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BUSINESS OF THE FEDERATION CHAMBER

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Federation Chamber meets at 9.30 am

 

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Orders of the day

       1    Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement—Ministerial statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 10 February 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Robb —That the House take note of the document.

     *2    Prime Minister’s Report—Closing the Gap—2016—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 10 February 2016—Mr Dreyfus ) on the motion of Mr Tudge —That the House take note of the document.

       3    Murray-Darling Basin Plan—Ministerial statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 14 May 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs K. L. Andrews —That the House take note of the document.

       4    Prime Minister’s Report 2014-Closing the Gap—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 26 February 2014 ) on the motion of Mr Abbott —That the House take note of the document.

         5    Grievance Debate: Question—That grievances be noted—Resumption of debate ( from  8 February 2016 ).

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION BUSINESS

Orders of the day

       1    Economics—Standing Committee Review of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority annual report 2014 (Third report) —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 4 February 2016 ) on the motion of Mr C. A. Laundy —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 22 February 2016. )

       2    Public Accounts and Audit—Joint Committee Report 453: Development of the Commonwealth Performance Framework —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 4 February 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Macfarlane —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 22 February 2016. )

       3    Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee Empowering women and girls: The human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean-Asia Pacific region —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 3 December 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Ruddock —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 22 February 2016. )

       4    Procedure—Standing Committee Provisions for a more family-friendly Chamber —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 3 December 2015 ) on the motion of Dr Southcott —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 22 February 2016. )

       5    Economics—Standing Committee Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia annual report 2014 (Second report) —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 25 November 2015— Mr O’Dowd ) on the motion of Mr C. A. Laundy —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 22 February 2016. )

       6    Treaties—Joint Standing Committee Report 154: Treaty tabled on 17 June 2015 —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 9 November 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Taylor —That the House take note of the report.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

       7    Trade and Investment Growth—Joint Select Committee Inquiry into business utilisation of Australia’s free trade agreements —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 19 October 2015 ) on the motion of Mr O’Dowd —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 4 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

       8    Law Enforcement—Parliamentary Joint Committee Inquiry into financial related crime —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 7 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Kelly —That the House take note of the report.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 February 2016. )

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS ACCORDED PRIORITY FOR Monday,

22 February 2016, PURSUANT TO STANDING ORDERS 35 AND 192

11 AM TO 1.30 PM

Notices

    † 1    Mr van Manen : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         football (soccer) is:

                                                          (i)       played by more than 1.18 million people in Australia in some capacity; and

                                                        (ii)       the most popular sport amongst children of both genders in Australia with more girls now playing soccer than netball;

(b)         the Hyundai A-League now has 104,913 members, creating a tremendous community spirit amongst supporters and players;

(c)         local football clubs are the backbone of the football community, with 2,155 clubs in Australia at the moment; and

(d)         there are positive effects on mental health of adults who play sport, including football;

(2)         congratulates the Football Federation Australia on its positive community programs, including Sporting Schools, Football Fever, the AIA Vitality Miniroos, Female Football Week, and Play Project, as well as the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup multicultural programs which encourage participation, community spirit, integration, as well as healthy, active living.

              ( Notice given 4 February 2016. Time allowed—40 minutes. )

    † 2    Ms Hall : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and help women recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease;

(b)         Thursday 24 February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day and encourages everyone to wear a teal ribbon to show their support for women living with ovarian cancer; and

(c)         about 1,500 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and only 43 per cent of these will survive;

(2)         notes with concern that ovarian cancer is diagnosed late as the symptoms are often similar to other common health problems;

(3)         acknowledges:

(a)         that there is no early reliable detection test for ovarian cancer and that the Pap smear does not detect the disease;

(b)         the good work being done by Ovarian Cancer Australia to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of the disease;

(4)         recognises that the four most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

(a)         abdominal or pelvic pain;

(b)         increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating;

(c)         needing to urinate often or urgently; and

(d)         difficulty eating or feeling full quickly;

(5)         understands that every Australian woman needs to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer; and

(6)         notes the need for more research funding to help Australian scientists find early detection markers and more effective treatments for this disease.

              ( Notice given 2 February 2016. Time allowed—30 minutes. )

    † 3    Ms Price : To move—That this House places on record that:

(1)         the Government is committed to improving education in regional, rural and remote Australia;

(2)         this commitment stretches across all levels of education—primary, secondary and tertiary; and

(3)         Members in regional electoral divisions have held higher education forums throughout regional Australia, to identify how to bridge the gap between metropolitan and regional higher education.

