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BUSINESS OF THE FEDERATION CHAMBER

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The Federation Chamber meets at 10 am

 

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Orders of the day

         1    Treasury Laws Amendment (ASIC Governance) Bill 2018 ( Minister for Revenue and Financial Services ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  8 May 2018 —Ms Price ) on the motion of Ms O’Dwyer —That the Bill be now read a second time— And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr Thistlethwaite , viz. —That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes the importance of effective oversight and regulation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in ensuring the protection of Australian consumers given increasing reports of misconduct in the banking and financial services industry”.

      *2    Death of the Honourable Jocelyn Margaret Newman Condolence Motion: Resumption of debate ( from  8 May 2018 Mr Pyne ) on the motion of Mr Turnbull .

       3    Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s Report 2018—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 14 February 2018—Mr Wallace ) on the motion of Dr Gillespie —That the House take note of the document.

       4    Response to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee’s report on the inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel—Ministerial Statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 4 December 2017—Mr K. J. Andrews ) on the motion of Mr Tehan —That the House take note of the document.

       5    Veterans and their families—Ministerial Statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 16 August 2017—Ms Flint ) on the motion of Mr C. A. S. Laundy —That the House take note of the document.

       6    Conclusion of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands—Ministerial Statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 15 August 2017—Mr Entsch ) on the motion of Mr Pyne —That the House take note of the document.

       7    National security update to Parliament—Ministerial statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 13 June 2017—Mr Burke ) on the motion of Dr Gillespie —That the House take note of the document.

       8    50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and 25th Anniversary of the Mabo High Court decision—Ministerial statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 8 August 2017—Mr Hastie ) on the motion of Mr Pyne —That the House take note of the document.

       9    Last veterans’ mission to Korea—Ministerial statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 28 March 2017—Mrs Wicks ) on the motion of Mr Pyne —That the House take note of the document.

     10    Agreement to amend the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement—Ministerial Statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 21 March 2017—Mr Falinski ) on the motion of Mr Ciobo —That the House take note of the document.

     11    Recent military commemorations—Ministerial statement—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 21 March 2017—Mr Crewther ) on the motion of Mr Pyne —That the House take note of the document.

     12    Closing the Gap—Prime Minister’s Report 2017—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 15 February 2017 ) on the motion of Mr C. A. S. Laundy —That the House take note of the document.

     13    Auditor-General—Audit report No. 38 of 2016-2017—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 15 February 2017—Mr Albanese, in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Pyne —That the House take note of the document.

      14    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.

     15    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.

     16    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.

     17    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.

      18    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.

     19    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.

      20    Grievance Debate: Question—That grievances be noted—Resumption of debate ( from  27 March 2018 ).

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION BUSINESS

Orders of the day

       1    Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources—Standing Committee Social issues relating to land-based automated vehicles in Australia —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 12 September 2017— Mr Littleproud ) on the motion of Ms M. L. Landry —That the House take note of the report.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 21 May 2018. )

       2    Health, Aged Care and Sport—Standing Committee Still waiting to be heard: Report on the inquiry into the hearing health and wellbeing of Australia —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 14 September 2017— Mr Leeser ) on the motion of Mr Zimmerman —That the House take note of the report.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 21 May 2018. )

       3    Public Accounts and Audit—Joint Committee Report 465: Commonwealth procurement—Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s reports 1, 13 and 16 (2016-17) —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 16 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Hill —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 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

       4    National Broadband Network—Joint Standing Committee The rollout of the National Broadband Network (1st report of the 45th Parliament) —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 16 October 2017 ) on the motion of Ms Ley —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 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

       5    National Disability Insurance Scheme—Joint Standing Committee Provision of hearing services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 17 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr K. J. Andrews —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 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

       6    Public Accounts and Audit—Joint Committee Report 467: Cybersecurity compliance: Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s report 42 (2016-17) —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 25 October 2017 ) on the motion of Ms Brodtmann —That the House take note of the report.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

       7    Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee Interim report: Legal foundations of religious freedom in Australia —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 6 December 2017— Mr Dick ) on the motion of Mr K. J. Andrews —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 21 May 2018. )

       8    Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee Hidden in plain sight: An inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 7 December 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Crewther —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 21 May 2018. )

       9    Agriculture and Water Resources—Standing Committee Making every drop count: Inquiry into water use efficiency programs in agriculture —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 5 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr R. J. Wilson —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 21 May 2018. )

     10    Economics—Standing Committee Review of the four major banks: Third report —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 14 February 2018— Mr Wallace ) 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 21 May 2018. )

     11    Social Policy and Legal Affairs—Standing Committee A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence: Recommendations for an accessible, equitable and responsive family law system which better prioritises safety of those affected by family violence —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 14 February 2018— Mr Howarth ) on the motion of Ms Henderson —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 21 May 2018. )

     12    Communications and the Arts—Standing Committee Report on the inquiry into the Australian film and television industry —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 14 February 2018— Mr Perrett ) on the motion of Mr Howarth —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 21 May 2018. )

     13    National Disability Insurance Scheme—Joint Standing Committee Provision of services under the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention approach —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 14 February 2018— Mr R. J. Wilson ) on the motion of Mr K. J. Andrews —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 21 May 2018. )

     14    Environment and Energy—Standing Committee Powering our future: Inquiry into modernising Australia’s electricity grid —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 14 February 2018— Mr T. R. Wilson ) on the motion of Mr Broad —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 21 May 2018. )

     15    Indigenous Affairs—Standing Committee The power of education: From surviving to thriving —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 14 February 2018— Mr T. R. Wilson ) on the motion of Mrs Sudmalis —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 21 May 2018. )

     16    Migration—Joint Standing Committee No one teaches you to become an Australian: Report of the inquiry into migrant settlement outcomes —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 14 February 2018— Mr Irons ) on the motion of Mr Wood —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 21 May 2018. )

     17    Regional Development and Decentralisation—Select Committee Interim report —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 14 February 2018— Mr Irons ) on the motion of Ms Swanson —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 21 May 2018. )

     18    Corporations and Financial Services—Parliamentary Joint Committee Life insurance industry —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 28 March 2018— Mr Gosling ) on the motion of Mr Irons —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 21 May 2018. )

     19    Health, Aged Care and Sport—Standing Committee Report on the inquiry into the use and marketing of electronic cigarettes and personal vaporisers in Australia —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 28 March 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Zimmerman —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 21 May 2018. )

   *20    Economics—Standing Committee Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia annual report 2017 (first report) —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 8 May 2018 ) on the motion of Ms Henderson —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 21 May 2018. )

   *21    Electoral Matters—Joint Standing Committee Advisory report on the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 8 May 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Giles —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 21 May 2018. )

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Orders of the day

         1    People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry (Banking and Financial Services) Bill 2017 ( Mr Katter ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  11 September 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 21 May 2018. )

         2    Building Better Regions Fund: Resumption of debate ( from  11 September 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Wallace —That this House:

(1)         welcomes the results of Round One of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), including the allocation of $3 million in funding to the Events Centre, Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast;

(2)         congratulates all of the successful applicants in Round One of this program;

(3)         notes that:

(a)         the BBRF is another example of the Government investing in our regions to boost local economies, grow regional confidence, create jobs and build vibrant communities;

(b)         nationally the successful projects will support a diverse range of important infrastructure in regional and remote areas for projects ranging from tourism and transport, to culture, sporting and healthcare facilities;

(c)         the Events Centre is such an important piece of infrastructure, providing world class cultural experiences for local people on the Sunshine Coast and drawing tourists from all over South East Queensland; and

(d)         nearly 550 organisations applied from all across Australia for the Infrastructure Projects stream;

(4)         commends the Government for its allocation of an additional $200 million in funding for this important program in the 2017 budget; and

(5)         encourages eligible organisations to make an application to Round Two of the BBRF, which is anticipated to open later in 2017.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 21 May 2018. )

         3    Sexual assault and domestic violence trauma counselling: Resumption of debate ( from  11 September 2017 ) on the motion of Ms T. M. Butler —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that:

(a)         victims and survivors of sexual and family violence should be able to gain access to the highest standard of professional counselling support;

