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Tuesday, 10 November 2015
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Senator Wang to move:

That the Senate notes that:

(a) free-to-air television (FTA TV) provides a vital service to regional communities;

(b) the broadcasting by FTA TV of national sporting events is essential to their profitability, and therefore the continuation of this regional service;

(c) FTA TV provides local news content and community announcements essential to the fabric of regional communities; and

(d) the reach rules and ownership rules have been made redundant by disruptive technologies.

Senator Rice to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) in July 2015, the Government withdrew from a longstanding commitment to supply 100 per cent Australian recycled paper to government departments, as outlined in the Australian Government ICT Sustainability Plan 2010-2015,

(ii) industry and environment groups, including the Victorian Association of Forest Industries, the Australian Forest Products Association, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and the Wilderness Society, support the commitment of government purchase of 100 per cent recycled paper.

(iii) Australian Paper opened a new $90 million recycling plant in Maryvale in May 2015, which was supported with a $9.5 million grant from the Federal Government, and which was positioned to supply recycled paper to federal government departments, and

(iv) using Australian recycled paper will boost the Australian manufacturing sector, reduce expensive and unnecessary imports, and reduce the Government’s ecological footprint, carbon emissions and resource waste; and

(b) calls on the Government to immediately reinstate an ongoing commitment to procuring 100 per cent recycled paper.

Senator Canavan to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the importance of a robust and clear legal system that allows for timely judicial review and certainty for investors and the community alike,

(ii) that the latest legal challenge brought by the Melbourne-based Australian Conservation Foundation to the development of the Galilee Basin is another cynical attempt to abuse due process,

(iii) that ongoing green law-fare is holding Queensland families to ransom, and jeopardising Australia’s reputation as a place to do business, and

(iv) that rather than protecting the environment, the replacement of the Galilee Basin’s lower-emission coal by higher-emission coal from other countries could instead cause an increase in global emissions; and

(b) calls on the Australian Labor Party to support legislative amendments to close legal loopholes being exploited by green groups.

Senator Hanson-Young to move:

That the Child Care Benefit (Children in respect of whom no-one is eligible) Determination 2015, made under the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999, be disallowed [F2015L01404].

Fifteen sitting days remain, including today, to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

Senator Wong to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that Wednesday, 11 November 2015, marks 40 years since the dismissal of the Whitlam Government by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr;

(b) recognises the significant contribution made by the Whitlam Government to the creation of modern Australia, inspiring and transforming the nation, including through:

(i) ending conscription,

(ii) establishing universal healthcare through Medibank, the precursor to Medicare,

(iii) implementing education reforms like needs-based funding for schools and free vocational and university education, and introducing the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme,

(iv) ending the last legal vestiges of White Australia,

(v) slashing tariff barriers by 25 per cent,

(vi) establishing diplomatic and trade relations with the People’s Republic of China,

(vii) replacing Australia’s adversarial divorce laws with a new, no-fault system,

(viii) introducing Australia’s first federal legislation on human rights, the environment and heritage,

(ix) introducing sweeping electoral reforms—the vote for 18-year-olds, Senate representation for the territories, and ‘one vote, one value’,

(x) establishing the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Law Reform Commission, the Australian Film Commission, the Australian Heritage Commission, the Technical and Further Education Commission, a national employment and training program;

(xi) launching construction of the National Gallery of Australia , making the Australia Council a statutory authority, and vigorously promoting the arts,

(xii) improving the position of women and our Indigenous population through reforms such as laws banning discrimination of the grounds of race and sex, equal pay for women in the Public Service and the creation of a separate ministry responsible for Aboriginal affairs and instituting Indigenous land rights,

(xiii) creating a single Department of Defence rather than separate departments for Army, Navy and Air Force,

(xiv) establishing the Royal Commission on Human Relationships,

(xv) changing the national anthem to Advance Australia Fair,

(xvi) replacing the British Honours system with the Order of Australia,

(xvii) abolishing appeals to the Privy Council,

(xviii) replacing the Postmaster-General’s Department with Telecom and Australia Post, and

(xix) establishing the Legal Aid Office, the National Film and Television School, the Australian Development Assistance Agency, the Prices Justification Tribunal and the Trade Practices Commission;

(c) affirms the principle that the Senate should not withhold supply;

(d) supports the view of the Prime Minister that letters between Sir John Kerr and Her Majesty The Queen concerning the dismissal are official records written by the Governor-General in discharge of his duty and should be released under the existing 30-year disclosure rule applying to such records; and

(e) calls on the Government to act to facilitate the release of the correspondence.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Crows Nest TAFE is to be closed down and the Cammeraygal High School is to be expanded onto the site,

(ii) the New South Wales Government is planning to sell or partially sell 27 campuses in addition to Crows Nest TAFE,

