board Appointments) Amendment Bill 2002—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 15 May 2002 ).

22  Workplace Relations Amendment (Paid Maternity Leave) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 16 May 2002 ).

23  Constitution Alteration (Right to Stand for Parliament—Qualification of Members and Candidates) 1998 (No. 2) [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 3 December 1998 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 16 May 2002 ).

24  Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Forest Practices) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 20 June 2002 ).

25  Family Law Amendment (Joint Residency) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Harris )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Harris, in continuation, 20 June 2002 ).

26  ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organisation (AIPO)—Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation to the 22nd AIPO General Assembly, Thailand, 2 to 5 September 2001; Visits and briefings, Bangkok, 6 to 8 September 2001; and Bi-lateral visit to Singapore, 9 to 13 September 2001

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Calvert—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Calvert, in continuation, 27 June 2002 ).

27  Family and Community Services—Family tax benefits

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Howard Government’s decision to strip, without warning, the tax returns of Australian families who have been overpaid family payments as callous and unfair to parents trying to survive under increasing financial pressures;

(b) notes that this is not consistent with the statement of the Minister for Family and Community Services (Senator Vanstone) in July 2001 in which she assured families that, ‘The Government has also decided that it would be easier for any family who still had an excess payment to have it recovered by adjusting their future payments, rather than taking it from their tax refund. This is because people may have earmarked their refund for use for specific things’;

(c) considers that the Government’s 2-year-old family payments system is deeply flawed, given that it delivered average debts of $850 to 650 000 Australian families in the 2001-02 financial year and continues to punish families who play by the rules; and

(d) condemns the Howard Government and its contemptible attack on Australian families ( Senator Tierney, in continuation, 22 August 2002 ).

28  Health—Medicare—Bulk billing

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Evans—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) since the election of the Howard Government, the rate of bulk billing by general practitioners (GPs) has dropped from 80.6 per cent to 74.5 per cent, and that the average patient cost to see a GP who does not bulk bill has gone up 41.8 per cent to nearly $12, and

(ii) in every year from the commencement of Medicare in 1984 through to 1996, bulk billing rates for GPs increased, but that, in every year since the election of the Howard Government, bulk billing rates have decreased;

(b) recognises that the unavailability of bulk billing hurts those Australians who are least able to afford the rising costs of health care and those who are at greatest risk of preventable illness and disease;

(c) condemns the Howard Government’s failure to take responsibility for declining rates of bulk billing; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Health and Ageing (Senator Patterson) to release publicly the June 2002 quarter bulk billing figures so that the true extent of the problem is made known ( Senator Moore, in continuation, 29 August 2002 ).

29  Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (Licence Charges) Amendment Bill 2002—Document

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 16 September 2002 ).

30  Kyoto Protocol (Ratification) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 19 September 2002 ).

31  Communications—Regional telecommunication services—Inquiry

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Mackay—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Howard Government for establishing an inquiry into regional telecommunications services, the Estens inquiry, which is chaired by a member of the National Party and friend of the Deputy Prime Minister, and has a former National Party MP as one of its members;

(b) condemns the Government’s decisions that the inquiry will hold no public hearings and must report within little more then 2 months of its commencement; and

(c) calls on the Government to address all issues associated with Telstra’s performance, including rising prices, deteriorating service standards and inadequate broadband provision ( Senator Tierney in continuation, 19 September 2002 ).

32  Trade Practices Amendment (Public Liability Insurance) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

33  Corporations Amendment (Improving Corporate Governance) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

34  Trade Practices Amendment (Credit Card Reform) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

35  Superannuation

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Sherry—That the Senate notes the Howard Government’s third term failures on superannuation, including:

(a) the failure to provide for a contributions tax cut for all Australians who pay it, rather than a tax cut only to those earning more than $90 500 a year;

(b) the failure to adequately compensate victims of superannuation theft or fraud;

(c) the failure to accurately assess the administrative burden on small business of the Government’s third attempt at superannuation choice and deregulation;

(d) the failure to support strong consumer protections for superannuation fund members through capping ongoing fees and banning entry and exit fees;

(e) the failure to provide consumers with a meaningful, comprehensive and comprehensible regime for fee disclosure; and

(f) the failure to cover unpaid superannuation contributions in the case of corporate collapse as part of a workers’ entitlements scheme ( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 26 September 2002 ).

36  Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 21 October 2002 ).

37  Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 21 October 2002 ).

38  Parliament House security—Statement by President

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ray—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Ray, in continuation, 11 November 2002 ).

39  Convention on Climate Change (Implementation) Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 September 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).

40  Customs Amendment (Anti-Radioactive Waste Storage Dump) Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 20 October 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).

41  Human Rights (Mandatory Sentencing for Property Offences) Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 6 September 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).

42  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 November 2002 ).

43  Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Bali Bombings) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).

44  Health—Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme—Order for Production of Documents—Statement by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Ian Campbell)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).

45  Trade—Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme—Order for Production of Documents—Statement by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Ian Campbell)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).

46  Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 11 December 2002 ).

47  Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1998 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Allison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 28 May 1998 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 11 December 2002 ).

48  Environment—National radioactive waste repository

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate condemns the Government for:

(a) its failure to respect the rights of the people of South Australia in its consultation process over the location of the planned low-level radioactive waste repository;

(b) its decision to replace effective and meaningful consultation and discussion with a $300 000 propaganda campaign, designed to sway the opinions of South Australians towards locating the repository in that state, in the absence of genuine efforts to provide accurate and exhaustive information on the suitability of the selected site, close to Woomera; and

(c) its lack of a thorough examination of the environmental impact of this plan, in particular the possible dangers caused by the site’s proximity to the Woomera rocket range, and the serious concerns of both the Department of Defence and private contractors on this issue ( Senator Buckland, in continuation, 6 February 2003 ).

*49  Immigration—East Timorese asylum seekers—Document

Adjourned debate on the motion of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett)—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Crossin, in continuation, 3 March 2003 ).