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Tuesday, 27 May 2003
Page: 15070


Mr CAUSLEY —I present the report of the Selection Committee relating to the consideration of committee and delegation reports and private members' business on Monday, 2 June 2003.

The report read as follows—

Report relating to the consideration of committee and delegation reports and private Members' business on Monday, 2 June 2003

Pursuant to standing order 331, 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 Monday, 2 June 2003. The order of precedence and the allotments of time determined by the Committee are as follows:

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION REPORTS

Presentation and statements

1 EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS—STANDING COMMITTEE: Report: Working the system to a system that works.

The Committee determined that statements on the report may be made all statements to conclude by 12.40 p.m.

Speech time limits

Each Member 5 minutes.

[Proposed Members speaking = 2 x 5 mins]

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS

Order of precedence

Notices

1 MR CREAN: To present a bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act 1995 to identify the Hezbollah External Terrorist Organisation as a terrorist organisation, and for related purposes. (Criminal Code Amendment (Hezbollah External Terrorist Organisation) Bill 2003 —Notice given 26 May 2003.)

Presenter may speak for a period not exceeding 5 minutes pursuant to standing order 104A.

2 Mr Lloyd: To move—

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that prostate cancer is now a major cause of death in Australian men with more than 2,500 men dying from prostate cancer annually;

(2) recognises the importance of prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing as a reliable and effective method of diagnosing early prostate cancer, providing the best possibility of a successful outcome;

(3) notes the reported collapse of a proposed national television awareness campaign about prostate cancer; and

(4) calls on the Federal Government to examine funding options which will enable increased research into prostate cancer, and provide additional and more effective awareness programs to assist in the early detection of prostate cancer. (Notice given 27 March 2003.)

Time allotted remaining private Members' business time prior to 1.45 p.m.

Speech time limits —

Mover of motion 10 minutes.

First Opposition Member speaking 10 minutes.

Other Members 5 minutes each.

[Proposed Members speaking = 2 x 10 mins, 8 x 5 mins]

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

3 Mr B. P. O'CONNOR: To move—

That this House:

(1) recognises that, because of the Family Tax Benefit system, parents of middle incomes pay an effective marginal tax rate of between 60% to 77%;

(2) recognises that, because of the Allowances Income Test, an individual claiming Newstart who earns more than $62 in a fortnight pays an effective marginal tax rate of 67%;

(3) recognises that, because of the Allowances Income Test, an individual claiming Newstart who earns more than $150 in a fortnight pays an effective marginal tax rate of 87%;

(4) recognises that, because of the parental income test of Youth Allowance, 40,000 families face effective marginal tax rates of up to 111.5%;

(5) acknowledges that these effective marginal tax rates are much higher than those for persons with high incomes;

(6) notes that the number of individuals facing effective marginal tax rates of more than 60% has nearly doubled since 1997;

(7) calls on the Government to reform the tax, welfare and family payment systems to avoid the development of poverty traps and disincentives to work; and

(8) affirms its commitment to a tax system that is progressive. (Notice given 3 March 2003.)

Time allotted 30 minutes.

Speech time limits —

Mover of motion 10 minutes.

First Government Member speaking 5 minutes.

Other Members —5 minutes each.

[Proposed Members speaking = 1 x 10 mins, 4 x 5 mins]

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

4 Mr Barresi: To move—

That this House:

(1) recognises:

(a) the importance of the Scoresby Freeway to the people of the East and Southeast of Melbourne and the Federal Government's continued commitment to this project; and

(b) the inclusion of funding for the Commonwealth's share of project costs as agreed with the Victorian Government in the 2003/04 Federal Budget;

(2) takes note of:

(a) the conditions contained in the Memorandum of Understanding and the obligations on the Victorian Government to comply with the agreement;

(b) the payment of funds by the Commonwealth to the Victorian Government under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding; and

(c) reports that the Victorian Government was seeking support for tolls on the Scoresby Freeway while publicly claiming to be committed to the toll-free condition of the Federal Government funding;

(3) condemns:

(a) the Victorian Bracks Government for lying to the Victorian people about supporting a toll-free Scoresby Freeway prior to the last State election; and

(b) ALP members of the Victorian Parliament elected under false pretences by communities in the East and Southeast of Melbourne by misleading the people they claim to represent; and

(4) calls on:

(a) the Bracks ALP Government in Victoria to honour the binding agreement and deliver a completed toll-free Scoresby Freeway by 2008 as promised to the people of the Eastern and Southeastern suburbs of Melbourne;

(b) all Victorian Federal and State Members of Parliament to support the honouring of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments; and

(c) the Victorian Government to release all documents relating to tolls on the Scoresby Freeway and Eastern Freeway Extension from the time the Scoresby Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Transport Ministers. (Notice given 15 May 2003.)

Time allotted remaining private Members' business time.

Speech time limits —

Mover of motion 10 minutes.

First Opposition Member speaking 5 minutes.

Other Members 5 minutes each.

[Proposed Members speaking = 1 x 10 mins, 4 x 5 mins]

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