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10    Notices

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       White Ribbon Day, also known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, was held on 25 November 2017,

                                    (ii)       White Ribbon Day is a campaign which seeks to encourage men to take a leadership role in eliminating violence against women, and

                                  (iii)       the campaign for 2017 surrounds a STOP kit which is designed to help people spot the signs, offer support and create change to prevent violence;

               (b)       acknowledges:

                                     (i)       that every year in Australia, approximately one woman is killed each week by a partner or former partner, and

                                    (ii)       the courage of those who stand up, speak out and shine a light on domestic violence;

                (c)       remembers the women and children whose lives have been scarred, and taken, by family violence; and

               (d)       urges Federal, state, territory and local governments to take action to address family violence. ( general business notice of motion no. 593 )

Senators Bilyk and Urquhart: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       19 November 2017 was DonateLife Thank You Day, a national day dedicated to honouring all organ and tissue donors and their families,

                                    (ii)       the circumstances in which a person’s organs can be donated after they die in hospital are rare - only 1% of hospital deaths allow for organ donation,

                                  (iii)       up to 1400 Australians are on organ transplant waiting lists at any time, and

                                  (iv)       of the 36% of Australians who feel confident that they know the donation decisions of their loved ones, 93% would uphold these decisions;

               (b)       thanks all organ and tissue donors and their families for helping to transform the lives of thousands of Australians through their donations; and

                (c)       encourages all Australians to register as organ and tissue donors on the Australian Organ Donor Register, and to discuss their donation decisions with their families. ( general business notice of motion no. 594 )

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move on 5 February 2018—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for and regulate access to voluntary assisted dying, to establish the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board, and for related purposes. Voluntary Assisted Dying Framework Bill 2018 . ( general business notice of motion no. 595 )

Senators Fierravanti-Wells and Moore: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       on 25 November 2017, the world observed the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,

                                    (ii)       this day starts the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign which ends on 10 December 2017, Human Rights Day - this is an important time to shine a light on serious problems which affect every country and every community in the world, but which is too often hidden,

                                  (iii)       the theme of ‘Leave no one behind: End violence against women and girls’ reminds us that we must work to protect and provide services for the most vulnerable populations, including women with disabilities, women from migrant and minority groups, Indigenous women, and women living in remote and rural areas,

                                  (iv)       women in the Pacific face among the highest levels of violence in the world: 60% of women and girls have experienced violence by an intimate partner or family member, and

                                   (v)       violence against women, and the threat of violence, is an abuse of women’s human rights - it limits women’s participation in social, political and economic life, and this significantly impacts on social and economic development, affecting families, communities and nations;

               (b)       further notes that respective governments have:

                                     (i)       funded services for women and children who have experienced violence - in the past five years, 56,076 women and children across the Pacific have accessed a variety of crisis support, including counselling, health and legal services,

                                    (ii)       worked closely with the law and justice systems and have supported a number of Pacific countries to enact legislation to criminalise domestic violence and provide greater protection for women and children,

                                  (iii)       worked with Pacific organisations that work with men as influencers and role models to reduce acceptance of violence - in the past five years over 3000 Pacific men have been supported to undertake male advocacy training to support gender equality and women’s rights, and

                                  (iv)       worked with churches, governments, community organisations, United Nations agencies and the private sector to expand Pacific-owned violence prevention programs to new communities, as well as to introduce initiatives which have demonstrated results in other parts of the world; and

                (c)       recognises that:

                                     (i)       violence against women is unacceptable anywhere, anytime,

                                    (ii)       ending violence against women is critical to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and many of the other goals by 2030,

                                  (iii)       respective Australian Governments have a long and proud tradition of working with Pacific organisations to support survivors of violence and that we have a lot to learn from each other, and

                                  (iv)       Australia needs to partner with Pacific organisations over the long term, as this is the only way to support transformational and sustainable change. ( general business notice of motion no. 596 )

The Chair of the Red Tape Committee (Senator Leyonhjelm): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Red Tape Committee be extended to 3 December 2018. ( general business notice of motion no. 597 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       on 23 and 24 November 2017, Papua New Guinea police and immigration officials entered the Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island, with the Australian Federal Police playing an advisory role,

                                    (ii)       after three weeks of the refugees and people seeking asylum being starved and dehydrated, the Papua New Guinea police began the forcible removal of the men from the Regional Processing Centre,

                                  (iii)       this forcible removal included people being assaulted and beaten with metal rods,

                                  (iv)       the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated that it had received reports that several men had been severely injured and medical treatment was paramount, and Mr Thomas Albrecht, the UNHCR regional representative, stated that ‘the situation still unfolding on Manus Island presents a grave risk of further deterioration, and of further damage to extremely vulnerable human beings’,

                                   (v)       Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) has taken ten people to hospital in the past 24 hours, and

                                  (vi)       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 processing and 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. 598 )

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

(1)       That the Senate—

(a)       notes:

                                                        (i)       the results of the Queensland state election, held on 25 November 2017, during which there was at least a 7% swing against the Liberal National Party (LNP), and

                                                      (ii)       that the LNP was the only political party in the Queensland state election to support the Adani Group’s bid for a $1 billion taxpayer-funded federal loan through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) for its Carmichael coal mine rail line;

(b)       confirms that a Labor State Government in Queensland committed during the election to veto any NAIF loan to the Adani Group for its Carmichael coal mine or associated infrastructure;

(c)       acknowledges widespread community concern expressed by Queenslanders during the election campaign regarding the environmental, agricultural and climate impacts of the Carmichael mine.

(2)       That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, by no later than 12.45 pm on 7 December 2017, a copy of the letter, should one be received, from the incoming Queensland Government confirming its stated intention to veto any potential NAIF loan to the Adani Group’s coal rail line project. ( general business notice of motion no. 599 )

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

               (a)       remains extremely troubled by the continuing conflict between minorities, including Rohingya Muslims, and armed forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since 25 August 2017, that has:

                                     (i)       caused the death and suffering of many people, almost all of them minorities in Rakhine State,

                                    (ii)       forced more than 600,000 members of minorities in Rakhine State to flee to Bangladesh since 25 August 2017, and displaced large numbers of people within Rakhine State, the majority of whom are Rohingya Muslims, and

                                  (iii)       prevented access of United Nations (UN) and non-government organisation (NGO) aid agencies to deliver crucial supplies of food, water and medicine in northern Rakhine State;

               (b)       notes that:

                                     (i)       most of those fleeing have few possessions and are reliant on humanitarian aid for their survival, and almost 70% are children and women,

                                    (ii)       since 25 August 2017, the Australian Government has committed $30 million to assist those fleeing their homes, and

                                  (iii)       Australia is currently the third largest bilateral donor to the UN ‘Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Crisis 2017’ appeal;

                (c)       further notes that:

                                     (i)       the UN has stated that this crisis ‘is causing suffering on a catastrophic scale’ and more aid assistance is needed,

                                    (ii)       the Australian Red Cross and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are urgently seeking donations from the Australian public to help provide these desperate people with medical assistance, shelter, food and clean drinking water,

                                  (iii)       each dollar donated in Australia for UNHCR and Australian Red Cross during the appeal will be matched by the Australian Government (up to $5 million),

                                  (iv)       Oxfam, CARE, Caritas, Plan International Australia, Save the Children and World Vision are also playing a vital role in response to the crisis, including delivering programs on behalf of the Australian Government through the Australian Humanitarian Partnership, and have joined the Australian Government’s appeal for funding, and

                                   (v)       other Australian humanitarian agencies are also running appeals in response to the crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh, including Act for Peace, ActionAid, Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Anglican Overseas Aid, Child Fund, Muslim Aid Australia, Partners Relief and Development, RedR Australia, TEAR Australia, UNICEF Australia, UnitingWorld and the Anglican Board of Mission; and

               (d)       urges:

                                     (i)       Australians who wish to donate to Australian NGOs and humanitarian agencies to visit the appeal websites, which can be accessed via http://www.abc.net.au/appeals/ ,

