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BUSINESS OF THE MAIN COMMITTEE

Monday, 23 May 2011

The Main Committee meets at 10.30 a.m.

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Orders of the day

1   GRIEVANCE DEBATE: Question—That grievances be noted—Resumption of debate ( from 21 March 2011 ).

2   prime minister’s report 2011—CLOSING THE GAP—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 22 March 2011—Mr S. P. Jones ) on the motion of Mr Dreyfus—That the House take note of the document.

3   commemoration of the 2nd anniversary of the black saturday bushfires—ministerial statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 21 February 2011—Mr C. R. Thomson ) on the motion of Mr Rudd—That the House take note of the document.

Committee and delegation reports

Orders of the day

*1   Economics—Standing Committee—REPORT ON the Inquiry into Indigenous economic development in Queensland and advisory report on the Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 12 May 2011 ) on the motion of Mr C. R. Thomson—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

2   Education and Employment—Standing Committee—advisory REPORT ON the social security legislation amendment (job seeker compliance) bill 2011—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 11 May 2011 ) on the motion of Ms Rishworth—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

3   Treaties—Joint Standing Committee—REPORT 116: treaties tabled on 24 and 25 november 2010, 9 february and 1 march 2011 and treaties referred on 16 november 2010 (part 3)—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 11 May 2011 ) on the motion of Mr K. J. Thomson—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

4   Public Accounts and Audit—Joint Committee—REPORT 422: Review of the 2009-10 defence materiel organisation major projects report—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 11 May 2011 ) on the motion of Mr Oakeshott—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

5   Gambling Reform—Joint Select Committee—first REPORT ON the design and implementation of a mandatory pre-commitment system for electronic gambling machines—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 11 May 2011—Ms Rishworth ) on the motion of Mr Wilkie—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

6   Public Accounts and Audit—Joint Committee—Report 421: The role of the Auditor-General in scrutinising government advertising—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 3 March 2011 ) on the motion of Mr Oakeshott—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

7   Economics—Standing Committee—Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia Annual Report 2010 (first Report)—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 28 February 2011 ) on the motion of Mr C. R. Thomson—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

8   Economics—Standing Committee—REPORT ON the Inquiry into the Income Tax Rates Amendment (Temporary Flood Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011 and the Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Flood Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 21 February 2011 ) on the motion of Mr C. R. Thomson—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

9   Education and Employment—Standing Committee—advisory report on the higher education legislation amendment (student services and amenities) bill 2010—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 15 November 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Rishworth—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS— continued

Orders of the day

1   Flooding of communities in the Torres Strait: Resumption of debate ( from 21 March 2011 ) on the motion of Mr Entsch—That this House:

(1)  notes the severe flooding effects taking place in the outer islands of the Torres Strait and the dire conditions the Torres Strait Islander people find themselves in each year;

(2) recognises that:

(a) the Torres Strait Islander people deserve the same rights as the people in flooded South-East Queensland;

(b) discrimination should not exist in one particular area of the nation;

(c) the Torres Strait Islander people have been experiencing flood devastation for the past four years with no help from Government; and

(d) sea wall infrastructure at six low-lying islands is inadequate and in urgent need of repair; and

(3)  in light of the evidence of continued flooding on the outer islands due to king tidal surges, calls on the Government to commit to restore and rebuild the damaged sea walls on the outer islands of the Torres Strait to protect the island communities from further devastation. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. On Thursday 24 March 2011, the Selection Committee recommended that this order of the day be voted on. )

2   Meat export industry: Resumption of debate ( from 21 March 2011 ) on the motion of Ms Saffin—That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) that the Commonwealth is resp onsible for regulating the export of live animals, and for negotiating the arrangements and conditions that apply to the export of both live animals and chilled or frozen meat;

(b) that the current tariff barriers that apply in some countries to chilled or frozen meat exports mean that there is not a level playing field between the two forms of export;

(c) that the Commonwealth has consistently campaigned for a reduction in tariffs on all agricultural exports;

(d) the national and international concerns about the welfare of animals transported under the live animal export trade, both during transportation and at their destination, have been raised and substantiated in campaigns by organisations and individuals including the World Society for the Protection of Animals, Stop Live Exports, Princess Alia of Jordan, the RSPCA and the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel; and

(e) that Australia is one of few countries that consistently treats animals humanely during slaughter and that Australian chilled or frozen meat has gained wide acceptance in the Middle East for its quality and observance of halal and kosher standards;

