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Wednesday, 21 August 2002
Page: 5420

The following notices were given:

Mr Entsch : To present a bill for an act to amend the ACIS Administration Act 1999, and for related purposes.

Mr Abbott to move:

That the following changes to the standing orders be made with effect from 16 September 2002:

(1) That standing orders 81, 274, 274A and 275 be amended to read as follows:

Debate confined to present question—Exceptions

81 No Member may digress from the subject matter of any question under discussion:

Provided that—

(a) on the question for the adjournment of the House or the Main Committee to terminate the sitting, matters irrelevant thereto may be debated, and

(b) on the motion for the second reading of an Appropriation or Supply Bill, except an Appropriation or Supply Bill for expenditure that is not expenditure for the ordinary annual services of the Government, matters relating to public affairs may be debated.

Sittings and adjournment

274 The Main Committee may meet at any time during a sitting of the House and the following provisions shall apply:

(a) the Committee need not adjourn between items of business;

(b) proceedings in the Committee shall be suspended by the Chair to enable Members to attend any division in the House;

(c) a sitting of the Committee may be adjourned on motion moved by any Member without notice;

(d) upon the adjournment of the House the Chair shall interrupt the business before the Committee and forthwith adjourn the Committee; and

(e) upon the completion of consideration of all matters referred to the Committee by the House the Chair shall propose the question—That the Committee do now adjourn.

Adjournment debates

274A The question—That the Committee do now adjourn—shall be open to debate but no amendment may be moved to the question:

Provided that if, on the question—That the Committee do now adjourn—being proposed, a Member requires the question to be put forthwith without debate, the Chair shall forthwith put the question.

Provided further that, at the conclusion of the debate on the question—That the Committee do now adjourn—a Minister may require that the debate be extended for 10 minutes to enable Ministers to speak in reply to matters raised in the preceding adjournment debate; on the expiry of 10 minutes, or upon the earlier cessation of the debate, the Chair shall forthwith adjourn the Committee.

Committee to consider only matters referred

275 The Main Committee shall consider only such matters as have been referred to it by the House or as specified in the standing orders.

(2) That standing order 282 be amended to read as follows:

Chair to suspend sitting when disorder arises

282 If any sudden disorder arises in the Main Committee the Chair may, or on motion without notice by any Member shall, forthwith suspend or adjourn the sitting and shall report the disorder to the House. If the sitting is adjourned, any business under discussion and not disposed of at the time of the adjournment shall be set down on the Notice Paper for the next sitting.

(3) Omit “(on a Thursday)” from the item concerning Question for the adjournment of House or Main Committee in standing order 91.

Mr Abbott to move:

That the following sessional order be adopted for the remainder of the sittings in 2002 with effect from 16 September 2002:

Interventions in the Main Committee

84A During consideration of any order of the day in the Main Committee a Member may rise and, if given the call, ask the Chair whether the Member speaking is willing to give way. The Member speaking will either indicate his or her:

(a) refusal and continue speaking, or

(b) acceptance and allow the other Member to ask a short question immediately relevant to the Member's speech—

Provided that, if, in the opinion of the Chair, it is an abuse of the orders or forms of the House, the intervention may be denied or curtailed.

Ms George to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges the pain and suffering of Australians living with the disease - Adhesive Arachnoiditis;

(2) accepts that many current sufferers were at some time involved in a spinal x-ray procedure known as a myelogram;

(3) believes that an independent inquiry is necessary to investigate:

(a) the effects of exposure to the chemical Iophendylate (marketed under the name Pantopaque and Myodil);

(b) the basis on which Iophendylate was licensed, marketed and used in Australia; and

(c) the social and economic costs arising from the disease;

(4) acknowledges the important work undertaken by the support group - Chemically Induced Adhesive Arachnoiditis Sufferers of Australia and its founder Derek Morrison; and

(5) requests the Government to provide some resources and assistance to the Committee to enable it to carry on its worthwhile work which up until now has been done on a voluntary basis.

Ms Gambaro to move:


(1) this House calls on the Government to fund a national co-ordinated study into Parkinson's disease due to the increase in the number of sufferers estimated to be 80,000 at present and the lack of comprehensive data on Parkinson's disease for more than 40 years;

(2) the study determine:

(a) the number of sufferers;

(b) how the disease affects sufferers and their carers; and

(c) how much the disease costs the Australian community; and

(3) the Government continues to place healthy ageing as a priority and that a national prevalence study of Parkinson's disease will aid in better treatment of the disease and assist in understanding the impact on future health budgets.