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BUSINESS OF THE MAIN COMMITTEE

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

The Main Committee meets at 4 p.m.

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Orders of the day

1   Aviation Legislation Amendment (2008 Measures No. 2) Bill 2008 ( Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from 5 February 2009—Mr Melham ).

2   Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2008-2009 ( Minister for Finance and Deregulation ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from 4 February 2009—Mr Laming ).

3   Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2008-2009 ( Minister for Finance and Deregulation ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from 4 December 2008—Mr Randall ).

4   australia’s response to the global financial crisis—statement by the prime minister—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 2 December 2008—Mr Melham ) on the motion of Mr Albanese—That the House take note of the document.

5   GRIEVANCE DEBATE: Question—That grievances be noted—Resumption of debate ( from 1 December 2008 ).

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION REPORTS

Orders of the day

1   Public Accounts and Audit—Joint Committee—REPORT ON—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 4 December 2008 ) on the motion of Ms Grierson—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

2   Corporations and Financial Services—Parliamentary Joint Committee—REPORT Opportunity not opportunism: Improving conduct in Australian franchising MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 3 December 2008—Mr Hayes ) on the motion of Mr Ripoll—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

3   Industry, Science and Innovation—Standing Committee—final REPORT Building Australia’s research capacity MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 3 December 2008—Mr Hayes ) on the motion of Fran Bailey—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

4   Migration—Joint Standing Committee—REPORT—immigration detention in australia: A NEW BEGINNING—CRITERIA FOR RELEASE FROM IMMIGRATION DETENTION—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 2 December 2008—Mr Hawke ) on the motion of Mr Danby—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

5   Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—Standing Committee—interim REPORT—funding regional and local community infrastructure: proposals for the new regional and local community infrastructure program—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 27 November 2008—Mr Melham ) on the motion of Ms King—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

6   Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—Standing Committee—REPORT—REBUILDING AUSTRALIA’S COASTAL SHIPPING INDUSTRY: INQUIRY INTO COASTAL SHIPPING POLICY AND REGULATION—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 10 November 2008—Mr Hayes ) on the motion of Ms King—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

7   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs—Standing Committee—REPORT—OPEN FOR BUSINESS: DEVELOPING INDIGENOUS ENTERPRISES IN AUSTRALIA—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 10 November 2008—Mr Hayes ) on the motion of Mr Marles—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

8   Procedure Committee—REPORT—re-opening the debate: inquiry into the arrangements for the opening day of parliament—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 10 November 2008—Mr Hayes ) on the motion of Ms Owens—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

9   Electoral Matters—Joint Standing Committee—advisory REPORT ON the commonwealth electoral amendment (political donations and other measures) bill 2008—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 10 November 2008—Mr Hayes ) on the motion of Mr Melham—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

10   Family, Community, Housing and Youth—Standing Committee—REPORT—the value of volunteering: a discussion paper on volunteering in the community and welfare sector—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 16 October 2008—Mr Danby ) on the motion of Ms A. L. Ellis—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

11   australian parliamentary delegation to the 118 th assembly of the inter-parliamentary union in cape town, south africa and a bilateral visit to the hashemite kingdom of jordAn—REPORT—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 3 September 2008 ) on the motion of Mrs Vale—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 23 February 2009. )

12   Primary Industries and Resources—Standing Committee—REPORT—down under: greenhouse gas storage—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 3 September 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Adams—That the House take note of the report. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 23 February 2009. )

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Or ders of the day

1   murray-darling basin management plan: Resumption of debate ( from 1 December 2008 ) on the motion of Mrs Hull—That the House:

(1) to deliver greater transparency and accountability as it moves towards the development of a Basin wide management plan by 2011 for the Murray-Darling Basin; and

(2) specifically t o ensure that:

(a) community impact statements are prepared as part of the Basin plan process and that these statements are prepared in consultation with affected communities and are made publicly available when completed;

(b) scientific data (such as th e CSIRO sustainability studies) are assessed along with these community impact statements in finalising Basin wide and catchment targets;

(c) due recognition is given to the community and individual impacts of a new water management regime as well as the ongoing effects of the current drought; and

(d) affected communities are provided with adequate resources to develop long term options and that Government assistance is provided to allow communities to deliver against these options. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

2   world aids day: Resumption of debate ( from 1 December 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Danby—That the House:

(1) 1 December 2008 is the 20 th anniversary of the first commemoration of World AIDS Day under the auspices of the United Nations;

(2) the global HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to kill approximately three million people around the world every year, including approximately half a million children, and that approximately 33 million people are currently living with AIDS or HIV infection;

