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6           Notices

The Deputy Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System (Senator Hanson): To move on the next day of sitting—That—

(a)              the time for the presentation of the final report of the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System be extended to 29 October 2021; and

(b)              a message be forwarded to the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence in this variation to the resolution of appointment of the committee. ( general business notice of motion no. 1113 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    in the context of 100 years of diagnostic history of childhood gender dysphoria (GD) there is an alarming trend that teenage girls, with no history of GD, have become the largest group seeking treatment,

(ii)                  in the United States of America, girls requesting gender reassignment surgery in 2016-17 rose 400%,

(iii)                in the United Kingdom, girls presenting with GD in the last 10 years rose 4000%, and

(iv)                Australia’s Royal Children’s Hospital indicates referrals have grown from 1 every two years to 104 patients in 2014;

(b)              further notes that:

(i)                    Sweden’s leading gender clinic has ended treatment of minors with hormonal drugs due to safety concerns, citing cancer and infertility, and

(ii)                  suicide mortality rate for transgendered people is 20 times higher than comparable peers;

(c)              supports children presenting with GD to be given:

(i)                    the ‘wait and see’ method as the first choice, since evidence shows between 70-90% of young people’s dysphoria resolves itself by puberty, and

(ii)                  a comprehensive therapeutic pathway, since a large percentage of these children have pre-existing mental health issues, and not a medical pathway; and

(d)             condemns children receiving:

(i)                    experimental and unproven medical treatments of irreversible puberty blockers and sex hormone treatments, and

(ii)                  irreversible transgender surgery. ( general business notice of motion no. 1114 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    Investigation Arista by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) found that:

(A)                 the Queensland Police Service (QPS) engaged in ‘corrupt manipulation’ and ‘discriminatory’ practices to achieve a 50% female hiring target,

(B)                 the discriminatory practices saw different standards applied to female and male applicants, with females selected in preference to the male applicants who had performed to a higher standard across entry assessments,

(C)                 some female applicants were approved for entry despite failing the cognitive, physical or psychological assessment, and

(D)                if the discriminatory practices had not been implemented, the CCC estimates 200 more meritorious male applicants who had passed the assessments would have been successful in joining the QPS,

(ii)                  the use of discriminatory recruitment practices devalues the achievements of both females and males who achieve the required application standards;

(b)              further notes that:

(i)                    policies that discriminate based on gender are sexist,

(ii)                  policies that discriminate based on race are racist, and

(iii)                judgements should only be made based on the merit of the individual and not other characteristics. ( general business notice of motion no. 1115 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    the additional public money for women’s legal services in the Budget is very welcome,

(ii)                  other legal assistance services like Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and community legal centres did not receive extra resourcing in the Budget,

(iii)                given the alarming imprisonment rates of First Nations people, it is more important than ever for legal assistance services, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, to be properly resourced and accessible across the country,

(iv)                all legal assistance services are under incredible pressure and the demand for their services does not meet the public funding provided to them, and

(v)                  legal assistance services, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and legal sector peak bodies were excluded from the Budget lock up; and

(b)              calls on the Commonwealth Government to properly resource legal assistance services, including family violence prevention legal services, and move to long-term funding agreements to ensure funding certainty for these critical services. ( general business notice of motion no. 1116 )

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

(1)               That the Senate notes that:

(a)                  the 2020-21 Budget delivered the JobKeeper wage subsidy, which saw over $1 billion in JobKeeper payments paid to companies that made a profit or paid executive bonuses; and

(b)                  calls on the Federal Government to require companies with an annual turnover of more than $50 million that received JobKeeper payments, and in the last 12 months did one or more of the following:

(i)                    issued dividends,

(ii)                  made a profit, or

(iii)                paid executive bonuses;

to repay the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of JobKeeper payments they received, up to the sum of profits made and executive bonuses paid.

(2)              That this resolution be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence. ( general business notice of motion no. 1117 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    Australia’s billionaires increased their wealth by $90 billion during 2020,

(ii)                  at least 11 billionaires, including Gerry Harvey, were paid dividends by companies that received JobKeeper, and

(iii)                Gerry Harvey welcomed the 2021-22 Federal Budget by saying they’ve thrown a heap of money at us; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                    introduce a Pandemic Profiteering Tax, a one-off levy on the increase in net wealth of Australia’s billionaires during the pandemic, and

(ii)                  use the additional revenue to fund universities, the arts, public housing, public transport, and investment in renewable energy. ( general business notice of motion no. 1118 )

