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Tuesday, 1 November 2011
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The following notices were given:

Mr ALBANESE: to present a bill for an act to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, and for related purposes.

Mr ALBANESE: to present a bill for an act to establish the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency, and for other purposes.

Mr ALBANESE: to present a bill for an act to amend legislation relating to telecommunications, and for other purposes.

Mr CLARE: to present a bill for an act to regulate dealings in certain goods, services and technologies, and for related purposes.

Mr CLARE: to present a bill for an act to amend the Customs Act 1901, and for related purposes.

Mr LAMING: to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges the scale of the tuberculosis threat to Papua New Guinea, and the mortality, morbidity, economic and social costs, and risk to Australia if this threat is not managed;

(2) notes that since 1978, the Torres Strait Islands Treaty has included Commonwealth compensation for the impacts of the care of Papua New Guinea nationals on the Queensland health system;

(3) condemns both the Federal and Queensland governments for indicating they will terminate the tuberculosis clinics on Saibai and Boigu islands which currently provide vital tuberculosis surveillance and clinical care for Papua New Guinea nationals, and reduce the risk of the emergence of drug resistant strains of tuberculosis;

(4) calls on the Federal Government, through AusAID, to immediately provide long-term funding to clinics that provide tuberculosis services to Papua New Guinea nationals and front line health protection for Torres Strait Islander Australians; and

(5) calls on the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing to consult with frontline public health experts to formulate a long-term strategy which ensures that Papua New Guinea programs and Torres Strait Islands clinics deliver a combination of disease surveillance and tuberculosis care for Papua New Guinea and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Mr DANBY: to move:

That this House notes that:

(1) on 11 July 1995, the Bosnian town of Srebrenica which was at that time proclaimed a Protected Zone by a United Nations Security Council Resolution of 16 April 1993, fell into the hands of the Army of Republika Srpska, led by General Ratko Mladic and under the direction of the then President of the Republika Srpska, Radovan Karadzic;

(2) from 12 July 1995, the Army and the Police of Republika Srpska separated men aged 16 to approximately 60 or 70 from their families;

(3) Bosnian Serb forces killed over 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men following the takeover of Srebrenica in July 1995;

(4) all the executions systematically targeted Bosnian Muslim men of military age, regardless of whether they were civilians or soldiers;

(5) the acts committed at Srebrenica were committed with the specific intent to destroy in part, the group of Muslims of Bosnia and Herzegovina;

(6) these were acts of genocide, committed by members of the Army of Republika Srpska in and around Srebrenica from about 13 July 1995;

(7) these findings have been confirmed by the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia through final and binding judgments; and

(8) the House should recognise 11 July as Srebrenica Remembrance Day in memorial of the genocide at Srebrenica in July 1995.

Mr OAKESHOTT: to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises the:

(a) involvement of Australian service men and women in war and peacekeeping operations; and

(b) role of family, friends and community networks in supporting those Australians who have served in our military; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) consider increasing the Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme Pension twice annually by the greatest of the Consumer Price Index, the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index and the Male Total Average Weekly Earnings; and

(b) do this in recognition of the unique circumstances of military service compared to all others within the public service.