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Notice given 11 December 2002

*321  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and representing the Prime Minister (Senator Hill), no later than 4 pm on 4 February 2003:

All communications in the period June 2001 to the present between:

(a) the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Prime Minister’s office and Food Standards Australia New Zealand;

(b) the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Prime Minister’s office and the National Farmers Federation;

(c) the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Prime Minister’s office and the Department of Health and Ageing; and

(d) the Prime Minister’s office and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

relating to GM Food in the context of the current free trade agreement negotiations with the United States and of the labelling of genetically modified and genetically engineered food, including communications to or from organisations formed or created under the auspices of any of the above agencies, officers of departments.

Notice of motion altered on 11 December 2002 pursuant to standing order 77.

*322  Chair of the Select Committee on Superannuation (Senator Watson): To move—

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Select Committee on Superannuation for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in June 2003:

Planning for retirement.

(2) That in conducting the inquiry the committee examine, in particular:

(a) the effects of ageing on workers’ productivity;

(b) the continuing relevance of the concept of a fixed retirement age;

(c) the potential to encourage progressive transitions from work to retirement, including through possible new benefit access and contribution arrangements, and part-time work;

(d) any scope for older workers to access their superannuation to finance retraining to continue work that is more suitable for older people;

(e) ways to assist older workers plan for their retirement;

(f) the short- and long-term effect on the Budget of any proposals for change; and

(g) any issues for the federal or state workplace relations systems.

*323  Senator Ridgeway: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Microcredit Summit + 5 Conference held in New York in November 2002 reported that microcredit schemes are on track to reach 100 million of the poorest families benefiting the lives of 500 million of the world’s poorest people,

(ii) there are more than 2 000 microcredit institutions operating worldwide,

(iii) more than 54 million microcredit borrowers have been reached, and

(iv) nearly 27 million of the total microcredit borrowers reached were amongst the poorest in the world when they took out their first loan, but are now lifting themselves out of poverty;

(b) congratulates RESULTS Australia for its advocacy work on microcredit loans;

(c) urges the Federal Government to consider increasing aid for microcredit funding to at least $40 million per year; and

(d) urges the Parliament to actively promote the critical role of microcredit in the alleviation of poverty and its contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people living in absolute poverty by 2015.

*324  Senator Ridgeway: To move—That the Senate—

(a) congratulates:

(i) all winners of the 2002 Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards, and

(ii) all of the people involved in the making of Rabbit-Proof Fence, which won the AFI award for Best Film.

(b) notes that for the first time in the history of the AFI awards, every film nominated in the category of Best Film - Australian Rules ; Beneath Clouds ; Rabbit-Proof Fence and The Tracker - was an Indigenous-themed story;

(c) congratulates the four Indigenous people who won awards on the night:

(i) director Ivan Sen,

(ii) actor David Gulpilil,

(iii) director and producer Rachel Perkins, and

(iv) cinematographer Allan Collins; and

(d) calls on the Government to continue to support the development and production of Australian films so all Australians can continue to see and hear our own stories in cinemas and on our television screens.

*325  Senator Ridgeway: To move—That the Senate—

(a) pays tribute to Mr Albert Namatjira as the first Indigenous professional artist in Australia, who was born 100 years ago and died in 1959 after achieving national and international acclaim for his exceptional ability as an artist;

(b) acknowledges that Albert Namatjira:

(i) adapted western-style painting to express his cultural knowledge and the strength of his connection to his traditional country, and

(ii) is now regarded as a national treasure in recognition of the cultural legacy he has left all Australians, as well as the inspiration he is to generations of Indigenous artists who have followed in his footsteps;

(c) recognises that:

(i) the legal protection of Mr Namatjira’s works provided by the Copyright Act 1968 will expire in 2009, bringing to an end the ability of the copyright owner to exercise an exclusive right to use and reproduce his works, or to allow others to do so in return for a financial benefit, and

(ii) the Public Trustee of the Northern Territory Government authorised the sale of Mr Namatjira’s copyright to Legend Press in 1983, thereby ending the ability of the descendents of Mr Namatjira to benefit from on-going income from the reproduction of his works; and

(d) calls on the Government to:

(i) enter into discussions with the Northern Territory Government to buy back the copyright in Albert Namatjira’s works, so that exclusive control of the use and reproduction of his works is restored to his descendents, as well as the receipt of all financial benefits that result from the use and reproduction of his works under copyright protection, and

(iii) in recognition of the contribution Mr Namatjira has made to the development of Australia’s cultural identity and the need to protect his legacy for future generations, explore all relevant legal and other measures that will provide ongoing protection of the Namatjira name and his reputation and standing as one of our pre-eminent artists.

*326  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that Professor Martin Green, Director of Research at the University of New South Wales’ Centre for Photovoltaic Engineering won an International Right Livelihood award at Stockholm and was described by the award panel as ‘the world’s foremost researcher and inventor in the field’;

(b) congratulates Professor Green for winning this prestigious award; and

(c) encourages the Government to heed Professor Green’s suggestion that the cost of developing new energy sources could be borne by affluent communities rather than the poorer communities that were most in need of them.

*327  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the recent $US3 million fine imposed by the United States Department of Agriculture on ProdiGene, a biotechnology company, for contamination of soybeans meant for human consumption with genetically-engineered corn containing a vaccine,

(ii) that 500 000 bushels of food crop must now be destroyed,

(iii) that research into such pharma-foods (genetically-engineered crops containing vaccines, medicines and drugs) is occurring in Australia, and

(iv) that pharma-foods, because they contain drugs, may create serious health and safety issues in Australia, including by misuse and contamination; and

(b) urges the Government to prevent the commercial release of pharma-foods in Australia until all issues relating to health, safety, environment and contamination are fully resolved.

