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Monday, 12 October 2015
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Senator Moore to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Sunday, 11 October, is internationally recognised as the Day of the Girl,

(ii) Day of the Girl has worked to assist girls all over the world in issues such as sexual assault, child marriage and education, and

(iii) in 2015 the Day of the Girl's theme was adolescent girls;

(b) congratulates all those involved in bringing awareness to the needs of women and girls by launching and maintaining this movement; and

(c) acknowledges the need for the ongoing development and support of women and girls in all areas across the world.

Senators Moore and Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) National Carers Week 2015 will run from Sunday, 11 October, until Saturday, 17 October, to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation,

(ii) carers in Australia make an enormous contribution to our communities and our national economy,

(iii) in 2015, it is estimated that nearly 2.9 million Australians will provide more than 1.9 billion hours of informal care and unpaid care, and

(iv) the replacement value of informal care would be $60.3 billion, equivalent to 3.8 per cent of gross domestic product and 60 per cent of the health and social work industry; and

(b) congratulates Carers Australia for its strong advocacy and support for those providing care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, and alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail and aged.

Senator Moore to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) BUSHkids, is the Royal Queensland Bush Children's Health Scheme, which has provided and continues to provide the children of rural Queensland with physical and mental health assistance since 1935, and

(ii) Thursday, 22 October 2015 is BUSHkids Thanksgiving, and celebrates 80 years of the BUSHkids service; and

(b) congratulates BUSHkids for the dedication and commitment of the many people involved who provide to families across regional Queensland through this pioneering health scheme.

Senator Carr to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Education and Training, by no later than 3.30 pm on Wednesday, 14 October 2015:

(a) any reports delivered under the Nous Group contract, 'Assessment of Stakeholder Views—Higher Education', listed on the Austender website (contract number CN3277481); and

(b) all other documentation related to the contract, including any correspondence between the Nous Group and the Minister or his department.

Senator Macdonald to move:

That the Senate:

(a) notes that the North Queensland Cowboys Rugby League Team won its first ever National Rugby League Grand Final;

(b) congratulates Cowboys co-captain Johnathon Thurston on:

(i) his leadership,

(ii) his award of a record fourth Dally M Player of the Year Medal, and

(iii) winning the Clive Churchill Player of the Grand Final Medal and the Provan Summons Fans Choice Medal as the Best Player of the Year; and

(c) urges the Government to continue to support excellence in sport and the identification of role models.

Senator Lazarus to move:

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates the North Queensland Cowboys on winning the 2015 National Rugby League Grand Final and Johnathan Thurston on winning the 2015 Clive Churchill Medal;

(b) recognises the positive impact of the win for the North Queensland region which is being impacted by drought and other social and economic challenges;

(c) acknowledges the important work of the North Queensland Cowboys in supporting and promoting the region; and

(d) calls on the Government to immediately commit the funds necessary to build a new multi-purpose sporting venue in Townsville to accommodate North Queensland Cowboys home games and other local, state, national and international sporting and recreational events.

Senator Wang to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1973, and for related purposes. Commonwealth Grants Commission Amendment (GST Distribution) Bill 2015.

Senators Rhiannon and Bilyk to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the United Nations (UN) summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda took place from 25 September to 27 September 2015;

(ii) the Sustainable Development Goals build on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, which have:

   (A) reduced the number of people in absolute poverty,

   (B) reduced child mortality,

   (C) increased the number of children in school, and

   (D) increased access to clean water and sanitation, and

(iii) the Sustainable Development Goals were endorsed by all members of the UN as objectives for all countries to meet, and achieving these will require policy and financial commitments from all countries; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) endorse the Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint to end extreme poverty; and

(ii) adopt the Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for Australia's aid program, and work with other countries to support these Goals which includes contributing Australia's fair share internationally to achieve their targets.

Senator McEwen to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) World Food Day 2015, held on 16 October, will mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and that the theme for the day is 'Social protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty',

(ii) malnutrition contributes to 3 million of the 6 million deaths of children under age 5 each year,

(iii) in addition, 162 million children around the world suffer from stunting, which is an indicator of chronic under-nutrition, and affects the physical and mental development of children,

(iv) the estimated economic benefits of action to improve nutrition outweigh the additional costs by up to 18 to 1,

(v) Australia and other international donors invest less than 1 per cent of development assistance in specific nutrition investments, in spite of the toll of malnutrition, and

(vi) achieving Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals, 'End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture', will require increased investment in nutrition;

(b) recognises:

(i) the Australian Government has included nutrition as a priority investment in its Health for Development Strategy released in June 2015,

(ii) the next global Nutrition for Growth Summit, due to take place in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, is a significant opportunity for international donors, national governments and non-government partners to commit additional resources to reducing malnutrition, and

(iii) the Nutrition for Growth Summit provides an occasion for Australia to back its priority for nutrition to improve health outcomes with a commitment of additional resources; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government to ensure Australia has ministerial level representation and makes a commitment of new funding for nutrition at the Nutrition for Growth Summit in 2016.

