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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Notice given for Tuesday, 20 October 2015

    *1    Mr Irons : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises that thousands of Australians received a spinal injection of the chemical dye Iophendylate (marked as Pantopaque and Myodil) and that many now suffer from the painful disease adhesive arachnoiditis;

(2)         acknowledges the recommendations in the report Living with the pain of adhesive arachnoiditis: Report on the roundtable into adhesive arachnoiditis presented by the Standing Committee on Health and Ageing on 11 February 2013 and calls for all recommendations to be implemented; and

(3)         encourages all Members of Parliament to be aware of the condition and support members of their community suffering from adhesive arachnoiditis.

              ( Notice given 16 October 2015. )

Notices —continued

       1    Ms Parke : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         the widespread and systematic campaign of persecution towards Baha’is in Iran;

(b)         that the application of discriminatory policies against Baha’is has escalated over the last two years, with government officials blocking access to higher education, business and trade, as well as suppressing the social and cultural freedoms for those of the Baha’i faith;

(c)         the increased economic pressures placed on Baha’is through the systematic sealing of their business premises in response to businesses being closed in observance of Baha’i holy days in April and May;

(d)         that small enterprises are one of the only means of economic subsistence available to the majority of Baha’is in Iran, since they are banned from all government employment, and private sector businesses are frequently pressured to dismiss Baha’i employees;

(e)         that Baha’is continue to experience the threat of arrest and imprisonment, suffer from the incitement of hatred through government-sanctioned media, and face denial of access to higher education; and

(f)          one of the two recommendations from the 2014 Universal Periodic Review (second review) conditionally accepted by Iran was Australia’s recommendation to ‘ensure that the trials of seven Baha’is are fair and transparent and conducted in accordance with international standards, and that Iran amend all legislation that discriminates against minority groups’; and

(2)         calls on the Australian Government to urge the Iranian Government to:

(a)         address and improve the observance of basic human rights in Iran, including in relation to those who practise the Baha’i faith; and

(b)         implement the accepted recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review, and accept all Universal Periodic Review recommendations unconditionally.

              ( Notice given 25 June 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

       2    Mr Thistlethwaite : To move—That this House:

(1)         congratulates the Australian women’s national soccer team (the Matildas) on its recent success at the World Cup in Canada for:

(a)         finishing second in Group D with a victory over Nigeria and a draw with Sweden;

(b)         winning its Round of 16 match against Brazil; and

(c)         narrowly losing to Japan 1-0 in the quarter finals;

(2)         congratulates the Australia national netball team (the Netball Diamonds) on its recent success at the World Cup in Sydney for:

(a)         finishing second in Group D with victories over Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago;

(b)         wining its qualification round matches against England, South Africa and Wales and winning its semi final match against Jamaica; and

(c)         defeating New Zealand in the final 58-55 to claim its 11th world championship title;

(3)         recognises:

(a)         the hard work and dedication of the team members and coaching staff and management of both teams; and

(b)         that women sporting champions in Australia are often poorly remunerated compared to their male counterparts; and

(4)         condemns the Government’s cuts to the ABC budget which have seen many Australian female sports such as W-League soccer and Women’s National Basketball League cut from free to air television broadcasts.

              ( Notice given 10 August 2015; amended 19 August 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

       3    Mr Fitzgibbon : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS);

(2)         notes that:

(a)         the IYS aims to be a platform for raising awareness of the importance of sustainable soil management as the basis for food systems, fuel and fibre production, essential ecosystem functions and better adaptation to climate change for present and future generations; and

(b)         the objectives of the IYS are to:

                                                          (i)       create awareness of the fundamental roles of soils for human life;

                                                        (ii)       achieve recognition of the prominent contributions of soils to food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, essential ecosystem services, poverty alleviation and sustainable development;

                                                       (iii)       promote effective policies and actions for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources;

                                                      (iv)       educate decision makers about the need for robust investment in sustainable soil management activities aimed at healthy soils for different land users and population groups; and

                                                        (v)       advocate for rapid enhancement of capacities and systems for soil information collection and monitoring at all levels (global, regional and national); and

(3)         commits to promoting the importance of healthy soils and encouraging the adoption of regenerative landscape management practices throughout the year, including celebration of World Soil Day on 5 December 2015.

