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FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 08/02/2010 - PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET PORTFOLIO - Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Senator Hanson-Young -Firstly, I would like to apologise. I know you have covered some of the broader issues that I am going to ask you questions about, but I was in the other committee. You have had a discussion about the Oceanic Viking, but I have questions specifically in relation to the cargo ship that is docked in Merak, which we know is a different vessel.

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West Papua - Mr Viktor Kaisiepo

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (10.06 am) - I move:

That the Senate -

(a) notes, with sadness, the recent passing of West Papuan activist Mr Viktor Kaisiepo in his hometown of Amersfoort, in the Netherlands, at the age of 61;

(b) acknowledges Mr Kaisiepo's life-long commitment to raising awareness of the plight of West Papua; and

(c) extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Mr Kaisiepo and to the broader West Papuan community.

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Senate Motion on the attacks against international students

NOTICE OF MOTION
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young

I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate

(a) Notes the string of recent attacks against international students studying in Australia;

(b) Recognises
i) The important contribution international students make to Australia's culture and economy; and
ii) Growing concern over the safety of international students studying in Australia;

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Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Management

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (3.58 pm) - I, and also on behalf of Senator Siewert, move:

That the Senate-
(a) notes that:
(i) Tuesday, 2 February 2010 was World Wetlands Day,

(ii) the day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (the Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran on 2 February 1971, and

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International Education

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (10.48 am) - I rise today to speak to the first legislative acknowledgment that our proud international education reputation is at the crossroads, with revelations of mismanagement, misleading conduct and dodgy agents providing false advice and guarantees to prospective students.

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Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Re-registration of Providers and Other Measures) Bill 2009 Second Reading Speech

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (10.48 am) - 

 I rise today to speak to the first legislative acknowledgment that our proud international education reputation is at the crossroads, with revelations of mismanagement, misleading conduct and dodgy agents providing false advice and guarantees to prospective students.

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National Year of Action On Marriage Equality

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (10.21 am) - I move:

That the Senate notes that Saturday, 28 November 2009 marks the start of the National Year of Action on Marriage Equality and that rallies will be held in capital cities across the country.

Senator LUDWIG (Queensland - Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) (10.21 am) - I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT - Leave is granted for two minutes.

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Legislative Power of the Territories

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (10.36 am) - I, and also on behalf of Senator Humphries, move:

That the Senate recognises the sovereignty of the territory parliaments to legislate within the powers conferred on them by the Federal Parliament, without interference from the Federal Government.

Question put.

The Senate divided. [10.37 am]

(The President-Senator the Hon. JJ Hogg)

Ayes............ 7

Noes............ 50

Majority......... 43

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Civil Partnerships

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (10.31 am) - I move:

That the Senate -

(a) notes the recent passing by the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly of the Civil Partnerships Amendment Bill 2009; and

(b) congratulates the first couple to hold a legally recognised ceremony in the Australian Capital Territory, Mr Warren McGaw and Mr Chris Rumble, who on 25 November 2009 celebrated their love and commitment in front of family and friends.

Question put.

The Senate divided. [10.32 am]

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