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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move: That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 7 February 2017: The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, with particular reference to the impact of the agreement on:

(a) Australia's economy and trade;

(b) Australia's domestic labour market testing obligations and laws regarding wages, conditions and entitlements of Australian workers and temporary work visa holders;

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Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2016

I move: That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to protect the Great Australian Bight environment, and for related purposes. . I present the bill and move: That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a first time.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG

I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

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Oil Exploration

Senator HANSON-YOUNG

I rise today to speak about a very special and precious place in my home state of South Australia. Last week, I was lucky enough to spend two days on the west coast in my home state, from Ceduna to the beginning of the Nullarbor region—a very, very precious and special spot, indeed. I was on a fact-finding mission, talking to local environment groups, traditional owners and industry representatives about the very real threat of BP's plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.

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Order for the Production of Asylum Seekers

Senator HANSON-YOUNG

I move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, no later than 9.30 am on Thursday, 21 April 2016:

(a) any, and all, documents in the Australian Government's possession, including, and in relation to:

(i) any contracts between Broadspectrum (formerly known as Transfield Services) and its subcontractor Wilson Security in relation to operations on Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea,

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Grandmothers for asylum seekers

Senator HANSON-YOUNG

My question today is to the minister representing the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis. Attorney-General, today, represented here in the chamber and, of course, around the building, are hundreds of grandmothers from around Australia. They have gathered in this place to lobby your government around the treatment of—

Senator Ian Macdonald

Why didn't they do this when Labor had 2,000 locked up?

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Question - Baby Asha

Senator HANSON-YOUNG

My question is to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Brandis. Senator Brandis, right now, 'Baby Asha' and her family, along with dozens of other families, are living in Australia with the threat of imminent return to Nauru hanging over their heads. Will the government let these families stay here so that they can rebuild their lives or will you continue to disregard advice of medical experts and send these families back to the prison island of Nauru as soon as you can?

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