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Thursday, 19 June 2003
Page: 17084

The following notices were given:


Mr Abbott to move:

That, for the remainder of this period of sittings, standing order 45 be amended to read as follows:

ยท When want of quorum noticed, House counted - House adjourned

45 If any Member takes notice that a quorum of Members is not present, the Speak-er shall count the House; and, if a quorum is not present within four minutes, the Speaker shall adjourn the House until the next sitting day: Provided that if the Speaker is satisfied there is likely to be a quorum within a reasonable time the Speaker shall announce that he or she will take the Chair at a stated time; but if at that time there is not a quorum the Speaker shall adjourn the House to the next sitting day and provided further that on the second or any subsequent occa-sion during a sitting day on which any Mem-ber takes notice that a quorum is not present the Speaker shall have discretion whether to proceed with business or to count the House.


Ms George to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that people from poorer socio-economic backgrounds commonly exper-ience barriers to accessing dental health care;

(2) recognise the adverse impact of the abolition of the Commonwealth Dental Health Pro-gram on people who cannot afford private dental care;

(3) recognises that poor dental health has impli-cations for other medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, respiratory disease and cancer; and

(4) recognises that dental health is a matter that warrants the intervention of the Federal Government.


Ms King to move:

That this House notes that:

(1) 18 August is the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and Vietnam Veterans Day;

(2) following the Battle of Long Tan in 1966, the South Vietnamese Government decided to award gallantry award medals to several members of D Company and also a Unit Citation to the Company;

(3) at the last minute the then Australian Government requested that they not be awarded and the soldiers were instead given dolls and cigarette cases;

(4) that approval to have the awards presented was to be sought at a later date; and

(5) as the Minister for Veterans Affairs has the authority to approve the wearing of these awards, and given that sufficient documented evidence exists to support such a decision, that approval should be granted.