              ( Notice given 9 February 2016. Time allowed—40 minutes. )

    † 4    Ms MacTiernan : To move—That this House:

(1)         expresses deep condolences for the suffering and loss of life, homes and businesses in the recent Yarloop fires, and expresses our gratitude to career and volunteer firefighters who worked courageously to contain the fires;

(2)         notes the quality capabilities and assets of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Western Australia and the availability of those to provide Defence Aid to the Civilian Community (DACC) at the request of state and territory governments in the event of emergency situations;

(3)         acknowledges that the Australian Government and the ADF have established protocols under COMDISPLAN as to how DACC can be utilised in emergency situations;

(4)         calls on the Minister for Justice to engage the Western Australian Government to ensure it is aware of the capabilities and assets of the ADF in Western Australia to assist with serious bushfire events, as these were not utilised in either the recent Yarloop/Harvey fires, nor the Esperance fires in late 2015; and

(5)         notes that:

(a)         climate change has resulted in an increased likelihood of catastrophic bushfires in Western Australia, as bushfires increase in number, burn for longer and affect larger areas of land;

(b)         the Climate Council estimates that by 2030, the number of professional firefighters in Western Australia will need to more than double to meet the increasing risk of bushfires; and

(c)         there will be a greater role for the Australian Government and the Department of Defence in dealing with these issues across Australia.

              ( Notice given 2 February 2016. Time allowed—30 minutes. )

Order of the day

      †1   Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 ( Mr Entsch ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  8 February 2016 ).

              ( Time allowed—remaining private Members’ business time prior to 1.30 pm. )

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS —continued

Orders of the day continued

         1    Organ harvesting: Resumption of debate ( from  8 February 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Parke —That this House:

(1)         notes continuing concerns in relation to the practice of harvesting organs from prisoners in the People’s Republic of China, in addition to allegations of an illegal organ harvesting trade in other parts of Asia and in Europe; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         acknowledge the illegal trade of organs as a significant health policy and human rights issue in the international community and publicly condemn organ transplant abuses;

(b)         engage in international dialogue, in a human rights context, relating to the harvesting of organs, ensuring cooperation to protect the poorest and most vulnerable groups from organ transplant tourism and the illegal sale of tissues and organs through the development of tools to ensure traceability of organs;

(c)         consider federal measures and encourage Australian states and territories to consider measures to ensure that trafficking of human organs is addressed;

(d)         urge the Chinese Government to immediately cease the practice of harvesting organs from prisoners;

(e)         support and encourage universal adoption and implementation of the WHO Guiding Principles on Human Organ Transplantation regarding protection of donors, transparency and the implementation of quality systems including vigilance and traceability; and

(f)          urge the Chinese Government to increase efforts to set up an organised and efficient national register of organ donation and distribution, and to cooperate with requests from the United Nations Special Rapporteurs and other international bodies and governments for investigations into the system.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

         2    Veterans of the Vietnam War: Resumption of debate ( from  8 February 2016 ) on the motion of Mrs Prentice —That this House:

(1)         notes that Vietnam Veterans Day:

(a)         is held on 18 August every year;

(b)         commemorates the service and sacrifice of the almost 60,000 Australians who served in the Vietnam War, including the 521 who were killed, and the 3,000 wounded; and

(c)         was, until 1987, known as Long Tan Day, which commemorated the service of the 108 personnel of D Company 6RAR, who on 18 August 1966, with limited supplies and in torrential rain, successfully fought off 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops near the village of Long Tan;

(2)         reiterates its sincere appreciation for the service of all veterans of the Vietnam War; and

(3)         expresses its regret that many veterans of the Vietnam War did not receive appropriate recognition of their service upon their return to Australia. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

         3    Dyslexia: Resumption of debate ( from  8 February 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Champion —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         people with dyslexia have difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols;

(b)         dyslexia does not affect general intelligence; and

(c)         the primary symptoms of dyslexia are:

                                                          (i)       problems learning the letter sounds for reading and spelling;

                                                        (ii)       difficulty in reading single words, such as on flash cards and in lists (decoding);

                                                       (iii)       lack of fluency;

                                                      (iv)       reading slowly with many mistakes;

                                                        (v)       poor spelling; and

                                                      (vi)       poor visual gestalt/coding (orthographic coding);

(2)         acknowledges:

(a)         the hard work of support groups, educators and families in raising awareness of dyslexia;

(b)         the many programs and services helping students to achieve their best every day; and

(c)         dyslexia as a disability through the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 ; and

(3)         calls upon the Government to consider:

(a)         continuing to work with the states and territories to complete the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability program and implement the disability loading recommended in the Gonski report;

(b)         developing a national program which encompasses accreditation and development of schools which specialise in dyslexia, including early identification, teacher training, school autonomy, assessment and examination;

(c)         adopting models such as the United Kingdom model for dyslexia, the Education, Health and Care Plan; and

(d)         Dyslexia Aware School accreditation education programs in South Australian schools.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

