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11    Notices

Senator Leyonhjelm: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for enforcement of Commonwealth model litigant obligations, and for related purposes. Judiciary Amendment (Commonwealth Model Litigant Obligations) Bill 2017 . ( general business notice of motion no. 562 )

The Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (Senator Hinch): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate recognises that:

               (a)       today marks the 80th anniversary of the opening of the former Repatriation Commission Outpatient Clinic at 310 St Kilda Rd, Southbank, Victoria;

               (b)       during its operation, more than 1000 veterans visited the Repatriation Clinic every week;

                (c)       the Repatriation Clinic played a key role in returning veterans to civilian life; and

               (d)       there is an ongoing need to provide support to veterans, including through the Arts; as Weary Dunlop who worked with returned soldiers in that building once said: ‘give the troops access to the Arts so that they may have an interest in life’. ( general business notice of motion no. 563 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       prior to providing funding through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, the Federal Government must agree to Master Facility Agreements with the Governments of Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory,

                                    (ii)       the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia (Senator Canavan) indicated, in response to an estimates question on 1 June 2017, that he intended to release the Master Facility Agreements once they had all been signed, and

                                  (iii)       the final Master Facility Agreement was signed by the Federal Government and the Western Australian State Government on 3 November 2017; and

               (b)       orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, by no later than 12.45 pm on 16 November 2017, copies of the Master Facility Agreements agreed between the Federal Government and the governments of Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. ( general business notice of motion no. 564 )

Senators Moore, Reynolds, McKim and Kakoschke-Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       genocide is a crime under both international and Australian law,

                                    (ii)       the use of sexual violence and other acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group constitutes genocide,

                                  (iii)       the use of sexual violence in armed conflict is a war crime,

                                  (iv)       the use of sexual violence, as part of a widespread or systematic attack, directed against any civilian population is a crime against humanity, and

                                   (v)       international sex trafficking is a crime under Australian law;

               (b)       acknowledges that members of Da’esh:

                                     (i)       have perpetrated genocide against the Yazidi people,

                                    (ii)       are perpetrating war crimes and crimes against humanity against Muslims, Christians, Yazidis and other religious and ethnic minorities,

                                  (iii)       have perpetrated acts of sexual violence amounting to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Iraq and Syria, and

                                  (iv)       have dedicated infrastructure for the kidnap, trafficking and sale of sex slaves in Iraq and Syria; and

                (c)       calls on the Government to:

                                     (i)       condemn the genocide perpetrated against the Yazidi people by Da’esh,

                                    (ii)       investigate Australians who have allegedly perpetrated war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, including through the use of sexual violence, and prosecute them as appropriate, and

                                  (iii)       support international efforts to gather evidence, investigate and prosecute those responsible for international crimes perpetrated by Da’esh in Iraq and Syria. ( general business notice of motion no. 565 )

Senator O’Neill: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       this week is Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week,

                                    (ii)       1 in 5 expecting or new mums and 1 in 10 expecting or new dads will experience perinatal anxiety or depression,

                                  (iii)       around 100,000 families are affected by perinatal anxiety and depression every year in Australia, and

                                  (iv)       too many expecting and new parents who need help do not seek help as they are unaware of the symptoms, or of where to go to seek assistance;

               (b)       urges all those who need help to contact their GP or Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia’s (PANDA’s) specialist perinatal counselling national helpline on 1300 726 306; and

                (c)       acknowledges the work being undertaken by PANDA to connect those who seek help, and raise awareness around perinatal depression and anxiety, including first establishing this Awareness Week in 2005. ( general business notice of motion no. 566 )

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

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the numerous cases regarding the eligibility of senators under section 44 of the Constitution,

                                    (ii)       the uncertainty about votes that have occurred with the participation of ineligible senators, and

                                  (iii)       the motion that passed the Senate on 13 November 2017, requiring senators to disclose certain matters pertaining to their citizenship, which remains binding whether or not the Senate continues sitting; and

               (b)       calls on the Prime Minister, if a similar motion passes in the House of Representatives on 27 November 2017, to immediately thereafter prorogue the Parliament until such time as the High Court has ruled on the eligibility of members and senators. ( general business notice of motion no. 567 )

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

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the ultimate sacrifice made by Australian men and women in armed conflicts overseas defending the freedom of foreign nations, and

                                    (ii)       the strong emotional and spiritual ties some Australians have to places overseas where the remains of their relatives and forebears lie, either undetected or irretrievable, ie war grave sites; and

               (b)       calls on the Australian Government, whenever it receives notice that a development on an overseas war grave site may occur, to move immediately upon receiving that notice, and use its best endeavours to communicate Australia’s view on the respect we wish to be given regarding our war grave sites. ( general business notice of motion no. 568 )

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

               (a)       the Senate notes:

                                     (i)       the claims by academic Professor Clive Hamilton, author of the unpublished book Silent Invasion , that he is experiencing difficulty proceeding with publishing his book critical of foreign influence in our institutions, including this Parliament, and

                                    (ii)       in particular, his publisher’s concern about being subject to significant court action financed by or at the behest of a foreign nation; and

               (b)       in the interests of free speech and Australian sovereignty, the Senate calls on the Government to render such assistance to Professor Hamilton as to enable his claims to be considered or published. ( general business notice of motion no. 569 )

Senator McKim: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Migration Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 4) Regulations 2017, made under the Migration Act 1958 , be disallowed [F2017L01425].

Senators Smith, Reynolds, Wong, Pratt, Di Natale, Rice, Kakoschke-Moore, Hinch and Hume: To move on the next day of sitting—That—

(1)       The following bill be introduced immediately: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to the definition of marriage and protect religious freedoms, and for related purposes. Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 .

