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Notice given 17 September 2018

  1064   Senators Wong, McAllister and Singh: To move—The Senate:

                          (a)      welcomes the arrival of the Nobel Peace Ride to Canberra at the end of its 900 km bicycle journey from Melbourne;

                          (b)      notes the ride is touring the Nobel Peace Prize medal awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and raising awareness of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;

                           (c)      acknowledges that civil society and non-government organisations in Australia and internationally who form the global movement to secure a ban on nuclear weapons, including ICAN, do important work; and

                          (d)      recognises that, as a non-nuclear armed nation and a good international citizen, Australia can make a significant contribution to promoting disarmament, the reduction of nuclear stockpiles, and the responsible use of nuclear technology, and has historically done so, including through the Canberra Commission in 1995 and the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND).

Notice given 18 September 2018

  1072   Senator Bernardi : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      expresses a concern that persons convicted in Australia of being a member of a terrorist organisation, in circumstances where they are recent migrants to Australia and liable to future deportation would:

                                                (i)      potentially present a significant national security and social cohesion problem in prisons, where they might spread their ideology, and

                                               (ii)      will attract significant state or territory taxpayer cost for the years served in incarceration - potentially in high security arrangements - for the offence; and

                          (b)      calls upon the Attorney-General to work with state and territory Attorneys-General to establish criteria for:

                                                (i)      circumstances where such individuals will be deported immediately, rather than serving a sentence of imprisonment, and

                                               (ii)      giving weight to the prospect the destination country will imprison the deportee.

  1073   Senator Bernardi : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) began in 1964 operating as a terrorist organisation targeting Israeli civilians,

                                               (ii)      the PLO embarked upon the Second Intifada from 2000 to 2005, claiming 4,000 lives - an uprising that started soon after the Camp David peace summit convened by then President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, and

                                             (iii)      US President Donald J Trump and his administration are closing the PLO Washington office due to a lack of progress in peace negotiations; and

                          (b)      calls upon the Foreign Minister to reflect upon the wisdom of Australian aid money going directly or indirectly to the PLO and its associated entities.

Notice given 19 September 2018

*1082   Senator Stoker : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      confirms the importance of Australia Post outlets to regional and rural Queensland, particularly those in outer regional and remote towns, where they are an important and often critical community and business facility supporting locals in a range of everyday services, allowing them to communicate and carry out business;

                          (b)      expresses its support for the continued operation of these services in the:

                                                (i)      90 communities classified as ‘very remote’ communities,

                                               (ii)      59 communities classified as ‘remote’ communities, and

                                             (iii)      204 communities classified as ‘outer regional’ communities;

                           (c)      notes that these services are essential for the development of regional and rural economies, resilient communities and core to ensuring the connectivity of regional, rural and remote people to the rest of Australia;

                          (d)      encourages Australia Post to pursue every opportunity to ensure their ongoing operation in existing locations; and

                           (e)      calls on Australia Post to bring forward a new Licensed Office payment agreement that ensures licensees who operate post offices are paid fairly.

*1083   Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party ( Senator Hinch ): To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) published its final report on the dairy inquiry on 30 April 2018, following an 18-month public inquiry, and

                                               (ii)      the ACCC made a number of recommendations with the goal of addressing a large imbalance in bargaining power between farmers and processors, one of which was recommendation 8: a mandatory code of conduct within the act should be established for the dairy industry;

                          (b)      acknowledges that:

                                                (i)      the industry has taken the initiative to self-regulate by implementing a voluntary code of conduct,

                                               (ii)      while this is a positive step, the ACCC sees the need for a mandatory code, as opposed to a voluntary code, for the following reasons:

                                                                  (A)       it is difficult to monitor compliance with a voluntary code,

                                                                  (B)       there are no consequences for breaching a voluntary code,

                                                                  (C)       not all processors in the industry are signatories to the voluntary code, and

                                                                  (D)       strengthening the voluntary code may result in non-signatories being less likely to sign up, and

                                             (iii)      under a mandatory code, by comparison, the ACCC would have the power to take enforcement action for non-compliance against parties that are subject to the code - remedies would include injunctions, damages, nonĀ­-punitive orders and other compensatory orders; and

                           (c)      calls on the Federal Government to prioritise the implementation of a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy industry, in line with the ACCC’s recommendations.

