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Thursday, 29 May 2003
Page: 15500

The following notices were given:


Mr Organ to move:

That in light of the Indonesian military action in Aceh and increasing concern in the Australian community that an humanitarian crisis similar to that witnessed in East Timor is in the making, this House calls on the Government to:

(1) make provision for immediate humani-tarian relief to those civilians who are now without food, shelter and access to medical assistance;

(2) urge the Indonesian Government to revoke the imposition of martial law in Aceh, and to pull troops back to a defensive posi-tion;

(3) call on the Indonesian Government to return to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) process, and to resume a dialogue in pursuit of a political solution to the problem in Aceh;

(4) urge the Indonesian Government to allow the involvement of a third party (preferably a United Nations special envoy) to mediate in future dialogue;

(5) offer a temporary safe haven to those who are already displaced and whose lives are under immediate threat by the actions of the Indonesian security forces; and

(6) urge the Indonesian Government to guarantee that international norms and conventions on the protection of civilians in war will be strictly adhered to, and to ensure that the Indonesian Government remains accountable for the actions of their security forces deployed in Aceh.


Mr Mossfield to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges:

(a) the need for leadership role models for young people across a diversity of fields and professions and that the role of teachers in the education system is imperative in achieving this objective;

(b) that healthy vibrant town centres, well resourced with youth facilities such as libraries, entertainment facilities, community facilities and accessible transport, ensure positive youth participation in the community;

(c) that social and peer pressure add to the challenges that today's youth face, which can often lead to depression and youth suicide; and

(d) the difficulties faced by students forced to juggle work and acad-emic participation in relation to wages, exploitation and time manage-ment; and

(2) urges the Government to:

(a) encourage the promotion of positive role models, both male and female, to inspire and lead the expanding youth population of the Western Sydney region;

(b) increase its focus on urban development and planning to aid the growing needs of today's youth;

(c) make available a variety of options to address the important issue of depression and youth suicide; and

(d) promote youth participation by encouraging the establishment of a wider range of forums for young people to be able to voice their concerns and that these forums should involve all levels of government and the community.


Mr Price to move:

(1) That standing order 28B be amended by inserting the following paragraph after paragraph (b):

(ba) annual and additional estimates contained in the appropriation bills presented to the House shall stand referred for consideration by Members of the relevant committee (as determined in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (b) for the consideration of annual reports), and, for the purposes of this consideration:

(i) six Members of each committee, determined by the committee in each case, shall consider the estimates;

(ii) the Members of the committee selected to consider the estimates shall meet with Members of the relevant Senate legislation committee so that the Members and Senators may meet together for the purposes of considering the estimates;

(iii) members of the relevant House and Senate committees, when meeting together to consider estimates, shall choose a Member or a Senator to chair the joint meetings;

(iv) the provisions of Senate standing order 26 shall, to the extent that they are applicable, apply to the consideration of estimates under this paragraph; and

(v) that, upon the completion of joint meetings at which evidence is received or written answers or additional information considered, it shall then be a matter for the Members of the relevant commit-tee to consider the terms of any report to the House on the estimates.

(2) That a message be sent to the Senate acquainting it of this resolution and requesting that it concur and take action accordingly. (Notice given 29 May 2003.)


Mr Price to move:

(1) That a Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing be appointed to inquire into:

(a) proposals for the annual estimates and the additional estimates for the House of Representatives;

(b) proposals to vary the staff structure of the House of Representatives, and staffing and recruitment policies; and

(c) such other matters as are referred to it by the House;

(2) That the committee shall:

(a) in relation to estimates—

(i) determine the amounts for inclusion in the parliamentary appropriation bills for the annual and the additional appropriations; and

(ii) report to the House upon its determinations prior to the consideration by the House of the relevant parliamentary appropri-ation bill; and

(b) in relation to staffing—

(i) make recommendations to the Speaker; and

(ii) report to the House on its determinations prior to the consi-deration by the House of the relevant parliamentary appropri-ation bill;

(3) That the committee consist of the Speaker and 11 other members, 6 members to be nominated by the Chief Government Whip or Whips and 5 members to be nominated by the Chief Opposition Whip or Whips or any independent Member;

(4) That the committee elect a Government member as its chair;

