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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Page: 8603


The following notices were given:

Ms Roxon to present a Bill for an Act to make various amendments of the statute law of the Commonwealth, to repeal certain obsolete Acts, and for related purposes.

Mr Bradbury to present a Bill for an Act to amend the International Monetary Agreements Act 1947, and for related purposes.

Mr Chester to move:

That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) that the carbon price came into effect on 1 July 2012;

(b) the Government's repeated assertions that only Australia's '500 biggest polluters' will pay the carbon price;

(c) community concern that the social and economic impacts of the carbon price have not been fully investigated;

(d) research that indicates the carbon price will have a disproportionate impact on small businesses, regional industries, and regional communities;

(e) concern:

   (i) regarding the impact of the carbon price on at least 104 councils in rural, regional and urban Australia which have received notices of potential liability from the Clean Energy Regulator; and

   (ii) within regional communities that the $200 million Regional Structural Adjustment Assistance Package is inadequate to meet the needs of adversely affected communities, particularly those exposed to the Government's 'contract for closure' policies; and

(g) that the Government's $36 million advertising campaign to promote the Household Assistance Package provides no information on the policy that has led to the payments to households; and

(2) highlights that the Government should have deferred the introduction of the carbon price until after the Australian public has had its say at the next election.

Mr Hayes to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) there are well over 100,000 people of Serbian origin currently living in Australia, with approximately 5 per cent in the electoral division of Fowler;

(b) the Australian Federal Police and Serbian Police recently signed an agreement to co-operate on trans-national crime including money laundering and drug trafficking, which is an example of the growing strength of Australia's bilateral relationship with the Republic of Serbia;

(c) the Republic of Serbia recently gained European Union candidate status which suggests an increased potential for future economic cooperation and provides an opportunity for large-scale investment from Australia and a strong cultural and educational exchange;

(d) in 2011, the trade between our two countries increased by 11 per cent; and

(e) since March 2012, Serbia has been awarded the preferential status under Australian Customs Act 1901, which has the potential to further increase the trade relations; and

(2) recognises:

(a) that significant progress has been made in Serbia and other countries in the region that participated in the devastating civil war, in moving away from conflict and towards reconciliation and cooperation; and

(b) the great economic, social and cultural contribution of the Serbian people to the vibrancy of our multicultural society.

Ms Hall to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) Haemochromatosis Awareness Week is held from 13 to 19 August 2012 and aims to raise awareness of the symptoms and treatment of haemochromatosis;

(b) haemochromatosis is an iron overload disorder and is the most common genetic disorder in Australia; and

(c) more than 100,000 Australians, approximately 1 in 200 people with European ancestry, have the genetic predisposition for haemochromatosis;

(2) notes with concern that:

(a) the condition is seriously underdiagnosed even though haemochromatosis can be easily diagnosed by a simple blood test; and

(b) many people may be suffering from the symptoms without knowing the underlying cause;

(3) acknowledges the work of the voluntary advocacy and support group Haemochromatosis Australia in facilitating Haemochromatosis Awareness Week;

(4) recognises that the symptoms of iron overload include, at:

(a) lower levels, chronic fatigue and joint pain leading to arthritis; and

(b) higher levels, liver cancer, diabetes and serious tissue damage including the weakening of the heart muscle; and

(5) asks all Members to support Haemochromatosis Awareness Week by raising awareness of the condition in their electorates.