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General business

 

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Notices of Motion

Notice given 4 December 2017

  *636   Senator Bernardi : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that 3 December 2017 marked 163 years since the Eureka Stockade rebellion of 1854;

                          (b)      recognises the Eureka Stockade as the birthplace of the Australian spirit of mateship signified by the term ‘diggers’, a term which was later adopted by Anzac soldiers in World War I;

                           (c)      further notes that the Eureka Stockade signified a victory of self­-reliant individuals over big government, corruption, arbitrary licensing and excessive taxation;

                          (d)      rejects the attempt by some unions to rewrite history and usurp the Southern Cross or Eureka flag and rebellion as representative of militant unionism; and

                           (e)      calls upon the Government to promote the historical observance of the Eureka Stockade and ensure an accurate representation of its true historical context.

  *637   Senator Bernardi : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that 2 December 2017 marked one year since the South Australian Treasurer, the Honourable Tom Koutsantonis, MP, called for the abolition of tariffs “such as the luxury car tax” on imported motor vehicles, and also stating he would immediately take that cause to the Coalition of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra;

                          (b)      agrees with the South Australian Treasurer’s statement in his media release on that day that there is no longer an Australian automotive manufacturing industry to protect with these measures;

                           (c)      observes that abolition of remaining tariffs on motor vehicles and the luxury car tax would, combined, save Australian car buyers $1 billion per annum; and

                          (d)      calls upon the Government to announce its plans for these tariffs in the Mid-Year Budget Review, if not before.

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

                          (a)      notes the article in The Age , on 15 November 2017, regarding the residents of Berkeley Living retirement village in Victoria;

                          (b)      acknowledges that there have been problems with the retirement villages sector for many years and that there was a parliamentary inquiry that looked at issues within the retirement villages sector in 2007;

                           (c)      recognises that the situation of Berkeley Living residents is yet another example of how a lack of regulation and standards in this industry have allowed poor practices to flourish;

                          (d)      notes that retirement villages were on the agenda for the meeting, on 31 August 2017, of Consumer Affairs Ministers and that it was agreed to direct the Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand to undertake further investigation into the regulation of retirement villages, including identifying any regulatory gaps that allow unfair practices to occur; and

                           (e)      urges the Federal Government to take a leadership role in developing nationally-consistent regulation of retirement housing across the various tenures that provides strong protections to residents and their families.



 

  *640   Senator Steele-John : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes:

                                                (i)      the unanimous findings of the Environment and Communications References Committee report, Game on: more than playing around - The future of Australia’s video game development industry , received on 29 April 2016,

                                               (ii)      the absence of any government response to the findings of this inquiry, and

                                             (iii)      that, on 25 May 2017, the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield) and the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts (Mr Richard Eccles) stated at the Budget estimates hearing, in response to questioning by Senator Ludlam, that a finalised draft response to this inquiry has been submitted to the Government for consideration; and

                          (b)      orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister for Communications, by no later than 3 pm on 6 December 2017, a copy of the government response to this report.

  *641   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      before his resignation, the Honourable Barnaby Joyce was the Turnbull Government’s Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, and

                                               (ii)      the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources has authority over the function of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan;

                          (b)      further notes that, in his time as the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, former Minister Joyce:

                                                (i)      dismissed the suggestion that the Commonwealth investigate allegations of water theft as broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners program,

                                               (ii)      instead described those allegations as a conspiracy to “take more water” from irrigators in an effort to “shut more of your towns down”,

                                             (iii)      suggested that allegations that irrigators in New South Wales have undermined the Murray-Darling Basin Plan were an issue for New South Wales only, as “the people who live around where that water may have been taken live all in New South Wales”,

                                             (iv)      indicated that the reason he held the responsibility for the water portfolio was to “make sure we don’t have greenies running the show”,

                                              (v)      stated that the decision to incorporate the water portfolio into the broader agriculture portfolio was to “look after” irrigator communities in New South Wales, and

                                             (vi)      suggested the allegations were broadcast by Four Corners out of sympathy for “radical greens organisations”;

                           (c)      acknowledges that the Australian taxpayer has bought billions of litres of water back under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, giving all Australians, in every state and territory, an interest in ensuring this water is used for its stated purpose;

                          (d)      recognises that bestowing on a single minister responsibility for both agriculture and water creates a conflict of interest; and

                           (e)      calls on the Government to split the portfolios of water and agriculture and to not return the responsibility for water to former Minister Joyce.

  *642   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      in December 2016, the celebrity gardener Mr Don Burke appeared in a Facebook video with the then Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Barnaby Joyce), discussing favourably the relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority from Canberra to the Minister’s electorate, and

                                               (ii)      this video is no longer available;

                          (b)      further notes that:

                                                (i)      allegations of long-term sexual harassment and abuse against prominent identities raise serious concerns about the culture of silence that has been allowed to prosper in the media industry,

                                               (ii)      the decision of any Government minister to associate with media identities facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse would call into question their capacity to responsibly execute their ministerial responsibilities,

                                             (iii)      scrubbing one’s social media of references to figures facing allegations of sexual harassment and abuse would represent an acknowledgement that the association was inappropriate in the first place, and

                                             (iv)      any member of the Government who chooses to associate with a figure whose alleged behaviour was, to quote one report, “an open secret for years”, cannot, for their own benefit, pick and choose when to withdraw that association; and

                           (c)      orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, by no later than 6.30 pm on 7 December 2017:

                                                (i)      any documents produced by, with, or featuring celebrity gardener Mr Burke from 1 November 2016,

                                               (ii)      any advice provided to the Minister by the Department relating to social media featuring Mr Burke since 1 November 2016 and prior to 4 December 2017,

                                             (iii)      any documents relating to social media featuring the Minister and Mr Burke since 1 November 2016 and prior to 4 December 2017, and

                                             (iv)      any related documents.

  *643   Senator Patrick : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      in 2015, the Government commenced consultation with the local community of Kimba in South Australia on whether the town might host a radioactive waste management facility, in order to ascertain if there was ‘broad community support’,

                                               (ii)      in an early 2016 vote on the issue, the community was shown to be split down the middle - 51 per cent in favour to 49 per cent against,

                                             (iii)      a late 2016 vote was then held, where the numbers changed slightly to 56 per cent in favour to 41 per cent against,

                                             (iv)      on 22 March 2017, the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, responding to a question from then Senator Xenophon on the meaning of ‘broad community support’, advised the Senate that the Government had taken a proposal forward in the Hawker region in South Australia where support was at 65 per cent,

                                              (v)      the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia further advised that, while the Government has not put a definitive figure on what constitutes ‘broad community support’, the Government would need a figure in the range of the support received in Hawker,

                                             (vi)      Kimba voted a third time in July this year, with a total of 88 per cent of the community voting - the results have come in at 57 per cent for and 43 per cent against,

                                           (vii)      at no stage has the 65 per cent ‘broad community support’ criteria the Government set itself been reached, and

                                          (viii)      on 27 June 2017, the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia announced that two proposed sites for a radioactive waste management facility at Kimba will proceed to the next phase of assessment; and

                          (b)      orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, by no later than 3.30 pm on 7 December 2017, the brief provided to the Minister and used by him to make the decision that two proposed sites for a radioactive waste management facility at Kimba will proceed to the next phase of assessment.