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General business


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Notices of motion

Notice given 11 September 2019

  *117   Senator Dean Smith : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      recognises that Western Australia’s North West Shelf celebrated 30 years of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports in August this year;

                          (b)      notes the following milestones for the LNG sector:

                                                (i)      that Japan was Western Australia’s first LNG customer back in 1989, and continues to be Australia’s largest LNG customer,

                                               (ii)      in 2006, Western Australia became the first jurisdiction in the world to export LNG to China,

                                             (iii)      in 2018, Western Australia’s LNG sales by volume increased 34% to 44.7 million tonnes from Gorgon, Wheatstone, Northwest shelf and Pluto, and

                                             (iv)      in 2019, Australia’s total LNG production capacity will reach 88 mtpa, making it the largest LNG producer in the world; and

                           (c)      recognises the important contribution the LNG sector makes to the Western Australian economy, accounting for 17% of total resources and energy exports in 2018, and estimated to be worth $27 billion to the economy.

  *118   Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ( Senator Hanson ): To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      acknowledges:

                                                (i)      the cost, cause and impact of lengthy delay in case management on children and families with matters before the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia,

                                               (ii)      the impact of such delay on the health, safety and wellbeing of children involved in matters before the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, and

                                             (iii)      the mental impact on parents resulting from too many Australian parents being denied equal custody or access to their children following divorce or separation; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to hold a Royal Commission or establish a joint select committee into the family law system to reach a final and comprehensive determination of this contentious area of law, taking into account all prior reviews to reach an outcome for the benefit of Australian families without further delay in a holistic informed process, rather than in a fragmented fashion which has been the hallmark to the present time.


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

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      Traditional Owners have not been given enough time to assess the cultural heritage impact of a plan to raise the wall of Warragamba dam, with just 40 days to respond to a 2000-page report,

                                               (ii)      the raised dam would flood world heritage-listed areas of the Blue Mountains and a number of Aboriginal cultural heritage sites, and

                                             (iii)      on 16 August 2019, 100 people gathered in the Blue Mountains village of Faulconbridge for a public meeting, organised by the Blue Mountains City Council and the Wollondilly Shire Council, where Traditional Owners spoke about the ‘inadequate and rushed cultural heritage assessment’ for the Warragamba dam proposal; and

                          (b)      calls on the New South Wales government to give Traditional Owners more time to respond to the report, and to engage in genuine consultation with the community on the Warragamba dam proposal.

  *120   Senator Gallagher : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      economic growth is the slowest it has been since 2008 when Labor navigated Australia through the global financial crisis,

                                               (ii)      wages growth has hit record lows,

                                             (iii)      1.8 million Australians are looking for work or for more work to combat the rising cost of living and increasing pressures on their household budgets,

                                             (iv)      living standards and productivity are going backwards, and

                                              (v)      the Morrison Government has no plan to deal with the domestic economic challenges, leaving us unnecessarily exposed to global shocks, and to support Australians struggling to meet their weekly costs; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to properly outline an economic plan that supports the floundering economy and better safeguards it from global risks, done in a fiscally-sustainable way, which could include:

                                                (i)      delivering more infrastructure spending now to maintain jobs and stimulate economic growth,

                                               (ii)      bringing forward part of the income tax cuts scheduled to commence on 1 July 2022,

                                             (iii)      reviewing and responsibly increasing Newstart to put more money in the pockets of those most likely to spend it in the economy,

                                             (iv)      implementing the Australian Investment Guarantee to incentivise and boost business investment, and

                                              (v)      developing an urgent and comprehensive plan to boost wages, starting with restoring penalty rates.

  *121   Senator Keneally : To move—

(1)         That the Senate notes that—

(a)         Paladin - the small company registered to a beach shack on Kangaroo Island, which was awarded a $523 million contract without a proper tender process - has been fined over 1,000 times in 18 months for failing to provide contracted services;

(b)         the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs (Senator Cash) told the Senate on 10 September 2019 that these fines “often related to relatively minor administrative failures”; and

(c)         documents produced under order of the Senate revealed that the total abatement could have totalled $11 million, if not for monthly penalty limits.

(2)         That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs, by no later than 12.20 pm on 16 September 2019:

(a)         an unredacted copy of each performance management report, which details the aforementioned fines, relating to Paladin’s contract to provide services on Manus Island; and

(b)         a copy of the full report prepared by the Independent Health Advice Panel for the second quarter of 2019, in accordance with section 199E of the Migration Act 1958 .