(b)         1800 RESPECT, a national telephone and on line counselling service for people living with sexual assault and family violence, is an important part of the national response to family and domestic violence;

(c)         since the establishment of the 1800 RESPECT service, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia has provided specialist sexual assault and domestic violence trauma counselling for the service; and

(d)         Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, which has operated for almost fifty years, has achieved international recognition for its expertise in its field;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         Medibank Health Solutions (MHS), a for-profit company, receives public funds to administer 1800 RESPECT;

(b)         MHS recently announced that the service previously provided by Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia would now be provided by four organisations, three of which have not previously provided trauma counselling for the 1800 RESPECT service;

(c)         the consequence of this decision is a 75 per cent reduction in the public funding provided to Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia via MHS for the provision of the 1800 RESPECT service, as that organisation becomes one of four providers, rather than the sole provider; and

(d)         in those circumstances, the Board of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia has decided not to accept the proposed MHS contract, which the Board states does not provide sufficient funding to enable Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia to provide the service, and imposes obligations which the Board considers unethical; and

(3)         calls upon the Prime Minister to ensure that victims and survivors of family and domestic violence continue to have access to best practice specialist sexual assault and family violence trauma counselling services as previously provided by Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 21 May 2018. )

         4    Regional Australia’s infrastructure programs: Resumption of debate ( from  11 September 2017 ) on the motion of Ms M. L. Landry —That this House:

(1)         notes that the Government is committed to securing the economic future of regional Australia;

(2)         commends the $500 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund which implements the Government’s commitment to start the detailed planning necessary to build or augment existing water infrastructure, including dams, pipelines or managed aquifer recharge, and welcomes the dedicated northern component of $170 million;

(3)         notes that the $481.6 million Building Better Regions Fund supports the Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future;

(4)         praises the $600 million Northern Australia Roads Programme which enables upgrades to high priority roads in northern Australia essential to the movement of people and freight to support the north’s economic development;

(5)         welcomes the additional $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund that provides grants of $10 million or more for major transformational projects which support long term economic growth and create jobs in regions undergoing structural adjustment; and

(6)         commends the Government for delivering infrastructure programs that are making a real difference to regional Australia’s ability to diversify its economies. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 21 May 2018. )

         5    Thompson Square, Windsor: Resumption of debate ( from  11 September 2017 ) on the motion of Ms Templeman —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         Thompson Square, Windsor, is Australia’s only surviving Georgian public town square;

(b)         in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie proclaimed Thompson Square as the first public place named to honour the contributions of an ex-convict, sending a strong message about Australia as a place of the ‘fair go’;

(c)         the NSW Government’s Windsor Bridge replacement project will result in a large modern concrete structure destroying the current Square; and

(d)         a community action group, Community Action for Windsor Bridge, has staged a 24 hour occupation of Thompson Square since 21 July 2013 in order to fight the NSW Government’s plan;

(2)         condemns the NSW Government for ignoring the advice of its own Office of Environment and Heritage, the Heritage Council of NSW and the National Trust; and

(3)         calls on the Minister for the Environment and Energy to exercise his powers under the Environment  Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and grant emergency heritage listing to the Thompson Square Precinct to protect this unique place of Australia’s cultural heritage.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 21 May 2018. )

         6    457 visa program: Resumption of debate ( from  11 September 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Christensen —That this House:

(1)         recognises the importance of the actions of this Government in abolishing the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) program to ensure that the interests of Australian workers are protected;

(2)         notes that a review of the changes by Dr Bob Birrell of the Australian Population Research Institute highlights their significance by making the following points, that the:

(a)         abolition of the 457 visa program is a ‘game changer’ rather than being mere ‘window dressing’ as was claimed by critics in the media and members of the Opposition;

(b)         reset stops the past immigration policy outcome of employers recruiting as many temporary skilled foreign workers as they wanted and then facilitating their transition to permanent residence via the Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186); and

(c)         changes go some way to ‘redressing the balance between employer interests and those of domestic workers’;

(3)         further notes that the 457 visa program had become ‘bloated out and a proxy pathway to permanent residence’ as stated by the head of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Mr Mike Pezzullo; and

(4)         commends the Government on its actions which are predicted to reduce skilled migration numbers by more than 50,000, or one quarter, of the total program, thus resulting in more jobs being available for Australian workers. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 21 May 2018. )

         7    Melanoma and LEGO Surf Rescue project: Resumption of debate ( from  11 September 2017 ) on the motion of Ms Rowland —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that:

(a)         Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world and that melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians aged 15 to 39; and

(b)         LEGO is a world-renowned brand with a philosophy to foster imaginative and creative learning and development through play;

(2)         congratulates Mr Damien MacRae and his seven year old son Aiden on creating an Australian sun smart beach themed LEGO project entitled ‘LEGO Surf Rescue’, which has reached the required 10,000 supporters for the LEGO Ideas review;

(3)         recognises that:

(a)         Mr MacRae and his family have shown remarkable resilience and positivity, in spite of his terminal melanoma diagnosis, in highlighting the dangers of skin cancer and the importance of sun safety; and

(b)         the ‘LEGO Surf Rescue’ project:

(i)           demonstrates not only the importance of sun safety to reduce the risks of melanoma, but also highlights the importance of surf lifesaving and promotes healthy and active lifestyles for children; and

(ii)         would be the first set in LEGO history to feature figures wearing sunscreen; and

(4)         calls on LEGO to support ‘LEGO Surf Rescue’, and to approve the project to become an official LEGO set.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 21 May 2018. )

         8    Regional universities: Resumption of debate ( from  11 September 2017 ) on the motion of Ms McGowan —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         regional universities:

(i)           play an active role in developing regional economies and contributing to the social and cultural development of their regions; and

(ii)         act as an anchor for investment and workforce development;

(b)         education is a major driver of economic development in regional Australia and should not be seen in isolation from other regional economic development issues;

(c)         one of the biggest threats to the sustainability of rural communities is a declining population of young people;

(d)         regional universities will educate the future regional workforce;

(e)         students who study in regional areas are more likely to stay in regional areas after they graduate;

(f)          the Regional Universities Network reports about three-quarters of those who study at regional universities stay in the regions to work and, by contrast, students who leave their communities to take up university studies in major cities are much less likely to return after graduating; and

(g)         the measures in the Government’s Higher Education Reform Package do not adequately consider the role of regional universities in educating the future workforce in regional communities and driving regional development; and

(2)         calls on the Government to develop a National Regional Higher Education Strategy that:

(a)         considers the role of regional universities in educating the future workforce in regional communities and driving regional development; and

(b)         ensures regional higher education is prioritised and remains a focus of future governments.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 21 May 2018. )

         9    Coral bleaching: Resumption of debate ( from  16 October 2017 ) on the motion of Ms T. M. Butler —That this House:

(1)         notes that the:

(a)         last three years have seen an unprecedented global coral bleaching event which has had a devastating impact on many coral reefs ecosystems around the world, including our own Great Barrier Reef (GBR); and

(b)         World Heritage Committee:

(i)           met in early July in Poland and expressed its ‘utmost concern’ regarding the ‘serious impacts from coral bleaching that have affected World Heritage properties’; and

(ii)         noted that the most widely reported impacts were on the GBR and called on all States Parties to undertake ‘the most ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement’;

(2)         recognises that:

(a)         the World Heritage Centre released the first global scientific assessment of the impact of climate change on World Heritage coral reefs;

(b)         the assessment found that it is a well established conclusion of international peer reviewed literature that limiting the global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels provides a chance of retaining coral-dominated communities for many reef locations around the globe;

(c)         the assessment also found that the GBR will start to experience severe coral bleaching twice per decade by 2035, a mere 18 years away; and

(d)         this frequency of bleaching will not allow coral reefs to recover, putting the survival of the GBR in danger along with the 64,000 jobs that are dependent on it; and

(3)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         urgently adopt a clean energy target that is fully consistent with Australia’s obligations within the World Heritage Convention to protect the outstanding universal value of the GBR World Heritage area; and

(b)         abandon plans for a $1 billion loan through the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility to Adani to help establish one of the world’s largest coal mines.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      10    Stronger Communities Program: Resumption of debate ( from  16 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Wallace —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         applications are now open for Round Three of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP);

(b)         the SCP has:

