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Samarco Iron Ore Mine Disaster

NOTICE OF MOTION 23 November 2015

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

The Senate:

1. Notes:
a. The disaster at the Samarco iron ore mine, owned by BHP and Vale, which claimed the lives of twelve people with 22 still missing, left thousands homeless, and has left 280,000 without drinking water;

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15th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

909 Senators Ludlam and Moore:

To move-That the Senate-

(a) celebrates the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325);

(b) recognises that women and girls are disproportionately affected by armed conflict, and that women's participation in peace processes is vital to international peace and security;

(c) notes the inadequate implementation of UNSCR 1325 internationally, despite repeated commitments from parties to the resolution;

(d) calls:

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#estimates - the Australia Council and cleaning up after George Brandis

Scott Ludlam 23 Nov 2015

We heard from the Ministry for the Arts in the final hearing of the Senate Arts Inquiry. After months of hearings and submissions it is still unclear why the Abbott-Turnbull Government were motivated to set up the NPEA/Catalyst in the first place. No consultation took place. No one in the industry wants it. Senator Brandis clearly broke something that didn’t need fixing.

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Question 2586 - Administered Grants Indexation Pause

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Finance, upon notice, on 22 October 2015:

With reference to the 'Administered Grants Indexation Pause' which covers a range of mental health, community broadcasting, social services, education, industry and skills programs introduced in the 2014-15 Budget for three years and extended for another two years in the 2015-16 Budget:

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#estimates - Myanmar's election


Senator XENOPHON: Recognising that the situation is fragile—this is the first time since I guess 1990 that there has been an attempt to hold an election on this scale—has Australia, given that we are a major donor and are in good standing with the authorities there, I think it is reasonable to say, raised concerns about that systematic disenfranchisement? This is not hundreds of people we are talking about; it is hundreds of thousands.

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