              ( Notice given 11 August 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

       4    Mr Bandt : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that on Thursday 6 August 2015 Hutchison Ports Australia terminated 97 of its workers via text message and email late at night;

(2)         recognises that the termination of these employees may violate fair work laws and that the manner in which they were terminated represents disrespectful and harsh business practices that are unwelcome in Australian workplaces;

(3)         acknowledges the significant impact that this will have on the workers and their families; and

(4)         calls on the Government to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 so that the internationally recognised right to strike is protected and the Fair Work Commission is not required to issue orders against employees if their employer has acted unfairly and instigated a dispute.

              ( Notice given 11 August 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

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

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the latest OECD Programme for International Student Assessment report shows the educational attainment of school students in regional Australia is almost one year behind city students, with remote students being almost two years behind;

(b)         country students are less likely to complete year 12 and continue to post school education than their city peers;

(c)         fewer students in regional, rural and remote Australia meet the NAPLAN national minimum standards; and

(d)         the Gonski review found that students in regional, rural and remote Australia are more likely to be disadvantaged or vulnerable;

(2)         acknowledges:

(a)         the additional cost of providing schooling in regional, rural and remote locations;

(b)         that the Gonski reforms were set to deliver the resources needed to improve results in regional, rural and remote schools, through needs based funding for small schools and school location; and

(c)         that regional, rural and remote schools were set to be some of the biggest beneficiaries of the Gonski reforms, with almost 40 per cent of the additional funding benefiting country schools;

(3)         calls on all Members representing regional, rural and remote communities to:

(a)         hold the Government to account for its broken promise that there would be ‘no cuts to education’;

(b)         speak out in the Parliament and their communities against the Government’s school cuts; and

(c)         demand that students in regional, rural and remote Australia have access to the same opportunities as their city peers; and

(4)         calls upon the Government to:

(a)         acknowledge that students in regional, rural and remote Australia deserve the same educational opportunities as city students;

(b)         reverse its cuts to schools; and

(c)         honour the Gonski agreements.

              ( Notice given 18 August 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

       6    Mr Wilkie : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that the Government’s recent changes to the income test treatment of defined benefit superannuation streams:

(a)         will have an adverse effect on nearly 48,000 part pension recipients;

(b)         do not give affected people enough time to make other financial arrangements; and

(c)         are the latest in a series of adverse changes to retirement incomes contained in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 budgets; and

(2)         calls on the Government to reverse its decision to place a cap on the amount of income from defined benefit superannuation schemes that can be excluded from the Age Pension income test or, at the very least, delay the commencement of these measures to 1 January 2017 at the earliest.

              ( Notice given 18 August 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

       7    Mr Champion : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         the importance of rural and regional newspapers in providing a vital service to the towns and regional communities they cover; and

(b)         that maintaining a viable rural and regional press is in the interest of regional communities; and

(2)         recommends that the Government:

(a)         considers reviewing the amount of government advertising in regional papers;

(b)         recognises the significance of its decisions regarding government advertising and the impact that these decisions can have on regional publications; and

(c)         stops discriminating against newspapers which service rural and regional areas through its changes to government advertising.

              ( Notice given 20 August 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

       8    Mr Albanese : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges:

(a)         that the productivity, sustainability and liveability of our cities face emerging pressures relating to urban growth as Australia continues to transform into a knowledge intensive economy;

(b)         that the agglomerative effects of this are already being felt keenly in our capital cities, which suffer from traffic congestion and an unprecedented growth in house prices;

(c)         that new technologies:

                                                          (i)       have ensured our communities are more connected and more engaged than ever before; and

                                                        (ii)       provide critical opportunities for city leaders to foster entrepreneurship and innovation;

(d)         the benefits of attracting the next generation of start-ups while using new ways to promote small local businesses on a national and international stage, and the consequent uplift in productivity for our cities in regional and urban areas;

(2)         congratulates Parramatta City Council and the Future Cities Collaborative on their announcement that they will host a city leaders summit on Smart Cities for the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area on 10 November 2015; and

(3)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         re-establish the Major Cities Unit;

(b)         encourage the development of second and third central business districts in our capital cities and support opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship;

(c)         through COAG, develop policy levers to help create the best set of conditions for innovation to flourish, looking at best practice models from around the world;

(d)         assess ways to ensure regulations keep up to date with new ideas and technologies;

(e)         work with city leaders to ensure the promotion and support of local small businesses; and

(f)          recognise the emergence of Smart Cities globally and the contribution they can make to cities in regional and urban areas around Australia.

