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Senator Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That Export Market Development Grants (Extended Lodgement and Consultant Quality Incentive) Determination 2012, made under subsection 70(4) of the Export Market Development Grants Act 1997, be disallowed.

The Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (Senator McKenzie): 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 Monday, 24 June 2013, from 10 am, followed by a public hearing. (general business notice of motion no. 1269)

Senators Bernardi and Stephens: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) supports freedom of religion as a universal human right;

 (b) does not support the imprisonment or persecution of individuals on the basis of their religious belief;

 (c) calls on the Iranian authorities to release Pastor Saeed Abedini who was sentenced to 8 years in prison because his Christian faith and activities were deemed a national security threat by the Iranian Government;

 (d) recognises that this action is a breach of Iran's international obligations, its own constitution and stated religious values; and

 (e) stands in solidarity with Pastor Abedini, his family and all those who seek to practise their religion without fear of persecution. (general business notice of motion no. 1270)

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

 (a) recognises:

  (i) the signing of the Charter of the Commonwealth by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia and Head of the Commonwealth, on 11 March 2013, and

  (ii) that the Charter reaffirms the core values and principles of the Commonwealth as being:

   (A) democracy,

   (B) human rights,

   (C) international peace and security,

   (D) tolerance, respect and understanding,

   (E) freedom of expression,

   (F) separation of powers,

   (G) rule of law,

   (H) good governance,

   (I) sustainable development,

   (J) protecting the environment,

   (K) access to health, education, food and shelter,

   (L) gender equality,

   (M) importance of young people in the Commonwealth,

   (N) recognition of the needs of small states,

   (O) recognition of the needs of vulnerable states, and

   (P) the role of civil society; and

 (b) encourages the Australian Government to further demonstrate its support for the values contained in the Charter by working to ensure all Commonwealth nations abide by its commitments. (general business notice of motion no. 1271)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Oxfam Australia recently released a report titled, Grow: Getting big results from small-scale agriculture, and

  (ii) the report found that:

   (A) small-scale food producers play a critical role in global food production,

   (B) 80 per cent of the world's hungry people are involved in food production as small-scale producers, including small-scale farmers, fishers, forest foragers and landless labourers, and

   (C) small-scale producers go hungry because they often lack access to the markets, land, financing and credit facilities, infrastructure, farmer training services, storage facilities and relevant technology enjoyed by large farms; and

 (b) calls on the Australian Government to consider increasing aid to food security by 2016, and prioritising aid to small-scale food producers. (general business notice of motion no. 1272)

Senator Rhiannon: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, by 27 June 2013, all documents relating to the production of the report, Pollution Reduction Program 4.2 Particulate Emissions from Coal Trains, dated May 2013, prepared for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) by Katestone Environmental Pty Ltd, from 1 July 2012 until present, including correspondence between the ARTC and the Minister, the department, the New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority and the report consultant. (general business notice of motion no. 1273)

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

 (a) notes that unpaid caring work being undertaken by Australian individuals is leading to inequality over the life-cycle of women and the emergence of gender-based disparity in retirement incomes; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) direct the Productivity Commission to conduct an inquiry into mechanisms for recognising and valuing unpaid care which might reduce the gender gap, including, but not limited to, options and models for superannuation and tax offsets, carer's leave, child care, aged pension supplements, and additional paid parental leave measures, and

  (ii) specify that the inquiry examine the merits and feasibility of a system of `carer credits' in the form of direct credits to the superannuation accounts of individuals with parent care responsibilities or carer responsibilities. (general business notice of motion no. 1274)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the current visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Australia, and the visit of the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Mr Penpa Tsering, to Australia's Parliament House, and

  (ii) the ongoing tension and repressions in Tibetan regions, leading to nearly 120 deaths of Tibetans by self-immolation, and the continuing surveillance and violent crackdowns on Tibetans; and

 (b) calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Bob Carr) to escalate diplomatic arrangements for a visit by the Australian Ambassador and an Australian parliamentary delegation to Tibetan regions for the purposes of fact-finding and observation. (general business notice of motion no. 1275)

Senators Moore, Williams and Cameron: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the concerns about the security of the residents of Camp Hurriya in Iraq which was subject to a mortar attack on 15 June 2013;

 (b) recognises that individual refugee status assessments are underway in Camp Hurriya, with more than half the determinations completed to date; and

 (c) urges the international community to continue to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Government of Iraq on finding a durable solution for camp residents, including resettlement in third countries. (general business notice of motion no. 1276)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the Yirrkala bark petitions, and

  (ii) these petitions were:

   (A) from the Yolngu people of Yirrkala and the first documents bridging Commonwealth law as it then stood, and the Indigenous laws of the land,

   (B) the first traditional documents recognised by the Commonwealth Parliament and are thus the documentary recognition of Indigenous people in Australian law,

   (C) extraordinary in nature as they were the first petitions to use traditional forms and combine bark painting with text typed on paper, and

   (D) painted designs proclaiming Yolngu law, depicting the traditional relations to the land and the typed text incorporating both English and Gumatj languages; and

 (b) recognises:

  (i) the national appreciation of this anniversary, and

  (ii) that NAIDOC Week 2013 will be aptly themed `We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963'. (general business notice of motion no. 1277)

Senator Stephens: To move 15 sitting days after today—That the Customs (Drug and Alcohol Testing) Regulation 2013, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2013 No. 2 and made under the Customs Administration Act 1985, be disallowed.

Senator Stephens, by leave, made a statement relating to the notice of motion.