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Wednesday, 7 December 1983
Page: 3456

The following notices were given:

Mr Hurford to move-

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the Committee has duly reported to parliament. Construction of a chancery complex and staff and staff housing at Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Mr Hodgman to move-

That in the interests of upholding Parliamentary privilege, ministerial responsibility, the highest standards of propriety in Government and, maintaining the dignity of the Parliament, this House demands that the Government's cover-up on uranium mining be abandoned and general business notice of motion, No. 261, be called on for debate.

Mr Hodgman to move-

That this House notes that-

(1) The edited transcript of the conversation between the Soviet spy, Ivanov, and Mr Combe at Ivanov's home on 4 March 1983, reveals that the Soviet floating dock proposal for Tasmania was discussed, and

(2) In the light of that evidence, the House is of the opinion that the Government acted in a shameful and disgraceful manner by entertaining negotiations with Moscow for the revival of the Soviet floating dock proposal, and for the basing of the said dock in Tasmania, before Mr Justice Hope's Royal Commission report was even presented to this Parliament.

Mr Dawkins to move-

That government business shall take precedence over general business for this sitting.

Mr Dawkins to move-

That the following orders of the day, government business, be discharged:

Science and Technology Statement 1982-83-Papers-Motion to take note of papers: Resumption of debate.

C.S.I.R.O. Laboratories Safety Standards and the death of Mr R. Bergamasco- Report of Committee of Inquiry-Paper and ministerial statement-Motion to take note of papers: Resumption of debate.

Local Government Personal Income Tax Sharing-Western Australian Local Government Grants Commission recommendations-Report-Motion to take note of paper : Resumption of debate.

Remuneration Tribunal-Reports and determinations-Paper-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Customs Administration and Procedures-New South Wales-Review-Report and papers- Motion to take note of papers: Resumption of debate.

Federated Ship Painters and Dockers' Union-Interim Report of Royal Commission and statement-Motion to take note of papers: Resumption of debate.

Special Prosecutor R. F. Redlich-Report and statement-Motion to take note of papers: Resumption of debate.

Population Forecasts for Australia-Paper-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Local Government Personal Income Tax Sharing-Local Government Grants Commissions recommendations-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Department of the House of Representatives-Report-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Anzus Treaty-Review-Ministerial statement-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Lobbyists and the Australian Government and Parliament-Discussion paper-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Pensions Means Test-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Grain Harvesters-Report by Industries Assistance Commission-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Airlines Agreement-Reports on Consultations between T.A.A. and Ansett-Motion to take note of papers: Resumption of debate.

Medicare-Government decisions-Ministerial statement-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Immigration Policy and Program-Ministerial statement-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Recognition of Overseas Qualifications in Australia-Report of Committee of Inquiry-Papers-Motion to take note of papers: Resumption of debate.

Drug Trafficking-Report of Commonwealth-New South Wales Joint Task Force-Papers -Motion to take note of papers: Resumption of debate.

Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission-Report of President-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Criminal Deportation Policy-Ministerial statement-Motion to take note of paper: Resumption of debate.

Mr Dawkins-To move-

That, unless otherwise ordered, the following amendments to the standing orders be adopted to operate from the first sitting in 1984, for the remainder of this session:

Days and hours of meeting

Standing order 40 be amended to read-

40. Unless otherwise ordered, the House shall meet for the despatch of business -

(a) in the first sitting week, on-

Tuesday, at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, at 10.30 a.m.

Thursday, at 10.30 a.m., and

Friday, at 10.30 a.m.;

(b) in the second sitting week, on-

Monday, at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, at 10.30 a.m. and

Thursday, at 10.30 a.m.

From the termination of the last sitting in the second week, the House shall stand adjourned until 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday after that termination, unless Mr Speaker shall, by telegram or letter addressed to each Member of the House, fix an alternative day or hour of meeting. The 4-weekly cycle will then be repeated.

Adjournment and next meeting

Standing order 48A be amended to read-

48A. At 10.30 p.m. on each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, at 8 p.m. on each Wednesday and at 4.30 p.m. on each Friday the Speaker shall propose the question -That the House do now adjourn-which question shall be open to debate; if the House is in committee at the time stated, the Chairman shall report progress and upon such report being made the Speaker shall forthwith propose the question- That the House do now adjourn-which question shall be open to debate. No amendment may be moved to this question:

Provided that-

(a) if a division is in progress at the time fixed for interruption, the division shall be completed and the result announced;

(b) if, on the question-That the House do now adjourn-being proposed, a Minister requires the question to be put forthwith without debate, the Speaker shall forthwith put the question;

(c) a motion for the adjournment of the House may be moved by a Minister at an earlier hour;

(d) any business under discussion and not disposed of at the time of the adjournment shall be set down on the Notice Paper for the next sitting, and

(e) if the question-That the House do now adjourn-is negatived, the House or committee shall resume the proceedings at the point at which they had been interrupted:

Provided further that, if at 11 p.m. on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, at 8.30 p.m. on a Wednesday or at 5 p.m. on a Friday the question before the House is- That the House do now adjourn-the Speaker shall interrupt the debate, at which time-

(f) a Minister may require that the debate be extended until 11.10 p.m., 8.40 p .m. or 5.10 p.m., as the case may be, to enable Ministers to speak in reply to matters raised in the preceding adjournment debate; at 11.10 p.m., 8.40 p.m. or 5.10 p.m., as the case may be, or upon the earlier cessation of the debate, the Speaker shall forthwith adjourn the House until the time of its next meeting, or

(g) if no action is taken by a Minister under paragraph (f), the Speaker shall forthwith adjourn the House until the time of its next meeting.