(3) thanks to Australia’s early adoption of, and bipartisan support for proactive prevention programs over the past 25 years, Australia has a rate of HIV infection far lower than those of most comparable countries;

(4) in Australia there are still over 9 00 new cases of AIDS notified each year, and that nearly 100 people a year are still dying of AIDS-related illnesses each year;

(5) the slogan adopted for World AIDS Day 2008 is ‘Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise—Leadership’, and congratulates all those in Australia, both in government and in the affected communities, who are showing leadership in prevention, treatment and care related to HIV/AIDS; and

(6) the Australian Government remains committed to the current bipartisan National HIV/AIDS Strategy which began in 2005, and urges the Government to maintain its long-term commitment to working with the affected communities to provide high-quality prevention, treatment and care programs for all those affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

3   citizen military forces: Resumption of debate ( from 1 December 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Scott—That the House:

(1) reaffirms the definition of ‘Veteran’ as set out by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs;

(2) endorses the ‘Continuous full time service determination’ signed on 28 August 199 8 by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs enabling members of the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) who served in Vietnam to meet the definition of ‘Veteran’;

(3) encourages the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to:

(a) recognise claims by CMF members from that date; and

(b) take appropriate measures to contact servicemen and women to whom the determination applies with a view to retrospective payment. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

4   australian national academy of music: Resumption of debate ( from 24 November 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Ciobo—That the House:

(1) condemns the Rudd Labor Government for abandoning Australia's best and brightest musicians by axing funding for the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), forcing it to close at the conclusion of 2008;

(2) notes that the Rudd Labor Government has forced the ANAM to close, without offering any alternative training program for Australia’s elite classical musicians; and

(3) acknowledges that this decision will leave the 55 Australian musicians who were enrolled to study at ANAM in 2009 with nowhere to go. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

5   automotive industry: Resumption of debate ( from 24 November 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Ripoll—That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the automotive industry worldwide is witnessing a trend of falling car sales;

(b) the global financial crisis has pla ced unprecedented pressure on automotive manufacturers who have already been doing it tough and have had to contend with high petrol prices, changing consumer preferences and intense global competition; and

(c) the automotive industry directly employs 64,000 Australians and makes a huge contribution—both direct and indirect—to Australian output, jobs, exports, innovation and skills; and

(2) supports:

(a) the Government’s decisive action on the problems currently faced by the automotive industry;

(b) the injection of significant co-funding arrangements to strengthen the market and protect jobs in these times of economic uncertainty; and

(c) policies such as the Green Car Innovation Fund and Automotive Transformation Scheme which show a continued commitment to research and development and greener alternatives in the automotive industry. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

6   market concentration in the grocery sector: Resumption of debate ( from 10 November 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Forrest—That the House:

(1) notes with conce rn the high level of market concentration in the retail grocery sector;

(2) notes this is a situation that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission describes as ‘workably competitive’ and that this is not a term found in competition law; and

(3) calls on the Government to address the issue of market concentration in the grocery sector and to implement policies to achieve improved outcomes for consumers, food manufacturers and producers. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

7   economic security strategy: Resumption of debate ( from 10 November 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Hale—That the House:

(1) commends the Australian Government for its Economic Security Strategy initiative in the face of a global financial crisis;

(2) supports the extra assistance to sustain economic growth and the cost of liv ing pressures for rural and regional Australia;

(3) acknowledges the Government’s efforts to ensure that pensioners, seniors and carers are included in this strategy while the Harmer Committee of Inquiry continues to ensure long term issues related to the most vulnerable in our community are properly assessed; and

(4) acknowledges the Government’s efforts to help families receiving ‘key family payments’. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

8   daw aung san suu kyi: Resumption of debate ( from 20 October 2008 ) on the motion of Ms Saffin—That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the 19 June 2008 marks the 63 rd birthday of Nobel laureate and leader of the democracy movement in Burma, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi;

(b) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been held under house arrest since May 2003, and periodically before then since 1989;

(c) the Burmese military dictatorship has refused to acknowledge the results of the 1990 election, in which the National League for Democracy of which Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was General Secretary, won an overwhelming majority; and

(d) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has refused a number of opportunities to leave Burma, even to visit her dying husband, knowing that she would be denied the right to return to continue the struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma;

(2) welcomes the Australian Government’s continued advocacy on behalf of democracy in Burma;

(3) calls on the Government to continue to pressure the Burmese regime to immediately and unconditionally release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in Burma including a number of Members of Parliament and to commence an inclusive national reconciliation process to restore genuine democracy in Burma; and

