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General business


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Notices of Motion

Notice given 10 September 2018

  1021   Senator Siewert : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      acknowledges Guardian Australia’s ‘Deaths Inside’ database, released in August 2018, and their reporting on First Nations’ people’s deaths in custody;

                          (b)      expresses deep concern that there has been no comprehensive monitoring of deaths in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody;

                           (c)      is horrified that there have been 407 deaths of First Nations’ peoples in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody almost 30 years ago, and that in the last 10 years, 147 First Nations’ peoples have died in custody and more than half of those who died had not been convicted of a crime;

                          (d)      urges the Federal Government to undertake an urgent and public audit of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and make it a priority to implement the outstanding recommendations; and

                           (e)      calls on the Federal Government to show leadership and call an urgent meeting with the states and territories to develop and commit to an action plan on how the states, territories and the Commonwealth will address deaths in custody and the high rates of Aboriginal incarceration.

Notice given 11 September 2018

*1031   Senators Bilyk and McAllister: To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      2 September to 8 September 2018 was National Child Protection Week (NCPW),

                                               (ii)      recent research estimates the cost to Australian taxpayers of unresolved childhood trauma to be between $6.8 billion and $9.1 billion per year,

                                             (iii)      NCPW is an opportunity for government, business and the community to come together to promote the safety and wellbeing of children, and

                                             (iv)      a key message of NCPW in 2018 is that a strong community helps children to thrive and be safe;

                          (b)      congratulates the winners of the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) Play Your Part Awards, and thanks all other individuals and organisations working for the prevention of harm to children from abuse and neglect for their important contribution; and

                           (c)      urges all members of the Australian public to consider what role they can play in helping to create a safer environment for children and protect children from harm.

*1032   Senator Patrick : To move—That the Senate directs the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee to set 23 November 2018 as the closing date for submissions to the inquiry into the provisions of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018 and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions)  Bill 2018.

*1033   Senator Bernardi : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      acknowledges the significant role that newspaper cartoons and satire have played in keeping politicians and public figures accountable, and maintain a sense of humour;

                          (b)      notes that a defining Australian characteristic has been our ability to laugh in the face of adversity, not take ourselves too seriously and encourage others to do the same; and

                           (c)      calls upon the Minister for Communications and the Arts to contact all major newspaper and online news publications assuring them of the Government’s commitment to free speech, freedom of political communication and the value of the fourth estate, including cartoonists, in Australian democracy.

*1034   Senator Bernardi : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes media reports that the Government has abandoned the National Energy Guarantee policy;

                          (b)      further notes that former Prime Minister Turnbull had repeatedly claimed his policy was ‘technology neutral’; and

                           (c)      calls upon the Prime Minister and the Minister for Energy to ensure their energy policy is truly ‘technology neutral’ by allowing all modes of energy generation to compete on a level playing field to deliver reliable and affordable baseload electricity to Australians.

*1035   Senator Hanson-Young : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that the Australian Labor Party’s (ALP) National Platform opposes Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions in trade agreements;

                          (b)      further notes that:

                                                (i)      the ALP’s National Platform requires a Trans-Pacific Partnership to enforce labour and environmental standards, and

                                               (ii)      the ALP’s National Platform requires genuine labour market testing and protection of the wages and conditions of local workers; and

                           (c)      calls on the ALP to explain how they reconcile their support of the TPP-11.

*1036   Senator Anning : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      acknowledges the sacrifices made by the veteran community in serving our nation;

                          (b)      notes that there is a strong need for multipartisan support to address veteran issues; and


                           (c)      calls on the Federal Government to:

                                                (i)      consult with the veteran community and draft legislation to enshrine the Military Covenant into legislation at the earliest possible juncture, and

                                               (ii)      announce publicly the commitment to enshrine the Military Covenant in legislation, in time for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice marking cessation of hostilities in the Great War.

*1037   Leader of the Australian Greens ( Senator Di Natale ): To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes the strong bonds that exist between the people of Australia and the people of the Pacific;

                          (b)      notes, with deep concern, the impacts that climate change is already having on Pacific nations, including soil erosion and salinity, which is affecting crops and drinking water, devastating cyclones, storm surges, rising sea levels, coral bleaching and irregular rainfall patterns;

                           (c)      further notes the Forty-Ninth Pacific Islands Forum Communique, which recognised that climate change presents the single greatest threat to the livelihood, security and wellbeing of Pacific people, and reaffirmed the importance of immediate urgent action to combat climate change;

                          (d)      expresses the view that the Australian Government is failing in its obligations to our Pacific neighbours by explicitly adopting no climate policy; and

                           (e)      expresses its solidarity with Australia’s Pacific neighbours in their struggle against the impacts of climate change.

*1038   Senator Griff : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has an Adverse Experience Reporting Program (AERP) through which purported adverse effects from registered veterinary medicines and agricultural chemicals are reported,

                                               (ii)      while adverse events can be reported by anyone, which includes farmers, vets, animal owners and handlers, state or territory authorities, however, holders of the registration or permit for a registered product are legally required to report adverse events,

                                             (iii)      the AERP provides annual reports which document these events,

                                             (iv)      these annual reports, in their current form, date from 2005 to 2013 and are publicly available on the APVMA website - reports dating back to 1995 are also available on the website,

                                              (v)      since 2013, there have been no annual Adverse Experience annual reports published on the APVMA website, and

                                             (vi)      reporting, classification, assessment and action from these adverse events ensures the ongoing safety, quality and effectiveness of agricultural and veterinary products following their registration, and as an example of this, in the 2013 annual report the APVMA assessed, classified and took action when necessary, on 3 733 adverse event reports from veterinary medicines, 50 adverse event reports from agricultural chemicals, and 135 reports related to human health adverse events; and

                          (b)      orders that there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, by 5 pm on 13 September 2018, all the Adverse Experience Reporting Program annual reports produced by the APVMA for the year 2014 and every year following, to date.