Notice of « motion » altered on 19 September 2018 pursuant to standing order 77.

*1084   Senator Dean Smith : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes:

                                                (i)      that 10 October 2018 is World Day Against the Death Penalty,

                                               (ii)      the bi-partisan position of Australian governments over many years in their continued opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances for all people, and their commitment to pursuing the universal abolition of the death penalty through all avenues available,

                                             (iii)      that the theme of the 2018 World Day Against the Death Penalty is to raise awareness of the inhumane living conditions of people sentenced to death;

                          (b)      acknowledges the Australian Government’s Strategy for Abolition of the Death Penalty, which details Australia’s reasons for opposing the death penalty because:

                                                (i)      it is irrevocable, miscarriages of justice cannot be rectified, and no legal system is safe from error,

                                               (ii)      it denies any possibility of rehabilitation to the convicted individual,

                                             (iii)      there is no convincing evidence that it is a more effective deterrent than long-term or life imprisonment, and

                                             (iv)      it is unfair - it is used disproportionately against the poor, people with intellectual or mental disabilities and minority groups;

                           (c)      acknowledges the overwhelming number of senators who voted in the Senate, on 19 June 2018, in favour of Australia’s position on the death penalty; and

                          (d)      notes that on World Day Against the Death Penalty, the Australian film Guilty , which documents the final 72-hours in the life of Myuran Sukumaran, the Bali-9 convicted criminal who, along with Andrew Chan, was executed by a firing squad in Indonesia on 29 April 2015, will be screened in every state and territory in the country.


*1085   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That—

(1)         The Senate:

(a)         notes that the Coalition Government has waived labour market testing for contractual service suppliers for six new countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11), as well as including investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms; and

(b)         calls on the Federal Government to:

                                                            (i)       remove Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions from the TPP-11, and

                                                           (ii)       reinstate market testing for contractual service suppliers for Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and Chile.

(2)         There be laid on the table by the Leader of the Government in the Senate documents demonstrating that:

(a)         ISDS provisions have been removed from the TPP; and

(b)         labour market testing for contractual service suppliers has been reinstated for Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and Chile.

(3)         Further consideration of the Customs Amendment (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation) Bill 2018 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation) Bill 2018, or any other bill intended to implement any part of the TPP be deferred until the next sitting day after the documents specified in paragraph (2) are tabled.

*1087   Senator Singh : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes:

                                                (i)      that 21 September 2018 is the International Day of Peace,

                                               (ii)      that the United Nations General Assembly has declared that this day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples,

                                             (iii)      the variety of events throughout Australia celebrating this global goal and this day, and

                                             (iv)      that the theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is ‘The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70’;

                          (b)      recognises:

                                                (i)      the need to end the suffering caused by armed conflicts around the world, many of which are continuing to escalate and noting that prevention is as important as response, and

                                               (ii)      the role the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has played as a benchmark for the protection and promotion of peace since its adoption;

                           (c)      acknowledges the essential role of the United Nations in maintaining a rules-based international order and the ongoing responsibility of Australia as a founding and influential member of the United Nations to support that role; and

                          (d)      commits to the promotion of peace wherever possible, including through Australia’s continuing support of the United Nations and, in particular, its peace operations.

