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Notice given 9 December 2002

*292  Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner), Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett) and Senators Harradine, Murphy, Brown and Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) expresses:

(i) its support for the majority findings in the report of the Select Committee on a Certain Maritime Incident and calls on the Commonwealth Government to immediately implement all of the recommendations contained in that report, and

(ii) its serious concern at the apparent inconsistencies in evidence provided to the committee and estimates committees by Commonwealth agencies in relation to the People Smuggling Disruption Program and in relation to Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels (SIEVs), including the boat known as SIEV X; and

(b) calls on the Commonwealth Government to immediately establish a comprehensive, independent judicial inquiry into all aspects of the People Smuggling Disruption Program operated by the Commonwealth Government and agencies from 2000 to date, including:

(i) all funding and other resources put to the program, both within Australia and overseas,

(ii) the involvement and activities of all Australian Departments and agencies involved in the program, both within Australia and overseas,

(iii) the extent of ministerial knowledge of, and authorisation for, the program,

(iv) allegations raised in the media in relation to the program, including by the Sunday program,

(v) the nature of the co-operative relationship between the Australian and Indonesian Governments and agencies, including the operation of agreements and protocols, the funding and resources provided under those arrangements, and the activities of individual Australian and Indonesian citizens,

(vi) the use of Australian equipment and resources in the program, including use by persons outside of Australian agencies,

(vii) the effect of the program on persons seeking asylum from Indonesia or Australia, including the effect on means of transport, and

(viii) the circumstances and outcomes of all departures from Indonesia of all boats carrying asylum-seekers, including the circumstances of the sinking of SIEV X.

*293  Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner): To move—That there be laid on the table, no later than immediately after motions to take note of answers on Thursday, 12 December 2002, all documents relating to the inquiries undertaken by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet into the possible conflict of interest between the ministerial responsibilities of the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer (Senator Coonan) and the commercial activities of Endispute Pty Ltd (including, but not limited to, a copy of the report of those inquiries furnished to the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) and referred to by him during question time in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, 3 December 2002).

*294  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That there be laid on the table no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 12 December 2002, the following documents:

(a) the agreement signed by the Commonwealth for the Walla Weir Irrigation Project, funded under the Sugar Industry Infrastructure Package; and

(b) any materials relating to compliance with the terms of the agreement.

*295  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That there be laid on the table no later than 4 pm on Thursday, 12 December 2002, all materials prepared by Geoscience Australia in response to the proposal by TGS-NOPEC to conduct seismic testing in the Townsville Trough.

*297  Chair of the Economics Legislation Committee (Senator Brandis): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Economics Legislation Committee on the provisions of the Financial Sector Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2002 be extended to 12 December 2002

*298  Chair of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee (Senator Forshaw): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee on the recruitment and training in the Australian Public Service be extended to 27 March 2003.

*299  Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Senator Heffernan): To move—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on the Transport Safety Investigation Bill 2002 be extended to 11 December 2002.

*300  Senator Tierney: To move—That the Senate—

(a) expresses concern about the extreme bushfire danger facing the citizens of New South Wales;

(b) praises the unstinting and brave work of the voluntary bushfire fighters in combating the fires and protecting and saving property and lives;

(c) congratulates the Australian Government for its high tech support for the firefighting effort with the provision of air crane fire bombing technology;

(d) recognises that the current extreme fire conditions have been exacerbated by a build-up of forest fuel resulting from the Carr Australian Labor Party Government’s anti-back-burning policies over the past 7 years;

(e) condemns the Carr Government for ignoring the recommendations of the state parliamentary inquiry into the 2001-02 New South Wales fires brought down 6 months ago; and

(f) calls on the Carr Government in New South Wales to recognise that south-eastern Australia is the most fire-prone region in the world and to develop more appropriate policies to protect life, property and the environment.

*302  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate calls on the Minister for Transport and Regional Services (Mr Anderson) to explain the sudden reversal of his decision in February 2001, repeated as recently as 4 December 2002, to support the Albury bypass.

