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Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Page: 5182

NOTICES

The following notices were given:

Mr Garrett: To present a Bill for an Act to deal with consequential and transitional matters in connection with the Australian Education Act 2013, and for related purposes.

Mr Butler: To present a Bill for an Act to provide for the recognition of persons who are, or are at risk of, experiencing homelessness, and for related purposes.

Mr Butler: To present a Bill for an Act to deal with consequential matters arising from the enactment of the Homelessness Act 2013, and for related purposes.

Mr Sidebottom: To present a Bill for an Act relating to service provision for the sugar industry, and for related purposes.

Mr Sidebottom: To present a Bill for an Act to deal with consequential and transitional matters arising from the enactment of the Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013, and for related purposes.

Mr Katter: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Reserve Bank Act 1959, and for related purposes.

Mr Katter: To present a Bill for an Act to provide for a Commissioner for Food Retailing and for various other matters in relation to market share of supermarkets, and for related purposes.

Mr Slipper: To move:

That this House:

(1) calls on the Government to reverse its disappointing and retrograde decision announced in the Budget to close the Australian Embassy in Hungary, based in Budapest; and

(2) acknowledges the:

(a) close relationship that exists between our two countries, including our shared democratic values which see us cooperate in numerous international fora as demonstrated by our mutual support for each other’s candidature for non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council, our joint support for peace building efforts of the international community, particularly in Afghanistan, and our mutual cooperation in difficult times, for example, Hungary’s consular assistance for Australian citizens in Syria;

(b) important interdependence of Hungary and Australia in providing a bridge for Australia into central Europe and Australia’s reciprocal role in providing access for Hungary in the Asia Pacific region, and that this growing bilateral relationship will further boost economic ties and trade particularly Australian investments in the Hungarian energy sector;

(c) close people-to-people links which see up to 250,000 Australians of Hungarian origin making an important contribution both economically and culturally to the relationship between the two countries and assisting to promote the close friendship among Australia, Hungary and other countries of central Europe; and

(d) fact that in addition to the Hungarian Embassy in Canberra, Hungary has recently opened a consulate in Melbourne to contribute further to the growing strength of the bilateral relationship.

Ms Hall: To move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) Wednesday 19 June 2013 is Red Aussie Apple Day, part of the month-long national campaign throughout June to raise awareness of bowel cancer;

(b) more than 14,000 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this year;

(c) bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest killer after lung cancer, claiming the lives of 77 Australians every week; and

(d) bowel cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer when detected early; and

(2) recognises:

(a) bowel cancer can develop without any early warning signs;

(b) if bowel cancer is detected before it has spread beyond the bowel, there is a 90 per cent chance of surviving more than five years;

(c) that regular screening every two years for people aged 50 and over can reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by up to 33 per cent; and

(d) more than 12,000 suspected or confirmed cancers will be detected through free screening, saving between 300 and 500 lives each year; and

(3) commends the Government for its four year commitment to provide an extra $49.7 million boost to the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program; and

(4) encourages Members to continue support efforts to raise awareness of the importance of early detection as well as the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.

Ms Hall: To move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) rare diseases are complex, often with inadequate or no treatment;

(b) approximately 10 per cent of the Australian population is directly affected by one or more of the 8000 rare diseases and 400,000 of these people are children; and

(c) collectively there are around 1.2 million Australians with a rare disease, the same number as Australians affected by diabetes;

(2) recognises that:

(a) Australians living with rare diseases need the opportunity to be involved in national and international clinical trials; and

(b) in order to progress medical research in the field of rare diseases, the benefits of a national rare disease registry should be investigated;

(3) acknowledges:

(a) Rare Voices Australia, the first national organisation devoted to rare diseases in Australia that focuses on improving quality of life for all families, friends and carers that are impacted by a rare disease in their everyday lives; and

(b) the participation of advocates from Rare Voices Australia in a world first international Rare Diseases Research Consortium this year; and

(4) investigates establishing a national patient registry for research purposes.