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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS —continued

Notices given for Thursday, 10 November 2016

    *1    Ms Swanson : To move—That this House:

(1)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         establish a national inter-governmental taskforce to co-ordinate the response of state/territory and federal government agencies to the perfluorinated and polyfluorinated (per- and poly-fluoro) alkyl substances contamination on and around Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) bases at Williamtown and Oakey, and throughout Australia;

(b)         develop a nationally consistent approach for screening and health guidelines, assessments, containment, management standards and remediation protocols for Commonwealth sites and their surroundings that are identified as being contaminated with per- and poly-fluoro alkyl substances;

(c)         provide:

                                                          (i)       a breakdown and schedule of spending of the $55 million allocated from the defence budget to deal with contamination at and around RAAF bases caused by per- and poly-fluoro alkyl substances;

                                                        (ii)       transparency into the Government’s per- and poly-fluoro alkyl substances interdepartmental committee, including a breakdown of its composition, terms of reference and meeting schedule; and

                                                       (iii)       a timeline for when, how, and by whom the issue of per- and poly-fluoro alkyl substances will be brought to the Council of Australian Governments; and

(d)         inform Williamtown residents when its proposed dialogue will begin on buybacks of properties contaminated by per- and poly-fluoro alkyl substances; and

(2)         while welcoming the New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency’s lifting of fishing bans implemented as a result of the contamination, calls on the Government to:

(a)         ensure income support is available to affected commercial fishers through to March 2017; and

(b)         advocate for leniency by lending institutions with respect to business and home loan repayments and lending practices involving properties in the Williamtown investigation zone.

              ( Notice given 9 November 2016. )

    *2    Ms O’Toole : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         health levels are a key factor in human happiness, and good quality health care should be the birthright of every Australian and First Nation People, regardless of their wealth or family background;

(b)         despite an overall improvement in most health measures, inequalities in health remain a major problem for Australia;

(c)         research shows significant health gaps between high income and low income Australian and First Nation People, for example, high income Australians have on average seven more teeth than low income Australians;

(d)         high income Australians live on average six years longer than low income Australians;

(e)         there are also significant differences across communities, for example, the death rate from disease for people living in remote postcodes is 80 per cent higher than in other parts of Australia;

(f)          wide inequalities are a barrier to Australia’s future social, economic and cultural development; and

(g)         many of the cuts to Medicare announced by the Government, including the cuts to the general practitioner tax, axing of the Child Dental Benefits Scheme, increasing cost of prescription medicine, cuts to pathology tests and scans, and cuts to hospital funding, will worsen health inequality in Australia; and

(2)         encourages governments at all levels to:

(a)         give priority to reducing socio-economically related health inequalities as a national goal; and

(b)         appropriately fund investment in Australian health services so that all Australians, including First Nation People, have access to world class health care.

              ( Notice given 9 November 2016. )

Notices —continued

       1    Mr Shorten : To move—That this House:

(1)         reaffirms its commitment to:

(a)         the right of all Australians to enjoy equal rights and be treated with equal respect regardless of race, colour, creed or origin;

(b)         maintaining an immigration policy wholly non-discriminatory on the grounds of race, colour, creed or origin;

(c)         the process of reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in the context of redressing their profound social and economic disadvantage; and

(d)         maintaining Australia as a culturally diverse, tolerant and open society, united by an overriding commitment to our nation, and its democratic institutions and values; and

(2)         denounces racial intolerance in any form as incompatible with the kind of society we are and want to be. 

              ( Notice given 30 August 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

       2    Mrs Elliot : To move—That this House notes that:

(1)         families in regional and rural Australia rely on penalty rates;

(2)         the take home pay of families in regional and rural Australia would be severely impacted if penalty rates were cut;

(3)         cutting penalty rates in regional and rural Australia would hurt workers such as nurses and health care workers, retail and hospitality workers, police, firefighters, ambulance officers, cleaners, services sector employees and tourism and transport industry employees;

(4)         members and candidates of the Liberal Party of Australia and the National Party continue to call for cuts to penalty rates on top of their continuous pressuring of the Fair Work Commission to reduce penalty rates in its current penalty rates case; and

(5)         cutting penalty rates in regional and rural areas would also have a devastating flow-on impact for regional economies. 

