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Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Page: 10294


The following notice(s) were given:

Ms Macklin to present a bill for an act to amend the law relating to family assistance, social security, child support, paid parental leave and Indigenous education, and for related purposes.

Ms Plibersek to present a bill for an act to amend the law relating to dental benefits, and for related purposes.

Mr Shorten to present a bill for an act to amend the law relating to transactions in derivatives, and for other purposes.

Ms King to present a bill for an act to amend the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989, and for related purposes.

Ms Bird to present a bill for an act to amend the law relating to higher education, vocational education and training and research funding, and for related purposes.

Mr Georganas to move:

That this House:

(1) condemns in the strongest possible terms, the cruel slaughter of Australian sheep at the Al Rai meat market in Kuwait City;

(2) supports the urgent investigation into the matter by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry;

(3) demands the strongest possible penalties be imposed for any identified contravention of the current provisions of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS);

(4) calls on the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to review the ESCAS to ensure its integrity, efficacy and adequacy;

(5) notes the level of public concern in the community about live exports in general, including the widely held desire for a total shut down of the industry; and

(6) recognises the economic and employment creation potential of expanded meat processing in Australia.

Mr Christensen to present a bill for an act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and for related purposes.

Ms Grierson to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) dementia is the greatest cause of disability in Australians aged 65 and over;

(b) there are almost 280,000 Australians living with dementia and 1.2 million who provide support and care; and

(c) every week an estimated 1,600 new cases of dementia occur, with the number expected to grow to 7,400 new cases per week by 2050, resulting in 1 million Australians living with dementia by 2050;

(2) recognises the significance of Dementia Awareness Week (21 to 28 September) in promoting and advocating the needs of those living with dementia, their families and carers;

(3) welcomes the Health Ministers' designation of dementia as the ninth National Health Priority Area; and

(4) acknowledges the ongoing contributions of Alzheimer's Australia and its State and Territory associations in supporting and advocating for those affected and leading the charge in the fight against dementia.

Mr Neumann to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises that the rates of employment for people with disability in Australia is significantly less than people without disability;

(2) commends the efforts taken so far by disability advocates and a number of big and small businesses that are working to remedy this concerning trend;

(3) acknowledges the significant economic and productivity benefits of having in work, more Australians with disability; and

(4) calls on the Government to:

(a) engage with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) about the merits of the ASX extending its Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations to require reporting on the employment of people with disability; and

(b) explore ways to ensure companies employing more than 100 employees report on their efforts to employ more people with disability.

Mr Oakeshott to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises the need for comprehensive tax reform to maximise the standard of living for Australians for the next 50 years; and

(2) encourages the Treasurer to:

(a) release a 10 year road-map for comprehensive tax reform as a standalone Budget Paper as part of the 2013 14 Budget, and

(b) include reform for consideration beyond the 4 year forward estimates period.

Mr Husic to move:

That this House notes:

(1) with deep concern, proposals being advanced to automatically return any Sri Lankan national seeking asylum in Australia; and

(2) that:

(a) this is a policy that would target only one group of asylum seekers originating from only one particular country;

(b) the automatic return of Sri Lankan nationals without the processing of their claims for asylum fails to comply with the Refugee Convention; and

(c) if enacted, the policy would forcibly return asylum seekers to a country that is not a party to the Refugee Convention.

Mr Oakeshott to move:

That this House request the Prime Minister and Treasurer to:

(1) direct the Commonwealth Grants Commission to allocate an annual fixed percentage of Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue directly to the 654 local councils throughout Australia;

(2) include this annual allocation as part of the GST Review currently underway and for implementation through any required legislative or executive government processes; and

(3) consider constitutional recognition of local government only in the event of any successful legal challenge to the direct annual allocation of GST revenue to local councils within Australia.