(2) acknowledges the opposition of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union and the local meat processors to the live export trade on the grounds that the live export trade has a detrimental effect on the local meat processing industry, affecting jobs and the Australian economy;

(3) calls for renewed consideration of a planned and supported transition in the medium term away from live exports and towards an expanded frozen and chilled meat export industry; and

(4) asks that Austrade be encouraged to be involved in negotiations to increase exports in frozen and chilled meat. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. On Thursday 24 March 2011, the Selection Committee recommended that this order of the day be voted on. )

3   Education and high school retention: Resumption of debate ( from 21 March 2011 ) on the motion of Mr Hayes—That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) t he importance of high school completion in equipping young people with the skills and education levels to translate into paid employment or further education opportunities;

(b) the national rate of unemployment for persons aged 15 to 19 looking for full-time work was 24.2 per cent in January 2010; and

(c) the current rate for Fairfield-Liverpool region is 33.5 per cent;

(2) acknowledges that:

(a) e ducation and high school retention play a crucial part in improving youth employment opportunity;

(b) in 2009, the Year 10 to 12 apparent national retention rate was 76.7 per cent; and

(c) i n South West Sydney the current retention rate is: 72.6 per cent;

(3) calls on:

(a) t he Government to continue its efforts to ensure an above 90 per cent high school retention rate nationwide by 2015 in order to reduce the youth unemployment rate; and

(b) local businesses to give, where possible, priority to the local youth searching for employment. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

4   National Youth Week: Resumption of debate ( from 21 March 2011 ) on the motion of Ms Rowland—That this House:

(1) notes that National Youth Week is:

(a)  the largest celebration of young people in Australia and will take place on Friday 1 to Sunday 10 April 2011, with the theme ‘Own It’; and

(b) organised and run by young people aged between 12 and 25 from around Australia;

(2)  acknowledges and commits itself to addressing the significant public policy and social challenges faced by young Australians including the:

(a)  unacceptably high incidence of suicide amongst young people;

(b)  prevalence of bullying and social stigmatisation, particularly in the form of cyber-bullying; and

(c) estimated tens of thousands of young people around Australia who are homeless on any given night;

(3)  applauds the outstanding contributions made by young people to a wide range of causes and volunteerism in their local communities and beyond, particularly a renewed emphasis on online participation in volunteering; and

(4) affirms its belief that a quality education remains a key determinant of opportunity and inclusiveness for young people. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

5   Biosecurity and quarantine: Resumption of debate ( from 21 March 2011 ) on the motion of Mr Georganas—That this House:

(1) a strong biosecurity and quarantine system is critical to Australia's rural and regional industries, jobs, consumers and our natural heritage;

(2) Australian law protects Australia from pests and diseases carried by overseas animals, plants and their products; and

(3) the application of Australian law will continue to be rigorously applied in Australia and defended against external challenge. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

6   World Tuberculosis Day: Resumption of debate ( from 21 March 2011 ) on the motion of Mr L. D. T. Ferguson—That this House:

(1) r ecognises that 24 March is World Tuberculosis Day, in observance of a disease that still claims the lives of 1.7 million people every year, and which:

(a) i s currently the leading killer of people living with HIV and the third leading killer of women;

(b) h as the highest growth in the South East Asian region, which accounted for the largest number of new Tuberculosis cases in 2008; and

(c) could be dramatically reduced by improved detection and diagnosis;

(2) recognises that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) currently provides more than two thirds of the global funding to combat Tuberculosis, and that:

(a)  Australia could supplement its recent pledge to the Global Fund to ensure that the resources for Tuberculosis as well as AIDS and Malaria are sufficient to achieve the goal of significantly reducing the number of people suffering from these diseases; and

(b) action by Australia to supplement its pledge would influence other donor countries to increase their pledges;

(3) acknowledges that the widespread adoption of the new Xpert diagnostic tool, which cuts the time for diagnosis from several weeks to two hours, would lead to significant improvements in the detection and treatment of Tuberculosis; and

(4) requests the Government facilitate the adoption of Xpert in South East Asia. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

7   Disability-inclusive Australian aid program: Resumption of debate ( from 21 March 2011 ) on the motion of Ms Parke—That this House:

(1) recognises that:

(a) there are 650  million people living with disabilities worldwide and that approximately 80 per cent of those people live in developing countries, with 82 per cent of those living below the poverty line on an income of less than US$1.25 per day;

(b) children and young people can often be the hardest hit by disability, whether because a child has a disability or is caring for an adult with a disability; and

(c) UNESCO has found that 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school;

(2) notes that the Australian Government is:

(a)  committed to implementing changes in Australia’s development assistance designed to deliver better outcomes for people with disabilities, as outlined in the strategy Development for All: Towards a disability-inclusive Australian aid program ; and

(b)  already held in high esteem internationally for its leadership in this field and in particular for the human rights-based approach taken to forming the strategy, in accordance with its adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and

(3) calls on the Australian Government to consider:

(a)  including the active participation of people with disabilities in its aid policy formulation, as well as incorporating monitoring mechanisms within aid funding to ensure that disability inclusive development is effectively measured; and

(b) any further ways in which AusAID and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade can continue their engagement with Disability-Inclusive Development policy to further strengthen Australia's commitment to this important cause. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

8   Humanitarian issues during the war in Sri Lanka: Resumption of debate ( from 28 February 2011 ) on the motion of Mr L. D. T. Ferguson—That this House:

(1) the Sri Lankan Government declared an end to the war in Sri Lanka in May 2009;

(2) o n 22 June 2010 the United Nations Secretary-General appointed a panel of experts to advise him on accountability concerning any alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka;

(3) t he panel:

(a) o fficially began its work on 16 September 2010; and

(b) is looking into the modalities, applicable international standards and comparative experience with regard to accountability processes, taking into account the nature and scope of any essential foundation for durable peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka;

(4) t hrough the panel, the Secretary-General expects to enable the United Nations to make a constructive contribution in this regard;

(5) on 18 October 2010 the panel invited individuals and organisations to make submissions in respect of its work, and will accept submissions until 15 December 2010;

(6) in light of the panel’s review, Australia's close ties with Sri Lanka and continuing reports by several reputable human rights organisations, such as the International Crisis Group, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Elders, as well as governments including in Britain, there has been a call for an international independent investigation into war crimes committed by all parties during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka; and

(7) Australia, as a respected and responsible member of the international community and Asian neighbourhood, can help accomplish better outcomes in Sri Lanka in the return towards a civil society, particularly for the Tamil minority, and that such actions:

(a) would further assist with the creation of durable solutions to what has been a humanitarian crisis on Australia's doorstep in Sri Lanka; and

(b) could also help partiall y alleviate the flow of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

9   Donate Life Week: Resumption of debate ( from 28 February 2011 ) on the motion of Mr Hayes—That this House:

(1) n otes that:

(a) Sunday 20 February to Sunday 27 February 2011 is Donate Life Week, Australia's nationa l awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation; and

(b) organ donation is giving the gift of life, yet is a gift that most people do not know how to give;

(2) acknowledges that:

(a) one third of Australians do not know that family consent is nee ded for organs to be donated when someone dies;

(b) there are more than 1000 people on organ donation waiting lists and were only 279 donations in 2009-10, despite that year being our highest annual donation rate in a decade; and

(c) on average, every deceased organ donor in Australia may contribute to between three and ten transplants;

(3) encourages all Australian men and women to:

(a) set some time aside during the week to talk about organ and tissue donations with people closest to them; and

(b) consider organ donations and sign up for the Australian Organ Donor Register; and

(4)  pays tribute to organ donors who have kindly given the gift of life. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

10   Obesity: Resumption of debate ( from 28 February 2011 ) on the motion of Ms Hall—That this House:

(1) notes:

  1. that Australia is one of the most obese nations in the developed world;
  2. that obesity is a growing problem in Australia;
  3. the recommendations of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing tabled on 1 June 2009;
  4. the findings and research of the George Institute and the Baker IDI Foundation;
  5. the findings and strategies developed by the National Preventative Health Taskforce in relation to obesity; and
  6. that the cost of the obesity epidemic to government at all levels is enormous and urgently needs to be addressed;

(2) calls on all:

  1. levels of government to recognise the severity of the obesity problem in Australia and its cost;
  2. levels of government to continue to develop strategies to address Australia’s obesity epidemic; and
  3. communities, and those living in them, to adopt healthy lifestyles which include healthy eating and exercise; and

(3) acknowledges the contribution of the Minister for Health and Ageing in:

  1. raising community awareness of the obesity epidemic; and
  2. investing in preventative health programs. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-a ccorded priority on any of the next sitting Mondays after 23  May 2011. )

11   Outstanding contributions during Queensland’s recent natural disasters: Resumption of debate ( from 28 February 2011—Mr Christensen , in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Neumann—That this House:

(1) notes the outstanding contribution of organisations and individuals in Queensland during the natural disasters of January 2011;

(2)  acknowledges the following who all worked tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of residents in the evacuation period and beyond:

(a) t he State Emergency Service, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, Rural Fire Brigades, St John's Ambulance Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service and Australian Defence Force;

(b) the Salvation Army, Lifeline, churches, charities and other community organisations; and

(c) flood affected school principals, teachers, staff and school communities; and

(3) expresses its deep appreciation for the courage, commitment and professionalism shown by these organisations and individuals. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

12   Viability of the Murray-Darling river system: Resumption of debate ( from 21 February 2011 ) on the motion of Ms Rishworth—That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) s upport for a solution to return the Murray-Darling river system to health is widespread across Australia;

(b) a poll by the Australian Conservation Foundation found that 77 per cent of Australians agree that environmental degradation in the Murray-Darling Basin must be reversed;

(c) the Government is working towards an effective strategy for the integrated and sustainable management of water resources in the Murray-Darling Basin; and

(d) this strategy includes purchasing water for increased environmental flows, setting sustainable diversion limits on the quantity of water removed from the Basin, managing water quality and investing in water-saving infrastructure; and

(2) recognises that the Government:

(a)  has already began the task of returning the Murray-Darling river system to health through the Water for the Future plan;

(b)  is working towards ensuring the long term viability of this river system for all those who rely on its precious water resources; and

(c) will continue to consult openly with all stakeholders in the Murray-Darling Basin. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

13   Violence in Western Sahara: Resumption of debate ( from 21 February 2011 ) on the motion of Ms Saffin—That this House:

(1)   notes that the Government:

(a)  deeply regrets recent reports of violence in Western Sahara, and allegations of human rights violations with respect to Western Sahara;

(b) urges parties to uphold international human rights standards, and to maintain their resolve to work peacefully through these issues in the United Nations led process currently underway;

(c) strongly supports the efforts of the United Nations to find an enduring and mutually acceptable settlement in relation to Western Sahara;

(d) welcomes progress made during the third round of informal talks here on 8-9 November in New York between Morocco and the Polisario Front, facilitated by the United Nations Secretary General's Personal Envoy Christopher Ross, including agreement to further informal talks later in 2010;

(e) calls on the parties to continue to work through these issues in the United Nations process underway; and

(f) hopes the next round of informal talks, scheduled for December 2010, will make further progress; and

(2)  fully supports:

(a)  the efforts of the United Nations Secretary General, his Special Envoy, and the United Nations to find an enduring settlement to the Western Sahara issue; and

(b) these concerns, calls, hopes and actions. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

14   Coptic Orthodox community of Egypt: Resumption of debate ( from 21 February 2011 ) on the motion of Ms Vamvakinou—That this House:

(1) condemns the New Year’s Day attack on the Al-Qiddissin Church, the Church of the Two Saints, in Alexandria, Egypt;

(2) acknowledges the historical role of the Coptic Orthodox community of Egypt;

(3) expresses its condolences to all victims of violence and terrorism;

(4) reaffirms the Australian Government's call for fundamental political reform in Egypt and the protection of the rights of all Egyptian citizens; and

(5) recognises:

(a) the contributions made by the Coptic Orthodox community of Australia under the leadership of His Grace Bishop Suriel of the Coptic Orthodox Church Diocese of Me lbourne and Affiliated Regions;

(b) the value and role of interfaith dialogue in building a diverse and harmonious society; and

(c) the value of democratic rights and the right to freedom of religion and culture. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

15   Australian arts community: Resumption of debate ( from 21 February 2011 ) on the motion of Mr Perrett—That this House:

(1) recognises the conclusion of a great television police drama, The Bill , and thanks the ABC for its long standing commitment to the program;

(2) acknowledges that since 1983, The Bill , has kept many of us from fully engaging with the broader Australian arts community on a Saturday night;

(3) recognises the broad contribution that our local arts make to Australian society and culture;

(4) reaffirms our commitment to the arts and to engaging with our local performers, artists and writers (particularly on our now Bill -less Saturday nights); and

(5) calls on the Minister for the Arts to lead Australia into a new era of artistic development and excellence and for all Australians to better support their local live performances. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

16   Public libraries: Resumption of debate ( from 21 February 2011 ) on the motion of Mr Hayes—That this House:

(1) notes the importance of public libraries i n communities across Australia;

(2) recognises that:

(a) various state-based research provides clear evidence of the contribution and value of public libraries in terms of the triple bottom line: economic, environmental and social impact; and

(b) recog nises that libraries provide access to information technology, research, educational resources and recreational materials for many people who otherwise could not afford them;

