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BUSINESS OF THE MAIN COMMITTEE

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

The Main Committee meets at 9.30 a.m.

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Orders of the day

1   address in reply to the governor-general’s speech: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010—Mr Robert, in continuation ) on the proposed Address in Reply.

2   GRIEVANCE DEBATE: Question—That grievances be noted—Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ).

Committee and delegation reports

Orders of the day

1   Education and Employment—Standing Committee—advisory report on the higher education legislation amendment (student services and amenities) bill 2010—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 15 November 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Rishworth—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 the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

PRIVA TE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Orders of the day

1   Paid Parental Leave (Reduction of Compliance Burden for Employers) Amendment Bill 2010 ( Mr Billson ) : Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ). ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

2   white ribbon day: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Hayes—That this House:

(1) notes that 25 November marks White Ribbon D ay, the symbol of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women;

(2) recognises that White Ribbon Day aims to prevent violence against women by increasing public awareness and education by challenging the attitudes and behaviours that allow violence to continue;

(3) asks all Australian men to challenge these attitudes and behaviours, so that we can begin to drive real change in our community;

(4) asks all Australian men to join the ‘My Oath Campaign’ and take the oat h: I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women;

(5) notes with concern that one in three women will experience physical violence, and one in five will experience sexual violence over their lifetime;

(6) understands that domestic and family violence are primary causes of homelessness;

(7) acknowledges the cost of violence against women and their children to the Australian economy was estimated to be $13.6 billion in 2008-09, and if we take no action to shine a light on this violence, that cost will hit an estimated $15.6 billion by 2021-22; and

(8) asks all Members to show that they are challenging violence against women by wearing a white ribbon or wristband on White Ribbon Day. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

3   national curriculum: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Pyne—That this House:

(1) expresses its concern that the Government’s deadline to have the national curriculum available for implementation from January 2011 will result in a substandard curriculum; and

(2) requires the Government to delay the implementation of the national curriculum until January 2012 for K-10 in the areas of English, maths, science and history. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

4   detention facility at inverbrackie, SA: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Briggs—That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) t he announcement on 18 October 2010 by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship about the commissioning of a detention facility at Inverbrackie in South Australia costing $9.7 million to accommodate 400 people, consisting of family groups who are undergoing refugee status assessment;

(b) that the Prime Minister and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship failed to consult with the State Government of SA, the Adelaide Hills Council and the local Woodside community on the commissioning of this facility; and

(c) that the Prime Minister visited the Adelaide Hills on the Sunday 17 October 2010 immediately prior to the announcement and made no mention of the plan to commission the detention facility at Inverbrackie;

(2) p rovides a reference to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration to undertake the following inquiry:

(a) that the Joint Standing Committee on Migration inquire into the commissioning of a detention fa cility for 400 people comprising family groups at Inverbrackie, including:

(i) t he suitability of the site for locating a detention facility for the purpose of accommodating family groups in comparison with alternative options available to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship;

(ii) the impact of the operation of the facility on the local community, including on health, education, recreation, transport, police and other community services;

(iii) the impact on defence operations, personnel and family groups based at the Inverbrackie facility;

(iv) the impact of the facility on the local economy and small business;

(v) t he level of community support for the commissioning of the facility;

(vi) the level of cost and extent of services and facilities provided to clients at the detention facility; and

(vii) p otential risks that need to be managed for the successful operation of the facility;

(b) t hat the Joint Standing Committee on Migration undertake public hearings in Woodside, SA and Canberra, ACT to facilitate the participation of community members, local service providers, council officers and state and federal departmental officials to assist the Committee with its inquiry; and

(c) that the Joint Standing Committee on Migration report back no later than the first sitting week of Parliament in 2011; and

(3) c alls on the Government to postpone commissioning the detention facility for 400 people including family groups at Inverbrackie, until such time as the Committee has reported and the Government has provided a response to that report to the Parliament. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

5   united nations convention on the rights of the child: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Parke—That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) on 17 December 2010 Australia will celebrate the 20 th anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child;

(b) the Convention on the Rights of the Child is an attempt to ensure that children everywhere have the best opportunity in life regardless of where they live, their race or gender, including the right to go to school, to have access to shelter and food, to play and to have their opinions heard and respected; and

(c) there has been significant progress in that 10 000 fewer children die per day than they did twenty years ago but there are still 8 million children dying each year before their fifth birthdays of causes that are easily preventable through such simple and inexpensive measures as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, vaccinations, breast-feeding for six months, clean water and sanitation;

(2) applauds the work done for the benefit of children internationally by United Nations agencies, in particular UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), and Non Government Organisations, such as World Vision, Save the Children and Marie Stopes International;

(3) notes that while on the whole children in Australia fare better than children in other parts of the world, there remains significant issues to be tackled in Australia including child abuse and neglect, youth homelessness and the disadvantage suffered by indigenous children;

