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BUSINESS OF THE FEDERATION CHAMBER

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The Federation Chamber meets at 10 am

 

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION BUSINESS

Orders of the day

     *1    Economics—Standing Committee Report on the inquiry into home ownership (sent to the Speaker on 16 December 2016, pursuant to standing order 247) —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 7 February 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Coleman —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 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

     *2    Infrastructure, Transport and Cities—Standing Committee Harnessing value, delivering infrastructure: Inquiry into the role of transport connectivity on stimulating development and economic activity —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 7 February 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Alexander —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 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

     *3    Treaties—Joint Standing Committee Report 167: Nuclear Cooperation-Ukraine; Extradition-China —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 7 February 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Robert —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 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

       4    Treaties—Joint Standing Committee Report 165: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 1 December 2016—Ms Templeman, in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Robert —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 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Orders of the day

         1    Domestic and family violence: Resumption of debate ( from  30 November 2016 —Mr Littleproud ) on the motion of Mr Turnbull —That the Parliament:

(1)         acknowledge that violence against women is a national issue that requires a whole of community response;

(2)         acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to experience violence;

(3)         call on all men to take action, call out violence, and link arms and say ‘No More’ to domestic violence; and

(4)         stand united in its commitment to eliminate violence against women.

       2    Infrastructure—Ministerial statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 30 November 2016—Mr Morton ) on the motion of Mr Fletcher —That the House take note of the document.

       3    Investment—Working in the national interest—Ministerial statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 24 November 2016—Mr Drum ) on the motion of Mr Ciobo —That the House take note of the document.

       4    National Security—Ministerial Statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 23 November 2016—Mr Drum ) on the motion of Ms Ley —That the House take note of the document.

         5    Equal rights for all Australians: Resumption of debate ( from  23 November 2016 —Mr Alexander ) on the motion of Mr Turnbull —That this House: 

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

(2)         reaffirms its commitment to maintaining an immigration policy wholly non-discriminatory on grounds of race, colour, creed or origin;

(3)         reaffirms its commitment to the process of reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in the context of redressing their profound social and economic disadvantage;

(4)         reaffirms its commitment to 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

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

       6    National security—Statement by the Prime Minister, 1 September 2016—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 12 September 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Pyne —That the House take note of the document.

         7    Grievance Debate: Question—That grievances be noted—Resumption of debate ( from  7 February 2017 ).

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION BUSINESS— continued

Orders of the day continued

       5    Economics—Standing Committee Review of the four major banks: First report —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 30 November 2016— Dr McVeigh ) on the motion of Mr Coleman —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 including 13 February 2017. )

       6    Economics—Standing Committee Review of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority annual report 2015 (Second report) —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2016 )on the motion of Mr Coleman —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 including 13 February 2017. )

       7    Economics—Standing Committee Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission annual report 2015 (Second report) —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Coleman —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 including 13 February 2017. )

       8    Economics—Standing Committee Review of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission annual report 2015 —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 22 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Coleman —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 including 13 February 2017. )

       9    Treaties—Joint Standing Committee Report 163: Paris Agreement, Kyoto Protocol—Doha Amendment —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 8 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Robert —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 including 13 February 2017. )

     10    Economics—Standing Committee Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia annual report 2015 (Second report) —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 8 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Coleman —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 including 13 February 2017. )

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Orders of the day

         1    NBN and rural and regional Australia: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms McGowan —That this House:

(1)    notes that:

(a)     the NBN Fair Use Policy is unfair for rural and regional Australia;

(b)     rural NBN users have restricted data speeds, limits on capacity and have to pay more for a poorer service;

(c)     under the NBN Interim Satellite Service, rural users had ‘off peak’ data from 11 pm to 2 pm;

(d)     on the new NBN Sky Muster Satellite Service, the ‘off peak’ data has now changed to between 1 am and 7 am; and

(e)     the consequence of the NBN Fair Use Policy is that businesses, students, home workers and farmers have reduced Internet access and pay comparatively more; and

(2)    calls on the Government to:

(a)     implement the recommendations of the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review and review the NBN Fair Use Policy in light of the impact on rural families and businesses;

(b)     maximise the amount of data available under the satellite service; and

(c)     revert the off-peak period in the NBN Fair Use Policy to 11 pm to 2 pm, to accommodate the realities of rural life. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

         2    Central Italy Earthquakes: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Georganas —That this House:

(1)         expresses its deepest condolences for the victims of the devastating earthquakes that hit Central Italy on 24 August and 30 October 2016;

(2)         recognises the:

(a)         ongoing suffering and displacement that the earthquakes have caused to the residents of the affected towns; and

(b)         courageous and tireless work of the emergency and medical workers, and volunteers to save lives and prevent further tragedies; and

(3)         expresses our sincere thanks to the Australian communities who have rallied to show their support and solidarity in the face of this tragedy.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

         3    Strzelecki Track: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Ramsey —That this House:

(1)         recognises that:

(a)         the Strzelecki Track is a vital freight and tourist route connecting Adelaide to the Moomba Gas fields in South Australia’s far north-east and South East Queensland;

(b)         the route is used extensively by pastoralists, mining vehicles and tourists and is no longer fit for purpose due to pot holes, bulldust and closures from flooding;

(c)         it can take more than 12 hours for heavy transport to negotiate 338 kilometres from Lyndhurst to Moomba;

(d)         the Track is used by many tourists heading into the heart of Australia and visiting some of the wonders of outback South Australia and Queensland and with a proper standard road there is great potential to grow this industry; and

(e)         the Track is also used by heavy transport which supports the exploitation of the Moomba Gas Fields and trucks carrying supplies to, and cattle from, properties and they are totally reliant on this route;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         the Track cuts through remote and inhospitable country where emergency services are reliant on the Royal Flying Doctor Service;

(b)         more than 30 road trains navigate the Track each day carrying vital equipment for the gas industry and thousands of dollars of damage is done to each of these trucks on a daily basis; and

