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Friday, 24 October 2003
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The following notices were given:


Mr Bevis to move:

That this House:

(1) notes with grave concern the detention of two Australian citizens, Mr David Hicks and Mr Mamdouh Habib at Guantanamo Bay Cuba by the United States administration;

(2) notes that even the worst war criminals from Nazi Germany were afforded a full court hearing open to public scrutiny;

(3) notes that David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib have received only very limited access to legal advice;

(4) notes that David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib have been denied access to their families;

(5) notes that David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib have been denied natural justice and are being held at the sole discretion of the President of the United States of America in whatever circumstances he deems fit; and

(6) calls on the President of the United States of America either to lay charges immediately against these Australians to be heard in an open court of law or release them for return to Australia where any legal proceedings can be pursued in accordance with Australian law.


Mr Bevis to move:

That:

(1) the House, noting that all Members and Senators are required to make declarations of relevant interests and those of their spouses and dependent children, and believing that it would be in the public interest for members of the Federal Parliam-entary Press Gallery (FPPG) to make similar declarations, resolves that, within 28 days of being issued with a photographic pass enabling a person to have access to Parliament House as a member of the FPPG, the person must provide to the Serjeant-at-Arms or the Usher of the Black Rod a statement of:

(i) the person's registrable interests, and

(ii) the registrable interests of which the person is aware (a) of the person's spouse and (b) of any children who are wholly or mainly dependent on the person for support,

in accordance with resolutions adopted by the House and the Senate and in a form determined by the Presiding Officers from time to time, and shall also notify any alteration of those interests to the Serjeant-at-Arms or the Usher of the Black Rod within 28 days of that alteration occurring.

(2) the statement of registrable interests to be provided by a person shall include the registrable interests of which the person is aware (1) of the person's spouse and (2) of any children who are wholly or mainly dependent on the person for support, and shall cover the following matters:

(a) shareholdings in public and private companies (including holding companies) indicat-ing the name of the company or companies;

(b) family and business trusts and nominee companies—

(i) in which a beneficial interest is held, indicating the name of the trust, the nature of its operation and beneficial interest, and

(ii) in which the person, the person's spouse, or a child who is wholly or mainly de-pendent on the person for support, is a trustee (but not including a trustee of an estate where no beneficial interest is held by the person, the person's spouse or dependent children), indicating the name of the trust, the nature of its operation and the beneficiary of the trust;

(c) real estate, including the location (suburb or area only) and the purpose for which it is owned;

(d) registered directorships of companies;

(e) partnerships indicating the nature of the interests and the activities of the partnership;

(f) liabilities indicating the nature of the liability and the creditor concerned;

(g) the nature of any bonds, debentures and like investments;

(h) saving or investment accounts, indicating their nature and the name of the bank or other institutions concerned;

(i) the nature of any other assets (excluding household and personal effects) each valued at over $7500;

(j) the nature of any other substantial sources of income;

(k) gifts valued at more than $750 received from official sources, or at more than $300 where received from other than official sources provided that a gift received by the person, the person's spouse or dependant children from family members or personal friends in a purely personal capacity need not be registered unless the person judges that an appearance of conflict of interest may be seen to exist;

(l) any sponsored travel or hospitality received where the value of the sponsored travel or hospitality exceeds $300;

(m) membership of any organisation where a conflict of interest with the person's duties could foreseeably arise or be seen to arise; and

(n) any other interests where a conflict of interest with the person's duties could foreseeably arise or be seen to arise.

(3) the Presiding Officers make arrangements for copies of declarations of interest made under this resolution to be made available for inspection by any interested person.

(4) the Presiding Officers may order the cancellation of the Parliament House pass of a person to whom this resolution applies if that person has:

(a) knowingly failed to provide a statement of registrable interests to the Serjeant-at-Arms or the Usher of the Black Rod by the due-date;

(b) knowingly failed to notify any alteration of those interests to the Serjeant-at-Arms or the Usher of the Black Rod within 28 days of the change occurring, or

(c) knowingly provided false or misleading information to the Serjeant-at-Arms or the Usher of the Black Rod.

(5) the Presiding Officers must consult with represent-atives of the FPPG on the implementation and operation of these requirements.

(6) a message be sent to the Senate acquainting it of this resolution and requesting that it concur and take action accordingly.