Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download PDFDownload PDF 

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment

16    Community Affairs References Committee—Reference

Senator Madigan, also on behalf of Senators Wang, Leyonhjelm, Day, McKenzie, Lazarus, Muir, Lambie and Xenophon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 20 June 2016:

The growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme-like illness for many Australian patients, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the prevalence and geographic distribution of Lyme-like illness in Australia;

    (b)   methods to reduce the stigma associated with Lyme-like illness for patients, doctors and researchers;

     (c)   the process for diagnosis of patients with a Lyme-like illness, with a specific focus on the laboratory testing procedures and associated quality assurance processes, including recognition of accredited international laboratory testing;

    (d)   evidence of investments in contemporary research into Australian pathogens specifically acquired through the bite of a tick and including other potential vectors;

     (e)   potential investment into research to discover unique local causative agents causing a growing number of Australians debilitating illness;

     (f)   the signs and symptoms Australians with Lyme-like illness are enduring, and the treatment they receive from medical professionals; and

     (g)   any other related matters.

Question put and passed.