              ( Notice given 7 September 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

       9    Mr S. P. Jones : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that:

(a)         crystal methamphetamine or ‘ice’ is tearing apart vulnerable communities across Australia;

(b)         the head of the National Ice Taskforce and former Victorian Police Commissioner, Mr Ken Lay, has noted that rural communities want the focus of an ice strategy to be on primary prevention and harm reduction; and

(c)         the Minister for Justice has repeatedly said that we cannot ‘arrest our way out’ of the problem of ice use;

(2)         recognises that Western Australia—the state with the nation’s highest rate of amphetamine use—is struggling to contain the effects of this harmful drug and as a result:

(a)         police statistics show Armadale has one of the highest crime rates in the Perth metropolitan area with 571 assaults and 377 home burglaries in the year to June; and

(b)         treatment services in the electoral division of Canning including Hope Community Services and the Palmerston Association are under significant pressure, particularly given ongoing funding uncertainty caused by the Government’s budget cuts and mishandling of the sector’s future direction;

(3)         acknowledges that the Western Australian Government has no plan to address ice and that the Premier should have been working with the Australian Government to tackle ice-related crime and health issues resulting from abuse of the drug;

(4)         matches Labor’s commitment to provide $3.2 million to assist communities in the electoral division of Canning to combat ice use, including:

(a)         providing $200,000 to install new closed circuit television cameras in crime hot spots in Armadale and Mandurah;

(b)         ensuring access to illicit drug and alcohol rehabilitation, treatment and prevention services by providing $2.7 million to the Palmerston Association and Hope Community Services to guarantee funding for these services to 2019; and

(c)         investing $270,000 in the Peel Community Legal Services which offers support for women and children escaping domestic and family violence, recognising the impact of alcohol and drug related violence in the community;

(5)         reverses $800 million in budget cuts to the Department of Health’s flexible funds, which includes the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Fund and Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund, as these funds support alcohol and illicit drug treatment, rehabilitation and prevention services;

(6)         provides certainty and security for workers in treatment services on the frontline by extending funding under the Non Government Organisation Treatment Grants Program beyond 2015-16; and

(7)         releases the Department of Health’s review of drug and alcohol prevention and treatment in Australia, which was handed to the Government 7 July 2014.

              ( Notice given 7 September 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    10    Mr Wilkie : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that:

(a)         in the previous Parliament (31 May 2012), on the motion of the Member for Denison, the House resolved to:

                                                          (i)       acknowledge the large number of mothers and fathers with serious grievances with family law and the child support system;

                                                        (ii)       note that there had not been a comprehensive review of the child support system since the 2005 report In the Best Interests of Children—Reforming the Child Support Scheme ;

                                                       (iii)       call on the Government to undertake a comprehensive review of family law and the child support system; and

                                                      (iv)       recommend that the terms of reference of this review be formulated to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of children is paramount;

(b)         the Member for Denison gave notice of a further motion of this nature this Parliament (26 February 2015); and

(c)         a review has not taken place;

(2)         notes that, although the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs in this Parliament conducted an inquiry into the Child Support Program (CSP), it was not an holistic and detailed review of both child support and family law; and

(3)         calls on the Government to honour the will of the previous Parliament and commission a comprehensive root and branch review of family law and the CSP with sufficient mandate to effectively consider the interaction between these systems.

              ( Notice given 8 September 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    11    Mr Bandt : To move—That this House:

(1)         takes note of the recent reports of widespread exploitation of workers within 7-Eleven stores across Australia;

(2)         expresses concern at reports that 7-Eleven has been systematically underpaying employees, paying as little as half the minimum wage and threatening foreign workers with deportation; and

(3)         calls on the Government to grant a visa amnesty to affected workers who make underpayment complaints or make submissions to the Senate inquiry into the impact of Australia’s temporary work visa programs on the Australian labour market and on the temporary work visa holders.

