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7           Notices

Senator Urquhart: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)               notes that the Government cut the access of Australian users to CapTel through the National Relay Service (NRS) on 1 February 2020;

(b)              welcomes the actions of Ultratech, a US-based company, to establish an interim CapTel service for Australian users;

(c)               notes the statement by the Ultratech CEO, Mr Rob Engelke, on 1 February 2020:

‘I have been genuinely moved by the outpouring of heartfelt messages from Australians who are clearly distressed and frightened about living without CapTel. CapTel has been available for over ten years in Australia and I believe it is not acceptable to leave CapTel users without access to family, friends, employment, emergency services and the myriad ways that all of us use the telephone.

Therefore, as a temporary measure, I have instructed our American captioning centers to support existing Australian CapTel handsets so that they will continue to operate with captions while we investigate long-term options based in Australia’.

(d)              further notes that:

(i)                    cutting access to CapTel through the NRS has created distress for senior deaf and hearing impaired Australians, and a permanent loss of service would negatively affect their quality of life and sense of security and safety at home, 

(ii)                  while the Government has been prepared to protect a Cabinet Minister whose administration of the $100 million community sports grant program has been criticised by the Auditor-General, they have not been prepared to protect the dignity and wellbeing of senior deaf Australians, and

(iii)                the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts has now attempted to blame the 2013 Labor Government, the public service, the previous relay provider, and recently the US technology licensee, for the Government’s own decision to cut funding and services;

(e)               condemns the Government for its lack of consultation with CapTel users, or their concerned family members, before imposing a decision that would affect their welfare; and

(f)                calls on the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts to stop the misinformation and buck passing, and move urgently to reach an agreement to secure ongoing access to CapTel. ( general business notice of motion no. 404 )

The Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Act 2008 and the Australian Education Act 2013 , and for related purposes. Australian Education Legislation Amendment (Prohibiting the Indoctrination of Children) Bill 2020 . ( general business notice of motion no. 405 )

Senator Dean Smith: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)               notes that:

(i)                    the 2020 City of Wanneroo Australia Day Awards were announced on 26 January 2020 at Wanneroo Showgrounds, Wanneroo, Western Australia, and

(ii)                  the City of Wanneroo Australia Day Awards has three categories, including the Charles Searson Australia Day Youth Award, which honours people under 25 who have made an significant contribution to their community;

(b)              acknowledges:

(i)                    the winner of the 2020 Charles Searson Australia Day Youth Award, Miss Jayda Feifar of Girrawheen Senior High School, Girrawheen, Western Australia, for being a dynamic member of her school community and demonstrating effective leadership skills,

(ii)                  the following winners of the 2020 City of Wanneroo Australia Day Awards:

(A)                 2020 Australia Day Individual Award, Daniel McEvoy of the Achievers Club WA, Girrawheen, Western Australia, for his dedication towards supporting students of lower socio-economic backgrounds with their studies, and

(B)                 2020 City of Wanneroo Community Award, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Wangara, Western Australia, for its commitment to enhancing the community by providing support through a suite of outreach programs. ( general business notice of motion no. 406 )

Senator Whish-Wilson: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)               notes:

(i)                    the spread of misinformation on social media during the recent bushfires, particularly posts that exaggerated the number of bushfires started by arsonists,

(ii)                  the analysis undertaken by Queensland University of Technology academics that found that a significant amount of social media activity that exaggerated the number of bushfires started by arsonists was indicative of highly automated and inauthentic behaviour, which suggests the existence of a concerted campaign,

(iii)                that the spread of such misinformation during the bushfires crisis is highly irresponsible; makes it more difficult for bushfire affected communities to obtain accurate information; makes it more difficult for bushfire affected communities to respond in a timely and safe manner to fires; and demonstrates a callous indifference to the hardship and grief being experienced by bushfire-affected communities; and

(b)              acknowledges the importance of:

