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13    Notices

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       Australians spend over one billion dollars per year on cosmetic surgery and cosmetic procedures,

                                    (ii)       most of these surgeries and procedures occur outside of a hospital setting and, hence, escape regulatory oversight,

                                  (iii)       the cosmetic surgery and cosmetic procedure industry has expanded rapidly driven by the arrival of companies providing a low-cost, high-volume model, and driven by intense promotion on social media,

                                  (iv)       there are a large variety of cosmetic procedures that aim to alter or modify a person’s body or appearance, and all invasive cosmetic procedures carry risks,

                                   (v)       due to false and misleading advertising by unscrupulous businesses and untrained doctors, these risks are minimised to entice patients into having risky cosmetic procedures,

                                  (vi)       high-risk procedures include breast augmentation, which has grown from 5000 patients a year to 20,000 patients in the past decade, and the use of certain Schedule 4 poisons, such as Botox or dermal fillers,

                                (vii)       the Therapeutic Goods Association says that the process of injecting dermal fillers is an invasive medical procedure that should only be undertaken by an experienced and qualified medical doctor, or a nurse under the direct supervision of a doctor,

                               (viii)       these procedures are routinely performed by a person other than a doctor in locations such as beauty salons and private homes (in the form of Botox parties), where the risks can be catastrophic,

                                  (ix)       in August 2017, a 35-year-old woman died two days after she suffered a cardiac arrest during a breast procedure at a Sydney beauty clinic performed by a person with no Australian medical qualifications,

                                   (x)       in April 2018, Australian doctors at the Ophthalmology Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital treated their first patient who was permanently blinded in one eye after being injected with a dermal filler in a beauty parlour,

                                  (xi)       many invasive cosmetic surgical procedures are being performed by doctors with a basic medical degree and no specialist surgical qualification, and

                                (xii)       these doctors have chosen to deliberately bypass formal accredited surgical training in Australia to cash-in on this booming market;

               (b)       recognises that practitioners of cosmetic surgery and cosmetic procedures must have patient safety as the paramount consideration, not profit; and

                (c)       calls on the Federal Government to:

                                     (i)       raise the issue of protecting the title ‘cosmetic surgeon’ with the COAG Health Council, and

                                    (ii)       work with the states to close registration loopholes, and enforce regulations to ensure no patient undergoing cosmetic surgery or procedures is harmed. ( general business notice of motion no. 1005 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       during the 2017-18 financial year, over 4.5 million items were recalled in Australia due to safety concerns, including Takata airbags, Infinity cabling, Safetech pool gate latches and Samsung washing machines,

                                    (ii)       according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, each day at least 10 people require medical attention as a result of injuries received by using unsafe products, and

                                  (iii)       earlier this year, the Federal Court found that the Australian distributor for Thermomix failed to notify consumers of safety issues with the TM31 model - the distributor continued to sell $16 million worth of appliances in the two months between becoming aware of the safety faults and issuing a recall;

               (b)       acknowledges that, unlike the United Kingdom, the European Union, Canada, Malaysia and Brazil, the Australian Consumer Law does not prohibit the sale of unsafe products;

                (c)       further notes that:

                                     (i)       a General Safety Provision (GSP) could be included in the Australian Consumer Law, which would penalise unconscionable retailers who seek to profit from the sale of unsafe products,

                                    (ii)       the introduction of a GSP was recommended by the comprehensive Australian Consumer Law Review in 2017,

                                  (iii)       the communique from the Legislative and Governance Forum on Consumer Affairs (LGFCA), on 31 August 2017, noted that further consultation on the inclusion of a GSP would occur prior to a decision being made at the 2018 meeting of the LGCFA,

                                  (iv)       consultation has not occurred, and

                                   (v)       the LGFCA will meet on 31 August 2018 to consider the best and most consistent protection for Australian and New Zealand consumers; and

               (d)       calls on the Federal Government to protect consumers, and act on the recommendations of the Australian Consumer Law Review to introduce a GSP. ( general business notice of motion no. 1006 )

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs (Senator Scullion): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security, and for related purposes. Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2018 .

