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19    Notices

The Minister for Families and Social Services ( Senator Ruston ): To move on the next day of sitting—That consideration of the business before the Senate on the following days be interrupted at approximately 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable senators to make their first speeches without any question before the chair, as follows:

                 (a)       Tuesday, 10 September 2019—Senators Scarr, Van and Rennick;

                 (b)       Wednesday, 11 September 2019—Senators Marielle Smith and Walsh;

                 (c)       Tuesday, 17 September 2019—Senators Antic and Davey; and

                 (d)       Wednesday, 18 September 2019—Senator McMahon.

Senator Bernardi : To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 , and for related purposes. Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Amendment (Australian Freedoms) Bill 2019 . ( general business notice of motion no. 34 )

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

                 (a)       notes that the age of criminal responsibility is currently set at 10 years old around Australia, meaning children as young as 10 are being charged, brought before courts, sentenced and imprisoned;

                 (b)       acknowledges that:

                                       (i)       around 600 children below the age of 14 are locked up in youth detention centres each year and many hundreds more in adult prisons, and

                                     (ii)       the majority of these children are First Nations children;

                 (c)       recognises that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recommends that the minimum age of criminal responsibility should be at least 12 years; and

                 (d)       calls on state, territory and federal governments across Australia to work together to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 years, as a minimum. ( general business notice of motion no. 35 )

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

                 (a)       notes that:

                                       (i)       since the last sitting of the Senate, there have been a further 3 women killed by violence in Australia, taking the overall national toll for 2019 to 29, as reported by Counting Dead Women Australia from Destroy The Joint,

                                     (ii)       there is no national government reporting program to record the ongoing toll of women killed by violence in real time - this work is currently left to researchers at not-for-profit organisations like Destroy the Joint,

                                    (iii)       on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner,

                                   (iv)       1 in 3 Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15,

                                     (v)       1 in 5 Australian women has experienced sexual violence,

                                   (vi)       1 in 6 Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner,

                                  (vii)       1 in 4 Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner,

                                (viii)       Australian women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner,

                                   (ix)       there is growing evidence that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence,

                                     (x)       Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women report experiencing violence in the previous 12 months at 3.1 times the rate of non-Indigenous women, and

                                   (xi)       in 2014-15, Indigenous women were 32 times as likely to be hospitalised due to family violence as non-Indigenous women; and

                 (b)       calls on the Federal Government to:

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

                                     (ii)       adequately fund frontline domestic violence and crisis housing services to ensure that all women seeking safety can access these services when and where they need them,

                                    (iii)       legislate for 10 days paid domestic violence leave so that women do not have to choose between paying the bills and seeking safety,

                                   (iv)       implement all 25 recommendations contained in the report of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee on domestic violence in Australia, tabled on 20 August 2015, and

                                     (v)       much like the national road toll, maintain and publish an official real-time national toll of women killed by violence in Australia. ( general business notice of motion no. 36 )

Senators McDonald, McGrath, Stoker, Rennick and Scarr: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

                 (a)       notes that:

                                       (i)       a strong and resilient agricultural sector is key to the continued growth and wealth of the Australian economy, especially rural and regional towns,

                                     (ii)       Australian farmers and graziers are world leaders in safe, ethical and humane methods, and

                                    (iii)       Australian farmers and graziers are typically ‘mum and dad’ operations, employing people throughout their local region and reinvesting in their local community; and

                 (b)       condemns the actions of ‘animal activists’ like Aussie Farms Inc. and supports state and federal legislation that supports Australian farmers and graziers by ensuring they can go about their businesses safely. ( general business notice of motion no. 37 )

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

                 (a)       notes that:

                                       (i)       recommendation 2 contained in the report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee into suicide by Australian veterans, tabled on 15 August 2017, stated ‘that the Australian Government commission an independent study into the mental health impacts of compensation claim assessment processes on veterans engaging with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation. The results of this research should be utilised to improve compensation claim processesʼ,

                                     (ii)       the Federal Governmentʼs response to this recommendation was ‘the Federal Government agrees to commission an independent study into the mental health impacts of compensation claim assessment processes on veterans engaging with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporationʼ,

                                    (iii)       Phoenix Australia was commissioned to complete a report into the mental health effects of compensation claim processes on claimants and their families, which was completed in September 2018,

                                   (iv)       the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) subsequently commissioned Professor Alex Collie to review the Phoenix Australia report and to further explore potential for DVA actions that may mitigate potential mental health impacts of its compensation claims processes, and

                                     (v)       the Collie Review was completed on 5 March 2019; and

                 (b)       orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, by no later than 10 am on 31 July 2019, the complete report by Phoenix Australia into the mental health effects of compensation claim processes on claimants and their families, that formed the basis of the Collie Review. ( general business notice of motion no. 38 )

Senator Whish-Wilson :To move on 29 July 2019—

(1)         That the Senate—

(a)         notes that:

                                                     (i)       on 23 February 2016, the then Treasurer, the Honourable Scott Morrison MP, announced his decision to approve the acquisition of the land and assets of the Tasmanian Land Company (TLC), including the Van Diemen’s Land (VDL) Company, by Moon Lake Investments,

                                                    (ii)       in announcing the approval, the then Treasurer noted the commitment by Moon Lake to create an additional 95 jobs and to invest an additional $100 million into VDL farms, including for ecological restoration; and that, given these considerations, inter alia, he was satisfied that Moon Lake’s acquisition of TLC was not contrary to the national interest,

                                                  (iii)       in June 2019, the media reported extracts of a letter written by senior managers at VDL to Moon Lake seeking indemnity from any animal welfare or workplace health and safety loss or damage, and citing inadequate repairs and maintenance as the reason for this request, and

                                                  (iv)       Moon Lake has reportedly invested less than $20 million of the promised additional $100 million into VDL farms; and

(b)         calls upon the Treasurer to impose a new condition on Moon Lake, under section 74 of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 , compelling the company to:

                                                     (i)       make public the details on how it intends to invest the outstanding amount of the promised $100 million into VDL farms by 31 August 2019, and

                                                    (ii)       invest the outstanding amount of the promised $100 million into VDL farms by 31 July 2020.

(2)         That a message be sent to the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence in this resolution. ( general business notice of motion no. 39 )

Senator Patrick : To move 15 sitting days after today—That the Civil Aviation (Community Service Flights - Conditions on Flight Crew Licences) Amendment Instrument 2019, made under the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, be disallowed [F2019L00554].

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

(1)         That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on the Multi-Jurisdictional Management and Execution of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, be established to inquire and report on the following matters:

(a)         responsibilities in relation to the management and execution of the Murray Darling Basin Plan consistent with the objects of the Water Act 2007 , in particular:

                                                     (i)       Commonwealth responsibilities,

                                                    (ii)       state and territory responsibilities, and

                                                  (iii)       areas of uncertainty or potential conflict in respect of responsibilities;

(b)         the effects, positive or negative or otherwise, of the different approaches of the states and territories to water resource management in the Murray Darling Basin including, but not limited to:

                                                     (i)       legislation, regulations and rules,

                                                    (ii)       management and administration, including differences in management organisations,

                                                  (iii)       measuring, monitoring and compliance,

                                                  (iv)       enforcement, and

                                                   (v)       openness and transparency;

(c)         complications in respect of basin-wide or cross jurisdiction oversight, including the oversight roles and jurisdictional limitations of:

                                                     (i)       state, territory and federal parliaments,

                                                    (ii)       state, territory and federal courts, and

                                                  (iii)       state, territory and federally-instituted inquiries and Royal Commissions;

(d)         any bill related to the Murray Darling Basin referred to the committee; and

(e)         any related matters.

(2)         That the committee present its final report on or before 1 November 2020.

(3)         That the committee consist of 6 senators:

(a)         2 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b)         2 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate;

(c)         1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens; and

(d)         Senator Patrick.

(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 the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and Senator Patrick 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 three 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.

(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. ( general business notice of motion no. 40 )

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

                 (a)       notes that:

                                       (i)       the Higher Education Accommodation and Financial Stress Survey released on 8 July 2019 found that more than half of students reported high to very high levels of psychological distress and say that their studies are impacted by financial stress,

                                     (ii)       many students regularly go without food and other necessities while they study, with a quarter of surveyed students experiencing food insecurity, and

                                    (iii)       students should be able to focus on learning, not on where their next meal is coming from; and

                 (b)       calls on the Federal Government to:

                                       (i)       make TAFE and university education free for all,

                                     (ii)       urgently increase student payments, such as Youth Allowance by at least $75 a week, and

                                    (iii)       properly fund mental health services to give students the support they need and deserve. ( general business notice of motion no. 41 )

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

                 (a)       notes that 17 July 2019 marked the fifth anniversary since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine;

                 (b)       expresses its deepest sympathy to the families of the 298 innocent people (passengers and crew), including 38 Australians, who were killed in this tragedy;

                 (c)       commends the work of the Australian Federal Police for their integral role in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT);

                 (d)       welcomes the decision of the JIT to charge three Russians and one Ukrainian with murder over the incident;

                 (e)       calls on Russia to do everything in its power to ensure that the four men charged with this crime can stand trial in the Netherlands; and

                  (f)       expresses its support for ongoing efforts by authorities in Australia, Ukraine, Malaysia, Belgium and the Netherlands to bring those responsible for this horrendous crime to justice. ( general business notice of motion no. 42 )

The Minister for Families and Social Services ( Senator Ruston ): To move on the next day of sitting—That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

Future Drought Fund Bill 2019

Future Drought Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 .

Document : Senator Ruston tabled the following document:

Consideration of legislation—Statement of reasons for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2019 winter sittings.