Senator Lazarus to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the range of issues currently being experienced across the country in relation to the operation of UBER, including allegations of acts of violence and intimidation against UBER drivers by members of the taxi industry in Queensland;

(b) acknowledges the important role of competition, change and disruption in forging new industries and creating new services;

(c) further notes the impact of UBER and other ride-sharing services on the viability of the taxi industry and the stakeholders involved in the taxi industry, including owners, administrators, drivers and others directly and indirectly employed by the industry;

(d) urges the Government to consider the opportunity for all transport services, including the taxi industry and ride-sharing services, to have a legitimate and legal role in Australia; and

(e) calls on the Government to show leadership and urgently address the taxi and ride-sharing issue by working with state and territory governments to develop a national approach which:

(i) puts the needs of the people of Australia first,

(ii) improves the quality, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of taxi and ride-sharing services across Australia,

(iii) creates a framework to enable the operation of taxi and ride-sharing services on a level playing field basis, including regulation, fee introductions and fee modifications,

(iv) recognises the financial investment of taxi industry stakeholders, and any potential losses associated by a national approach,

(v) proposes amendments to policy, legislation and administrative instruments and mechanisms across relevant levels and areas of government to facilitate the adoption of the framework,

(vi) is developed in consultation with all taxi industry, ride-sharing service providers and other stakeholders, and

(vii) aims to resolve the issues being experienced across the country, and reduce the tension and concern being felt by many involved.

Senator Fifield : to move:

That consideration of the business before the Senate on Tuesday, 13 October 2015, be interrupted at approximately 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable Senator Simms to make his first speech without any question before the chair.

Senator Canavan to move:

That the Senate notes:

(a) the approval of Port Alma as a live cattle export facility;

(b) the benefits of providing new export options to producers and the cattle industry in central Queensland;

(c) that in 2014-15, the live cattle export industry contributed $1.4 billion to Australia's economy; and

(d) that lowering transport costs, by providing local export options in addition to the highly important processing industry, will deliver better returns to central Queensland cattle producers by giving access to more markets.

Senator Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the week beginning 11 October 2015 is Anti-Poverty Week,

(ii) the main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to strengthen public understanding, and encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, and

(iii) poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians;

(b) acknowledges the very important work undertaken by a large number of organisations across Australia in providing crucial services, such as food-banks, housing, social services, counselling and legal support among others, which make an invaluable contribution to Australian society;

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) increase Newstart and Youth Allowance payments by at least $50 a week,

(ii) provide adequate support to people struggling with poverty, including young people accessing income support,

(iii) provide appropriate support to service delivery agencies, including stable and adequate funding, and

(iv) develop a national anti-poverty plan with clear targets and measures to address poverty in Australia.

Senators Xenophon, Lazarus, Muir and Whish Wilson to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 6 October 2015, 12 Pacific-rim countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement,

(ii) to date the text of the Agreement has not been made public, and

(iii) on 24 June 2015 the Productivity Commission released its Trade and Assistance Review 2013-14, which stated 'the emerging and growing potential for trade preferences to impose net costs on the community presents a compelling case for the final text of an agreement to be rigorously analysed before signing'; and

(b) calls on the Government to refer the text of the Agreement to the Productivity Commission for a full-scale review prior to the Agreement's implementing legislation being introduced into the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Senator Rice to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia suffered a severe underfunding of public transport under the Abbott Government,

(ii) the former Prime Minister, Mr Abbott, labelled the 2014 Victorian election as a 'referendum on the East West Link', and that there was a change of government in Victoria because of that election, and

(iii) the Turnbull Government has this week [11 October to 17 October 2015] labelled the East West Link toll road as 'indispensable and inevitable', and included it in a publicly-released list of their priority infrastructure projects for Victoria; and

(b) calls on the Government to withdraw the allocation of federal funding set aside for East West Link and to reallocate this funding to the Melbourne Metro Rail project.