  *122   Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ( Senator Hanson ): To move—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act creating a system of mandatory self-assessment of family law matters, and for other purposes. Family Law (Self-Assessment) Bill 2019 .

  *123   Senator McDonald : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      the resources industry is critical to the Queensland economy, contributing 1 in every 8 jobs in Queensland and $4.3 billion in royalties shared across the state of Queensland,

                                               (ii)      the New Acland coal mine has been seeking approvals for their Stage 3 expansion since 2007, which would extend the mine’s life until 2031 and increase production from 5.2 million tonnes to 7.5 million tonnes per annum,

                                             (iii)      the New Acland coal mine is vital for the Oakey economy, currently employing 300 workers with dozens more servicing the needs of the mine site, and

                                             (iv)      recently, the mine has reduced its staff from 300 to 150, due to 12 years of delays in receiving the necessary approvals; and

                          (b)      calls on the Queensland Government to not allow its approvals process to be delayed because of judicial activism.

  *124   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Senate notes that:

                          (a)      on 10 September 2019, in relation to general business notice of motion no. 105, the Australian Labor Party indicated it does not like long, detailed motions; and

                          (b)      the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 is ineffective at regulating habitat loss and is failing to prevent species extinction.

  *125   Senator Siewert : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      community members are in Parliament this week to meet with members and senators to talk about their lived experiences of being on income support,

                                               (ii)      many have recounted the stress, trauma and poverty they experience engaging with the income support system and living below the poverty line,

                                             (iii)      Newstart and Youth Allowance have not had an increase in real terms for over 25 years,

                                             (iv)      recipients of these income support payments are unable to cover basic living costs such as housing, food, transport, healthcare and utilities, and

                                              (v)      income inequality and poverty has significant negative effects on individuals’ physical and mental wellbeing and society; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government and all members of Parliament to listen to the lived experiences of those on income support, and make it a priority to help address poverty in Australia by raising Newstart and Youth Allowance immediately.

  *126   Senator Rice : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      since 2001, more than 230 Australians have died in quad bike-related accidents,

                                               (ii)      multiple stakeholders have called for action on quad bike safety, including the National Farmers’ Federation, the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the National Rural Health Alliance, the National Rural Women’s Coalition, the Country Women’s Association of Australia, and the Australian Workers’ Union, and

                                             (iii)      since 2013, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has regularly issued public warnings on quad bike safety, and has recommended a mandatory safety standard to the Assistant Treasurer, including requiring operator protection devices for general use models; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to act to prevent future deaths by adopting the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s recommendations in full.

  *127   Senator Waters : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      28 August 2019 was Unequal Pay Day, marking the 59 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work, on average, to earn the same amount as men earnt in 2018-19,

                                               (ii)      the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) annual data, released on 15 August 2019, shows that the gender pay gap in Australia is still unacceptably high at 14%,

                                             (iii)      men earn $25,717, or 21.3%, more than women each year on average, in full-time work across all jobs, including overtime and bonuses (total remuneration),

                                             (iv)      financial and insurance services remains the industry with the highest total remuneration gender pay gap at 24.4%,

                                              (v)      professional, scientific and technical services is the industry with the second-highest gender pay gap at 24.3%,

                                             (vi)      in May 2019, the gender pay gap was 17.3% in the private sector and 10.7% in the public sector,

                                           (vii)      in 2018, the gender pay gap amongst managers was 25.7%, with an average total remuneration dollar difference of $50,370 - WGEA attributes this gap as due to more discretionary pay and less reliance on awards and collective agreements among non-managers,

                                          (viii)      the WGEA, KPMG Australia and Diversity Council of Australia paper, She’s Price(d)/ess: the economics of the gender pay gap , estimates that gender discrimination is the largest single contributor to the gender pay gap, at 39%,

                                             (ix)      WGEA data shows that 70% of workplaces have a formal policy and strategy in place to support flexible working arrangements for employees, yet less than 2% have set targets for men’s engagement in flexible work, and

                                              (x)      47.8% of organisations reporting to WGEA provide primary carer’s leave, and 41.8% provide secondary carer’s leave, in addition to the Federal Government’s paid parental leave scheme; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to:

                                                (i)      increase the resourcing for WGEA, strengthen its powers, and require all large employers to publicly report their gender pay gap,

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

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

                                             (iv)      introduce measures to ensure appropriate classification and pay for work in traditionally low paid industries where the majority of workers are women and/or migrants, and

                                              (v)      expand the coverage of WGEA to include the public sector.