              ( Notice given 1 September 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

       3    Ms L. M. Chesters : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         in June 2014, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) commenced an inquiry into Woolworths’ procurement of trolley collection services, because the FWO had not seen Woolworths take steps to address non-compliance amongst its trolley collecting contractors;

(b)         by examining 130 of Woolworths’ supermarket sites across Australia, the inquiry found that 79 per cent of sites visited had indications of some form of non-compliance with workplace laws; and

(c)         the inquiry found incidences of workers being paid rates as low as $10 an hour;

(2)         acknowledges:

(a)         trolley collection is a low skill and labour intensive enterprise, attracting large numbers of vulnerable workers; and

(b)         under section 500 of the Fair Work Act 2009 , employers are obligated to provide effective governance of the supply chain through which they engage workers;

(3)         condemns the Government’s inaction to tackle the issue of exploitation in the labour-hire industry; and

(4)         calls on the Government to adopt Labor’s policies to (a) increase fines for employers who break workplace laws and exploit workers, and (b) licence the labour hire industry.

              ( Notice given Monday 12 September 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

       4    Ms C. F. King : To move—That this House:

(1)         calls on the Government to establish a National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Institutional Sexual Abuse, following the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which include the:

(a)         creation of an independent National Redress Agency; and

(b)         provision of counselling and financial redress with costs met by the institutions responsible for the perpetrators of the abuse; and

(2)         recommends that the Government consult extensively on further details of a National Redress Scheme to ensure that it fully meets the ongoing and complex needs of survivors and their families.

              ( Notice given 15 September 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

       5    Mr Giles : To move—That this House:

(1)         condemns the Australian Government for:

(a)         denying Victoria its fair share of infrastructure funding, to the point that Victoria now only receives 9 per cent of the federal infrastructure budget;

(b)         consistently failing to fund, or delaying support for, Victorian road and rail infrastructure projects; and

(c)         applying unreasonable funding conditions to Victoria while fully cooperating with the New South Wales (NSW) Government; and

(2)         calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)         provide Victoria with an equitable share of infrastructure funding given Victoria is Australia’s fastest growing state and home to 25 per cent of Australia’s population;

(b)         treat Victorian infrastructure projects fairly and on the same basis as NSW projects; and

(c)         commit to working with the Victorian Government to support infrastructure projects that are in the interests of the Victorian community and economy rather than the Coalition’s narrow political interests.

              ( Notice given 13 October 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

       6    Mr Wilkie : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the:

(a)         high level of concern in the community, especially in recent years, about the generosity and leniency of the current parliamentary entitlements framework; and

(b)         fact that current parliamentary entitlements are out of line with community expectations;

(2)         notes that the Government-commissioned report on the review of an independent parliamentary entitlements system (Mr John Conde AO and Mr David Tune AO PSM, An Independent Parliamentary Entitlements System ), was delivered to the Government in February 2016, but so far there has been little progress on implementing its recommendations;

(3)         acknowledges that there is a need for a much deeper overhaul of the parliamentary entitlements system, including:

(a)         an audit of all Members’ and Senators’ travel claims during this and the previous Parliament;

(b)         real-time online reporting of entitlement expenses and the requirement for more detail of the substantive reason for the expenditure; and

(c)         provisions to refer misuse which forms a pattern of misbehaviour to the Australian Federal Police; and

(4)         calls on the Government to commit to meaningful reform of the parliamentary entitlements framework that would put it in line with community expectations.

