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Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Page: 4196


The following notice(s) were given:

Mr Garrett: to present a Bill for an Act to protect the environmental values and Aboriginal cultural heritage of the Malabar headland, and for related purposes (Malabar Headland Protection Bill 2012).

Ms Plibersek: to present a Bill for an Act to validate certain actions under Part VAA, VB or VII of the Health Insurance Act 1973, and to amend that Act, and for related purposes (Health Insurance Amendment (Professional Services Review) Bill 2012).

Ms Macklin: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to family assistance and veterans' entitlements, and for other purposes (Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment (Schoolkids Bonus Budget Measures) Bill 2012).

Mr Gray: to move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Proposed development and construction of housing for Defence members and families at Weston Creek, Australian Capital Territory.

Mr Gray: to move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Proposed development and construction of housing for Defence members and their families at Lindfield, New South Wales.

Mr Gray: to move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Integrated fit-out of new leased premises for the Australian Taxation Office at the site known as 913 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, Victoria.

Mr Oakeshott: to move:

That this House instructs the Attorney-General to, as soon as practicable, draft and introduce legislation to curb the facility for creditor litigation in Australia against those countries who have been deemed by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, eligible for debt relief under the enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative, with similar effect to the United Kingdom's Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010 which received tripartite support in the United Kingdom Parliament.

Ms A. E. Burke: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) due to the significant increase in offshoring, whereby businesses are relocating their operations overseas, there is a concern for the privacy protection of transferable personal information;

(b) the Government has responded to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) report 108, and has indicated its intentions to strengthen privacy protection; and

(c) the recommendations and proposals to improve the current legislation need to be further progressed;

(2) recognises that being part of the global economy can improve costs for local consumers and companies but at all times there must be transparency and accountability;

(3) acknowledges that privacy laws in Australia that operate extra-territorially must not contravene privacy protections overseas;

(4) calls on the Government to

(a) adopt a model of Unified Privacy Principles which includes a principle relating to 'Cross-border Data Flows', as per the ALRC recommendation; and

(b) amend the Privacy Act 1988 sections pertaining to the extra-territorial operation of the Act:

(i) to ensure adequate privacy protection for all consumers;

(ii) to ensure small businesses are not exempt from being included in the Act in the provisions relating to the offshore transfer of personal information;

(iii) so that section 5B extends to government agencies, as per the ALRC proposal; and

(iv) to provide consumers with a 'right to know' so that service providers disclose the country of origin which provides their services, equivalent to country of origin product labelling.

Ms A. E. Burke: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) food allergy affects approximately 1 in 10 children and 2 in 100 adults, and anaphylaxis is the most severe form of an allergic reaction, most commonly food associated anaphylaxis; and

(b) the number of hospital admissions for anaphylaxis has doubled in the last 15 years and there have been increased incidences of anaphylaxis predominantly in infants less than 5 years of age, with studies indicating that increases have been up to five-fold;

(2) recognises that current State and Territory policies related to food allergy management in schools are not properly legislated, except in Victoria;

(3) acknowledges that an anaphylactic reaction should be treated as a medical emergency and a simple medical procedure is all that is needed to treat it, prevent loss of life and provide the necessary time to transport the victim to hospital for further medical attention;

(4) calls on the Government to introduce legislation, devised through COAG, to ensure all preschools, primary and secondary schools:

(a) utilise programs that aim to help educate school children on the cause, effects and treatments of anaphylaxis;

(b) have necessary policies and procedures to provide effective response to a student who experiences an anaphylactic reaction, such as the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy action plan;

(c) ensure staff members are appropriately trained to support life in the event of an anaphylactic reaction; and

(d) have an anaphylaxis management program for each student developed in consultation with the student's parent/carer and physician;

(5) recognises the great work of Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Asthma Victoria in the 'Schoolnuts' study which aims to determine the prevalence of true food allergies in children and provide educational seminars to schools following research; and

(6) recognises there is further need for coordinated studies of food allergy in Australia to ascertain risk factors and help guide public policy.

Mr Bandt: to move:

That this House:

(1) reaffirms its commitment to increase Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) to at least 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015; and

(2) calls on the Government to implement a timetable for raising ODA to 0.7 per cent of GNI, the international aid target called for by the United Nations.

Ms Hall: to move:

That this House:

(1) congratulates the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, and Minister for Social Inclusion, on the Aged Care Reform Package he announced Living Longer, Living Better Age Care Reform;

(2) acknowledges that the reforms will make it easier for older Australians to stay in their own home and that the package will improve safety, security and quality of aged care, and simplify aged care for older Australians and their families; and

(3) calls on all Members to support the reforms.

Mr Hayes: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) there are increasing reports of gross human rights violations in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) including evidence of continued house detention and imprisonment of notable human rights activists including: the Nobel Peace Prize nominee the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Reverend Nguyen Van Ly from the Vietnamese Catholic Church, Dr Nguyen Dan Que, Jurist Dr Cu Huy Ha Vu and the latest jailing without trial of Vo Minh Tri known as Viet Khang, a popular young peace songwriter; and

(b) since 2002, Australia and the SRV have had eight rounds of Dialogue on Human Rights with no apparent results; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) establish and supervise a Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue Group that would involve Members of Parliament, Senators, as well as the wider community;

(b) consider the issues of human rights in the SRV when allocating funding under Australia's overseas development aid program; and

(c) encourage a more 'whole of government' approach on bilateral and multilateral bases with the SRV, particularly where the issue of human rights is concerned.

Mr Pyne: to move:

That this House resolves that in the view of the grave findings made against him by Fair work Australia, the Honourable Member for Dobell be suspended from the service of the House for fourteen sitting days, and that after that the Honourable Member make a statement for the consideration of the House in response to the findings made against him so that the House can consider whether a further period of suspension is warranted.

Mr L. D. T. Ferguson: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) on 15 February 2012, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, called for a genuine, all-inclusive and meaningful dialogue that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis as the only way to promote peace and stability in the country, and he noted the harsh sentences given to 21 political activists, human rights defenders and opposition leaders;

(b) on 23 November 2011, His Majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa announced his acceptance of a report from the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry headed by Professor M Cherif Bassiouni where, systematic violation of basic human rights were established;

(c) major international human rights organisations such Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First and Physician of Human Right expressed their disappointment that the Bahraini Regime did not stop the ongoing violation nor stop the impunity given to senior officials responsible, and the United States and European governments are calling for the regime to apply real political reform; and

(d) on 21 of December 2011, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navanethem Pillay released a call to Bahraini authorities to address the 'deepening mistrust' between the Government and civil society, advocating the release of people detained for participating in peaceful protests and calling for confidence-building measures, including unconditionally releasing those convicted in military tribunals awaiting trial for merely exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly, also stating that Bahrain trials bear marks of 'political persecution'; and

(2) calls on the Australian Government to raise these human rights abuses in international fora.