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COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION R EPORTS

Orders of the day

1   Treaties—Joint Standing Committee—REPORT no 90: treaties tabled on 12 march 2008—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 15 May 2008 ) on the motion of Mr K. J. Thomson—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

2   Economics—Standing Committee—report—REVIEW OF THE RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL REPORT 2007 (FIRST REPORT)—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 2 June 2008 ) on the motion of Mr C. R. Thomson—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008 .)

3   Corporations and Financial Services—Parliamentary Joint Committee—REPORT—Shareholder engagement and participation—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 23 June 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Ripoll—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

 
 
 

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Notice given for Monday, 15 September 2008

*1   Mr Hayes: To move—That the House:

(1) Recognises and acknowledges the significant contrib ution that officers across all Australian policing jurisdictions make to our local communities as we approach National Police Remembrance Day on 29 September 2008;

(2) Remembers and comes together to commemorate the ultimate sacrifices made by all police officers who have been killed in the course of their duties;

(3) Honours the courage, commitment and memory of the many fine men and women who lost their lives in the execution of their official duty each made in serving our community;

(4) Pays tribute to the families and friends of those fallen police officers for the support they unreservedly provided during the career of their respective loved ones;

(5) Encourages all Australians as a sign of respect to those who have fallen, to attend a ceremony or wear or display the traditional blue and white chequerboard ribbon, officially recognised as the symbol of Remembrance Day; and

(6) Supports and thanks all serving police of Australia for their invaluable dedication and commitment to make a difference, defend our way of life and safeguard the peace. ( Notice given 15 September 2008. )

Notices continued

2   Mrs Irwin: To move—That the House:

(1) notes that the abuse of illicit subs tances is deeply implicated in Australia’s most intractable and costly social problems. These extend well beyond direct health and crime costs to issues like child protection, school drop out, suicide, mental illness, homelessness and poverty;

(2) notes that the full cost of illicit substance abuse to the Australian economy has not been accurately assessed;

(3) notes that the cost effectiveness of strategies devised to deal with abuse of illicit substances has not been accurately assessed in Australia;

(4) notes that the efficacy of supply reduction strategies as compared to the efficacy of other measures in reducing the harms of illicit drug abuse has not been accurately assessed in Australia; and

(5) calls on the Government to initiate an inquiry by the Productivity Commission into the cost of illicit drug abuse in Australia and the cost effectiveness of strategies to address illicit drug abuse and that in accordance with the Productivity Commission Act 1998 , the Commission may also make recommendations in the report on any matters relevant to the matter referred. ( Notice given 11 March 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on the next sitting Monday after 22 September 2008. )

3   Mr Raguse: To move—That the House:

(1) notes that the seat of Forde now experiences an acute shortage of both publicly and privately provided housing and that a large numbe r of constituents are also experiencing mortgage stress; and

(2) considers Forde and neighbouring electorates of the south-east corner of Queensland as areas that would benefit from the Federal Government’s investment in affordable housing. ( Notice given 11 March 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on the next sitting Monday after 22 September 2008. )

4   Mr Turnour: To move—That the House notes the Government’s moves to promote competition and transparency in the petrol market Australia by:

(1) giving the consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, formal monitoring power for petrol;

(2) the appointment of Australia’s f irst Petrol Commissioner, Mr Pat Walker, to provide a renewed focus on the petrol market; and

(3) the Government’s intention to introduce a National Fuel Watch Scheme. ( Notice given 13 May 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

5   Mrs Irwin: To move—That the House:

(1) notes the 60 th anniversary of the Nakba or “Catastrophe” which followed the partition of Palestine in 1948, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Palestinians and the expulsion of 700,000 Palestinian refugees;

(2) notes that 60 years later, more than 7 million Palestinian people suffer as a result of their dispossession, displacement, exile and occupation; and

(3) recognises that the consequences of the Nakba continue to this day and must be taken into account in any peace settlement. ( Notice given 14 May 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

6   Mr Georganas: To move—That the House:

(1) acknowledges the important contributions of Australian, New Zeala nd, British and Greek soldiers and Greek civilians in the defence of Crete against the 20 May 1941 German invasion;

