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

 (1) The Senate considers that, in addition to the existing resolutions in relation to the declaration by senators of interests and gifts, an accountability regime with the following elements should govern the declaration by senators of gifts and interests in the nature of sponsored travel, accommodation and hospitality:

  (a) that a written report of the sponsored travel undertaken by the senator be tabled within 60 days of the conclusion of the travel, detailing:

   (i) the cost or value of the sponsored travel, and

   (ii) the purpose of the sponsored travel and information gained;

  (b) that the written report be published on the Senate website within 14 days of the tabling of the report; and

  (c) that in the event of the sponsored travel not being disclosed and/or a written report not being provided within 60 days of the conclusion of the travel:

   (i) the senator be required to refund the actual cost of the sponsored travel (or if that cannot be ascertained the reasonable equivalent value thereof) within 30 days into general revenue, and

   (ii) that the matter be referred to the Privileges Committee to determine whether any contempt was committed in that regard.

 (2) The following matter be referred to the Committee of Senators' Interests, for inquiry and report:

The development of resolutions to give effect to an accountability regime for the declaration by senators of gifts and interests in the nature of sponsored travel, accommodation and hospitality, as outlined in paragraph (1).

 (3) For the purposes of the matter referred in paragraph (2):

  (a) standing order 22A(2), relating to membership of the committee, be modified to provide that the committee consist of 9 senators, including 2 nominated by any minority groups or independent senators; and

  (b) Senator Xenophon be appointed a member of the committee.


The Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee (Senator Sterle): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee on the import risk analysis for the importation of Cavendish bananas from the Philippines be extended to 22 May 2009. (general business notice of motion no. 426)

The Chair of the Economics Committee (Senator Hurley): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Economics Committee on the 2009-10 Budget estimates be extended to 25 June 2009. (general business notice of motion no. 427)

The Chair of the Economics Committee (Senator Hurley): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Economics Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Monday, 22 June 2009, from 12.30 pm, to take evidence on matters arising from consideration of the 2009-10 Budget estimates. (general business notice of motion no. 428)

The Chair of the Select Committee on the National Broadband Network (Senator Fisher): To move on the next day of sitting—That the resolution of the Senate of 25 June 2008, as amended, appointing the Select Committee on the National Broadband Network, be amended as follows:

 (1) That the time for the presentation of the report of the committee be extended to 26 November 2009.

 (2) Omit paragraphs (1)(a) and (b) and (2), substitute:

 (1) (a) the Government's decision to establish a company to build and operate a National Broadband Network (NBN) to:

    (I) connect 90 per cent of all Australian homes, schools and workplaces with optical fibre to the premise (FTTP) to enable broadband services with speeds of 100 megabits per second,

    (ii) connect all other premises in Australia with next generation wireless and satellite technologies to deliver broadband speeds of 12 megabits per second or more, and

    (iii) directly support up to 25 000 local jobs every year, on average, over the 8 year life of the project; and

   (b) the implications of the NBN for consumers and taxpayers in terms of:

    (I) service availability, choice and costs,

    (ii) competition in telecommunications and broadband services, and

    (iii) likely consequences for national productivity, investment, economic growth, cost of living and social capital.

  (2) That the committee's investigation include, but not be limited to:

   (a) any economic and cost/benefit analysis underpinning the NBN;

   (b) the ownership, governance and operating arrangements of the NBN company and any NBN related entities;

   (c) any use of bonds to fund the NBN;

   (d) any regulations or legislation pertaining to the NBN;


   (e) the availability, price, level of innovation and service characteristics of broadband products presently available, the extent to which those services are delivered by established and emerging providers, and the prospects for future improvements in broadband infrastructure and services (including through private investment);

   (f) the effects of the NBN on the availability, price, choice, level of innovation and service characteristics of broadband products in metropolitan, outer-metropolitan, semi-rural and rural and regional areas and towns;

   (g) the extent of demand for currently available broadband services, the factors influencing consumer choice for broadband products and the effect on demand if the Government's FTTP proposal proceeds;

   (h) any technical, economic, commercial, regulatory, social or other barriers that may impede attaining the Government's stated goal for broadband availability and performance in the specified time frame;

   (i) the appropriate public policy goals for communications in Australia and the nature of any necessary regulatory settings to continue to develop competitive market conditions, improved services, lower prices and innovation;

   (j) the role of government and its relationship with the private sector and existing private investment in the telecommunications sector;

   (k) the effect of the NBN on the delivery of Universal Service Obligations services; and

   (l) whether, and if so to what extent, the former Government's OPEL initiative would have assisted making higher speed and more affordable broadband services available. (general business notice of motion no. 429)

Senator Crossin: To move on the next day of sitting—That, as recommended in the Bringing them home report tabled in the Senate on 26 May 1997, the Senate recognises that 26 May is National Sorry Day, a day of remembrance each year to commemorate the history of forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and its effects on individuals, families and communities. (general business notice of motion no. 430)

The Special Minister of State (Senator Faulkner): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for the appointment of a National Security Legislation Monitor, and for related purposes. National Security Legislation Monitor Bill 2009.

