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Notice given 11 March 2008

*28  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, no later than 4.30 pm on Thursday, 20 March 2008, a copy of the KPMG ABC Funding Adequacy and Efficiency Review report.

*29  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Education, no later than 4.30 pm on Thursday, 20 March 2008, a copy of the Department of Education, Science and Training review of private school funding report.

*30  Chair of the Select Committee on State Government Financial Management (Senator Ian Macdonald): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on State Government Financial Management be extended to 18 June 2008.

*31  Senator Murray: To move—

(1) That the Senate, noting concern in the community at the abuse of alcohol, asks that the Government refer the following matter to a parliamentary committee, an appropriate body or a specially-established task force for inquiry and report:

The need to significantly reduce alcohol abuse in Australia, especially in geographic or demographic hot spots, and what the Commonwealth, states and territories should separately and jointly do with respect to:

(a) the pricing of alcohol, including taxation;

 

 (b) the marketing of alcohol; and

(c) regulating the distribution, availability and consumption of alcohol.

(2) That, in undertaking the inquiry, regard is to be had to:

(a) economic as well as social issues;

(b) alcohol rehabilitation and education;

(c) the need for a flexible, responsive and adaptable regulatory regime; and

(d) the need for a consistent, harmonised Australian approach.

*32  Senator Murray: To move—That, in view of:

(a) the instances of developers being identified in investigations into corrupt influence in local government, and other levels of government;

(b) public and media perceptions of improper conduct and influence by developers; and

(c) calls for donations, loans, gifts and favours from developers to be prohibited,

the Senate calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Rudd) to put this matter before the Council of Australian Governments, with a view to designing amendments to all federal, state and territory electoral laws no later than 1 December 2008 either:

(a) prohibiting donations, loans, or gifts by developers, either directly or indirectly, to candidates or political parties at any level of government; or

(b) significantly improving and harmonising law, regulation and governance in this area.

*33  Senator Ellison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that at the first ever global forum to fight the crime of human trafficking, the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking was held from 13 February to 15 February 2008 and convened by the United Nations (UN) Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, an initiative launched by UN Office on Drugs and Crime and several UN partners in 2007; and

(b) urges the new Government to continue the initiatives of the previous Government to combat human trafficking:

(i) by ensuring that Australian agencies are properly funded in the upcoming budget to fight human trafficking and continues to be a world leader in this important area,

(ii) developing initiatives with regional partners to address this important issue, and

(iii) requiring the new Government to report to the Senate on the measures it will take to ensure that Australia is at the forefront of combating human trafficking.

*34  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) and Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 8 March was International Women’s Day,

(ii) Australia trails other comparable economies in the area of gender equity,

(iii) despite achieving the universal right to equal pay more than 35 years ago, Australian women still experience a pay gap of 16 per cent compared with their male counterparts, and

 

 (iv) the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was established more than 8 years ago to ensure the full and equal enjoyment by women of all human rights and fundamental freedoms; and

(b) calls on the Government to stand by its promise and ratify the Optional Protocol to the CEDAW as a matter of urgency.

*36  Senator Bartlett: To move—That the Senate—

(1) That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent this resolution having effect.

(2) That the following bills be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration of each bill resumed at the stage reached in the 41st Parliament:

Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) Bill 2006

Migration Legislation Amendment (Migration Zone Excision Repeal) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2006

Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas Repeal) Bill 2006

Migration Legislation Amendment (Provisions Relating to Character and Conduct) Bill 2006

Migration Legislation Amendment (End of Mandatory Detention) Bill 2006

Migration Legislation Amendment (Complementary Protection Visas) Bill 2006

Migration Legislation Amendment (Access to Judicial Review of Migration Decisions) Bill 2006

Migration Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Rights and Procedural Fairness) Bill 2007.

*37  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that Amnesty International, CARE International UK, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Medecins du Monde UK, Oxfam, Save the Children UK and Trocaire, in the week beginning 2 March 2008 said that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is now worse than it was at any time since Israel occupied the Palestinian territories in 1967,

(ii) that those organisations in the week beginning 9 March 2008 described Israel’s blockade of Gaza as a collective punishment of the entire Gazan population of 1.5 million and said it was unacceptable and illegal,

(iii) that the situation has worsened since Israel imposed the severe restrictions over the Gaza Strip and hindered the movement of residents and goods,

(iv) that poverty levels in the Gaza Strip are rising and that hospitals are suffering 12 hour power cuts each day while water and sewage systems are close to collapse,

 

 (v) that the United Nations (UN) emergency relief coordinator in Gaza says medical services are deteriorating, private industry has more or less collapsed, hospitals lack sufficient beds, drugs, resuscitation devices, needles and blood to meet the demand and more than 80 per cent of the population are receiving emergency rations from UN agencies as their main source of food,

(vi) that 40 per cent of the Gaza population has access to water for only a few hours a day and that municipal authorities lack the fuel and spare parts needed to maintain water delivery infrastructure which could collapse at any time and that 40 million litres of raw or partially-treated sewage is being pumped into the Mediterranean Sea every day with long-term risks to the environment, and

(vii) that the International Save the Children Alliance advised that hundreds of thousands of children are among those most at risk in the crisis in Gaza with increased levels of chronic disease, anaemia, diarrhoea and malnutrition in children under 5 years of age;

(b) urges the Government to work with the international community and parties to the conflict to, as a matter of urgency:

(i) establish procedures to manage the crossings and re-establish full humanitarian and commercial access to Gaza,

(ii) enforce the full implementation of the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access, which was announced by the United States Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, in Jerusalem on 15 November 2005,

(iii) develop a strategy that ensures the protection of children and other civilians in Gaza, while negotiations continue for an end to the violence and a comprehensive settlement of the conflict, and

(iv) increase the levels of humanitarian aid in Gaza to reflect the severity of need; and

(c) considers that celebrating the 60th anniversary of Israel’s statehood should not be interpreted as endorsement of action that gave rise to such crises or approval of the failure to deliver peace and a separate state for Palestinians, an objective that appears less likely now than at any time in the past 60 years.