         4    Domestic violence: Resumption of debate ( from  8 February 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Billson —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 8 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

         5    Syria and Iraq crisis: Resumption of debate ( from  30 November 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Plibersek —That this House calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to support a parliamentary debate during the current sitting on the Australian Government’s strategy in response to the crisis in Syria and Iraq.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

         6    Diabetes: Resumption of debate ( from  30 November 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Perrett —That this House:

(1)         recognises that 14 November is World Diabetes Day;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         there are 1.1 million diagnosed cases of diabetes in Australia and they are rising by 100,000 a year;

(b)         Diabetes Australia estimates that:

                                                          (i)       diabetes currently costs the Australian economy around $14.6 billion per annum; and

                                                        (ii)       the cost of diabetes to the Australian economy is forecast to increase to $30 billion by 2025;

(c)         Australia needs a stronger response to the challenge of diabetes;

(d)         there is evidence that:

                                                          (i)       the onset of type 2 diabetes can be successfully prevented; and

                                                        (ii)       serious complications and hospitalisations from diabetes can be prevented; and

(3)         commits to working towards reducing the impact of diabetes on the lives of Australians.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

         7    Ice epidemic: Resumption of debate ( from  30 November 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs McNamara —That this House:

(1)         notes that the drug ‘ice’ is at epidemic proportions and having a huge impact on our communities;

(2)         acknowledges the Government has:

(a)         identified the ferocity of the ice epidemic across Australia;

(b)         put in place the National Ice Taskforce (NIT) to begin implementing positive programs and changes to help stop the scourge of ice; and

(c)         announced $1 million in funding has been made available to Crime Stoppers to roll out a national Dob in a Dealer campaign to help combat Australia’s ice scourge; and

(3)         notes that the NIT final report was recently delivered to the Government with identified actions on how local, state and federal governments can work with communities to take a systematic, comprehensive and coordinated approach to Australia’s ice scourge.

—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr S. P. Jones, viz.— That all words in paragraph (3) be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “notes that it has been 511 days since the Government received the Review of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Services Sector Report and calls on the Minister to immediately release this report and the report of the National Ice Taskforce.”.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

         8    Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Resumption of debate ( from  30 November 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Claydon —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         three diseases—HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria—still account for the deaths of more than 2.7 million people each year;

(b)         since 2000, increased action by national governments and international donors on prevention and detection of and treatment for these diseases has led to significant reductions in cases of and deaths from each disease;

(c)         the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) has played a significant role in this progress, and has supported programs with the following outcomes:

                                                          (i)       increasing the number of people with HIV with access to antiretroviral therapy to 8.1 million;

                                                        (ii)       making available testing and treatment for tuberculosis to 13.2 million people; and

                                                       (iii)       supporting the distribution of 548 million insecticide treated bed nets to prevent malaria; and

(d)         the Global Fund contributes more than $US4 billion to combat the three diseases each year, and accounts for more than 20 per cent of international funding for HIV, half of international funding for malaria and three quarters of funding for tuberculosis;

(2)         recognises:

(a)         the proposed Sustainable Development Goals include a target to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030;

(b)         achieving this target will require increased investment by national governments, national aid agencies and multilateral agencies such as the Global Fund; and

(c)         increased investment in addressing these diseases now will reduce the risk of much greater costs, especially from drug resistance, in the future; and

(3)         calls on the Government to continue and consider increasing its support for the Global Fund for the next replenishment period, 2017 to 2019.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

         9    Adoption: Resumption of debate ( from  30 November 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Buchholz —That this House:

(1)         notes that National Adoption Awareness Week was recently celebrated, a week dedicated to raising awareness around the challenges faced by families and children navigating complex inter country and domestic adoption processes in Australia;

(2)         is made aware of the fact that the rate of adoption in Australia is the lowest in the developed world, with only 317 children adopted in 2013-14;

(3)         recognises that 15,000 children in Australia have been in out of home care for over two years and over 12 million children are officially registered overseas awaiting adoption;

(4)         acknowledges the need for continued adoption reform, especially in the area of local adoption;

(5)         notes that:

(a)         children who experience abuse and neglect in the home, followed by instability in out of home care, are much more likely to experience poor life outcomes;

(b)         in adolescence, out of home carers are unable to maintain the necessary level of care for children with complex needs and they are often placed in residential care; and

(c)         on an average day in 2013-14 there were 1,157 children in residential care and on 30 June 2014 there were 2,258 children in residential care; and

(6)         calls on the Government to present this issue to the COAG in order to create a national strategy that will dramatically increase the rate of local adoption in Australia.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      10    Palestinian refugees from Syria: Resumption of debate ( from  30 November 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Vamvakinou —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that:

(a)         29 November is International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People as observed by the United Nations (resolution 23/40 B);

(b)         following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was established to carry out direct relief and works programs for Palestinian refugees who had fled to West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria;

(c)         UNRWA services are available to all those living in its areas of operations—West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria—who are registered and who need assistance;

(d)         Palestinians registered with the UNRWA are unable to register with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and additionally cannot be referred for resettlement by the UNHCR;

(e)         Palestinian refugees from Syria are a vulnerable minority, who are currently fleeing for the same reasons as other genuine refugees and persecuted minorities; and

(f)          whilst not a legislative requirement, the UNHCR registration is a determining factor in the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s consideration of refugee and humanitarian visa applications; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         recognise that the Palestinian refugees from Syria who are registered with the UNWRA are unable to register with the UNHCR irrespective of meeting the criteria for refugee status in the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention; and

(b)         work with the UNHCR to consider Palestinians fleeing Syria and registered with the UNWRA as eligible to apply for the Government’s recently announced intake of 12,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      11    Migration Amendment (Mandatory Reporting) Bill 2015 ( Mr Marles ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  23 November 2015 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      12    High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill 2015 ( Mr Albanese ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  23 November 2015 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      13    Green Army Programme: Resumption of debate ( from  23 November 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Prentice —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that many young Australians are environmentally conscious and interested in protecting our precious natural environment;

(2)         recognises that the Government’s Green Army programme is providing practical opportunities for young Australians to participate in local environmental projects;

(3)         acknowledges that participants gain practical skills and training that can assist them to prepare for the workforce and improve career opportunities;

(4)         notes that four Green Army projects have commenced in the electoral division of Ryan, and hundreds more have commenced across Australia; and

(5)         commends the Government for committing more than $700 million over four years to the Green Army programme. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      14    Asbestos Awareness Month: Resumption of debate ( from  23 November 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Conroy —That this House:

(1)         recognises that November is Asbestos Awareness Month;

(2)         acknowledges that tens of thousands of Australian’s have ongoing asbestos related illnesses as a result of being exposed to asbestos in the course of their employment or through exposure at their home;

(3)         recognises the significant impact on the families and friends of Australians who have asbestos related illnesses;

(4)         congratulates asbestos related illness sufferers, their families and the labour movement for their campaign to win justice and compensation for those exposed to asbestos; and

(5)         commits to working towards eliminating asbestos both in Australia and around the world.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      15    Friends of BUSHkids: Resumption of debate ( from  23 November 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Prentice —That this House:

(1)         recognises that BUSHkids is a non-government, not for profit community organisation which offers a range of free allied health services to children and families living in rural Queensland;

(2)         notes that in 2015, BUSHkids celebrates its 80th year of service to the people of rural Queensland;

(3)         acknowledges that BUSHkids relies on generous donations from the general public in order to be able to continue its valuable work;

(4)         notes the launch of Friends of BUSHkids, an initiative to reinvigorate community involvement in promoting and fundraising for BUSHkids services; and

(5)         encourages all Queensland Members to support the Friends of BUSHkids initiative in their electorate. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      16    Cities: Resumption of debate ( from  9 November 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Prentice —That this House:

(1)         recognises that Australia’s state and territory capitals and other major cities are home to more than two in every three Australians;

(2)         notes that the population of most Australian cities is projected to increase in the coming decades, creating additional challenges in managing planning, congestion and urban amenity;

(3)         recognises that the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities was established in 2014 with the aim of working together to make Australia’s capital and major cities more liveable, resilient and productive;

(4)         congratulates the Prime Minister and the Government for recognising cities policies as a priority of government through the appointment of a Minister for Cities and the Built Environment; and

(5)         encourages all Members to continue to give strong support to the wellbeing of Australian cities. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      17    Lung Health Awareness Month: Resumption of debate ( from  9 November 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Hall —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         November is Lung Health Awareness Month;

(b)         17 November 2015 is International Lung Cancer Awareness Day; and

(c)         18 November 2015 is World Chronic Obstructive Disease Day;

(2)         also notes that:

(a)         lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and influenza contribute to more than 10 per cent of the overall health burden in Australia; and

(b)         three out of five Australian adults studied by the Lung Foundation Australia reported symptoms that put them at risk of contracting lung disease;

(3)         recognises the personal and financial impact that lung disease has on patients; and

(4)         acknowledges the effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation for treating chronic lung diseases.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      18    Farmers: Resumption of debate ( from  9 November 2015 ) on the motion of Dr Stone —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges:

(a)         and applauds the efforts of Australian primary producers as they work to protect and rehabilitate the natural environment, often in conditions of extreme hardship;

(b)         that Australian farmers have replanted the landscape via Landcare and the 20 Million Trees Programme;

(c)         the personal commitment of Australian farmers to replanting the landscape; and

(d)         that Victorian Farmers have won the fight against high saline water tables caused by tree clearing for mining and urban development in the 1800s;

(2)         applauds the:

(a)         environmental codes of conduct and farmers’ voluntary compliance as applied to food growers by our local food manufacturers and retailers; and

(b)         clean green image developed by Australia’s food producers which adds great value to our food exports and domestic markets; and

(3)         calls on the Government to designate a National Day of Australian Farming that celebrates their great achievements and their contributions to the nation.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      19    Freedom of information: Resumption of debate ( from  9 November 2015 ) on the motion of Ms MacTiernan —That this House:

(1)         expresses concern at the culture of secrecy prevalent in the Government and the serious undermining of the core principles enshrined in the freedom of information legislation;

(2)         notes the Government has:

(a)         defunded the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) despite failing to pass its legislation to abolish the office; and

(b)         failed to advance Australia’s application for the Open Government Partnership (OGP); and

(3)         calls on the Government to abandon its attack on the OAIC and provide it with proper funding, and recommit to joining the OGP.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      20    Court procedures in family violence cases: Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2015 ) on the motion of Ms McGowan —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         inconsistencies exist between federal and state court procedures in relation to the direct cross examination of a victim by an accused person;

(b)         specific state laws are in place to prevent an accused person from directly cross examining their victim in sexual offence cases and, in some states, family violence protection order cases—in such cases, an accused person must have legal representation to cross examine the victim;

(c)         in family law cases nationally, there are no legislative protections to prevent an alleged perpetrator of violence who is unrepresented, from directly cross examining their victim; and

(d)         intimate partner violence is the top risk factor for death, disability and illness in women aged 15 to 44—the added fear and trauma of cross examination by an alleged or known perpetrator of violence is a continuation of violence; and

(2)         calls on the Government to amend family law legislation to ensure that in situations of family violence, an unrepresented litigant alleged or known to have perpetrated violence is unable to directly cross examine the victim.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      21    Australian Defence Force: Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Griggs —That this House:

(1)         recognises that:

(a)         the Government is investing in significant new capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF);

(b)         these capabilities include but are not limited to the acquisition of Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft, Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft, 58 more Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters and two new Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft; and

(c)         the former Government’s cuts to Defence funding led to 119 projects being delayed, 43 degraded and 8 cancelled; and

(2)         notes the importance of providing our ADF personnel the equipment and capabilities they need to perform their roles.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      22    Breast cancer : Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Vamvakinou —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that Monday, 26 October 2015 is Pink Ribbon Day; and

(b)         breast cancer remains the most common cancer in Australian women and the second most common cancer to cause death in Australian women;

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         support Breast Cancer Awareness Month;

(b)         promote early detection; and

(c)         encourage women, especially women aged 50 to 74 years, to have a mammogram every two years; and

(3)         acknowledges:

(a)         the invaluable work done by the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia, especially in supporting important research into treatment and a cure;

(b)         the fundraising efforts of the broader community and pays tribute to the significant contribution the Australian public makes to the overall fundraising effort; and

(c)         the heroic efforts of the women, men and their families who have experienced the breast cancer journey.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      23    National Week of Deaf People: Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Owens —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         National Week of Deaf People runs from 17 to 24 October 2015;

(b)         one in six Australians are affected by hearing loss;

(c)         there are approximately 30,000 deaf Auslan users with total hearing loss;

(d)         projections for 2050 indicate that one in every four Australians will have hearing loss; and

(e)         90 per cent of people born with hearing impairment are born into hearing families;

(2)         congratulates the deaf community and celebrates its outstanding contribution to the nation;

(3)         acknowledges Auslan as the language of the Australian deaf community;

(4)         reaffirms the need for deaf people to be fully included in the Australian community;

(5)         recognises that significant challenges still exist for the deaf community when dealing with governments and government departments; and

(6)         encourages the Government to improve communication with the deaf community by ensuring that information is translated into Auslan on its websites.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      24    Small businesses: Resumption of debate ( from  12 October 2015 ) on the motion of Mr van Manen —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         96 per cent of all of Australian businesses are small businesses, employing more than 4.5 million people and producing more than $330 billion of the nation’s economic output;

(b)         in 2013-14 Australians started more than 280,000 small businesses;

(c)         the Coalition Government has developed and started to deliver as part of the budget, the largest small business package in the nation’s history—the Jobs and Small Business Package—worth $5.5 billion; and

(d)         as part of the Jobs and Small Business Package, all small businesses will get an immediate tax deduction for each asset they buy costing less than $20,000; and

(2)         acknowledges the work of the Prime Minister, the Treasurer and the Minister for Small Business in putting together a package that will deliver for small businesses now and 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 22 February 2016. )

      25    Steelworks and unemployment: Resumption of debate ( from  12 October 2015 ) on the motion of Mr S. P. Jones —That this House calls on the Government to:

(1)         acknowledge that the impending loss of 500 jobs from the steelworks in Port Kembla will hurt the economic security of a region which already has unemployment numbers at two per cent above the national average;

(2)         recognise that Australia should be a country that continues to make things and that steel making is vital to the future of the Illawarra and other regions including Whyalla in South Australia;

(3)         properly resource the Anti-Dumping Commission so that it can get on with the job of identifying and prosecuting cases of dumping, including subsidised steel;

(4)         promise not to repeal or weaken the Australian Jobs Act 2013 so that Australian workers are given a fair chance when job vacancies arise;

(5)         reinstate the Local Employment Coordinator in the Illawarra so that workers who lose their jobs at the steelworks in Port Kembla and elsewhere can retrain and find alternative employment;

(6)         locate entrepreneur advisers in the Illawarra to help local businesses in improving their competitiveness and allow retrenched workers and contractors from the steelworks to qualify for higher level job seeker assistance; and

(7)         support the #IllawarraDigital strategy and facilitate a Digital Enterprise programme so that small to medium businesses and young entrepreneurs can train and seek advice on taking advantage of high speed broadband.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      26    Bomber Command — Creation of service medal: Resumption of debate ( from  12 October 2015 ) on the motion of Dr Stone —That this House:

(1)         recognises the courage and sacrifice of the young Australian men who actively served in Bomber Command in World War II;

(2)         requests the creation of a medal for Royal Australian Air Force men who served in action in Australian and British squadrons in Bomber Command in World War II;

(3)         notes that:

(a)         over 10,000 Australians served in Bomber Command, in which over 4,000 of these airmen lost their lives;

(b)         Bomber Command had the highest casualty rate in Australia’s military history;

(c)         a Bomber Command crew member had a worse chance of survival than an infantry officer in World War I; and

(d)         there are fewer than 100 Australians remaining who flew in Bomber Command; and

(4)         calls on the Government to, as a matter of urgency, create a medal to recognise and honour Australian airmen who served in Bomber Command in World War II.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      27    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics: Resumption of debate ( from  12 October 2015 ) on the motion of Ms O’Neil —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the critical role that women have played in advancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Australia;

(2)         notes that despite this, women remain largely underrepresented in STEM disciplines in Australia’s schools and universities;

(3)         recognises the social and economic benefits of advancing men and women equally through STEM;

(4)         supports the need to encourage girls to take an interest in STEM from an early age through greater exposure to, and advancement of, science disciplines in school; and

(5)         encourages policies that will enable women and girls to fully realise their potential through STEM at school and university.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      28    Papua New Guinea: Resumption of debate ( from  12 October 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Prentice —That this House:

(1)         notes that on 16 September 2015, Papua New Guinea (PNG) will celebrate its 40th anniversary of independence;

(2)         congratulates the Government and the people of PNG for the rapid progress made in the decades since achieving independence;

(3)         recognises that significant challenges remain, particularly in the areas of infrastructure development, health, education and human rights;

(4)         notes that PNG shares a special historical bond with Australia, remains a close friend and ally, and is the largest recipient of Australian direct foreign aid; and

(5)         reaffirms the commitment of the Australian Government to support PNG’s continued growth and development.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      29    National Carers Week: Resumption of debate ( from  12 October 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Claydon —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         National Carers Week runs from 11 to 17 October 2015 to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation;

(b)         carers in Australia make an enormous contribution to our communities and our national economy;

(c)         in 2015, it is estimated that nearly 2.9 million Australians will provide more than 1.9 billion hours of informal and unpaid care; and

(d)         the replacement value of informal care would be $60.3 billion, equivalent to 3.8 per cent of gross domestic product and 60 per cent of the health and social work industry budget; and

(2)         congratulates Carers Australia for its strong advocacy and support for those providing care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness and alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail aged.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      30    National Police Remembrance Day: Resumption of debate ( from  14 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Hayes —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         National Police Remembrance Day is observed on 29 September; and

(b)         this year marks 100 years of women in policing;

(2)         acknowledges the:

(a)         significant role police officers across Australia make to our local communities and the great deal of risk and sacrifice that comes with their duty; and

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

(3)         recognises the good work of Police Legacy who look after the loved ones of police officers who have died as a result of their duty; and

(4)         reaffirms its support for the nation’s 56,000 police officers whose dedication and commitment ensure peace and safety of our communities.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      31    Australian Defence Force Cadet program: Resumption of debate ( from  14 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Cobb —That this House:

(1)         notes that more than 27,000 Australian boys and girls participate in the Australian Defence Force Cadet program: Army, Air Force and Navy;

