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Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Page: 2735


The following notices were given:

Ms Roxon to present a bill for an act to validate certain orders etc. under the Family Law Act 1975 and to amend that act, and for related purposes.

Ms Roxon to present a bill for an act to provide for parliamentary commissions to investigate allegations of judicial misbehaviour or incapacity, and for related purposes.

Ms Roxon to present a bill for an act to amend the law relating to complaints about judges and federal magistrates, and for other purposes.

Mr Albanese to move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Gippsland’s private Members’ business notice relating to the disallowance of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Regulations 2011 (No. 1), as contained in the Select Legislative Instrument 2011 No. 191, and made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, being called on immediately.

Mr Laurie Ferguson to move:

That this House:

(1) records its abhorrence at the events of 16 to 18 March 1988 at Halabja, Kurdistan, involving the use of chemical weapons by the then Iraq regime of Saddam Hussein;

(2) notes:

(a) the death of 5000 civilians and injury of 7000 people;

(b) the use of a mixture of Sarin, VX and Tabin nerve gases in addition to mustard gas, leading to birth defects, miscarriages, infertility, paralysis, cancers and other illnesses;

(c) that this massacre was only part of the broader 'Arfal' 1987 to 1988 assault on the Kurdish people aimed at ethnic cleansing; and

(d) the execution of Ali Hassam Almajid on 25 January 2010, after being found guilty of ordering and organising this attack; and

(3) acknowledges:

(a) resolutions in a similar vein carried by the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and in the Canadian, Iraqi and British parliaments; and

(b) that in 2009 the Halabja genocide was commemorated for the first time by the United Nations.

Mr Fitzgibbon to move:

That this House acknowledges the importance of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax for the funding of important physical infrastructure in capacity constrained mining regions.

Mr Danby to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises that 24 March is World Tuberculosis Day, in observance of a preventable and treatable disease that still claims the lives of up to 1.5 million people every year, mostly in developing countries, and that:

(a) overall, one third of the world's population is currently infected with the Tuberculosis bacillus;

(b) the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the largest number of new Tuberculosis cases in 2008 occurred in the South-East Asia Region, which accounted for 35 per cent of incident cases globally; and

(c) the number of new cases of Tuberculosis arising each year is still increasing in Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and South-East Asia;

(2) acknowledges that Tuberculosis is responsible for one in four AIDS related deaths, making it the leading killer of people living with HIV and that:

(a) less than seven per cent of people living with HIV are screened for Tuberculosis;

(b) people living with both HIV and Tuberculosis infection are much more likely to develop Tuberculosis; and

(c) the WHO estimates that by scaling up services and providing integrated HIV and Tuberculosis care, it is possible to save the lives of up to one million people living with HIV by 2015;

(3) notes that:

(a) currently more than two thirds of international financing for Tuberculosis services is provided by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria;

(b) the Global Fund is a key international body which provides critical basic services to support many developing countries in the fight against Tuberculosis; and

(c) Australia strongly supports the Global Fund; and

(4) encourages Australia to continue to work bilaterally and with other international donors to address Tuberculosis, including through the Global Fund.

Dr Stone to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that the Australian agricultural industry offers excellent career opportunities, including:

(a) approximately 100,000 jobs in the agricultural sector;

(b) 2.5 jobs for every agricultural graduate; and

(c) a diverse range of careers requiring a wide range of skill levels;

(2) acknowledges that responding to the expanding global food task will require Australia to substantially upskill and increase the size of its agribusiness workforce;

(3) recognises that there are declining participation rates and graduates in the agriculture sector as tertiary agricultural science courses offerings decline, and secondary school students do not take up undergraduate courses; and

(4) calls on the Government to:

(a) resource the promotion of careers in agriculture through the primary and secondary school system;

(b) provide incentives for universities to offer agricultural science courses; and

(c) encourage industry in the development of agribusiness educational and training resource material.

Mr Dutton to present a bill for an act to provide for equity in relation to the provision of certain dental services, and for related purposes.

Mr Hayes to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) 16 March l988 is the day that Saddam Hussein's forces attacked the Kurdish town of Halabja with chemical weapons;

(b) more than 100,000 Kurdish people were killed and many were severely injured; and

(c) this was the first time a country had used weapons of mass destruction against its own citizens; and

(2) on the twenty-fourth anniversary of the attempted genocide of the Kurdish people of Iraq, reaffirms its support for Iraq and specifically commends the dedication and commitment of the Kurdistan Regional Government to a safe, unified and harmonious Iraq.

Mr Hunt to present a bill for an act to provide for the expenditure of money appropriated for the Solar Hot Water Rebate scheme, and for related purposes.

Mr Frydenberg to move:

That this House rejects calls to reduce funding to non-government schools to 2003-04 levels that would put at risk the financial viability of many non-government schools and leave many students disadvantaged.

Mrs D'Ath to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) Australia's economy is strong, resilient and out-performing any comparable nation;

(b) Australia's unemployment rate of 5.2 per cent is historically low when compared to Europe and the United States;

(c) the International Monetary Fund ranks Australia's 2011 per capita GDP as sixth, ahead of 176 other nations; and

(d) Australia's government net debt as a percentage of GDP that peaked at 8.9 per cent is extremely low when compared to nations such as Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France;

(2) acknowledges that:

(a) living conditions for Australians are the best in the world;

(b) Australia was ranked second in the 2011 United Nations Human Development Index; and

(c) Australia was ranked first in the 2011 OECD Better Life Index; and

(3) the Australian economy is becoming a knowledge economy with the finance sector accounting for more of the total economy than mining or manufacturing.

Mr Hunt to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses are on the rise, with the latest estimates of approximately 1 in 100 children diagnosed; and

(b) families caring for a family member with an Autism Spectrum Disorder need greater support and community understanding;

(2) acknowledges the need for a National Autism Plan, including a Forum, to discuss how best to deliver support to families caring for a family member with an Autism Spectrum Disorder;

(3) notes that:

(a) an Autism Spectrum Disorder is one of numerous disability categories which should be addressed as part of a National Disability Insurance Scheme; and

(b) that 2 April 2012 is World Autism Awareness Day and that the Coalition and Autism Victoria are working to ensure Parliament House will be lit up in blue to acknowledge World Autism Awareness Day.