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Thursday, 26 November 2015
Page: 9082

Presentation

Senator Simms to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Council of Australian Governments has agreed to a target to end new HIV infections in Australia by 2020,

(ii) in 2014, there were 1 080 infections in Australia with about 750 of these amongst sex between men,

(iii) each new infection and lifelong treatment brings significant health and personal impacts, with lifelong costs estimated at $200 000 to $300 000 per person,

(iv) there is now a strong evidence base and consensus amongst Australian non-government organisations in this area that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) along with rapid HIV tests and home self-tests are vital to add to the prevention tools currently available, and

(v) France is the latest jurisdiction to announce wide-scale access to PrEP, with many other cities and states already having arrangements in place; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) demonstrate leadership on HIV by urgently removing regulatory barriers to access to PrEP, rapid HIV tests and home self-tests, and

(ii) as an interim measure, urgently explore policy options, including expanded trials in states and territories, to enable access to these important prevention tools.

Senator Whish-Wilson to move:

That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 May 2016:

The suitability of the F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) to Australia’s strategic interests, with particular reference to:

(a) the air defence needs that the aircraft is intended to fulfil;

(b) the cost of the program to Australia;

(c) changes in the acquisition timeline;

(d) the performance of the aircraft in testing in Australia and overseas;

(e) potential alternatives to the Joint Strike Fighter; and

(f) any other related matters.

Senator Xenophon to move:

That—

(a) noting that the Government announced:

(i) that the Jobs For Families legislation, including the Childcare Assistance Package, would be tabled by Christmas 2015, and

(ii) the childcare package reforms will be implemented in July 2017; and

(b) there be laid on the table by the Minister for Education and Training (Senator Birmingham), no later than 4 pm on 1 December 2015, all documents relating to the Childcare Assistance Package, including, but not limited to, documents produced by and/or for, and communications related to the reform package, including specifically:

(i) economic modelling on the impact of the reforms on families earning $65 000 to $300 000 plus per annum, where either one or both parents are working,

(ii) reports from the focus groups conducted by the Government to inform the policy proposal,

(iii) clarification of the activity test, specifically relating to the hours of work correlating to the hours of subsidised childcare available,

(iv) economic data and modelling used to determine where families will be $30 per week ‘better off’, and

(v) economic and social data and departmental modelling relating to the reform package.

Senator Di Natale to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the efficacy of medicinal cannabis for managing crippling symptoms where other pain relief and medicines have failed, and

(ii) the urgency and importance of making medicinal cannabis accessible for patients;

(b) applauds the bravery of those families acting to ease the pain of their loved ones despite the anachronistic classification of medicinal cannabis;

(c) affirms the critical need for a framework that makes medicinal cannabis accessible through a doctor, legal, available and affordable; and

(d) urges the Australian Government to heed the voices and deeply moving stories of over a quarter of a million Australians who have called for legal and accessible medicinal cannabis.

Senator Williams to move:

That the Senate notes:

(a) on 12 January 1916, the people of Inverell, New South Wales, lined the town’s streets to farewell a group of 114 men who were answering the call to serve their country following terrible losses at Gallipoli in World War I;

(b) the body of men became known as the ‘Kurrajongs’, and at the time was the single largest group of men to leave a New South Wales country town together for war;

(c) in 1918 Inverell was presented with the New South Wales Governor’s Shield for attaining the highest number of recruits per head of population during a specific recruiting campaign in May and June of that year;

(d) that among the 114 Kurrajongs was Private Alan Mather who was killed in action and whose remains were discovered in Belgium in 2008 and were buried at Prowse Point Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in 2010 with full military honours;

(e) on 10 January 2016, Inverell will host the re-enactment of the Kurrajongs march;

(f) on 12 January 2016, Inverell will host a commemorative service, and the re-enactment of the presentation of the New South Wales Governor’s Shield; and

(g) the Re-enactment Committee thanks the Australian Government and the former Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator Ronaldson,for the support and funding of the events.

Senators Rhiannon and Lindgren to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) many of the puppies that will be given as presents this Christmas will have been bred in puppy farms and raised under inhumane conditions without the opportunity to socialize,

(ii) many of the bitches are forced to breed continuously in barren pens, often starting from as young as 6 months, and

(iii) the majority of puppies purchased informally, online and from pet shops cannot be traced;

(b) urges all customers considering purchasing a puppy as a present to only buy from registered and reputable breeders after inspecting breeding facilities;

(c) encourages customers to adopt rescued animals from pounds or animal shelters;

(d) calls on all state and territory governments to adopt a consistent National Register of organisations that are approved breeders, and issue permits to such organisations; and

(e) encourages all state and territory governments:

(i) to regulate the sale of cats and dogs via online services, in pet shops and at local markets, and

(ii) who do not have a register and breeder permit system to consider adopting such a system.

Senator Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges:

(i) the importance of managing Phytophthora Dieback in protecting the vulnerable plant species and high value ecosystems in Western Australia, and

(ii) the work that has been done by Project Dieback Partners on integrated management as part of implementing the threat abatement plan; and

(b) urges the Government to continue to invest in the ongoing management of Phytophthora Dieback.