(4) applauds the work done for the benefit of Australian children by the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, as well as the Australian Human Rights Commission and Child Commissioners in the States and Territories;

(5) welcomes the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 as endorsed at the Council of Australian Governments meeting on 30 April 2009; and

(6) calls upon the federal government to further consider:

(a) incorporating the Convention on the Rights of the Child i n Federal legislation; and

(b) appointing a National Commissioner for Children. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

6   Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Sidebottom—That this House:

(1)  acknowledges the Government's recent increased commitment to the replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which:

(a) increased the previous commitment of $145 million in 2008-10, to $210 million for the 2011-13 period;

(b) recognised the importance of the Global Fund in the treatment and prevention of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the three major infectious diseases;

(c)  acknowledges the Global Fund as a highly effective funding mechanism for promoting global health and preventing 5.7 million deaths from AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in some of the world poorest countries; and

(d) recognises the need to better fund the work of the Global Fund to deliver increases in the provision of antiretroviral therapy, tuberculosis treatment, long lasting insecticidal nets to prevent malaria, and treatment of women for mother-to-child transmission of HIV; and

(2)  urges all aid donor countries in the world to fund their fair share of the global amount required by the Fund, which is estimated to be $20 billion over the next three years. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

7   Home Insulation Program: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Hunt—That this House:

(1) notes that the Australian Government has not released figures for the full rate of defects discovered under both the Home Insulation Safety Plan and the Foil Insulation Safety Program;

(2) calls on the Australian Government to release the full rate of defects discovered under both the Home Insulation Safety Plan and the Foil Insulation Safety Program, including the:

(a) number and percentage of roofs:

(i) found to be unsafe;

(ii) found to be faulty or substandard;

(iii) found to be flawed, unsafe or substandard in any way; and

(iv) rectified;

(b) cost of repairing the faulty, substandard or unsafe insulation; and

(c) total amount of money paid by the Australian Government to insulation companies for faulty, substandard, f lawed or unsafe insulation; and

(3) calls on the Australian Government to release information on the asbestos problem discovered under the Home Insulation Program, in particular:

(a) the number of roofs containing asbestos that received insulation;

(b)  any specific warnings of asbestos risk given to installers prior to fitting the insulation; and

(c) steps being taken to manage the asbestos risk for safety inspectors assessing roofs. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

8   Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Saffin—That this House:

(1) w elcomes, on behalf of the Australian people, the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest;

(2) congratulates the Burmese pro-democracy movement for its steadfast resistance to military rule and ongoing campaign for democracy;

(3) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the more than 2000 political prisoners still detained in Burma;

(4) calls upon Burmese authorities to embark on a genuine process of national reconciliation and engage in dialogue with all of Burma's ethnic groups; and

(5) calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)  make the most of this opportunity to bring about lasting reform for Burma and its people;

(b) reinforce the campaign for political reform in Burma wi th increased engagement through government and diplomatic channels;

(c) maintain efforts to enforce a universal arms embargo against Burma; and

(d) support at the highest levels of Government the efforts of Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues to restore democracy and peace. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

9   Population growth: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2010—Mr Alexander , in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Ripoll—That this House:

(1) the Intergenerational Report predicts Australia’s population may reach 35.9 million by 2050;

(2) population growth continues to be centred around Australia’s capital cities;

(3) the electorate of Oxley contains parts of Ipswich East, one of the statistical areas that has seen the largest population increases in Australia between 2004 and 2009;

(4) continuing population growth is placing pressure on the sustainability of Australian cities and the lifestyles of their residents;

(5) a ‘business as usual’ approach to planning and development will no longer be sufficient for the future needs of Aus tralian cities;

(6) building Sustainable Cities must become a policy priority for all levels of government; and

(7) the future sustainability of Australian cities must include a need to ‘decentralise’ the capital cities and encourage major employers, such as government department, to regional and outer urban centres. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

10   organ donation: Resumption of debate ( from 15 November 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Brodtmann—That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) organ donor rates are showing slow and sustained imp rovement in 2010;

(b) more than 98 per cent of Australians agree that organ and tissue donation have the potential to save and improve lives, yet less than 60 per cent of Australians accept the invitation for their loved ones to become organ donors when asked;

(c) there are more than 1700 Australians on the transplant waiting list at any time;

(d) many more Australians cannot get into waiting lists as they are too sick or unlikely to receive a life saving transplant because there are not enough donors; and

(e) the Government has invested more than $150 million over four years to establish a coordinated approach to organ donation, enabling all jurisdictions to work cooperatively to support sustained improvements in organ donation in Australia; and

(2) ac knowledges:

(a) the selfless act of the 228 donor families who have already donated organs in 2010 (to 30 September), which has saved or improved the lives of at least 683 Australians;