*1088   Senator Singh : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes:

                                                (i)      that 22 September 2018 is World Rhino Day,

                                               (ii)      that there are fewer than 29 000 rhinos left worldwide across five species, of which three species are critically endangered,

                                             (iii)      that between 20 000 and 50 000 elephants are killed each year to supply the ivory trade around the globe,

                                             (iv)      that China, the United States of America, Hong Kong, the European Union and the United Kingdom have all either banned or begun implementing a ban on domestic trade in ivory, yet Australia’s trade remains unregulated,

                                              (v)      the 2016 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime World Wildlife Crime Report: Trafficking in protected species , identified Australia as a destination and transit country for ivory,

                                             (vi)      the well-recognised connection between wildlife poaching and other organised criminal activities,

                                           (vii)      that evidence given during the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement’s (the Committee) inquiry into the trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn, revealed illegal Australian domestic markets for ivory and rhinoceros horn that are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars,

                                          (viii)      Australia has no laws regulating its domestic trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn, and

                                             (ix)      according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s 2017 galaxy poll, 77 per cent of Australians already think the trade of ivory and rhino horn is illegal in Australia, and 76 per cent support the Federal Government banning this trade;

                          (b)      welcomes the:

                                                (i)      committee’s recommendations, including a national domestic trade ban on elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn,

                                               (ii)      in-principle support from the Western Australian and Victorian Labor Governments for the implementation of stricter domestic trade measures leading to a domestic trade ban, and

                                             (iii)      United Kingdom government’s plan to legislate a ban on the sale of modern day ivory this month; and

                           (c)      urges the:

                                                (i)      Federal Government to progress Labor's proposal to work with the states and territories to ban Australia’s national domestic trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn, with carefully-targeted exemptions for items which do not contribute to the poaching, to protect elephants and rhinos for future generations, and

                                               (ii)      Minister for the Environment to attend the London 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference this October, where global leaders will gather to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction.


*1090   Senators Sterle and Gallacher: To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes:

                                                (i)      that Australia is not likely to reach its 2020 goal (National Road Safety Strategy 2011-20) of reducing road deaths and injuries by at least 30 per cent relative to the baseline 2008-10 figures, and that in the 2018-19 Budget the target only reached 14.1 per cent,

                                               (ii)      the release of the report of the inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020, conducted by Associate Professor Jeremy Woolley and Dr John Crozier,

                                             (iii)      that, on current trend by 2030, 12 000 people could be killed, 360 000 injured, and at a cost of more than $300 billion nationally according to the report,

                                             (iv)      the need for road safety to be made a priority issue for Commonwealth, state and local governments, and

                                              (v)      that even one single death or injury on our roads is unacceptable; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to work with Parliament to make our roads, vehicles and users safe.

*1091   Senators Payne and Wong: To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      condemns in the strongest terms the atrocities committed in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Shan and Kachin states, as detailed in the full report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission (the Mission) on Myanmar;

                          (b)      notes that:

                                                (i)      following the Mission’s preliminary report of 27 August 2018, the full report documents in detail serious violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law, committed primarily by Myanmar’s military against ethnic minorities,

                                               (ii)      in the case of Rakhine State, the Mission concludes that crimes against humanity and war crimes have occurred, as well as finding sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation and prosecutions for genocide perpetrated against the Rohingya,

                                             (iii)      the full report of the Mission adds to a large body of evidence indicating the commission of the most serious crimes under international law, particularly against the Rohingya, and

                                             (iv)      the Australian Government is considering options in response to the Mission’s report, including targeted sanctions;

                           (c)      supports Australia’s participation in new international efforts on accountability and justice in Myanmar, including at the Human Rights Council, of which Australia is a member, in line with the Mission’s recommendations; and

                          (d)      recognises that:

                                                (i)      Myanmar continues to face formidable challenges as it transitions from five decades of military rule,

                                               (ii)      as a regional partner, Australia must continue to support efforts to achieve democracy and national peace and reconciliation for the benefit of all of people in Myanmar, and


                                             (iii)      the development of strong democratic practices and institutions, including respect for human rights, and full accountability for the human rights violations that have occurred, will be essential to this process and crucial to Myanmar’s long term prosperity.

*1092   Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ( Senator Hanson ): To move—That the Senate acknowledges:

                          (a)      the deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation; and

                          (b)      that it is okay to be white.