(i)           invested in thousands of worthwhile projects applied for by small community groups and organisations which would often not have received funding another way; and

(ii)         had a positive impact on the lives of all kinds of Australians, supporting youth sporting clubs, community halls and clubhouses, surf lifesavers, aged and day care facilities among many more;

(2)         welcomes the funding allocated to all successful projects under Rounds One and Two of the SCP, including the Caloundra Woodworking Club’s grant of $15,000 to enable the construction of an extension to their building and the grant of $8,700 to Caloundra Surf Club which enabled the purchase of an inflatable rescue boat;

(3)         congratulates the Government for developing the SCP, for its ongoing commitment to building stronger and safer communities, and for investing a further $22.5 million in the 2017 budget to enable a third round of the SCP to proceed in 2017-18; and

(4)         encourages local community groups across Australia to contact their Federal Member of Parliament to find out more about how to apply for a grant under the Stronger Communities Fund.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      11    Food, beverage and grocery industry: Resumption of debate ( from  16 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Champion —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the important contribution that the Australian food, beverage and grocery industry and its workers make to the Australian economy including:

(a)         creating over 300,000 Australian jobs;

(b)         contributing over $125 billion in turnover; and

(c)         exporting over $30 billion of products; and

(2)         encourages the Government to work with the Australian food, beverage and grocery industry to ensure its continued success.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      12    Trade unions: Resumption of debate ( from  16 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Wallace —That this House:

(1)         notes that trade union malfeasance has cost taxpayers around 30 per cent, and possibly more, of their investment in recent infrastructure projects, and has led to widespread harm among Australian workers;

(2)         welcomes the Government’s decisive and comprehensive program of measures to investigate, stamp out and punish union malfeasance, including;

(a)         the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2016 ;

(b)         the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 , which included the restored Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), and the Building Code 2016; and

(c)         the Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Act 2017 ;

(3)         congratulates the Government on dealing with the scourge of union misbehaviour on Australian construction sites; and

(4)         encourages the Government to continue to explore ways of eliminating unethical trade union practices and to provide all necessary legal and financial support to the ABCC in its work to investigate and punish illegality in the construction industry.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      13    Regional Development Australia committees in Victoria: Resumption of debate ( from  16 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Giles —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the good work of the Northern Melbourne Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee;

(2)         condemns the Government for shutting down the Northern Melbourne RDA;

(3)         recognises that Melbourne’s northern suburbs are a significant growth area, which has not received its fair share of vital infrastructure support under this Government and that this is adversely impacting on productivity and liveability; and

(4)         calls on the Minister to reconsider amalgamating the RDA committees in Victoria.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      14    70th anniversary of peacekeeping: Resumption of debate ( from  16 October 2017 ) on the motion of Ms Rishworth —That this House:

(1)         recognises:

(a)         14 September 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in international peacekeeping; and

(b)         the important and unique role peacekeepers and peacemakers provide in the transition from conflict to peace;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         over 70,000 Australians have been involved in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations since 1947; and

(b)         Australia has had peacekeepers in the field with the United Nations continuously for over 50 years, through which:

(i)           peacekeeping has involved members of Australian Defence Force, civilians and Australian police;

(ii)         since 1964, Australian police have served in Cyprus and places as widely separated as Cambodia, Haiti, Mozambique, Bougainville and Timor; and

(iii)        peacekeepers are often at the centre of dangerous conflicts and are exposed to the impacts of war;

(3)         recognises those who are on peacekeeping missions at the moment, as we assist the United Nations with its mission in the Republic of South Sudan and looks forward to their safe return;

(4)         congratulates all those who have worked hard to deliver the new Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project on Anzac Parade; and

(5)         remembers and pays tribute to all those who have served Australia in peacekeeping operations, those who have been wounded and the 14 Australians who lost their lives whilst on peacekeeping operations.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      15    Mental health: Resumption of debate ( from  16 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Wallace —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures one in five Australians report having a mental or behavioural condition, while the prevalence is highest among people aged 18 to 24; and

(b)         data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare suggests that 54 per cent of people with a mental illness do not access treatment;

(2)         congratulates the Government for its engagement with the mental health community and for its measures to support mental health in Australia including:

(a)         additional investment of $170 million in mental health programs in the 2017 budget including $80 million to maintain community psycho-social services for people with mental illness who are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, $11.1 million to prevent suicide in specific locations where it is a frequent occurrence, $15 million to support mental health research initiatives such as the Thompson Institute on the Sunshine Coast and $50 million for mental illness prevention and support for serving Australian Defence Force members, veterans and their families; and

(b)         investment of:

(i)           $9.5 million to expand mental health first aid training in 14 high risk communities; and

(ii)         $9.1 million to support rural telehealth services for mental health and the appointment of the first National Rural Health Commissioner;

(3)         encourages the Government to continue this focused work and to seek additional ways to support the mental health of Australians; and

(4)         further encourages anyone who believes that they might be suffering from a mental illness to seek immediate help from their General Practitioner or a qualified mental health practitioner.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      16    Climate change: Resumption of debate ( from  16 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Perrett —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the scientific consensus about climate change, and particularly the role of human activity in driving it, is undeniable;

(b)         the case for real and immediate action on climate change has never been stronger; and

(c)         renewable energy, when combined with storage, is the most economical method of creating new and reliable power;

(2)         recognises that the:

(a)         decisions we make now concerning environment, climate and energy policy will have lasting and profound affects for the future; and

(b)         transition to a low carbon economy will provide significant opportunities for regional development; and

(3)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         commit to:

(i)           utilising the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for investments that deliver real benefits to communities in Northern Australia, now and into the future; and

(ii)         a considered and integrated energy policy in Northern Queensland that actively supports the transition to a low carbon economy; and

(b)         recommit to protecting Australia’s marine resources, like the Great Barrier Reef, from modern and evolving threats, to ensure their economic benefits can be borne by future generations.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      17    Coal: Resumption of debate ( from  16 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Christensen —That this House recognises:

(1)         the long term global demand predictions for coal in providing reliable, secure and affordable baseload power;

(2)         that power prices in Queensland have reached record highs, including up to $14,000 MW/H in January 2017;

(3)         that the high cost of electricity supply in North Queensland has been a disincentive to business investment for many years, putting a strain on Australian businesses and households;

(4)         that Australia has an abundance of high quality coal, better than in many countries around the world; and

(5)         that Australia should utilise this natural advantage by maintaining its prominent role in providing secure, reliable and affordable energy, and that in order to do this, there should be a coal fired power station built in North Queensland.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      18    Endometriosis: Resumption of debate ( from  23 October 2017 ) on the motion of Ms Brodtmann —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         one in ten Australian women have endometriosis, a disease in which the tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body;

(b)         there is a lack of understanding in the Australian community about endometriosis and the impact it has on women’s lives;

(c)         the disease can lead to extreme pain, infertility and other complications related to the bowel, periods, headaches and a variety of other symptoms around the body;

(d)         there is a delay in diagnosing endometriosis of up to seven to ten years because the symptoms are variable; and

(e)         University of Sydney research has shown that endometriosis costs Australia $7.7 billion each year—two thirds of this is in lost productivity and the rest is in direct healthcare costs; and

(2)         calls on the Australian Government to end the silence about endometriosis by raising awareness of the disease and its symptoms across Australia and promoting further research.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      19    New Colombo Plan: Resumption of debate ( from  23 October 2017 ) on the motion of Ms Flint —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the success of the New Colombo Plan (Plan);

(2)         recognises that the Plan will have supported more than 30,000 Australian undergraduates to live, study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific by the end of 2018;

(3)         welcomes the establishment of the Plan’s alumni ambassadors program, which will support the Plan’s alumnus from across the country to promote the value of engaging with the Indo-Pacific region;

(4)         notes that numerous prime ministers, presidents and foreign ministers of the lndo-Pacfic region have lauded the Plan as evidence of Australia’s commitment to building enduring relationships across the region; and

(5)         recognises that the Plan is enhancing Asian literacy amongst Australian undergraduates, deepening Australia’s engagement in the region and strengthening Australia’s international education sector, which is one of our largest services export industries.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      20    Offshore processing of asylum seekers: Resumption of debate ( from  23 October 2017 ) on the motion of Ms McGowan —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the planned closure of the regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 31 October 2017 is creating a highly stressful situation for the 773 asylum seekers who remain on Manus Island;

(b)         the Australian Government is seeking to relocate people to East Lorengau or elsewhere in PNG ahead of the deadline;

(c)         there will be a withdrawal of current medical and mental health care, torture and trauma support and security services to detainees on 31 October;

(d)         a UNHCR survey of the deterioration of the mental health of those on Manus Island and Nauru in May 2016 showed that more than 88 per cent of offshore detainees are suffering serious mental health issues after several years in detention; and

(e)         there is enormous pressure on the detainees on Manus Island to relocate in PNG or return to where they fled, ahead of the deadline, whereas the UNHCR says a majority have been recognised as refugees who would qualify for resettlement; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         urgently find viable and humane solutions outside of PNG and Nauru for those remaining under offshore processing arrangements; and

(b)         ensure all detainees are settled safely and with appropriate medical support prior to the 31 October closure of the Manus Island regional processing centre.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      21    Elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn ban: Resumption of debate ( from  23 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Wood —That this House:

(1)         welcomes and congratulates the Government for banning the importation of African lion hunting trophies and its participation in helping end the practice of canned hunting;

(2)         acknowledges and commends the Government for its elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn ban for products produced after 1975 but recognises that these bans need to be implemented for all products produced prior to 1975 as well;

(3)         notes that elephants and rhinoceroses are facing extinction due to poaching with:

(a)         one elephant dying every 15 minutes for its tusks;

(b)         one rhinoceros dying every 8 hours for its horn;

(c)         less than 400,000 African elephants remaining; and

(d)         less than 27,000 rhinoceroses remaining;

(4)         notes with concern that we can still buy and sell elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn in Australia, which is part of the problem;

(5)         notes the sadistic and cruel method poachers use when harvesting elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn;

(6)         recognises that this ban is not about attacking legal hunters, it is about stopping illegal poaching and illegal trading in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn; and

(7)         calls on all governments to help Australia be part of the solution and prohibit the domestic trade of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn, additionally to set up an infringement fine system, offense provisions and penalties.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      22    School funding: Resumption of debate ( from  23 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Wallace —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Government’s additional $23.5 billion investment in Australian schools over the next 10 years, on top of the 2016 budget, will deliver the real needs based funding that our students need to succeed;

(b)         this funding package will ensure that all students and schools are treated fairly and equitably, and that students with the same need in the same sector receive the same support from the Commonwealth; and

(c)         in the electoral division of Fisher this action by the Government will ensure that, for example, Glasshouse Christian College will receive an additional $28.5 million, Chancellor State College will receive an additional $24.6 million, and Meridan State College will receive an additional $23.5 million in funding over the next ten years;

(2)         congratulates the Government on this major investment in Australia’s future and on delivering needs based funding into the school system;

(3)         welcomes the Government’s action to ensure that this additional funding delivers improved results, through initiatives like the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, the Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education, and the Teacher Performance Assessment; and

(4)         encourages the Government to continue its focus on improving educational outcomes and ensuring that school funding is well spent, particularly in regional areas such as the Sunshine Coast. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      23    Holden: Resumption of debate ( from  23 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Champion —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the important role Holden’s workforce has played in Holden Australia’s history including when it:

(a)         was established in 1856 by James Alexander Holden as a saddlery business;

(b)         became the exclusive supplier for General Motors in Australia in 1924;

(c)         built the first all-Australian motor vehicle in 1948, the FX Holden;

(d)         commenced construction on the current Holden site in Elizabeth, South Australia in 1958; and,

(e)         hosted Queen Elizabeth II at the Elizabeth plant in 1963;

(2)         congratulates the current Holden workforce for its ongoing professionalism which has ensured the Holden Elizabeth plant remains General Motors’ top factory for quality globally; and

(3)         acknowledges the role of Prime Minister Chifley and South Australian Premier Sir Thomas Playford in establishing the Australian automotive industry.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      24    Women’s Leadership Initiative: Resumption of debate ( from  23 October 2017 ) on the motion of Ms Banks —That this House:

(1)         welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs at the United Nations General Assembly on 22 September 2017 of the Women’s Leadership Initiative (Initiative);

(2)         notes that the Initiative is a five year program to support emerging women leaders in the Pacific and to help participants—selected from Australia Awards scholars—to fulfil their leadership potential and drive ideas and reforms in their communities;

(3)         further notes that the Initiative is part of Australia’s partnership with Pacific Island countries to meet shared challenges and support a stable, secure and prosperous Pacific region;

(4)         acknowledges that the Initiative will deepen our long standing relationship with our Pacific neighbours and see Pacific women mentored by successful female leaders, including Australian Indigenous leaders, private sector representatives and pioneering leaders from the Pacific; and

(5)         recognises that the empowerment of women and girls is a priority for Australia’s development assistance and is fundamental to our increased engagement in the Pacific.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      25    Carers: Resumption of debate ( from  23 October 2017 ) on the motion of Ms Claydon —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         15 to 21 October 2017 is National Carers Week and that it is estimated that there are 2.7 million carers who provide care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who is frail aged in Australia; and

(b)         the theme for National Carers Week is ‘Carers Count’;

(2)         acknowledges the significant contribution that carers make to the Australian community, saving the nation an estimated $60 billion per year; and

(3)         recognises the incredible sacrifices carers make and the challenges they face including fewer employment options and a restricted capacity to participate in community life.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      26    Illicit drugs: Resumption of debate ( from  23 October 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Morton —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         illicit drugs can cause untold harm in our communities and on our streets; and

(b)         the Government:

(i)           is committed to targeting the supply, demand, and harm caused to our communities by the scourge of illicit drugs; and

(ii)         has made significant investments in our law enforcement agencies to do all they can to keep drugs off our streets;

(2)         acknowledges that Australian law enforcement officers continue to confront Australia’s drug market and combat the criminal syndicates that peddle illicit drugs; and

(3)         calls on all Members to promote greater awareness of the harmful effects of illicit drugs on individuals and communities across Australia and support our law enforcement agencies in keeping drugs off our streets.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      27    Rakhine State in Myanmar: Resumption of debate ( from  5 February 2018 —Mr K. J. Andrews ) on the motion of Ms Vamvakinou —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         Amnesty International has evidence that hundreds of Rohingya women, men and children have been killed since the escalation of a violent assault in Northern Arakan/Rakhine State, Myanmar, since 25 August 2017;

(b)         the United Nations has estimated that since August 2017, over 589,000 Rohingyas have been forced to flee to refugee camps in Bangladesh;

(c)         there are at least another 20,000 Rohingyas being detained at the borders;

(d)         the United Nations Human Rights team has witnessed accounts and heard testimonies of the Myanmar security force setting villages on fire and injuring, torturing, raping, killing and executing innocent victims;

(e)         214 villages have been destroyed through fire and will be taken over by the Myanmar Government because burnt land becomes government-managed land;

(f)          the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, has called these government attacks ‘a textbook example of ethnic cleansing’;

(g)         approximately 600,000 people are still deadlocked inside Rakhine State with limited access to food, medical care or humanitarian assistance;

(h)         despite the history of the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine region extending back to the post-colonial era, this community has been denied citizenship and most basic government services since 1982; and

(i)           the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine region is an issue that deeply concerns the Australian community; and

(2)         urges:

(a)         the Government of Myanmar to:

(i)           recommit to the pursuit of peace and national reconciliation; and

(ii)         allow access to all parts of Rakhine State to allow for the provision of humanitarian aid;

(b)         the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs to:

(i)           do everything in her power to help alleviate the suffering in Rakhine State;

(ii)         lead the push for a strong United Nations General Assembly resolution on the violence in Rakhine State; and

(iii)        work to establish an independent United Nations investigation into human rights abuses in Myanmar; and

(c)         the Australian Government to:

(i)           support unimpeded humanitarian access to the Rohingya population;

(ii)         maintain pressure on the Myanmar Government, particularly the military and security forces, by condemning the persecution, attacks, killings and human rights abuses of the Rohingyas; and

(iii)        stand up for the moderate voices in Myanmar which are being widely suppressed by the threat of persecution by the Myanmar military.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      28    City Deals: Resumption of debate ( from  5 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Wallace —That this House:

(1)         welcomes the Government’s action to make our cities better places to live in and do business through ongoing City Deal developments in Townsville, Launceston, Western Sydney and Darwin;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         City Deals:

(i)           bring together all three levels of Government to develop collective plans for growth with a focus on jobs, housing, transport and the environment; and

(ii)         are already delivering firm commitments and real benefits for communities, including the $250 million North Queensland Stadium, the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor, movement of the University of Tasmania’s main campus and the rejuvenation of the CBD in Launceston; and

(b)         further benefits through City Deals are under development, including the Western Sydney Housing Package and the redevelopment of Paterson Barracks in Launceston;

(3)         commends the Government for continuing to encourage and pursue new City Deals with other regional cities around Australia, including areas such as the Sunshine Coast; and

(4)         encourages state and territory governments and local councils in regional cities, especially on the Sunshine Coast, to work closely with their local Members of Parliament and the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation to develop City Deals for their eligible communities.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      29    Aviation rescue and fire fighting services: Resumption of debate ( from  5 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Albanese —That this House:

(1)         declares:

(a)         its support for the vital work performed each and every day by the highly trained professionals providing aviation rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) services to ensure the safety of the flying public;

(b)         that the ARFF service is particularly important to the safe operation of airports in regional Australia where it also responds to non-aviation emergencies within its local communities; and

(c)         that the presence of the ARFF service is key to safeguarding the safety and security at major metropolitan and regional airports around the country, which is critical for international and domestic tourism; and

(2)         calls on the Government to reject any proposal to increase the threshold for the provision of ARFF services at airports from the existing 350,000 passenger movements annually, noting that this would preclude the establishment of these services at Proserpine Whitsunday Coast Airport and lead to the removal of these services from the following regional communities: Ballina; Coffs Harbour; Ayres Rock; Gladstone; Hamilton Island; Broome; Karratha; Newman; and Port Hedland. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      30    Exports: Resumption of debate ( from  5 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Coulton —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the important contribution that the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) makes to supporting Australian exporters;

(2)         notes the recent passage of the Insurance Corporation Amendment (Support for Commonwealth Entities) Bill 2016 through the Parliament with bipartisan support, helping Efic keep pace with Australia’s changing exports; and

(3)         commends the Government for issuing a new Statement of Expectations for Efic, re-enabling it to support onshore resource projects, and related infrastructure.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      31    Plastic bags: Resumption of debate ( from  5 February 2018 ) on the motion of Ms Sharkie —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         plastic bags are detrimental to the environment;

(b)         Australians use an estimated 5 billion plastic bags a year, which represents over 20 million bags used every day;

(c)         research has indicated that as of 2013, approximately 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic have been floating in our world’s oceans—these are mostly microplastics of less than 5 millimetres in size and are regularly eaten by marine life, through which they enter the global food chain and are consumed by humans;

(d)         thousands of marine mammals and seabirds die every year around the world as a result of plastic litter;

(e)         plastic bags are particularly bad for the environment because they take from between 20 and 1,000 years to biodegrade and can travel long distances via air and water;

(f)          South Australia led the nation with the phasing out of lightweight non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags, which state legislation defines as a carry bag, the body of which comprises (in whole or in part) polyethylene with a thickness of less than 35 microns and includes handles;

(g)         South Australia’s ban on plastic shopping bags came into force on 4 May 2009; and

(h)         the South Australian Environmental Protection Authority estimates that the state’s ban on plastic shopping bags has resulted in almost 400 million fewer plastic bags in that state each year; and

(2)         calls on the:

(a)         state governments yet to enact a ban on lightweight non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags to do so with speed and urgency; and

(b)         Australian Government to work with the state Governments to implement a national ban on lightweight non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags by the end of 2018.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      32    Cambodian elections: Resumption of debate ( from  5 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr M. C. Butler —That this House:

(1)         recognises:

(a)         the role of Australia in helping to broker the Paris Peace Accords (PPA); and

(b)         that one of the core promises of the PPA was to provide the Cambodian people with free and fair elections;

(2)         expresses serious concerns about:

(a)         political suppression in Cambodia, including the closure of media outlets such as the Cambodia Daily; and

(b)         the arrest and trial of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader, Kem Sokha, arising from a speech he delivered in Australia in 2013;

(3)         calls for:

(a)         the immediate release of Kem Sokha from detention and the removal of restrictions on civil society; and

(b)         greater transparency and assurance of due process in proceedings against political prisoners and dissidents;

(4)         condemns the move to disband the CNRP and redistribute seats to minor parties without by-elections;

(5)         expresses serious concerns about the timing of the actions against the CNRP and Kem Sokha in light of the impending 2018 general election; and

(6)         calls upon the Australian Government to impress upon the Cambodian Government the importance of free and fair elections for the Cambodian people.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      33    Tax and superannuation systems: Resumption of debate ( from  5 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr van Manen —That this House:

(1)         recognises positive effect of the Government’s measures to assist more hard working Australians to:

(a)         earn more through the tax system, in particular by:

(i)           legislating tax cuts for middle income earners to ensure they are not pushed into the second highest tax bracket;

(ii)         introducing to Parliament the Enterprise Tax Plan, which will extend small business tax concessions to businesses up to $10 million from the outdated $2 million threshold; and

(iii)        supporting employers to invest more, provide more hours and increase wages through a more competitive international tax rate;

(b)         save more for their retirement through increased flexibility in the superannuation system, in particular by:

(i)           abolishing the so called ‘10 per cent rule’, which prevents anyone earning more than 10 per cent of their income from salary and wages from claiming a deduction for personal superannuation contributions; and

(ii)         introducing catch up concessional contributions to provide assistance to those—particularly women—who have interrupted work patterns, whether to raise children, look after elderly parents, or seek to boost their retirement savings just before retirement; and

(2)         notes with deep concern that the Opposition:

(a)         refuses to support tax relief for small business, while at the same time advocating tax cuts for foreign workers;

(b)         seeks to abolish measures to improve the retirement savings of hard working Australians, particularly those on low incomes and with interrupted work patterns; and

(c)         has no plan for jobs and growth, despite having previously advocated for a more competitive tax rate for employers.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      34    Leadership and gender diversity: Resumption of debate ( from  12 February 2018 ) on the motion of Ms McGowan —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         among 15 rural research and development corporations which receive statutory levies partly matched by the Commonwealth, the representation of women is no higher than 44 per cent, is as low as 11 per cent, and averages 26 per cent;

(b)         the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Institute) says its quest for 30 per cent female representation across ASX 200 boards by 2018 has stalled;

(c)         the Institute’s latest gender diversity report shows that as of 31 August 2017 there were 25.4 per cent female directors, only marginally higher than the 25.3 per cent reached at the end of 2016;

(d)         at the time of the publication of the Institute’s latest gender diversity report, 11 ASX 200 companies had no women on their boards; and

(e)         the Institute says that the Government may be forced to intervene with quotas to force companies to appoint more female directors;

(2)         acknowledges the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program (Program) initiative launched by the National Farmers’ Federation and AACo on 15 October 2017, which asks organisations to commit to auditing the gender diversity within their leadership teams and pledge to make ‘meaningful change’ towards achieving enhanced gender equality; and

(3)         calls on the:

(a)         Government to support the Program and similar initiatives to ensure that companies appoint more female directors; and

(b)         Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to outline to the Parliament a plan to increase the representation of women to a minimum of 30 per cent on all agricultural boards over which the Government has some level of influence, including rural research and development corporations, agricultural committees, panels and councils. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      35    Relocation of Commonwealth agencies: Resumption of debate ( from  12 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Wallace —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         8 million Australians live outside our capital cities; and

(b)         while some regions like the Sunshine Coast are experiencing strong economic growth, others are not enjoying the same levels of economic activity;

(2)         further notes that:

(a)         many regions, including the Sunshine Coast, can supply substantially lower office accommodation costs and lower operating costs;

(b)         regions such as the Sunshine Coast can offer a highly educated workforce, high quality business facilities, first class health and transport infrastructure, as well as innovative start-up communities;

(c)         regions, including the Sunshine Coast, can offer lifestyle benefits like lower cost housing, short commute times and a family-friendly environment; and

(d)         research suggests that highly skilled people are taking increasing account of lifestyle factors when choosing their employer;

(3)         welcomes the Government’s pursuit of a policy of decentralisation of public sector agencies, and the recent relocation of some parts of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to Wodonga; and

(4)         encourages the Government to continue to explore further options for the relocation of Commonwealth agencies to the regions.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      36    South Australia and Commonwealth funding: Resumption of debate ( from  12 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Zappia —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Government has delayed release of the Productivity Commission’s review of the GST distribution until after the South Australian state election on 17 March 2018;

(b)         the Productivity Commission’s draft report recommended changes to the distribution of GST revenue that would see South Australia lose up to $557 million in the first year alone;

(c)         South Australia did not receive one new dollar of infrastructure funding in the 2017-18 budget;

(d)         education funding to South Australia has been cut by $210 million by the Government; and

(e)         the Government’s failure to support Holden has resulted in thousands of job losses in South Australia; and

(2)         calls on the Government to provide South Australia with its fair share of Commonwealth funding and to release the Productivity Commission’s report prior to 17 March.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      37    International Mother Language Day: Resumption of debate ( from  12 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Thistlethwaite —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         in 1999, the 30th General Conference of UNESCO proclaimed annual observance of International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on 21 February; and

(b)         about 200 different languages are spoken throughout Australia;

(2)         acknowledges:

(a)         the significance of preserving Indigenous languages as a link to Indigenous culture and histories and as an expression of identity;

(b)         the social, cultural and economic benefits of multilingualism to the Australian community; and

(c)         that encouraging Australians to learn a language other than English should be a priority for all levels of government; and

(3)         calls on the Government to observe IMLD on 21 February across Australia and to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by the people around the world through:

(a)         promoting the active participation, revitalisation and maintenance of local Indigenous languages;

(b)         continuing the National Library of Australia’s collection of oral history and available alphabets of spoken languages as a means of preserving the multi-lingual inheritance of the people of Australia; and

(c)         supporting second language instruction in Australian educational institutions.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      38    Travel Insurance: Resumption of debate ( from  12 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Zimmerman —That this House:

(1)         notes the release on 5 October 2017 of the Consular State of Play 2016-17 (State of Play), which provides an overview of the Government’s provision of consular assistance to Australians in the last financial year;

(2)         acknowledges the hard work and dedication of Australian consular officials who have provided high-quality assistance to Australians in distress in 12,454 cases during 2016-17;

(3)         notes with concern that a significant number of Australian travellers are travelling overseas without insurance;

(4)         reiterates the Minister for Foreign Affairs’ remarks in launching the State of Play that if travellers cannot afford travel insurance, they cannot afford to travel;

(5)         acknowledges that the Australian Government will provide consular assistance where possible, while noting there are limits to what it can do to assist Australians in trouble overseas; and

(6)         calls on Australians to:

(a)         draw on resources such as Australian Government Smartraveller advice to inform themselves about their destination; and

(b)         purchase insurance appropriate to their activities and circumstances.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      39    United Nations World Radio Day: Resumption of debate ( from  12 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Albanese —That this House:

(1)         observes:

(a)         United Nations World Radio Day (WRD) on 13 February 2018;

(b)         this year’s WRD theme of ‘Radio and Sports’ which calls on us to:

(i)           celebrate the role of radio in promoting Australian sports and the inspiring stories of our high achieving sportspeople and teams;

(ii)         support and promote the grassroots sports that anchor us within our communities;

(iii)        be inspired by the stories that challenge gender stereotypes; and

(iv)       equally cover both men’s and women’s sports events;

(2)         recognises the:

(a)         unique ability of sport to unite and inspire Australians of all backgrounds, and the iconic nature of many Australian sporting events;

(b)         power of radio to unite, inform and entertain Australians throughout the nation and across commercial, public and community broadcasting;

(c)         particular importance of publicly funded radio in regional and remote Australia, especially during natural disasters;

(d)         critical importance of publicly funded radio for our culturally and linguistically diverse communities through the SBS; and

(e)         role of community broadcasters in nurturing new Australian talent including sports broadcasters, journalists and producers;

(3)         acknowledges:

(a)         the significant disparity between the coverage of men’s and women’s sports in Australia in radio broadcasting, as well as television, print and online; and

(b)         the need to address this disparity to encourage greater participation in women’s sports and to recognise the achievements of our women athletes; and

(4)         calls for:

(a)         commercial, public and community radio broadcasters to cover more women’s sports and to ensure there is a diversity of voices in sports commentary; and

(b)         greater recognition of the extraordinary achievements of our women’s sports teams in the media, including by ensuring equal public funding.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      40    Regional public sector jobs: Resumption of debate ( from  26 February 2018 ) on the motion of Ms O’Toole —That this House:

(1)         notes that ongoing cuts to public sector jobs in regional cities like Townsville have had a detrimental impact on the local economy and include:

(a)         the relocation of Royal Australian Air Force’s 38 Squadron King Air fleet from Townsville to East Sale in Victoria resulting in the loss of more than 40 aviation jobs in Townsville;

(b)         the Government’s change of process in second division resulting in the loss of up to 10 Townsville Australian Public Service defence support staff;

(c)         Townsville having 50 fewer defence staff in June 2017 than it had in December 2012;

(d)         19 jobs having been cut from CSIRO in Townsville over the last few years;

(e)         regional Queensland Customs staffing being cut by 50 per cent with 30 job losses from Gladstone to Thursday Island with Townsville being one of the hardest hit; and

(f)          the consolidation of the Australian Taxation Office in 2014 resulting in the loss of 110 jobs in Townsville;

(2)         acknowledges that maintaining public sector jobs is important in regional Australia and notes that job cuts are harmful to regional cities like Townsville; and

(3)         calls on the Government to ensure the coming federal budget puts a moratorium on these regional jobs cuts in public sector agencies.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      41    Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project: Resumption of debate ( from  26 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Christensen —That this House:

(1)         supports the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project because:

(a)         its proponents, Adani Australia, already employ 800 workers in Queensland;

(b)         it will open up the Galilee Basin and lead the way in creating as many as 15,000 jobs across five potential mines for the workers of Central and North Queensland; and

(c)         it will improve the lives of millions of Indians by providing their country with affordable and safe electricity; and

(2)         notes that the Opposition is now opposed to the project, endangering both existing and future jobs in regional Queensland as evidenced by:

(a)         the Leader of the Opposition stating that ‘Labor is increasingly sceptical and today’s revelation, if true, is incredibly disturbing, and if Adani’s relying on false information, that mine does not deserve to go ahead’;

(b)         Senator Singh stating that ‘I believe the Adani coal mine is a big mistake for this country’;

(c)         the Shadow Minister for Environment and Water stating that the Carmichael coal mine ‘will simply displace existing coal operations elsewhere in Australia. There will be jobs lost elsewhere in Queensland or there will be jobs lost in the Hunter Valley...The demand for thermal coal exports around the world is in rapid decline and I think instead we should be talking about other economic developments and job opportunities for North Queensland’; and

(d)         the Member for:

(i)           Charlton tweeting that ‘Hunter coal mining jobs are endangered by the Adani project’; and

(ii)         Gellibrand stating that ‘the reality is, the Adani coal mine has always been something that regional Queenslanders know well: snake oil’.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      42    Home Care Packages: Resumption of debate ( from  26 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Georganas —That this House:

(1)         notes that the latest:

(a)         waiting list for Home Care Packages (HCP) indicates that more than 100,000 older Australians are waiting for the package they have been approved for; and

(b)         figures showed that the HCP waiting list grew by more than 12,000 between 1 July and 30 September 2017 and it is likely to continue growing without funding for the release of more packages;

(2)         recognises that the majority of older Australians on the waiting list are those seeking level three and level four packages, who have high care needs including many with dementia;

(3)         condemns the Government for failing to stop the waiting list from growing; and

(4)         calls on the Government to immediately invest in fixing the HCP waiting list and properly address this growing crisis.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      43    Trade: Resumption of debate ( from  26 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr van Manen —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the importance of open trade and investment policies in growing the Australian economy and creating local jobs;

(2)         commends the Government for leading efforts to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 nation (TPP-11) agreement;

(3)         welcomes the recent conclusion of this landmark deal which will eliminate more than 98 per cent of tariffs in a trade zone with a combined GDP of AUD $13.7 trillion;

(4)         notes the significant opportunities offered by new trade agreements with Canada and Mexico and greater market access to Japan, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei;

(5)         recognises the importance of the agreement for Australia’s farmers, manufacturers and service providers in increasing their competitiveness in overseas markets;

(6)         notes indicative modelling by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, which found that the TPP-11 agreement would boost Australia’s national income by 0.5 per cent and exports by 4 per cent; and

(7)         encourages the Parliament to work co-operatively to ratify the TPP-11 agreement so that Australian exporters can take advantage of the many benefits it delivers.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      44    ISIL’s crimes against the Yazidis: Resumption of debate ( from  26 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Crewther —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         genocide is a crime under international law, which has been enacted into Australian law through Division 268 of the Australian Criminal Code; and

(b)         the Iraqi Council of Ministers, United Nations institutions, and many parliaments have recognised that ISIL’s crimes against the Yazidis constitute genocide;

(2)         welcomes the Government’s decisive action in resettling Yazidi refugees;

(3)         condemns the genocide perpetrated against Yazidis by ISIL;

(4)         calls for continued support for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL and efforts to liberate Yazidis in ISIL captivity;

(5)         recognises the importance of justice for Yazidi victims and survivors of ISIL and calls on the Government to continue to support accountability for the perpetrators of serious international crimes against the Yazidis, including, where appropriate, in Australian courts and in other jurisdictions, where these are consistent with international standards;

(6)         calls on the Government to continue supporting the formation of an investigative team pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2379 (2017) and, once established, to support it in the collection, preservation and storage of evidence of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide; and

(7)         supports the:

(a)         continued efforts to defeat ISIL militarily and ideologically via de-radicalisation and countering violent extremism programs;

(b)         continued consideration of the plight of the Yazidis in the development of Australian humanitarian policies and programs;

(c)         continued provision of psychological and other social support services for Yazidi refugees living in Australia;

(d)         right of the Yazidis and all minorities to live in peace, safety and freedom in Syria and Iraq and to participate in relevant political processes; and

(e)         protection of Yazidis, Christians and other minorities in Iraq, under United Nations supervision and in cooperation with relevant authorities and minorities.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      45    Universities funding: Resumption of debate ( from  26 February 2018 ) on the motion of Ms T. M. Butler —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Government’s short-sighted $2.2 billion in cuts to universities are equivalent to more than 9,500 Australians missing out on a university place in 2018, and again in 2019;

(b)         across the country this month, students will be attending university, with orientation periods beginning, and that these students are faced with more uncertainty about how the cuts will affect their student experience; and

(c)         the Government’s short-sighted cuts will hurt regional and outer metropolitan universities and their students the most; and

(2)         calls on the Government to reverse its short-sighted, unfair cuts to universities, which are closing the door of opportunity to thousands 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 21 May 2018. )

      46    Order of Australia honours: Resumption of debate ( from  26 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Leeser —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the Order of Australia is the highest national honour award and the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens;

(2)         recognises that since being established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1975, there have been more than 500 recipients of Companion of the Order of Australia, almost 3,000 awarded Officers of the Order of Australia, more than 10,000 inducted as Members of the Order of Australia and more than 23,000 honoured as recipients of the Medal of the Order of Australia;

(3)         notes the almost 900 recipients in the General Division of the Order of Australia on Australia Day in 2018, from an array of fields including education, arts, sport, science and social work; and

(4)         encourages all Members to congratulate recipients from their electorates on this immense achievement.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      47    Eureka Stockade flag: Resumption of debate ( from  26 February 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Perrett —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         both the Building Code 2013 (2013 Code) and the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (2016 Code) require code covered entities to protect freedom of association on building and construction worksites;

(b)         the 2016 Code includes requirements in respect of building association logos, mottos or indicia; and

(c)         the Australian Building and Construction Commission’s fact sheet Freedom of Association—Logos, Mottos and Indicia specifies that ‘logos, mottos and indicia’ that would breach the 2016 Code include ‘the iconic symbol of the five white stars and white cross on the Eureka Stockade flag’;

(2)         recognises that:

(a)         the Eureka Stockade flag was:

(i)           first used in 1854 at Ballarat; and

(ii)         a symbol of resistance of the gold miners during the rebellion;

(b)         beneath the Eureka Stockade flag, the leader of the Ballarat Reform League, Peter Lalor, said ‘We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties’;

(c)         the people at the Eureka Stockade defending the original flag came from nearly forty nations from around the world; and

(d)         the Eureka Stockade flag design has gained wider acceptance in Australian culture as a symbol of democracy, protest and the notion of the Australian ‘fair go’;

(3)         further notes that:

(a)         freedom of speech and freedom of association are valued by all fair-minded Australians;

(b)         the Eureka Stockade flag has been a symbol associated with building and construction unions for over 40 years;

(c)         restricting an individual’s right to wear union logos or preventing a construction site from displaying a union flag implies that workers cannot join a union; and

(d)         it is an attack on:

(i)           an individual’s freedom of association to prevent them from wearing the Eureka Stockade flag on their clothing; and

(ii)         freedom of association to prevent a construction site from displaying the Eureka Stockade flag; and

(4)         calls on the Government to immediately act to protect the rights of workers in the construction industry by making clear that displaying the iconic symbol of democracy, the Eureka Stockade flag, is not a breach of the 2016 Code.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      48    International Women's Day: Resumption of debate ( from  26 March 2018 ) on the motion of Ms Claydon —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March;

(b)         the theme for 2018 is ‘Press for Progress’, recognising the strong and growing global momentum striving for gender equity; and

(c)         now more than ever, governments must recommit to addressing entrenched gender inequities including:

(i)           high rates of family and domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment;

(ii)         pay inequity and the undervaluation of work in traditionally female industries; and

(iii)        the under-representation of women in Australian public life and leadership; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         end its complacency and ensure gender equality is a central priority for government; and

(b)         commit to urgent action to improve Australian women’s:

(i)           safety and physical security;

(ii)         economic security and retirement incomes;

(iii)        health and reproductive rights; and

(iv)       representation in Australian parliaments.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      49    World Tuberculosis Day: Resumption of debate ( from  26 March 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Entsch —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         24 March is World Tuberculosis Day, and marks the anniversary of German Nobel laureate Dr Robert Koch’s 1882 discovery of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis;

(b)         tuberculosis is contagious and airborne, ranking as the world’s leading cause of death from a single infectious agent;

(c)         in 2016, 1.7 million people died from tuberculosis worldwide and 10.4 million people became sick with the disease, with over 60 per cent of cases occurring in countries in our region;

(d)         large gaps in tuberculosis detection and treatment remain with 4.1 million cases of active tuberculosis that were not diagnosed and treated in 2016, including 600,000 children;

(e)         Papua New Guinea (PNG) had one of the highest rates of tuberculosis infection in the Pacific in 2016, with an estimated 35,000 total cases including 2,000 drug-resistant cases, not taking into consideration the large number of cases that go unreported in many regions; and

(f)          tuberculosis is:

(i)           the leading cause of death among HIV positive people globally—HIV weakens the immune system and is lethal in combination with tuberculosis, each contributing to the other’s progress;

(ii)         now linked to non-communicable diseases like diabetes; and

(iii)        considered a preventable and treatable disease, however many current treatment tools—drugs, diagnostics and vaccines—are outdated and ineffective;

(2)         recognises:

(a)         the funding that Australia is providing to support the testing and treatment of tuberculosis in PNG, including the joint program with the World Bank, is already leading to an initiative to achieve universal testing for tuberculosis in Daru;

(b)         the commitment of up to $75 million over five years for Product Development Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific Health Security Initiative to accelerate access to new therapeutics and diagnostics for drug resistant tuberculosis, and malaria and mosquito vector control—an increase in funding to build on the successes of Australia’s previous investments;

(c)         Australia’s three year $220 million pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (2017-2019)—a fund that has supported tuberculosis testing and treatment to 17.4 million people since 2002, including over 8.2 million people in the Indo-Pacific region;