(b) the work undertaken across jurisdictions led by the National Medi cal Director of the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority, State and Territory Medical Directors and clinical groups to develop nationally consistent protocols and clinical triggers;

(c) the support of community groups such as Gift of Life, Kidney Health Australia, Transplant Australia, the Organ Donation and Transplant Foundation of Western Australia and the David Hookes Foundation, which are integral in supporting the work of clinicians in improving organ donor rates; and

(d) the importance of a steady and sustained improvement in organ donor rates to support Australia’s quest to become a world leader in organ and tissue donation and transplantation. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

11   human rights in iran: Resumption of debate ( from 15 November 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Neumann—That this House:

(1)  notes with deep concern the ongoing human rights violations in Iran, including the:

(a)  use of the death penalty, especially the use of stoning as a method of execution;

(b) violations of the rights of women;

(c) repeated violations of due process of law;

(d) use of violence, intimidation and arbitrary arrest to suppress peaceful opposition activity and the impact this has on the ability of Iranians to exercise their freedom of expression, association and assembly;

(e) reported arbitrary arrest and detention, and torture of opposition protestors;

(f) discrimination against and failure to protect the rights of minorities, including the Bahá’í, Sufi, Baluch, and Kurdish communities; and

(g) trial and reported sentencing of seven Bahá’í leaders—Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm—for insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic; and

(2) calls upon the G overnment of the Islamic Republic of Iran to:

(a)  ensure that the rights of all individuals are fully protected, without discrimination, and that it fulfils its obligations to its own citizens as set out in the Iranian constitution;

(b)  abide by its international human rights obligations, including the rights to freedom of religion or belief as set out in Article 18 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights; and

(c) ensure that all trials, including the case of the seven Bahá’í leaders, are fair and transparent and conducted in accordance with Iran's international obligations. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

12   pensions: Resumption of debate ( from 25 October 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Adams—That this House:

(1) notes that pensions must keep pace with the cost of living;

(2) recognises the significance and importance of the Labor Government’s $14 billion reform of the pension system after over 11 years of Coalition inaction;

(3) understands that when there is a Commonwealth pension rise, some of it is likely to be absorbed into pensioners’ rising living costs, often as a result of States and Territories lifting housing rents and power costs;

(4) notes the danger that pensioners are at risk of becoming impoverished if State and Territory governments do not allow the benefits of pension increases to flow through to pensioners; and

(5) demands that all State and Territory Governments commit to permanently quarantining last September’s pension rise, in the calculation of pensioners’ public housing rent levels and other State and Territory government controlled costs. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

13   surf life saving australia: Resumption of debate ( from 25 October 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Lyons—That this House:

(1) acknowledges and congratulates the over 153 000 volun teer members and staff of Surf Life Saving Australia;

(2) notes that:

(a) Surf Life Saving Australia faces many challenges in looking after the nation’s largest and most popular playground, our beaches, with over 100 million beach visitations each year; and

(b) in its 103 years of service, Surf Life Saving Australia is defying trends by increasing volunteer numbers, which is a great reflection of an organisation strongly connected to unique Aussie lifestyle, culture and adaptability;

(3) supports Surf Life Saving Australia’s efforts in advocating for nationally consistent standards for coastal safety services, systems and signage;

(4) acknowledges Surf Life Saving Australia’s international aid and development programs in 25 countries, mainly in the Asia Pacific region, playing its part in showcasing the nation’s global goodwill; and

(5) supports the establishment of bi-partisan ‘Friends of Surf Life Saving’ amongst Members of Parliament and Senators, providing the opportunity for Surf Life Saving Australia to keep the country’s leaders informed about the humanitarian, social and economic value of Surf Life Saving Australia to the Australian community. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

14   national carers week: Resumption of debate ( from 25 October 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Owens—That this House:

(1) recognises:

(a) that the week of 17 to 23 October was National Carers Week;

(b) that there are more than 2.6 million carers in Australia;

(c) the caring role is one of immense social and economic value, with carers being the foundatio n of our health, aged, palliative and community care systems;

(d) as health care increasingly moves away from ‘institutional’ settings into the home and community, family carers shoulder greater responsibility for managing complex conditions and providing the emotional and physical support for the person for whom they are caring;

(e) without carers, no future health or community care system will be able to respond to changing demographics and health needs, clinical practices and societal influences, in the long term;

(f) the Government’s practical measures to improve the lives of carers through significant reforms across the disability, health, mental health and aged care service systems, including:

(i) delivering a $60 a fortnight increase to the base pension plus a n increase of $5 a fortnight in the new Pension Supplement for carers receiving the maximum single rate of Carer Payment (a total increase of around $100 per fortnight, after indexation increases from 20 March);