(2) calls for the annual commemoration of the Battle for Crete within Australia as an event of national significance; and

(3) encourages reflection on the shared experiences of Australian and Greek nationals through the Battle for Crete, the bond forged between our two nations in a time of war, and the evolution of Australian-Greek relations within the post-war period. ( Notice given 27 May 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

7   Mrs Irwin: To move—That the House:

(1) not es:

(a) that the first week of June marks the week of International Church Action for Peace in Palestine and Israel; and

(b) the statement by Australian church leaders issued in a statement of 4 June 2008—prepared by Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia; Rev Gregor Henderson, President of the Uniting Church in Australia; and Archbishop Philip Wilson, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference; and supported by 12 national Heads of Churches, 36 other Australian Church Leaders, 8 Heads of Church and related International Aid agencies—calling for the Australian Government to give a much higher priority to working for peace in the Holy Land; and

(2) supports the Church Leaders’ call on the Australian Government to increase its support for peacemaking between Israel and Palestine, including:

(a) persistent advocacy for a freely and peacefully negotiated solution acceptable to both Israelis and Palestinians, whether in the form of two states or one;

(b) greater recognition of the plight of Palestinians after 41 years of military occupation;

(c) advocacy for the implementation of international law in reaching a negotiated solution;

(d) a quadrupling of Australia’s aid contribution to the social and economic development of Palestine; and

(e) the facilitation of a multi-faith delegation from Australia to visit Israel and Palestine. ( Notice given 4 June 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

8   Dr Jensen: To move—That the House encourages the Government to lift the amount that a person in receipt of an Age Pension can earn from productive employment to an amount equivalent to the senior Australian’s tax offset before applying a penalty that reduces their Age Pension payment. ( Notice given 4 June 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

9   Mr Pyne: To move—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) today there ar e hundreds of thousands of children working on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast and Ghana and that these children routinely carry heavy loads, and work with fire, chemicals and knives, with little or no protection. Many of them have no chance of going to school;

(b) about 70 per cent of the cocoa beans used to make chocolate around the world come from West Africa, namely Ivory Coast and Ghana; and

(c) the principal reason that child labour is employed to grow cocoa is because cocoa farmers are paid so poorly for their produce;

(2) commends World Vision Australia for its ‘Don’t Trade Lives’ campaign to draw attention to the plight of child exploitation in the world today; and

(3) calls on the Prime Minister to take action to ensure that the chocolate industry k nows Australia is serious about ending child exploitation and slavery by introducing a policy requiring vending machines in Australian Government offices to stock Fair Trade Chocolate exclusively. ( Notice given 5 June 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

10   Mr Tuckey: To move—That the House recognises the energy, water and agricultural potential of the far north of Australia, and in particular the Kimberley region, and urges the Parliament to give priority to the development of northern Australia. ( Notice given 5 June 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

11   Mr Ciobo: To move—That the House:

(1) condemns the Government for abandoning the tourism industry in a time o f need;

(2) notes the negative impact that the Government’s decision to reduce funding for Tourism Australia by $5.9 million in real terms will have on the tourism industry;

(3) recognises that the Government’s $940 million of new tourism taxes will adversely affect the 483,000 Australians employed in the tourism industry; and

(4) acknowledges that, in the new spirit of cooperative federalism, many State Labor Governments are following the example set by the Federal Government and are reducing their support for the tourism industry. ( Notice given 5 June 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

12   Ms Hall: To move—That the House:

(1) is made aware that Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) affects as many as 1 in 250 Australian children, and that its associated eye disease is the leading cause of childhood blindness in Australia today;

(2)  recognises the physical, emotional, and financial burden that this chronic disease places upon the family unit; and

(3) calls on the Government to:

(a) establish a National Database for JIA, so that early diagnosis and professional support can be given to these families through the Australian Paediatric Rheumatology Group; and

(b) implement specialised clinics with Visiting Medical Officers at major regional hospitals throughout Australia. ( Notice given 16 June 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