(2)       On Thursday, 16 November 2017, the second reading debate on the bill shall have precedence over all general business until not later than 6 pm.

(3)       In the week commencing 27 November 2017, the bill shall have precedence over all government and general business and, until proceedings on the bill are concluded, the hours of meeting and routine of business shall be varied as follows:

(a)       proposals under standing order 75 not be proceeded with;

(b)       on Tuesday, 28 November 2017:

                                                        (i)       the hours of meeting shall be 12.30 pm to 11 pm,

                                                      (ii)       the routine of business from not later than 7.20 pm shall be consideration of the bill only, and

                                                     (iii)       the Senate shall adjourn without debate at 11 pm; and

(c)       on Thursday, 30 November 2017:

                                                        (i)       the hours of meeting shall be 9.30 am to adjournment,

                                                      (ii)       the routine of business from not later than 4.30 pm shall be consideration of the bill only,

                                                     (iii)       divisions may take place after 4.30 pm, and

                                                    (iv)       the Senate shall adjourn without debate after proceedings on the bill are concluded. ( general business notice of motion no. 570 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       sustainable food and fibre production on the Liverpool Plains requires an integrated and strategic approach to water reform,

                                    (ii)       the Liverpool Plains contain some of the most productive and fertile soil in Australia and farmers need certainty about water resources to assist their farming practices, and

                                  (iii)       the high degree of connectivity between groundwater systems throughout the Namoi Valley indicates that mining impacts on Liverpool Plains groundwater can extend well beyond one local site into surrounding agricultural systems; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to protect agricultural groundwater systems by placing a moratorium on Commonwealth approval of proposed coal and coal seam gas mining projects on the Liverpool Plains, Namoi Valley and Gunnedah Basin. ( general business notice of motion no. 571 )

The Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (Senator O’Neill): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services on its inquiry into the life insurance industry be extended to report by 31 March 2018. ( general business notice of motion no. 572 )

Senator Whish-Wilson: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 , and for related purposes. Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Executive Remuneration) Bill 2017 . ( general business notice of motion no. 573 )

The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield): To move on the next day of sitting—

(1)       That estimates hearings by legislation committees for 2018 be scheduled as follows:

2017-18 additional estimates:

Monday, 26 February and Tuesday, 27 February ( Group A )

Wednesday, 28 February and Thursday, 1 March ( Group B ).

2018-19 Budget estimates:

Monday, 21 May to Thursday, 24 May, and, if required, Friday, 25 May ( Group A )

Tuesday, 29 May to Friday, 1 June ( Group B )

Monday, 22 October and Tuesday, 23 October ( supplementary hearings—Group A )

Wednesday, 24 October and Thursday, 25 October ( supplementary hearings—Group B ).

(2)       That, pursuant to the order of the Senate of 26 August 2008, cross portfolio estimates hearings on Indigenous matters be scheduled for Friday, 2 March, Friday, 25 May and Friday, 26 October, but not restricted to these days.

(3)       That the committees consider the proposed expenditure in accordance with the allocation of departments and agencies to committees agreed to by the Senate.

(4)       That committees meet in the following groups:

Group A :

Environment and Communications

Finance and Public Administration

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

Group B:

Community Affairs

Economics

Education and Employment

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

(5)       That the committees report to the Senate on the following dates:

(a)       Tuesday, 27 March 2018 in respect of the 2017-18 additional estimates; and

(b)       Tuesday, 26 June 2018 in respect of the 2018-19 Budget estimates.

The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield): To move on the next day of sitting—That consideration of the business before the Senate on the following days be interrupted at approximately 5 pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable senators to make their first speeches without any question before the chair, as follows:

               (a)       Tuesday, 28 November 2017—Senator Bartlett; and

               (b)       Wednesday, 29 November 2017—Senator Steele-John.

Senators Siewert and Steele-John: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that the New South Wales (NSW) Government will be cutting funding for disability advocacy from July 2018 and that this will affect the Council for Intellectual Disability and other disability organisations;

               (b)       acknowledges:

                                     (i)       the importance of advocacy for the inclusion of people with disability and their full participation in our communities,

                                    (ii)       the ‘Don’t Silence Us’ campaign being run by the Council for Intellectual Disability calling on the Premier of NSW to guarantee ongoing funding for the Council for Intellectual Disability, and

                                  (iii)       the ‘Stand by Me’ campaign being run by the NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance calling on the NSW Government to stand by them and provide the necessary funding for them to be able to continue serving people with disability in NSW after July next year; and

                (c)       calls on the Federal Government to work with the NSW Government and other state governments to ensure that funding for disability advocacy is not reduced at the state level. ( general business notice of motion no. 574 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       Australia’s offshore processing regime is a deliberately cruel policy that has created humanitarian crises on Manus Island and Nauru,

                                    (ii)       there remain hundreds of men on Manus Island in the care of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Mr Dutton) who are suffering greatly because of his decision to cut off their access to drinking water, food, electricity and medication,

                                  (iii)       threats by the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary to use force against detainees at the Manus Island detention centre are unprecedented and potentially highly dangerous, and

                                  (iv)       the men on Manus Island and the men, women and children on Nauru are Australia’s responsibility and remain so; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to end offshore detention, and bring to Australia every person who sought asylum in Australia and who is currently in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. ( general business notice of motion no. 575 )

Notice of motion withdrawn : Senator Rice withdrew general business notice of motion no. 371 standing in her name for today, proposing an order for the production of a document by the Attorney-General.