(c)         rain can close the road for up to six weeks as it did in 2010 when large sections were washed away or left underwater and on average shuts the road for 45 days a year; and

(3)         calls on the state and federal governments to work together in an urgent manner to bring about the sealing of this vital route.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

         4    Perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances contamination: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Swanson —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 COAG; 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.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

         5    National Stronger Regions Fund: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr L. S. O’Brien —That this House:

(1)         congratulates the Government on the success of the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF);

(2)         acknowledges the significant and positive impact that the NSRF is having in rural, remote and disadvantaged regions around Australia; and

(3)         notes that the:

(a)         Government is investing $125,286,955 in 40 projects around Queensland under 3 rounds of the NSRF; and

(b)         NSRF is delivering infrastructure projects to create jobs in regional areas, improve community facilities and support stronger and more sustainable communities across Queensland. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

         6    Da'esh atrocities in Syria and Iraq: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Hayes —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         since 2014, Da’esh (also known as ISIL) has been carrying out terror campaigns against Christians, Assyrians, Mandaeans, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria;

(b)         these campaigns have taken the form of mass murders, torture, rape, kidnappings, sexual enslavement and other crimes; and

(c)         these atrocities constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide;

(2)         noting that the United Nations mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria has declared that Da’esh’s actions against the Yazidi people amount to genocide, calls on the:

(a)         Australian Government to refer to the Da’esh atrocities as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide; and

(b)         United Nations and Member States to co-ordinate measures to prevent further atrocities occurring in Syria and Iraq and take all necessary action to hold those responsible to account; and

(3)         commends:

(a)         the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Lebanese Republic, the Republic of Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq, for their ongoing support and efforts to shelter and protect those fleeing the violence in Syria and Iraq; and

(b)         those nations that are providing a permanent home for Syrian and Iraqi refugees who are escaping persecution and violence.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

         7    Australia and the Netherlands: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr van Manen —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the ‘Declaration of Intent on a Strategic Dialogue’ between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Netherlands was signed by Foreign Minister Bishop and Foreign Minister Koenders on 2 November 2016, in Canberra;

(b)         the Declaration has been updated from the one signed in February 2014 by Foreign Minister Bishop and the then Foreign Minister Timmermans to reflect current events and increased closeness between our two countries through our shared commitment to achieve accountability with respect to the downing of MH17; and

(c)         the Declaration commits Australia and the Netherlands to enhanced cooperation on international security, trade and investment, human rights and development issues; and

(2)         welcomes enhanced economic and security cooperation between Australia and the Netherlands.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

         8    Marine parks: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr J. H. Wilson —That this House:

(1)         notes that in 2012, following a comprehensive and rigorous process, the then Labor Government declared 40 marine parks in Commonwealth waters, creating the world’s first and largest comprehensive national network of marine parks;

(2)         notes with concern that there is increasing pressure on Australia’s marine environment, as indicated by frequent and severe bleaching of coral reefs across Australia’s northern waters, extensive and unprecedented dieback of mangroves, and the loss of large areas of kelp forests in southern Australian waters;

(3)         notes that Australia’s marine environment is the most biologically diverse in the world according to the 2010 Census of Marine Life, with our oceans spanning tropical, temperate and sub-Antarctic waters, and where at least 33,000 marine species have been identified (many of which are found nowhere else on earth);

(4)         notes that Australia is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and as such is required to both conserve as well as sustainably utilise its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ);

(5)         notes the economic opportunity that marine parks bring regional communities as evidenced by long standing marine parks in Australia, including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which is worth over $6 billion to the Queensland economy, and others including Ningaloo Marine Park, the Great Australian Bight, Lord Howe Island, Solitary Islands Marine Park and Maria Island National Park;

(6)         notes the clear evidence that marine parks play an important economic role in accelerating the recovery of depleted fisheries, and that the long term net effect on fisheries of increased resilience and sustainability from highly protected marine reserves is positive;

(7)         notes that in the 1990s the then Coalition Government put in place a systematic approach for declaring a comprehensive, adequate, and representative network of marine parks in Australia’s EEZ, and proceeded to declare 22 marine parks in Commonwealth waters;

(8)         notes with concern that:

(a)         in December 2013 the incoming Coalition Government suspended Labor’s marine parks from operation by re-declaring the parks in order to set aside their management arrangements and commencement date, pending the conduct of a politically motivated and unnecessary review; and

(b)         after almost 3 years, these 40 marine parks have not been implemented, existing in statute only—leaving 5 of Australia’s 6 marine regions with little to no protection at a time when the threats to Australia’s valuable and important marine environment are increasing;

(9)         notes that in the May 2016 budget the Coalition Government committed to completing the re-development of the management plans for the new parks within 12 months;

(10)     notes that in the recent consultation by Parks Australia, over 50,000 submissions were received from around Australia, including from more than 5,000 recreational fishers, calling for the reinstatement of the marine parks and their high level marine national park zoning, without further delay or loss of protection;

(11)     notes that the Expert Science Panel of the Coalition Government’s own review recognises both the extensive science that went into the development of the marine parks developed by the Labor Government and the scientifically proven benefits of marine national parks;

(12)     notes the Bioregional Advisory Panel of the Coalition Government’s own review recognised the extensive consultation that has occurred in developing the marine reserves developed by the Labor Government, stating that there was in fact a considerable amount of ‘consultation fatigue’ expressed by many stakeholders;

(13)     notes the increasing move by other countries to put in place large and highly protected marine parks in their EEZs, including action taken by the United States, Palau, Chile, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and, most recently, the declaration in October 2016 by 24 nations, including Australia, of the Ross Sea marine park in the Antarctic high seas; and

(14)     calls on the Coalition Government to bring the Commonwealth network of marine parks that were declared in 2012 into operation without further delay, and with no loss of marine national park protection.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

