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Tuesday, 22 May 2007
Page: 106

The following notices were given:


Ms Julie Bishop to present a bill for an act to amend the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000, and for related purposes. (Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment (2007 Budget Measures) Bill 2007)


Ms Julie Bishop to present a bill for an act to amend the Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Act 2004, and for related purposes. (Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Amendment (2007 Budget Measures) Bill 2007)


Ms Ley to present a bill for an act to amend legislation relating to agriculture, fisheries and forestry, and for related purposes. (Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007)


Ms Ley to present a bill for an act to amend legislation about fisheries, and for related purposes. (Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 2007)


Mr Martin Ferguson to move:

That the House believes that the Australian Government should declare 3 September each year as Merchant Navy Day in Australia as a means of:

(1)   recognising the heroism of Australian seafarers in times of war;

(2)   acknowledging that, during World War II, one in eight Australian merchant seafarers perished;

(3)   noting that, in her address to the 2005 US National Maritime Day memorial service, US Secretary of Labour, Elaine L. Chao, called on all Americans to honour the brave men and women who served the country in times of war and said: “American merchant mariners have a rich history in this nation … They have served in every American war since the United States was born. With their tradition of courage, patriotism and perseverance, merchant mariners have proven that they stand by this great nation no matter what the challenge. And in so doing, they have served as an inspiration to every generation of Americans”; and

(4)   recognising the debt that all Australians owe to Australian merchant seafarers for the contribution they have made to the defence of this nation, particularly their role in the allied victory in World War II.