              ( Notice given 13 October 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

       7    Mr Husic : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises the significance of the 70th anniversary of bilateral relations between Australia and the Philippines; and

(2)         acknowledges the importance of an effective and diplomatic friendship with the Philippines, who share values of respect for human rights, democracy and economic freedom.

              ( Notice given 18 October 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

       8    Mrs Elliot : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that youth unemployment:

(a)         is unacceptably high in regional and rural Australia;

(b)         is causing a negative effect on the social development of young people;

(c)         leads to increased mental health rates;

(d)         increases poverty and inter-generational social problems; and

(e)         is having a negative effect on economic growth and productivity; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         develop and implement a national strategy to address youth unemployment; and

(b)         provide greater access to better education and training opportunities.

              ( Notice given 20 October 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

       9    Ms Husar : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Government has cut funding to New South Wales (NSW) health and hospitals;

(b)         doctors and specialist practitioners in NSW cannot do their jobs due to budget cuts and a lack of funding;

(c)         in the National Emergency Access Target, five of the six worst performing hospitals in NSW are in Western Sydney;

(d)         currently, recommended clinical timeframes for treatment are not able to be met due to a lack of resources; and

(e)         people in Western Sydney are suffering as a result of this dangerous funding shortfall; and

(2)         calls on the Prime Minister and Minister for Health to immediately provide an urgent injection of funds into hospitals in Western Sydney, particularly the Nepean Hospital, which serves 350,000 people, in order to address its shortage of beds and health workers.

              ( Notice given 20 October 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

    10    Mr Giles : To move—That this House:

(1)         condemns the shocking findings uncovered by the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work, including revelations of widespread underpayment, workplace health and safety breaches, maltreatment of workers, and tax avoidance in Victoria;

(2)         welcomes the 35 recommendations made by the Inquiry in its Final Report (August 2016);

(3)         commends the Victorian Government for:

(a)         establishing the Inquiry; and

(b)         committing to a labour hire licensing scheme in response to the Inquiry’s Final Report; and

(4)         calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)         investigate the operation of the labour hire industry Australia-wide; and

(b)         commit to developing a national response to widespread exploitation in the industry based on findings.

              ( Notice given 7 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

    11    Mr Wilkie : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the widespread concern from cattle producers about the current arrangements for the grass-fed levy on cattle and the concern about how the levy is collected and spent by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA);

(2)         notes that in September 2014 the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport released seven recommendations in its report on the inquiry into the industry structures and systems governing levies on grass-fed cattle;

(3)         further notes that there has been virtually no response from the Government to the Committee’s report; and

(4)         calls on the Government to act swiftly to implement the Committee’s recommendations, including by:

(a)         establishing an accountable and transparent producer-owned body to receive and disperse the research and development and marketing component of the transaction levy funds;

(b)         conducting an audit of the cattle transaction levy system tracing levies and focusing

on revenue from an expenditure of the respective components of levies by the Australian National Audit Office;

(c)         dissolving the Red Meat Advisory Council; and

(d)         revoking the status of the MLA Donor Company as an approved donor under the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 .

              ( Notice given 8 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

    12    Mr Jones : To move— That this House:

              (1)    notes that:

                       (a)    building a fairer and more equal society where all Australians can share in our national prosperity should be the first priority of a national government;

                       (b)    despite achievements in public education, Medicare, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the nbn tm network, inequality is growing in Australia, particularly between regional Australia and the capital cities;

                        (c)    neither the Liberal Party of Australia, nor The Nationals, is representing the best interests of regional communities because the Government:

(i)         has repeatedly voted to cut the social safety net that so many living in regional Australia rely on;

(ii)        has undermined Medicare and cut hospital funding;

(iii)       has cut school funding;

(iv)      has cut ABC funding;

(v)       has cut regional council funding;

(vi)      is rolling out second-rate broadband telecommunications; and

(vii)     is not delivering much needed nation building infrastructure projects;

                       (d)    by doing nothing about growing regional inequality, the Government is failing to represent the needs of people living in regional, rural and remote Australia in the Parliament; and

              (2)    calls on the Government to deliver a better deal for regional Australia.

