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Wednesday, 14 November 2018
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Senator Dean Smith to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate notes that—

(a) 3 November 2018 was the 65th anniversary of the Western Australian (WA) State flag, as it appears today;

(b) the original design of the State flag, which had the black swan facing the observer's right, was adopted in 1870;

(c) apart from the design change made in 1953, the WA State flag is the oldest state flag; and

(d) the WA State flag continues to be a strong and enduring symbol for all Western Australians.

Senator Anning to move on 26 November 2018:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for a plebiscite at the next general election in relation to migration to Australia, and for related purposes. Plebiscite (Allowing Australians to Decide Who Comes Here) Bill 2018.

Senators Rice and Pratt to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 15 November 2018 marks the one year anniversary of the announcement of the resounding 'yes' vote in the marriage laws postal survey,

   (ii) this resounding 'yes' vote is something to be celebrated, as is the passing of marriage equality in Australia,

   (iii) the postal survey in itself is not to be celebrated, as it was opposed by the majority of LGBTIQ+ Australians and caused a lot of harm to LGBTIQ+ Australians and their families,

   (iv) the historic 'yes' vote and the passing of marriage equality was the result of decades of tireless campaigning by brave community leaders and activists, and

   (v) marriage equality is not the end of the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ Australians and their families, many of whom still face discrimination in their daily lives; and

(b) calls on all parliamentarians to continue to work to end discrimination against LGBTIQ+ Australians and their families in all areas of their lives.

Senator O'Sullivan to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) multiple Australian Islamic terrorists, including the Bourke Street terrorist, ISIS suicide bombers and would-be domestic terrorists, have links to the Hume Islamic Youth Centre,

   (ii) ABC's 4 Corners journalist and executive producer, Ms Sally Neighbour, writing for The Australian in 2006, stated that Hume Islamic Youth Centre Emir Mohammed Omran is a leader of "...the fundamentalist Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association - now regarded as the most radical Islamic group in Australia",

   (iii) in the 2006 article, which reported on a meeting between Sheik Mohammed Omran and Abu Bakar Bashir, head of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah, which was responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings, Ms Neighbour describes Sheik Omran as "...well-connected in international Salafist circles. A Jordanian-born migrant to Australia, his friends included the British-based al-Qa'ida luminary Abu Qatada, whom Omran hosted in Australia in 1994. Interviews with Osama bin Laden and Abu Qatada were among the items featured in the online magazine Nida'ul Islam (Call to Islam), published by Omran's acolytes in the Islamic Youth Movement and read widely in Australia",

   (iv) despite repeated cases of radicalised lslamists attending the Hume Islamic Youth Centre, Sheik Omran this week criticised calls for imams to increase actions to combat extremism - with counterclaims that his greatest power was only to call Triple O when confronted with a threat - and instead accused Australia's police and security agencies of complacency over the movements of the Bourke Street Islamic terrorist, and

   (v) Sheik Omran, who is regarded as arguably Australia's most senior Salafist cleric, would face significant punishment and hardship if he was to make comparable criticism of Jordanian security agencies, where it is a criminal offence to criticise the king and government officials; and

(b) calls on the Senate to:

   (i) condemn radical Islam, whether in speech or deed,

   (ii) call on the Islamic community in Australia to continue to condemn radical Islam in speech and deed, and reaffirm its commitment to working alongside Australian security agencies to address radicalisation in all its forms, and

   (iii) call on Sheik Mohammed Omran to publically retract his criticism of police and intelligence services and denounce all radical Islamic speech and jihadism.

Senator Hinch to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) Australia's fire and emergency (F&E) personnel have a long and proud record of serving overseas, assisting local efforts during times of need,

   (ii) this service has included 17 deployments over the course of 20 years - most recently, a contingent of 140 service men and women who fought deadly fires in California in September this year,

   (iii) currently, within Australia's honours system, there are specific honours for police, military personnel and humanitarian groups that provide emergency assistance overseas, but not one specifically designated for F&E personnel,

   (iv) this has had the effect of forcing F&E personnel to apply for recognition for their service under the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM) - an honour intended for humanitarian groups, and

   (v) F&E personnel are entitled to have their service recognised with a medal struck especially for them; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to create a new Fire and Emergency Service Overseas Medal to recognise F&E personnel who serve overseas during times of crisis.

Senator Anning to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Misconduct by Bank Agents and Associates, be established to inquire into and report upon:

(a) the actions of lawyers, receivers, liquidators, valuers, police, real estate agents, stock squad, trustees, and anyone else involved with banks and their dealings with bank customers;

(b) legal and regulatory frameworks that may allow impropriety by bank agents and their associates;

(c) the redress options available to bank customers;

(d) possible regulatory reforms to discourage misconduct by bank agents and associates; and

(e) any related matters.

(2) That the committee present its final report on or before the second sitting day in March 2019.

(3) That the committee consist of six senators: two nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, two nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, one nominated by minority groups and Senator Anning.

(4) That:

(a) participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator;

(b) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee; and

(c) a participating member shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of members of the committee is not present.

(5) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(6) That Senator Anning be appointed as chair of the committee, and the committee elect a member as deputy chair.

(7) That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

(8) That the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, may appoint another member of the committee to act as chair during the temporary absence of both the chair and deputy chair at a meeting of the committee.

(9) That, in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(10) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to examine.

(11) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings, the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(12) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President of the Senate.

(13) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

Senators Bernardi and O'Sullivan to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) New South Wales (NSW) Greens MP, Ms Jenny Leong, used parliamentary privilege to call on fellow NSW Greens MP, Mr Jeremy Buckingham, to step down as a candidate at the NSW election due to an alleged 'act of sexual violence' and aggressive, intimidating behaviour,

   (ii) Mr Buckingham has been the subject of allegations that he inappropriately touched former staffer Ms Ella Buckland in 2011,

   (iii) former Greens staffer and journalist, Ms Lauren Ingram, alleges she was violently raped by a Greens party volunteer in 2015, which she says she reported to the Greens and heard nothing for months, so she tweeted pictures of her bruising from the incident, drawing a response from the Party in June 2017,

   (iv) former co-convenor of the NSW Young Greens in 2017, Ms Holly Brooke, says a male party member indecently assaulted her, trying to force his hand down her pants and alleges the Greens' response was to suggest she teach a consent workshop to the perpetrator, a response she said was 'more traumatic than the instance itself',

   (v) it has also been alleged that former Victorian Greens party leader, Mr Greg Barber, had a 'men's-only room' in his office, and settled out of court with a former female staffer about sex discrimination and bullying,

   (vi) Victorian Greens candidate, Mr Angus McAlpine, has refused to resign despite rapping about date-rape and domestic violence, and has been defended by Victorian Greens leader, Ms Samantha Ratnam,

   (vii) another Victorian Greens candidate, Mr Dominic Phillips, has liked one Facebook page called 'Period Pains, Try waiting for your porn to download' and another with a title so inappropriate it has been deemed unparliamentary,

   (viii) a former Greens volunteer alleges she was sexually assaulted by another volunteer in the back of a car in Canberra on the night of the last Federal election,

   (ix) Young Greens members wrote an open letter to their party in August demanding it reshape its culture around sexism within the party, with dozens resigning in disgust over handling of sexual misconduct allegations,

   (x) lawyer, Mr Rory Markham, says he is advising a number of women who say the Greens party mishandled their complaints of sexual assault and harassment arising in Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory,

   (xi) the Greens have 10 federal members of parliament, federal party status, 27 state members of parliament, the attendant staffing resources, and have received at least $28.5 million in federal election-based public funding since 2001, and millions more in state and territory election-based public funding, and

   (xii) Greens Senators Di Natale, Siewert and Hanson-Young have all used the phrase "the standard you walk past is the standard you accept";

(b) calls upon Senators Di Natale, Siewert, Steele-John, Hanson-Young, Rice, Waters, Faruqi, Whish-Wilson and McKim to make statements to the Senate condemning predatory and criminal behaviour within the Greens party, and apologise to the victims; and

(c) calls upon the Federal Government to write to all Greens Party branches providing details of support services, and advice as to the means to report inappropriate and potentially criminal behaviour.

