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12    Notices

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Williams): To move 15 sitting days after today—That the Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Amendment Rules 2017 (No. 6), made under the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 , be disallowed [F2017L00894].

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to prohibit Commonwealth support for coal-fired power stations, and for related purposes. Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017 . ( general business notice of motion no. 512 )

The Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson): To move on 19 October 2017—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that Australia has the largest per capita immigration program in the world; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to address the extremely high, unsustainable immigration intake, including from both permanent and temporary residency visas, that:

                                     (i)       impacts on local, state and Federal Government delivery and planning for the supply of water, power and gas, and the protection of arable land for food production,

                                    (ii)       overburdens infrastructure, including roads and transport, telecommunications, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, sewerage, government welfare and services, and

                                  (iii)       has put a strain on available residential land, affordable housing, standard of living and employment prospects, including under-employment. ( general business notice of motion no. 513 )

Senators McKim and Siewert: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following legislative instruments, made under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 , be disallowed:

    (a)   the Citizenship (Authorisation) Revocation and Authorisation Instrument 2017 [F2017L01044]; and

    (b)   the Citizenship (Authorisation) Revocation and Authorisation Amendment Instrument 2017 [F2017L01074].

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       over one million Australian tertiary students are forced to pay up to $294 per year as a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF),

                                    (ii)       students at the moment have very little say in how the SSAF monies are spent by their universities and student associations, and

                                  (iii)       SSAF is levied regardless of students’ need, willingness and ability to access the services and activities they are paying for; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to amend the Higher Education Support Act 2003 so that the SSAF can only be levied with the support of the majority of students at each university campus in a mandatory ballot conducted once an academic year. ( general business notice of motion no. 514 )

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

               (a)       notes that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was launched in Melbourne in 2007, and is now made up of more than 450 civil society organisations in more than 100 countries;

               (b)       welcomes ICAN’s work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, and its efforts to achieve the prohibition of such weapons; and

                (c)       congratulates ICAN on winning the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. ( general business notice of motion no. 515 )

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

               (a)       notes with concern that the current wildfires in California are the deadliest and most destructive cluster of fires in California’s history;

               (b)       expresses sympathy for the loved ones of the more than 40 people who have died, and for the thousands who have lost their properties;

                (c)       notes that extreme weather events, such as these fires, will become more frequent and more extreme as the climate changes;

               (d)       further notes that in Australia, in 2009, 173 people died as a result of the Black Saturday bushfires and 980 people died in the lead-up to those fires; and

                (e)       rejects claims by the former Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott, that climate change is ‘probably doing good; or at least, more good than harm’, and confirms that climate change will result in an increase worldwide in deaths from heat stress, malnutrition and extreme weather events. ( general business notice of motion no. 516 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the Garvan Institute for Medical Research (the Garvan Institute) is conducting ground-breaking work on cancer, including cancer genomics, which is proving an important approach for rare and high mortality cancers,

                                    (ii)       the Garvan Institute has limited access to supercomputers to process big data for precision cancer research, and so has teamed up with the Vodafone Foundation to create a new app, DreamLab, to help it overcome this obstacle,

                                  (iii)       the DreamLab app pulls together the processing power of users’ smartphones at night and other times the phones sit idle to give Garvan free access to a supercomputer resource,

                                  (iv)       the DreamLab app has been available on Android phones since launching in 2016 and, on 23 October 2017, the app will also be available on iPhone,

                                   (v)       so far, more than 100,000 Australians have downloaded the application on Android phones, which the Garvan Institute says has helped it fast-track the rate of its cancer research by 50%, and

                                  (vi)       the Garvan Institute hopes to encourage 1 million people to download the app, to help it fastĀ­ track important cancer research; and

               (b)       calls on all senators to download the DreamLab app on 23 October 2017 and do their part to help propel the Garvan Institute’s cancer research capabilities. ( general business notice of motion no. 517 )

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

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       that this week is Bone and Joint Awareness Week and today, 17 October 2017, is World Orthopaedic Trauma Day,

                                    (ii)       that Australians who suffer orthopaedic trauma have access to excellent emergency care (ambulance and paramedic services) which positively impacts the outcomes they experience; however, some experience fragmented ongoing care,

