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Senators Ruston and Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 30 April 2013:

 (a) the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Material of Local Significance) Bill 2013; and

 (b) the delivery of news coverage in rural and regional areas by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Bob Carr): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963, and for related purposes. International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Amendment Bill 2013.

The Minister for Finance and Deregulation (Senator Wong): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to prohibit Commonwealth agreements from restricting or preventing not-for-profit entities from commenting on, advocating support for or opposing changes to Commonwealth law, policy or practice, and for related purposes. Not-for-profit Sector Freedom to Advocate Bill 2013.

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee (Senator Eggleston): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 14 March 2013, from 4 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the victims of sexual and other abuse in Defence. (general business notice of motion no. 1165 )

The Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (Senator Heffernan): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 21 March 2013, from 3 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the Foreign Investment Review Board national interest test. (general business notice of motion no. 1166 )

Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform on the Anti-Money Laundering Amendment (Gaming Machine Venues) Bill 2012 be extended to 28 June 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1167 )

The Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (Senator Boyce): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 14 March 2013, from 10 am, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Reform of Self Managed Superannuation Funds Supervisory Levy Arrangements) Bill 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1168)

Senators Bushby and Polley: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that, on 23 February 2013, a stone memorial to those 919 members of the 2/40th Battalion who served their country in Timor and South East Asia was unveiled in Hobart's Domain, exactly 71 years after the battalion was captured by the Japanese;


 (b) further notes that on the same day in Launceston a memorial garden was dedicated to the 2/40th Battalion;

 (c) observes that this Tasmanian unit lost 271 of its men during battle and subsequent captivity; and

 (d) congratulates the surviving veterans and relatives for their unstinting efforts in bringing these memorials to fruition. (general business notice of motion no. 1169)

Senator Whish-Wilson: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the recent decision by the Federal Court of Australia in Coca-Cola Amatil (Aust) Pty Ltd v Northern Territory of Australia [2013] which ruled that the Northern Territory container deposit scheme was invalid, and

  (ii) Coca-Cola Amatil has announced that it will withdraw its financial support for the scheme on 18 March 2013 while some beverage companies have agreed to voluntarily continue with the scheme; and

 (b) calls on all members of the Commonwealth Parliament to work together to find an immediate solution to allow the Northern Territory container deposit scheme to continue. (general business notice of motion no. 1170)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 12 March 2013 is the centenary of the naming of the city of Canberra by the wife of the Governor-General, Lady Denman, in 1913, and

  (ii) in the intervening century, Canberra has been developed as one of the great planned garden cities of the world;

 (b) recognises Canberra, through its national institutions, as a showcase of the hopes and aspirations, milestones and achievements of the Australian nation; and

 (c) congratulates Canberra and its citizens on their centenary. (general business notice of motion no. 1171)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Australian uranium is confirmed to have been present in each of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station on 11 March 2011,

  (ii) the disaster is ongoing 2 years later, with continuing radiation leaks, and that 160 000 people remain displaced from their homes with inadequate compensation to resettle,

  (iii) decommissioning is expected to take over 40 years at a cost of A$100 billion, and

  (iv) approximately 2 000 samples of food and game tested for radiation between April 2012 and January 2013 exceeded the limit for human consumption of radioactive isotopes; and

 (b) calls on the Australian Government to undertake an immediate review of all bilateral uranium supply arrangements to assess the risk of future disasters at nuclear power stations in countries to which Australia supplies uranium. (general business notice of motion no. 1172)


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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Australia's community broadcasters are a vital part of our media landscape and provide radio services that include specialist music, Indigenous media, multicultural and ethnic language programs, religious, educational and youth services, print disability reading services, and community access programs,

  (ii) with funding support from the Federal Government, the 37 metropolitan-wide community radio stations in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth launched digital radio services in May 2011, and

  (iii) in the 2012-13 Budget the Government allocated $2.2 million per annum for 4 years to support community digital radio services but this is a shortfall of $1.4 million per annum for the minimum level of funding required to maintain transmission of all current services; and

 (b) calls on the Government to commit the necessary funding for community broadcasters' digital radio services in the coming Budget. (general business notice of motion no. 1173)

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

 (a) notes the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors annual audit that shows that just 15.5 per cent of board positions in ASX200 companies are held by women, and that the median company board is made up of 6 men and 1 woman;

 (b) notes that companies with a greater proportion of women in senior management and board positions are more profitable; and

 (c) calls on the Government to legislate to ensure ASX200 companies have a minimum of 40 per cent female board directors within the next 5 years. (general business notice of motion no. 1174)

