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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 167

NOTICES

The following notices were given:

Ms Parke to move:

That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) that two Australians, Mr Myuran Sukumaran and Mr Andrew Chan, are presently imprisoned in Kerobokan prison in Indonesia and are facing execution for the crime of drug trafficking;

(b) the serious nature of Mr Sukumaran's and Mr Chan's crimes, befitting lengthy prison terms as just punishments for them;

(c) Australia's abolition of capital punishment, the international trend away from capital punishment, and the success of Indonesia's efforts to save the lives of its own citizens sentenced to death in foreign jurisdictions;

(d) the genuine remorse demonstrated by Mr Sukumaran and Mr Chan and their efforts at rehabilitation and reform in Kerobokan prison, not only for themselves but also for other prisoners; and

(e) the widespread support of the Australian people for the commutation of the death sentences for Mr Sukumaran and Mr Chan to lengthy prison sentences, as shown in the recent campaigns across the country calling for mercy to be shown to them; and

(2) calls on Indonesia to:

(a) give consideration to the circumstances of Mr Sukumaran and Mr Chan and their rehabilitation in prison, their suffering and that of their families, and commute their sentences to an appropriate term of imprisonment; and

(b) implement the decision of the Indonesian Constitutional Court in the 2007 case of Ms Edith Sianturi, Mr Scott Rush and others, which recommended that the death penalty should no longer be the primary form of punishment in Indonesia, and that it should be able to be imposed with a prohibition period of ten years, so that if the prisoner shows good behaviour, it can be amended to a lifelong sentence or imprisonment for 20 years.

Mrs Prentice to move:

That this House:

(1) congratulates the Government on honouring its election commitment to change indexation arrangements for Defence Forces Retirement Benefits and Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits military pensions;

(2) condemns the $17 billion in cuts made to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the former Labor Government to its lowest level since before World War II;

(3) recognises:

(a) that those budget cuts caused job losses among the 3000 small and medium businesses which service the ADF; and

(b) the extra risk placed on Australian service personnel by Labor's failure to purchase new artillery;

(4) condemns the cuts by the former Labor Government to entitlements of unmarried soldiers for flights to see their families;

(5) recognises the depletion in force readiness caused by Labor's reckless decision to cut reserve training days by up to 30 percent; and

(6) repudiates the decision to cut funding to the Australian War Memorial.

Mrs Prentice: to move:

That this House:

(1) celebrates the release of Mr Peter Greste by the Egyptian Government;

(2) commends the Greste family on its courage, resilience and grace for more than 400 days;

(3) congratulates the Australian Foreign Minister and Prime Minister on their unrelenting pursuit of Mr Greste's cause;

(4) commends the efforts of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Egypt under the direction of Mr Justin Brown and Ambassador Dr Ralph King;

(5) thanks the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry for their role in Mr Greste's release;

(6) calls for the immediate release of Mr Greste's colleagues, Mr Baher Mohamed and Mr Mohamed Fadel Fahmy;

(7) recognises the many thousands of ordinary Australians and others around the world that showed their support to the Greste family during the past year; and

(8) notes that 'Telling the truth is not terrorism and Journalism is not a crime'.