*328  Senator Brown: To move—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Science, no later than 4 February 2003:

(a) all material, including advice, given to the Government, including the Prime Minister (Mr Howard), by the Chief Scientist or his office regarding funding or allocation of money or benefits to:

(i) the Rio Tinto Foundation for a Sustainable Minerals Industry,

(ii) any other Commonwealth funding to Rio Tinto,

(iii) the Australian Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Renewable Energy,

(iv) the CRC for Coal in Sustainable Development,

(v) the CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (and its precursor, the Australian Petroleum CRC), and

(vi) the CRC for Clean Power from Lignite;

(b) the advice of the CRC committee to the Government on the above CRC’s for the funding round announced by the Minister for Science (Mr McGauran) on 10 December, 2002; and

(c) the advice of the Chief Scientist and his office concerning carbon sequestration, clean coal and related energy matters in determining the National Science Priorities.

Notice of motion altered on 11 December 2002 pursuant to standing order 77.

*329  Senator Forshaw: To move—That the Senate—

(a) congratulates David Gulpilil, AM for winning the Best Actor award at the recent Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards for his performance in the movie, The Tracker ;

(b) recognises David Gulpilil’s outstanding contribution to the Australian film industry for more than 30 years;

(c) congratulates all other winners of AFI awards, especially Maria Theodorakis who won the Best Actress award; and

(d) recognises the important ongoing support provided by the Australian Film Finance Corporation to our film industry.

*330  Senator Forshaw: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the failure of the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) and the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (Senator Alston) to extend proper recognition and congratulations to the achievement of David Gulpilil and other winners of the Australian Film Industry (AFI) awards;

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to extend similar public recognition and congratulations to the AFI and the winners of AFI awards as he has extended in the past to our sporting heroes.

*331  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate opposes the death sentence, including the sentences on two Tibetan activists in China.

*332  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate condemns:

(a) the Government’s 1999 decision to lift the federal moratorium on food irradiation without adequate public notice or consultation; and

(b) the decision of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (Senator Hill) to approve the construction and operation of the gamma radiation sterilisation and decontamination plant at Narangba in Queensland, based on ‘preliminary documentation’ as the means of assessment, rather than requiring a full environmental impact assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

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 ).

40  Tiwi Land Council—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

41  Australian Broadcasting Corporation—Equity and diversity program—Report for 1 September 2001 to 31 August 2002

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

42  Productivity Commission—Report no. 22—Radiocommunications, 1 July 2002

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

43  Productivity Commission—Report no. 22—Radiocommunications—Government response

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

44  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report of an inquiry into a complaint by Mr XY concerning his continued detention despite having completed his criminal sentence (HRC report no. 22)

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

45  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report of an inquiry into a complaint by Mr Hassan Ghomwari concerning his immigration detention and the adequacy of the medical treatment he received while retained (HRC report no. 23)

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

46  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report of an inquiry into complaints by five asylum seekers concerning their detention in the separation and management block at the Port Hedland Immigration Reception and Processing Centre (HRC report no. 24)

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

47  Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission—Report of an inquiry into a complaint by Mr Mohammed Badraie on behalf of his son Shayan regarding acts or practices of the Commonwealth of Australia (the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs) (HRC report no. 25)

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

48  Administrative Review Council—Report—Council of Australasian Tribunals, October 2002

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

49  Audio-Visual Copyright Society Ltd (Screenrights)—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

50  Copyright Agency Limited—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

51  Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)—Export Market Development Grants—List of grant recipients for 2001-02

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

52  Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Corporation—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

53  Remuneration Tribunal—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

54  National Road Transport Commission—Report for 2001-02—Erratum

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

55  Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—Report—Review of the operation of schedule 6 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Datacasting services), December 2002

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

56   Telecommunications Act 1997 —Funding of consumer representation grants and research in relation to telecommunications—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 10 December 2002 ).

 

  *57  Official Establishments Trust—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*58  Private Health Insurance Administration Council—Report for 2001-02 on the operations of the registered health benefits organisations

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

* 59  Anglo-Australian Telescope Board—Anglo-Australian Observatory—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*60  Australian Communications Authority—Telecommunications performance—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*61  Snowy Mountains Council—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*62  Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority—Report for 2001-02

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*63  International Labour Organisation (ILO)—Australia’s submission report on ILO Instruments adopted in 2001

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*64  United Nations—Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment—Committee against Torture—Complaint No. 138/1999—Decision

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*65  United Nations—Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—Human Rights Committee—Communication No. 880/1999—Australian Government’s comments

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*66  United Nations—International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination—Communication No. 26/2002—Outline

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*67  United Nations—Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment—Communication No. 211/2002—Outline

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*68  United Nations—Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—Communication No. 1053/2002—Outline

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*69  United Nations—Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—Human Rights Committee—Communication No. 1065/2002—Decision

Consideration ( 11 December 2002 ).

*70  United Nations—Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—Human Rights Committee—Communication No. 1087/2002—Decision

Consideration ( 11 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 ).

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 ).

*46  Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill 2002—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Murray, in continuation, 11 December 2002 ).

*47  Uranium Mining in or near Australian World Heritage Properties (Prohibition) Bill 1998 [2002]—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Allison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 28 May 1998 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 11 December 2002 ).