                                    (ii)       the Turnbull Government to continue to monitor the situation, in close consultation with partners, and consider providing further assistance to those displaced by the violence in Rakhine State, and

                                  (iii)       the Government of Myanmar to:

                                                       (A)       recommit to the pursuit of peace and national reconciliation,

                                                        (B)       allow access to all parts of Rakhine State to allow for the provision of humanitarian aid, and

                                                        (C)       allow all those who have fled to Bangladesh be able to exercise their right to a safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return to their homes. ( general business notice of motion no. 600 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       25 November 2017 marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,

                                    (ii)       the United Nations (UN) states that violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today, and

                                  (iii)       the UN 2017 theme for this International Day is ‘Leave no one behind: End violence against women and girls’, and that any effort to reduce violence against women should pay particular attention to, and be inclusive of, transgender and queer women, Indigenous women, women with disabilities, and women with migrant and refugee experiences; and

               (b)       calls on all parliamentarians to:

                                     (i)       affirm that violence against women and girls is not inevitable, and that prevention is possible and essential, and

                                    (ii)       commit to supporting efforts to eliminate violence against women in Australia and around the world. ( general business notice of motion no. 601 )

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

               (a)       acknowledges the historic occasion of the returning of the remains of Mungo Man to country on 17 November 2017;

               (b)       pays its respects to the Aboriginal communities and peoples involved in making the return of Mungo Man to country possible, and those involved in the events and celebrations that took place on 17 and 18 November 2017 at Lake Mungo, New South Wales and Mildura, Victoria;

                (c)       acknowledges the significance to Australia and the international community of the returning of Mungo Man to country;

               (d)       recognises that his returning is a step toward reconciliation; and

                (e)       urges the Federal Government to fund a permanent resting or keeping place to safely accommodate the remains of Mungo Man and other Aboriginal remains returned to country at a location agreed with Aboriginal people. ( general business notice of motion no. 602 )

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

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       reviews conducted by the Regional Telecommunications Review Committee, the Productivity Commission and the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) have issued critical reports on the Universal Service Obligation (USO) - a 20-year contract under which almost $300 million in taxpayer and industry funding goes to Telstra each year with negligible transparency, accountability or controls,

                                    (ii)       Telstra appears to have shut down much of its regional copper wire and payphone infrastructure yet is still being paid almost $300 million a year to maintain these services under the USO,

                                  (iii)       the ANAO found that the Department of Communications (the Department) has been a relatively passive contract manager and has not used the flexibility mechanisms within the USO contract that have the potential to reduce the annual payment amounts to Telstra,

                                  (iv)       the ANAO found that neither the Australian Communications and Media Authority nor the Department undertakes assurance processes to verify the accuracy of the underlying performance data provided by Telstra,

                                   (v)       the Department has acknowledged that it does not know how much it costs annually for Telstra to provide these services, and

                                  (vi)       reduced expenditure on the USO could deliver vastly improved mobile services for farmers, businesses and communities in regional and rural Australia; and

               (b)       calls on the Minister for Communications to:

                                     (i)       instruct the Department to adopt the ANAO’s recommendation to determine if any of the existing flexibility mechanisms within the USO contract can be utilised to improve value for money outcomes, and

                                    (ii)       redirect any USO savings identified by the Department to fund further rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program. ( general business notice of motion no. 603 )

Notice of intention to amend : Senator Bernardi gave notice of his intention, pursuant to standing order 77, to amend business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3 standing in his name for today, relating to the disallowance of the Direction — operation of certain unmanned aircraft, as follows:

After “That”, insert “section 8 of”.

Senator Bernardi indicated that this notice would provide the opportunity for any other senator who so wishes to take over the remainder of the notice of motion for disallowance.

Contingent notices of motion : Senator O’Sullivan gave contingent notices of motion as follows:

No. 1—To move (contingent on the Senate on any day concluding its consideration of any item of business and prior to the Senate proceeding to the consideration of another item of business)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the senator moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate or to provide for the consideration of any matter.

No. 2—To move (contingent on any senator objecting to a motion being taken as formal)—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.