              ( Notice given 8 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

    13    Mrs Sudmalis : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises the important work being done in Australia to support people with disability;

(2)         celebrates the winners of the Tenth National Disability Awards 2016; and

(3)         notes that International Day of People with Disability is on Saturday 3 December 2016.

              ( Notice given 8 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

    14    Mr Wallace : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the ‘EU-Australia Leadership Forum’ was launched by Minister Bishop at Parliament House on 18 October 2016 following the European Union in Brussels, presented by Minister Bishop and European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini on 8 September 2016;

(b)         the Forum will bring together a broad representation of talented individuals in government, business, academic and civil society from both Australia and the European Union to discuss common challenges and opportunities;

(c)         Australia and the European Union are liberal democracies that share unwavering commitment to the rule of law and open markets to secure peace and prosperity for their citizens; and

(d)         the Australian Government intends to encourage closer economic cooperation with the European Union through the negotiation of a European Union-Australia Free Trade Agreement; and

(2)         welcomes these positive developments in the European Union-Australia relationship.

              ( Notice given 8 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

    15    Ms McGowan : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         Australian dairy farming businesses, including those in the Kiewa, Upper Murray, Mitta, Ovens and King valleys, welcomed the emergency dairy support package announced by the Government on 25 May 2016;

(b)         the dairy support package includes a commitment to fast-track the Farm Household Allowance applications to ensure farmers experiencing financial hardship get much needed support, however, the promise of a fast-track process remains unfulfilled;

(c)         many farmers are reporting issues with the complexity of forms and the time it takes to receive support once those forms are lodged, with constituents waiting up to 20 weeks for action with no income; and

(d)         farmers in the electoral division of Indi report there are issues with Centrelink:

(e)         forms go missing;

(f)          the dysfunctional and outdated information technology system creates delays; and

(g)         farmers are encouraged to complete forms online in areas where there is limited internet access;

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         take a proactive approach to:

                                                          (i)       reviewing the process;

                                                        (ii)       directing appropriate resources to Centrelink; and

                                                       (iii)       increasing staff on the ground working with local service providers and farmers, where they live; and

(b)         coordinate the Mobile Service Centres schedule, targeting areas with high numbers of at-risk farmers and working with farmers to complete the application process in a timely manner.

              ( Notice given 8 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

Orders of the day continued

         1    Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 ( Mr Shorten ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  12 September 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

         2    Mobile Black Spot Program: Resumption of debate ( from  12 September 2016 ) on the motion of Mrs Sudmalis —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that:

(a)         improving mobile communications is of critical importance for people living in regional and remote parts of Australia; and

(b)         the Government has committed $220 million over three funding rounds to the Mobile Black Spot Program which will provide new or upgraded coverage to more than 3,000 black spots in regional and remote areas;

(2)         recognises that mobile communications are not only essential for commerce, agriculture and education, but also for emergency services and public safety; and

(3)         congratulates the Government for committing public funds to this important program to improve mobile communications in regional and remote Australia. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

         3    National servicemen: Resumption of debate ( from  12 September 2016 ) on the motion of Mr C. Kelly —That this House:

(1)         recognises the important role that national servicemen played in the defence of Australia;

(2)         acknowledges that Australia owes a great debt to these men who underwent military training and served our nation, many of those on foreign soil, in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force, in the advancement and protection of Australia’s national interests;

(3)         further acknowledges that during the:

(a)         first national service scheme between 1951 to 1959, approximately 227,000 men served across the three branches of the armed services, providing an important military capability during a period when Australia faced many international security challenges; and

(b)         second national service scheme from 1964 to 1972, more than 804,000 men registered for national service, of whom more than 63,000 were called up to serve in the Australian Army, and that during this period, more than 15,000 went on to serve in the Vietnam War, with 201 killed and more than 1,200 wounded; and

(4)         thanks the ‘Nashos’ for their service and encourages the Australian community to remember the service of these men each year on 14 February which is National Servicemen’s Day.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

         4    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Strategic Assets) Bill 2016 ( Mr Katter ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

         5    Banking Commission of Inquiry Bill 2016 ( Mr Katter ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

         6    Domestic violence and technology facilitated abuse: Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Flint —That this House:

(1)         recognises the importance of changing the national culture to make disrespecting women un-Australian;

(2)         welcomes the Government’s $100 million Women’s Safety Package to combat domestic violence;

(3)         supports efforts at the upcoming COAG meeting to engage all levels of government and the broader community on this shared national endeavour;

(4)         places on record its deep concern about the use of new technology and in particular smart phone tracking applications by family violence perpetrators to obtain and monitor the location of their victims; and

(5)         calls on all governments to consider this as part of their strategy to combat domestic violence and technology facilitated abuse.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

         7    Vietnam Veterans: Resumption of debate ( from  11 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Watts —That this House:

(1)         recognises that 18 August is Vietnam Veterans Day;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         prior to 1987, Vietnam Veterans Day was referred to as Long Tan Day;

(b)         2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, a battle that took place on 18 August 1966; and

(c)         at the Battle of Long Tan:

                                                          (i)       less than 120 soldiers from Delta Company faced over 2,000 soldiers;

                                                        (ii)       18 Australian soldiers lost their lives during battle, with 25 more injured; and

                                                       (iii)       over 245 Vietnamese soldiers also lost their lives;

(3)         further notes that:

(a)         approximately 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam; and

(b)         upon their return to Australia, many Vietnam Veterans struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and a disregard from an Australian public unsupportive of the Vietnam War;

(4)         acknowledges:

(a)         the soldiers who fought alongside Australians;

(b)         the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians that lost their lives during the Vietnam War;

(c)         the sacrifices of the Vietnamese are rarely mentioned in Australia’s collective stories of the Vietnam War; and

(d)         that Vietnam Veterans deserve the respect and recognition of all Australian Society; and

(5)         recognises the:

(a)         bravery and heroism of the soldiers of Delta Company that fought at Long Tan; and

(b)         sacrifices made by Australian and former Republic of Vietnam soldiers that fought alongside each other during the Vietnam War.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

         8    Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Foreign Political Donations) Bill 2016 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

         9    Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Amendment (Review) Bill 2016 ( Ms Collins ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

      10    Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2016 ( Mr Watts ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

      11    Australian Postal Corporation (Unsolicited Political Communications) Bill 2016 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

      12    Death penalty: Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Zimmerman —That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         the strong multi-party commitment in Australia to see an end to the death penalty worldwide;

(b)         that 10 October was World Day Against the Death Penalty, an important moment to mark our resolve to end capital punishment around the world;

(c)         that the evidence overwhelmingly shows that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent to crime;

(d)         that the death penalty is the ultimate cruel and inhumane punishment and Australia opposes its use in all cases;

(e)         that the international trend shows the world is moving away from the death penalty—in 1977 only 16 countries had abolished the death penalty, now 140 nations have abolished capital punishment in law or practice;

(f)          that despite this overwhelming trend, 2015 saw more people executed than in any year in the past quarter century, with executions carried out by several of Australia’s neighbours and allies; and

(g)         that Australia has the opportunity to influence progress towards the worldwide abolition of the death penalty in its relationships with key regional and global partners;

(2)         welcomes the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into Australia’s Advocacy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty: A world without the death penalty (May 2016), and looks forward to the Government’s response to its recommendations; and

(3)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         continue to strengthen its efforts to advocate for an end to the death penalty wherever it still occurs;

(b)         support civil society efforts to advocate for an end to the death penalty, particularly in retentionist countries; and

