Senate debates

Wednesday, 16 June 2021


United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, Mouse Plague, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Mine Workers: Fair Work Conditions

4:08 pm

Photo of Katy GallagherKaty Gallagher (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

I move motions Nos 1128, 1129, 1130 and 1132 together:


That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) Australia's leadership on the issue of HIV/AIDS by co-facilitating the 2021 United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting (HLM) on HIV/AIDS, which took place from 8 to 10 June 2021, to review the progress made in reducing the impact of HIV since the 2016 HLM,

(ii) the HLM adjourns a meeting of public health and political leaders on 17 June 2021 to discuss Agenda 2025: Ending HIV transmission in Australia,

(iii) that in Australia and internationally, ongoing bipartisan action is needed to address HIV transmission among First Nations, trans and gender diverse people, and emerging high-risk population groups, and

(iv) gay and bisexual men bear the burden of Australia's HIV epidemic and ongoing health education among this demographic is needed; and

(b) recognises and acknowledges:

(i) the Agenda 2025: Ending HIV transmission in Australia strategy outlines the commitments needed to virtually eliminate HIV transmission in Australia,

(ii) the journey people have made through their diagnosis, treatment and experiences of living with HIV,

(iii) the efforts of peer educators, healthcare professionals, researchers and scientists in improving the lives of people with HIV, and

(iv) the tireless community advocates and civil society organisations that tackle HIV stigma.


That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the horrific mouse plague continues to significantly impact multiple states, including South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, costing farmers millions and hurting regional communities,

(ii) farmers in NSW say the cost of the mouse plague on the state's winter crop will top $1 billion, and warn it could span for two years,

(iii) Budget Estimates revealed there is no national response by the Morrison Government to help farmers and rural communities address the impact of the shocking mouse plague, and

(iv) the NSW Agriculture Minister said 'it's incredibly disappointing to hear the Commonwealth admit they've got no national response and throw their hands up as our regions face this problem', and has written to the Morrison Government calling on it to provide assistance with the mouse plague;

(b) conveys its disappointment that the Morrison Government has not:

(i) developed a national response to help farmers and regional communities address the mouse plague, and

(ii) taken any responsibility to help abate the impact of the mouse plague across multiple states; and

(c) calls on the Morrison Government to:

(i) lead a national response to this growing crisis, and

(ii) put the costly mouse plague at the top of the agenda at the next meeting of Agriculture Ministers.


That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges:

(i) World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is venerated each year on 15 June to highlight one of the worst displays of ageism in our society, elder abuse,

(ii) elder abuse can take various forms, including financial, physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse or neglect, and

(iii) elder abuse can occur in many settings, including in an older person's home, and is often caused by someone who is trusted by that person, such as a family member, friend, or paid caregiver; and

(b) notes that:

(i) in 2019-20, residential aged care services reported 5,718 allegations of assault under the mandatory reporting requirements,

(ii) a study conducted by consultancy firm KPMG in 2019 for the Australian Department of Health calculated that an additional 27,000 to 39,000 assaults occurred, which were exempt from mandatory reporting, and

(iii) the Royal Commission's Final Report in to Aged Care Quality and safety estimated that 1 in 3 people in aged care have experienced substandard care; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to include home care in the Serious Incident Response Scheme as there are around one million older Australians receiving support or care in their own homes, and there is an equal risk of serious incidents occurring in that setting.


That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry has released its report into the Grosvenor Mine explosion in Central Queensland, which seriously injured five workers,

(ii) the report found that:

(A) poor safety practices at the mine exposed workers to an 'unacceptable level of risk', and

(B) labour hire workers at the mine feared they would lose their job if they reported safety concerns, and

(iii) the Morrison Government, in partnership with Pauline Hanson's One Nation, has failed to stop the rampant abuse of casualisation and labour hire across the Queensland coal mining workforce; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to urgently implement Labor's 'Same job, same pay' policy, to ensure that labour hire mine workers have fair work conditions and safer workplaces.


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