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The Chair of the Environment and Communications References Committee (Senator Birmingham): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Environment and Communications References Committee on extreme weather events be extended to 10 July 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1289)

Senator Colbeck: To move 15 sitting days after today—

 No. 1—That the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve Management Plan 2014-2024, made under section 370 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, be disallowed.

 No. 2—That the North Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan 2014-2024, made under section 370 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, be disallowed.

 No. 3—That the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan 2014-2024, made under section 370 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, be disallowed.


 No. 4—That the South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan 2013-2023, made under section 370 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, be disallowed.

 No. 5—That the South-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan 2014-2024, made under section 370 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, be disallowed.

 No. 6—That the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network Management Plan 2014-2024, made under section 370 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, be disallowed.

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

 (a) commends the Government for taking action to protect Australians from asbestos and continuing to lead the world in trying to eliminate deadly asbestos-related diseases;

 (b) notes the establishment of the new National Asbestos Exposure Register in the wake of community concerns after asbestos was found in Telstra pits in four states during the rollout of the National Broadband Network;

 (c) acknowledges the response from Telstra to ensure all workers are trained in the removal and handling of asbestos located in its pits; and

 (d) recognises the historic legislation to implement the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management by:

  (i) establishing the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, which will be dedicated to working with all states and stakeholders to create a nationally consistent approach to the eradication, handling and awareness of asbestos,

  (ii) working to develop a public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of asbestos,

  (iii) implementing a prioritised removal program across Australia, and

  (iv) playing a leadership role in the global campaign for a worldwide asbestos plan. (general business notice of motion no. 1290)

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

 (a) climate change is still the greatest moral, economic and social challenge of our time; and

 (b) the Coalition's Direct Action Plan, which was announced before the last election in 2010, still has not received public support from a single Australian economist or industry group. (general business notice of motion no. 1291)

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

 (a) notes that:

  (i) on any given night more than 105 000 Australians are experiencing homelessness, including 7 000 people sleeping rough or without adequate shelter,

  (ii) homelessness has risen in Australia overall by 17 per cent between 2006 and 2011, and in 2012 more than 136 800 instances for a request for assistance went unmet, and

  (iii) the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Abbott) refuses to commit to the goal of the Homelessness White Paper to halve homelessness by 2020 and provide services to all those seeking them; and


 (b) calls on:

  (i) the Liberal Party to commit to the goal to halve homelessness and provide services to all seeking them by 2020, and

  (ii) all parties to commit to support for a new national partnership on homelessness to at least 2020 in order to provide the services and housing necessary to help Australians in most urgent need. (general business notice of motion no. 1292)

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

 (a) notes that coal seam gas mining threatens our land, our water, our communities and our climate; and

 (b) calls on all parties to commit to not approving any more coal seam gas developments in Australia. (general business notice of motion no. 1293)

Senators Siewert, Di Natale and Heffernan: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court that human genes are not eligible for patent protection;

 (b) recognises that this ruling is a significant development in the debate over gene patenting and the future of medical research; and

 (c) urges the Australian Government to consider the implications of this for the Patents Act 1990. (general business notice of motion no. 1294)

Senator Xenophon: To move on 26 June 2013—That Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013, made under subregulations 5(1), 5.55(1) and 215(3), and regulation 210A of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988, subregulation 11.068(1) of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, section 4 and subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, and paragraph 28BA(1)(b) and subsection 98(4A) of the Civil Aviation Act 1988, be disallowed.

Senator Xenophon: To move on 27 June 2013—That all items in Schedule 1, except for item 12, to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 1), as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2013 No. 77 and made under the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, be disallowed.

Senator Rhiannon: To move on the next day of sitting—That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Attorney-General, no later than noon on Thursday, 27 June 2013, the report of the review into the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 and the government response to the review. (general business notice of motion no. 1295)

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

 (a) notes:

  (i) the low vaccination rates in certain parts of Australia, and the threat this poses to the health of Australian children, and

  (ii) the irresponsible campaign run by the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), which is spreading misinformation about the risks of vaccination and discouraging parents from vaccinating their children; and

 (b) calls on the AVN to immediately disband and cease their harmful and unscientific scare campaign against vaccines. (general business notice of motion no. 1296)


Senator Ludlam: To move on 27 June 2013—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2014:

The benefits and risks of the uranium mining industry and the adequacy of federal regulation of the sector, including:

 (a) the extent and means through which the findings of the October 2003 Senate inquiry that the uranium sector is characterised by a pattern of underperformance and non-compliance, an absence of reliable data to measure the extent of contamination or its impact on the environment and an operational culture that gives greater weight to short-term than long-term considerations have been addressed;

 (b) an assessment of the wide variance in predictions of future growth estimates of uranium exports and nuclear power;

 (c) an assessment of the adequacy of Australian standards and responsibilities in supplying uranium to Japan and the Tokyo Electric Power Company [TEPCO] where demonstrably inadequate regulation was evident;

 (d) the Government's efforts to address recommendations and issues raised in the September 2011 United Nations (UN) system-wide study on the implications of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant;

 (e) an assessment of the adequacy of environmental practices, including security fencing and warning signs to prevent access to land and waters contaminated by exploration and mining activities;

 (f) an assessment of the adequacy of worker and community health and safety at uranium mine sites;

 (g) the impacts, benefits and costs of uranium mines for Aboriginal people;

 (h) an assessment of whether the exemptions for the uranium industry from Aboriginal heritage, environment and water legislation are necessary or justifiable;

 (i) the preparedness and resourcing of regional emergency contingency planning for accidents and incidents, including education and training services;

 (j) an evaluation of the frequency and severity of transport and handling accidents and the process of issuing and auditing compliance with transport radiation management plans;

 (k) the performance and scope of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office, including its capacity to fulfil its role with current human and budgetary resources;

 (l) the proliferation risks associated with a policy of programmatic open-ended permissions for reprocessing Australian uranium rather than a case-by-case policy;

 (m) an assessment of the compliance of Australian uranium companies operating overseas with regard to occupational health and safety and environmental standards and laws; and

 (n) other relevant related matters.


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

 (a) welcomes the World Heritage listing of the extension to Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage area decided at the World Heritage Committee meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization [UNESCO] on 24 June 2013;

 (b) supports the values of Australia's World Heritage listed areas and the provision of adequate funding to maintain their natural and cultural values; and

 (c) calls on the Federal Government to ban logging in any World Heritage area in Australia. (general business notice of motion no. 1297)

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, and for related purposes. Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Leaders' Debate Commission) Bill 2013. (general business notice of motion no. 1298)