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7           Notices

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

(a)              notes:

(i)                    the finding of the United States Government on 19 January 2021 that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has committed and continues to commit genocide against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang,

(ii)                  that official determination continues under the new United States Administration of President Joe Biden, and

(iii)                the bipartisan judgment adopted by the House of Commons of the Canadian Parliament on 22 February 2021 that the PRC has engaged in actions consistent with United Nations General Assembly Resolution 260, commonly known as the ‘Genocide Convention’;

(b)              agrees that the PRC’s treatment of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang constitutes the crime of genocide; and

(c)              calls on:

(i)                    the PRC to immediately end torture and abuse in detention centres; abolish its system of mass internment camps, house arrest and forced labour; cease all coercive population control measures; and end persecution of Uyghurs and other religious and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and elsewhere in China,

(ii)                  the Australian Government to urge the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Olympic Games from Beijing, and

(iii)                the Australian Government to undertake that no ministers or senior officials will attend the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. ( general business notice of motion no. 1043 )

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

(a)              notes that far right extremism in Australia is on the rise and that ASIO has labelled far right terrorism in Australia as an ‘enduring threat’ that is ‘real and growing’;

(b)              condemns the racist attack on an Aboriginal woman by a Nazi with a flame thrower; and

(c)              commits itself to fighting and condemning far right extremism in this country. ( general business notice of motion no. 1044 )

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

(a)              notes:

(i)                    Productivity Commission data published in January 2021 showing that, in the 2019-20 financial year, 33.6% of people in Australia who presented at a specialist homelessness service with an identified need for accommodation did not have that need met,

(ii)                  in the same period in New South Wales, 46.9% of people who presented at a specialist homelessness service in need of accommodation support did not have that need met,

(iii)                in December 2020, Equity Economics projected a 9% rise in homelessness in 2021 across the country, and a rise of 19% in NSW,

(iv)                remaining eviction bans will conclude at the end of March 2021 and the Australian Council of Social Services estimates 75,000 tenants are in rental arrears, and

(v)                  the Morrison Government’s decision to lock in a $41 million cut to housing and homelessness service funding in the October 2020 Budget;

(b)              recognises that housing and homelessness support are not just ‘matters for the states and territories’, and that the Federal Government has a clear responsibility to ensure people’s rights to shelter and safety are assured; and

(c)              calls on the Morrison Government to urgently and significantly increase baseline funding for homelessness services to ensure need is met. ( general business notice of motion no. 1045 )

Senator McCarthy: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, by no later than 3.30 pm on Monday, 15 March 2021, the government response to the report of Select Committee on the Aboriginal Flag. ( general business notice of motion no. 1046 )

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

(a)              notes that the Government’s plans to introduce an employer reporting line for employers to dob in job seekers is open to abuse and could hurt vulnerable job seekers;

(b)              further notes that the employment service provider system, including jobactive, is not fit for purpose; and

(c)              calls on the Government to stop its plans to increase mutual obligation requirements and replace this punitive system with tailored services that help all job seekers find work. ( general business notice of motion no. 1047 )

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

(a)              notes the Bergin report concerning Crown’s gaming operations and its findings of money laundering and criminal activity;

(b)              agrees that gambling organisations should not be allowed to buy political influence; and

(c)              calls on the Commonwealth Government to establish a Royal Commission into Crown, the wider gambling industry and the need for a national gambling regulator. ( general business notice of motion no. 1048 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    24 March is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, commemorating the lives lost to this disease and recognising the impacts of COVID-19 on TB services globally,

(ii)                  TB remains one of the deadliest airborne infectious diseases, including 15 million deaths in the last decade,

(iii)                years of progress in fighting TB could be lost due to disruption of services from COVID-19, and

(iv)                the United Nations has reported global targets on TB, to which Australia agreed, will not be met, and that 1.4 million more people are likely to die from TB in the next five years if urgent action is not taken;

(b)              acknowledges that:

(i)                    Australia’s $1.1 billion of international COVID-19 support, pledges to multilateral organisations and our $242 million to the global fund will help save millions of lives,

(ii)                  $13.3 million from Australia in 2019 will support antimicrobial resistance and drug-resistant TB research in the Pacific, and

(iii)                Australian investment in TB research has resulted in drug therapies that radically reduce the burden of treatment; and

(c)              calls on the Government to increase investment in research and development, and Asia Pacific TB services to safeguard current progress towards meeting global targets agreed by Australia. ( general business notice of motion no. 1049 )