(5) That the committee elect a deputy chairman who shall act as chair of the committee at any time when the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee, and at any time when the chair and deputy chair are not present at a meeting of the committee the members present shall elect another member to act as chairman at that meeting;

(6) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to any subcommittee any matter which the commit-tee is empowered to examine;

(7) That the committee appoint the chair of each subcommittee who shall have a casting vote only, and at any time when the chair of a subcommittee is not present at a meeting of the subcommittee the members of the subcommittee present shall elect another member of that subcommittee to act as chair at that meeting;

(8) That the quorum of a subcommittee be a majority of the members of that subcommit-tee;

(9) That members of the committee who are not members of a subcommittee may participate in the public proceedings of that subcommittee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum;

(10) That the committee or any subcommittee have power to send for persons, papers and records;

(11) That the committee or any subcommittee have power to move from place to place;

(12) That a subcommittee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any sittings or adjournment of the House;

(13) That the committee have leave to report from time to time; and

(14) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders. (Notice given 29 May 2003.)


Mr Price to move:

That the standing orders be amended by amending standing order 94 to read as follows:

Closure of Member

94 A motion may be made that a Member who is speaking, except a Member giving a notice of motion or formally moving the terms of a motion allowed under the standing orders or speaking to a motion of dissent (from any ruling of the Speaker under standing order 100), “be not further heard”, and such question shall be put forthwith and decided without amendment or debate. (Notice given 29 May 2003.)


Mr Price to move:

That standing order 129 be omitted and the following standing order substituted:

Presentation of petitions

129 At the time provided for the presentation of petitions, the following arrangements shall apply to the presentation of petitions certified to be in conformity with the standing orders:

(a) in respect of each petition, the petitioner, or one of the petitioners, may present the petition to the House by standing at the Bar of the House and reading to the House the prayer of the petition, and

(b) where a petitioner is not able to present the petition in accordance with paragraph (a) of this standing order, the Member who has lodged the petition may present it to the House by reading to the House the prayer of the petition. (Notice given 29 May 2003.)


Mr Price to move:

That the standing orders be amended by inserting the following standing order after standing order 143:

Questions to committee chairs

143A Questions may be put to a Member in his or her capacity as Chair of a committee of the House, or of a joint committee, in connection with the work or duties of the committee in question. (Notice given 29 May 2003.)


Mr Price to move:

That the standing orders be amended by inserting the following standing order after standing order 145:

Questions without notice—Time limits

145A During question time:

(a) the asking of each question may not exceed 1 minute and the answering of each question may not exceed 4 minutes;

(b) the asking of each supplementary question may not exceed 1 minute and the answering of each supplementary question may not exceed 1 minute; and

(c) the time taken to make and determine points of order is not to be regarded as part of the time for questions and answers. (Notice given 29 May 2003.)


Mr Price to move:

That the following amendment to the standing orders be adopted for the remainder of this session:

Questions from citizens

148A (a) A Member may give notice of a question in terms proposed by a person who lives in the Member's electoral division.

(b) Notice of a question given under this standing order may show the name of the person who has proposed the question.

(c) A Member may not give more than 25 notices of questions under this sessional order in a calendar year.

(d) Nothing in this standing order may be taken to mean that a Member must give notice of a question proposed to the Member by a person who lives in the Member's electoral division. (Notice given 29 May 2003.)


Mr Price to move:

That this House:

(1) refers to the Standing Committee on Procedure the draft Framework of Ethical Principles for Members and Senators and the draft Framework of Ethical Principles for Ministers and Presiding Officers dated 1995;

(2) seeks advice from the Procedure Committee as to the continuing validity or otherwise of the drafts; and

(3) requests the Procedure Committee to confer with the Procedure Committee of the Senate in its consideration of these matters. (Notice given 29 May 2003.)


Mr Price to move:

That standing order 145 be omitted and the following standing orders be adopted:

145A The answer to a question without notice shall be relevant and:

(a) shall be concise and confined to the subject matter of the question;

(b) shall relate to public affairs with which the Minister is officially connected, to proceedings in the House, or to any other matter of administration for which the Minister is responsible; and

(c) shall not debate the subject to which the question refers.

145B The standing orders that apply to the asking of a question without notice shall generally apply to the answer.

145C An answer to a question on notice shall be relevant to the question and shall be provided to the Member who asked the question within 30 days. (Notice given 29 May 2003.)