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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
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Senator Lines to move:

That the following matter be referred to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 22 June 2016:

A review of major Australian resources projects, with a particular focus on oil and gas projects, including Gorgon and Wheatstone, to understand the following:

(a) the level of engagement of Australian business as suppliers;

(b) the effects on employment growth of local suppliers;

(c) whether the jobs promised by proponents were delivered, including commitments to Indigenous employment, apprenticeships, training and youth employment;

(d) the economic, environmental and social impacts on local communities;

(e) the oversight and evaluation of project performance, particularly in relation to employment outcomes; and

(f) any other relevant matters.

Senator Di Natale to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 1 December 2015 marks the 54th anniversary of the raising of the Morning Star flag by the people of West Papua, a day celebrated as the unofficial day of Papuan independence;

(b) celebrates the long overdue release in November 2015 of West Papuan leader and political prisoner, Mr Filep Karma, who was convicted after leading a peaceful rally that included the raising of the Morning Star flag on 1 December 2004;

(c) calls on the Australian Government to express to the Indonesian Government the need for:

(i) immediate amnesty and release of all remaining West Papuan political prisoners,

(ii) free media access to be specified in a presidential directive that makes clear obligations of government ministries and security forces to ensure unobstructed foreign media access to West Papua, and

(iii) free access for foreign researchers to West Papua; and

(d) affirms the right of the West Papuan people to self-determination, peace and security.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, no later than 11 am on Wednesday, 3 February 2016, all documents (whether archived in paper or digital format) held by the Government in relation to any training since 2005 undertaken by public servants as preparation to appear before Senate estimates committees, including but not limited to:

(a) media or media awareness training documents or similar;

(b) performance or confidence training documents or similar;

(c) details of contracts, including for each contract the name of the department, dates of training, numbers of staff trained; name of training provider and costs of contracts;

(d) copies of related tender documents, including documents specifying training outcomes sought by departments;

(e) copies of each training program training schedule including, but not limited to, content and aims or outcomes of subjects or module or activities, such as role playing, performance skills, delivery and impression;

(f) examples of individual written reports, analyses of performances, DVDs or other feedback from such courses, with personal identifiers redacted;

(g) documents relating to any training provided by the company Media Manoeuvres and other training providers; and

(h) any other relevant document, memo or emails.

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

That the following matters be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in June 2016:

(a) the future sustainability of Australia's strategically vital steel industry and its supply chain; and

(b) any other related matters.

Senator Smith to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the intention of the Western Australian State Government to repeal its Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Act 2003, which will remove the legislative framework put in place by the former Labor State Government that creates genetically-modified (GM) organism free areas within Western Australia,

(ii) that this policy decision has the united support of both the state's major farming organisations, the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia and The Western Australian Farmers Federation, and

(iii) the large scale adoption of 'Round Up Ready' canola by Western Australian farmers following its introduction by the Western Australian Liberal-National State Government in 2009-10;

(b) supports the recommendations of both the 2006 statutory review of the Gene Technology Act 2000, and the 2011 Review of the Gene Technology Act 2000 [report to the Department of Health and Ageing by the Allen Consulting Group], which noted that GM crops posed no adverse impact on markets, and concluded that state bans were having detrimental, rather than beneficial impacts; and

(c) condemns the Western Australian State Labor Party's anti-GM policy, including the reintroduction of a ban on cultivating GM crops if re-elected.

Senator Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the ongoing conflict in Syria, which has led to over 250 000 deaths, and the fleeing of 4 million refugees, over half of whom are children, and

(ii) Australia's ongoing military involvement in Syria and Iraq, the scale of which is second only to the United States of America; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) increase the intake of refugees from the Syrian crisis,

(ii) support legislation passed in the Senate that would remove children and their families from detention, and

(iii) de-escalate Australia's military presence in Syria and Iraq, and explore political, economic and diplomatic avenues that will work toward a peaceful settlement to the conflict.

Senator O'Neill to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Cormann, no later than 3.30 pm on 30 November 2015, all documents recording contacts between:

(a) the Commonwealth and New South Wales State Government relating to the purchase or lease of the old Gosford Public School site on the Gosford waterfront; and

(b) the Commonwealth and the New South Wales State Government, Gosford City Council, the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation, the Doma Group and other tenderers relating to the proposed Australian Taxation Office building development in Gosford.

Senators Canavan, McKenzie and Williams to move:

That the Senate notes:

(a) agriculture, fisheries and forestry is one of the biggest employers in rural and regional communities, employing more than 300 000 people;

(b) Australia's 135 000 farmers provide 93 per cent of the domestic food supply, and support an export market valued at A$43.5 billion in 2014-15;

(c) Australia's stringent biosecurity system and best practice farm safety standards underpin our agricultural export strength and our reputation as a producer of some of the highest quality produce in the world; and

(d) acts of agri-terrorism, including a farmer's right to say no to property invasions, illegal activism and the intentional spread of disease and/or pests have the potential to jeopardise Australia's hard-won reputation for agricultural excellence, placing in danger the safety of activists, farmers and their families and the health of animals and crops.

Senators Lazarus and Lambie to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the Pension Loan Scheme is currently available on a voluntary basis to retirees, and has been in existence since 1985,

(ii) that the scheme is not currently available for retirees on the full rate age pension, and

(iii) the Parliamentary Budget Office has costed extending the scheme, which could unlock $2.8 billion of home equity to boost retirement incomes, at a cost of $23 million over the forward estimates, with a positive budget impact in later years; and

(b) calls on the Government to investigate extending the availability of the Pension Loan Scheme to Australians who receive the full age pension, and increasing the maximum payment rate under the scheme.

Senator Waters to move:

That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 22 June 2016:

Disclosure and reporting on carbon risk, in regard to:

(a) current and emerging international carbon risk disclosure frameworks;

(b) current carbon risk disclosure practices within corporate Australia;

(c) the role of carbon risk disclosure within existing Australian corporate governance and financial reporting framework and barriers to carbon accounting;

(d) implications of a global agreement to limit global warming to 2 degrees or stabilise at 1.5 degrees for Australia's financial system stability;

(e) Australian involvement in the G20 Financial Stability Board discussions on carbon risk impacts for financial stability;

(f) current regulatory and policy oversight of carbon risk disclosure across government agencies; and

(g) any other related matters.

Senator Waters to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris [COP 21] begins on Monday, 30 November 2015,

(ii) calls by the President of Kiribati, Mr Anote Tong, and other leaders for a global moratorium on new coal mines,

(iii) calls in the Suva Declaration on Climate Change from the Pacific Islands Development Forum and the Port Moresby Declaration on Climate Change from the Smaller Island State Leaders' for an ambitious international agreement to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius,

(iv) calls from civil society for Australia to commit at least $400 million per year to international climate finance that will allow developing countries to adapt to climate change and build the low-carbon communities of the future, and

(v) that the Turnbull Government's pollution targets would keep Australia as the worst polluter per capita in the developed world by 2030; and

(b) calls on the Turnbull Government to:

(i) support a global agreement to stabilise global temperatures at 1.5 degrees by 2100,

(ii) raise Australia's weak and dangerous pollution reduction targets to meet this long-term goal,

(iii) support a global moratorium on new coal mines, and

(iv) commit at least $400 million per year for four years to international climate finance.