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That Part 3 (clauses 3.1 to 3.3) of Determination 2009/04: Remuneration and Allowances for Holders of Public Office; and Members of Parliament - Entitlements and Office Holders Additional Salary, made pursuant to subsections 7(1), 7(3) and 7(4) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973, be disapproved.

The Minister for Climate Change and Water (Senator Wong): To move on the next day of sitting—

 (1) That on the introduction of any of the following bills into the House of Representatives or any other bill that forms part of the Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, certain provisions of these bills be referred
immediately to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 15 June 2009, including, but not limited to the following:

  (a) Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority Bill 2009;

  (b) Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009;

  (c) Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—Customs) Bill 2009;

  (d) Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—Excise) Bill 2009;

  (e) Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges—General) Bill 2009;

  (f) Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009;

  (g) Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS Fuel Credits) Bill 2009;

  (h) Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS Fuel Credits) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009;

  (i) Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme) Bill 2009;

  (j) Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme) Bill 2009; and

  (k) Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Household Assistance) Bill 2009.

 (2) That the inquiry considers only those elements of these bills which have not already been considered by the Economics Committee's report of 16 April 2009.

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

 (a) the relationship between the Central Land Council and Centrecorp Aboriginal Investment Corporation Pty Ltd (Centrecorp) be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 11 August 2009;

 (b) the committee must inquire into and report upon:

  (i) the financial and management relationship between the Central Land Council and Centrecorp, including (without limitation) any equitable relationship between those entities,

  (ii) whether taxpayers' funds have been paid or transferred to Centrecorp and how those monies have been treated in the accounts of the Central Land Council and Centrecorp,

  (iii) the nature and extent of Centrecorp's business activities,

  (iv) Centrecorp's sources of revenue,

  (v) the beneficiaries of Centrecorp business and other activities and any additional revenue it receives,

  (vi) the nature and extent of Centrecorp disbursements to any charitable trusts or like entities,

  (vii) the extent to which any Centrecorp beneficiaries and the Central Land Council are informed of Centrecorp's business activities,

  (viii) how Aboriginal Australians living in the Central Australia region benefit from Centrecorp's business and charitable operations, and

  (ix) all other matters considered necessary by the committee; and

 (c) the committee must hear evidence from inter alia:

  (i) the Central Land Council,


  (ii) the Auditor-General, and

  (iii) Centrecorp.

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

 (1) To ensure appropriate consideration of budget-related bills by Senate committees without undue delay, the provisions of all bills introduced into the Parliament after 12 May 2009 and before 5 June 2009 that are proposed to commence prior to 11 August 2009 are, contingent upon their introduction into the Parliament, referred to committees for inquiry and report by 16 June 2009.

 (2) The committee to which each bill is referred shall be determined in accordance with the order of 13 February 2008 allocating departments and agencies to standing committees.

 (3) This order may be superseded in relation to any bill by:

  (a) a subsequent order of the Senate, including the adoption of a recommendation of the Selection of Bills Committee that the bill not be referred or be referred on different terms; or

  (b) a recommendation of the Selection of Bills Committee reported to the President when the Senate is not sitting that the bill not be referred or be referred on different terms.

 (4) A committee to which a bill has been referred may determine that there are no substantive matters that require examination and may report that fact to the Senate.

 (5) This order does not apply in relation to bills which contain no provisions other than provisions appropriating revenue or moneys (appropriation bills).

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

 (a) recognises:

  (i) the need for cultural change within some sporting organisations relating to problems including violence and attitudes towards women, and

  (ii) the high regard in which professional sportspeople are held in this country, and the role model status that they hold for young Australians; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) hold a roundtable of representatives from all sporting codes to discuss best practice in managing behaviour, and the possibility of establishing a universal code of conduct in professional sport, and

  (ii) invest in educational programs to promote more positive behaviours and attitudes. (general business notice of motion no. 431)

The Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig): 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:

 Financial Assistance Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

 Social Security and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (2009 Budget Measures) Bill 2009

 Tax Laws Amendment (Small Business and General Business Tax Break)e Bill 2009.


 

Documents: Senator Ludwig tabled the following documents:

  Consideration of legislation—Statements of reasons [3] for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2009 Budget sittings.

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown) and Senator Milne: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Tasmanian Government not to disband the Department of Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, which was originally established by the Bethune Liberal Government in 1972. (general business notice of motion no. 432)

Senator Ludlam: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for environmentally sustainable use of resources and best practice in waste management by establishing a national beverage container deposit and recovery scheme, and for related purposes. Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2009. (general business notice of motion no. 433)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the efforts of the Australian and Japanese governments to advance the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation agenda through the formation of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament,

  (ii) that the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (the Review Conference) is currently taking place in New York,

  (iii) the participation of numerous parliamentarians in the meeting, and the increased engagement of parliamentarians in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament initiatives, and

  (iv) Australia's statements that currently it is experiencing the highest level of political will on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in decades, and that all states have responsibilities to seize the moment to strengthen the implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (the Treaty); and

 (b) calls on the Government to take every effort to ensure that the Preparatory Committee forwards consensus recommendations to the Review Conference, to provide sufficient guidance for its substantive work, and to signal the commitment of all states that are parties to the Treaty. (general business notice of motion no. 434)