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General Business

Notices of Motion

Notice given 25 October 2010

*59  Senator Cormann: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has refused to provide information requested by the Senate about key assumptions it has used to estimate revenue from its original as well as its revised mining tax proposals,

(ii) specifically, the Government has refused to provide information about changes to commodity price, production volume and exchange rate assumptions and any other variables relevant to its mining tax revenue estimates,

(iii) in its response to the relevant order of the Senate, the Government justified its refusal to provide the information on the basis that, ‘commodity price forecasts underpinning the terms of trade forecasts are based in part on information provided by companies that is commercial in confidence. Disclosure of these individual commodity price forecast may therefore prejudice negotiations between private companies’,

(iv) the information sought by the Senate is published by the Western Australian State Government in its budget papers as a matter of course, and

(v) information published by the Western Australian Government includes its commodity price assumptions developed after relevant information about commodity price expectations is obtained from relevant mining companies, which includes at least some of the companies involved in the mining tax negotiations with the Federal Government;

(b) based on the Government’s response which does not accept that there are any legitimate public interest grounds for the Government to refuse to provide the requested information;

(c) orders that there be laid on the table by noon on Thursday, 28 October 2010:

(i) all the Government assumptions used to estimate the revenue from the Resource Super Profits Tax as contained in the 2010-11 budget, including, but not limited to, the assumptions on commodity prices, production volumes and exchange rates, and

 

 (ii) all the Government assumptions used to estimate the revenue from and overall fiscal impact of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax/expanded Petroleum Resource Rent Tax arrangement announced on 2 July 2010, including all changes to assumptions used for the 2010-11 budget;

(d) notes the agreements between the Government and other parties and independents to refer disputes about public interest disclosures to the Information Commissioner, who will arbitrate on the release of documents; and

(e) orders that, if the Government does not produce the information required by this order within the specified timeframe, there be laid on the table by 15 November 2010, a report on the matter by the Information Commissioner, including a review of the adequacy of the grounds specified by the Government for its refusal to produce the information and, if applicable, his arbitration on the release of the information.

*60  Senator Cormann: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has refused to provide any of the information requested by the Senate about its negotiations with BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata on the revised mining tax proposal,

(ii) in relation to some of the information only, the Government justified its refusal in its response to the relevant Senate order on the basis that, ‘Data and other material provided to the Treasury as part of negotiations around the MRRT are considered to be commercial in confidence’,

(iii) no justification was provided by the Government as to why release of any of the other information was not in the public interest, and

(iv) specifically, no reason was provided by the Government as to why the release of the signed heads-of-agreement between the Government and BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata would not be in the public interest;

(b) considers release of all the information requested on the negotiations between the Government and BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata about the revised mining tax proposal to be in the public interest;

(c) orders that there be laid on the table by noon on Thursday, 28 October 2010:

(i) any information held by the Government related to the negotiations and agreement about the new mining tax proposal announced on 2 July 2010, including, but not limited to, briefing notes, emails, data provided to the Government by BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata and any other information generated in the context of the negotiations about the new mining tax proposal, and

(ii) a copy of the signed heads-of-agreement on the new mining tax proposal between the Government and BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata;

(d) notes the agreements between the Government and other parties and independents to refer disputes about public interest disclosures to the Information Commissioner, who will arbitrate on the release of documents; and

 

 (e) orders that, if the Government does not produce the information required by this order within the specified timeframe, there be laid on the table by 15 November 2010, a report on the matter by the Information Commissioner, including a review of the adequacy of the grounds specified by the Government for its refusal to produce the information and, if applicable, his arbitration on the release of the information.

*61  Senator Cormann: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has ignored a request by the Senate for information about where the $10.5 billion in estimated revenue from the mining tax over the 2010-11 forward estimates is expected to come from, by commodity and on a state and territory basis, and

(ii) in what appears to be a consolidated response to three separate orders of the Senate for the production of documents the Government did not provide any of the information requested in the relevant order, nor did the Government provide any explanation as to why release of this information would not be in the public interest;

(b) orders that there be laid on the table by noon on Thursday, 28 October 2010:

(i) the Government estimates of where the $12 billion in revenue from the Resource Super Profits Tax was expected to come from, by commodity and by state and territory, and

(ii) the Government estimates of where the $10.5 billion in revenue from the Minerals Resource Rent Tax/expanded Petroleum Resource Rent Tax is expected to come from, by commodity and by state and territory;

(c) notes the agreements between the Government and other parties and independents to refer disputes about public interest disclosures to the Information Commissioner, who will arbitrate on the release of documents; and

(d) orders that, if the Government does not produce the information required by this order within the specified timeframe, there be laid on the table by 15 November 2010, a report on the matter by the Information Commissioner, including a review of the adequacy of the grounds specified by the Government for its refusal to produce the information and, if applicable, his arbitration on the release of the information.

