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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) supports the protection of farming and conservation areas from coal exploration and mining and its effects in the Galilee Basin in Queensland;

 (b) declares that it does not support the massive increase in coal exports flowing from the Galilee Basin through Abbot Point and Hay Point because of the climate change ramifications of burning more coal; and

 (c) expresses concern about the potential impact of the industrialisation of Abbot Point on the Caley Valley wetlands and the endangered and vulnerable bird species that depend on that area. (general business notice of motion no. 543)

The Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in February 2010:

Hearing health in Australia, with particular reference to:

 (a) the extent, causes and costs of hearing impairment in Australia;

 (b) the implications of hearing impairment for individuals and the community;

 (c) the adequacy of access to hearing services, including assessment and support services, and hearing technologies;

 (d)  the adequacy of current hearing health and research programs, including education and awareness programs; and

 (e) specific issues affecting Indigenous communities.


The Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator Siewert): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in April 2010:

The impact of suicide on the Australian community including high risk groups such as Indigenous youth and rural communities, with particular reference to:

 (a) the personal, social and financial costs of suicide in Australia;

 (b) the accuracy of suicide reporting in Australia, factors that may impede accurate identification and recording of possible suicides (and the consequences of any under-reporting on understanding risk factors and providing services to those at risk);

 (c) the appropriate role and effectiveness of agencies, such as police, emergency departments, law enforcement and general health services, in assisting people at risk of suicide;

 (d) the effectiveness, to date, of public awareness programs and their relative success in providing information, encouraging help-seeking and enhancing public discussion of suicide;

 (e) the efficacy of suicide prevention training and support for front-line health and community workers providing services to people at risk;

 (f) the role of targeted programs and services that address the particular circumstances of high-risk groups;

 (g) the adequacy of the current program of research into suicide and suicide prevention, and the manner in which findings are disseminated to practitioners and incorporated into government policy; and

 (h) the effectiveness of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy in achieving its aims and objectives, and any barriers to its progress.

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Australia has an ageing population, which will cause a significant increase in demand for aged care services over the coming decades, including aged care facilities,

  (ii) the Federal Government has direct responsibility for the provision of aged care, while the states have responsibility for a range of matters, including the provision of education,

  (iii) the Rudd Government has failed to do anything to tackle the capital funding crisis in the aged care sector,

  (iv) the Rudd Government's reckless and irresponsible inaction, if left unaddressed, means that the current crisis in aged care will only get worse in the future, and

  (v) the Rudd Government has wasted significant sums of money on the poorly-designed and poorly-implemented Building the Education Revolution program, while failing to tackle the significant challenges faced by the aged care sector;

 (b) is very concerned that the failure of the Rudd Government to act and address the significant challenges ahead in aged care means that elderly Australians will not be able to get access to affordable, high-quality aged care places in the future; and


 (c) calls on the Government to take decisive action forthwith to address the significant challenges facing aged care. (general business notice of motion no. 544)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) that United States of America company, First Solar, has signed a memorandum of understanding to build a 2GW solar power station in China and that this single plant will be eight times larger than projects called for by the Solar Flagship Program (the program),

  (ii) that the program depends for success on significant levels of private sector capital,

  (iii) that the global financial crisis is exacerbating difficulties Australian companies are experiencing in accessing private sector capital for innovative renewable technologies,

  (iv) that, in Australia, Solar Systems has gone into voluntary administration because of a lack of investment capital, and

  (v) the lack of a comprehensive or coherent policy framework to encourage private sector investment in renewable energy; and

 (b) calls on the Government to underpin the success of the program by:

  (i) providing loan guarantees for commercial scale demonstration projects,

  (ii) implementing a gross national feed-in-tariff for small to utility scale renewable energy projects, and

  (iii) planning and funding electricity grid extensions to connect remote utility scale projects. (general business notice of motion no. 545)

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Minister for Home Affairs (Mr O'Connor), the Minister for Defence (Senator Faulkner) and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Senator Evans) to conduct a review of the current protocols for the interception of Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels in Australian waters and report back to the Senate by 26 November 2009. (general business notice of motion no. 546)

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate calls on the Government to ensure alleged war criminal Mr Guy Campos remains in Australia until investigations into the allegations about his actions in occupied Timor Leste are completely finalised. (general business notice of motion no. 547)

The Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That the government business orders of the day relating to the Federal Court of Australia Amendment (Criminal Jurisdiction) Bill 2008 and the Federal Justice System Amendment (Efficiency Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2008 may be taken together for their remaining stages.

Notice of motion withdrawn: At a later hour, pursuant to standing order 77(3), Senator Ludwig withdrew the notice of motion.