13   Mr Scott: To move—That the House:

(1) calls on the Federal Government to amend finance legislation so as to prevent credit providers from sending unsolicited letters offer ing an increased credit limit to credit card holders; and

(2) notes the amended legislation would stipulate that for a credit card limit to be increased, the card holder must make the first approach to the credit provider. ( Notice given 17 June 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

14   Ms Rea: To move—That the House requests that the Australian Government:

(1) condemn the illegal continued detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and demand the immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the 18 members of parliament who are in prison, along with other political prisoners;

(2) instruct the A ustralian Embassy in Rangoon to request regular meetings with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and members of parliament who are in prison;

(3) initiate an urgent meeting of the United Nations Friends of Burma Group; and

(4) report to Parliament on the progress of the Group. ( Notice given 17 June 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

15   Ms Saffin: To move—That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the 19 June 2008 marks the 63 rd birthday of Nobel laureate and leader of the democracy movement in Burma, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi;

(b) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been held under house arrest since May 2003, and periodically before then since 1989;

(c) the Burmese military dictatorship has refused to acknowledge the results of the 1990 election, in which the National League for Democracy of which Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was General Secretary, won an overwhelming majority; and

(d) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has refused a number of opportunities to leave Burma, even to visit her dying husband, knowing that she would be denied the right to return to continue the struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma;

(2) welcomes the Australian Government’s continued advocacy on behalf of democracy in Burma;

(3) calls on the Government to continue to pressure the Burmese regime to immediately and unconditionally release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in Burma including a number of Members of Parliament and to commence an inclusive national reconciliation process to restore genuine democracy in Burma; and

(4) that the House congratulates Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday and for her efforts to campaign for human rights and democracy on behalf of the people of Burma. ( Notice given 19 June 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

16   Ms Rea: To move—That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the insidious act of human trafficking is the second largest criminal activity in the world, and certainly the fastest growing; and

(b) the Australian Government i s committed to a “whole of government” approach to tackling human trafficking; and

(2) recognises that the Australian Government, through its Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons aid project and contribution to UNICEF’s work, continues to play an active r ole in strengthening the key institutions responsible for identifying and addressing human trafficking;

(3) acknowledges the role of the Non Government Organisations (NGO), their unique expertise and the assistance they provide to trafficked persons;

(4) recognises that the Australian Government continues to work with AusAID, NGOs and foreign governments to ensure that the crime of human trafficking is continually brought to light, and that all Members and Senators continue to raise awareness of this international human rights violation; and

(5) applauds the Government’s establishment of a National Round Table on people trafficking as a measure to involve all interested stakeholders in the fight against this despicable crime. ( Notice given 25 June 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

17   Mrs Moylan: To move—That the House:

(1) recognises the importance of the Kokoda Track campaign in Word War II in stopping the overland Japanese advance to Port Moresby, wh ich would have given the enemy a beachhead into Australia;

(2) acknowledges the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice demonstrated by the Australian Defence personnel during the Kokoda battles;

(3) pays tribute to the contribution of Papua New Guinea (PNG) nationals, specifically the Koiari people affectionately known as “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” in carrying supplies and equipment for Australian soldiers in the Kokoda campaign as well as the carriage of wounded to safety;

(4) notes that the Kokoda battles were fought in PNG from July 1942 on Australian soil; and

(5) in recognition of this contribution, urges the Australian Government to:

(a) acknowledge the service of the PNG nationals affectionately known as “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels”;

(b) direct the new De fence Awards and Honours Tribunal to promptly determine the most appropriately form of medal or recognition for the remaining “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” or their surviving families;

(c) consider any other appropriate initiatives including making a small ex-gratia payment to each “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel”, in recognition of their contribution over and above the call of duty; and

(d) examine, and where appropriate fund initiatives to upgrade the health and education status of the PNG people in the isolated villages along the Kokoda Track. ( Notice given 26 August 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

18   Mr Broadbent: To move—That the House:

(1) notes the release by the Victorian Government of details of its Environmental Effects Statement (EES) in relation to the proposed construction of a major water desalination plant at Wonthaggi, in the electorat e of McMillan;

(2) recognises that:

(a) there has been considerable community opposition to the project on the grounds of its cost, the need for such a development, the lack of consultation with the local community and the serious threat to the coastal a nd marine environment;

(b) the operation of the plant will require considerable electric power, adding to greenhouse fas emissions;

(c) the proposed connection of the plant to the Victorian power grid will have a serious impact on properties along the route of the necessary power lines; and

(d) local government, community groups and individual objectors have not been given a reasonable period to respond to 80 technical reports that form the basis of the EES; and

(3) calls on the Australian Government to :

(a) withhold approval for the project as required under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 until such time as the Victorian Government’s EES can be independently tested; and

(b) withhold any federal funding for the project until the Australian Government has made its own assessment of the environmental and economic viability of the project. ( Notice given 28 August 2008. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008 )

Orders of the day

1   organ donation: Resumption of debate ( from 22 February 2008 ) on the motion of Ms Parke—That the House:

(1) expresses concern about the shortage of organs available in Australia for life saving operations;

(2) notes that where a donor is available, Australia has one of the best records in t ransplantation outcomes;

(3) supports the efforts of the Minister for Health and Ageing and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister to increase the rate of organ donation in Australia;

(4) congratulates the organisers of Australian Organ Donor Awareness Week across the country for drawing attention to the need for more Australians to become registered organ donors and to discuss their choice with their families;

(5) notes that the report of the National Clinical Taskforce on Organ and Tissue Donation sets out a number of directions for improvement in Australian policies and practices; and

(6) encourages Members actively to encourage organ donation in their elect orates. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 September 2008. )

2   health services: Resumption of debate ( from 22 February 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Lindsay—That the House:

( 1) supports the provision of the highest quality health services to Australians;

(2) notes the continuing advances in medical science, making available new diagnostic tools; and

(3) recognises the need to extend the availability of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning to regional Australia. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 September 2008. )

3   interest rates: Resumption of debate ( from 22 February ) on the motion of Mr Bradbury—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) the recent increases in interest rates;

(b) the impact that rising interest rates are having on families, particularly in western Sydney; and

(c) the Reserve Bank of Australia’s warnings in its latest Statement on Monetary Policy of the risks to the Australian economy of continued inflation; and

(2) supports the Government’s fi ve-point plan to fight inflation. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 September 2008. )

4   ministerial accountability: Resumption of debate ( from 22 February 2008—Mr Hayes , in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Johnson—That the House:

(1) acknowledges its support for the advancement of democracy around the world, including Pakistan; and

(2) recognises the impo rtance of ministerial accountability in our Westminster system of government. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 September 2008. )

5   75th anniversary of the ukrainian famine: Resumption of debate ( from 22 February 2008—Mrs Hull , in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Danby—That the House:

(1) notes that 2007 marks the 75th anniversary of the Great Ukrainian Fa mine—Holodomor—of 1932-33, caused by the deliberate actions of Stalin’s communist Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics;

(2) recalls that an estimated 7 million Ukrainians starved to death as a result of Stalinist policies in 1932-33 alone, and that millions more lost their lives in the purge that ensued for the remainder of the decade;

(3) notes:

(a) that this constitutes one of the most heinous acts of genocide » in history;

(b) that the Ukrainian Famine was one of the greatest losses of human life in one country in the 20th century; and

(c) that it remains insufficiently known and acknowledged by the world community and the United Nations as an act of « genocide » against the Ukranian nation and its people, but has been recognised as such by the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament of « Ukraine » );

(4) honours the memory of those who lost their lives;

(5) joins the Ukrainian people throughout the world, and particularly in Australia, in commemorating these tragic events; and

(6) submits that the Austr alian Government support a resolution to the General Assembly of the United Nations, which may be submitted by the Government of « Ukraine » , that the Holodomor in « Ukraine » in 1932-33 be recognised as an act of « genocide against the Ukrainian nation and its people. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 September 2008. )

6   Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 ( Mr Georgiou ) : Second reading ( from 17 March 2008 ). ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

7   housing: Resumption of debate ( from 17 March 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Clare—That the House:

(1)  notes:

(a) the pain being felt by Australian families stru ggling to pay off mortgages due to rising interest rates;

