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Business of the Senate

Notices of Motion

Notice given 22 November 2010

Senators Fisher and Ludlam: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report:

(a) the cost of establishing and operating the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the impacts of the project on Government finances, and the NBN business model;

(b) the impact on competition in the telecommunications market;

(c) alternate or emerging telecommunications technologies and the degree to which the NBN will be ‘future proof’;

(d) any practical issues likely to arise during construction of the NBN, including workforce, property access and property connection issues and aerial versus underground construction;

(e) experience gained at and principles/lessons extracted from current release sites, including costs, pricing, performance, take-up and timeframes;

(f) documents, information and advice provided to the Government, but not made public;

(g) the public cost and benefit of providing a free service to low income households;

(h) estimated environmental impacts and benefits of the NBN, including expected increases in e-waste;

(i) any Government role in supporting end-use applications of the NBN; and

(j) other matters relevant to the rollout of the NBN, including relevant overseas experience.

Notice given 23 November 2010

Senator Fierravanti-Wells: To move—That the Health Insurance (Eligible Collection Centres) Approval Principles 2010, made under subsection 23DNBA(4) of the Health Insurance Act 1973 , be disallowed. [F2010L01765]

Eleven sitting days remain, including today, to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.

Senators Heffernan, Coonan, Xenophon and Siewert: To move—That the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010 be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 23 March 2011.

Notice given 24 November 2010

Senators Ludlam and Kroger: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2011:


Procurement procedures for items identified in the Defence White Paper, Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030 , and, in particular:

(a) assess the procurement procedures utilised for major defence capital projects currently underway or foreshadowed in the Defence White Paper, including the operations of the Capability Development Group and its relevant subcommittees;

(b) assess the timeline proposed for defence modernisation and procurement outlined in the Defence White Paper;

(c) assess proposals arising from the Defence accountability reviews, including the Mortimer Review, the Pappas Review and the McKinsey Report (2010), in regard to enhancing accountability and disclosure for defence procurement; and

(d) make recommendations for enhancing the availability of public information and parliamentary oversight and scrutiny of defence procurement in the context of guaranteed 3 per cent real growth in the Defence budget until 2017-18.

Notice given 25 November 2010

Senator Stephens: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 October 2011:

Mechanisms and options for the development of a robust capital market for social economy organisations in Australia, including:

(a) the types of finance and credit options available to not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and social businesses, the needs of the sector and international approaches;

(b) the role and current activity of financial intermediary organisations and how these can be strengthened;

(c) strengthening diversity in social business models;

(d) the development of appropriate wholesale and retail financial products and services;

(e) government actions that would support the potential for social economy organisations involved in the delivery of government services to access capital markets;

(f) incentives to support investment in the sector;

(g) making better use of the sector’s own financial capacity, including practices relating to purchasing of products and services and use of reserve capital;

(h) making better use of the corpus of philanthropic foundations and trusts to make investments in Australia’s social economy organisations, expand socially responsible investments and impact investments and any current barrier to their investment;

(i) policies, practices and strategies that affect the availability of capital markets for social economy organisations on social innovation, productivity, growth and workforce issues in these sectors; and

(j) any other related matters.


Notice given 8 February 2011

*6  Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce): To move—

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 11 May 2011:

The provisions of the Water Act 2007 (the Act), with particular reference to the direction it provides for the development of a Basin Plan, including:

(a) any ambiguities or constraints in the Act which would prevent a Basin Plan from being developed on an equally weighted consideration of economic, social and environmental factors;

(b) the differences in legal interpretations of the Act;

(c) the constitutional power of the Commonwealth to legislate in the area of water;

(d) the role of relevant international agreements and the effect of those on the parts of the Act which direct the Basin Plan to give effect to those agreements and their effect on the Act more generally;

(e) any amendments that would be required to ensure that economic, social and environmental factors are given equally weighted consideration in developing the Basin Plan; and

(f) any other related matter.

(2) That in conducting its inquiry, the committee should consult those with particular legal expertise in the area of water.

Orders of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of Schedule 4 of the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Economics References Committee

Final report to be presented on the decision of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on the proposed acquisition of Franklins by Metcash Trading Limited.

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Federal Financial Relations Amendment (National Health and Hospitals Network) Bill 2010. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill 2010.

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on donor conception practices in Australia.