*1039   Senator Griff : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      celebrates the win by Australian film The Nightingale of the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival 2018;

                          (b)      congratulates Indigenous Australian actor Baykali Ganambarr for winning the Marcello Mastroianni award for Best Young Actor at the Festival;

                           (c)      recognises the support of Screen Australia, the ADL (Adelaide) Film Festival Fund, the SA Film Corporation and Screen Tasmania in the financing, production and post­-production of The Nightingale ;

                          (d)      notes that:

                                                (i)      The Nightingale , by writer-director Ms Jennifer Kent, was the sole title in competition at the Venice Film Festival, which was directed by a woman,

                                               (ii)      according to Screen Australia, based on analysis of 217 feature films shot over the five years to June 2017, women accounted for 34 per cent of the producers, 15 per cent of the directors and 22 per cent of the writers,

                                             (iii)      according to Screen Australia, as at April 2018, 31 features have been made since 1970 with an Indigenous Australian as director, producer, writer or director of photography - 24 of these films were produced since 2000, compared to five in the 1990s, two in the 1980s and none at all in the 1970s,

                                             (iv)      in terms of the number of Indigenous Australian filmmakers, 22 individuals have worked on these 31 features: 11 credits have been as director, 14 as writer, five as producer and five as director of photography, with many of the same individuals credited in different roles, and

                                              (v)      it is important that Australian screen stories reflect the diversity of experiences and perspectives in contemporary Australian society; and

                           (e)      calls on the Federal Government to:

                                                (i)      develop policies which support increased diversity within the Australian film industry in roles in front of, and behind the camera, and

                                               (ii)      reverse the funding cuts to Screen Australia amounting to $50 million over four years.

*1040   Senators Faruqi and Cameron: To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      the latest census shows that, since 2011, homelessness has risen by 14 per cent,

                                               (ii)      the number of people sleeping rough, which is the most visible and extreme form of homelessness, has risen by an alarming 20 per cent since 2011,

                                             (iii)      social housing stock is not keeping pace with household growth and, in 2016-17, is down to 4.6 per 100 households - this is one of the lowest rates of social housing stock in OECD countries, and

                                             (iv)      as at 30 June 2017, there were 189 400 households awaiting social housing allocation; and

                          (b)      calls on the Federal Government to work with all states and territories to ensure the adequate provision of social housing.

*1041   Senator Waters : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes that:

                                                (i)      on 5 September 2018, the Queensland Government announced it would prosecute an Adani Group subsidiary, Abbot Point Bulkcoal, for breaching a temporary emissions licence during Cyclone Debbie last year,

                                               (ii)      the breach entailed water being discharged at 8 times the authorised levels, polluting the Caley Valley wetlands on the shores of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and

                                             (iii)      Abbot Point Bulkcoal is facing up to a $2.7 million fine for the breach, and will appear before the Bowen Magistrates court on 23 October 2018; and

                          (b)      calls on the Minister for the Environment to use her legal powers, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , to suspend or revoke the environmental approval of the Adani Carmichael mine in light of these latest contraventions of environmental conditions.

*1042   Senators Siewert and Polley: To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      acknowledges the inaugural ‘Thank you for Working in Aged Care Day’ to be held on 12 September 2018;

                          (b)      recognises that:

                                                (i)      hundreds of thousands of committed and passionate workers look after, and care for, older Australians every day,

                                               (ii)      the work they do is often undervalued with individuals receiving low wages and facing poor career progression and job insecurity, and

                                             (iii)      the national aged care system is under stress; and

                           (c)      urges the Federal Government to implement a well-funded and properly regulated national aged care system, underpinned by fairness, justice, sustainability and best practice.

*1043   Senator Whish-Wilson : To move—That the Senate—

                          (a)      notes:

                                                (i)      the Advanced Edited Version of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Group of Experts report on the situation of human rights in Yemen, including violations and abuses since September 2014, will be considered by the UN Human Rights Council’s 39th session commencing this week,

                                               (ii)      that the former Member for Fremantle, Ms Parke, is a member of the Group of Experts,

                                             (iii)      that the Group of Experts report found, inter alia, that:

                                                                  (A)       coalition air strikes have caused most of the documented civilian casualties - in the past three years, such air strikes have hit residential areas, markets, funerals, weddings, detention facilities, civilian boats and even medical facilities, and

                                                                  (B)       there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Governments of Yemen, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia are responsible for human rights violations, including unlawful deprivation of the right to life, arbitrary detention, rape, torture, ill-treatment, enforced disappearance and child recruitment, and serious violations of freedom of expression and economic, social and cultural rights, in particular, the right to an adequate standard of living and the right to health,

                                             (iv)      that between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017, the Australian Government granted sixteen military licences for the export of military equipment to Saudi Arabia,

                                              (v)      that in May 2018, the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs met with Australian Government ministers in Parliament House to discuss potential arms sales, and

                                             (vi)      that, to varying degrees, Canada, Finland, Germany, Norway and Spain have either suspended or given a commitment to suspend arms sales to either Saudi Arabia and/or the UAE on the basis of their participation in the war in Yemen; and

                          (b)      calls upon the Federal Government to immediately suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.