Senator McKim: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020 , and for related purposes. Coronavirus Economic Response Package Amendment (Ending Jobkeeper Profiteering) Bill 2021 . ( general business notice of motion no. 1119 )

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

(a)              expresses its support for public funding for early childhood education and care (ECEC), recognising that it helps increase the participation of parents in the workforce, especially women, thereby boosting Australia’s economy, and contributes to the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children;

(b)              notes that public funding for ECEC has been described by certain Government members and senators as a ‘money pit’, ‘communism’ and ‘the hand of government reaching in and taking away our children’s youth’;

(c)              recognises that the Government’s child care policy:

(i)                    does not start until July 2022,

(ii)                  provides no additional benefit to families with only one child,

(iii)                rips away increased subsidy support for families with two children in care when the oldest child goes to school,

(iv)                creates confusion for many families as to whether they will be eligible for any support, and if so how much and for how long, and

(v)                  has missed the opportunity to boost Australia’s economy by increasing women’s workforce participation; and

(d)             calls on the Federal Government to adopt Labor’s Cheaper Child Care Plan, which will benefit four times as many families as the Government’s plan. ( general business notice of motion no. 1120 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to establish an inquiry into whether Christian Porter is a fit and proper person to be a Minister of State, and for related purposes. Ministerial Suitability Commission of Inquiry Bill 2021 . ( general business notice of motion no. 1121 )

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)                    11 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 and persistent emotional abuse is abuse in its own right, and a strong risk indicator for physical violence, and

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

(b)              calls on the Federal 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. 1122 )

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)                    total funding in the Women’s Budget Statement was only 4% of new funding commitments in the Government’s 2021-22 Budget,

(ii)                  funding commitments to the women’s safety sector are still less than one quarter of the $1 billion per year the sector says is needed to meet demand,

(iii)                the Government’s 2021-22 Budget did not make any commitments to improve social and affordable housing and address the housing crisis that has seen women over 45 become the fastest growing cohort of homeless people,

(iv)                the Government’s 2021-22 Budget did not commit to superannuation contributions for paid parental leave, and

(v)                  the welcome removal of the $450 per month threshold for employer superannuation contributions will not commence until July 2022; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                    reintroduce the Women’s Budget Impact Statement to address the gendered impacts of future budgets,

(ii)                  increase funding to frontline domestic, family and sexual violence and crisis housing services,

(iii)                urgently fund initiatives to increase social and affordable housing stocks across Australia,

(iv)                pay superannuation on the government paid parental leave scheme, and

(v)                  remove the $450 threshold from July 2021. ( general business notice of motion no. 1123 )

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 12 May 2021, withdrew business of the Senate notices of motion standing in her name as follows:

Nos 1 to 5 for the next day of sitting for the disallowance of the following instruments:

Competition and Consumer (Class Exemption—Collective Bargaining) Determination 2020 , made under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 [F2020L01334].

Family Law Amendment (Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk) Rules 2020 , made under the Family Law Act 1975 [F2020L01361].

Federal Circuit Court Amendment (Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk) Rules 2020 , made under the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 [F2020L01362].

Part 138 (Aerial Work Operations) Manual of Standards 2020 , made under the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 [F2020L01402].

Tax Agent Services (Specified BAS Services No. 2) Instrument 2020 , made under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 [F2020L01406].

No. 1 for five sitting days after today for the disallowance of the Taxation Administration (Remedial Power - Seasonal Labour Mobility Program) Determination 2020 , made under the Taxation Administration Act 1953 [F2020L01474].

No. 1 for 11 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the Norfolk Island Employment Rules 2020 , made under the Employment Act 1988 (NI) [F2020L01536].

Nos 2 to 4, 6, 7 and 9 to 11 for 13 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the following instruments:

ASIC Corporations (Amendment) Instrument 2020/1064 , made under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2020L01571].

ASIC Corporations (Amendment) Instrument 2020/1065 , made under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2020L01572].

ASIC Corporations (Design and Distribution Obligations—Exchange Traded Products) Instrument 2020/1090 , made under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2020L01600].

Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines 2020 , made under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 [F2020L01609].

Competition and Consumer Amendment (AER Functions) Regulations 2020 , made under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 [F2020L01606].

Corporations Amendment (Corporate Insolvency Reforms) Regulations 2020 , made under the Corporations Act 2001 and Corporations (Fees) Act 2001 [F2020L01654].

Corporations (Stay on Enforcing Certain Rights) Amendment (Corporate Insolvency Reforms) Declaration 2020 , made under the Corporations Act 2001 [F2020L01682].

Foreign Investment Reform (Protecting Australia’s National Security) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01568].