              ( Notice given 9 September 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    12    Ms Parke : To move—that this House:

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

(2)         calls on the Australian Government to:

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

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

(c)         prohibit Australians engaging in organ tourism, establish a compulsory registry of Australian patients who receive organ transplants overseas, and require doctors who are aware of their patients going abroad to obtain organs to report them to the registry;

(d)         encourage Australian states and territories to ensure that the issue of trafficking of human organs is addressed in relevant existing and future legislation;

(e)         urge the Chinese Government to immediately cease the practice of harvesting organs from prisoners, in particular political prisoners of conscience;

(f)          urge the Chinese Government to adopt and implement the WHO Guiding Principles on Organ Transplantation regarding protection of donors, transparency and the implementation of quality systems including vigilance and traceability;

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

(h)         ensure that there is a strict practice of non-contact and non-cooperation between Chinese and foreign transplant professionals while reasonable concerns remain over the harvesting of organs in China.

              ( Notice given 14 September 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

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

(1)         notes:

(a)         the ongoing media reports and Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) findings into the exploitation of Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) holders, Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) holders and international students;

(b)         nationwide monitoring by the FWO has uncovered suspected exploitation in 20 per cent of 560 migrant Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) worker cases examined between October 2014 and January 2015;

(c)         the FWO said ‘migrant workers complaints of mistreatment had soared in recent years, and sponsorship breaches were often deliberate acts of exploitation by unscrupulous employers’;

(d)         exploitation by employers has been identified in various industries including but not limited to construction, hospitality, cleaning, food processing, agriculture, the marketing and promotions sector, privately owned childcare centres and kindergartens, shopping trolley collectors and postal service contractors;

(e)         many of these workers are low paid and low skilled, and are on Temporary Work (Skilled) visas (subclass 457), Working Holiday visas (subclass 417) or student visas; and

(f)          this unconscionable conduct is widespread and is creating a sub class of workers that does not just hurt the employees; it puts at risk the pay and working conditions of all Australians;

(2)         acknowledges the:

(a)         recent hard work of the FWO to monitor, investigate, and expose potential breaches of the work visa program and Australian workplace laws; and

(b)         proactive role the Australian union movement has played to highlight and expose unconscionable conduct by some employers and industries exploiting temporary visa workers;

(3)         condemns the Government’s:

(a)         inaction to immediately address and implement the findings of recent FWO reports in relation to this matter; and

(b)         recent moves to relax regulations for bringing in temporary visa workers, instead of toughening the rules; and

(4)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         immediately strengthen the work visa safeguards it has deliberately relaxed to make it easier for companies to hire overseas workers; and

(b)         ensure that Australia’s work visa program has robust safeguards in place to protect all workers and is not being used as a back door avenue to source cheap labour.

              ( Notice given 15 September 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    14    Mr Danby : To move—That this House calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to debate in Parliament:

(1)         the merits of the Government’s changing policy toward Iran, including the rationale and likely consequences of:

(a)         signing an intelligence sharing agreement with Iran, given Iran’s financial, military and intelligence support of regional militias, including some proscribed by the Australian Parliament; and

(b)         allowing Iran to establish consulates or ‘cultural centres’ in Melbourne and Sydney, given the history of terrorism-supporting activities from similar Iranian outposts around the world; and

(2)         any move to amend Australia’s autonomous sanctions in regard to Iran before such a decision is taken.

              ( Notice given 15 September 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    15    Mr Champion : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

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

(b)         dyslexia does not affect general intelligence; and

(c)         the primary symptoms of dyslexia are:

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

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

                                                       (iii)       lack of fluency;

                                                      (iv)       reading slowly with many mistakes;

                                                        (v)       poor spelling; and

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

(2)         acknowledges:

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

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

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

(3)         calls upon the Government to consider:

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

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

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

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

              ( Notice given 17 September 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    16    Mr Danby : To move—That this House:

(1)         condemns the ideology and actions of DAISH, including the:

(a)         brutal and systematic rape of and sexual violence towards women and children, including the trafficking of these women and girls;

(b)         use of sadistic violence as a means of oppression; and

(c)         ongoing, genocidal destruction of culture including the destruction of historical artefacts and sites of cultural significance; and

(2)         calls on the international community to do all that it can to bring an end to these horrific acts perpetrated by DAISH and bring all of those involved to justice.

