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Monday, 25 June 2001
Page: 28533

The following notices were given:

Mrs Elson —to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that the safety of our children should be a paramount concern for all Governments;

(2) recognises current safety standards imposed on coaches and long-distance buses include the mandatory requirement that these vehicles be fitted with seat belts;

(3) points out the growing evidence, from studies conducted both in Australia and overseas, that the use of seat belts on these vehicles undoubtedly saves lives in the case of accidents;

(4) acknowledges that currently hundreds of thousands of Australian school children travel daily to school on buses that are not fitted with seat belts; and

(5) calls on all State and Territory Governments across the nation to put safety first and move urgently to at least require all new and replacement school buses be fitted with seat belts so this safety issue is eventually and finally addressed.

Mrs Hull —to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges the financial difficulties being experienced by certain sectors of the citrus industry;

(2) recognises in particular those difficulties being experienced by the arid zone regions of southern Australia in the Riverina, Murray Valley and Riverland in particular reference to oranges;

(3) commends orange growers for their willingness to engage in structural reform moving away from valencias for the juice concentrate markets towards markets for fresh fruit;

(4) commends the industry for its huge effort in the export of navel oranges; and

(6) calls for financial and export enhancement assistance to this significant industry in the arid zones of rural Australia.