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Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Page: 4395

NOTICES

The following notices were given:

Ms Roxon: to present a bill for an act to confer additional functions on the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, and for related purposes.

Mr Albanese: To move:

That standing order 31 (automatic adjournment of the House) be suspended for the sitting on Thursday, 10 May 2012 and at that sitting, after the Leader of the Opposition completes his reply to the Budget speech, the House automatically stand adjourned until 10 a.m. on Monday 21 May 2012 unless the Speaker or, in the event of the Speaker being unavailable, the Deputy Speaker, fixes an alternative day or hour of meeting.

Ms Rishworth: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes the significant impact of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) on the lives of individuals diagnosed with this condition often including:

(a) difficulties with normal social interaction;

(b) delayed speech and unusual forms of communication;

(c) intense preoccupation with a single particular interest;

(d) inability to comprehend the consequences of their behaviour;

(e) lack of awareness about the emotions of others; and

(f) associated learning disabilities;

(2) recognises that:

(a) raising a child with ASD can present considerable challenges for families including financial and emotional pressures as well as strains on the family unit and marital stress; and

(b) intensive early intervention services can be critically important to improving the cognitive, emotional and social development of children with autism;

(3) acknowledges support provided through the Government's $220 million Helping Children With Autism Package, which is the first national initiative to help families and children with ASD;

(4) notes the importance of continuing to provide support for individuals with ASD and their families on an ongoing basis and particularly throughout schooling years; and

(5) calls on Commonwealth and State and Territory governments to work closely to ensure the seamless provision of services to families of children with ASD, especially at key points of transition such as from early childhood to primary schooling and from secondary schooling to further education and training or the workforce.

Mr Buchholz: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) serious allegations have been made surrounding the misappropriation of union members' funds by union leaders;

(b) Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary, Dave Oliver, has said that every union member has the right to know that their money is going to be subject to good governance and good regulation; and

(c) Australian Workers Union National Secretary, Paul Howes, has said he supports bringing unions' accountability and transparency in line with the Corporations Act 2001; and

(2) calls on the Government to implement a plan that will expect the same standards of accountability and transparency of union leaders as are expected of Company Directors under the Corporations Act 2001.

Mr Pyne: to move:

That this House requires the Member for Dobell to make a statement to the House immediately, for a period not exceeding fifteen minutes, about the matters arising from Fair Work Australia's inquiry into the Health Services Union that relate to him.