              ( Notice given 17 September 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    17    Ms MacTiernan : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes the following evidence given at the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee public hearing into the decision to commit funding to the Perth Freight Link project in Fremantle on 7 October 2015: that,

(a)         the benefit-cost ratio given in Infrastructure Australia’s assessment of the project was based on a ‘reference option’, not the final route;

(b)         a key chart in the Main Roads Western Australia business case executive summary for the Perth Freight Link showing a new outer harbour coming online in 2022 was ‘not a projection’ and ‘not a forecast’;

(c)         the full capacity of Fremantle inner harbour is 1.2 million to 1.4 million 20 foot equivalent units, not the 1.7 million claimed by the Western Australian Premier and Treasurer;

(d)         the Western Australian Government’s stated target of 30 per cent freight-on-rail would not be attainable, despite this target being used as a justification for delaying the outer harbour development and instead building the Perth Freight Link; and

(e)         the project proposal report seeking funding approval for Section 1 is likely to be made before the nature and scope of Section 2 is decided, making a proper benefit-cost ratio impossible to determine;

(2)         notes that of the 219 written submissions to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee inquiry into the Perth Freight Link, just four supported the project; and

(3)         calls on the Prime Minister to commission a full and transparent review of the Perth Freight Link in light of the contradictory evidence given at the Senate hearing and the overwhelming opposition to the project.

              ( Notice given 12 October 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    18    Mr Danby : To move—That this House calls on the:

(1)         Minister for Foreign Affairs to debate in Parliament the Australian Government’s changing policy in relation to Iran and Syria, including:

(a)         the nature and rationale of any proposed intelligence sharing agreement with Iran, and the rationale and likely consequences of entering into such an agreement given Iran’s financial, military and intelligence support of regional militias, including some proscribed by the Australian Parliament, such as Hezbollah;

(b)         the change in Government policy, from calling for the removal of Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad as a necessary step for a stable political transition agreed to by all opposition groups, to one aligned with the Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah position that President Assad is seen as part of the political solution to that country’s civil war;

(c)         the Minister for Foreign Affair’s statements on Syria that ‘Russia’s involvement is positive’, in light of Russian airstrikes and Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah military attacks against moderate western backed and non Daesh (IS) rebels in Syria; and

(d)         concerns that the Minister for Foreign Affair’s backing of Iranian and Russian involvement in Syria, and particularly, the Government’s false claim that ‘the West’ must choose between President Assad and Daesh, are making British and American diplomatic efforts towards viable political transition more difficult;

(2)         Government to:

(a)         withdraw Australian Army trainers from the Taji military complex if, as a result of Iraqi-Iranian military cooperation, Iraq’s apparent participation in a pact with Russia, Syria and Iran, and the Australian Army trainers and Special Forces being redeployed to arm and train non PKK Kurds in northern Iraq, aid our fight against Daesh; and

(b)         call on Russia to negotiate with Turkey, Europe and the United States on a no fly zone and humanitarian corridor in northern Syria, and, along with Iran and Hezbollah, cease its attacks on non Daesh rebels;

(3)         Minister for Foreign Affairs to debate in Parliament any move to amend Australia’s autonomous sanctions in relation to Iran before such a decision is taken; and

(4)         Government to defer any permission for Iran to establish an increased diplomatic presence in Australia until there is evidence that Iran ceases to support proscribed terrorist organisations, especially given the history of terrorism supporting activities by Iranian diplomats around the world.

              ( Notice given 13 October 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    19    Mrs Prentice : To move—That this House:

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

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

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

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

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

              ( Notice given 13 October 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    20    Mrs Prentice : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises that Wednesday 11 November marks Remembrance Day, the 97th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I;

(2)         commemorates the sacrifice of the more than 60,000 Australians who were killed in World War I, and the 156,000 wounded, gassed or taken prisoner;

(3)         recognises the contribution of the more than 1000 Indigenous Australians who fought in World War I;

(4)         notes that by the number of deaths and casualties, World War I remains the most costly conflict in Australian history; and

(5)         calls on all Australians to observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who have died or suffered in wars and conflict. 

              ( Notice given 13 October 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    21    Mrs Prentice : To move—That this House:

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

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

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

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

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

              ( Notice given 13 October 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    22    Mrs Prentice : To move—That this House:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              ( Notice given 13 October 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    23    Mrs Prentice : To move—That this House:

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

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

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

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

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

              ( Notice given 13 October 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    24    Mrs Prentice : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that Vietnam Veterans Day:

(a)         is held on 18 August every year;

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

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

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

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

              ( Notice given 13 October 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    25    Mrs Prentice : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises that Meals on Wheels has a long and proud history of providing ready-made nutritious meals, as well as a friendly smile and a chat, through its dedicated network of volunteers since 1952;

(2)         acknowledges that Meals on Wheels prides itself on providing ‘More than just a meal’; and

(3)         affirms that the ability of Meals on Wheels to provide meals along with trusted local community outreach is unparalleled, and is worthy of the recognition and continuing support of government. 

