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Notice given 13 August 2003

525  President (Senator Calvert): To move—

(1) That, in accordance with section 54 of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999, the Senate resolves that:

(a) the Joint House Department, Department of the Parliamentary Library and Department of the Parliamentary Reporting Staff are abolished with effect from 31 January 2004; and

(b) a new joint service department, to be called the ‘Department of Parliamentary Services’ be established from 1 February 2004 to fulfil all the functions of the former joint departments;

and supports the Presiding Officers in the following endeavours:

(c) to reinforce the independence of the Parliamentary Library by strengthening the current role of the Library committees of both Houses of Parliament;

(d) to bring forward amendments to the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to provide for a statutory position of Parliamentary Librarian within the new joint service department and conferring on the Parliamentary Librarian direct reporting responsibilities to the Presiding Officers and to the Library committees of both Houses of Parliament;

(e) to ensure that the resources and services be provided to the Parliamentary Library in the new joint service department be specified in an annual agreement between the Departmental Secretary and the Parliamentary Librarian, approved by the Presiding Officers following consideration by the Library committees of both Houses of Parliament; and

(f) to consider, after the establishment of the joint service department, that department providing human resources and financial transaction-processing activities for all the Parliamentary departments, subject to such an arrangement being proven to be both cost-effective and efficient.

(2) That this resolution be transmitted to the House of Representatives.

530  Senator Cherry: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that thousands of Indigenous workers in Queensland suffered the economic injustice of having their wages stolen, or of being underpaid, as the direct result of Government policy up to the 1970s;

(b) endorses the view of the Queensland Council of Unions that the issue of stolen wages is a legitimate issue of wage and workers’ justice; and

(c) calls on the Beattie Labor Government to withdraw its paltry $2 000 and $4 000 compensation caps and negotiate a full, just and proper settlement of stolen wages.