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Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Page: 10057

Presentation

Senator Fifield to move:

That—

(a) on Thursday, 4 December 2014:

(i) the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to adjournment,

(ii) the routine of business from not later than 8 pm shall be consideration of the government business orders of the day listed in paragraph (b),

(iii) divisions may take place after 4.30 pm, and

(iv) if the Senate is sitting at 11 pm, the sitting of the Senate shall be suspended till 9 am on Friday, 5 December 2014;

(b) on each calendar day after Thursday, 4 December 2014 until the Senate has finally considered the bills listed below, including any messages from the House of Representatives:

National Water Commission (Abolition) Bill 2014

Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014

Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2013

Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill 2014

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Student Measures) Bill 2014,

the hours of meeting shall be 9 am to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 11 pm and if the Senate is still sitting at 11 pm, the sitting of the Senate be suspended till 9 am the following day; and

(c) the Senate shall adjourn after it has finally considered the bills listed in paragraph (b), or a motion for the adjournment is moved by a minister, whichever is the earlier.

Senator Smith to move:

That the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit be authorised to hold private meetings otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1), during the sittings of the Senate, as follows:

(a) Thursday, 12 February 2015, from 10.30 am;

(b) Thursday, 5 March 2015, from 10.30 am, followed by a public meeting;

(c) Thursday, 19 March 2015, from 10.30 am, followed by a public meeting; and

(d) Thursday, 26 March 2015, from 10.30 am, followed by a public meeting.

Senator O’Sullivan to move:

That the Senate acknowledges and encourages the efforts of Indigenous groups across the nation working in partnership with resource companies to provide employment, training and educational opportunities to local Aboriginal populations, where mining activity is occurring on their traditional land.

Senator McKenzie to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes statements of support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, including the Victoria Trades Hall Council’s recent reiteration of its support for the BDS strategy; and

(b) denounces such support as anti-Semitic, ill-informed, simplistic, inflammatory and having no place in our society.

Senator Gallacher to move:

That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 November 2015:

The delivery and effectiveness of Australia’s bilateral aid program in Papua New Guinea (PNG), with particular reference to:

(a) the political, economic and social objectives of Australia’s aid;

(b) the role of multilateral and regional organisations, non-government organisations, Australian civil society and other donors;

(c) scope for increasing private sector involvement in sustainable economic growth and reducing poverty;

(d) scope for expanding private sector partnerships in leveraging private sector investment and domestic finance;

(e) improving PNG’s progress towards internationally-recognised development goals;

(f) supporting inclusive development by investing in good governance, health and education, law and justice and women’s empowerment;

(g) establishing realistic performance benchmarks to assess aid outcomes against set targets and to improve accountability; and

(h) the extent to which development outcomes in PNG can be improved by learning from successful aid programs in other countries.

Senator Milne to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the Abbott Government’s failure to propose and deliver revenue measures that target the big end of town, instead of the sick, the young and the poor, and

(ii) the billions in foregone revenue from corporate tax avoidance in Australia that could be recouped simply by enforcing current laws; and

(b) calls on the Treasurer (Mr Hockey) to do more to crack down on corporate tax avoidance in Australia instead of persisting with cruel budget measures that have been rejected by the Australian people.

Senator Milne to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 13 October 2014, the British House of Commons passed a motion to recommend the United Kingdom recognise the state of Palestine, and

(ii) the state of Palestine is currently recognised by 135 states; and

(b) supports the passage of the same motion as that supported by the British House of Commons, namely, the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.

Senator Moore to move:

That the Senate condemns the Abbott Government for its litany of broken promises which are hurting low- and middle-income earners, harming the economy, damaging business and consumer confidence, costing jobs, undermining fairness, and changing Australia for the worse.

