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General business

 

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Notices of Motion

Notice given 16 September 2019

  *133   Senator Waters : To move—

(1)         That the Senate notes that clause 2.4 of the Prime Minister’s Statement of Ministerial Standards (the Standards) provides: “ Except with the express approval of the Prime Minister , Ministers will resign or decline directorships of public or private companies and businesses on taking up office as a Minister. Approval to retain a directorship of a private company or business will be granted only if the Prime Minister is satisfied, on the advice of the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, that no conflict of interest is likely to arise. ( emphasis added ).

(2)         That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by no later than 12 pm on 19 September 2019, the following documents:

(a)         details of all approvals given to current ministers under clause 2.4 of the Standards allowing a minister to retain or accept directorships of public or private companies, including:

                                                            (i)       who the approval was granted to,

                                                           (ii)       details of the relevant company,

                                                         (iii)       when the approval was granted,

                                                         (iv)       details of any advice received from the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in relation to the approval, and

                                                          (v)       any reasons given in support of the approval; and

(b)         details of all applications made by current ministers for approval under clause 2.4 of the Standards where the Prime Minister refused to grant approval for the minister to retain or accept a directorship of a public or private company, including:

                                                            (i)       who made the application,

                                                           (ii)       details of the relevant company,

                                                         (iii)       when the application was refused,

                                                         (iv)       any advice received from the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in relation to the application, and

                                                          (v)       any reasons given in support of the refusal.

(3)         That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by no later than 12 pm on 14 October 2019, the following documents:

(a)         details of all approvals given to ministers since the 42nd Parliament under the relevant Prime Minister’s Statement of Ministerial Standards allowing a minister to retain or accept directorships of public or private companies, including:

                                                            (i)       who the approval was granted to,

                                                           (ii)       details of the relevant company,

                                                         (iii)       when the approval was granted,

                                                         (iv)       details of any advice received from the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in relation to the approval, and

                                                          (v)       any reasons given in support of the approval; and

(b)         details of all applications made by current or formers ministers since the 42nd Parliament for approval under the Standards where the Prime Minister refused to grant approval for the Minister to retain or accept a directorship of a public or private company, including:

                                                            (i)       who made the application,

                                                           (ii)       details of the relevant company,

                                                         (iii)       when the application was refused,

                                                         (iv)       any advice received from the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in relation to the application, and

                                                          (v)       any reasons given in support of the refusal.

  *134   Leader of the Australian Greens ( Senator Di Natale ): To move—That the Senate supports the right of people to engage in non-violent civil disobedience to demand action on the unfolding climate and environment crisis.

  *135   Senator Sterle : To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by no later than 3 pm on 18 September 2019, copies of the final reports by the Coordinator-General for Drought, Major General Stephen Day, the Drought Interagency Taskforce and Special Envoy for Drought Assistance and Recovery.

  *136   Leader of the Opposition in the Senate ( Senator Wong ): To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes widespread reports in the media about the Member for Chisholm over the last week, which raise questions concerning her fitness to be a member of the Australian Parliament; and

                          (b)      at 9.30 am on 18 September 2019, before government business is called on:

                                                (i)      requires the Minister representing the Prime Minister (Senator Cormann) to provide, for no more than 20 minutes:

                                                                  (A)       an explanation of the Government’s response to the allegations raised against the Member for Chisholm, and

                                                                  (B)       an assurance to the Senate that the Member for Chisholm is a fit and proper person to remain a member of the Australian Parliament, and

                                               (ii)      a senator may, at the conclusion of the Minister’s explanation, move without notice, that the Senate take note of the explanation.

  *137   Senator Faruqi : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      the New South Wales (NSW) Youth Council held their ‘Unleash the Future’ Conference from 13 to 15 September 2019 in Rooty Hill, and



 

                                               (ii)      young people from across NSW came together to workshop issues, including the need for emergency action on the climate crisis, the role of advocacy, gender and cultural diversity, mental health, youth and family violence, and the importance of having young voices at all levels of Australian government;

                          (b)      congratulates the Blacktown Youth Advisory Committee on organising a successful conference; and

                           (c)      recognises the role of youth councils in providing forums for young people to discuss issues, advise local councils and hold events organised for and by young people.

  *138   Senator Siewert : To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, by 10 am on 18 September 2019, the latest job seeker compliance data including all payment suspensions, cancellations, demerits and penalties for the jobactive program for the financial year 2018-19 and year to date 2019-20.

  *139   Senator Siewert : To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, by 10 am on 18 September 2019, the briefing note provided to news outlets recently, including Newscorp, the West and 9News, that outlined the current number of payment suspensions and demerit points issued under the jobactive program.