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Monday, 23 November 2015
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Senators Brown, Moore and Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) throughout Australia, there are tens of thousands of children being raised by their grandparents,

(ii) these grandparents play a significant role in the lives of the grandchildren for whom they care,

(iii) the circumstances of these grandparents, as well as the grandchildren, entail significant challenges that are severely affecting the quality of life for grandparent-headed families,

(iv) it has been over a year since the Community Affairs References Committee tabled its report, Grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren, on 29 October 2014, and

(v) the Government is yet to respond to the report; and

(b) calls on the Government to respond to the report and its recommendations.

Senator Smith to move:

That the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1), during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

(a) Tuesday, 2 February 2016;

(b) Tuesday, 23 February 2016;

(c) Tuesday, 1 March 2016; and

(d) Tuesday, 15 March 2016.

Senator Smith to move:

That the Joint Select Committee on Trade and Investment Growth be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1), during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

(a) Thursday, 4 February 2016;

(b) Thursday, 25 February 2016;

(c) Thursday, 3 March 2016; and

(d) Thursday, 17 March 2016.

Senator Singh to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 14 November was World Diabetes Day,

(ii) there are 1.1 million diagnosed cases of diabetes in Australia and this is rising by 100 000 a year,

(iii) Diabetes Australia estimates that:

(A) diabetes currently costs the Australian economy around $14.6 billion per annum, and

(B) the cost of diabetes to the Australian economy is forecast to increase to $30 billion by 2025,

(iv) Australia needs a stronger response to the challenge of diabetes, and

(v) there is evidence that:

(A) the onset of type 2 diabetes can be successfully prevented, and

(B) serious complications and hospitalisations from diabetes can be prevented; and

(b) commits to working towards reducing the impact of diabetes on the lives of Australians.

Senator Collins to move:

That, for the purposes of its inquiry into the matters referred on 10 November 2015, the Committee of Privileges have power to consider and use the minutes of evidence and records of the Select Committee on the Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru appointed on 26 March 2015 and reappointed on 10 August 2015.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) former Newcastle Lord Mayor and developer, Mr Jeff McCloy, lost his High Court case to overturn a New South Wales law banning developers from making political donations,

(ii) in its finding on the case, the High Court identified a more subtle kind of corruption known as clientelism, which is where officeholders will decide issues not on the merits or the desires of their constituencies, but according to the wishes of those who have made large financial contributions valued by the officeholder,

(iii) the High Court also stated that the particular concern is that reliance by political candidates on private patronage may, over time, become so necessary as to sap the vitality, as well as the integrity, of the political branches of government, and

(iv) in dealing with solutions, the High Court found that, unlike straight cash-for-votes transactions, such corruption is neither easily detected nor practical to criminalise, and the best means of prevention is to identify and to remove the temptation; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) ban political donations to parties and candidates from for-profit corporations, and

(ii) establish an independent agency, similar to the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption, which works to expose corruption and enhance integrity at the federal level.

Senator Whish-Wilson to move:

That the Small Pelagic Fishery (Closures Variation) Direction No. 1 2015, made under subsection 41A(3) of the Fisheries Management Act 1991, be disallowed [F2015L01450].

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

Senator Waters to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the Victorian National Party’s announcement in early 2015 that they ‘support landowners having the right to say no to coal seam gas extraction activity on their land’,

(ii) comments by the Leader of the Nationals and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Mr Truss MP, that farmers should have the right to say yes or no to coal seam gas exploration and extraction on their property,

(iii) comments by:

(A) the Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Mr Joyce MP, and

(B) the Deputy Leader of the Nationals in the Senate and Minister for Rural Health, Senator Nash,

supporting a right for farmers to say no to coal seam gas activity on their land,

(iv) reports that:

(A) the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr McCormack MP, and

(B) Mr Broad MP, and Senators McKenzie, Williams and Canavan,

support the right of farmers to say no to coal seam gas activity on their land; and

(b) agrees that landowners should have the right to say no to coal seam gas activity on their land.

Senators Canavan, Macdonald and Lindgren to move:

That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 March 2016:

The development of the bauxite resources near Aurukun in Cape York, with particular reference to:

(a) the economic development of the bauxite resources near Aurukun in Cape York;

(b) any issues relating to native title rights and interests on the land on which these resources are located;

(c) the process for the finalisation of an exclusive Mineral Development Licence Application on this land;

(d) any opportunities for traditional owners to receive ongoing benefit from the resources located on this land; and

(e) any other related matter.

Senator Ludlam to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the disaster at the Samarco iron ore mine, owned by BHP and Vale, which claimed the lives of twelve people with 22 still missing, left thousands homeless, and has left 280 000 without drinking water,

(ii) comments by the Brazilian Minister of the Environment, Ms Izabella Teixeira, describing this as ‘the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history’,

(iii) the emergence of an independent report from 2013 warning of major design flaws in the waste stockpile and tailings dam which was not included in the application or the granting of a licence to Samarco,

(iv) that the pollution from the disaster has contaminated one of Brazil’s most important river systems, the Rio Doce, and

(v) that estimates of the cost of the clean-up range from US$1 billion to US$27 billion;

(b) offers its deepest condolences to the people of Bento Rodrigues, neighbouring communities, and downstream communities in Brazil affected by the disaster;

(c) calls on BHP and all Australian corporations active around the world to uphold local environmental laws and respect human rights; and

(d) supports adequate compensation for affected communities which should be paid by the owners of the Samarco mine.