              ( Notice given 13 October 2015. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

Orders of the day

         1    Unemployment: Resumption of debate ( from  15 June 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Conroy —That the House:

(1)         recognises that alongside national defence, there is no higher obligation on a Commonwealth government than to support and promote the employment prospects of its citizens;

(2)         condemns the record of the Government which has seen:

(a)         an unemployment rate at a 12 year high;

(b)         more than 81,000 Australians added to the unemployment queue since the election of the Government;

(c)         a record underemployment rate of 8.6 per cent;

(d)         a youth unemployment rate of over 15 per cent;

(e)         190,000 people long term unemployed, more than any time since records began; and

(f)          one in four unemployed people being long term unemployed;

(3)         recognises that while support for small businesses is important to stimulating jobs growth, more is needed; and

(4)         calls on the Government to invest more in education, training, industry and innovation policies to rectify this jobs crisis.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 9 November 2015. )

         2    United Nations Charter—70th Anniversary: Resumption of debate ( from  22 June 2015 ) on the motion of Dr Stone —That this House:

(l)      recognises 26 June 2015 as the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter (Charter) at San Francisco;

(2)    notes that:

(a)     Australia was one of the 50 nations which signed the Charter that established the United Nations organisation;

(b)     the United Nations came into being on 24 October 1945, a date that is recognised each year as United Nations Day; and

(c)     the signatories to the Charter agreed to:

(i)      save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind;

(ii)     reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small;

(iii)    establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained;

(iv)   promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom; and

(v)    achieve these ends, to:

-     practise tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours;

-     unite our strength to maintain international peace and security;

-     ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest; and

-     employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples; and

(3)    calls on all Members and Senators in the Australian Parliament to celebrate the achievements of the United Nations over the last 70 years.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

         3    Racial Discrimination Act 1975 : Resumption of debate ( from  22 June 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Watts —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the 40th anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 which was passed in implementation of our international obligations under the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; and

(2)         recognises the:

(a)         important role the Act plays in Australia’s Human Rights Framework;

(b)         importance of Section 18C of the Act in protecting Australians from racist hate speech; and

(c)         important role the Human Rights Commission plays in administering the Act.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

         4    Dividend imputation: Resumption of debate ( from  22 June 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Smith —That this House:

(1)         notes that 1 July 2015 marks the 28th anniversary of the introduction of dividend imputation in Australia;

(2)         recognises that:

(a)         the system of dividend imputation introduced by the Labor Government in the 34th Parliament has been maintained and supported by every Government since;

(b)         the system of refunding excess imputation credits for the benefit of low income earners and charities, which was introduced by the Coalition Government in the 39th Parliament, has been maintained and supported by every Government since;

(c)         dividend imputation has delivered improved operation of Australia’s capital markets and corporate landscape;

(d)         the end of double taxation of profits has delivered increased prosperity to everyday Australians who own shares either directly, or through indirect means such as superannuation; and

(e)         dividend imputation has encouraged increased share ownership levels throughout the Australian community;

(3)         endorses and lends ongoing support to dividend imputation; and

(4)         rejects calls to tamper with or discard dividend imputation and reintroduce any double taxation of dividends. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

         5    Netball: Resumption of debate ( from  11 August 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Ryan —That this House:

(1)         places on record that the:

(a)         recently completed 2015 ANZ Championship has taken on new importance on the Australian sporting calendar;

(b)         ANZ Championship cross Tasman competition has been significant in increasing the profile of the sport through live television coverage and internet streaming; and

(c)         Netball World Cup is happening in Sydney throughout August, involving 16 international teams in 64 matches over 10 days at Sydney Olympic Park; and

(2)         congratulates:

(a)         the Australian Diamond players, coaching and medical staff on their preparation and performance in this tournament;

(b)         the Trans Tasman Netball League for the innovations they have delivered to netball;

