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Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Page: 744


The following notices were given:

Mr Truss to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008, and for other purposes.

Mr Joyce to present a Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to research and development in relation to primary industries, and for related purposes.

Mr Macfarlane to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006, and for related purposes.

Mr K. J. Andrews to present a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to family assistance, social security, student assistance, veterans’ entitlements, paid parental leave, child support, gambling and the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and for related purposes.

Mr Ciobo to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Australian Civilian Corps Act 2011, and for related purposes.

Mr Pyne to move:

That so much of Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent:

(1) the Selection Committee:

(a) meeting on or after Thursday 21 November 2013, if necessary by teleconference, to determine the order of consideration of matters and the times allotted for debate on each item and for each Member speaking, for private Members’ business and committee and delegation business, for Monday 2 December 2013;

(b) communicating its determinations to all Members of the House prior to that Monday; and

(c) reporting its determinations to the House following prayers on Monday 2 December 2013;

(2) the Selection Committee’s determinations being shown in the Notice Paper for that Monday under ‘Business Accorded Priority’ for the House and Federation Chamber; and

(3) in the absence of a fully constituted Selection Committee, that the arrangements for private Members’ business for Monday 2 December 2013 provided for in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this resolution be determined by the Speaker, Chief Government Whip and Chief Opposition Whip.

Dr Leigh to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) prior to the 1999 referendum to alter the Constitution to establish the Commonwealth of Australia as a republic, many opponents (including monarchists and direct electionists) fomented the expectation that if the vote were defeated, another referendum would be put within a few years;

(b) 14 years on, public support for Australia becoming a republic remains solid; and

(c) Australian engagement with Asia has strengthened, with the former Government’s White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century reminding us that our future lies in our region; and

(2) calls upon the Parliament to make it a priority to hold a referendum to alter the Constitution to establish the Commonwealth of Australia as a republic, so that every Australian child can aspire to be our Head of State.

Mr S. P. Jones to move:

That this House notes that:

(1) as identified by Infrastructure Australia, we are an urban nation with four-fifths of our population and economic activity occurring in our cities;

(2) Australia’s growing cities have a strategic need for greater public transport capacity to meet the growing transport task, ease urban road congestion and ensure improved national productivity;

(3) this urban transport task is a joint Australian and state government responsibility;

(4) recognising this, Labor in government invested $13 billion—more Commonwealth funding for public transport than all other governments since Federation—and this investment in urban transport projects, put forward and assessed through Infrastructure Australia, resulted in a significant boost to the strategic development of Australia’s public transport network; and

(5) urban public transport projects including the Brisbane Cross River Rail project, the Perth Public Transport Package and the Tansley Park Public Transport Package in Adelaide are nationally significant projects and are not guaranteed to proceed without Australian Government funding.

Mr Palmer to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975, and for other purposes.