         9    Road safety: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Flint —That this House:

(1)         urges all Australians to drive safely and with consideration for fellow road users over the upcoming summer holidays;

(2)         notes the Government has made significant investments in road safety including:

(a)         $500 million from 2014-15 to 2018-19 in the Black Spot Program (BSP);

(b)         an additional $200 million from 2015-16 that makes an important contribution to reducing the national road toll under the National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan; and

(c)         completing 977 projects under the BSP which has saved an estimated 116 lives and prevented 5,959 injuries from crashes over 10 years;

(3)         encourages all state and territory governments to address the over-representation of men in road fatalities through improved driver information and education; and

(4)         calls on all Australians to drive carefully over the summer period.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      10    International Day of People with Disability: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Husar —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that:

(a)         Saturday 3 December 2016 is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD);

(b)         the United Nations proclaimed IDPwD for the first time in 1992 as a way of promoting better understanding of disability issues and as a sign of support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of people with disabilities; and

(c)         each year, the United Nations chooses a theme for IDPwD and this year’s theme is ‘Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want’, which draws attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for people with disabilities;

(2)         encourages all Members of Parliament to support IDPwD in their electorates; and

(3)         reaffirms its commitment to:

(a)         ensuring Australians with a disability get the support they need; and

(b)         an adequately funded and resourced National Disability Insurance Scheme.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      11    Commonwealth Redress Scheme: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Irons —That this House:

(1)         recognises the actions this Government has taken to establish the Commonwealth Redress Scheme (CRS) for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse;

(2)         congratulates this Government for leading by example by establishing the CRS for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and for inviting other governments and institutions to ‘opt in’ to the scheme on the responsible ‘entity pays basis’ recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse;

(3)         acknowledges the courage of the survivors who presented evidence to the Royal Commission and that their past and continuing advocacy for redress is vital to the successful implementation of the CRS; and

(4)         recognises that this Government acknowledges that survivors of institutional child sexual abuse need and deserve equal access and treatment.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      12    Dismissal of Whitlam Government, correspondence: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Hill —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         there is a current controversy pertaining to the so called ‘Palace Letters’ between the then Governor-General Sir John Kerr and Her Majesty The Queen in the months leading up to the dismissal of the Whitlam Government; and

(b)         this correspondence has been declared ‘personal’ and therefore secret at ‘Her Majesty the Queen’s instructions’;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         these letters are a matter of our national history which should be made available to the Australian people;

(b)         regardless of the merits or otherwise of the dismissal, Australians deserve to know the extent to which The Queen involved herself in the sacking of an elected Australian Government; and

(c)         the very notion of ‘personal’ letters between the Monarch and the Governor-General offends all concepts of transparency and democracy that we hold dear; and

(3)         calls on the Australian Government to take steps to have the documents released.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      13    White Ribbon Day: Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Watts —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that White Ribbon:

(a)         is a male led campaign to end male violence against women;

(b)         is now active in over 60 countries around the world; and

(c)         has ambassadors around Australia who are working to engage men and encourage them to take a leadership role in ending violence against women;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         in 2016 in Australia, each week approximately one woman is murdered by a partner or former partner;

(b)         one in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner;

(c)         men’s violence against women is a symptom of gender inequality in our society; and

(d)         social policy initiatives and law refom addressing gender inequality are central to reducing attitudes that support violence against women;

(3)         recognises that:

(a)         25 November is White Ribbon Day; and

(b)         the white ribbon is the symbol of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; and

(4)         supports White Ribbon and other organisations to eliminate violence against women.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      14    Battle of Long Tan: Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Littleproud —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         on 8 November at Government House the Governor-General awarded ten soldiers with military awards for actions at the Battle of Long Tan; and

(b)         these soldiers received these awards 50 years after the Battle of Long Tan:

                                                          (i)       which was the most costly single battle fought by Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War, involving 105 Australians and three New Zealanders from D Company 6RAR and more than 2,000 enemy troops; and

                                                        (ii)       where a total of 17 Australians were killed in action and 25 were wounded, one of whom later died from his wounds; and

(2)         acknowledges:

(a)         the ten soldiers who received an award, some posthumously, including Lieutenant Adrian Roberts, Sergeant Frank Alcorta, Lance Corporal Barry Magnussen (deceased), Second Lieutenant Gordon Sharp (deceased), Privates Neil Bextrum, Ron Brett (deceased), Ian Campbell, William Roche, Geoffrey Peters and Noel Grimes;

(b)         the service and sacrifice of all those who served their country in Vietnam; and

(c)         all of Australia’s service men and women who display courage, bravery and mateship above and beyond the call of duty.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      15    Income inequality: Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Giles —That this House:

(1)         notes with deep concern that:

(a)         income inequality in Australia is growing such that currently the top 20 per cent of households receive half of Australia’s income while the bottom 20 per cent receive just four per cent; and

(b)         in 2013 the top 1 per cent of Australian earners received 9 per cent of Australia’s income, and the top 0.1 per cent received 2.5 per cent, in both cases representing the highest proportion since the 1950s, and a proportion which continues to increase;

(2)         notes rapidly increasing executive and, in particular, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) remuneration, for example between 1971 and 2008, real CEO pay grew by nearly five times, while the real average weekly earnings grew just over one and a half times despite:

(a)         research showing that executive pay increases are not closely related to company performance;

(b)         the belief that large disparities between executive pay and average earnings might actually demotivate a company’s employees and adversely affect priorities, as reported in the 2009 Productivity Commission inquiry into executive remuneration in Australia; and

(c)         the belief that poor remuneration arrangements can promote inappropriate, risky short term decision making, carrying wider economic ramifications including a negative impact on productivity growth;

(3)         notes the positive effect of past legislative efforts on ensuring corporate executive remuneration is transparent, particularly the ‘two strikes’ legislation which came into effect in 2011, acknowledging that mandatory disclosure of CEO pay ratios, as required in the United Kingdom and more recently in the United States, would:

(a)         provide:

                                                          (i)       important information to shareholders voting on executive remuneration; and

                                                        (ii)       a more accurate measure of an important aspect of income inequality in Australia; and

(b)         improve the health of our democracy by making important information more accessible to the public; and

(4)         calls on the Government to consider following the lead of the United States in its Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in mandating that public companies disclose the ratio of a CEO’s annual total remuneration to the average annual total of all company employees.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      16    National security challenges: Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Hastie —That this House:

(1)         notes that as the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, comes under increasing pressure in Iraq and Syria, there is the risk that more foreign fighters will seek to leave, with some trying to return to their home countries, including Australia;

(2)         acknowledges that the Government:

(a)         has given greater support, funding and legislative powers to law enforcement and security agencies; and

(b)         continues to work in close partnership with international partners to counter the terrorism risk; and

(3)         notes that the national security challenges facing Australia continue to evolve.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      17    Palestinian children: Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Vamvakinou —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that:

(a)         500 to 700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year;

(b)         Human Rights Watch reported in April that arrests of Palestinian children by Israeli forces had doubled in the preceding six months;

(c)         Defence for Children International research, based on 429 affidavits from Palestinian children, indicates that 97 per cent of children had no parent or legal counsel available during interrogation and 75 per cent endured some form of physical violence following arrest;

(d)         the United States State Department’s 2014 human rights report on Israel states that military courts have more than a 99 per cent conviction rate for Palestinian defendants;

(e)         UNICEF has reported that ill-treatment in the Israeli military detention system remains widespread, systematic, and institutionalised throughout the process; and

(f)          Australia raised concerns with Israel about the treatment of Palestinian minors in 2011 and 2014, however there has been little improvement concerning the treatment of Palestinian children by Israeli forces; and

(2)         calls on the Australian Government to raise concerns with the Israeli Government about the treatment of Palestinian children.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      18    417 visa program: Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms L. M. Chesters —That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO’s) report Inquiry into the wages and conditions of people working under the 417 Working Holiday Visa Program (October 2016) found that more than one third of 417 visa holders claimed that they were paid less than the minimum wage;

(b)         the inquiry found that the 417 visa program created an environment where unreasonable and unlawful requirements are being imposed on visa holders by unscrupulous businesses;

(c)         the FWO, Ms Natalie James, said in a statement that the inquiry confirms that overseas workers seeking regional work to satisfy the 88 day requirement and obtain a second-year 417 visa are particularly vulnerable to exploitation;

(2)         acknowledges:

(a)         that in 2015-16, 76 per cent of litigations filed by the FWO involved visa holder workers;

(b)         that the inquiry found instances of employers engaging in sophisticated labour supply chains involving sham contracting, where workers were in fact employees, to exploit vulnerable 417 visa holders to gain a competitive or commercial advantage through the reduction of labour costs; and

(c)         findings from the inquiry found that the 417 visa program has been used to source an unpaid workforce, thus facilitating an unfair commercial advantage to these employers, distorting the market place and placing pressure on the domestic employment market;

(3)         expresses its disappointment in the Government for announcing yet another taskforce, the Migrant Workers Taskforce, to look at the issue of worker exploitation, while there is still no legislation that has been presented to the Parliament that will change the law to protect exploited workers; and

(4)         calls on the Government to join the Opposition in preventing workers from being exploited by supporting its legislation before the Parliament, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Australian Workers) Bill 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 13 February 2017. )

      19    Cashless debit card: Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Ramsey —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that reducing social harm caused by welfare-fuelled alcohol, drug and gambling abuse is a key priority nationally and for local communities;

(2)         recognises that the Government is currently trialling the cashless debit card in two communities—Ceduna in South Australia, and the East Kimberley in Western Australia—in partnership with local community leaders in those communities; and

(3)         acknowledges the:

(a)         hard work, dedication and commitment of community leaders in Ceduna and the East Kimberley in co-designing the trials with Government, and their leadership in its implementation and delivery in their communities; and

(b)         positive initial results of the cashless debit card model in the two trial communities, including the strong positive feedback from the community on the ground.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      20    Unemployment: Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ) on the motion of Dr Freelander —That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         that the unemployment rate in Australia has barely fallen from immediate post Global Financial Crisis levels;

(b)         Treasury projections that the unemployment in Australia is unlikely to improve in the next three years under current policy settings; and

(c)         significant labour market indicators such as rate of under-employment and levels of long term and youth unemployment, are continuing concerns within the community and amongst economic commentators, as is the comparative decline in the availability of full time jobs;

(2)         further notes that:

(a)         rates on unemployment in many OECD countries have fallen significantly since 2012 while Australia’s unemployment rate has remained stagnant; and

(b)         Reserve Bank of Australia observations about the likely limited effect on economic activity of further interest rate cuts;

(3)         recognises:

(a)         the negative impact on the federal budget in continuing high levels of unemployment;

(b)         the cost to individuals, the community and the economy in people not being able to find work; and

(c)         the Government’s failure to grow full-time employment opportunities; and

(4)         urges the Government to give higher priority to addressing labour market stagnation and take whatever steps it can through fiscal policy and selective initiatives to address this ongoing blight on Australian society.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      21    The job of governing: Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Zimmerman —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that the Government won the election and has been getting on with the job of governing; and

(2)         congratulates the Government for the following achievements:

(a)         securing Australia’s 25 consecutive years of economic growth;

(b)         protecting our borders and making our nation more secure with over 800 days having passed without a successful people smuggling venture;

(c)         delivering:

                                                          (i)       a personal tax cut to 500,000 middle income Australians;

                                                        (ii)       a fairer and more flexible superannuation system; and

                                                       (iii)       $11 billion of budget repair;

(d)         establishing a process which makes bank Chief Executive Officers answerable to the public through appearances before Parliament;

(e)         legislating to protect volunteer firefighters from union takeovers;

(f)          reintroducing bills to restore the rule of law on the nation’s construction sites;

(g)         securing the naval shipbuilding industry and jobs for the future;