Senator Whish-Wilson to move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Investment, no later than 7 pm on 4 December 2014, a copy of:

(a) the draft investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that refers to state-owned enterprises (SOEs); and

(b) the list of Australian SOEs that the Australian Government has requested be exempted from investment clauses in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Senator Whish-Wilson to move:

That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 3 December 2015:

The future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia, including:

(a) current demographic trends and the role of regional capitals in this change;

(b) the current Government funding provided to regional capitals;

(c) an analysis of the appropriate level of funding regional capitals should be receiving based on their population, demand for services and strategic importance;

(d) investment challenges and opportunities to maintain or grow regional capitals, including in areas such as telecommunication technology, transportation links, human services, energy and other infrastructure;

(e) incentives and policy measures required to sustainably grow regional capitals;

(f) the impact the changing environment and demand for water will have on regional capitals; and

(g) any other related matters.

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit political donations from certain industries, and for related purposes. Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014.

Senator Milne to move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to establish the Australian Centre for Social Cohesion, and for related purposes. Australian Centre for Social Cohesion Bill 2014.

Senator Xenophon to move:

That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 April 2015:

(a) recent media reports on apparent breaches in airport and aviation security at Australian airports;

(b) consideration of the responses to those reports from the Government, regulators, airports and other key stakeholders, and the adequacy of those responses;

(c) whether there are further measures that ought to be taken to enhance airport security and the safety of the travelling public;

(d) the findings of, and responses to, reports undertaken into airport security issues since 2000; and

(e) any related matters.

Senator Wong to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the motion passed in the South Australian House of Assembly on Wednesday, 3 December 2014, with the support of Labor, Liberal and crossbench members, that:

(i) condemned the remarks of the Commonwealth Minister for Defence that he would not trust the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) to ‘build a canoe’,

(ii) reaffirmed its support for ASC workers and all other South Australians employed in the Defence industry,

(iii) demanded that the Abbott Liberal Government upholds its election commitment to build the 12 future submarines in Adelaide, and

(iv) noted that Australians should have the right to trust the word of its leaders when it comes to decisions that affect the national security of this country; and

(b) concurs with the sentiments expressed by the South Australian House of Assembly.

Senator McLucas to move:

That—

(a) there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Health, no later than 3.30 pm on Thursday, 4 December 2014, copies of the following National Mental Health Commission documents in relation to its Mental Health review, as referred to during the estimates hearing of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee on Wednesday, 22 October 2014:

(i) the preliminary report completed during February 2014, and

(ii) the interim report completed in June 2014; and

(b) the Senate not accept a public interest immunity claim by the Minister that tabling these documents would impact the Government’s ability to properly respond to the Mental Health Review because:

(i) the production of these documents is necessary to allow people living with mental illness, their representative organisations and service providers to have an open and honest conversation about the future of the mental health system in Australia,

(ii) the Mental Health Review must be transparent for the community to have faith in the review outcomes,

(iii) there has been significant demand from the mental health sector, including consumers, for the reports to be made available, and

(iv) the more than 1 800 organisations and individuals that made submissions to the review have the right to see these reports.

Senator Cameron to move:

That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 11 November 2015:

The scale and incidence of insolvency in the Australian construction industry, including:

(a) the amount of money lost by secured and unsecured creditors in the construction industry and related insolvencies, including but not limited to:

(i) employees,

(ii) contractors and sub-contractors,

(iii) suppliers,

(iv) developers,

(v) governments, and

(vi) any other industry participants or parties associated with the Australian construction industry;

(b) the effects, including the economic and social effects, of construction industry insolvencies, having particular regard to the classes of creditors in paragraph (a);

(c) the causes of construction industry insolvencies;

(d) the incidence of ‘phoenix companies’ in the construction industry, their operation, their effects and the adequacy of the current law and regulatory framework to curb the practice of ‘phoenixing’;

(e) the impact of insolvency in the construction industry on productivity in the industry;

(f) the incidence and nature of criminal and civil misconduct related to construction industry insolvencies, having particular regard to breaches of the Corporations Law both prior to and after companies enter external administration and/or liquidation;

(g) the current extent and future potential for the amount of unpaid debt in the industry to attract non-construction industry participants to the industry for the purposes of debt collecting and related activities and the extent of anti-social and unlawful conduct related to debt collecting and related activities;

(h) the adequacy of the current law and regulatory framework to reduce the level of insolvency in the construction industry; and

(i) any other relevant matter.