                                  (iii)       the primary role played by the Australian Orthopaedic Association (the Association) and its fellows in providing Australians with excellent orthopaedic fracture care,

                                  (iv)       the important role of the Association’s Orthopaedic Outreach in assisting our Pacific Island neighbours with developing fracture care and improving outcomes, especially in the wake of orthopaedic trauma,

                                   (v)       that Orthopaedic Outreach is entirely funded by donations and by pro bono care provided by fellows of the Association, but this only funds a limited service, requiring the Association to seek external funding in order to grow this successful program,

                                  (vi)       that the Federal Government provides some funding towards the Pacific Islands Project (PIP) administered by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons for surgical care delivery, and

                                (vii)       the pivotal role of the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association in developing an innovative program to train doctors in orthopaedic fracture care in the major Pacific Island countries, including Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomons, Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati, American Samoa and Micronesia; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to:

                                     (i)       work with state governments to ensure that Australia continues to develop integrated trauma services dedicated to providing Australians with high quality ongoing trauma care from accident site to rehabilitation,

                                    (ii)       work with state governments and the Australian orthopaedic community to reduce public hospital waiting times so as to ensure equitable and timely access for all Australians to life-changing surgical technology for artificial joint replacement for severe arthritis,

                                  (iii)       increase funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the Pacific Islands Project and provide funding to Orthopaedic Outreach and the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association towards training for trauma care in the Pacific Islands, and

                                  (iv)       assist Pacific Island countries in the development of specialty health networks similar to the model developed by the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association. ( general business notice of motion no. 518 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the United States of America’s Department of State has informed the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General of the United States’ intention to withdraw from that organisation on 31 December 2018 due to its continuing anti-Israel bias, and

                                    (ii)       Australia is also a friend of Israel, as well as a close ally of the United States; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to consider Australia’s membership of UNESCO. ( general business notice of motion no. 519 )

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

               (a)       notes that this week is Anti-Poverty Week 2017;

               (b)       recognises that more than three million Australians are living in poverty and hardship;

                (c)       acknowledges that one in six children are living in poverty and almost half of all children living in poverty are in single parent households;

               (d)       notes that the main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to encourage research, discussion and action to address poverty and hardship; and

                (e)       calls on the Government to commit to reducing poverty by at least 50% by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. ( general business notice of motion no. 520 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the Government has proposed cutting public subsidies to the higher education enabling programs and introducing fees for these students for the first time,

                                    (ii)       from 2011 to 2015, the University of Newcastle had the highest number of students in enabling programs, and

                                  (iii)       enabling programs are essential for the University of Newcastle and many other universities to meet the needs of their diverse communities; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to abandon plans to cut public subsidies and introduce loadings for students in the enabling programs. ( general business notice of motion no. 521 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move on the next day of sitting—

(1)       That the Senate notes:

(a)       the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government’s approval of a trial of pill testing at the Spilt Milk music festival at Commonwealth Park, Canberra on 25 November 2017;

(b)       that the ACT Shadow Attorney-General (Mr Hanson) wrote to the Minister for Local Government and Territories and the Minister for Health (Senator Nash) about the Federal Government’s ‘antiĀ­-drug campaign’ highlighting that the Minister can give the National Capital Authority ‘general directions as to the performance of its functions’; and

(c)       that the pill testing trial at Spilt Milk was subsequently postponed due to requirements for further documentation in untenable timeframes by the National Capital Authority.

(2)       That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Local Government and Territories, by no later than 6 pm on 19 October 2017:

(a)       any response from a minister to the correspondence from the ACT Shadow Attorney-General; and

(b)       any documents relating to the pill testing trial at the Spilt Milk festival in the ACT to the National Capital Authority from the Minister for Regional Development, the Attorney-General, the Minister for Health or any other government source in September or October 2017. ( general business notice of motion no. 522 )

Notice of motion withdrawn : Senator Urquhart, at the request of Senator Chisholm, withdrew general business notice of motion no. 511 standing in the name of Senator Chisholm for today, relating to Senator O’Sullivan.