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Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Page: 3476


Mr PRICE (10:01 AM) —I present the report of the recommendations of the whips relating to the consideration of committee and delegation reports and private members’ business on Monday, 2 June 2008.

The report read as follows—

Pursuant to standing order 41A, the Whips recommend the following items of committee and delegation reports and private Members’ business for Monday 2 June 2008. The order of precedence and allotments of time for items in the Main Committee and Chamber are as follows:

Items recommended for Main Committee (6.55 to 8.30 pm)

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Notices

1 MR HAYES: to move—That the House:

(1)   recognises and celebrates the significant contribution which Australia’s voluntary donors make to the Australian community as we approach World Blood Donor Day in June 2008;

(2)   recognises that whilst one in three people will at some stage require blood, presently only one in thirty people actually donate blood;

(3)   supports the efforts of the selfless individuals who give their blood to help save the lives and improve the health of people whom they may never meet;

(4)   congratulates the Australian Red Cross Blood Service for drawing attention to the need for more Australians to donate blood and celebrating the many generous and voluntary, unpaid blood donors who give blood each week to help those in need;

(5)   supports the efforts of the Minister for Health and Ageing and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing to increase the rate of blood donations in Australia; and

(6)   encourages members to actively encourage blood donation in their electorates.

Time allotted—35 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Mr Hayes—5 minutes.

First Opposition Member speaking—5 minutes.

Other Members—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 7 x 5 mins]

The Whips recommend that consideration of this matter should continue on a future day.

2 MR MORRISON: to move—That the House:

(1)   recognises that:

(a)   the Kurnell Peninsula of southern Sydney is the traditional land of the Gweagal people of the Dharawal nation;

(b)   the landing site of Lieutenant James Cook on April 29, 1770 at Kurnell is the modern birthplace of our nation and is recognised on the National Heritage List;

(c)   the village of Kurnell is a strong local community comprising approximately 700 homes;

(d)   Botany Bay is a valuable marine environment providing sanctuary for migratory birdlife and habitat for territorial marine creatures; and

(e)   construction of the desalination pipeline has commenced across Botany Bay from the Kurnell Peninsula, under approval as critical infrastructure by the New South Wales State Government;

(2)   expresses concern that:

(a)   Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in New South Wales exempts critical infrastructure projects from all planning instruments and codes that might otherwise apply, precludes third party rights of appeal and limits powers and penalties in relation to enforcement of breaches of conditions;

(b)   due to the use of Part 3A of the Act, the impacts of the construction of this pipeline on the marine environment and cultural heritage of Botany Bay and the Kurnell Peninsula are unknown; and

(c)   since construction has commenced, there have been a series of breaches in relation to the failure of silt nets to contain land fill on Silver Beach at Kurnell; sheet pilling testing has exceeded nominated noise vibration benchmarks, posing a threat to resident property; and there is concern in the community about the ongoing impacts and failures of this project; and

(3)   calls on the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts to protect the physical environment and cultural heritage of Botany Bay and the Kurnell Peninsula by requesting the New South Wales State Government to:

(a)   prepare a comprehensive environmental remediation plan to address the impact of developing the desalination plant, including the pipeline across Botany Bay;

(b)   conduct such environmental studies as are required to determine the impact of the development of the desalination plant and associated pipeline on the environment, and to make such studies available to the public;

(c)   ensure that the development of environmental remediation plans is a requirement for any future referred approvals for critical infrastructure projects to the Commonwealth by the New South Wales Government that are subject to Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979;

(d)   prepare a heritage and community remediation plan that addresses the impact and disruption caused to residents and the area by the construction of the desalination plant and associated pipeline; and

(e)   ensure the New South Wales State Government and its agents monitor and report on the ongoing impacts of the project and commit to informing residents in advance of any issues that may impact on residents or their local environment.

Time allotted—30 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Mr Morrison—10 minutes.

First Government Member speaking—10 minutes.

Other Members—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 2 x 10 mins and 2 x 5 mins ]

The Whips recommend that consideration of this matter should continue on a future day.

3 MR SCOTT: to move—That the House:

(1)   calls on the Federal Government to commit to ban by the year 2012 the inclusion of all plastic and glass bottles in landfill;

(2)   notes the ban would be supported by implementation of a national program providing a cash refund for all plastic and glass bottles;

(3)   calls on the Federal Government to reimburse grocery and convenience stores that provide collection sites for the empty bottles and provide cash refunds for each bottle, with larger bottles attracting a larger cash refund; and

(4)   calls on the Federal Government to cooperate with local government bodies to ensure that smaller towns in rural, regional and remote Australia receive financial support to establish a collection centre and to transport bottles to the nearest recycling centre.

Time allotted—remaining private Members’ business time prior to 8.30 pm

Speech time limits—

Mr Scott—10 minutes.

First Government Member speaking—10 minutes.

Other Members—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 2 x 10 mins and 2 x 5 mins ]

The Whips recommend that consideration of this matter should continue on a future day.

Items recommended for House of Representatives Chamber (8.30 to 9.30 pm)

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION REPORTS

Presentation and statements

1 DELEGATION—NEPAL ELECTION OBSERVER REPORT

Report of the Australian Election Observer Group—Constituent Assembly Election—Nepal, 10 April 2008

The Whips recommend that statements on the report may be made—all statements to conclude by 8:40pm

Speech time limits—

Each Member—5 minutes.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 2 x 5 mins]

2 STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS

Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia Annual Report 2007 (First Report)

The Whips recommend that statements on the report may be made—all statements to conclude by 8:50pm

Speech time limits—

Each Member—5 minutes.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 2 x 5 mins]

3 JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE

Review of the Defence Annual Report 2005

The Whips recommend that statements on the report may be made—all statements to conclude by 9:00pm

Speech time limits—

Each Member—5 minutes.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 2 x 5 mins]

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Notices

1 MR BILLSON: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. (Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2008).

Presenter may speak for a period not exceeding 5 minutes—pursuant to standing order 41.

2 MR BROADBENT: to move—That the House:

(1)   urges the Australian Government to act to restrict any further planting of genetically modified crops in Australia, the use of genetically modified products in the manufacture of food in Australia and the sale in Australia of food products containing genetically modified material until a full, independent, scientific investigation is carried out to determine:

(a)   the level of risk to health of foodstuffs containing genetically modified organisms; and

(b)   the threat of contamination posed by genetically modified crops already planted under relaxed provisions in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to crops and the food chain as it relates to livestock production in general on neighbouring properties; and

(2)   calls on the Australian Government, in considering its course of action, to take into consideration the commitments made by the current Prime Minister on this issue in the lead up to the 2007 Federal Election.

Time allotted—remaining private Members’ business time prior to 9.30 pm

Speech time limits—

Mover of motion—10 minutes.

First Government Member speaking—10 minutes.

Other Members—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 2 x 10 mins and 1 x 5 mins ]

The Whips recommend that consideration of this matter should continue on a future day.

Copies of the report have been placed on the table.

Report—by leave—agreed to.