(d)         that through our endorsement of the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015, we made a bold commitment to end the tuberculosis epidemic by 2030; and

(e)         the scheduling of the first United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis in September 2018, which will set out commitments to accelerate action towards ending tuberculosis as an epidemic and provide Australia with an opportunity to showcase the success of our investment in tuberculosis in our region; and

(3)         calls on the Australian Government to attend the United Nations High-Level Meeting this year, and commit to increased Australian action and leadership on research and development, prevention, testing and treatment as part of the global effort to eradicate tuberculosis.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      50    Age pensions: Resumption of debate ( from  26 March 2018 ) on the motion of Ms Sharkie —That this House:

(1)         notes that the:

(a)         OECD:

(i)           calculates that the average old age dependency ratio in Australia was 25 in 2017, and is projected to increase to 41 by 2050;

(ii)         calculates that Australia’s expenditure on age pensions is currently 4 per cent of public spending, and is projected to be 4 per cent in 2050—this compares with 9 per cent and 10 per cent respectively for the OECD;

(iii)        stated that ‘The old age income poverty rate in Australia is high at 26% compared to 13% across the OECD in 2015’; and

(iv)       further stated that ‘While taking out lump sums create flexibility in retirement it can also increase the risk of falling into poverty in case retirees outlive their assets’; and

(b)         Benevolent Society:

(i)           released ‘The Adequacy of the Age Pension in Australia’ report in September 2016, concluding from its research that ‘The Aged Pension in Australia is inadequate’; and

(ii)         concluded that ‘Home ownership constitutes the single biggest factor contributing to financial hardship among pensioners. Age pensioners who are renting, in particular those who are single, are the worst off’; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         establish an independent tribunal to assess the base rate of the pension and determine the best mechanism for annual review;

(b)         increase the maximum rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance to reduce the gap between aged pensioners who are home owners and those who are renters; and

(c)         establish a roundtable to review services provided to age pensioners.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      51    Small businesses and Government defence contracts: Resumption of debate ( from  26 March 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Wallace —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Government’s record $200 billion investment in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) capabilities represents a unique opportunity for Australian businesses;

(b)         many Australian businesses who first supplied defence materials to the Australian Government go on to export these products overseas; and

(c)         Australia ranks thirteenth in the world for defence expenditure, but is only the twentieth largest exporter;

(2)         congratulates the Government on its activities to date to encourage local small businesses to bid for Government defence contracts, including the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Program, the Defence Industry Policy Statement and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC);

(3)         welcomes the Government’s efforts to develop a Defence Export Strategy to plan, guide and measure defence export outcomes that will support our foreign and trade policies, defence industry, defence capability and national security objectives; and

(4)         encourages small and medium enterprises all over Australia to explore the opportunity to supply products and services for the ADF, and to contact the CDIC to learn more.

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      52    National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contract and Consumer Lease Reforms) Bill 2018 ( Mr Hammond ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  26 March 2018 ).

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      53    Israel: Resumption of debate ( from  26 March 2018 ) on the motion of Mr Robert —That this House:

(1)         notes that 14 May 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the creation of the modern state of Israel, a seminal event that occurred in 1948, and congratulates Israel on an amazing seventy years of democracy, growth and prosperity;

(2)         recognises that 15 July 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the end of the fateful Évian Conference, convened by President Roosevelt in 1938 in Évian-les-Bains, France, with 31 countries, to discuss the issue of the plight of Jewish refugees fleeing the horror of Nazi persecution;

(3)         further notes that:

(a)         the Australian Minister for Trade and Customs in 1938, Lieutenant Colonel T.W. White, declined to further assist the Jewish people, stating ‘Australia has her own particular difficulties...migration has naturally been predominantly British, and it (is not) desired that this be largely departed from while British settlers are forthcoming. Under the circumstances Australia cannot do more, for it will be appreciated that in a young country manpower from the source from which most of its citizens have sprung is preferred, while undue privileges cannot be given to one particular class of non-British subjects without injustices to others. It will no doubt be appreciated also that as we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one by encouraging any scheme of large-scale foreign migration...I hope that the conference will find a solution of this tragic world problem’;

(b)         post Kristallnacht, when the Nazis burned Jewish synagogues, businesses and books, Australia did reassess its policy to admit 15,000 refugees over three years, compared to the previous quota of 1,800 per year;

(c)         an estimated 6 million Jews and millions of others died during the Holocaust, exacerbated by the failure of Australia and other nations of the world to more fully protect the Jewish people; and

(d)         Lieutenant-Colonel White’s statement on behalf of the Government of Australia is still visible at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, as a representative response for all other nations’ responses of indifference at the Évian Conference;

(4)         states that this Parliament, as representative of all political parties and the people of Australia, issues a profound apology and says ‘sorry’ to the Jewish people for the indifference shown by the Parliament in 1938 that worsened the impact of the Holocaust; and

(5)         notes that:

(a)         in doing so, we seek to honour the memory of all those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and make right, a great wrong, perpetuated by Australia on the Jewish people;

(b)         a request will be made for this motion to be presented to Yad Vashem this 70th year asking that the parliamentary apology be displayed beside Lieutenant-Colonel White’s statement of 1938 that he issued on behalf of the Government of Australia; and

(c)         this motion will be provided to the Knesset this 70th year, one parliament to another.

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      54    National Partnership on Remote Housing: Resumption of debate ( from  26 March 2018 ) on the motion of Ms Burney —That this House:

(1)         observes:

(a)         the National Partnership on Remote Housing (NPRH) is an agreement between the Australian Government and state/territory governments to deliver new and refurbished housing for remote and Indigenous communities; and

(b)         that the NPRH agreement is due to expire on 30 June 2018;

(2)         recognises that:

(a)         over the last ten years, the NPRH has delivered in Queensland almost 1,150 new homes and 1,500 refurbished homes;

(b)         the Australian Government’s independent review into the partnership has highlighted the achievements of the Queensland Government;

(c)         this program has built upon the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils who, along with Indigenous businesses now deliver 80 per cent of housing construction and repairs; and

(d)         nationally, an additional 5,500 homes are required by 2028 to account for population growth and to continue to reduce overcrowding;

(3)         acknowledges that:

(a)         without continued funding, loss of hundreds of local jobs and apprenticeships will occur;

(b)         without funding, significant levels of violence—domestic and otherwise—will arise from overcrowded living conditions in some of the communities; and

(c)         secure housing is a key element of the Australian Government’s priority of ‘Closing the Gap’ responsibilities; and

(4)         calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)         urgently restore commitment to this program, in order to reduce overcrowding in discrete and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through building new dwellings and continuing to maintain and refurbish existing dwellings; and

(b)         commit to a ten-year continuation of Commonwealth funding in real terms, matching the same level as provided over the last ten years.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      55    ThinkUKnow program: Resumption of debate ( from  26 March 2018 ) on the motion of Mrs Marino —That this House:

(1)         recognises the:

(a)         importance of educating and protecting our children in the online space; and

(b)         work of the Australian Federal Police through the ThinkUKnow program, a free, evidence based cyber safety program, to provide educational presentations to parents, carers and teachers, and students across Australia;

(2)         congratulates the Australian Government on passing the Criminal Code Amendment (Protecting Minors Online) Act 2017 , also known as Carly’s Law, which targets online predators preparing or planning to cause harm to, procure or engage in sexual activity with a child; and

(3)         recognises the new law is a testament to Sonya Ryan, who has advocated for this since her 15 year old daughter Carly was murdered a decade ago by an online predator posing as a teenage boy.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )

      56    2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Resumption of debate ( from  26 March 2018 ) on the motion of Ms Husar —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that the XXI Commonwealth Games will commence on the Gold Coast with the opening ceremony on Wednesday, 4 April 2018 and the closing ceremony on Sunday, 15 April 2018;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth Nations and Territories will be competing;

(b)         the athletes will compete in 275 events in 18 different sports and seven para-sports; and

(c)         beach volleyball, para triathlon and women’s Rugby Sevens will make their Commonwealth Games debuts and for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, an equal number of men’s and women’s medal events will be contested;

(3)         acknowledges that this year the Commonwealth Games motto will be ‘Share the Dream’; and

(4)         encourages all Members of Parliament to support the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the Australian sports people representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 21 May 2018. )