*304  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that 10 December 2002 is International Human Rights Day and joins with the many thousands around the world who are participating in events on this day to:

(i) condemn the ongoing abuse of human rights worldwide,

(ii) extend our sympathy to the victims of these abuses, and

(iii) support the defence of those rights both in Australia and overseas; and

(b) condemns the Government’s appalling record in the field of human rights and, in particular, the Government’s:

(i) failure to endorse the optional protocol to the United Nations (UN) Convention Against Torture,

(ii) contravention of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to some asylum seeker detainees,

(iii) proposed contraventions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to be enacted under the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002,

(iv) unwillingness to act in defence of Mr David Hicks and Mr Mamdouh Habib, illegally detained in Guantanemo Bay, Cuba, and

(v) in principle support of a United States impunity agreement in regard to Article 98 of the International Criminal Court treaty.

*305  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) expresses its profound concern that Mr David Hicks and Mr Mamdouh Habib remain incarcerated in Camp X-Ray at Guantanemo Bay, Cuba, without having been charged or brought before the courts for trial;

(b) notes that Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, “No-one shall be subject to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”;

(c) recalls the commitment that the Minister for Foreign Affairs made last year that, “If Mr Hicks has committed a crime against Australian law, the Australian Government will do whatever is necessary to bring him to justice”; and

(d) calls on the Australian Government as a matter of urgency to take whatever steps are required to return both Mr Hicks and Mr Habib to Australia to determine whether they should be freed or face trial, as is their right.

Orders of the Day relating to Government Documents

1  Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation (Land and Water Australia) and Land and Water Australia Selection Committee—Reports for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 5 December 2002 ).

2  Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee—Reports for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 5 December 2002 ).

3  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report—Visits to immigration detention facilities by the Human Rights Commissioner 2001, August 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

4  Sugar Research and Development Corporation and Sugar Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee—Reports for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 5 December 2002 ).

5  Australian Electoral Commission—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 5 December 2002 ).

6  Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 5 December 2002 ).

7  Australian Strategic Policy Institute—Report for the period 22 August 2001 to 30 June 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 5 December 2002 ).

8  Australian Greenhouse Office—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 5 December 2002 ).

9  Centrelink—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Marshall—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 5 December 2002 ).

10  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

11  Administrative Appeals Tribunal—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

12  Cotton Research and Development Corporation and Cotton Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee—Reports for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

13  Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Forshaw—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Forshaw, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

14  Department of Family and Community Services—Report for 2001-02—Volume 1

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

15  Department of Family and Community Services—Report for 2001-02—Volume 2

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

16  Social Security Appeals Tribunal—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

17  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

18  Australian Security Intelligence Organisation—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

19  Department of the Environment and Heritage—Report for 2001-02, including the report of the Supervising Scientist and reports on the operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports (Act) 1989 , the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 and the Ozone Protection Act 1989

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

20  Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency—Report for 1 June 2001 to 31 May 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

21  Employment Advocate—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

22  Veterans’ Review Board—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

23  Australian Heritage Commission—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

24  Sydney Harbour Federation Trust—Report for the period 20 September 2001 to 30 June 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

25  Refugee Review Tribunal—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

26  Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—Report for 2001-02, including reports pursuant to the Immigration (Education) Act 1971 and the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

27  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

28  Commonwealth Ombudsman—Report for 2001-02, including a report of the Defence Force Ombudsman and a report pursuant to the Complaints (Australian Federal Police) Act 1981

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

29  Housing Assistance Act 1996 —Report for 1999-2000 on the operation of the 1996 Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

30  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report of an inquiry into a complaint by six asylum seekers concerning their transfer from immigration detention centres to state prisons and their detention in those prisons (HRC report no. 21)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the document ( adjourned, Senator Bartlett, 5 December 2002 ).