(4) that the House congratulates Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday and for her efforts to campaign for human rights and democracy on behalf of the people of Burma. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

9   chocolate industry and child exploitation: Resumption of debate ( from 20 October 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Pyne—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) today there are hundreds of thousands of children working on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast a nd Ghana and that these children routinely carry heavy loads, and work with fire, chemicals and knives, with little or no protection. Many of them have no chance of going to school;

(b) about 70 per cent of the cocoa beans used to make chocolate around the world come from West Africa, namely Ivory Coast and Ghana; and

(c) the principal reason that child labour is employed to grow cocoa is because cocoa farmers are paid so poorly for their produce;

(2) commends World Vision Australia for its ‘Don’t Trade Lives’ campaign to draw attention to the plight of child exploitation in the world today; and

(3) calls on the Prime Minister to take action to ensure that the chocolate industry knows Australia is serious about ending child exploitation and slavery by introducing a policy requiring vending machines in Australian Government offices to stock Fair Trade Chocolate exclusively. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

10   tasmania and drought: Resumption of debate ( from 20 October 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Adams—That the House:

(1) recognises the difficulties farming communities in Tasmania are facing because of the prolonged drought;

(2) congratulates the Tasmanian State Government for its efforts in getting emergency water to the hardest hit areas;

( 3) commits to the extension of support programs to allow those areas to assist rural areas in dealing with the mental trauma of drought; and

(4) continues to support the introduction of new schemes for water delivery and water recycling. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

11   grocerychoice website: Resumption of debate ( from 20 October 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Hartsuyker—That the House notes with concern, the failure of the GROCERYchoice website to provide meaningful information to consumers, in particular the:

(1) failure of GROCERYchoice to provide meaningful information in a timely fashion;

(2) failure of GROCERYchoice to enable a comparison of price and quality; and

(3) inherent bias of GROCERYchoice against independent retailers. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

12   kokoda track campaign: Resumption of debate ( from 13 October 2008 ) on the motion of Mrs Moylan—That the House:

(1) recognises the importance of the Kokoda Track campaign in Word War II in stopping the overland Japanese advance to Port Moresby, which would have given the enemy a beachhead into Australia;

(2) acknowledges the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice demonstrated by the Australian Defence personnel during the Kokoda battles;

(3) pays tribute to the contribution of Papua New Guinea (PNG) nationals, specifically the Koiari people affectionately known as “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” in carrying supplies and equipment for Australian soldiers in the Kokoda campaign as well as the carriage of wounded to safety;

(4) notes that the Kokoda battles were fought in PNG from July 1942 on Australian soil; and

(5) in recognition of this contribution, urges the Australian Government to:

(a) acknowledge the service of the PNG nationals affectionately known as “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels”;

(b) direct the new Defence Awards and Honours Tribunal to promptly determine the most appropriately f orm of medal or recognition for the remaining “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” or their surviving families;

(c) consider any other appropriate initiatives including making a small ex-gratia payment to each “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel”, in recognition of their contribution over and above the call of duty; and

(d) examine, and where appropriate fund initiatives to upgrade the health and education status of the PNG people in the isolated villages along the Kokoda Track. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

13   tourism industry: Resumption of debate ( from 13 October 2008—Mr Turnour , in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Ciobo—That the House:

(1) condemns the Government for abandoning the tourism industry in a time of need;

(2) notes the negative impact that the Government’s decision to reduce funding for Tourism Australia by $5.9 million in real terms will have on the tourism industry;

(3) recognises that the Government’s $940 million of new tourism taxes will adversely af fect the 483,000 Australians employed in the tourism industry; and

(4) acknowledges that, in the new spirit of cooperative federalism, many State Labor Governments are following the example set by the Federal Government and are reducing their support for the tourism industry. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

14   poverty: Resumption of debate ( from 13 October 2008 ) on the motion of Ms Owens—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) that 12-18 October marks Anti-Poverty Week with the United Nations declaring Friday 17 October as International Anti-Poverty Day; and

(b) that the last time Australia contributed .5 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) was in 1974-75 and that the contribution has declined since then to as low as .25 per cent from 2000-04;

(2) recognises:

(a) the Federal Government’s commitment to lifting the nation’s contribution to .5 per cent of GNI by 2015; and

(b) that the majority of the world’s poor live in our region;

(3) commends the excellent work done by Micah Challenge and Make Poverty History in bringing this matter to public prom inence; and

(4) calls on the Government to continue to play a leadership role in our region and to honour our commitment to the Millennium Development Goals. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

15   international day of democracy: Resumption of debate ( from 25 September 2008—Ms Grierson ) on the motion of Ms Parke—That the House:

(1)  notes that, on 8 November 2007, the United Nations General Assembly decided in resolution 62/7 that the International Day of Democracy would be observed annually on the fixed date of 15 September, and that all Member States, organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals are invited to commemorate the International Day of Democracy in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness;

(2) notes further that the United Nations General Assembly invited Member States to make sure that parliamentarians and civil society organizations are given appropriate opportunities to be involved in, and contribute to, the celebration of the International Day of Democracy;

(3) notes also that the United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed that “democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life;” and that “While democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region.”;

(4) notes that the Inter-Parliamentary Union adopted a Universal Declaration on Democracy on 16 September 1997 in which it recalled the principles of democracy, the elements and exercise of democratic government and the international dimension of democracy;

(5) notes further the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s strong support for the International Day of Democracy held on 15 September as declared by the United Nations;

(6) notes that the Inter-Parliamentary Union has urged parliaments to celebrate the International Day of Democracy as an opportunity for parliaments to:

(a)  emphasize the importance of democracy, what it involves, the challenges it faces as well as the opportunities it offers, and the central responsibility that all parliaments have as the key institution of democracy; and

(b) examine and discuss how well parliament performs its democratic functions and identify what steps it may take to strengthen its effectiveness; and

(7)  declares its strong support for the International Day of Democracy ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

16   credit card limits: Resumption of debate ( from 22 September 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Scott—That the House:

(1) calls on the Federal Government to amend finance legislation so as to prevent credit providers from sending unsolicited letters offering an increased credit limit to credit card holders; and

(2) notes the amended legislation would stipulate that for a credit card limit to be increased, the card holder must make the first approach to the credit provider. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

17   human trafficking: Resumption of debate ( from 22 September 2008 ) on the motion of Ms Rea—That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the insidious act of human trafficking is the second largest criminal activ ity in the world, and certainly the fastest growing; and

(b) the Australian Government is committed to a “whole of government” approach to tackling human trafficking; and

(2) recognises that the Australian Government, through its Asia Regional Traffickin g in Persons aid project and contribution to UNICEF’s work, continues to play an active role in strengthening the key institutions responsible for identifying and addressing human trafficking;

(3) acknowledges the role of the Non Government Organisations (NGO), their unique expertise and the assistance they provide to trafficked persons;

(4) recognises that the Australian Government continues to work with AusAID, NGOs and foreign governments to ensure that the crime of human trafficking is continually brought to light, and that all Members and Senators continue to raise awareness of this international human rights violation; and

(5) applauds the Government’s establishment of a National Round Table on people trafficking as a measure to involve all interested stakeholders in the fight against this despicable crime. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

18   age pension: Resumption of debate ( from 22 September 2008 ) on the motion of Dr Jensen—That the House encourages the Government to lift the amount that a person in receipt of an Age Pension can earn from productive employment to an amount equivalent to the senior Australian’s tax offset before applying a penalty that reduces their Age Pension payment. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays after 23 February 2009. )

19   prostate cancer: Resumption of debate ( from 15 September 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Bradbury—That the House:

(1)  notes that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month;

(2) notes that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men after skin cancer and the second highest cause of male cancer deaths;

(3) acknowledges the work of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia in promoting greater awareness of prostate cancer within the broader community and the need for men to undergo regular testing; and

(4) congratulates the Rudd Government for developing Australia’s first ever men’s health policy. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on the next sitting Monday after 23 February 2009. )

20   human rights in tibet: Resumption of debate ( from 15 September 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Slipper—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) the continuing human rights concerns in Tibet; and

(b) the continuing restrictions on entry to Tibetan areas for journalists, international observers, non-gov ernment agencies and foreign diplomats;

(2) welcomes the informal talks between the Chinese Government and representatives of His Holiness, the 14 th Dalai Lama on 4 and 5 May 2008 in Shenzhen, China, and the agreement to hold a further round of the China-Tibet dialogue;

(3) encourages both parties to work sincerely towards a peaceful and mutually agreed resolution on the China-Tibet issue;

(4) welcomes the Prime Minister’s forthright statements to the Chinese Premier and President in public and in private on the need fo r constructive dialogue during his recent visit to China;

(5) recognises that the China-Tibet issue was also raised with the Chinese authorities by the former Government;

(6) acknowledges there is bi-partisan support in the Australian Parliament for a peaceful resolution on the differences between Tibet and China; and

(7) requests the Government actively to support and monitor progress of the China-Tibet dialogue and to offer its support to help bring about a positive outcome. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on the next sitting Monday after 23 February 2009. )