Senator Hanson-Young: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table no later than 28 November 2013 by the Minister representing the Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare a report by the Productivity Commission into:

 (a) the affordability, flexibility, accessibility and quality of early childhood education and care; and

 (b) all Commonwealth funding options and models for various types of care, including long-day care, in-home care, occasional care, family day care, outside-school-hours care and care for children with special needs. (general business notice of motion no. 1175)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) recent independent air quality testing in Hunter suburbs near the coal rail line that leads to Newcastle Harbour revealed coal dust pollution levels over 50 per cent above the national standard for particulates 10 microns and less, which affects approximately 30 000 people living within 500 metres of the rail line,


  (ii) there are no known safe levels of exposure to particulate pollution, and international studies have demonstrated direct causal links between particulate pollution and adverse health impacts such as asthma, increased risks of cancer, heart and lung disease and birth defects, including in mining regions,

  (iii) a current Senate inquiry into the impacts on health of air quality has received many submissions from concerned groups and individuals based in the Hunter,

  (iv) Hunter residents will express their concern that air pollution and coal dust from coal mines, coal trains and coal stockpiles is adversely affecting their health and the environment at a community rally in Newcastle on Saturday, 16 March 2013, organised by the Coal Terminal Action Group (CTAG), a coalition of 18 Hunter-based community groups, and

  (v) the community rally will ask state and federal governments to reject the proposal by Port Waratah Coal Services to construct a new fourth coal export terminal, called T4, in Newcastle Harbour that would drive up further coal dust pollution and adversely impact the environment;

 (b) congratulates CTAG and the wider Hunter community for taking action to protect their health and the local environment against the impact of coal industry expansion; and

 (c) calls on the New South Wales Government and the Federal Government to reject the T4 project. (general business notice of motion no. 1176)

Senator Rhiannon: To move on 14 March 2013—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the United Nations (UN) endorsed target to meet the Millennium Development Goals is for developed nations to devote 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) to foreign aid by 2015, yet Australia currently contributes a mere 0.35 per cent,

  (ii) both the Australian Labor Party and the Coalition went to the 2010 election with a commitment to increase aid to 0.5 per cent of GNI by 2015,

  (iii) in the 2012-13 Budget, the Government pushed back by a year its commitment to increase aid to 0.5 per cent and the Coalition removed its timetable altogether, and

  (iv) since the 2012-13 Budget, the Government has directed $375 million from the aid budget to pay for the onshore costs of detaining refugees, and the Australian Defence Force wrongly classified almost $190 million in military spending as overseas development aid; and

 (b) calls on:

  (i) the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Bob Carr) to ensure that the overseas aid budget does not suffer further cuts in the May 2013-14 Budget, and

  (ii) the Government and Coalition to publicly reaffirm their commitment to the UN-endorsed target of 0.7 per cent and to release their timetable for reaching the target. (general business notice of motion no. 1177)


Senator Rhiannon: To move on 20 March 2013—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) in November 2011, the Federal Labor Conference voted against phasing out the live export trade but agreed to establish an independent Office of Animal Welfare,

  (ii) in November 2012, the Labor Caucus voted to have the Caucus Live Animal Export Working Group develop a model for an Office of Animal Welfare to be presented to Caucus by the end of February 2013, and

  (iii) in February 2012, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) failed to show clear support for the establishment of an office under questioning from the Australian Greens in Senate estimates, stating `we will continue to look at the issue'; and

 (b) calls on the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to immediately report to Parliament on progress to establish the Office of Animal Welfare and commit to legislation establishing the office before the 14 September 2013 election. (general business notice of motion no. 1178)

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins): To move on the next day of sitting—That, in accordance with subsection 10B(2) of the Health Insurance Act 1973, the Senate approves the Health Insurance (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Amendment Determination 2013 (No. 1) made under subsection 10B(1) of the Act on 27 February 2013.

The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins): 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:

 Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment Bill 2013

 Completion of Kakadu National Park (Koongarra Project Area Repeal) Bill 2013

 Customs Amendment (Anti-Dumping Commission) Bill 2013.

 Documents: Senator Collins tabled the following documents:

  Consideration of legislation—Statements of reasons [3] for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2013 autumn sittings.

Senator Siewert: To move on 14 March 2013—That the Senate—

 (a) acknowledges the financial hardship that single parent families who were moved from Parenting Payment to Newstart on 1 January 2013 have experienced; and

 (b) calls on the Government to reverse Schedule 1 of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Fair Incentives to Work) Act 2012. (general business notice of motion no. 1179)