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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 143


The following notices were given:

Dr Hendy: to move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation waste management facilities’ extension and upgrade.

Ms MacTiernan: to move:

That this House:

(1) expresses deep condolences for the suffering and loss of life, homes and businesses in the recent Yarloop fires, and expresses our gratitude to career and volunteer firefighters who worked courageously to contain the fires;

(2) notes the quality capabilities and assets of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Western Australia and the availability of those to provide Defence Aid to the Civilian Community (DACC) at the request of state and territory governments in the event of emergency situations;

(3) acknowledges that the Australian Government and the ADF have established protocols under COMDISPLAN as to how DACC can be utilised in emergency situations;

(4) calls on the Minister for Justice to engage the Western Australian Government to ensure it is aware of the capabilities and assets of the ADF in Western Australia to assist with serious bushfire events, as these were not utilised in either the recent Yarloop/Harvey fires, nor the Esperance fires in late 2015; and

(5) notes that:

(a) climate change has resulted in an increased likelihood of catastrophic bushfires in Western Australia, as bushfires increase in number, burn for longer and affect larger areas of land;

(b) the Climate Council estimates that by 2030, the number of professional firefighters in Western Australia will need to more than double to meet the increasing risk of bushfires; and

(c) there will be a greater role for the Australian Government and the Department of Defence in dealing with these issues across Australia.

Ms Hall: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and help women recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease;

(b) Thursday 24 February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day and I encourage everyone to wear a teal ribbon to show their support for women living with ovarian cancer; and

(c) about 1,500 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and only 43 per cent of these will survive;

(2) notes with concern that ovarian cancer is diagnosed late as the symptoms are often similar to other common health problems;

(3) acknowledges:

(a) that there is no early reliable detection test for ovarian cancer and that the Pap smear does not detect the disease;

(b) the good work being done by Ovarian Cancer Australia to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of the disease;

(4) recognises that the four most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

(a) abdominal or pelvic pain;

(b) increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating;

(c) needing to urinate often or urgently; and

(d) difficulty eating or feeling full quickly;

(5) understands that every Australian woman needs to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer; and

(6) notes the need for more research funding to help Australian scientists find early detection markers and more effective treatments for this disease.

Ms Anna Burke: to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises that:

(a) nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international convention;

(b) 140 nations support the goal of a treaty banning nuclear weapons, including 121 nations that have already signed the Humanitarian Pledge to enshrine this goal as part of international law;

(c) 128 nations at a recently concluded session of the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee voted in favour of an Austrian-sponsored resolution to ‘fill the legal gap’ for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons on the same basis as all other outlawed forms of mass destruction;

(d) despite this, Australia voted against the latter resolution and also abstained from voting on a Mexican-sponsored resolution to establish a United Nations working group to begin discussing the possible elements for a treaty banning nuclear weapons that will convene this year for three weeks;

(e) the World Medical Association declared that it has a duty to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons ‘to preserve and safeguard the health of the patient and to consecrate itself to the service of humanity’; and

(f) the risks and catastrophic consequences of a nuclear weapon explosion are significantly greater than previously recognised and can only be guaranteed to be avoided by the abolition of all nuclear weapons;

(2) acknowledges that Australia:

(a) has made a significant and important contribution towards measures that have enhanced world peace, including helping to form the United Nations;

(b) has been a strong advocate of the Non-Proliferation Treaty since signing it in 1968;

(c) signed and ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty 1996; and

(d) is one of 13 nations that comprise the South Pacific Nuclear-Free Zone; and

(3) calls upon the Government to support a parliamentary debate on the next steps for Australia to support a time-bound and legally binding agreement to bring all nuclear armed states into the disarmament process and prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.