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Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Page: 2143


Senator Siewert to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services, on 16 November 2016, all information (including documents and statistics) used in the preparation of the report entitled Cashless Debit Card Trial Progress Report, authored by the Department of Social Services and released publicly on 31 October 2016.

Senator Brandis to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to telecommunications, and for related purposes. Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.

Senators Xenophon and Carr to move:


(a) the Senate notes that:

   (i) the SEA 1000 Future Submarine project, a project that aims to deliver Australia a regionally superior future submarine capability, is likely to be the most expensive and complex project ever undertaken by the Commonwealth of Australia,

   (ii) failures that occur in complex projects are often attributed to decisions made in the commencement phase of the project, and

   (iii) there is an accepted need for transparency in Government contracts; and

(b) there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, by the start of business on 24 November 2016, the Design and Mobilisation Contract signed between the Commonwealth of Australia and DCNS on 30 September 2016.

Senators Xenophon, Griff and Kakoschke-Moore to move:

That the following matters be referred to the Standing Committee of Privileges for inquiry and report by 14 August 2017:

(a) the implications of the use of intrusive powers by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, including in relation to electronic surveillance and metadata domestic preservation orders, on the privileges and immunities of members of Parliament;

(b) whether current oversight and reporting regimes on the use of intrusive powers are adequate to protect the capacity of members of Parliament to carry out their functions, including whether the requirements of parliamentary privilege are sufficiently acknowledged;

(c) the need for specific protocols to be developed on any or all of the following matters:

   (i) access by law enforcement or intelligence agencies to information held by parliamentary departments or departments of state (or portfolio agencies) in relation to members of Parliament or their staff,

   (ii) access in accordance with the provisions of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 by law enforcement or intelligence agencies to metadata or other electronic material in relation to members of Parliament or their staff, held by carriers or carriage service providers, and

   (iii) activities of intelligence agencies in relation to members of Parliament or their staff (with reference to the agreement between the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives and the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service); and

(d) and any related matters.

Senator Gallagher to move:

That the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, from 10 am, as follows:

(a) Thursday, 10 November 2016;

(b) Thursday, 24 November 2016, followed by a public meeting; and

(c) Thursday, 1 December 2016.

Senator Back to move:

That the Joint Standing Committee on Migration be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sittings of the Senate, from 10 am, as follows:

(a) Wednesday, 23 November 2016; and

(b) Wednesday, 30 November 2016.

Senator Fifield to move:

That consideration of the business before the Senate on Wednesday, 9 November 2016, be interrupted at approximately 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable Senator Kitching to make her first speech without any question before the chair.

Senator Burston to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the rules committee of the High Court has failed to comply with its own rules in relation to the issue of process in the name of the Queen, and

   (ii) in a response to the Attorney-General, following a question from Senator Culleton, the High Court has acknowledged its error; and

(b) calls on the Government to table in the Senate the response from the High Court to allow the Senate to determine whether the rules committee has complied with the provisions of the High Court Act 1979.

Senator Rice to move:

That the Senate recognises the work of the Welcome to Eltham community campaign in Victoria, which has strongly demonstrated the values of generosity and inclusion in their efforts to welcome 120 Syrian refugees who will be resettled in the area in the coming weeks.

Senators Leyonhjelm, Hanson and Burston to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes former Senator Day, in his 35 years as a builder:

   (i) built over 10,000 homes,

   (ii) directly employed over 1,000 people and indirectly over 5,000 trade contractors,

   (iii) donated millions to charities, becoming known in Adelaide as "the man who gives away houses" because of all the houses he built for charity groups,

   (iv) sponsored hundreds of sporting clubs, individuals and community groups,

   (v) was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia in 2003 for services to the housing industry and to social welfare, particularly housing the homeless, and to the community,

   (vi) later in 2003, was awarded the Centenary of Federation medal for service to housing and charity, and

   (vii) in 2005, was awarded the inaugural Pride of Australia medal for 'Community Spirit' for restoring the village of Houghton and creating the Soldiers Memorial Walk and Remembrance Wall;

(b) notes, in relation to the failure of former Senator Day's business that :

   (i) all homes under construction are covered by Home Owners warranty insurance, which means any costs to complete the homes will be covered by insurance, not taxpayers,

   (ii) many suppliers and trade contractors have credit insurance which will cover much of their losses, and

   (iii) former Senator Day has always agreed to sign personal guarantees, which means he will lose his house as a consequence of the failure of his business;

(c) congratulates former Senator Day on his commitment to assisting those who have been impacted by the company's closure; and

(d) thanks him for his service in the Senate.

Senators Duniam and Bushby to move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges the importance of the aquaculture industry to the State of Tasmania, which is an important source of employment and economic activity in regional Tasmania, employing 5,200 people;

(b) expresses support for the aquaculture industry which is a world-leading and sustainable industry, adding to the state's premium brand; and

(c) calls on all political parties to support this vital industry which is important, not only for Tasmania, but the entire nation.