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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
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Senator Murray to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the rejection by a majority of the states and territories of Graeme Samuel as nominee Deputy Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission;

(b) asks the Federal Government:

(i) to ensure that it consults fully with the state and territory governments regarding Professor Fels' replacement, and

(ii) to establish criteria for the selection and appointment process that include not just selection on merit, but that any candidate should be demonstrably independent, and have a strong interest in consumer and small business needs.

Senators Cherry and Ridgeway to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, no later than immediately after motions to take note of answers on Monday, 18 November 2002:

(a) all requests received by the Australian Government for increased access to Australian services markets by other nations, lodged under negotiations, under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS);

(b) any documents analysing the likely impact of any requests made of Australia in negotiations under GATS; and

(c) any requests lodged by Australia of other countries under negotiations on GATS.

Senator O'Brien to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes, with grave concern, the crisis enveloping rural and regional Australia;

(b) condemns the Howard Government for its neglect of rural and regional Australians, in particular, its failure to:

(i) adequately respond to the growing drought,

(ii) provide timely and appropriate assistance to the sugar industry, and

(iii) support essential services including health, banking, employment and telecommunications; and

(c) calls on the Howard Government to reverse its neglect of rural and regional communities.

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Arts and Sport, no later than 3 pm on Tuesday, 19 November 2002, the following documents relating to Victoria's bid for the Commonwealth Games:

(a) the endorsement contract between the Australian Commonwealth Games Association and the State of Victoria authorising the bid for the Games; and

(b) host city contracts between the Commonwealth Games Federation, Australian Commonwealth Games Association, and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Pty Ltd.

Senator Barnett to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the alarming rise in the number of people with type 2 diabetes, estimated to be one million Australians, with half of those people currently undiagnosed,

(ii) that according to a recent landmark study by DiabCost Australia, type 2 diabetes is costing Australians a staggering $3 billion a year, with the bill for each person with diabetes averaging nearly $11 000 in expenditure and benefits,

(iii) that, according to the study, as the complications of diabetes increase, the cost per person is estimated to escalate from $4 020 to $9 645 when there are both microvascular and macrovascular problems,

(iv) that early detection through screening programs and action to slow or prevent the onset of complications will see reductions in health costs and improve and maintain quality of life for individuals with type 2 diabetes,

(v) the contribution this landmark study by DiabCost Australia will make to better informing government and the public of a significant public health problem,

(vi) that there are approximately 100 000 Australians with type 1, or insulin dependent diabetes, and

(vii) that the Government has recognised the public and personal burden of diabetes as a national health priority; and

(b) urges the Government to:

(i) continue programs to raise public awareness of the high risk of undiagnosed and untreated cases of type 2 diabetes and take whatever steps are necessary to identify those undiagnosed with type 2 diabetes,

(ii) support access to new medications for the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, while ensuring that Australian taxpayers get value for money through appropriate pricing arrangements,

(iii) continue to encourage people diagnosed with diabetes to undergo regular medical tests, including eye testing, so as to prevent complications,

(iv) ensure adequate funding for further research into prevention and treatment of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and a cure for type 1 diabetes,

(v) develop a strong education program encouraging appropriate diet and exercise regimes to minimise the risk of type 2 diabetes; and

(vi) develop strategies to heighten awareness of the rising levels of obesity, particularly in young Australians, and the associated adverse health effects of obesity.

Senator Eggleston to move on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of reports of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee be extended as follows:

(a) provisions of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2002—to 28 November 2002; and

(b) provisions of the Telecommunications Competition Bill 2002—to 19 November 2002.