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Senate Sends Strong Message To Gov On Unis Bill

Australian Greens Education spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi has said that the Senate has fired a warning shot at the Morrison Government, voting 24-24 for a Greens motion to establish an inquiry into the Job-ready Graduates Package legislation.

Though the motion was defeated, it was supported by Labor, the Greens, and Senators Lambie, Griff and Patrick.

Senator Faruqi said:

“The Senate has sent a strong message to the Morrison Government today. This hugely significant legislation must go to a Senate inquiry.

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Speech: Inquiry into PFAS remediation in and around Defence bases: second progress report

I rise to take note of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade report Inquiry into PFAS remediation in and around Defence bases: second progress report, which evaluates the government response to the initial inquiry that we had a couple of years ago. The PFAS subcommittee, of which I am a member, was re-established after the federal election last year, when the 46th Parliament resumed. It was re-established precisely with the purpose of scrutinising progress on the recommendations of the parliamentary inquiry into PFAS and the government's response to it.

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Speech: TAFE

For decades we've seen our TAFE system ripped apart by successive federal governments and state governments through neglect, through lack of funding and through privatisation. This is incredibly short-sighted and destructive. TAFE educates and trains the skilled workers that communities, businesses and industries across the country depend on. TAFEs will be at the centre of rebuilding after the bushfires and the pandemic as we transition to a renewable energy future.

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Motion: Referral of uni fee hikes bill to an inquiry

I move:

That the provisions of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020 be referred to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2020.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that business of the Senate motion No. 3, in the name of Senator Faruqi, be agreed to.

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Speech: Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Jobkeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020

I rise on behalf of the Greens to speak to the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Jobkeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020. The bill extends the prescribed period of operations for the coronavirus payment framework, which allows JobKeeper to be extended until March of next year. It also enables the ATO to share some JobKeeper payment information with the Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies. The bill extends the temporary JobKeeper fair work provisions in part 6-4C of the Fair Work Act, except for those relating to annual leave, until next March.

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Further amendments: Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Jobkeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020

(12:10): by leave—I move Greens requests for amendments (1) and (5) on sheet 1009 together:

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the following amendments:

(1) Clause 2 , page 2 (at the end of the table), add:

10. Schedule 5

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

     

(5) Page 33 (after line 21) , at the end of the Bill, add:

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Speech: Australian Education Legislation Amendment (Prohibiting the Indoctrination of Children) Bill 2020

I rise on behalf of the Greens to speak to the Australian Education Legislation Amendment (Prohibiting the Indoctrination of Children) Bill 2020 which has been introduced by Senator Hanson of One Nation. The bill amends the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Act 2008 to require ACARA to ensure that school education provides what the bill refers to as 'a balanced presentation of opposing views on political, historical and scientific issues'.

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Amendments: Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Jobkeeper Payments) Amendment Bill 2020

(21:18): I rise on behalf of the Greens to support the Labor amendment. This amendment removes the new category of legacy employers. These are employers who are no longer eligible for JobKeeper, but they will still be able to use the flexibility measures, such as reducing workers' hours by up to 40 per cent and changing dates, locations and shift times.

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Order for the Production of Documents: Live Exports on the MV Al Kuwait

 I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 758 in the terms circulated in the chamber.

Leave granted.

Senator FARUQI: I move the motion as amended:

That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, by no later than 10 am on Thursday, 3 September 2020, the following documents:

(a) documents relating to the MV Al Kuwait voyage which departed Fremantle in June 2020, including:

   (i) all daily voyage reports,

   (ii) the end of voyage report, and

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