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

               (a)       acknowledges that:

                                     (i)       a common language is the cornerstone of culture, sense of community and identity as a nation,

                                    (ii)       English has been, since the first settlement, the common language of Australia,

                                  (iii)       English remains the language spoken by the overwhelming majority of Australians, with most Australians speaking no other language, and

                                  (iv)       speaking English is an essential part of assimilation and integration by migrants;

               (b)       notes that:

                                     (i)       English may be considered the de facto language of Australia, however, it is not explicitly declared the official language of Australia,

                                    (ii)       a number of nations recognise their official language within their Constitution, including France, Spain, Italy, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq,

                                  (iii)       thirty-one American states have legislated to declare English as the official language, and

                                  (iv)       on 10 April 2018, the Strathfield City Council passed a motion stating ‘All signage is to be displayed in the English language, with a direct or near direct translation into another language using smaller letters or characters. Where signage includes a translation into another language, this must not exceed more than 30 per cent of the overall size of the English language text’; and

                (c)       calls on the Federal Government to:

                                     (i)       recognise English as the official language of Australia, and

                                    (ii)       encourage the use of English on all shop signs throughout the country. ( general business notice of motion no. 1007 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to establish the Australian Multicultural Commission, and for related purposes. Australian Multicultural Bill 2018 . ( general business notice of motion no. 1008 )

Senators Payne and Wong: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the death, on 18 August 2018, of Mr Kofi Annan, a former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate,

                                    (ii)       the enormous contribution made by Mr Annan to international peace and security, and to combatting poverty, injustice and disease,

                                  (iii)       that Mr Annan, a proud Ghanaian, was the first United Nations Secretary-General from Sub-Saharan Africa, and will be remembered as a strong advocate for the people of Africa, and

                                  (iv)       that Mr Annan’s legacy of compassion, service and dialogue will continue to inspire current and future world leaders for many years to come; and

               (b)       expresses its sympathy to his wife Nane, their family, and all those around the world who are mourning the loss of this great statesman. ( general business notice of motion no. 1009 )

Senator Leyonhjelm: To move on the next day of sitting—That the second reading of the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Amendment (Make Electricity GST Free) Bill 2017 be restored to the Notice Paper . ( general business notice of motion no. 1010 )

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, by no later than 5 pm on 24 August 2018:

               (a)       all documents relating to the financial and logistical support to facilitate the vote held by the Viliwarinah Yura Aboriginal Corporation on 18 and 19 August 2018, produced since the commencement of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility site selection process; and

               (b)       all documents relating to setting up the administrative arrangements between the Australian Electoral Commission, The Flinders Ranges Council and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, including the document ‘29May18 - AEC Contact May 2018’ as referred to on page 39 of The Flinders Ranges Council agenda 12 June 2018 - agenda, reports and attachments. ( general business notice of motion no. 1011 )

Senators Griff, Polley, Hinch, Storer and Faruqi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       a Nexus Research poll, on behalf of Humane Research Australia, found that most Australians oppose the use of animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients, and support a national ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals,

                                    (ii)       nearly 40 countries around the world have already banned cosmetics animal testing and the sale or import of newly animal-tested cosmetics, including the world’s largest cosmetics markets in the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Israel and India,

                                  (iii)       there is strong cross-party support for a ban on cosmetics cruelty - the Australian Greens, the Australian Labor Party, the Centre Alliance, and Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party have all committed to a complete ban on animal testing for cosmetics, and the Government announced its own commitment during the 2016 election, and the Australian public and animal protection campaigners, including #BeCrueltyFree Australia, welcomed these commitments,

                                  (iv)       the ban, as currently proposed in the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 and draft Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules 2018, should be strengthened to ensure that the ban fully prohibits the use of new data on cosmetic ingredients which are derived from animal tests, and

                                   (v)       the 2017-18 Budget stated the Government would provide funding to implement its election commitment, and would ‘ban the use of new data on cosmetic ingredients which are derived from animal tests from 1 July 2018’; and

               (b)       urges the Federal Government to implement its election and Budget commitments to ban cosmetic testing on animals, and to ensure that no newly animal-tested cosmetic ingredients are introduced to the Australian market after the ban comes into effect. ( general business notice of motion no. 1012 )

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

               (a)       notes Government policy inaction is driving up electricity prices, and abandoning the National Energy Guarantee, as the Government has done this week, is only the latest in a long line of government failure to deliver national energy policy;

               (b)       observes that the Government refuses to act, citing any and all excuse to delay, when everyone knows it is internal Coalition division and the weakness of the Prime Minister that are really to blame; and

                (c)       recognises that Australians deserve real leadership on energy, and it is clearer every day that they will not get it from this Coalition Government. ( general business notice of motion no. 1013 )

The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath): To move on the next day of sitting—That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the Farm Household Support Amendment (Temporary Measures) Bill 2018, allowing it to be considered during this period of sittings.

Document : Senator McGrath tabled the following document:

Consideration of legislation—Statement of reasons for introduction and passage of the bill in the 2018 spring sittings.

Notice of motion withdrawn : Senator McKim withdrew business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 standing in his name for today, proposing a reference to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee.