36 SENATE Tuesday, 14 February 2017 Environment and Communications Legislation Committee—Interactive Gambling Amendment (Sports Betting Reform) Bill 2015—extended from 28 February to 29 March 2017. Environment and Communications References Committee—commercial use of Tasmanian bumblebees—extended from 15 February to 13 June 2017. The PRESIDENT (15:39): Does any senator wish to have the question put on any of those proposals? There being none, we will proceed. MOTIONS Port Augusta Ash Dams Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (15:39): I seek leave to amend notice of motion No. 201, standing in my name for today, relating to the Port Augusta ash dams. Leave granted. Senator HANSON-YOUNG: I move the motion as amended: That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) the long-term remediation of the ash dams adjacent to the decommissioned Port Augusta Power Station has begun, (ii) the people of Port Augusta have health concerns due to the ash cloud and should be supported, (iii) Port Augusta residents have had lung cancer rates double the state average and have led a passionate campaign to build a solar thermal plant to secure their energy future, and (iv) the slow response to the closure of the Port Augusta Power Station and the resultant pollution should serve as a lesson to other power station operators in the country; and (b) calls on the Turnbull Government to: (i) offer support to the people of Port Augusta in regards to their health concerns and take all possible steps to avoid a repeat of the situation in Port Augusta elsewhere, (ii) expedite the process of permanently rehabilitating the ash dam site at Port Augusta by assisting the State Government and Flinders Power, and (iii) secure Port Augusta's future as a renewable energy leader by providing the support needed to build a solar thermal power plant. Senator McGRATH (Queensland—Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:40): I seek leave to make a short statement. The PRESIDENT: Is leave granted? Leave is granted for one minute. Senator McGRATH: The monitoring and regulation of air pollution is a state government responsibility. The South Australian Environment Protection Authority and health department are responding to this issue and have directed Flinders Power to replace the sealant covering the ash and to step up monitoring, and it will be looking at what further action is needed. The environmental regulation and licensing of power stations, including waste storage and management from such facilities, is also managed by state governments. The Minister for the Environment and Energy recently updated the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's statement of expectation to prioritise support for technologies such as energy storage that would support improved security and reliability of the network. Federal government agencies ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation are engaged directly with proponents of potential concentrated solar thermal projects proposed for Port Augusta. Question agreed to. Order of Australia Senator BUSHBY (Tasmania—Chief Government Whip in the Senate) (15:41): At the request of Senator Smith, I move: That the Senate— (a) congratulates the 48 worthy Western Australians who were recipients of Order of Australia awards on 26 January 2017 for their outstanding achievement and service; and (b) particularly notes the following recipients: (i) The Very Reverend Dr John Harley Shepherd AM, for significant service to the Anglican Church of Australia through senior liturgical roles, and to the community, (ii) Mr Graham John Cooper OAM, for service to local government, and to the community of Cunderdin, CHAMBER
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 SENATE 37 (iii) Mr Ronald Charles de Gruchy OAM, for service to the superannuation industry, to seniors, and to the community of Joondalup, (iv) Mr Jack Miller Fletcher OAM, for service to the primary industry sector in Western Australia, (v) Mr Vaughan Mark Harding OAM, for service to aged care organisations, (vi) Mr Graham Noel Lewis OAM, for service to the community through a range of volunteer roles, (vii) Mrs Kaye Florence Lewis OAM, for service to the community of Moora, (viii) Mr Neil Hugh MacDonald OAM, for service to the community of Vasse, (ix) Mr Andrew John Newland OAM, for service to the Crown, and through support for charitable organisations, (x) Mrs Alice Lillian Rule OAM, for service to the community of Albany, (xi) The Honourable Barbara Mary Scott OAM, for service to children, and to the Parliament of Western Australia, and (xii) Mrs Marion Frances Sewell OAM, for service to the community of Albany, and to youth. Question agreed to. Female Genital Mutilation Senator URQUHART (Tasmania—Opposition Whip in the Senate) (15:41): At the request of Senator Moore, I move: That the Senate— (a) acknowledges female genital mutilation (FGM): (i) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women, (ii) reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls, and (iii) violates women and girls' rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death; (b) recognises that a commitment to promote the abandonment of FGM will require: (i) a coordinated and systematic effort that will engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality, and (ii) communities to act collectively to end the practice, as well as address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences; and (c) notes that: (i) globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM, (ii) FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15 and that girls 14 and younger represent 44 million of those who have been cut, (iii) FGM can cause severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, infertility, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths, (iv) the Sustainable Development Goals calls for an end to FGM by 2030 under Goal 5 on Gender Equality, Target 5.3 Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation, and (v) the elimination of FGM has been called for by numerous inter-governmental organisations, including the African Union, the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as well as in three resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly. Question agreed to. Wildlife Management: Bathurst Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:42): I move: That the Senate— (a) notes that: (i) the Bathurst community in New South Wales is leading the way in creating an innovative and non-lethal solution to wildlife conflict management at the internationally renowned Mount Panorama car racing circuit, (ii) Mount Panorama's car races are internationally significant in motor racing and are of important economic benefit to Bathurst, (iii) councillors from Bathurst Regional Council recently reiterated unanimous strong support for the relocation of over 150 kangaroos from Mount Panorama and is funding basic upfront costs, (iv) the relocation project is being delivered by donated expertise from scientists, veterinarians, darters and kangaroo rehabilitators, and has some 300 community volunteers registered to help, CHAMBER
In Australia, many children have received the historical benefits of a developed economy, a high functioning health system, accessible education, a good social welfare system and labour force protection for working families. Yet there are a significant number of children who have missed out on these ‘safety net’ benefits through entrenched poverty, discrimination, social exclusion and disadvantage.
This report considers the significant progress, or lack thereof for children across a number of key social policy areas including family life, education, justice and health, and what this has meant for children.