(c)         the International Netball Federation; and

(d)         Netball Australia for its impact in boosting the profile of women in sport, providing its members with valuable leadership skills and supporting world class athletes.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

         6    Gastroenterological disorders: Resumption of debate ( from  11 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Hayes —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         chronic gastroenterological disorders affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians;

(b)         inflammatory bowel diseases affect 61,000 people, including 28,000 suffering from Crohn’s disease and 33,000 with ulcerative colitis;

(c)         inflammatory bowel disease often develops between the ages of 15 and 30, but it can start at any age; increasingly it is being seen in children;

(d)         it is estimated that 120,000 Australians have the functional gut motility disorder gastroparesis; and

(e)         gastroenterological disorders require urgent attention; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         address funding to patient support, medical research and treatment in gastroenterological disorders; and

(b)         consider the call by the University of Western Sydney to establish an Australian Translational Gastroenterology Centre to:

                                                          (i)       facilitate community awareness of gastroenterological disorders across Australia through community workshops, seminars and symposiums;

                                                        (ii)       promote support for gastrointestinal disorders at hospitals and primary health networks across Australia;

                                                       (iii)       develop a gut tissue bank for research;

                                                      (iv)       initiate and maintain a patient registry of gastrointestinal disorders; and

                                                        (v)       support local strategies to enhance treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in rural and remote areas and in Indigenous populations. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

         7    Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group Report: Resumption of debate ( from  11 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Nikolic —That this House:

(1)         recognises:

(a)         the release of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (Advisory Group) report, ‘Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers’ on 13 February 2015;

(b)         that the Advisory Group, comprised of eight educational experts, was established in 2014 to provide the best possible informed advice and guidance on how teacher education could be improved to better prepare new teachers for the classroom;

(c)         that the credentials, expertise and contribution of the Advisory Group was of world class quality;

(d)         that the Advisory Group conducted its review with consistent impartiality, dedication and objectivity, to the benefit of all Australians;

(e)         the critical contribution made by this report to optimising teacher development for all Australian schools of the 21st century; and

(f)          the truly comprehensive and wide ranging nature of the Advisory Group’s investigation and subsequent report;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         this report is both far ranging and innovative and includes a total of 38 key recommendations;

(b)         the recommendations have at their core a central unifying element and thread—the educational interests of children, first, foremost and always;

(c)         current and new teachers should also welcome this report, which will further enable and support both individual teachers and school communities as a whole, in both the foreseeable future, and over the longer term;

(d)         overall, this report will affect constructively, the lives of a majority of Australians, including most particularly teachers, parents and students;

(e)         the impact of this report will be impartial in nature, being blind to both the demographic and economic circumstances of teachers, parents and students, alike;

(f)          this report:

                                                          (i)       is underpinned by both balance and merit, for example, it readily acknowledges the existence of both current high performing teacher performance and contribution, as well as identifying the need and scope for other performance to be significantly improved, together with a range of mechanisms and strategies to achieve this key objective; and

                                                        (ii)       will act to further affirm the significance and centrality of school education within Australian society;

(g)         by improving overall teacher performance, this report will likely support the retention of more students at school for longer, including most desirably, the completion of year 12 by as many students as possible; and

(h)         this report:

                                                          (i)       will exert a long term and positive impact on current and future Australian workplaces and work performance; and

                                                        (ii)       signals the intended ongoing future emphasis which the Government will continue to give to education and education related matters, for the benefit of all Australians, in an increasingly competitive region and world; and

(3)         calls on the Parliament to endorse the Government’s strong response to implementing this report as both a key milestone and critical policy initiative in shaping Australian school education and performance (for both teachers and students) for the early 2lst century.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

         8    MV YWAM PNG : Resumption of debate ( from  17 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Prentice —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that the MV YWAM PNG was commissioned by Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, the Hon. Peter O’Neill MP, on 21 April 2015;

(2)         notes that the ship has been tasked with providing health care and medical training to remote coastal villages in Western Province and Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea;

(3)         understands that the new ship will allow Youth with a Mission Medical Ships Australia (YWAM MSA) to reach more villages and to deliver more timely treatment in a more appropriate clinical setting;

(4)         recognises the tireless efforts of YWAM MSA to raise awareness of the need for funds to support the work of the ship and its crew of volunteers; and

(5)         notes that the Australian Government has contributed funding of $2 million over four years towards this worthy project.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

         9    Australian Hearing Awareness Week: Resumption of debate ( from  17 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Champion —That this House notes that:

(1)         Australian Hearing Awareness Week runs from 23 to 29 August 2015;

(2)         Australia has world class hearing services including those which have been delivered through Australian Hearing since it was established to assist returning Diggers in 1947;

(3)         hearing loss currently affects one in six Australians and is predicted to affect one in four Australians by 2050; and

(4)         events will be held all around the country to raise awareness of hearing issues including the Australian Hearing Hub Open House which will be held at Macquarie University on 22 August 2015 in the lead up to the Australian Hearing Awareness Week. 