(c)         encourage other United Nations member states to support a global moratorium on the death penalty at upcoming United Nations General Assembly negotiations on a moratorium resolution.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

      13    National Week of Deaf People: Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Owens —That this House:

(1)         recognises that 15 to 23 October is National Week of Deaf People, which provides an opportunity for:

(a)         deaf people to celebrate their communities and achievements;

(b)         awareness of local, state and national communities to be promoted; and

(c)         Parliament’s current pilot of captioning in the House and Senate to be acknowledged;

(2)         notes the rights of deaf people to access Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN) as their first language; and

(3)         acknowledges that:

(a)         deaf people are a minority both culturally and linguistically; and

(b)         acceptance of the need for bilingual education of AUSLAN and English is necessary to promote equality and lifelong learning.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

      14    Cancer: Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Broadbent —That this House:

(1)         recognises that cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Australia, causing to 33 per cent of deaths;

(2)         further recognises that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month;

(3)         congratulates the Government for being committed to cancer research through funding the National Health and Medical Research Council and Cancer Australia, and establishing the Medical Research Future Fund;

(4)         welcomes the Government providing $18.5 million to the McGrath Foundation to deliver 57 trained breast care nurses to assist and care for people diagnosed with breast cancer;

(5)         further congratulates the Government for delivering savings to taxpayers while ensuring that the latest cancer-fighting medications are on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), available for patients as soon as possible, without fear or favour;

(6)         welcomes the addition of new drugs such as Herceptin and Kadcyla within the Government’s investment in the PBS; and

(7)         further welcomes the large number of approvals for cancer-fighting drugs that this Government has approved for the PBS, worth over $1.9 billion.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

      15    Drowning deaths: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Dr McVeigh —That this House:

(1)         recognises that the number of drownings in Australia increased from 267 deaths in 2014-15 to 280 in 2015-16 as stated in the Royal Life Saving’s National Drowning Report (September 2016), which shows:

(a)         a quarter of all drownings occurred in inland waterways such as rivers, creeks and dams;

(b)         almost one fifth of all deaths occurred in people age 25 to 35 years;

(c)         86 per cent of all drowning deaths were males; and

(d)         there was a 30 per cent decrease in deaths of people age 0 to 4 years;

(2)         acknowledges that every incidence of drowning has a wider impact including family, rescuers and communities;

(3)         recognises that the Government released the Australian Water Safety Strategy in April 2016, which aims to reduce drowning deaths by 50 per cent by 2020;

(4)         acknowledges that the Government is partnering with the peak water safety bodies such as Royal Life Saving (RLS), Surf Life Saving (SLS) and AUSTSWIM as well as Australian Water Safety Council Members and federal, state, territory and local governments, to work to prevent drowning;

(5)         recognises that the Government is providing funding of $3.6 million in 2016-17 through the National Recreation Safety Program work towards the target of reducing drowning deaths; and

(6)         congratulates RLS, SLS and other community groups for their work in educating people on the potential dangers of all our beaches and waterways.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

      16    Deeming rates for Australian pensioners: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Husar —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Government is short changing Australian pensioners;

(b)         despite interest rates falling from 2.25 per cent in February 2015 to 1.50 per cent today, the Government has failed to adjust deeming rates for Australian pensioners;

(c)         currently a single pensioner’s savings are deemed at 1.75 per cent on the first $49,200 and any amount over that is deemed at 3.25 per cent;

(d)         deeming rates are supposed to reflect returns across a range of investment choices available in the market, but the Government is failing to act by lowering deeming rates; and

(e)         Australian part-pensioners are doing it tough in a low interest rate environment and pensioners are crying out for some relief; and

(2)         calls on the Prime Minister to immediately reduce deeming rates in line with falling interest rates, so that pensioners’ assets are deemed fairly and Australian pensioners finally get some relief.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 November 2016. )

 

 

 

 

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