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8          Notices

Senator Brown: To move on 4 December 2019—That the Marine Order 47 (Offshore industry units) 2019, made under the Navigation Act 2012 , be disallowed [F2019L01324].

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

(a)              notes:

(i)                    that 2019 marks the 50 year anniversary of the equal pay decision that gave women the right to be paid the same as their male counterparts,

(ii)                  the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Equality Scorecard, released on 13 November 2019, which found that:

(A)                 the base salary gap between men and women across all industries and occupations is 15.5% or $15,176 per annum,

(B)                 when accounting for total remuneration, including overtime and bonuses, the real gap is wider, with men earning $25,679, or 20.8%, more than women each year on average,

(C)                 the number of female CEOs has remained static at 17.1% , and women make up only 26.8% of board positions,

(D)                gender pay gaps favour men across all industries and all levels of the workforce, with financial services, real estate and construction recording the highest gaps,

(E)                 fewer than 50% of employers offer paid parental leave for employees, and

(F)                 while 73% of workplaces have a formal policy and strategy in place to support flexible working arrangements for employees, only 2.3% have set targets for men’s engagement in flexible work, and

(iii)                that the Federal Government’s Retirement Income Review Consultation paper acknowledges that the wages gap between men and women affects women’s ability to save for retirement, leading to women retiring with lower average superannuation balances than men; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                    increase the resourcing for WGEA and expand its coverage to include the public sector,

(ii)                  require all large employers to publicly report their gender pay gap, and strengthen WGEA’s powers to take action against employers who fail to report,

(iii)                prohibit the use of pay gag clauses in employment contracts, which disguise the gender pay gap in the private sector,

(iv)                require superannuation contributions to be made for employees taking paid parental leave,

(v)                  set gender pay equality as an objective of awards and the Fair Work Act, and

(vi)                take action to close the gender retirement income gap. ( general business notice of motion no. 287 )

Senator Whish-Wilson: To move on 2 December 2019—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 7 September 2020:

The review of foreign investment proposals against the national interest test, with particular reference to:

(a)              the protection of Australia’s market-based system from manipulation that would benefit proposed foreign investment;

(b)              the assessment of the impact of proposed foreign investment on market concentration and competition;

(c)              the imposition of conditions on foreign investors, and any limitation that trade agreements have on the imposition of such conditions;

(d)             the enforceability of market access provisions in trade agreements, and the impact of this enforcement on the integrity of Australia’s marketĀ­ based system;

(e)              the role of the Foreign Investment Review Board; and

(f)               any other related matters.

Senators Hughes, Griff and Lambie: To move on the next day of sitting—

(1)               That a select committee, known as the Select Committee on Autism, be established to inquire into and report on the services, support and life outcomes for autistic people in Australia and the associated need for a National Autism Strategy, with particular reference to:

(a)                  current approaches and barriers to consistent, timely and best practice autism diagnosis;

(b)                  the prevalence of autism in Australia;

(c)                  misdiagnosis and underrepresentation of females in autism data, and gender bias in autism assessment and support services;

(d)                 international best practice with regards to diagnosis, support services and education;

(e)                  the demand for and adequacy of Commonwealth, state and local government services to meet the needs of autistic people at all life stages;

(f)                   the interaction between services provided by the Commonwealth, state and local governments, including:

(i)                    health and mental health,

(ii)                  education,

(iii)                employment,

(iv)                justice, and

(v)                  housing;

(g)                  the social and economic cost of failing to provide adequate services, including to support key life stage transitions of autistic people;

(h)                 the adequacy and efficacy of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for autistic people, including:

(i)                    autism understanding within the NDIS,

(ii)                  the utility of the Early Childhood Early Intervention Pathway for autistic children,

(iii)                the ability of the NDIS to support autistic people with complex needs, including those transitioning from prison settings, and

(iv)                the adequacy and appropriateness of supports to empower autistic people to participate in the NDIS planning process, and exercise self-determination through choice and control over their support services;

(i)                    the development of a National Autism Strategy and its interaction with the next phase of the National Disability Strategy;

(j)                    the adequacy of funding for research into autism;

(k)                  the social inclusion and participation of autistic people within the economy and community;

(l)                    the capacity and sustainability of advocacy for autistic people;

(m)               any bill that relates to matters within the scope of this inquiry that is referred to this committee; and

(n)                 any other related matters.

(2)              That the committee present its final report on or before the first sitting day of October 2021.

(3)              That the committee consist of six senators, two nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, two nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Lambie and Senator Griff.

(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 Stirling Griff 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 of the Senate.

