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Monday, 18 February 2008
Page: 605

The following notices were given:

Ms Hall to move—

That the House:

(1)   recognises that epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder and is the most universal of all medical disorders;

(2)   acknowledges that 2000,000 people live with epilepsy at any one time in Australia and that up to three times as many Australians will have epilepsy at some time in their lives;

(3)   that people living with epilepsy are disadvantaged by lack of research into the disorder and by the lack of a national plan for epilepsy or deeming it a disorder that is a national priority;

(4)   acknowledges the impact that epilepsy has on the lives of people living with it;

(5)   calls on the Australian Government to fund greater research into epilepsy; and

(6)   calls on the Australian Government to establish a nationwide educational strategy on epilepsy modelled on the World Health Organisation’s global campaign.

Mr Kelvin Thomson to move—

That the House:

(1)   congratulates the Government for its action taken to date to tackle global warming; and

(2)   urges the Government to take action to ensure greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 60% from year 2000 levels, by 2050.

Mr Hayes to move—

That the House:

(1)   affirms its recognition that a combination of special education, speech therapy, occupational therapy and behavioural interventions has proved to be successful in helping people with an autism disorder;

(2)   recognises early diagnosis and intervention is also essential to ensure families and carers have access to appropriate services and professional support;

(3)   supports the Federal Government policy to establish specialised child care and early intervention services for children with autism; and

(4)   calls on the Government to consider a specialised child care centre be established in South West Sydney.

Mr Price to move—

That the House notes:

(1)   that the Workplace Relations WorkChoices Bill has had damaging impacts on the livelihoods of working families across Western Sydney;

(2)   that Australian Workplace Agreements are unfairly biased against young people seeking employment as it forces them to negotiate with employees without adequate representation; and

(3)   that the Fairness Test flooded small businesses with red tape while still not providing an adequate safety net for employees, placing unnecessary pressure on local communities across Australia.

Mr Price to move—

That the House:

(1)   recognises:

(a)   that the Government has given the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) formal monitoring powers under the Trade Practices Act on unleaded petrol, across the petrol supply chain;

(b)   the importance of ongoing monitoring of the fuel industry with the appointment of a Petrol Commissioner within the ACCC; and

(c)   that the Petrol Commissioner will also be informally monitoring the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and diesel; and

(2)   supports further efforts to increase transparency and competition in the fuel industry.

Mr Hartsuyker to move—

That the House condemns the Federal Labor Government for its decision not to proceed with the planned expansions of existing Centrelink call centres in Coffs Harbour, Launceston, and Hobart. (Notice given 18 February 2008.)

Ms Livermore to move—

That the House:

(1)   acknowledges those Australians who have selflessly donated their organs, and those who have given consent to do so, so that others may have the gift of life;

(2)   recognises, in this Organ Donor Awareness Week, the importance of organ donation;

(3)   recognises that although 90% of Australians support organ donation, and while Australia has one of the most successful organ transplantation rates in the world, actual organ donation rates are amongst the lowest in the developed world; and

(4)   supports the Government’s initiatives to improve organ donation rates.

Ms Owens to move—

That the House notes:

(1)   that Ovarian Cancer Awareness Week will be held from 24 February to 2 March 2008;

(2)   that ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer death in women, with nearly 1,200 Australian diagnoses each year and nearly 800 Australian deaths from it each year;

(3)   that when ovarian cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, the outlook is very good—as many as 90% of women diagnosed early are cured. However, 75% of women are diagnosed at the advanced stage when it is very difficult to treat;

(4)   that it is a devastating disease that is difficult to diagnose early and treat at an advanced stage. A woman dies every 10 hours largely because of the lack of early detection tests and poor knowledge of the disease throughout the community;

(5)   that a recent Senate Community Affair’s inquiry into gynaecological cancer in Australia (tabled 27 February 2007) identified a need for increased awareness amongst the broader community about gynaecological cancers and symptoms and better educational support for general practitioners;

(6)   that a survey commissioned by the National Breast Cancer Centre has revealed that half of all Australian women believe incorrectly that a pap smear will detect ovarian cancer and that 56% of women are unable to correctly name any signs or symptoms of the disease; and

(7)   the need for greater focus on education and additional research funding to help Australian scientists to find early detection markers and more effective treatments of this insidious disease.

Mr Lindsay to move—

That the House:

(1)   supports the provision of the highest quantity health services to Australians;

(2)   notes the continuing advances in medical science, making available new diagnostic tools; and

(3)   recognises the need to extend the availability of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning to regional Australia.