(b) the failure of the previous government to heed the warnings of the Reserve Bank; and

(c) the need for low cost home ownership and reduced entry costs for home buyers as well as a range of rental options for moderate to low income households;

(2) supports the Government’s commitment to tackling this problem by appointing a Minister for Housing and by making it a key priority for COAG in 2008; and

(3) welcomes the Government’s plan to help firs t homebuyers break into the housing market with the first-home saver account scheme. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

8   northern territory intervention: Resumption of debate ( from 17 March 2008—Mr Truss , in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Abbott—That the House:

(1) calls on the Government to end t he permit system preventing access to remote Northern Territory townships;

(2) calls on the Government to restore the pornography bans put in place by the former Government; and

(3) urges the Government to not further water-down the Northern Territory intervention. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

9   traveston crossing dam: Resumption of debate ( from 26 May 2008—Mr Dreyfus , in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Truss—That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a)  the Queensland Government will soon deliver an environmental impact assessment of its proposed Traveston Crossing Dam to the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, the Hon Peter Garrett MP, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ;

(b) the Traveston Crossing Dam is an expensive, inefficient, unreliable and environmentally destructive option for delivering water to Brisbane;

(c) the Traveston Crossing Dam will displace hundreds of Mary Valley families, inundate some of the finest farm land in south east Queensland, and destroy at least $1 billion of infrastructure;

(d) the Traveston Crossing Dam will decimate the habitat and threaten the survival of the rare or endangered Mary River turtle, the Australian lung fish, the Mary River cod and a range of other species; and

(e) the Traveston Crossing Dam will significantly reduce water flows into the Great Sandy Straits Ramsar listed wetlands, threatening fish breeding, Dugong feeding areas and the waters of Hervey Bay and World Heritage listed Fraser Island; and

(2) calls on the Minister for the Environm ent, Heritage and the Arts, the Hon Peter Garrett MP to exercise his powers under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to reject the Traveston Crossing Dam absolutely. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

10   budget: Resumption of debate ( from 26 May 2008—Mr Hartsuyker, in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Turnour—That the House congratulates the Government on bringing down a budget that:

(1) begins tackling Australia’s 16 year high inflation rate and puts downward pressure on interest rates so as to ease the pressure on famil y budgets;

(2) delivers on the Government’s election commitments restoring confidence in an electorate cynical about political promises; and

(3) sets out a plan to tackle the long term challenges facing the nation so as to secure our prosperity into the future. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

11   Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2008 ( Mr Billson ) : Second reading ( from 2 June 2008 ). ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

12   genetically modified crops: Resumption of debate ( from 2 June 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Broadbent—That the House:

(1) urges the Australian Government to act to restrict any further planting of genetically modified crops in Australia, the use of genetically modified products in the manufacture of food in Australia and the sale i n Australia of food products containing genetically modified material until a full, independent, scientific investigation is carried out to determine:

(a) the level of risk to health of foodstuffs containing genetically modified organisms; and

(b) the th reat of contamination posed by genetically modified crops already planted under relaxed provisions in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to crops and the food chain as it relates to livestock production in general on neighbouring properties; and

(2)  calls on the Australian Government, in considering its course of action, to take into consideration the commitments made by the current Prime Minister on this issue in the lead up to the 2007 Federal Election. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

13   zimbabwe: Resumption of debate ( from 16 June 2008—Mr Robb , in continuation ) on the motion of Ms Parke—That the House:

(1)  notes the grave and ongoing humanitarian and political crisis in Zimbabwe;

(2) expresses its concern at the unacceptable delay in the release of official results from the 29 March 2008 presidential election in that country, and records its concern that this delay was part of a ploy by the incumbent Mugabe Government to fraudulently retain power;

(3) asserts that the democratic choice of the people of Zimbabwe must be respected, and that the second, run-off presidential election, to be held by 31 July 2008, must be free, fair and without intimidation;

(4) calls on the Zimbabwe Election Commission to invite international election observers to monitor the election including observers from the African Union and the United Nations;