(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. 288 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans,

(ii)                  according to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 125 million people around the world continue to be exposed to asbestos at work, including in Australia’s neighbours in the Asia-Pacific, and the most efficient way to eliminate asbestos-related diseases is to stop the use of all types of asbestos,

(iii)                Australia is a founding member of the Asian Development Bank,

(iv)                the Asian Development Bank’s Safeguard Policy prohibits investments that include the ‘production of trade in or use of unbonded asbestos fibres’, however, this does not apply to the purchase and use of bonded asbestos cement sheeting where the asbestos content is less than 20% - this in effect is an exemption for almost all bonded asbestos-containing materials used in the construction sector, and

(v)                  Union Aid Abroad-Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA) and their partners in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia have been at the forefront of work to ban asbestos through the ‘Asbestos. Not Here. Not Anywhere’ campaign;

(b)              congratulates Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA and their local partners for their work in campaigning to ban asbestos in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia; and

(c)              calls on the Federal Government to lobby for a change in policy to end the use of asbestos in Asian Development Bank financed projects. ( general business notice of motion no. 289 )

Senators O’Neill, McCarthy and Urquhart: To move on the next day of sitting—

(1)               That the Senate notes that legal professional privilege is not a recognised ground for refusing to provide information to the Senate.

(2)              That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services, by 5.30 pm on 28 November 2019, all legal advice that has been received by the Government, the Department of Human Services, or Services Australia, relating to the 2015-16 Budget Measure ‘Better Management of the Social Welfare System’, the Online Compliance Intervention (OCI), the Employment Income Confirmation (EIC), and the Check and Update Past Information (CUPI), known as the ‘Online Compliance Programme’. ( general business notice of motion no. 290 )

Senators Wong, Farrell, Gallacher and Marielle Smith: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    the Department of Home Affairs employs over 160 dedicated and hardworking South Australians to process visa applications,

(ii)                  this is crucial work that ensures the integrity of our visa processing system and is the cornerstone of our sovereignty as a nation,

(iii)                the Federal Government’s plan to privatise Australia’s visa system threatens the livelihoods of over 160 South Australians and their families; and

(iv)                privatising Australia’s visa system will lead to increased costs of visas, greater risks of worker exploitation, data security breaches and will make protecting national security more difficult;

(b)              condemns the Federal Government for auctioning Australian jobs off to the highest bidder, and for undermining the integrity of our visa processing system and our nation’s sovereignty; and

(c)              calls on the Federal Government to guarantee the protection of these 163 jobs in South Australia, and the 2000 jobs across Australia, which will be lost under the Morrison Government if they persist with their efforts to privatise Australia’s visa system. ( general business notice of motion no. 291 )

The Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters (Senator Seselja): To move on the next day of sitting—That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969 , the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report, as expeditiously as possible:

No. 1—Fit-Out of Leased Premises for the Australian Taxation Office at 152 Wharf Street, Brisbane.

No. 2—Australian Securities and Investments Commission - Proposed Fit-Out of Leased Premises, 100 Market Street Sydney.

No. 3—Armoured Fighting Vehicles Facilities Program Stage 1.

No. 4—LAND 121 Stage 5B Facilities Project.

No. 5—Reserve Bank of Australia - Head Office Workplace Project.

Senators Siewert and Di Natale: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a)              acknowledges that:

(i)                    a class action against companies owned by Johnson & Johnson, on behalf of 1350 Australian women who had transvaginal mesh and tape products implanted was won last week,

(ii)                  thousands of women have been left in severe, debilitating and chronic pain, as well as suffering a significant psychological toll as a result of transvaginal mesh devices,

(iii)                transvaginal mesh devices were not properly tested for safety before being allowed onto the Australian market, though Johnson & Johnson, and the associated companies, were aware of the potential for serious complications and they aggressively promoted and marketed them as a cheap and a relatively risk-free way to boost profits,

(iv)                women were frequently not believed when they told doctors of pain and symptoms, and

(v)                  women are still not getting the care and support that they need;

(b)              notes that not all the recommendations contained in the 2018 report of the Community Affairs References Committee, Number of women in Australia who have had transvaginal mesh implants and related matters , have been implemented; and

(c)              calls on the Australian Government to implement recommendation no. 13 to ensure the women affected by mesh have access to the full suite of services and supports they need.  ( general business notice of motion no. 292 )

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

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    there are 120,000 older Australians waiting for their approved home care package, with many waiting more than two years for the care they have been approved for,

(ii)                  there are more than 16,000 older Australians who died waiting for the approved home care package which they were assessed for in 2017-18, and sadly, that was approximately 300 older Australians who died each week in that year waiting for care, and

(iii)                there are around 14,000 older Australians who entered residential aged care prematurely because they could not get the care they were assessed for and approved for in 2017-18, and sadly, that was approximately 200 older Australians each week having no other choice but to enter residential aged care;

(b)              further notes that, since 2017, the number of older Australians waiting for home care grew from 88,000 to 120,000; and

(c)              condemns the Morrison Government for its inadequate response to the Royal Commission’s interim report, and not providing the home care older Australians need. ( general business notice of motion no. 293 )

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

(d)             notes that:

(i)                    the Paradise Dam, located in the drought-declared Wide Bay-Burnett region, opened in 2006 at a cost of $200 million to Queensland taxpayers,

(ii)                  105,000 megalitres of water has been released from the dam, and

(iii)                it is one of the largest infrastructure failures in the history of Australia; and

(e)              calls on the Queensland Government to:

(i)                    publish the safety and engineering reports that led to the decision to release water from the dam, and

(ii)                  establish a public parliamentary inquiry into the design and construction of the dam.  ( general business notice of motion no. 294 )