(3) congratulates public library staff for their commitment to facilitating life long learning in the community;

(4) supports the wide availability of public library collections as a way to help address disadvantage by ensuring free and equitable access to collections for all community members;

(5) notes that in 2008-09, 7.7 million Australians visited a library and the total asset value of library collections in this country was $4.3 billion;

(6) expresses concern over the action instigated by Liverpool City Council to investigate the viability of closing Green Valley, Miller, Moorebank and Casula public libraries; and

(7) specifically notes the community outrage and concern as a result of this decision, giving regard to the proven benefits of local public libraries as noted above. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

17   Security in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: Resumption of debate ( from 21 February 2011 ) on the motion of Ms A. E. Burke—That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to suffer from high levels of poverty, insecurity, and a culture of impunity, in which illeg al armed groups and military forces continue to commit widespread human right abuses;

(b) that, according to a study by the International Rescue Committee released in January 2008, conflict and related humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo have resulted in the deaths of an estimated 5 400 000 people since 1998, and continue to cause as many as 45 000 deaths each year; and

(c) the mismanagement and illicit trade of extractive resources from the Democratic Republic of Congo supports conflict between militias and armed domestic factions in neighbouring countries; and

(2) calls on the Government to promote peace and security in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo by supporting efforts of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Cong o, civil society groups, and the international community to monitor and stop commercial activities involving natural resources that contribute to illegal armed groups and human rights violations. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

18   Proposed amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 : Resumption of debate ( from 21 February 2011 ) on the motion of Mr Neumann—That this House:

(1)  notes that in 2006, the Howard Government made sweeping changes to the Family Law Act 1975 in parenting matters, and that these changes:

(a)  elevated the rights of parents above the need to protect children; and

(b) have been analysed and criticised in the following reports:

(i)  Family Courts violence review by Professor Richard Chisholm, former Justice of the Family Court;

(ii)  Evaluation of the family law reforms by the Australian Institute of Family Studies; and

(iii)  Improving responses to family violence in the family law system by the Family Law Council;

(2)  acknowledges that on 11 November 2010, the Hon. Robert McClelland, Attorney-General, released a draft bill Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010 (the Bill) for public consultation open to 14 January 2011, proposing amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 to provide better protection for children and families at risk of violence;

(3) supports the Federal Labor Government in taking steps to protect children from abuse, neglect and family violence; and

(4) urges the Federal Labor Government to proceed with the Bill to ensure that the best interest of the child is the paramount consideration in all court proceedings in relation to children. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

19   white ribbon day: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Hayes—That this House:

(1) notes that 25 November marks White Ribbon Day, the symbol of the United Nations’ International Da y for the Elimination of Violence Against Women;

(2) recognises that White Ribbon Day aims to prevent violence against women by increasing public awareness and education by challenging the attitudes and behaviours that allow violence to continue;

(3) asks all Australian men to challenge these attitudes and behaviours, so that we can begin to drive real change in our community;

(4) asks all Australian men to join the ‘My Oath Campaign’ and take the oath: I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women;

(5) notes with concern that one in three women will experience physical violence, and one in five will experience sexual violence over their lifetime;

(6) understands that domestic and family violence are primary causes of homelessness;

(7) acknowledges the cost of violence against women and their children to the Australian economy was estimated to be $13.6 billion in 2008-09, and if we take no action to shine a light on this violence, that cost will hit an estimated $15.6 billion by 2021-22; and

(8) asks all Members to show that they are challenging violence against women by wearing a white ribbon or wristband on White Ribbon Day. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

20   national curriculum: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Pyne—That this House:

(1) expresses its concern that the Government’s deadline to have the national curriculum available for implementation from January 2011 will result in a substandard curriculum; and

(2) requires the Government to delay the implementation of the national c urriculum until January 2012 for K-10 in the areas of English, maths, science and history. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. On Wednesday 24 November 2010, the Selection Committee recommended that this order of the day be voted on. )

21   united nations convention on the rights of the child: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Parke—That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) on 17 December 2010 Australia will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child;

(b) the C onvention on the Rights of the Child is an attempt to ensure that children everywhere have the best opportunity in life regardless of where they live, their race or gender, including the right to go to school, to have access to shelter and food, to play and to have their opinions heard and respected; and

(c) there has been significant progress in that 10 000 fewer children die per day than they did twenty years ago but there are still 8 million children dying each year before their fifth birthdays of causes that are easily preventable through such simple and inexpensive measures as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, vaccinations, breast-feeding for six months, clean water and sanitation;

(2) applauds the work done for the benefit of children internationall y by United Nations agencies, in particular UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), and Non Government Organisations, such as World Vision, Save the Children and Marie Stopes International;

(3) notes t hat while on the whole children in Australia fare better than children in other parts of the world, there remains significant issues to be tackled in Australia including child abuse and neglect, youth homelessness and the disadvantage suffered by indigenous children;

(4) applauds the work done for the benefit of Australian children by the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, as well as the Australian Human Rights Commission and Child Commissioners in the States and Territories;

(5) welcomes the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 as endorsed at the Council of Australian Governments meeting on 30 April 2009; and

(6) calls upon the Federal Government to further consider:

(a) incorporat ing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Federal legislation; and

(b) appointing a National Commissioner for Children. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

22   Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Sidebottom—That this House:

(1)  acknowledges the Government's recent increased commitment to the replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which:

(a) increased the previous commitment of $145 million in 2008-10, to $210 million for the 2011-13 period;

(b) recognised the importance of the Global Fund in the treatment and prevention of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the three major infectious diseases;

(c) acknowledges the Global Fund as a highly effective funding mechanism for promoting global health and preventing 5.7 million deaths from AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in some of the world poorest countries; and

(d) recognises the need to better fund the work of the Global Fund to deliver increases in the provision of antiretroviral therapy, tuberculosis treatment, long lasting insecticidal nets to prevent malaria, and treatment of women for mother-to-child transmission of HIV; and

(2)  urges all aid donor countries in the world to fund their fair share of the global amount required by the Fund, which is estimated to be $20 billion over the next three years. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

23   Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Saffin—That this House:

(1) w elcomes, on behalf of the Australian people, the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest;

(2) congratulates the Burmese pro-democracy movement for its steadfast resistance to military rule and ongoing campaign for democracy;

(3) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the more than 2000 political prisoners still detained in Burma;

(4) calls upon Burmese authorities to embark on a genuine process of national reconciliation and engage in dialogue with all of Burma's ethnic groups; and

(5) calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)  make the most of this opportunity to bring about lasting reform for Burma and its people;

(b) reinforce the campaign for political reform in Burma with increased engagement through government and diplomatic channels;

(c) maintain efforts to enforce a universal arms embargo against Burma; and

(d) support at the highest levels of Government the efforts of Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues to restore democracy and peace. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

24   Population growth: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010—Mr Alexander , in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Ripoll—That this House:

(1) the Intergenerational Report 2010 predicts Australia’s population may reach 35.9 million by 2050;

(2) population growth continues to be centred around Australia’s capital cities;

(3) the electorate of Oxley contains parts of Ipswich East, one of the statistical areas that has seen the largest population increases in Australia between 2004 and 2009;

(4) continuing population growth is placing pressure on the sustainability of Australian cities and the lifestyles of their residents;

(5) a ‘business as usual’ approach to planning and development will no longer be sufficient for the future needs of Australian cities;

(6) building Sustainable Cities must become a policy priority for all levels of government; and

(7) the future sustainability of Australian cities must include a need to ‘decentralise’ the capital cities and encourage major employers, such as government department, to regional and outer urban centres. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

25   organ donation: Resumption of debate ( from 15 November 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Brodtmann—That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) organ donor rates are showing slow and sustained improvement in 2010;

(b)  more than 98 per cent of Australians agree that organ and tissue donation have the potential to save and improve lives, yet less than 60 per cent of Australians accept the invitation for their loved ones to become organ donors when asked;

(c) there are more than 1700 Australians on the transplant waiting list at any time;

(d) many more Australians cannot get into waiting lists as they are too sick or unlikely to receive a life saving transplant because there are not enough donors; and

(e) the Government has invested more than $150 million over four years to establish a coordinated approach to organ donation, enabling all jurisdictions to work cooperatively to support sustained improvements in organ donation in Australia; and

(2) acknowledges:

(a) the s elfless act of the 228 donor families who have already donated organs in 2010 (to 30 September), which has saved or improved the lives of at least 683 Australians;

(b) the work undertaken across jurisdictions led by the National Medical Director of the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority, State and Territory Medical Directors and clinical groups to develop nationally consistent protocols and clinical triggers;

(c) the support of community groups such as Gift of Life, Kidney Health Australia, Transplant Australia, the Organ Donation and Transplant Foundation of Western Australia and the David Hookes Foundation, which are integral in supporting the work of clinicians in improving organ donor rates; and

(d) the importance of a steady and sustained improvement in organ donor rates to support Australia’s quest to become a world leader in organ and tissue donation and transplantation. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

26   human rights in iran: Resumption of debate ( from 15 November 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Neumann—That this House:

(1)  notes with deep concern the ongoing human rights violations in Iran, including the:

(a)  use of the death penalty, especially the use of stoning as a method of execution;

(b)  violations of the rights of women;

(c) repeated violations of due process of law;

(d) use of violence, intimidation and arbitrary arrest to suppress peaceful opposition activity and the impact this has on the ability of Iranians to exercise their freedom of expression, association and assembly;

(e) reported arbitrary arrest and detention, and torture of opposition protestors;

(f) discrimination against and failure to protect the rights of minorities, including the Bahá’í, Sufi, Baluch, and Kurdish communities; and

(g) trial and reported sentencing of seven Bahá’í leaders—Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm—for insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic; and

(2) calls upon the G overnment of the Islamic Republic of Iran to:

(a)  ensure that the rights of all individuals are fully protected, without discrimination, and that it fulfils its obligations to its own citizens as set out in the Iranian constitution;

(b) abide by its international human rights obligations, including the rights to freedom of religion or belief as set out in Article 18 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights; and

(c) ensure that all trials, including the case of the seven Bahá’í leaders, are fair and transparent and conducted in accordance with Iran's international obligations. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

27   pensions: Resumption of debate ( from 25 October 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Adams—That this House:

(1) notes that pensions must keep pace with the cost of living;

(2) recognises the significance and importance of the Labor Government’s $14 billion reform of the pension system after over 11 years of Coalition inaction;

(3) understands that when there is a Commonwealth pension rise, some of it is likely to be absorbed into pensioners’ rising living costs, often as a result of States and Territories lifting housing rents and power costs;

(4) notes the danger that pensioners are at risk of becoming impoverished if State and Territory governments do not allow the benefits of pension increases to flow through to pensioners; and

(5) demands that all State and Territory Governments commit to permanently quarantining last September’s pension rise, in the calculation of pensioners’ public housing rent levels and other State and Territory government controlled costs. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

28   surf life saving australia: Resumption of debate ( from 25 October 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Lyons—That this House:

(1) acknowledges and congratulates the over 153 000 volunteer members and staff of Surf Life Saving Australia;

(2) notes that:

(a) Surf Life Saving Australia faces many challenges in looking after the nation’s largest and most popular playground, our beaches, with over 100 million beach visitations each year; and

(b) in its 103 years of service, Surf Life Saving Australia is defying trends by increasing volunteer numbers, which is a great reflection of an organisation strongly connected to unique Aussie lifestyle, culture and adaptability;

(3) supports Surf Life Saving Australia’s efforts in advocating for nationally consistent standards for coastal safety services, systems and signage;

(4) acknowledges Surf Life Saving Australia’s international aid and development programs in 25 countries, mainly in the Asia Pacific region, playing its part in showcasing the nation’s global goodwill; and

(5) supports the establishment of bi-partisan ‘Friends of Surf Life Saving’ amongst Members of Parliament and Senators, providing the opportunity for Surf Life Saving Australia to keep the country’s leaders informed about the humanitarian, social and economic value of Surf Life Saving Australia to the Australian community. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

29   national carers week: Resumption of debate ( from 25 October 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Owens—That this House:

(1) recognises:

(a) that the week of 17 to 23 Oc tober was National Carers Week;

(b) that there are more than 2.6 million carers in Australia;

(c) the caring role is one of immense social and economic value, with carers being the foundation of our health, aged, palliative and community care systems;

(d) as health care increasingly moves away from ‘institutional’ settings into the home and community, family carers shoulder greater responsibility for managing complex conditions and providing the emotional and physical support for the person for whom they are caring;

(e) without carers, no future health or community care system will be able to respond to changing demographics and health needs, clinical practices and societal influences, in the long term;

(f) the Government’s practical measures to improve the lives of carers through significant reforms across the disability, health, mental health and aged care service systems, including:

(i) delivering a $60 a fortnight increase to the base pension plus an increase of $5 a fortnight in the new Pension Supplement for c arers receiving the maximum single rate of Carer Payment (a total increase of around $100 per fortnight, after indexation increases from 20 March);

(ii) guaranteeing the certainty of an annual ongoing Carers Supplement of $600 for each person cared for, benefiting around 500 000 carers;

(iii) overhauling the complex and restrictive eligibility requirements for Carer Payment (Child);

(iv) significantly boosting funding to the State and Territory governments for specialist disability services including supported accommodation, in-home care and respite; and

