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Tuesday, 10 September 1996
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Mr JENKINS(4.29 p.m.) —As Acting Chairman, I present the report of the Selection Committee relating to the consideration of committee and delegation reports and private members business on Monday, 16 September 1996. The report will be printed in today's Hansard and the items accorded priority for debate will be published in the Notice Paper for the next sitting.

The report read as follows—

Report relating to the consideration of committee and delegation reports and private Members' business on Monday, 16 September 1996 .

Pursuant to sessional order 28D, the Selection Committee has determined the order of precedence and times to be allotted for consideration of committee and delegation reports and private Members' business on Monday, 16 September 1996. The order of precedence and the allotments of time determined by the Committee are shown in the list.

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION REPORTS

Presentation and statements

1    PROCEDURE—STANDING COMMITTEE: Report on the operation of standing order 143: Questions to Members other than Ministers.

The Committee determined that statements on the report may be made—all statements to be made within a total time of 5 minutes.

2   FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE—JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE: Report on the Australian Aid Program: Proceedings of a seminar, 31 July 1996.

The Committee determined that statements on the report may be made—all statements to be made within a total time of 20 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Each Member—5 minutes.

3   COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT AND MICROECONOMIC REFORM: Report on an inquiry into Australia Post: Rural and remote letter service delivery.

The Committee determined that statements on the report may be made—all statements to be made within a total time of 20 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Each Member—5 minutes.

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS

Order of precedence

Notice

1    MR E. H. CAMERON to move:

That this House:

(1)   condemns those protesters who invaded Parliament House on Monday, 19 August 1996, and recognises the action as being un-Australian, unacceptable and an anathema to Australia's democracy;

(2)   recalls the words of Mr Bill Kelty that if the Coalition won Government the unions would declare war;

(3)   condemns the ACTU for its instigation of the violence and Mr Kelty for describing the action as a successful protest;

(4)   condemns the Leader of the Opposition for his intemperate language used at the rally to further incite the crowd;

(5)   commends the Parliament House security staff and the Australian Federal Police for their professional handling of the violent, un-Australian conduct of the unions; and

(6)   considers it appropriate that those responsible for the damage to Parliament House pay for the damage they caused as part of any judicial sentence, and not leave the financial burden to the taxpayers of Australia. (Notice given 20 August 1996 .)

   Time allotted—30 minutes.

   Speech time limits—

      Mover—10 minutes

      First Opposition Member speaking—10 minutes.

      Other Members—5 minutes each.

The Committee determined that consideration of this matter should continue on a future day.

Order of the day

1    CYPRUS: Resumption of debate (from 9 September 1996 ) on the motion of Mr Brereton:

That the House:

(1)   deplores the recent tragic outbreak of communal violence in the UN buffer zone in Cyprus;

(2)   applauds the efforts of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, including officers of the Australian Federal Police who continue to make a vital contribution to its operations;

(3)   recognises the terrible humanitarian cost that the continued division of Cyprus imposes on the communities of the island;

(4)   deplores the fact that more than 22 years after the 1974 Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus, Cyprus remains artificially and tragically divided and that there is still no lasting political settlement in sight;

(5)   expresses its strong belief that the status quo on Cyprus is unacceptable and that the continued division of Cyprus, including the presence of Turkish troops in northern Cyprus, has no place in an international climate of reconciliation and cooperation;

(6)   reaffirms its total support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus as the only legitimate authority on the island;

(7)   reaffirms Australia's support for relevant UN Security Council resolutions, in particular resolution 939 of 1994 which calls for a solution to be based upon a sovereign, independent and unified Cyprus comprised of a bi-communal and bi-zonal federal republic free of foreign interference;

(8)   reaffirms the position that all foreign troops should be withdrawn from the territory of the Republic of Cyprus;

(9)   commends the efforts of the UN Secretary-General to resolve the Cyprus dispute in a just and viable manner;

(10)   calls on the international community to take urgent action to overcome the deadlock in negotiations to restore justice for Cyprus and to bring about a long-term resolution to Cyprus' problems; and

(11)   urges the Government to take the lead in insisting that the international community, and members of the UN Security Council in particular, take immediate steps to promote a just resolution of the Cyprus dispute, based on relevant Security Council resolutions, including incentives to encourage progress in negotiations.

   Time allotted—any remaining private Members' business time.

      Speech time limits—

      Each Member—10 minutes.

The Committee determined that consideration of this matter should continue on a future day.