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6       Notices

The Chair of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills (Senator Polley): To move on 29 November 2017—That—

               (a)       the Senate adopt the recommendation at paragraph 4.10 of scrutiny digest 13 of 2017 of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills, proposing an amendment to standing order 24; and

               (b)       the temporary order of the Senate of 29 November 2016, concerning an amendment to standing order 24, cease to have effect. ( general business notice of motion no. 587 )

The Chair of the Select Committee into the Political Influence of Donations (Senator Di Natale): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee into the Political Influence of Donations be extended to the last sitting day in March 2018. ( general business notice of motion no. 588 )

The Chair of the Select Committee on Lending to Primary Production Customers (Senator Hanson): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on Lending to Primary Production Customers be extended to 6 December 2017. ( general business notice of motion no. 589 )

Senator Patrick: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 (AIC Act) establishes three independent statutory office holders:

                                                       (A)       the Information Commissioner,

                                                        (B)       the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner, and

                                                        (C)       the Privacy Commissioner,

                                    (ii)       subsections 11(5)(a) and (b) and subsections 12(5)(a) and (b) of the AIC Act describe the independence of each Commissioner,

                                  (iii)       in the six months following the Royal Assent to the AIC Act, three commissioners were appointed to the three office holders’ positions,

                                  (iv)       since the unsuccessful attempt by the Abbott Government to abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, two commissioners have left office and have not been replaced,

                                   (v)       currently Mr Timothy Pilgrim fills the statutory position of the Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner, and the position of FOI Commissioner is vacant on account of Mr Pilgrim not holding the legal qualifications required in section 14 of the AIC Act, and

                                  (vi)       the AIC Act requires the appointment of three independent statutory office holders, and the Government is constitutionally bound to maintain and execute the laws of the land and uphold the will of the Parliament; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to immediately commence the process of appointing an independent Privacy Commissioner and an independent FOI Commissioner, in accordance with the AIC Act. ( general business notice of motion no. 590 )

Senator Bernardi: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       expresses its grave concern that a social media account, passwords and potentially the internet-enabled device or devices of the Minister for Defence Industries (Mr Pyne) may have been hacked;

               (b)       further expresses concern about the potential that Australia’s national security may have been placed in a compromising position; and

                (c)       calls on the Attorney-General to report back to the Parliament, before it rises, on investigations that have been conducted into the matter. ( general business notice of motion no. 591 )

Senator Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes with deep concern the high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care;

               (b)       acknowledges the urgent need to address this issue; and

                (c)       calls on the Federal Government to show leadership and work with state and territory governments to ensure the implementation of Aboriginal Family-Led Decision Making, delivered in partnership with Aboriginal agencies. ( general business notice of motion no. 592 )