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6       Notices

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

                 (a)       notes:

                                       (i)                the Federal Budget 2019 allocated $10 million to “Specialised Family Violence Services”, including individual or couples counselling and dispute resolution services, as part of the funding package for domestic violence;

                                     (ii)                in April 2019, the Department of Social Services, announced a targeted grants program for the delivery of specialised family violence services under the Families and Communities Program;

                                    (iii)                women’s safety organisations have consistently raised concerns that couples counselling in family violence situations can put women and children in danger, and urged that all counselling services be delivered by experienced specialist practitioners;

                                   (iv)                many of the organisations listed as eligible to apply for the specialised family violence services grants were faith-based family relationship services, rather than specialist domestic and family violence services;

                                     (v)                the initial grant guidelines for the  specialised family violence services did not require applicants to demonstrate that they would meet the National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions;

                                   (vi)                while updated grant guidelines encouraged applicants to partner with specialist sector organisations and to demonstrate expertise in family and domestic violence and compliance with relevant standards, the guidelines did not exclude applicants that did not have this expertise;

                                  (vii)                significant additional funding for frontline domestic and family violence support services is essential to achieve the objectives of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children; and

(b)     calls on the Federal Government to:

                                       (i)                ensure that survivors of violence are not forced to undergo counselling with perpetrators;

                                     (ii)                ensure that all government funded counselling services for family violence are delivered by expert family violence service providers in accordance with the National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions;

                                    (iii)                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; and

                                   (iv)                adequately fund the provision of safe and specific family violence support services for Aboriginal, culturally and linguistically diverse, and LGBTIQ communities. ( general business notice of motion no.57 )

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

                 (a)       notes that:

                                       (i)       the issue of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination has caused significant mental, emotional and financial stress for communities where PFAS have contaminated land and water, including the communities around the RAAF base in Williamtown in New South Wales, the Oakey Army Aviation Centre in Queensland, and RAAF Base Tindal at Katherine in the Northern Territory,

                                     (ii)       it has been more than 7 months since the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, tabled its report into the management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases, and the Federal Government has still not issued its response, and

                                    (iii)       communities are waiting anxiously on the Government’s response to the key recommendations of the Committee, such as, that the Federal Government appoint a Coordinator-General to coordinate the national response to the PFAS contamination issue, undertake measures to improve participation in the voluntary blood testing program for PFAS, and assist property owners and businesses in affected areas for demonstrated, quantifiable financial losses associated with PFAS contamination, including the possibility of buybacks; and

                 (b)       calls on the Federal Government to release its response to the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade report, into management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases. ( general business notice of motion no. 58 )

Senator Whish-Wilson :To move on 31 July 2019—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 11 November 2019:

The impact of seismic testing on fisheries and the marine environment, with particular reference to:

                 (a)       recent scientific findings;

                 (b)       the regulation of seismic testing in both Commonwealth and state waters;

                 (c)       the approach taken to seismic testing internationally; and

                 (d)       any other related matters.

The Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee ( Senator Carr ) and Senator Stoker: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in May 2020:

Nationhood, national identity and democracy, with particular reference to:

                 (a)       the changing notions of nationhood, citizenship and modern notions of the nation state in the twenty first century;

                 (b)       rights and obligations of citizenship, including naturalisation and revocation, and the responsibility of the state to its citizens in both national and international law;

                 (c)       social cohesion and cultural identity in the nation state;

                 (d)       the role that globalisation and economic interdependence and economic development plays in forming or disrupting traditional notions of national identity;

                 (e)       contemporary notions of cultural identity, multiculturalism and regionalism;

                  (f)       the extent to which nation states balance domestic imperatives and sovereignty and international obligations;

                 (g)       comparison between Australian public debate and policy and international trends; and

                 (h)       any other related matters.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate ( Senator Wong ): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 10 October 2019:

                 (a)       whether a compliance investigation by the Department of the Environment and Energy in relation to the Natural Temperate Grassland of the South Eastern Highlands ecological community has been adversely affected by the actions of the Member for Hume, Mr Taylor, the former Minister for the Environment and Energy, Mr Frydenberg, or any other persons;

                 (b)       whether the conduct of Mr Taylor and Mr Frydenberg, in relation to the compliance investigation, represents a proper and disinterested exercise of their responsibilities under the laws of the Commonwealth and the Statement of Ministerial Standards; and

                 (c)       any related matters.

Senator Waters : To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister and Leader of the Government in the Senate, by 31 July 2019, the following documents:

                 (a)       any ‘constituent’ correspondence or other document sent to the Member for Hume, Mr Taylor, requesting action in relation to the listing of Natural Temperate Grassland of the South Eastern Highlands ecological community, as referred to by Senator Patrick in the Senate on 25 July 2019; and

                 (b)       any correspondence between the Federal Government and Senator Patrick in relation to any proposed inquiry into the actions of Mr Taylor and Mr Frydenberg. ( General business notice of motion no. 59 )

Notice of motion withdrawn

Senator Urquhart, at the request of Senator Dodson, withdrew business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3 standing in Senator Dodson’s name for today, proposing a reference to the Economics References Committee.