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Tuesday, 7 April 1998
Page: 2714

The following notices were given:

Mr Downer to present a bill for an act to give effect to certain of Australia's obligations as a party to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, and for related purposes.

Mr Truss to present a bill for an act to amend the Trade Practices Act 1974, and for related purposes.

Mr Truss to present a bill for an act to amend the National Measurement Act 1960, and for related purposes.

Mr Costello to present a bill for an act to amend the Cheques and Payment Orders Act 1986.

Mr Costello to present a bill for an act to amend the Cheques and Payment Orders Act 1986, and for related purposes.

Mr Reith to move:

(1) That, if the House is not sitting when the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has completed the report of its inquiry into the funding of Australia's defence, the committee may send the report to the Speaker, or, in the absence or unavailability of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker. Upon receipt of the report by the Speaker or Deputy Speaker:

(a) the publication of the report is authorised by this resolution; and

(b) the Speaker or Deputy Speaker, as the case may be, is authorised to give directions for the printing and circulation of the report.

(2) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing and sessional orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing and sessional orders.

(3) That a message be sent to the Senate acquainting it of this resolution.

Mr Fahey 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: CSIRO Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies Stage 2 Development, Pinjarra Hills, Qld.

Mr Fahey 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: HMAS Albatross Stage 1 Redevelopment, Nowra, NSW.

Mr Williams to present a bill for an act to rename the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, create the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, amend the law relating to human rights, and for related purposes.

Mr Warwick Smith to present a bill for an act relating to digital television broadcasting, and for other purposes.

Mr Vaile to present a bill for an act to amend the National Road Transport Commission Act 1991, and for other purposes.

Ms Worth to present a bill for an act to regulate activities involving radiation, and for related purposes.

Ms Worth to present a bill for an act to deal with consequential matters arising from the enactment of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998, and for other purposes.

Mr Andrew to move:

That standing order 48A (adjournment and next meeting) and standing order 103 (new business) be suspended for this sitting.

Mr McClelland to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that the 1996-97 federal Budget cut $1.8 billion from labour market programs;

(2) notes that the cut in funding could mean a loss of $400 million to the NSW Technical and Further Education sector by the year 2000 and lead to a cut of 100,000 enrolments in TAFE;

(3) further notes that the federal Budget also abolished 5 per cent of TAFE's growth funding representing a cut of $91.5 million over four years to the sector; and

(4) calls upon this Government to seriously address the issues of youth unemployment and in particular to properly resource vocational education and training of young persons.

Mr McClelland to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that the current federal Government has diverted funding into private education at the direct expense of public education;

(2) acknowledges that a properly resourced public education system is vitally important to equity of access to quality education; and

(3) calls upon the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs to properly resource public education.

Mr McClelland to move:

That this House:

(1) notes the increasing gap between costs for medical services and the insurance coverage provided by both Medicare and private insurers;

(2) acknowledges that the extent of that gap is a significant disincentive to persons undertaking private health insurance;

(3) further notes that many private health insurers have lost creditability as a result of unilaterally varying the terms and conditions of their policies without obtaining the informed consent of their policyholders; and

(4) therefore establish a committee to investigate all aspects of the private health industry including a requirement that medical practitioners and providers fully disclose to patients the likely cost of treatment and the extent to which that cost will exceed their health cover.