*62  Senator Fierravanti-Wells: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) mental illness afflicts more Australians than almost all other health disorders, only ranking behind cancer and heart disease in prevalence,

(ii) 45 per cent of the nation’s population will experience a mental health disorder at some point in life,

(iii) younger Australians, those between 16 and 24, bear the brunt of mental illness with the prevalence of problems declining with age,

(iv) with early and targeted treatment many young people can overcome mental illness or lower the incidence of progression or relapse,

 

 (v) expansion of the ‘headspace’ and Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention (EPPI) centres models could help an estimated 200 000 young Australians and in doing so free up existing services for others with mental illnesses whilst also alleviating pressures on public hospitals and emergency departments, and

(vi) the Government has moved to cut services in mental healthcare;

(b) calls on the Government:

(i) to expand the number of ‘headspace’ centres to a minimum of 90 nationally,

(ii) to establish a national network of 20 EPPI centres,

(iii) to provide an additional 800 beds for mental health associated with EPPI centres,

(iv) to appropriate the funds necessary to provide these critical steps to expanding mental health treatment facilities, and

(v) immediately to provide additional funds for existing ‘headspace’ centres; and

(c) send a message to the House of Representatives informing it of this resolution and requesting that it concur.

*63  Senators Siewert and Xenophon: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes reports in Australia that found infant formula had been contaminated with genetically modified (GM) soy and corn;

(b) acknowledges the significant level of community concern about food labelling and safety issues in Australian food products, particularly those being fed to infants and young children; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government to introduce clear and effective labelling standards that ensure all GM additives in Australian food products are labelled.

*64  Senator Siewert: To move—That the order of the Senate of 30 September 2010 adopting Report no. 11 of 2010 of the Selection of Bills Committee be varied to provide that the Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010 be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee instead of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee, for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in May 2011.

*65  Chair of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (Senator Cameron): To move—That the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 27 October 2010, from 4 pm, to examine the 2010-11 supplementary budget estimates for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

*66  Senator Trood: To move—That the Select Committee on the Reform of the Australian Federation be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 27 October 2010, from 11 am.

 

 *68  Senator Milne: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that a study release by the Australian National University’s Centre for Climate Economics and Policy concludes that the conditions for lifting Australia’s minimum emissions reduction target from 5 per cent to 15 per cent have been met,

(ii) that a study by the Climate Institute of comparative implied carbon prices shows that Australia’s existing implied carbon price of US$1.70 lags far behind the United Kingdom’s US$29.30 and China’s US$14.20,

(iii) that the European Union is publicly discussing a plan to unilaterally lift its target of 20 per cent emissions reductions below 1990 levels by 2020 to 30 per cent, embracing the economic benefits that come with this investment, and

(iv) that Scotland has recently announced that it will easily surpass its ambitious target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2020 and is lifting that target to an impressive 80 per cent by the end of the decade; and

(b) calls on the Government to formally set aside the unconditional 5 per cent emissions reduction target by 2020 and lift its minimum ambition.

*69  Senator Birmingham: To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, no later than noon on 28 October 2010, a copy of the audit report by PricewaterhouseCoopers into the Green Loans Program’s assessor accreditation process and adherence to the Protocol for Assessor Accrediting Organisations, as referred to by the then Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water (Senator Wong) in her statement to the Senate on 10 March 2010 (Senate Hansard , p. 1521) and previously required by the Senate on 12 May 2010.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Digital television: Transmission and reception—Report, dated September 2010

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Barnett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Macdonald, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

Social Security Legislation Amendment (Employment Services Reform) Act 2009 —Impacts of the new job seeker compliance framework—Report of the independent review, dated September 2010

Consideration ( 30 September 2010 ).

*3  Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005 —Report of the independent review of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme by Chris Guest, dated 30 June 2010

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Parry—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Parry, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).

 

 *4  Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Report for 2009-10

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Macdonald, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).

*5  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)—Report for 2009-10

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Macdonald, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).

*6  Australian Law Reform Commission—Report for 2009-10 (Report no. 113)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Barnett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Barnett, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).

*7  Federal Magistrates Court of Australia—Report for 2009-10

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Macdonald, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).

*8  Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Report for 2009-10

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Macdonald, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).

*9  Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post)—Report for 2009-10

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Macdonald, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).

*10  Departmental and agency appointments and vacancies—Orders for production of documents—Documents tabled 25 October 2010

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the documents ( Senator Macdonald, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).

*11  Departmental and agency grants—Orders for production of documents—Documents tabled 25 October 2010—

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Office of Sport

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Office of National Assessments

Attorney-General’s portfolio agencies

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Department of Infrastructure and Transport

National Archives of Australia

Privacy Advisory Committee and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Australian National Audit Office

Australian Public Service Commission

Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

 

Office for the Arts

Old Parliament House

Human Services portfolio agencies

Finance and Deregulation portfolio agencies

Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government [2]

Resources, Energy and Tourism portfolio agencies

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Treasury portfolio agencies

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the documents ( Senator Macdonald, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).

*12  Departmental and agency grants—Orders for production of documents—Document tabled 25 October 2010—Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Barnett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Macdonald, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).

*13  Departmental and agency grants—Orders for production of documents—Documents tabled 25 October 2010—

Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio agencies [2]

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Parry—That the Senate take note of the documents ( Senator Parry, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).

Orders of the Day

1  Green Loans Program—Ministerial statement and documents

Consideration ( 28 September 2010 ).

2  Commonwealth Parliamentary Association—55th Conference—Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation, 26 September to 6 October 2009, Tanzania and Rwanda, dated June 2010

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Moore—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Moore, in continuation, 28 September 2010 ).

Poker Machine (Reduced Losses—Interim Measures) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Xenophon )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Xenophon, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

Ombudsman Amendment (Education Ombudsman) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Hanson-Young )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Hanson-Young, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management (Repeal and Consequential Amendment) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ludlam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Ludlam, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

 

 7  Anti-Terrorism Laws Reform Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ludlam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Ludlam, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Siewert )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Siewert, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

Building and Construction Industry (Restoring Workplace Rights) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Siewert )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Siewert, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

10  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Support for Whaling) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Siewert and Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Siewert, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

11  Safe Climate (Energy Efficient Non-Residential Buildings Scheme) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Milne )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Milne, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

12  Renewable Energy Amendment (Feed-in-Tariff for Electricity) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Milne )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Milne, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

13  Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

14  Preventing the Misuse of Government Advertising Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

15  Restoring Territory Rights (Voluntary Euthanasia Legislation) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

16  Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Hanson-Young )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Hanson-Young, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

 

 17  Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill 2010 (No. 2)—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brandis )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brandis, in continuation, 29 September 2010 ).

19  Water (Crisis Powers and Floodwater Diversion) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Xenophon and Hanson-Young )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Xenophon, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

20  Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling—Palm Oil) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Xenophon and Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Xenophon, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

21  Fair Work Amendment (Paid Parental Leave) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Hanson-Young )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Hanson-Young, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

22  Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ludlam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Ludlam, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

23  Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ludlam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Ludlam, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

24  Special Broadcasting Service Amendment (Prohibition of Disruptive Advertising) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ludlam )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Ludlam, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

25  Stolen Generations Reparations Tribunal Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Siewert )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Siewert, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

26  Food Safety (Trans Fats) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Siewert )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Siewert, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

27  Commonwealth Electoral (Above-the-Line Voting) Amendment Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

 

 28  National Integrity Commissioner Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

29  Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

30  Banking Amendment (Delivering Essential Financial Services) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

31  Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting Amendment) Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bob Brown, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

32  Alcohol Toll Reduction Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Fielding, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

33  Drink Container Recycling Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Fielding, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

34  Responsible Takeaway Alcohol Hours Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Fielding, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

35  Choice of Repairer Bill 2010—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading ( restored 30 September 2010 ).

36  Keeping Jobs from Going Offshore (Protection of Personal Information) Bill 2009 [2010]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading ( restored 30 September 2010 ).

37  Plain Tobacco Packaging (Removing Branding from Cigarette Packs) Bill 2009 [2010]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading ( restored 30 September 2010 ).

38  Poker Machine Harm Reduction Tax (Administration) Bill 2008 [2010]—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Family First Party, Senator Fielding )

Second reading ( restored 30 September 2010 ).

 

  39  Health—Food labelling standards

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Siewert—That the Senate—

(a) notes recent reports in Australia that found infant formula had been contaminated with genetically modified (GM) soy and corn;

(b) acknowledges the significant level of community concern about food labelling and safety issues in Australian food products, particularly those being fed to infants and young children; and

(c) calls on the Government to introduce clear and effective labelling standards that require all GM additives in Australian food products to be labelled ( adjourned, Senator Heffernan, 30 September 2010 ).

40  Taxation—Carbon tax

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Cormann—That the Senate notes the Gillard Government’s decision to blatantly break its unequivocal commitment to the electorate not to introduce a carbon tax ( Senator Polley, in continuation, 30 September 2010 ).

* 41  Department of the Senate—Report for 2009-10

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Macdonald—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Macdonald, in continuation, 25 October 2010 ).