31  Wet Tropics Management Authority—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

32  Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report for the period 1 January to 30 March 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

33  Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report for the period 1 April to 30 June 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

34  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and the current status list—Amendments, done at Bonn, Germany on 24 September 2002, to Appendices I and II of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, done at Bonn on 23 June 1979

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

35  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis and the regulation impact statement—Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, done at Vienna on 5 September 1997

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

36  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis—International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Rome, 3 November 2001)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

37  Multilateral treaty—Text of the proposed treaty action together with the national interest analysis—Amendment, done at Cambridge, United Kingdom on 14 October 2002, to the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, done at Washington on 2 December 1946

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

38  Bankstown Airport Limited—Report for 2001-02

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

39  Bankstown Airport Limited—Statement of corporate intent 2002

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Bartlett—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 5 December 2002 ).

Orders of the Day

ABC Amendment (Online and Multichannelling Services) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 3 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Air Navigation Amendment (Extension of Curfew and Limitation of Aircraft Movements) Bill 1995 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 March 1995 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Anti-Genocide Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Greig )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 25 March 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2000 [2002]

Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 10 October 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Constitution Alteration (Appropriations for the Ordinary Annual Services of the Government) 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senators Murray and Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 June 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Constitution Alteration (Electors’ Initiative, Fixed Term Parliaments and Qualification of Members) 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 4 April 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Corporate Code of Conduct Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 6 September 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government) Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 September 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

10  Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1995 [2002]—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 31 May 1995 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

11  Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 June 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

12  Reconciliation Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Ridgeway )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 April 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

13  State Elections (One Vote, One Value) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 7 August 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

14  Public liability insurance premiums

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Conroy—That the Senate—

(a) expresses its concern about the significant increase in public liability insurance premiums and the effect it is having on the viability of many small businesses and community and sporting organisations;

(b) condemns the Government for its inaction; and

(c) urges the Minister to propose a solution to this pressing issue, as quickly as possible, not just look at the problem ( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 14 February 2002 ).

15  Ministers of State (Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 13 March 2002 ).

16  Lucas Heights reactor—Order for production of documents—Statement by Minister

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Carr—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Carr, in continuation, 19 March 2002 ).

17  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Boundary Extension) Amendment Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Calvert, in continuation, 16 May 2002 ).

18  Genetic Privacy and Non-discrimination Bill 1998 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 5 October 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

19  Patents Amendment Bill 1996 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 27 June 1996 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

20  Republic (Consultation of the People) Bill 2001 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 26 September 2001 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 14 May 2002 ).

21  Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Scrutiny of Board Appointments) Amendment Bill 2002—( Senate bill )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 15 May 2002 ).

22  Workplace Relations Amendment (Paid Maternity Leave) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Stott Despoja )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Stott Despoja, in continuation, 16 May 2002 ).

23  Constitution Alteration (Right to Stand for Parliament—Qualification of Members and Candidates) 1998 (No. 2) [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 3 December 1998 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 16 May 2002 ).

24  Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Forest Practices) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 20 June 2002 ).

25  Family Law Amendment (Joint Residency) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Harris )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Harris, in continuation, 20 June 2002 ).

26  ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organisation (AIPO)—Report of the Australian parliamentary delegation to the 22nd AIPO General Assembly, Thailand, 2 to 5 September 2001; Visits and briefings, Bangkok, 6 to 8 September 2001; and Bi-lateral visit to Singapore, 9 to 13 September 2001

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Calvert—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Calvert, in continuation, 27 June 2002 ).

27  Family and Community Services—Family tax benefits

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Howard Government’s decision to strip, without warning, the tax returns of Australian families who have been overpaid family payments as callous and unfair to parents trying to survive under increasing financial pressures;

(b) notes that this is not consistent with the statement of the Minister for Family and Community Services (Senator Vanstone) in July 2001 in which she assured families that, ‘The Government has also decided that it would be easier for any family who still had an excess payment to have it recovered by adjusting their future payments, rather than taking it from their tax refund. This is because people may have earmarked their refund for use for specific things’;

(c) considers that the Government’s 2-year-old family payments system is deeply flawed, given that it delivered average debts of $850 to 650 000 Australian families in the 2001-02 financial year and continues to punish families who play by the rules; and

(d) condemns the Howard Government and its contemptible attack on Australian families ( Senator Tierney, in continuation, 22 August 2002 ).