(h)         strengthening:

                                                          (i)       trade and defence ties with Singapore, creating thousands of new jobs; and

                                                        (ii)       the United States alliance in defence, counter-terrorism and cyber security;

(i)           reintroducing legislation to crack down on illegal firearms trafficking;

(j)          increasing protection for women and children against domestic violence;

(k)         growing our industries with record commodity prices and a $2.5 billion water infrastructure rollout to support farmers and the resource sector;

(l)           fixing the problems in Vocational Education and Training and cracking down on dodgy providers;

(m)       increasing digital literacy and improved school resourcing;

(n)         supporting more Indigenous Australians through skills, jobs and language;

(o)         signing new City Deals to improve housing and expand public transport;

(p)         accelerating the broadband build and connecting rural Australia;

(q)         securing an agreement with the states and territories on energy security and reforms for affordable, reliable power;

(r)          protecting Medicare, improving primary health care, making over 2,000 medicines cheaper and simplifying private health care;

(s)          saving lives through a National Cancer Screening Register;

(t)          supporting the South Australian steel sector and jobs by providing a $49.2 million loan to Arrium;

(u)         addressing long term welfare dependence;

(v)         delivering better:

                                                          (i)       tax arrangements for working holiday makers and backpackers; and

                                                        (ii)       child care for 1 million Australians and lifting immunisation rates;

(w)        showing a commitment to new resettlement programs for genuine refugees as a result of strong border policies; and

(x)         boosting Australia’s place in the workforce with access to new markets and stronger ties including with East Asia, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      22    Expulsion of Mr Hugh Mahon from the House: Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Perrett —That this House: 

(1)         recognises that:

(a)         prior to the passage of the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 the Houses of the Australian Parliament had the power to expel a Senator or Member of the House of Representatives;

(b)         the expulsion of a Member of this House is the most drastic of sanctions;

(c)         on 11 November 1920, the then Member for Kalgoorlie, Mr Hugh Mahon, was expelled from this House; and

(d)         Mr Mahon is the only Member to have ever been expelled from this House;

(2)         acknowledges that Mr Mahon was expelled:

(a)         by a motion brought on hastily and with limited time for debate;

(b)         by a vote of the House on party lines; and

(c)         without the due process and procedural fairness that such an important issue deserves; and

(3)         recognises that:

(a)         it was unjust on the limited evidence for the institution to which Mr Mahon had been democratically elected to reverse the decision of his constituents; and

(b)         the expulsion of Mr Mahon was a misuse of the power then invested in the House.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      23    Gambling advertising: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Wilkie —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         more than $800 million was lost by Australians on legal sports betting in 2014-15, an increase of more than 30 per cent from 2013-14;

(b)         while some restrictions on gambling advertising exist, there is an exemption that allows gambling advertising during televised sporting events at children’s viewing times; and

(c)         research shows that children are especially susceptible to such advertising;

(2)         recognises the pressing need to act to reduce the level of gambling advertising, particularly during children’s viewing times;

(3)         calls on the Government to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to ban gambling advertising during sporting broadcasts; and

(4)         further notes community concern about the recent increased level of gambling advertising on the SBS, and calls on the Minister for Communications to issue a directive under section 11 of the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to limit the amount of such advertising.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      24    Housing: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Claydon —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         having safe and affordable housing is a basic human right and the absence of which has a huge human, social and economic cost;

(b)         housing stress and homelessness are serious issues in Australia—first-home buyers are having difficulty entering the market, rental affordability in cities is at a crisis point, waiting lists for social housing continue to grow, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are disproportionately represented in homelessness and housing stress and there are rising levels of homelessness with 105,000 people designated as homeless on any given night; and

(c)         there are often complex social, financial and medical issues that cause housing stress and homelessness that are beyond an individual’s direct control; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         appoint a Minister for Housing and Homelessness to provide the necessary focus and leadership required to address the housing issues being experienced in Australia; and

(b)         develop and implement a national housing strategy to ensure a sufficient, modern and equitable housing system for all Australians.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      25    Palm oil and labelling laws: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 —Mr Wood ) on the motion of Mr Wood —That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         that palm oil, because of its low cost, is a common ingredient in many packaged foods, often supplementing vegetable oil; and

(b)         the misleading labelling of palm oil in Australian products, often labelled as vegetable oil, with 50 per cent of products sold in supermarkets containing palm oil;

(2)         further notes that palm oil has high levels of saturated fat with over 50 per cent of its composition being saturated fat, which is very dangerous to consumers with heart or other conditions;

(3)         recognises the damage to the environment and endangered animals as a result of mass deforestation in Malaysia and Indonesia which has led to the exponential threat of extinction to animals such as orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinoceroses, all of which are already critically endangered; and

(4)         calls on the Government to change the labelling laws on products sold in Australia to require products to clearly state when they contain palm oil.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      26    Adelaide plains floods and assistance to growers: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Zappia —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         widespread flooding has devastated large food growing areas in the Adelaide plains;

(b)         the Adelaide plains are a major economic driver for South Australia, producing hundreds of millions of dollars of fruit and vegetables each year;

(c)         the collective losses sustained by growers have run into tens of millions of dollars; and

(d)         many of the producers affected by the floods are family enterprises with limited financial capacity to withstand the losses and damage; and

(2)         calls on the Government to report back to the House on what assistance measures will be provided to growers seriously affected by the floods.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      27    Northern Australian tourism industry and small businesses: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms M. L. Landry —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the northern Australians working within the tourism industry, which plays a vital role in supporting the northern Australian economy;

(2)         recognises that tourist spending provides further opportunities for local small businesses within the community; and

(3)         notes that:

(a)         the Government is investing in small businesses through its Jobs and Small Business Package released in the 2015 budget; and

(b)         this package provides small businesses, including most businesses within the tourism industry, with much needed assistance to grow and create jobs.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      28    Forced marriage: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Perrett —That this House:

(1)         recognises that:

(a)         some young Australians are being forced into marriage against their will;

(b)         child marriage and forced marriage are forms of slavery; and

(c)         the Labor Government in 2013 introduced into the Criminal Code Act 1995  specific offences for forced marriage;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         there has been a gradual increase in people referring to community services for forced marriage since the law was introduced in 2013;

(b)         investigations of forced marriage by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have increased from 3 in 2012-13 to 69 in 2015-16;

(c)         the Australian Red Cross and the AFP consider that part of the increase in identifications of forced marriage is due to better community awareness and access to help; and

(d)         it is crucial that community awareness continues to be raised so that young people know their right to refuse to be forced into marriage;

(3)         notes that:

(a)         the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans produced curriculum materials for the Australian forced marriage Pilot Program for Australian schools;

(b)         in every school that participated in the Pilot Program, girls at risk of forced marriage were identified;

(c)         funding for the Pilot Program ceased in 2015; and

(d)         it is crucial that the Pilot Program is continued as teachers are often the first person a child will tell of their fear of being forced to marry; and

(4)         calls on the Government to immediately renew funding to further provide awareness of child marriage and forced marriage in Australian schools and the broader community.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      29    Remembrance Day: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Rishworth —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         11 November is Remembrance Day;

(b)         on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month Australians observe one minute’s silence in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts;

(c)         2016 marks the 98th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I; and

(d)         on Remembrance Day we pay our respects and honour the memory of those who have served in our country’s defence forces;

(2)         encourages all Australians to attend a commemoration ceremony in their local community, and to pause for a minute of silence to remember those who have served in the Australian Defence Force and made the ultimate sacrifice;

(3)         remembers:

(a)         those who lost their lives serving their country; and

(b)         all who came home, wounded, or bearing the hidden scars of war; and

(4)         recognises that the return to life in Australia, the journey from battlefield to towns and suburbs, can be a difficult one for those who serve and for the people who love and care for them.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      30    Western Australia and Commonwealth infrastructure funding: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Keogh —That this House:

(1)         recognises the parlous state of Western Australia’s finances, brought on by the economic mismanagement of the Western Australian Government and a record low share of GST revenue, which was foreseeable;

(2)         acknowledges the importance of Commonwealth infrastructure funding and state infrastructure spending for creating employment and driving economic growth;

(3)         notes that $1.54 billion of Commonwealth infrastructure funding has been allocated to the Perth Freight Link (PFL) and Oakajee Port over the forward estimates, in circumstances where:

(a)         the Western Australian Government has not committed to stage two of the PFL, a contract for which will be required before Commonwealth funding flows to Western Australia, and the Western Australian Opposition is opposed to the project; and

(b)         the Turnbull Government has kept a $339 million allocation to Oakajee Port in the federal budget for more than two years after the project was abandoned;

(4)         notes that although Western Australia takes up one third of Australia’s land mass and holds 10.4 per cent of the population, the loss of Commonwealth funding for the PFL and Oakajee would cause Western Australia’s share of the Commonwealth infrastructure budget to drop to just 9.5 per cent; and

(5)         calls on the Australian Government to redirect funding allocated to the PFL to the infrastructure projects that Western Australians actually want and need—the Armadale/North Lake Road Bridge, an Outer Harbour and METRONET.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      31    Stroke: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Banks —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         National Stroke Week:

                                                          (i)       ran from 12 to 18 September 2016; and

                                                        (ii)       is about raising awareness to prevent stroke in Australia; and

(b)         the National Stroke Foundation encourages all Australians to:

                                                          (i)       be aware of what stroke is, how to recognise a stroke and what to do;

                                                        (ii)       live healthy to reduce the risk of stroke; and

                                                       (iii)       get a regular health check;

(2)         acknowledges the:

(a)         launch by the Minister for Health in June 2015 of the Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard; and

(b)         bi-partisan work done by past governments in the area of stroke; and

(3)         notes the requirement for greater awareness and promotion of the prevention of stroke within the Australian community.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      32    Welfare: Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mrs Wicks —That this House:

(1)         recognises the importance of a generous social safety net;

(2)         further recognises that it is essential that welfare is targeted to achieve better lifetime outcomes for recipients;

(3)         welcomes the release of data that will help the Government to target interventions to Australians who need it most;

(4)         congratulates the Government’s Try, Test and Learn Fund, with $96.1 million allocated to it which will:

(a)         bring together stakeholders, academics, the states and territories and any relevant parties in the non-government sector, to trial new policies and initiatives to help achieve better lifetime outcomes for target cohorts; and

(b)         ensure new, bold and innovative ideas are trialled which will help to reduce long term and inter-generational welfare dependence; and

(5)         looks forward to the first round of funding under the program which will improve lifetime outcomes and increase the self-reliance of young parents, young carers and young students.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      33    Murder of Mrs Jo Cox: Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Giles —That this House:

(1)         condemns the murder of Mrs Jo Cox, Member of Parliament in the House of Commons for the constituency of Batley and Spen, killed in the course of performing her responsibilities to her constituents;

(2)         expresses its deepest sympathies to Mrs Cox’s family, colleagues, and to all who knew her; and

(3)         pays tribute to Mrs Cox’s extraordinary contribution to public life. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      34    Cyber security: Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Marino —That this House:

(1)         recognises that 10 to 14 October was Stay Smart Online Week, which saw the Government educate businesses and individuals on the importance of cyber security, including how to protect themselves online;

(2)         further recognises that this year’s theme of ‘Cyber safety from the lounge room to the board room’ focuses on the importance of good online security habits at home and at work;

(3)         congratulates the Government on launching Stay Smart Online Small Business Guide and Stay Smart Online My Guide for individuals which:

(a)         provides:

                                                          (i)       advice on vital areas of online security including aspects of privacy, passwords, suspicious messages, surfing safely; and

                                                        (ii)       information on cyber security when accessing online finances and making payments; and