(ii) guaranteeing the certainty of an annual ongoing Carers Supplement of $600 for each person cared for, benefiting around 500 000 carers;

(iii) overhauling the complex and restrictive eligibility requirements for Carer Payment (Child);

(iv) significantly boosting funding to the State and Territory governments for specialist disability services including supported accommodation, in-home care and respite; and

(v) commissioning the Productivity Commission to examine the feasibility, costs and benefits of a National Long Term Disability Care and Support Scheme; and

(2) calls on the Government to renew its commitment to carers in this Parliament and to exercise all instruments of policy to support carers in their vital work. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

15   cord blood donations: Resumption of debate ( from 25 October 2010 ) on the motion of Mrs D'Ath—That this House:

(1) that many lives have been saved through the research and the use of organ and blood donations throughout Australia;

(2) that one form of donation is cord blood from the umbilical cord and placenta, and that :

(a) research has shown that his blood is a rich source of blood forming stem cells known as haemopoietic stem cells;

(b) the use of these cells for transplantation to a sufferer of leukaemia, lymphoma, and some tumours, provides the best chance for a c ure; and

(c) recent research has established that umbilical cord blood stem cells can demonstrate plasticity, suggesting a role for them in the treatment of diseases such as diabetes, cerebral vascular disease, and Parkinson’s disease;

(3) that the colle ction of umbilical cord blood cells for research and for processing is a safe and non-invasive procedure, and that this procedure does not involve the destruction of an embryo given that the umbilical cord and placenta are usually discarded as waste;

(4) that the collection of umbilical cord blood is not available in all States and Territories or hospitals throughout Australia, and that:

(a) the collection, processing and storage of umbilical cord blood requires specialised techniques by appropriately tra ined and accredited professionals; and

(b) based on limitations on the collection centres that currently exist, not all permissions for donations given by women at existing collection centres results in the actual collection of the cord blood;

(5) that the Federal Government already funds the Australian National Cord Blood Collection Network; and

(6) the great work being done by the Australian National Cord Blood Collection Network, AusCord, the Australian national network of umbilical cord blood banks and cord blood collection centres. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

16   telstra’s grafton call centre: Resumption of debate ( from 18 October 2010 ) on the motion of Ms Saffin—That this House:

(1) notes with grave concern:

(a) Telstra’s stated proposal to close its Business Call Cent re in Grafton, with the loss of 108 local jobs, and the relocation of some of these jobs to Brisbane and Melbourne;

(b) the damaging flow on effect to a regional economy from such significant job cuts;

(c) the perception that Telstra is abandoning regional Australia; and

(d) Telstra’s claim that it can improve customer service while carrying out a program of job cuts;

(2) acknowledges the Clarence Valley community’s strong support for the campaign to save local Telstra jobs evidenced by the actions of Mayor Richie Williamson, the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and the 5559 people who signed my petition calling for Telstra to keep the Call Centre open, and not abandon regional Australia; and

(3) calls upon Telstra’s Chief Executive Officer David Thodey to stop the closure of the Grafton Call Centre to demonstrate a commitment by Telstra to Regional Australia. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

17   forestry industry: Resumption of debate ( from 18 October 2010 ) on the motion of Mr Adams—That this House:

(1) recognises that the forestry industry is an important part of the Australian economy but is currently in crisis;

(2) understands that it is necessar y to secure the viability of forestry dependent communities and to create well paid, high skilled jobs by value adding to our natural resource;

(3) supports the process whereby the forestry unions, government, industry, environment and community groups working together will allow a complete restructure of the industry that will determine that any transition is fair and just for workers, their families and communities; and

(4) calls on the House to ensure that interim payments to those facing hardships because of the transition, and those exiting the industry, can be assisted in a timely manner. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )

18   national stroke awareness week: Resumption of debate ( from 18 October 2010—Ms O'Neill , in continuation ) on the motion of Ms Hall—That this House:

(1) note s that:

(a) National Stroke Awareness Week was 13 to 19 September;

(b) sixty thousand people will suffer a stroke this year, that is, one stroke every 10 minutes;

(c) stroke is the second single greatest killer after coronary and a leading cause of disa bility in Australia;

(d) one in five people having a first stroke die within one month, and one in three die within one year;

(e) twenty per cent of all strokes occur in people under fifty five years of age;

(f) eighty eight per cent of stroke survivors live at home, and most have a disability;

(g) stroke kills more women than breast cancer;

(h) stroke costs Australia $2.14 billion a year, yet is preventable; and

(i) education plays an important role in reducing the occurrence of stroke; and

(2) ackn owledges:

(a) the role played by the families and carers of stroke victims;

(b) the work of the National Stroke Foundation;

(c) the effectiveness of the FAST campaign; and

(d) that prevention is the best cure. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays after the first sitting Monday in 2011. )