(i)                    the accurate reporting of bushfires; and

(ii)                  the public being able to trust information sources during a state of emergency. ( general business notice of motion no. 407 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters): To move on the next day of sitting—

(1)               That the Senate notes that:

(a)                   the Senate passed the Australian Greens’ National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) on 9 September 2019 to establish a federal corruption watchdog with broad remit to investigate allegations of corruption and misconduct, and to ensure strong, independent oversight of the actions of parliamentarians; and

(b)                  public consultation on the Commonwealth Integrity Commission model proposed by the Government ended more than one year ago, but the Government has yet to introduce legislation to establish an integrity commission,

(2)              That the Senate calls on the Federal Government to bring on the Australian Greens’ National Integrity Commission Bill 2019 in the House of Representatives for a vote in the February 2020 sittings.

(3)              That this resolution be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence. ( general business notice of motion no. 408 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)               notes that:

(i)                    Adani Mining has received a criminal conviction in relation to giving false and misleading information to the regulator in relation to unlawful clearing activities, and

(ii)                  criminal convictions are a trigger under section 145 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 for review and revocation of approvals granted under that Act; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to revoke Adani’s environmental approvals related to its Carmichael coal mine. ( general business notice of motion no. 409 )

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)               notes that 26 January 2020 was marked by added sorrow for many First Nations peoples due to the damage that has been done to country and sacred places from drought and bushfires;

(b)              recognises that First Nations peoples have a long and deep history of looking after country;

(c)               further notes that it is time to listen with respect as we learn from First Nations peoples about traditional burning practices, land management practices and regeneration of vegetation; and

(d)              calls on the Federal Government to ensure First Nations peoples have a leading role in the fire and drought recovery process. ( general business notice of motion no. 410 )

Senator Faruqi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)               notes that:

(i)                    Asset Energy has announced that it will not proceed with plans for seismic testing in the Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 zone, which was originally planned for thousands of square kilometres of ocean from Newcastle through the Central Coast to Manly in New South Wales,

(ii)                  while this is welcome news for ocean life, exploration through drilling could occur soon causing irreversible damage to the marine environment, and

(iii)                there is a climate emergency and further coal, gas or oil reserves should not be developed if we have any chance of preventing more than 1.5 degrees of warming; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to cancel Petroleum Exploration Permit 11. ( general business notice of motion no. 411 )

Senator Di Natale: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)               notes that the Indonesian President Widodo is visiting Australia during the week of 10 February 2020;

(b)              further notes with deep concern that:

(i)                    since August last year Indonesian authorities have engaged in an unprecedented crackdown in West Papua following protests against racism and in favour of self-determination,

(ii)                  more than 50 people died as a result of these protests, and 84 people are being investigated for, or have been charged with, treason, and

(iii)                those in prison for treason are viewed as political prisoners according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch;

(c)               welcomes the fact that the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Communique acknowledged continued allegations of human rights abuses in West Papua, called on all parties to protect and uphold human rights, and strongly encouraged Indonesia and the UN to finalise timing of a visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to West Papua;

(d)              calls on the Australian Government to raise its strong concerns about human rights abuses in West Papua directly with President Widodo, and:

(i)                    call on the Indonesian Government to allow unfettered access to West Papua for UN officials and foreign journalists,

(ii)                  urge the Indonesian Government to drop charges against political prisoners; and

(iii)                request access to visit West Papuan political prisoners. ( general business notice of motion no. 412 )

Notices of motion withdrawn :

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Fierravanti-Wells), pursuant to notice of intention given on 5 February 2019, withdrew business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 standing in her name for 7 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the Telecommunications (Protecting Australians from Terrorist or Violent Criminal Material) Direction (No. 1) 2019 [F2019L01159].

Senator Brown, pursuant to notice of intention given on 5 February 2019, withdrew business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2 standing in her name for today for the disallowance of the Marine Order 47 (Offshore industry units) 2019 [F2019L01324].