(5) confirms its commitment to the fundamental democratic requirement of a free and open media, and urges the Zimbabwe Government to allow international media full access to Zimbabwe to report on and properly scrutinise the run-off election;

(6) condemns the use of violence and other kinds of intimidation or manipulation by election participants in Zimbabwe, including by associates of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front party, in attempts to pervert the democratic process;

(7) expresses its hope that the election process can be resolved in order that a properly constituted government of Zimbabwe can turn its full attention to addressing the serious problems afflicting its people, including severe food shortages, a spiralling rate of HIV/AIDS infection, high level unemployment, raging inflation and the lack of basic health services;

(8) welcomes the Australian Government’s humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe which provides humanitarian relief and human rights support for ordinary Zimbabweans; and

(9) supports the Minister for Foreign Affairs in his efforts on Australia’s behalf in seeking to cooperate with the United Nations, other nations, and relevant non-government organisations to bring a rapid and peaceful resolution to the political impasse in Zimbabwe, and to address the humanitarian crisis in that country. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

14   Save Our Solar (Solar Rebate Protection) Bill 2008 ( Mr Hunt ) : Second reading ( from 23 June 2008 ). ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

15   cleaners: Resumption of debate ( from 23 June 2008—Ms Ley , in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Georganas—That the House:

(1) acknowledges the important con tributions of cleaners across Australia as recognised through the International Day for Cleaners in June 2008;

(2) recognises that cleaners require jobs that provide them with basic economic security, enough time to do their jobs properly, and respect in their workplaces as essential elements of these reforms;

(3) supports the call for a fair go for cleaners across Australia; and

(4) congratulates all cleaners for the work they have done in promoting the ‘Clean Start’ campaign and the rights of cleaners across Australia. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

16   Emergency Assistance Fund for the Lower Lakes and Coorong Region of South Australia Bill 2008 ( Dr Nelson ) : Second reading ( from 1 September 2008 ). ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

17   uranium sales to india: Resumption of debate ( from 1 September 2008—Mr Dreyfus ) on the motion of Mr Johnson—That the House:

(1) recognises the strategic importance of India to 21 st century global geo-politics; and

(2) encourages the Australian Government to reverse its short-sighted decision to cancel Australia’s uranium sales to India. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

*18   ordinary seaman teddy sheean: Resumption of debate ( from 15 September 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Sidebottom—That the House:

(1) recognises the heroic efforts of Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean and his crew mates upon the sinking of the HMAS Armidale on 1 December 1942 off the Timor coast;

(2) implores the Government to award a posthumous Victoria Cross of Australia to Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean to recognise properly his valour and sacrifice on 1 December 1942; and

(3) urges the Government to establish a mechanism to address outstanding issues and anomalies in the military honours system such as recognising the courageous deeds of people such as Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean on 1 December 1942. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

*19   epidermolysis bullosa: Resumption of debate ( from 15 September 2008—Mr Zappia , in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Morrison—That the House:

(1) notes that Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a rare genetic condition characterised by skin fragility and blister formation, which is incurable and in its most severe forms can be fatal in infancy and childhood;

(2) n otes that children afflicted by EB are known as “butterfly children” and are required to pierce, drain and dress their blisters each day in an endless routine that lasts up to three hours in the most severe cases;

(3) notes there are currently 229 patients formally diagnosed and registered on the Australasian EB Registry and that based on international estimates there may be up to 1,000 people affected by this condition in Australia, of whom 100-150 have the most severe form;

(4) acknowledges the support and assistance provided to sufferers and their families by DebRA Australia, the national Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa research association;

(5) recognises that families with a child suffering from EB have problems accessing dressings because of expense or availability from the public system, and in the more severe cases families must spend up to $5,300 per month on dressings; and

(6) calls on the Australian Government to establish a 12 month trial program, managed by the Department of Health and Ageing in partnership with DebRA, to:

(a) fund delivery of dressings directly to patients currently registered on the Australasian EB registry from suppliers identified through a public tender process;

(b) provide access to a dedicated nurse in each state and territory for patients suffering from EB; and

(c) review the program upon conclusion, with a view to establishing a permanent scheme. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 22 September 2008. )

 
 
 

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