*38  Senator Ronaldson: To move—

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for inquiry and report:

All aspects of the 2007 Federal Election and matters related thereto, with particular reference to:

(a) the level of donations, income and expenditure received by political parties, associated entities and third parties at recent local, state and federal elections;

(b) the extent to which political fundraising and expenditure by third parties is conducted in concert with registered political parties;

(c) the take up, by whom and by what groups, of current provisions for tax deductibility for political donations as well as other groups with tax deductibility that involve themselves in the political process without disclosing that tax deductible funds are being used;

(d) the provisions of the Act that relate to disclosure and the activities of associated entities, and third parties not covered by the disclosure provisions;

 

 (e) the appropriateness of current levels of public funding provided for political parties and candidates contesting federal elections;

(f) the availability and efficacy of ‘free time’ provided to political parties in relation to federal elections in print and electronic media at local, state and national levels;

(g) the public funding of candidates whose eligibility is questionable before, during and after an election with the view to ensuring public confidence in the public funding system;

(h) the relationship between public funding and campaign expenditure; and

(i) the harmonisation of state and federal laws that relate to political donations, gifts and expenditure.

(2) That in conducting the review the committee undertake hearings in all capital cities and major regional centres and call for submissions.

*39  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to prohibit disruptive advertising in SBS television programs, and for related purposes. Special Broadcasting Service Amendment (Prohibition of Disruptive Advertising) Bill 2008 .

*40  Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for product control and payment and refund of deposits in relation to certain drink containers in order to protect the environment, and for related purposes. Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008 .

*41  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to repeal provisions relating to group voting tickets and provide for preferential above-the-line voting, and for related purposes. Commonwealth Electoral (Above-the-Line Voting) Amendment Bill 2008 .

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nash—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 14 February 2008 ).

National Native Title Tribunal—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nash—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 14 February 2008 ).

Indigenous Land Corporation—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

 

 6  Central Land Council—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Northern Land Council—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Torres Strait Regional Authority—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Natural Heritage Trust of Australia—Report for 2005-06

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

10  Tiwi Land Council—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

11  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

12  Department of Immigration and Citizenship—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

13  Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal—Report for 2006-07

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

14  National Health and Medical Research Council—NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee—Report on the operation of the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 for the period 1 April to 30 September 2007

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

15  Migration Act 1958 —Section 486O—Assessment of appropriateness of detention arrangements—Government response to reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Personal identifiers 221/07 to 346/07, dated 12 February 2008

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Orders of the Day

Qantas Sale (Keep Jetstar Australian) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading ( restored 13 February 2008 ).

 

 3  Trade Practices (Creeping Acquisitions) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading ( restored 13 February 2008 ).

Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 13 February 2008 ).

Rights of the Terminally Ill (Euthanasia Laws Repeal) Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Fair Bank and Credit Card Fees) Amendment Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Fielding, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Poker Machine Harm Reduction Tax (Administration) Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Fielding, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Stolen Generation Compensation Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

Renewable Energy Legislation Amendment (Renewable Power Percentage) Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Allison, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

10  Marriage (Relationships Equality) Amendment Bill 2008—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Nettle )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).

11  Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison, Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown and Senators Bishop and Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

12  Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government) 2001 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Murray and Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

13  Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

 

 14  Electoral (Greater Fairness of Electoral Processes) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

15  Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2003 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

16  Euthanasia Laws (Repeal) Bill 2004 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

17  Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

18  Ministers of State (Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions) Bill 2002 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja and Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

19  National Market Driven Energy Efficiency Target Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

20  Parliamentary Charter of Rights and Freedoms Bill 2001 [2008]—( Senate bill )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

21  Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

22  Peace and Non-Violence Commission Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

23  Privacy (Data Security Breach Notification) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

24  Privacy (Extension to Political Acts and Practices) Amendment Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

25  Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

26  Public Interest Disclosures Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

27  Repatriation of Citizens Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison, and Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

 

 28  Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill 2001 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

29  Same-Sex Marriages Bill 2006 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Stott Despoja and Bartlett )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

30  Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison, and Senators Bartlett, Murray and Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

31  State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

32  Taxation Laws Amendment (Scholarships) Bill 2005 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

33  Textbook Subsidy Bill 2003 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

34  Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1998 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Allison )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

35  Workplace Relations (Guaranteeing Paid Maternity Leave) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading ( restored 14 February 2008 ).

36  Rural and Regional Australia

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

(a) notes:

(i) the challenges facing Australia’s rural and regional communities, and

(ii) that the Government is showing its contempt of rural and regional Australia, including through cuts to rural and regional funding programs; and

(b) calls on the Labor Government to continue the strong commitment of the former Coalition Government to rural and regional Australia ( Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector (Senator Stephens), in continuation, 14 February 2008 ).