(iii) increasing privatisation of technical and further education (TAFE) funding and the consequent increase in fees has been linked to a substantial drop in enrolments,

(iv) the closure of Crows Nest TAFE is a direct consequence of the 2012 National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development which has significantly damaged the public TAFE system, by accelerating public funding of private sector involvement in vocational education and training, and

(v) while the development of new high school capacity in North Sydney is urgently needed and the creation of a new school campus welcome, it is not in the interests of the North Sydney community to trade off education sectors against each other; and

(b) calls on:

(i) the Federal and New South Wales governments to restore secure funding for TAFEs in New South Wales,

(ii) the New South Wales Government to reopen a TAFE institution in the Crows Nest area, and

(iii) the Turnbull Government and the Labor Opposition to revisit the 2012 National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development to ensure that public institutions remain the core of education in Australia.

Senator Simms to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee has found that:

(i) the Parliament has the authority to amend the Marriage Act 1961 without recourse to a plebiscite or referendum,

(ii) a plebiscite has the potential to facilitate and justify homophobic and transphobic hate speech, and

(iii) a plebiscite would cost an estimated $158.4 million if held outside of a general election; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Turnbull) to allow a free vote on marriage equality before the end of 2015.

Senator Lambie to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to provide medical and other treatment for all Defence Force members who have served in war or war-like operations, and for related purposes. Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment (Expanded Gold Card Access) Bill 2015.

Senator Fawcett to move:

That the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties be authorised to hold public meetings during the sittings of the Senate from 11 am to 1 pm, as follows:

(a) Monday, 22 February 2016; and

(b) Monday, 29 February 2016.

Senator O’Neill to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the importance of jobs on the Central Coast, and the vital role that governments can play in delivering those opportunities, stimulating the local economy, and stimulating quality infrastructure that benefits business, workers, and the broader community,

(ii) the broad community opposition to the Federal Government’s announced intention to build a Commonwealth government building on prime waterfront land already earmarked for other projects, including a Regional Performing Arts Centre,

(iii) the Federal Government’s decision to do a deal with the New South Wales Government wherein the New South Wales Department of Education will sell-off at least one-third of the site of the now demolished Gosford Public School, thus breaking with community expectations,

(iv) the lack of clarity around the cost of the land, and how developers and/or the owners of the site will recoup lost income from only constructing a four-storey building on a site zoned for up to 16 storeys,

(v) the serious concerns around the tender process wherein some applicants appeared to be given additional information about the proposal, creating unfair advantages, and

(vi) the lack of transparency with which this site was chosen, with no community consultation, local tenderers overlooked, and other potential sites ignored; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) abandon its decision to locate its new building on the Gosford Waterfront, and for a new location to be determined,

(ii) immediately halt all proceedings in regard to the proposed Gosford Australian Taxation Office development on the Old Gosford Public School site,

(iii) broadly consult with the community in their planning for any infrastructure investment on the Central Coast,

(iv) apply procurement principles that advantage local developers and builders for the project to ensure better local job opportunities, and

(v) honour its commitment to provide $10 million to match equal funds from the local council and the New South Wales State Government to advance a centre for performing arts on the Gosford Waterfront as an integrated iconic element of the revitalisation of the Old Gosford Public School site.

Senators Moore and Waters to move:

That the Senate—

(a) welcomes the release of Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia, jointly produced by VicHealth, Our Watch and Anrows;

(b) notes the commitment by governments and communities to a shared response to the horror of family violence, and the need for a deep and lasting cultural change;

(c) acknowledges that ‘Change the Story’ details a national approach to preventing violence against women and children through:

(i) identifying what drives and contributes to violence against women,

(ii) providing evidence-based guidance to government and communities on how to strategically and effectively lead, coordinate, resource and support prevention efforts across Australia, and

(iii) informing and supporting the development of policy and legislation, prevention strategies, programming and advocacy that targets and seeks to reduce the drivers of violence against women;

(d) recognises the need for effective independent evaluation to achieve the best possible results in the reduction of violence and harm of violence against women and children; and

(e) acknowledges the need for a cross-party approach to enforcing a long-term strategy for ending the scourge of family and domestic violence.

Senator Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the vital nature of the Custody Notification Service that operates in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory,

(ii) that the service will be unable to continue to provide the essential life line to the Aboriginal community to the extent necessary after 31 December 2015, and

(iii) that the scheme is effective, cost-efficient, and beneficial for all involved, including police;

(b) acknowledges that, since its inception in 2000 as a result of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, there have been no Aboriginal deaths in police cell custody in New South Wales or the Australian Capital Territory; and

(c) urges:

(i) the Federal Government to provide the full funding plus consumer price index increases on a triennial basis to ensure this essential service can continue to save lives, and

(ii) state and territory governments to follow the lead of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and implement similar programs and services in each state and territory.