Senators Williams and O'Sullivan to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate notes that—

(a) throughout the world, 2440 coal-fired power stations with a capacity of at least 30 megawatts continue to provide a reliable source of energy;

(b) a further 270 coal-fired power stations of similar capacity are under construction;

(c) in its latest World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency (the Agency) estimates the growth in demand for coal in the Asia Pacific will increase by 492 million tonnes of coal equivalent by 2040;

(d) the Agency has forecast Australia's net exports of coal would grow by around 20% to around 430 million tonnes of coal equivalent by 2040;

(e) the Agency notes that, in Australia, in order to expand export volumes in the future, new basins and new transport infrastructure would need to be developed, including railway connections between new mines in the Galilee Basin in Queensland, such as Adani's Carmichael mine, and export ports; and

(f) the production and export of Australian high quality coal is good for jobs in regional Australia and the broader economy.

Senator Di Natale to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the sharpest ever drop recorded in Australia's greenhouse pollution occurred during the two-year period of the carbon pricing mechanism, and

   (ii) during the carbon price, inflation was contained, the economy grew by 4.7% as emissions dropped by 8.2%, compared to the two-year period before the carbon price; and

(b) supports the widely held position of economists, industry and environment groups that an economy-wide carbon price is the lowest cost, most effective way to reduce pollution and encourage investment in the industries of the future.

Senator Di Natale to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) affirms that the best way to support our Pacific neighbours is through genuine aid and development funding and meaningful action on climate change;

(b) notes with deep concern that our aid budget is at the lowest levels it has ever been as a proportion of Gross National Income (GNI);

(c) is further concerned that both the Liberal and Labor parties have joined the debt-trap diplomacy bandwagon, and that Overseas Development Assistance loans often do not support good development outcomes and are at odds with Australia's aid policy; and

(d) as Prime Minister Morrison prepares to attend the APEC Leaders' Summit in Port Moresby on 17 November and 18 November 2018, calls on the Government to unequivocally support Australia's grant-based aid program and commit to reaching an aid budget of 0.7% of GNI by 2030, as per our international commitments.

Senator Kitching to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) media reports that Greens candidate for Footscray in the Victorian state election, Mr Angus McAlpine, made racist, sexist and homophobic slurs, boasted about committing acts of domestic violence and trivialised sexual assault, and

   (ii) Mr McAlpine has used this racist, sexist and violently misogynist language as recently as this year; and

(b) calls on Ms Samantha Ratnam and the Victorian Greens to show some leadership and immediately disendorse Mr McAlpine as a Greens candidate.

Senator Dean Smith to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate notes that—

(a) 15 November 2018 marks 12 months since the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 was introduced into the Senate;

(b) the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 passed the Senate on 29 November 2017, and the House of Representatives on 7 December 2017; and

(c) the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 received royal assent on 8 December 2017.

Senator Dean Smith tomove on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) condemns the shocking attack on worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 27 October 2018;

(b) extends its sympathies to the families of those killed and injured and to the Jewish community in the United States, Australia and throughout the world; and

(c) praises the actions of the first responders who put duty before their own safety.

Senator Waters to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: a Bill for an Act to establish the National Integrity Commission, and for related purposes. National Integrity Commission Bill 2018.

Senator Waters to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) that Defence Force personnel and veterans put their lives and wellbeing at risk in service of our country,

   (ii) the personal toll that Defence Force individuals and their families bear to support a military career, including often and regularly moving between cities and states, and

   (iii) that the rates of suicide, mental ill-health and unemployment amongst Defence Force veterans are higher than the general population; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to reconsider the decision to spend an additional $500 million on the Australian War Memorial, and to instead redirect this funding towards support services for Defence Force volunteers and veterans.