Routine of business

Standing order 101 be amended to read-

101. The House shall proceed on the days indicated with its ordinary business in the following routine:

Monday and Tuesday

1. Giving notices. 2. Questions without notice. 3. Presentation of papers. 4. Ministerial statements, by leave. 5. Presentation of petitions. 6. Matter of public importance. 7. Notices and orders of the day.

Wednesday and Thursday

1. Presentation of petitions. 2. Giving notices. 3. Notices and orders of the day. 4. Grievance debate or general business (at 12.45 p.m. on Thursday). 5. Questions without notice (at 2 p.m.). 6. Presentation of papers. 7. Ministerial statements, by leave 8. Matter of public importance. 9. Notices and orders of the day.

Friday

1. Presentation of petitions. 2. Giving notices. 3. Presentation of papers. 4. Ministerial statements, by leave. 5. Matter of public importance. 6. Notices and orders of the day.

Question time

New standing order 101A be inserted-

101A. At 12.15 p.m. on each Wednesday the Speaker shall interrupt the business before the House in order that questions without notice can be called on at 2 p. m.:

Provided that-

(a) if the House is in committee at the time stated, the Chairman shall report progress;

(b) if a division is in progress at the time fixed for interruption, the division shall be completed and the result announced, and

(c) the Speaker shall fix the time for the resumption of the debate on any business under discussion and not disposed of at the time of interruption.

Precedence for government and general business

Standing order 104 be amended to read-

104. Unless otherwise ordered, government business shall, on each day of sitting, have precedence of all other business, except that on the sitting Thursday alternate to the sitting Thursday to which standing order 106 applies, general business shall have precedence of government business commencing at 12. 45 p.m. At 2 p.m. the Speaker shall interrupt the business before the House and forthwith call on questions without notice:

Provided that-

(a) if the House is in committee at the time stated, the Chairman shall report progress;

(b) if a division is in progress at the time fixed for interruption, the division shall be completed and the result announced, and

(c) the Speaker shall fix the time for the resumption of the debate on any business under discussion and not disposed of at the time of interruption.

Grievance debate

Standing order 106 be amended to read-

106. Notwithstanding standing order 105, the first order of the day, government business, on each alternate sitting Thursday commencing with the first sitting Thursday after the Address in Reply to the Governor-General's Speech has been adopted shall be a question to be proposed by the Speaker ''That grievances be noted'' to which question any Member may address the House or move any amendment . The order of the day shall stand postponed until 12.45 p.m. and if consideration of the question has not been concluded at 2 p.m., the debate thereon shall be interrupted and the Speaker shall put any questions, and, after the resolution of those questions shall forthwith call on questions without notice.

General business and grievance debate

New standing order 106A be inserted-

106A. At 12.45 p.m. on each Thursday the Speaker shall interrupt the business before the House in order that general business or grievance debate, as the case may be, can be called on:

Provided that-

(a) if the House is in committee at the time stated, the Chairman shall report progress;

(b) if a division is in progress at the time fixed for interruption, the division shall be completed and the result announced, and

(c) the Speaker shall fix the time for the resumption of the debate on any business under discussion and not disposed of at the time of interruption.

Matter of public importance

Standing order 107 be amended by omitting ''at least one hour before the time fixed for the meeting of the House'' and substituting ''not later than 8.30 a.m. on each Friday and 12 noon on each other sitting day''.

General business-priority to notices

Standing order 109 be amended by omitting ''for 2 hours after the meeting of the House'' and substituting ''until 1.45 p.m.''.

Mr Hurford 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: construction of facilities for the Australian frigate project, Williamstown Naval Dockyard, Victoria (phase A).

Mr Hurford 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: reconstruction of pyrotechnic section at the munitions filling factory, St. Marys, N.S.W..

Mr Hurford to move-

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the Committee has duly reported to Parliament: Perth airport international terminal complex and parallel taxiway.

Mr Hurford to move-

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the Committee has duly reported to Parliament: provision of navigational aids, hydrographers passage, Great Barrier Reef.

Mr Hurford to move-

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the Committee has duly reported to Parliament: relocation of parachute training school from RAAF base, Williamtown, N.S.W. to HMAS Albatross, N.S.W.