(v) commissioning the Productivity Commission to examine the feasibility, costs and benefits of a National Long Term Disability Care and Support Scheme; and

(2) calls on the Government to renew its comm itment to carers in this Parliament and to exercise all instruments of policy to support carers in their vital work. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

30   cord blood donations: Resumption of debate ( from 25 October 2010 ) on the motion of Mrs D'Ath—That this House recognises:

(1) that many lives have been saved through the research and the use of organ and blood donations throughout Australia;

(2) that one form of donation is cord blood from the umbilical cord and placenta, and that:

(a) research has shown that his blood is a rich source of blood forming stem cells known as haemopoietic stem cells;

(b) the use of these cells for transplantation to a sufferer of leukaemia, lymphoma, and some tumours, provides the best chance for a cure; and

(c) recent research has established that umbilical cord blood st em cells can demonstrate plasticity, suggesting a role for them in the treatment of diseases such as diabetes, cerebral vascular disease, and Parkinson’s disease;

(3) that the collection of umbilical cord blood cells for research and for processing is a s afe and non-invasive procedure, and that this procedure does not involve the destruction of an embryo given that the umbilical cord and placenta are usually discarded as waste;

(4) that the collection of umbilical cord blood is not available in all States and Territories or hospitals throughout Australia, and that:

(a) the collection, processing and storage of umbilical cord blood requires specialised techniques by appropriately trained and accredited professionals; and

(b) based on limitations on the co llection centres that currently exist, not all permissions for donations given by women at existing collection centres results in the actual collection of the cord blood;

(5) that the Federal Government already funds the Australian National Cord Blood Co llection Network;

(6) the great work being done by the Australian National Cord Blood Collection Network, AusCord, the Australian national network of umbilical cord blood banks and cord blood collection centres; and

(7) that refocused cord blood collection and banking strategies that enable greater matching of donations to those people who need them would increase the clinical value of Australia’s cord blood collection. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

31   telstra’s grafton call centre: Resumption of debate ( from 18 October 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Saffin—That this House:

(1) notes with grave concern:

(a) Telstra’s stated proposal to close its Business Call Centre in Grafton, with the loss of 108 local jobs, and the relocation of some of these jobs to Brisbane and Melbourne;

(b) the damaging flow on effect to a regional economy from such significant job cuts;

(c) the perception that Telstra is abandoning regional Australia; and

(d) Telstra’s claim that it can improve customer service while carrying out a program of job cut s;

(2) acknowledges the Clarence Valley community’s strong support for the campaign to save local Telstra jobs evidenced by the actions of Mayor Richie Williamson, the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and the 5559 people who signed my petition calling for Tels tra to keep the Call Centre open, and not abandon regional Australia; and

(3) calls upon Telstra’s Chief Executive Officer David Thodey to stop the closure of the Grafton Call Centre to demonstrate a commitment by Telstra to Regional Australia. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

32   forestry industry: Resumption of debate ( from 18 October 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Adams—That this House:

(1) recognises that the forestry industry is an important part of the Australian economy but is currently in crisis;

(2) understands that it is necessary to secure the vi ability of forestry dependent communities and to create well paid, high skilled jobs by value adding to our natural resource;

(3) supports the process whereby the forestry unions, government, industry, environment and community groups working together will allow a complete restructure of the industry that will determine that any transition is fair and just for workers, their families and communities; and

(4) calls on the House to ensure that interim payments to those facing hardships because of the transition, and those exiting the industry, can be assisted in a timely manner. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )

33   national stroke awareness week: Resumption of debate ( from 18 October 2010—Ms O'Neill , in continuation ) on the motion of Ms Hall—That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) National Stroke Awareness Week was 13 to 19 September;

(b) sixty thousand people will suffer a stroke this year, that is, one stroke every 10 minutes;

(c) stroke is the second single greatest killer after coronary and a leading cause of disability in Australia;

(d) one in five people having a first stroke die within one month, and one in three die within one year;

(e) twenty per cent of all strokes occur in people under fifty five years of age;

(f) eighty eight per cent of stroke survivors live at home, and most have a disability;

(g) stroke kills more women than breast cancer;

(h) stroke costs Australia $2.14 billion a year, yet is preventable; and

(i) education plays an important role in reducing the occurrence of stroke; and

(2) acknowledges:

(a) the role played by the f amilies and carers of stroke victims;

(b) the work of the National Stroke Foundation;

(c) the effectiveness of the FAST campaign; and

(d) that prevention is the best cure. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays after 23 May 2011. )