(2)         expresses its support for the program and the role that it plays in youth development throughout Australia;

(3)         encourages young Australians to consider joining their nearest cadet unit; and

(4)         extends its appreciation to Australian Defence Force personnel, reservists and volunteers who assist in the delivery of the program.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      32    Apprenticeship support: Resumption of debate ( from  14 September 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Bird —That this House calls on the Government to:

(1)         acknowledge that:

(a)         the drop in apprentices currently in training from 417,700 in September 2013 to 319,700 in March 2015 will impact on the future availability of skilled workers in Australia; and

(b)         apprenticeship commencements and completions are down approximately 20 per cent for the 12 months to 31 December 2014;

(2)         recognise that the $1 billion in cuts to apprenticeship support, including Tools For Your Trade payments and mentoring and access programs, have had an impact on apprentice numbers;

(3)         implement strategies as a matter of urgency to encourage more apprentices into training to prevent skills shortages in the future; and

(4)         invest in skills and training young Australians to ensure that Australia does not have to rely heavily on Temporary Work (Skilled) visas (subclass 457) resulting from a lack of investment in skills and training.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      33    Australia and Malaysia: Resumption of debate ( from  14 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Simpkins —That this House:

(1)         celebrates:

(a)         16 September as the anniversary of the 1963 Malaysian federation; and

(b)         the long term friendship that exists between governments and people of Australia and Malaysia; and

(2)         acknowledges:

(a)         the 23 Australian servicemen who died and 8 who were wounded during the Indonesian-Malaysian confrontation and the establishment of the state of Malaysia;

(b)         that our security partnership, including defence cooperation and our joint participation in the Five Power Defence Arrangements, remains a key component of our bilateral relationship; and

(c)         the efforts of the Australian Government to further strengthen ties between our two countries through stronger trade links and other initiatives such as the New Colombo Plan.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      34    Prostate cancer: Resumption of debate ( from  14 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Clare —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         nine men a day die from prostate cancer;

(b)         September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month;

(c)         Members of Parliament and members of the community are encouraged to host their own Big Aussie Barbie to raise awareness for the prevention of prostate cancer in Australia; and

(d)         the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) encourages all men to:

                                                          (i)       be aware of the importance of early detection;

                                                        (ii)       consult with their general practitioner about prostate cancer; and

                                                       (iii)       if they have a family history of prostate cancer and are aged 40 to 50 years, arrange with their general practitioner to be tested; and

(2)         acknowledges the important work done by the PCFA through promoting research, raising awareness and supporting the families of prostate cancer sufferers and survivors.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      35    Animal testing of cosmetics: Resumption of debate ( from  14 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Wood —That this House:

(1)         notes that the:

(a)         majority of Australians believe the use of animal testing to evaluate the safety of cosmetic products and ingredients is unnecessary; and

(b)         regulatory framework in Australia for chemicals, including cosmetics, is complex; and

(2)         moves to phase out the unnecessary developing, manufacturing, selling, advertising or importing into Australia of cosmetics, or ingredients in cosmetics, which have been tested on live animals to evaluate the safety of those products and ingredients.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      36    Asthma: Resumption of debate ( from  14 September 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Hall —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         National Asthma Week was 1 to 7 September 2015;

(b)         the theme of National Asthma Week 2015 was ‘You Care We Care—One Asthma Community’;

(c)         asthma affects around one in four children, one in seven adolescents and one in ten adults;

(d)         2.3 million Australians currently have asthma;

(e)         asthma is the number one cause of hospital admissions amongst young children; and

(f)          while many in our community lead highly successful lives despite their asthma, asthma continues to be a significant burden for too many including those who live below the poverty line and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and

(2)         congratulates Asthma Australia for its work promoting National Asthma Week and raising community awareness of asthma.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 February 2016. )

      37    Perth Freight Link: Resumption of debate ( from  7 September 2015 ) on the motion of Ms MacTiernan —That this House calls on the Australian Government to:

(1)         suspend its commitment to funding the $1.6 billion Perth Freight Link until the Western Australian Government is able to provide credible, substantiated evidence of:

(a)         how and when the Western Australian Government is proposing to fund the missing bridge link over the Swan River and the new proposed tunnel;

(b)         the optimum capacity of the Fremantle container terminal and the projected timing of when that capacity will be reached;

(c)         the planning so far for the development of the new container terminal in Cockburn Sound; and

(d)         how the Western Australian Government proposes to increase the percentage of rail freight into the Fremantle Port when it has failed to make any headway in its six years in office; and

(2)         release all documents relating to the planning and cost benefit analysis of this project.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 February 2016. )

      38    China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Resumption of debate ( from  7 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Griggs —That this House:

(1)         commends the fantastic work that the Minister for Trade and Investment and the Government have done to secure the monumental Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China, Australia’s largest trading partner;