28  Health—Medicare—Bulk billing

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Evans—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) since the election of the Howard Government, the rate of bulk billing by general practitioners (GPs) has dropped from 80.6 per cent to 74.5 per cent, and that the average patient cost to see a GP who does not bulk bill has gone up 41.8 per cent to nearly $12, and

(ii) in every year from the commencement of Medicare in 1984 through to 1996, bulk billing rates for GPs increased, but that, in every year since the election of the Howard Government, bulk billing rates have decreased;

(b) recognises that the unavailability of bulk billing hurts those Australians who are least able to afford the rising costs of health care and those who are at greatest risk of preventable illness and disease;

(c) condemns the Howard Government’s failure to take responsibility for declining rates of bulk billing; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Health and Ageing (Senator Patterson) to release publicly the June 2002 quarter bulk billing figures so that the true extent of the problem is made known ( Senator Moore, in continuation, 29 August 2002 ).

29  Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (Licence Charges) Amendment Bill 2002—Document

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ludwig—That the Senate take note of the document ( Senator Ludwig, in continuation, 16 September 2002 ).

30  Kyoto Protocol (Ratification) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 19 September 2002 ).

31  Communications—Regional telecommunication services—Inquiry

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Mackay—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Howard Government for establishing an inquiry into regional telecommunications services, the Estens inquiry, which is chaired by a member of the National Party and friend of the Deputy Prime Minister, and has a former National Party MP as one of its members;

(b) condemns the Government’s decisions that the inquiry will hold no public hearings and must report within little more then 2 months of its commencement; and

(c) calls on the Government to address all issues associated with Telstra’s performance, including rising prices, deteriorating service standards and inadequate broadband provision ( Senator Tierney in continuation, 19 September 2002 ).

32  Trade Practices Amendment (Public Liability Insurance) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

33  Corporations Amendment (Improving Corporate Governance) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

34  Trade Practices Amendment (Credit Card Reform) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 23 September 2002 ).

35  Superannuation

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Sherry—That the Senate notes the Howard Government’s third term failures on superannuation, including:

(a) the failure to provide for a contributions tax cut for all Australians who pay it, rather than a tax cut only to those earning more than $90 500 a year;

(b) the failure to adequately compensate victims of superannuation theft or fraud;

(c) the failure to accurately assess the administrative burden on small business of the Government’s third attempt at superannuation choice and deregulation;

(d) the failure to support strong consumer protections for superannuation fund members through capping ongoing fees and banning entry and exit fees;

(e) the failure to provide consumers with a meaningful, comprehensive and comprehensible regime for fee disclosure; and

(f) the failure to cover unpaid superannuation contributions in the case of corporate collapse as part of a workers’ entitlements scheme ( Senator Ferguson, in continuation, 26 September 2002 ).

36  Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 21 October 2002 ).

37  Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002 [No. 2]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 21 October 2002 ).

38  Parliament House security—Statement by President

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Ray—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Ray, in continuation, 11 November 2002 ).

39  Convention on Climate Change (Implementation) Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 2 September 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).

40  Customs Amendment (Anti-Radioactive Waste Storage Dump) Bill 1999 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 20 October 1999 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).

41  Human Rights (Mandatory Sentencing for Property Offences) Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 6 September 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 12 November 2002 ).

42  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Bartlett )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 November 2002 ).

43  Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Bali Bombings) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Brown )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Brown, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).

44  Health—Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme—Order for Production of Documents—Statement by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Ian Campbell)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).

45  Trade—Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme—Order for Production of Documents—Statement by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Ian Campbell)

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Nettle—That the Senate take note of the statement ( Senator Nettle, in continuation, 4 December 2002 ).