(b)         gives advice on security solutions for tablets and mobiles;

(4)         welcomes the Government’s free Alert Service, which has online safety information and solutions to help people protect themselves online; and

(5)         congratulates the Prime Minister on launching the National Cyber Security Strategy which sets out the Government’s vision for meeting the dual challenges of advancing and protecting Australia’s interests in the digital age.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      35    Light it Red for Dyslexia: Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Champion —That this House notes that:

(1)         on Saturday 15 October 2016 significant monuments and landmarks will be lit red across Australia as part of Light it Red for Dyslexia; and

(2)         Light it Red for Dyslexia:

(a)         is an initiative to increase dyslexia awareness;

(b)         coincides with international World Dyslexia Day; and

(c)         is a prelaunch of Dyslexia Empowerment Week in Australia, running from 16 to 22 October 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 13 February 2017. )

      36    World Mental Health Day: Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Collins —That this House:

(1)         recognises that:

(a)         World Mental Health Day (WMHD) will take place on 10 October; and

(b)         Mental Health Week will take place in Australia from 9 to 15 October;

(2)         seeks to encourage help-seeking behaviour, reduce the stigma associated with mental issues and foster connections through communities;

(3)         acknowledges the importance of WMHD and other campaigns including R U OK? Day in Australia, and World Suicide Prevention Day that help:

(a)         build community awareness about mental health issues and around suicide prevention; and

(b)         to encourage people to have regular and meaningful conversations with family, friends and colleagues;

(4)         recognises the efforts of dedicated individuals and organisations working to address mental health issues and suicide prevention;

(5)         notes with concern that suicide rates remain unacceptably too high—in Australia:

(a)         suicide is the leading cause of death for men and women between the ages of 15 and 44;

(b)         each day seven people die by suicide, and 30 attempt it;

(c)         higher rates of suicide exist among vulnerable groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, young people and people from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities;

(d)         the annual number of deaths by suicide is around 2,500;

(e)         each year it is estimated that 65,000 people attempt suicide; and

(f)          the annual suicide toll is now twice the annual road toll; and

(6)         calls on the Government to show leadership around suicide prevention, including working in a bipartisan approach to adopt the National Mental Health Commission’s target to reduce suicide by 50 per cent over the next 10 years.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      37    Higher education: Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Plibersek —That this House:

(1)         notes the Government’s abject failure in higher education policy, including:

(a)         repeated attempts to introduce a United States style, user pays approach to tuition fees which will leave young Australians with $100,000 degrees;

(b)         a continued policy to slash 20 per cent from Commonwealth Grants Scheme funding; and

(c)         the short-sighted 2016-17 budget decision to remove 40 per cent of funding to the Higher Education Participation Program by 2019-20; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         recognise that two in every three jobs created in the future will require a university degree;

(b)         acknowledge that investment in human potential is critical to boosting productivity and driving innovation; and

(c)         immediately work to improve access to higher education and stop putting barriers around our universities through massive debt burdens.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      38    Penalty rates: Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ) on the motion of Ms L. M. Chesters —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         penalty rates:

                                                          (i)       continue to be a fundamental part of a strong safety net for Australian workers, enabling those in low income and highly casualised industries to share in the nation’s economic prosperity; and

                                                        (ii)       are not a luxury—they pay the bills and put food on the table for up to 4.5 million Australians relying on them; and

(b)         reducing the penalty rates of low-paid workers will negatively impact the economy as a whole;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         hospitality workers are in the bottom 30 per cent of Australian income earners;

(b)         along with hospitality and food services, retail has the largest proportion of low paid workers in Australia; and

(c)         women comprise a disproportionate share of workers in both the retail and hospitality sectors, accounting for 55 per cent of all employed;

(3)         condemns the Government’s failure to protect penalty rates, particularly given continued record low wage growth; and

(4)         calls on the Government to protect penalty rates by joining with the Opposition in making a submission to the Fair Work Commission, arguing strongly that penalty rates should not be cut.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      39    Bruce Highway: Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Ted O’Brien —That this House:

(1)         recognises the vital role the Bruce Highway plays in connecting communities all the way from Brisbane to Cairns;

(2)         acknowledges that the Australian Government is investing $6.7 billion into upgrading the Bruce Highway;

(3)         notes that:

(a)         the Australian Government has approved $6.4 million to fund a planning study into upgrading the Bruce Highway between Pine Rivers and Caloundra Road; and

(b)         the Queensland Government is not planning to finalise the planning study until the middle of 2018;

(4)         calls on the Queensland Government to expedite its work on the planning study so that much needed upgrade works to the Bruce Highway can start as soon as possible; and

(5)         congratulates the Australian Government for approving the supplementary study into upgrading the Bruce Highway between the Sunshine Motorway and the Maroochydore Interchange.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      40    Victims of family violence and court proceedings: Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Perrett —That this House:

(1)         notes that Women’s Legal Services Australia and 90 other organisations concerned with family violence wrote to all political leaders in May 2016 calling on them to put safety first in family law;

(2)         recognises that:

(a)         unrepresented litigants have been an increasing feature of the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia for many years;

(b)         due to the cuts made to Legal Aid funding by the Government, the number of unrepresented litigants continues to increase;

(c)         unrepresented litigants are entitled to cross-examine the other party to test their evidence in a trial; and

(d)         where a victim of family violence is subjected to direct cross-examination by their abuser, the:

                                                          (i)       victim can be severely traumatised;

                                                        (ii)       quality of the evidence given to the court can be compromised;

                                                       (iii)       perpetrator can use the court process to further abuse the victim; and

                                                      (iv)       victim may discontinue the proceedings because they are unable to endure the cross-examination;

(3)         further notes that the Opposition took to the election a commitment to protect victims and survivors from being personally cross-examined by alleged perpetrators; and

(4)         calls on the Government to immediately act to protect victims of family violence by introducing amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 to ensure that victims of family violence are not directly cross-examined by their abusers during court proceedings.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017.. )

