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Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Page: 1017


The following notices were given:

Ms Keay: to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that Tasmania has the defence knowledge, capabilities and capacities to participate in the defence industries sector;

(2) notes that:

(a) the University of Tasmania, through its world leading marine research, engineering and training facility the Australian Maritime College (AMC), is the acknowledged Australian leader in maritime education in both technical skills and research;

(b) the AMC has developed a range of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) which are suited for defence purposes and provide the opportunity for:

   (i) increased consolidation of research and innovation at the University of Tasmania Inveresk site;

(ii) the redevelopment of the University of Tasmania, AMC Newnham site; and

(iii) associated local advanced manufacturing, particularly in North and North West Tasmania;

(c) the state-of-the-art AUV's enable a broad range of scientific, industry and defence related projects by facilitating exploration and data collection in remote and inhospitable locations;

(d) the AMC has the capability to lead or play a key role in any necessary training associated with significant defence projects, such as the Future Submarines Program;

(e) in addition to the defence opportunity that the AUV's represent, Tasmania already has a number of industries with the capability to participate in defence related industries supporting for example combat reconnaissance vehicles, shield and antenna protection and marine survival;

(f) defence industry opportunities for Tasmania will deliver a range of significant social and economic benefits across the state including a growth in industry research and increased employment through advanced manufacturing; and

(g) there is unequivocal and mutual support from both the Labor and Liberal parties at a state and federal level for Tasmania as a key centre for defence research, development and industry; and

(3) calls on the:

(a) Department of Defence to continue to work with industry with the goal of ensuring Tasmania is as integrated as possible in Australia's defence capability, including defence research, associated education, training and manufacturing; and

(b) Government to continue working collaboratively with the Tasmanian Government so Tasmania can play its role in the defence research and manufacturing industries sector.

Mr Zappia: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) the growing recognition that the world's African elephant and rhinoceros populations are facing extinction as a result of unprecedented levels of poaching for the global ivory trade;

(b) that the poached ivory is sold in auction houses around the world, including several Australian auction sites;

(c) that the overwhelming amount of ivory sold does not have provenance information to prove its origin, history and authenticity;

(d) that during a 2015 International Fund of Animal Welfare investigation, just 2 of 73 ivory lots offered at Australian auction houses had provenance documentation; and

(e) that the 17111 Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) from 24 September to 5 October 2016 adopted the following resolution, that all CITES parties and non-parties 'in whose jurisdiction there is a legal domestic market for ivory that is contributing to poaching or illegal trade, take all necessary legislative, regulatory and enforcement measures to close their domestic markets for commercial trade in raw and worked ivory as a matter of urgency'; and

(2) calls on the Government to implement the CITES resolution.

Ms Plibersek to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) in the coming weeks, more than one million Australians will resume their university studies for the 2017 academic year;

(b) the Government's failure to release its plans for university funding and fees is creating uncertainty for students planning to commence their studies in 2018 and beyond;

(c) Australian students already pay some of the highest university fees in the OECD;

(d) increasing fees will leave young Australians with significant debt burdens; and

(e) paying off significant debt puts extra pressure on young Australians at critical times in their lives, like when they are saving for a house or considering starting a family; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) end the uncertainty facing students and their parents and finally make it clear, after nine months of inaction, what its plans are for higher education funding and fees from 2018;

(b) rule out significant fee increases;

(c) abandon its 20 per cent cut to university grants;

(d) reverse its short-sighted cuts to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program; and

(e) confirm that it will prevent the Americanisation of our university system through higher fees and higher student debt.

Ms Mcgowan to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) there is a need for an explicit national plan for rural and regional Australia;

(b) decisions about telecommunications, transport, infrastructure investment, social services, education and health care need to be assessed for their regional impact;

(c) there are many examples of how current policy is not achieving the Government's intended outcomes because of a lack of appreciation for the unique circumstances in rural and regional Australia;

(d) communities:

   (i) are feeling disconnected from the decisions made by the Government; and

(ii) need evidence that the Government is tuned in, listening and acting on their concerns; and

(e) examples of this failing include the problematic implementation of the Farm Household Assistance program, to help dairy farmers, which has led to delays of more than six months in the processing of applications for assistance; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) strengthen community engagement in implementation planning;

(b) increase transparency of the implementation process by requiring government departments to publicly consult on implementation and adjust policy to meet local circumstances;

(c) bring on debate of the Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Regional Australia Statements) Bill 2016, because it will ensure that a Regional Australia Statement accompanies every budget and Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report, and these statements would include more detail than the current Regional Ministerial Statements to provide information on how the Government has accounted for regional circumstances in the policy formulation and will in implementation; and

(d) release the Regional Australia Impact Statements prepared for the Government when it makes decisions on expenditure and policy that has an impact on rural and regional Australia.