*1093   Senator « Steele » - « John » : To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters on its inquiry into the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2018 be extended to 6 December 2018.

*1094   Senator Faruqi : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      the Coalition Government has failed to commit to any specific targets to reduce homelessness,

                                               (ii)      homelessness has risen by 14 per cent, and the number of people sleeping rough has risen by an alarming 20 per cent since 2011, and

                                             (iii)      homelessness service providers are calling for a national solution to end homelessness; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a well-resourced National Homelessness Strategy that:

                                                (i)      has specific targets to reduce homelessness,

                                               (ii)      develops and implements approaches, in partnership with states and territories, to prevent homelessness, and

                                             (iii)      develops and implements a framework of continued support for people to break the cycle of homelessness.

*1095   Senator Rice : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has recommended, in draft amendments, that organisms that have been altered by SDN-1 techniques (site directed nuclease techniques without a repair template) not be considered as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for the purposes of the Gene Technology Act 2000 ,

                                               (ii)      if this recommendation is adopted, traceability of SDN-1 altered organisms will not be required,

                                             (iii)      SDN-1 altered organisms will be considered as GMOs within the European Union as a consequence of a recent European Court of Justice ruling,

                                             (iv)      the European Union has zero tolerance for unapproved GMOs and the presence of unapproved GMOs in any food product, and therefore traceability for all food imports into the European Union will be required,

                                              (v)      a failure to regulate SDN-1 technologies and their presence in the Australian food supply chain could, therefore, potentially jeopardise billions of dollars of agricultural exports to the European Union, and

                                             (vi)      adopting the recommendations of the OGTR and removing traceability for SDN-1 techniques could also undermine the state-based moratoriums in place in South Australia and Tasmania on GMOs; and

                          (b)      calls on the ministerial members of the Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology to delay any consideration of the recommendations of the OGTR until the impact of this amendment on the sustainability of Australian agricultural exports and our state and territory GMO moratoriums can be clarified.

*1096   Senator « Steele » - « John » : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      in 2013, the UN General Assembly affirmed that the rights held by people offline must also be protected online, and it called upon all states to respect and protect the right to « privacy » in digital communication,

                                               (ii)      on 13 September 2018, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the methods for bulk interception of online communications used by the United Kingdom’s (UK) Government Communications Headquarters violated « privacy » and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards,

                                             (iii)      the ECHR ruled that safeguards must indicate “the nature of offences which may give rise to an interception order; a definition of the categories of people liable to have their communications intercepted; a limit on the duration of interception; the procedure to be followed for examining, using and storing the data obtained; the precautions to be taken when communicating the data to other parties; and the circumstances in which intercepted data may or must be erased or destroyed”,

                                             (iv)      the legal challenge was brought by Big Brother Watch and Others following revelations by National Security Agency whistleblower, Mr Edward Snowden, in 2013 that intelligence services were covertly intercepting, processing, and storing communications data in bulk, and

                                              (v)      Australian mass surveillance laws, including the proposed Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, are based on the UK Investigatory Powers Act 2016 , also known as the Snoopers’ Charter; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to:

                                                (i)      consider Australia’s obligations under the UN Declaration of Human Rights and international laws, including the European General Data Protection Regulation, and

                                               (ii)      review Australian « privacy » and surveillance laws, to ensure Australians’ human rights are upheld, including their right to « privacy , and that sufficient safeguards are enshrined in legislation.

*1097   Senator Siewert : To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, by 5 pm on 28 September 2018, the most recent data on the number of people in the national prioritisation queue who have been waiting longer than 12 months to receive home care packages.

*1098   Senator Waters : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that women retire with around 40 per cent less superannuation than men, and supports legislative change to close this gap as quickly as possible;

                          (b)      acknowledges that if the Gillard Government had adopted The Greens amendment to the Paid Parental Leave Bill 2010, to ensure superannuation was paid to primary parents on leave, this gender retirement income gap would now be smaller;

                           (c)      notes that the flat 15 per cent tax rate on superannuation contributions is regressive, with a disproportionate impact on the retirement savings for women, as they make up the majority of low income earners below the median wage; and

                          (d)      calls on this or future governments to significantly boost the retirement balances of women by:

                                                (i)      making super contribution taxes progressive by setting them at 15 per cent below marginal tax rates, and

                                               (ii)      increasing the Low Income Superannuation Tax Offset for earners below the tax-free threshold, in order to ensure all workers gain an equal tax benefit from superannuation.

*1099   Senator Griff : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes:

                                                (i)      the human rights situation in Tibet,

                                               (ii)      the continuing restrictions on entry to Tibetan areas for journalists, international observers, non-governmental agencies and foreign diplomats,

                                             (iii)      the imprisonment of Tashi Wangchuk, a Tibetan language rights advocate, for peacefully exercising his fundamental rights of freedom of speech, expression and language rights,

                                             (iv)      the demolition of Tibetan Buddhist learning institutes, Larung Gar and Yachen Gar, which violates international law and China’s own domestic laws, and

                                              (v)      that the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Policy for the peaceful resolution of the Tibetan situation seeks to do so within the framework of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to:

                                                (i)      engage, or continue to engage, constructively with China to ensure human rights in Tibet are respected,

                                               (ii)      monitor the human rights situation in Tibet by closely following and contributing to the UN Human Rights Council’s third cycle Universal Periodic Review on China to be held early in November 2018, and

                                             (iii)      support a peaceful, mutually-agreeable resolution of the Tibetan situation, including facilitating meaningful discussions on the points raised in the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People.

*1100   Senator Duniam : To move—That the Senate notes that—

                          (a)      the Tasmanian State Labor Party rules require political appointments to electorate or ministerial offices of state and federal members to be members of the party and a financial union member;

                          (b)      the application of this rule could result in a breach of the Fair Work Act, which protects a person’s right to freely choose whether or not to join a union; and

                           (c)      Mr Bill Shorten must address this discriminatory practice to stop the forcing of state and federal MPs’ staff to join unions.

*1101   Senator Rice : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      this week is International Bisexual Awareness Week (Bi Week), and 23 September 2018 is Bisexual Visibility Day,

                                               (ii)      Bi Week and Bisexual Visibility Day recognises and celebrates bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, bisexual people and identities, and also calls for greater visibility of bi+ stories,

                                             (iii)      research has consistently shown that mental health for bisexual people is poorer than for heterosexual, gay or lesbian people - bisexual people report heightened feelings of isolation, anxiety, distress and self-doubt, and

                                             (iv)      biphobia and bi-erasure lead to discrimination against bisexual people from both heterosexual communities and LGBTIQ+ communities; and

                          (b)      calls on parliamentarians to:

                                                (i)      recognise and celebrate the many contributions of bisexual people to Australian society,

                                               (ii)      commit to elevating the voices and stories of bisexual people in this Parliament, and

                                             (iii)      support the provision of essential health, social, cultural, and community services for bisexual people and their families, delivered with the meaningful input and involvement of these communities.

*1102   Senator Polley : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      the former Treasurer, Mr Scott Morrison, was the architect of significant cuts to aged care to the tune of $1.2 billion in the 2016-17 Budget,

                                               (ii)      Mr Morrison’s $1.2 billion cut to aged care came on top of the almost $500 million from aged care funding Mr Morrison cut in the 2015 MYEFO,

                                             (iii)      you don’t fix aged care by cutting funding to it, and

                                             (iv)      after 5 years of cuts, dithering and inaction on aged care, the government has essentially called for a royal commission into itself;

                          (b)      condemns:

                                                (i)      the Morrison Government for failing to take responsibility for these cuts, and

                                               (ii)      the current Prime Minister’s refusal to rule out further cuts to aged care in Australia;

                           (c)      calls on the Federal Government to ensure the Royal Commission into Aged Care examines the impact of the Liberals’ years of cuts; and

                          (d)      calls on the Federal Government not to wait for the royal commission to start fixing the crisis it has created.