Senators Rice and Thorpe: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate opposes the proposed gas import terminal at Crib Point in Victoria which threatens the marine life of Westernport Bay, Ramsar listed wetlands, Aboriginal heritage, and local businesses. ( general business notice of motion no. 1050 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    5 women have been killed by violence in Australia in 2021, as reported by Destroy the Joint’s Counting Dead Women project,

(ii)                  no national government toll reports on women killed by violence in real time,

(iii)                more than 370,000 women are subjected to violence from men each year,

(iv)                1 in 3 women have experienced physical violence and, on average, one woman is murdered every week by her current or former partner,

(v)                  women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience intimate partner violence and 2.5 times more likely to be hospitalised from family and domestic violence,

(vi)                young women, women with disabilities, and First Nations women are more likely to experience violence,

(vii)              coercive control is abuse in its own right, and a strong indicator of future physical violence, and

(viii)            demand for domestic and family violence services continues to increase; and

(b)              calls on the Government to:

(i)                    recognise violence against women as a national security crisis,

(ii)                  fully fund frontline family and domestic violence services to ensure all those seeking safety can get the help they need, and

(iii)                coordinate a national approach to combating coercive control. ( general business notice of motion no. 1051 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    national parks are public land held in trust on behalf of all Australians to protect their natural and cultural heritage values,

(ii)                  the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is managed by the Australian and Tasmanian governments on behalf of the world’s people and protected for its incredible natural and cultural heritage values,

(iii)                since 2014, the Tasmanian Government has run a secretive process to facilitate developments in national parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, overseen by the Coordinator-General,

(iv)                there are around 30 developments that are now in the pipeline as a result of this opaque and corrupt process,

(v)                  this process has been developer driven and allowed for some completely inappropriate developments on public land, and

(vi)                a potential development at Halls Island in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has widespread community opposition because of the destruction of wilderness that will occur if it proceeds;

(b)              condemns the privatisation of Tasmania’s public spaces, including in national parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area; and

(c)              calls on the Tasmanian Government to stop the sell-out of Tasmania’s national parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. ( general business notice of motion no. 1052 )

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

(a)              that Robbins Passage - Boullanger Bay wetlands complex in Tasmania has been repeatedly assessed as being of global significance, including by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature;

(b)              these wetlands are a critical part of the global flyway that stretches from Australia, through eastern Asia, to north of the Arctic Circle in Siberia and support numerous rare and critically endangered bird species;

(c)              these wetlands fulfill criteria for eligibility to be listed under the Ramsar Convention to protect wetlands of international significance;

(d)             previous attempts to have this area Ramsar listed were supported by the Federal Government however were not progressed by the Tasmanian state government due to opposition from a few local landowners, one of which is now a potential beneficiary from a proposed large-scale industrial wind farm in the area;

(e)              in their EPBC submission proponents of the UPC wind farm noted their project ‘will potentially intersect the nationally important Boullanger Bay - Robbins Passage wetland’ but that the wetlands ‘are not matters of national environmental significance for the purposes of environmental approvals’;

(f)               if Ramsar listed the area must be reviewed under EPBC assessment; and

(g)              growing local community opposition to industrialisation in the area. ( general business notice of motion no. 1053 )

Notices of motion withdrawn : The Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation (Senator Fierravanti-Wells), pursuant to notice of intention given on 24 February 2021, withdrew business of the Senate notices of motion standing in her name as follows:

Nos 1 to 3 for the next day of sitting for the disallowance of the following instruments:

ASIC Corporations (Amendment) Instrument 2020/721 , made under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2020L01064].

ASIC Corporations (Hardship Withdrawals Relief) Instrument 2020/778 , made under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2020L01069].

ASIC Corporations (IPO Communications) Instrument 2020/722 , made under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2020L01066].

Nos 1 and 4 for five sitting days after today for the disallowance of the following instruments:

ASIC Corporations (Stub Equity in Control Transactions) Instrument 2020/734 , made under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2020L01199].

Disability (Access to Premises — Buildings) Amendment Standards 2020 , made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 [F2020L01245].

Nos 4 and 6 for eight sitting days after today for the disallowance of the following instruments:

Industry Research and Development (Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program) Instrument 2020 , made under the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 [F2020L01401].

Radiocommunications (Police Forces—Disruption of Unmanned Aircraft) Exemption Determination 2020 , made under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 [F2020L01296].

Senator McDonald withdrew general business notice of motion no. 1035 standing in her name for today, relating to the Tully Grandstand and Multi-Use Complex.

Senator Urquhart, at the request of Senator Carr, withdrew general business notice of motion no. 1039 standing in his name for today, proposing an order for the production of documents by the Minister representing the Attorney-General.