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The Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Senator Forshaw): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 19 March 2009, from 10 am, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into human rights mechanisms and the Asia-Pacific. (general business notice of motion no. 390)

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee (Senator Bishop): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee be authorised to hold an in camera hearing during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 19 March 2009, from 5 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the economic and security challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest Pacific. (general business notice of motion no. 391)

The Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (Senator McGauran): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties be authorised to hold a private meeting otherwise than in accordance with standing order 33(1) during the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, 17 March 2009, from 8 pm. (general business notice of motion no. 392)

The Chair of the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee (Senator McEwen): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee on the Water Amendment (Saving the Goulburn and Murray Rivers) Bill 2008 be extended to 7 May 2009. (general business notice of motion no. 393)

The Chair of the Community Affairs Committee (Senator Moore): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Community Affairs Committee on the implementation of recommendations of committee reports on child migration and Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children be extended to 25 June 2009. (general business notice of motion no. 394)

The Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That the order of the Senate of 11 March 2009 establishing the Select Committee on Climate Policy be varied as follows:

Omit paragraph (2), substitute:

 (2) That the committee consist of 10 senators, 4 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens, 1 nominated by the Leader of the Family First Party and 1 nominated by the independent senator.


The Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That consideration of the business before the Senate on Tuesday, 17 March 2009 be interrupted at approximately 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable Senator Back to make his first speech without any question before the chair.

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the Government's second prop-up of $34 million to keep ABC Learning operating until 31 March 2009 is due to expire in 2 weeks time, and

  (ii) of the 241 failed centres due to be sold or closed, to date only 65 have been sold;

 (b) recognises that this crisis represents an opportunity for child care in Australia to be transformed from a market-driven industry to a vital community service and a government-supported first step in lifelong learning; and

 (c) calls on the Government to immediately make available capital grants funds and operational costs to assist not-for-profit child care providers in taking over the remaining centres. (general business notice of motion no. 395)

Senators Hanson-Young and Humphries: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) expresses its deep regret at the two stonings in Mashhad, Iran, in December 2008;

 (b) notes:

  (i) reports received by Amnesty International highlighting that as many as eight women are at imminent risk of being stoned to death for adultery in Iran, and

  (ii) that Iran has one of the highest execution rates in the world, exceeded only by a more populous China; and

  

(c) 

calls on the Australian Government to immediately urge the Iranian authorities to cease the punishment of death by stoning and halt all remaining executions of those sentenced to death. (general business notice of motion no. 396)

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Wortley): To move 15 sitting days after today—

 No. 1—That Instrument number CASA 627/08, made under regulation 208 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988, be disallowed.

 No. 2—That the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2008, made under section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, be disallowed.

Senator Wortley, by leave, made a statement relating to the notices of motion.

The Special Minister of State (Senator Faulkner): To move on the next day of sitting—That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

 Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2008-2009

 Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2008-2009

 Australian Business Investment Partnership Bill 2009

 Australian Business Investment Partnership (Consequential Amendment) Bill 2009

 Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2009

 Social Security Amendment (Liquid Assets Waiting Period) Bill 2009


 Social Security and Veterans' Entitlements Amendment (Commonwealth Seniors Health Card) Bill 2009

 Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009.

 Documents: Senator Faulkner tabled the following documents:

  Consideration of legislation—Statements of reasons [6] for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2009 autumn sittings.