21   social security agreement with the united kingdom: Resumption of debate ( from 15 September 2008 ) on the motion of Ms Rishworth—That the House:

(1) notes with concern, the previous Government’s termination of Australia’s Social Security Agreement with the United Kingdom in March 2001;

(2) notes:

( a) that the termination of this agreement led to a lost opportunity for the previous Australian Government to negotiate indexation of the British pension for those British migrants living in Australia;

(b) that many British pensioners made substantial contributions to the United Kingdom’s National Insurance system but many have not received an increase in their British pension for a decade, and as a result their payment has not kept up with the cost of living; and

(c) that the United Kingdom has entered into social security agreements that include pension indexation with many other nations, including the United States, Israel and Switzerland;

(3) calls on the Commonwealth Government to commence negotiations for a new social security agreement with the United Kingdom that includes provisions for the indexation of British pensions. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on the next sitting Monday after 23 February 2009. )

22   your water your say: Resumption of debate ( from 15 September 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Broadbent—That the House:

(1)  notes the recent decision of the Federal Court to award costs against the incorporated community group, Your Water Your Say, following an unsuccessful action against the Australian and Victorian Governments in relation to the proposed construction of a Water Desalination plant at Wonthaggi, in the Electorate of McMillan;

(2) recognises that community groups such as Your Water Your Say:

(a) have a democratic right to express their legitimate concerns about the environmental impact of major infrastructure projects;

(b) have the right to pursue their concerns through legal action if they consider these concerns are not being properly addressed; and

(c) should not be constrained from seeking recourse to legal process because of a threat of onerous costs; and

(3) calls on the Australian Government to:

(a) waive the court costs awarde d to the Commonwealth as a result of the failed court action by Your Water Your Say; and

(b) agree not to pursue individual members of Your Water Your Say for the recovery of the costs. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on the next sitting Monday after 23 February 2009. )

23   infrastructure: Resumption of debate ( from 15 September 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Ripoll—That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) infrastructure planning provides the platform for regional economic growth;

(b) the rapid growth in many regional centres has placed the nation’s infrastructure network under significant pressure;

(c) the changing social and demographic environment in major regional centres presents significant economic and development challenges; and

(d) the past 12 years have been a missed opportunity for the nation to invest in the future beyond the current mining boom; and

(2) supports the Government’s:

(a) agenda of creating a stronger and more participatory regional development structure throug h the establishment of Infrastructure Australia, Regional Development Australia and the Major Cities Unit; and

(b) commitment to regional development and the delivery of regionally significant infrastructure. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on the next sitting Monday after 23 February 2009. )

24   intercountry adoption—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF statement: Resumption of debate ( from 2 September 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Pyne—That the House take note of the statement. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 23 February 2009. )

25   franchisees: Resumption of debate ( from 1 September 2008 ) on the motion of Mr Randall—That the House:

(1)  recognises the severe financial distress and hardship faced by a number of current and former franchisees throughout Australia as a direct result of franchisor conduct;

(2) acknowledges that franchisors must be held accountable for their unconscionable conduct, including non-disclosure, through a more stringent and determined application of existing Trade Practices legislation;

(3) notes that there are many franchisees that have no adequate or available means to redress their grievances without recourse or expensive and often unaffordable litigation; and

(4) considers the introduction of provisions, similar to those available in industrial relations legislation, for mediation, conciliation and arbitration, at no cost to the franchisee. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 23 February 2009. )

26   palestinian-israeli conflict: Resumption of debate ( from 1 September 2008 ) on the motion of Ms Vamvakinou—That the House:

(1) recognises the social, econo mic and human cost of the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict;

(2) notes the broader implications of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in terms of regional stability as well as diplomatic relations in the Middle East;

(3) condemns all forms of violence as an obstacle to peace;

(4) supports the renewal of diplomatic efforts to negotiate a just and lasting peace and recognises the efforts of the Quartet-led Road Map to peace in the Middle East;

(5) notes the Middle East peace initiative formally announced by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah during a meeting of the Arab League Summit in Beirut in March 2003;

(6) acknowledges that a negotiated settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict must necessarily involve both parties reaching agreement on final status issues, including the status of Jerusalem, the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees, settlements, security, borders and water;

(7) supports the Australian Government’s recent decision to increase Australia’s development assistance program to the Palestinian Territories; and

(8) believes that Australia has an important role to play as a middle power in encouraging peace initiatives between Palestinians and Israelis that are consistent with Australia’s commitment to multilateral diplomacy, responsible international citizenship and the principles of international law. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 23 February 2009. )