      41    National Police Remembrance Day: Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Hayes —That this House:

(1)         notes that National Police Remembrance Day is observed on 29 September;

(2)         acknowledges the significant role police make to our local communities and the high degree of risk and personal sacrifice that comes with their duty;

(3)         honours the courage and commitment of the men and women who serve in our state and territory police forces together with the Australian Federal Police, and who dedicate their careers to protecting and serving our community;

(4)         remembers the ultimate sacrifice that has been made by police officers who have been killed in the course of their duty, and honours their lives;

(5)         commends the good work of Police Legacy, who look after the loved ones of police who have died as a result of their duties; and

(6)         reaffirms our support for the nation’s 56,000 police officers, and honours their efforts to make a difference, defend our way of life and safeguard the peace and security of our communities.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      42    Anti-Poverty Week: Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mr T. R. Wilson —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that Australia is a prosperous nation with a high standard of living and low levels of poverty by international standards;

(2)         recognises that despite our national prosperity, poverty remains an issue for some Australians;

(3)         notes that 11 to 17 October is Anti-Poverty Week, a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in activities to highlight and overcome poverty in Australia and overseas;

(4)         understands that the main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:

(a)         strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship; and

(b)         encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments; and

(5)         commends the organisers and sponsors of Anti-Poverty Week for their ongoing efforts to raise awareness and take action to address poverty.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      43    International Day of the Girl Child: Resumption of debate ( from  10 October 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Claydon —That this House:

(1)         notes that the International Day of the Girl Child:

(a)         will be celebrated globally on 11 October 2016; and

(b)         is an international day of observance that promotes girls’ human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the globe;

(2)         recognises that:

(a)         the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include key targets for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by 2030;

(b)         achieving these targets will require increased investment by national governments, national aid agencies, and global companies and foundations; and

(c)         increased investments in gender equality are vital if the world is to achieve sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and development;

(3)         calls on the Australian Government to work towards the longstanding internationally agreed aid targets in order for Australia to contribute its fair share to international development and aid the empowerment of all women and girls under the Sustainable Development Goals; and

(4)         urges all Members to be leaders in their community and in Parliament, to act on the advancement of gender equality.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      44    National Stroke Week: Resumption of debate ( from  12 September 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Vamvakinou —That this House:

(1)         recognises that:

(a)         National Stroke Week:

                                                          (i)       will take place from 12 to 18 September 2016; and

                                                        (ii)       seeks to raise awareness about the need to prevent stroke in Australia; and

(b)         the Stroke Foundation encourages all Australians to:

                                                          (i)       understand the symptoms of stroke and know what to do if one occurs;

                                                        (ii)       make healthy lifestyle choices which will reduce the risk of stroke;

                                                       (iii)       assist in raising awareness in their local communities; and

                                                      (iv)       get regular health check-ups;

(2)         notes with concern the financial and emotional burden which stroke has on the Australian community;

(3)         acknowledges the:

(a)         important role of families and carers of stroke victims; and

(b)         valuable contribution of the Australian health system in preventing and treating stroke;

(4)         congratulates the bi-partisan efforts made by previous governments; and

(5)         confirms the need for continued action to reduce the prevalence of stroke in Australia.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      45    Road and Rail infrastructure: Resumption of debate ( from  12 September 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Price —That this House:

(1)         recognises the importance of well-developed transport links in regional Australia and the role they play in linking rural and regional communities;

(2)         acknowledges the significant role that the Government has played in funding road and rail projects around Australia, especially in the electoral division of Durack;

(3)         recognises that the Government is building our future by delivering over $50 billion in critical road and rail infrastructure in 2013-14 to 2019-20; and

(4)         congratulates the Government for having a national economic plan that backs growth in our cities and regions.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      46    Asbestos importation: Resumption of debate ( from  12 September 2016 ) on the motion of Ms L. M. Chesters —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Government’s Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency’s (ASEA’s) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Peter Tighe, describes the emerging problem of asbestos importation as growing exponentially;

(b)         the ASEA’s independent review of the end-to-end border processes for the asbestos border control, resulting in the Asbestos Importation Review Report (KGH Border Services, March 2016), was conducted in just four weeks, had narrowly constructed terms of reference and lacked consultation with all affected parties; and

(c)         at the new $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital, an imported roof panel has tested positive for chrysotile, an asbestos substance banned in Australia;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related death and injury in the world, with 33,000 people having already lost their lives to asbestos-related diseases; and

(b)         around 700 Australians die each year from asbestos-related diseases, and without proper management, experts worry that tens of thousands of Australians could be diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases in the coming decades;

(3)         condemns the Government’s inaction since the completion of the ‘Asbestos Importation Review Report’; and

(4)         calls on the Government to significantly increase the penalties available for those guilty of importing products containing asbestos.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      47    Sesquicentenary of the Sisters of St Joseph: Resumption of debate ( from  12 September 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Zimmerman —That this House:

(1)         celebrates the sesquicentenary of the Sisters of St Joseph and acknowledges the inspiration of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop;

(2)         acknowledges the great works that the Sisters of St Joseph do all over the country in caring for the aged, education, supporting women and families and partnering with Indigenous Australians to achieve outcomes;

(3)         recognises that regional communities are a special part-focus of work for the order, since it was founded in Penola in South Australia in 1866; and

(4)         congratulates the Sisters of St Joseph for the wonderful works they have done over the last 150 years and looks forward to the continuing works into the future.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )

      48    Penalty rates: Resumption of debate ( from  12 September 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Champion —That this House acknowledges that penalty rates are relied upon by Australian workers and their families to cover everyday costs of living, no matter if they are full time, part time or casual, including workers such as:

(1)         nurses;

(2)         police, firefighters and ambulance officers;

(3)         retail and hospitality workers;

(4)         manufacturing industry employees;

(5)         services sector employees; and

(6)         tourism and transport industry employees. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 13 February 2017. )