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Monday, 22 September 2014
Page: 10061

NOTICES

The following notices were given:

Mr McCormack: To move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Project JP154 Phase 1—Defence Counter Improvised Explosive Device Capability Facilities and Infrastructure Project.

Mr McCormack: To move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Project JP3029 Phase 2—Defence Space Surveillance Telescope Facilities Project.

Ms Rishworth: To move:

That this House:

(1) notes that World Sight Day (WSD) is being held on 9 October 2014, with this year’s theme being No More Avoidable Blindness;

(2) recognises that:

(a) WSD is an important international event for raising awareness about avoidable blindness and vision loss; and

(b) blindness and vision loss can have a profound impact on the lives of those affected by it;

(3) acknowledges:

(a) the importance of providing support to those who live with blindness and vision loss to enable them to lead fulfilling lives; and

(b) our Eye Health Heroes around the country who deliver quality eye health care every day to those who need it; and

(4) calls on the Government to:

(a) improve access to preventive vision care and treatment and provide support to those living with blindness and vision loss; and

(b) take action to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision loss.

Mr Entsch: To move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that Marine National Park (Green) Zones as defined in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003 serve to better protect the biodiversity within the Marine Park and help to ensure:

(a) the continued existence of the unique marine animals, plants and habitats that are found only in the Great Barrier Reef and provide additional protection for threatened species such as dugong and marine turtles;

(b) those industries that rely on the health of the Marine Park are able to continue providing social and economic benefits to local communities and the wider economy;

(c) a diverse range of other benefits and values of the Marine Park, including recreational, cultural, educational and scientific values, are protected; and

(d) that future generations are able to continue to use and enjoy the Marine Park;

(2) accepts that Marine National Park (Green) Zones can be beneficial in:

(a) protecting spawning areas and nursery grounds;

(b) minimising damage to important habitats;

(c) providing refuge for protected species, such as turtles and dugongs;

(d) boosting species numbers, which helps the food web as a whole;

(e) increasing the abundance of fish; and

(f) building the resilience of the reef against threats such as climate change and water pollution;

(3) affirms the Native Title Act 1993 which recognises the right of certain traditional owners to hunt and gather in their sea country and that native title holders may, as of right, undertake traditional use of marine resources;

(4) recognises that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is working with traditional owners for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef, by expanding the Traditional Use of the Marine Resources Agreement program and strengthening communications between local communities, managers and reef stakeholders;

(5) acknowledges the value of the Ranger Program in providing job opportunities for Indigenous people to care for their country, take on important skills, develop career pathways, protect dugongs and turtles and manage environmental threats stemming from feral animals, among other benefits;

(6) undertakes legislative change to prohibit the capture and killing of any species from designated Green Zones within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area, including when that animal is taken for cultural and ceremonial purposes.

(7) legislates that when turtle and dugong are taken for cultural and ceremonial purposes.

(8) recognises that this initiative would complement a range of measures already being implemented under the Government’s Turtle and Dugong Protection Plan and Community Management Plans, which will enhance the protection of marine turtles and dugongs in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait.