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General business

 

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Notices of Motion

Notice given 30 July 2019

      72   Senator Kitching : To move—

(1)         That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Integrity, be established to inquire into and report on the integrity of government administration, with particular reference to:

(a)         the adequacy and performance of existing integrity measures including, but not limited to:

                                                            (i)       the Statement of Ministerial Standards, and

                                                           (ii)       the Lobbyist Code and Register of Lobbyists;

(b)         the funding, functions and performance of Commonwealth integrity agencies;

(c)         the adequacy of government responses to Senate committee reports;

(d)         the adequacy of government responses to Senate orders for the production of documents;

(e)         the operation of the Commonwealth Procurement Framework;

(f)          the administration of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 legislation;

(g)         any proposals to strengthen the integrity of government administration; and

(h)         any related matters.

(2)         That the committee present its final report on or before the third sitting day of 2021.

(3)         That the committee consist of 8 senators, as follows:

(a)         2 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(b)         2 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate;

(c)         1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens; and

(d)         3 nominated by minor party and independent senators.

(4)         That:

(a)         participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator; and

(b)         participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee.

(5)         That 4 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

(6)         That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(7)         That the committee elect as chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and as deputy chair one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens or by minor party and independent senators.

(8)         That the deputy chair shall act chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

(9)         That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(10)     That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(11)     That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(12)     That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

(13)     That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

Notice given 1 August 2019

    *87   Senator Dodson : To move—

(1)         That a joint select committee, to be known as the Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme, be established to inquire into and report on:

(a)         the Australian Government policy, program and legal response to the redress related recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, including the establishment and operation of the Commonwealth Redress Scheme and ongoing support of survivors; and

(b)         any matter in relation to the Royal Commission’s redress related recommendations referred to the committee by a resolution of either House of the Parliament.

(2)         That the committee present its final report on the last sitting day in May 2022.

(3)         That the committee consist of 8 members - 4 senators, and 4 members of the House of Representatives, as follows:

(a)         2 members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Government Whip or Whips;

(b)         2 members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips;

(c)         1 senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate;

(d)         1 senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate;

(e)         1 senator to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens; and

(f)          1 senator to be nominated by any minority party or independent senator.

(4)         That:

(a)         participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Government Whip in the House of Representatives, the Opposition Whip in the House of Representatives, the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator or member of the House of Representatives; and

(b)         participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee.

(5)         That every nomination of a member of the committee be notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(6)         That the members of the committee hold office as a joint select committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

(7)         That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(8)         That the committee elect as chair a member or senator nominated by the Opposition.

(9)         That the committee elect as deputy chair a member or senator nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens.

(10)     That, in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(11)     That the deputy chair shall act as chair of the committee at any time when the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee, and at any time when the chair and deputy chair are not present at a meeting of the committee the members present shall elect another member to act as chair at that meeting.

(12)     That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to examine.

(13)     That the committee, and any subcommittee, have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(14)     That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(15)     That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

(16)     That the committee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

(17)     That the provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

(18)     That the committee have access to all evidence and documents of the former Joint Select Committee on oversight of the implementation of redress related recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse.

(19)     That a message be sent to the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence in this resolution.



 

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

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      the Clean Energy Regulator’s The Renewable Energy Target 2018 Administrative Report - The acceleration in renewables investment , highlights the record investment in large scale, commercial and industrial and household renewables over the last year,

                                               (ii)      the Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that jobs in renewable energy in Queensland grew by 1,550 in 2017-2018, an increase of 44 percent on the previous year,

                                             (iii)      the Green Energy Markets 2019 update report, states that 2,012 full time equivalent Queenslanders were employed in the installation and sale of rooftop solar PV in June 2019,

                                             (iv)      the recently announced shortlist for the Queensland Government’s Renewables 400 tender includes ten renewable energy generation and storage developments projected to collectively deliver 3,000 jobs in central and far north Queensland, including 350 direct jobs created by the Clarke Creek Wind and Solar Farm, west of Rockhampton, and

                                              (v)      the Adani Carmichael mine, if it proceeds, is expected to create between 800 and 1,500 jobs in the construction phase, with 100 ongoing jobs; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to:

                                                (i)      deliver real jobs that last, by backing the job-creating, climate-fixing clean energy industry, and

                                               (ii)      fund the retraining, upskilling and investment in coal workers and their communities to ensure that no-one is left behind in the transition to a low carbon economy.

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

                          (a)      notes that, on 31 July 2019, offshore petroleum exploration acreage was released, containing 64 areas available for lease:

                                                (i)      this is largest number of areas released since 2000, with more than 120,000 square kilometres available, and

                                               (ii)      fossil fuels are the  leading cause of climate change; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to halt the development of any further fossil fuel basins.

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

                          (a)      notes that recommendations handed down by the South Australian Department for Environment and Water, on 31 July 2019, call for 30 species be added to the threatened species list and a further 15 species be upgraded to a more threatened category; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to establish and fully fund a plan for each threatened species.



 

    *91   Senators Faruqi, Kitching, McCarthy and Sheldon: To move—

(1)         That the Senate notes that:

(a)         the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade into the management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in and around Defence bases (PFAS report), was tabled on 3 December 2018, making nine recommendations; and

(b)         the President’s report to the Senate on the status of government responses to parliamentary committee reports as at 30 June 2019, indicates that a government response to the PFAS report has not been tabled.

(2)         That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, by 12 pm on 10 September 2019, the government’s response to the recommendations contained in the PFAS report.

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

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      data released by the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business shows that nearly four in five jobactive participants have had their payments suspended at least once in the last 12 months,

                                               (ii)      jobactive participants often have their payments suspended for reasons out of their control including administrative errors by employment service providers,

                                             (iii)      jobactive participants are living on unemployment payments as low as $277.85 a week and should not be subject to unfair payment suspensions, and

                                             (iv)      poverty is a barrier to employment and suspending income support payments does not help people gain employment,

                          (b)      expresses concern that jobactive participants can face payment suspensions due to administrative errors by employment service providers with no recourse to Centrelink; and

                           (c)      calls on the Federal Government to:

                                                (i)      implement the recommendations contained in the report of the Education and Employment References Committee into Jobactive: failing those it is intended to serve, tabled on 14 February 2019, and

                                               (ii)      abandon the Targeted Compliance Framework.