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Wednesday, 26 May 2010
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Mr PRICE (9:01 AM) —I present the report of the recommendations of the whips relating to committee and delegation reports and private members’ business on Monday, 31 May 2010. Copies of the report have been placed on the table.

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, 31 May 2010. 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 MRS GASH: To move:

That the House:

(1)   acknowledges:

(a)   that the safety of our children should be of paramount concern for all governments;

(b)   the irrefutable evidence from studies conducted both in Australia and overseas, that the use of lap/sash seatbelts on buses will save lives and reduce injuries in the case of accidents or sudden braking incidents;

(c)   that currently, hundreds of thousands of Australian school children in non-urban areas, travel daily to school on buses that are not fitted with seatbelts; and

(d)   the urgent need to provide increased safety for bus passengers travelling on non-urban roads in Australia;

(2)   seeks the amendment of Australian Design Rule (ADR) 68/00:

(a)   so that the only exemption is for route service buses operating on urban roads;

(b)   to remove the current exemption for any bus with a seat height of less than one metre; and

(c)   to read: ‘all buses operating on non-urban roads and highways must meet the requirements in this rule’ ensuring lap/sash seatbelt protection and all safety features within ADR 68/00, presently afforded to coach passengers, apply to any bus travelling on any high speed road, highway or dirt road;

(3)   calls on the State and Territory Governments to support mandating the use of seatbelts on buses;

(4)   directs the Government to legislate the above amendments to ADR 68/00 by January 2011 and ensure compliance on all affected routes by January 2020, beginning with all new and replacement buses; and

(5)   directs the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government to place lap/sash seatbelts for non-urban bus travel on the agenda at each and every Australian Transport Council meeting until certification of all buses used on non-urban roads in Australia meet the safety standards of ADR 68/00.

Time allotted—30 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Mrs Gash—10 minutes.

Next Member—10 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes each.

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

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

Order of the day

1 PARLIAMENTARY (JUDICIAL MISBEHAVIOUR OR INCAPACITY) COMMISSION BILL 2010—Second reading (22 February 2010).

The Whips recommend all speeches to conclude by 7.35 pm

Speech time limits—

Mr Kerr—5 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes.

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

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

Notices—continued

2 MR NEVILLE: To move:

That the House:

(1)   acknowledges the:

(a)   unquestionable bravery of 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) at the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam on 18 August 1966 and the singular heroism of units in the face of overwhelming enemy numbers, especially that of D Company; and

(b)   well deserved upgrade of a number of decorations:

(i)   Major Harry Smith (from Military Cross to Star of Gallantry, ie, Distinguished Service Order equivalent);

(ii)   Lieutenant Dave Sabben and Lieutenant Geoff Kendall (from Mentioned in Despatches to Medal for Gallantry, ie, Military Cross equivalent); and

(c)   strength of D Company 6RAR (as at 18 August 1966) which has the right to wear the former Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Emblem;

(3)   deplores the loss of documentation which has deprived 12 other Australian combatants from receiving appropriate recognition;

(4)   calls on the Australian Government to convene a further inquiry to assess and document by eye witness reports, cross examination and other sources, the known courageous action of combatants on that day with particular reference to the 12 soldiers involved; and

(5)   seeks appropriate remedy, by way of award, to those unjustly treated.

Time allotted—25 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Mr Neville—10 minutes.

Next Member—10 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes.

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

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

3 MR CHAMPION: To move:

That the House:

(1)   supports the Government’s action to boost national savings by gradually increasing the Superannuation Guarantee from 9 per cent now, to reach 12 per cent by 2019 20; and

(2)   notes that the:

(a)   Government’s approach to superannuation will achieve two main outcomes—greater adequacy and greater equity;

(b)   removal of the tax penalties for superannuation contributions of low income earners;

(c)   reforms to superannuation will benefit around 8.4 million Australians; and

(d)   reforms will increase national savings and economic growth.

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

Speech time limits—

Mr Champion—5 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 6 x 5 mins]

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

Items recommended for House of Representatives Chamber (8.40 to 9.30 pm)

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION REPORTS

Presentation and statements

1 PARLIAMENTARY JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE AUSTRALIAN COMMISSION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT INTEGRITY

Examination of the Annual Report of the Integrity Commissioner 2008-09.

The Whips recommend   that statements on the report may be made—statement to conclude by 8.50 pm

Speech time limits—

Ms Parke—5 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes.

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

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Notices

1 MR COBB: To present a Bill for an Act to reduce the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy being present in imported meat. (Food Importation (Bovine Meat - Standards) Bill 2010)

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

2 MS KING: To move:

That the House acknowledges the Australian Government’s significant achievements in improving the economic position of women.

Time allotted—20 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Ms King—5 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 4 x 5 mins]

3 MS VAMVAKINOU: To move:

That the House:

(1)   notes:

(a)   the pledge, first made by Australia in the year 2000, to spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion are currently subjected;

(b)   that with only five years until the international goals to address extreme poverty are due, there is now an urgent need to recommit ourselves to this task; and

(c)   that our actions of the past 20 years have already succeeded in halving rates of extreme poverty, and within a generation we can and will make poverty history; and

(2)   welcomes the ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign to ensure that we do our fair share achieve all the Millennium Development Goals.

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

Speech time limits—

Ms Vamvakinou—5 minutes

Other Members—5 minutes each

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 3 x 5 mins]

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

Report adopted.