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Thursday, 3 February 1994
Page: 354

  Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Jenkins)—As Chairman of the Selection Committee, I present the report of the Selection Committee relating to the program of business prior to 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, 10 February 1994. The report will be printed in today's Hansard and the items accorded priority for debate will be published in the Notice Paper for Monday, 7 February 1994.

  The report read as follows

Report relating to the program of business prior to 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, 10 February 1994

Pursuant to standing 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 Thursday, 10 February 1994. The order of precedence and the allotments of time determined by the Committee are shown in the list.

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS

Order of Precedence

Orders of the day

1REFORMING THE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT: Resumption of debate (from 18 November 1993) on the motion of Mr Snow—That:

  (1)recognising that:

  (a)Australia is over-governed with three levels of government in a nation which is geographically, demographically and socially one;

  (b)since Federation there has been a continuing transfer of power from State to federal government;

(c)local government is an essential level of government and natural base for distribution of many services now being provided by State and federal governments; and

(d)State governments hinder rather than provide good government, increase the opportunity for corruption, confuse responsibility and accountability and reduce the sovereignty of the people; and

(2)this House calls on the Executive to:

(a)develop a strategy and a plan to continue the process of transfer of power from State governments but to both federal and local governments;

(b)initiate action to phase out State governments, to base reformed local government on less than a hundred population centres throughout Australia and to provide constitutional recognition and Senate representation for local government; and

  (c)thoroughly examine all options for reforming the structure of local government to ensure that it provides democratic, efficient and accountable representation to the Australian people.

Time allotted 50 minutes.

Speech time limits—

First 4 Members speaking—10 minutes each.

Other Members—5 minutes each.

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

Notices

1.MR NEHL: To move—That this House recognises the need for fair and just treatment of shares and investments owned by Australians of pensionable age in the context of social security and veterans' affairs payments. (Notice given 1 February 1994.)

Time allotted 50 minutes.

Speech time limits—

  Mover—10 minutes.

First Government Member speaking—10 minutes.

Next 2 Members speaking—10 minutes each.

  Other Members—5 minutes each.

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

2.MR FILING: To move—That this House calls upon the Government to allow telephone subscribers to indicate their choice not to receive unsolicited telephone calls from telemarketers selling a good or service, by adding an asterisk against their entry in the White Pages telephone directory. (Notice given 2 February 1994.)

Time allotted 30 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Mover—10 minutes.

First Government Member speaking—10 minutes.

Other Members—5 minutes each.

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

Orders of the day—continued

2.SOLUTIONS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT: Resumption of debate (from 28 October 1993—Ms Worth, in continuation) on the motion of Mr Sawford—That this House:

(1)recognises the need for innovative solutions to reduce unemployment;

(2)in particular, acknowledges the export potential of environmental industries; and

(3)takes note of the preliminary Scan Report of the Green Jobs Unit jointly set up by the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Time allotted—any remaining private Members' business time.

Speech time limits—

First 4 Members speaking—10 minutes each.

Other Members—5 minutes each.

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