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Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Page: 5418

Senator Ludwig to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   Thursday, 3 September 2009 marks Australian National Flag Day, commemorating 108 years since the Australian national flag was flown for the first time, and

(ii)   the national flag is Australia’s primary national symbol and over the years has become an expression of Australian identity and pride;

(b)   further notes that Merchant Navy Day is also commemorated on 3 September; and

(c)   encourages schools and businesses, cities and towns across Australia to mark National Flag Day with a flag raising ceremony.

Senator Hurley to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Economics Legislation Committee be authorised to meet during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 20 August 2009, from 5 pm, for a private briefing.

Senator Eggleston to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Economics References Committee be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 20 August 2009.

Senator Xenophon to move on 7 September 2009:

   That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to place a moratorium on the issuing and reactivation of water licences, and for related purposes. Water Licence Moratorium Bill 2009.

Senator Siewert to move on 9 September 2009:

   That the Threat Abatement Plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi (2009), made under section 279 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, be disallowed.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells to move on 7 September 2009:

   That the Migration Amendment Regulations 2009 (No. 6), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2009 No. 143 and made under the Migration Act 1958, be disallowed.

Senator Fielding to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend product information standards to remove brands, trademarks and logos from tobacco packaging, and for related purposes. Plain Tobacco Packaging (Removing Branding from Cigarette Packs) Bill 2009.

Senator Hanson-Young to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate calls on the Australian Government to urge the Indonesian Government to allow the International Red Cross full and unfettered access into West Papua.

Senator Bob Brown to move on the next day of sitting:

(1)   That the Senate notes the Remuneration Tribunal’s failure to provide a financial or economic justification for the proposed increases in the Members of Parliament travelling allowance.

(2)   That Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2009/11: Members of Parliament - Travelling Allowance, made pursuant to subsections 7(1), 7(2) and 7(4) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973, be disapproved.

Senator Ludlam to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the Senate notes:

(a)   an international petition with 275 signatories, expressing the view that the presence of warlords, corrupt officials and incompetent leaders will not win freedom, peace, stability and prosperity for the people of Afghanistan;

(b)   the petitioners call to the international community, the United Nations and the International Court of Justice to help the people of Afghanistan by bringing those warlords and criminals implicated in the Human Rights Watch report, Blood stained hands to the International Court of Justice; and

(c)   the Human Rights Watch report implicates former warlords in crimes against humanity, which should preclude them from running in the election for the post of Vice President.

Senators Boswell and Macdonald to move 10 sitting days after today:

   That the Proclamation dated 14 May 2009 [Coral Sea Conservation Zone], made under subsection 390D(1) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 declaring an area to be a conservation zone, be disallowed.

Senator Ludlam to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matters be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade for inquiry and report by 26 November 2009:

(a)   the human rights situation in Tibet subsequent to the events of March 2008;

(b)   the status of dialogue between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and representatives of the Dalai Lama; and

(c)   policy and dialogue options by which the Australian Government can preserve a positive relationship with China while supporting genuine progress towards a peaceful and mutually-agreed resolution on the Tibet-China issue.

Senators Xenophon and Heffernan to move on the next day of sitting:

   That the following matter be referred to the Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee for inquiry and report by 29 November 2009:

The ability of the Commonwealth, across state borders, to sustainably manage water resources in the national interest, with particular reference to:

(a)   the issuing, and sustainability of water licences under any government draft resource plans and water resource plans;

(b)   the effect of relevant agreements and Commonwealth environmental legislation on the issuing of water licences, trading rights or further extraction of water from river systems;

(c)   the collection, collation and analysis and dissemination of information about Australia’s water resources, and the use of such information in the granting of water rights;

(d)   the issuing of water rights by the states in light of Commonwealth purchases of water rights; and

(e)   any other related matters.