(2)         acknowledges that the China-Australia FTA provides significant advantages for Australian businesses, particularly by:

(a)         removing tariffs on key agricultural exports such as beef, dairy, lamb and horticulture;

(b)         providing certainty for the resource and energy sector by locking in zero tariffs on major exports such as iron ore, crude petroleum oils and liquefied natural gas; and

(c)         securing new or improved market access for service providers in areas such as banking, insurance, hospitality, health and travel;

(3)         recognises the opportunities that this agreement presents for Australian businesses to grow and create new jobs, providing increased economic prosperity for all Australians; and

(4)         condemns the union movement’s reckless misinformation campaign, backed by Labor, for jeopardising this agreement and the opportunity that it presents to create new jobs for Australian workers.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 February 2016. )

      39    Rio 2016 Paralympic Games: Resumption of debate ( from  7 September 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Claydon —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         7 September 2015 marks one year to go until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games;

(b)         the Paralympic Games will bring over 11 days of competition, with more than 4,350 athletes from 178 nations expected to participate in 528 medal events across 22 sports;

(c)         the sports of Para-canoe and Para-triathlon will appear on the Paralympic program for the first time;

(d)         the Australian Paralympic Committee is currently preparing to send an Australian team of more than 170 athletes from every Australian state and territory to compete in up to 15 sports at the Paralympic Games;

(e)         the team will be led by Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin, who will become the first woman to lead an Australian team at the Paralympic Games;

(f)          Australia has a proud history of success at the Paralympic Games and has competed at every one since the first in Rome in 1960, finishing in the top five at every summer Paralympic Games since the Barcelona Games in 1992; and

(g)         the Australian Paralympic Team is one of Australia’s most important sporting teams, helping shape community attitudes towards disability and assisting Australians with a disability to participate in sport to the level of their choice;

(2)         congratulates:

(a)         the Australian Paralympic Committee and relevant national sporting organisations on their preparation for the Paralympic Games so far; and

(b)         all potential Australian team members for their dedication to their chosen Paralympic sport; and

(3)         calls on all Members of Parliament to support the Australian Paralympic Team in its preparations for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 February 2016. )

      40    Small businesses: Resumption of debate ( from  7 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mr van Manen —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Coalition Government has:

                                                          (i)       started to arrest the decline in the small business environment overseen by the previous Labor Government; and

                                                        (ii)       developed and started to deliver as part of the budget, the largest small business package in the nation’s history—the Jobs and Small Business Package—worth $5.5 billion; and

(b)         as part of the Jobs and Small Business Package, small businesses will be eligible for a 1.5 per cent company tax cut or a 5 per cent tax discount for small unincorporated businesses;

(2)         condemns the Leader of the Opposition for making unfunded announcements to small businesses in his Budget Reply Speech which ignore the two-thirds of small businesses which are not structured as companies; and

(3)         commends the Prime Minister, the Treasurer and the Minister for Small Business on their effective management of the small business economy.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 February 2016. )

      41    Students with disability: Resumption of debate ( from  7 September 2015 ) on the motion of Ms O’Neil —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         all students, including students with disability, deserve to be recognised as learners and supported to achieve their best;

(b)         research by Children with Disability Australia shows that as many as one in four children with disability have been denied school enrolment, almost one in five only attend school part time, and 68 per cent of parents believe their children do not receive adequate support at school; and

(c)         the Senate Education and Employment References Committee inquiry into the education of students with disability is underway, giving parents, teachers, students and others with experience and expertise, the opportunity to highlight problems in our school system and identify best practice for the future;

(2)         acknowledges the:

(a)         hard work and dedication of teachers, parents, schools and carers across Australia; and

(b)         many programs and services helping students to achieve their best every day; and

(3)         calls upon the Government to:

(a)         keep its promises on funding and support for students with disability;

(b)         continue working with the states and territories to complete the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability program, and implement the Gonski disability loading;

(c)         reverse its cuts to education, including the termination of the More Support for Students with Disabilities program; and

(d)         recognise that supporting students with disability is a long term investment that pays dividends for students and Australia.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 February 2016. )

      42    Students and heavy school bags: Resumption of debate ( from  7 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Simpkins —That this House:

(1)         notes that every school day across Australia, school students are carrying heavy school bags on their way to and around schools and this poses a risk to the long term health of young people in Australia;

(2)         acknowledges that reference sources are an important part of the curriculum and for individual courses; and

(3)         encourages the Australian and state and territory governments to:

(a)         replace hard copy reference books with CD and thumb drive versions of reference materials to lighten the load of students and reduce the incidences of muscular and skeletal injuries to the developing bodies of school students; and

(b)         set a target timeline for the replacement of reference materials for school students.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 February 2016. )