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      10    Australian Defence Force personnel serving overseas: Resumption of debate ( from  17 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Griggs —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges and supports the deployed Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel currently serving overseas;

(2)         recognises that:

(a)         there are currently well over 2,000 ADF personnel serving overseas; and

(b)         these men and women are playing a critical role in supporting Australia’s national interests by contributing to international security operations; and

(3)         notes the Government’s ongoing support for our deployed ADF personnel and the $910.7 million provided in the 2015 budget to support major overseas operations including Okra, Highroad, Manitou, Accordion and Resolute.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      11    National Stroke Week: Resumption of debate ( from  7 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs McNamara —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         National Stroke Week:

                                                          (i)       will run this year from 14 to 20 September; and

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

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

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

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

                                                       (iii)       get a regular health check;

(2)         acknowledges the:

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

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

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

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      12    National Broadband Network: Resumption of debate ( from  7 September 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Ryan —That this House:

(1)         places on the record that:

(a)         the National Broadband Network (NBN) is rolling out too slowly under the current Government, and there are many difficulties being faced by constituents who are trying to access and connect to the NBN;

(b)         areas without the NBN are facing significant obstacles in accessing internet services, including ADSL and wireless;

(c)         Australians are being left in the dark by this Government about when they will have access to the NBN, with some areas being removed from the NBN roll out map without explanation and with no information forthcoming; and

(d)         the Government’s second rate NBN will not be sufficient to meet future demand, and will need to be upgraded in the future at great cost; and

(2)         recognises that access to the NBN is a necessity for all Australian businesses, students and individuals, and Australians deserve better than a second rate NBN.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      13    Tourism and small businesses: Resumption of debate ( from  7 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Griggs —That this House:

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

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

(3)         notes that:

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

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

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      14    Trade Marks Amendment (Iconic Symbols of National Identity) Bill 2015 ( Mr Katter ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  14 September 2015 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      15    7-Eleven employees: Resumption of debate ( from  14 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Champion —That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         the recent media investigation on the ABC program Four Corners about the abuse of 7-Eleven employees;

(b)         complaints against the 7-Eleven franchise included employees being underpaid and forced to breach their visa requirements and work very long hours without a break; and

(c)         these reports and the employment practices of 7-Eleven franchisees have caused significant community concern which must be addressed; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         take immediate action to address the abuse of workers across the 7-Eleven franchise network; and

(b)         ensure that workers that were forced by their employers to breach their visa conditions are not penalised.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      16    Northern Australia’s economic development: Resumption of debate ( from  14 September 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Griggs —That this House:

(1)         commends the fantastic work that the Minister for Trade and Investment and the Government are doing to make northern Australia’s economic development a priority;

(2)         notes that the Northern Australia Investment Forum, the next stepping stone in bringing Australia’s broader strengths to northern Australia, will focus on:

(a)         the important initiatives highlighted in the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia to help business capitalise on the region’s strengths by removing barriers to investment; and

(b)         showcase investment opportunities on offer and in prospect in the north; and

(3)         recognises:

(a)         that northern Australia accounts for a significant share of Australia’s exports with more than half of Australia’s sea exports leaving via northern ports;

(b)         that the north will account for 42 per cent of the Australian economy by 2040, up from 35 per cent in 2011; and

(c)         the exciting potential for increased investment, trade, infrastructure and agriculture production in the north and the job opportunities this could create.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      17    Western Australian economy: Resumption of debate ( from  14 September 2015 ) on the motion of Ms MacTiernan —That the House:

(1)         recognises the failure of the Western Australian and Australian governments to manage the Western Australian economy;

(2)         notes that under the Western Australian and Australian governments in Western Australia:

(a)         unemployment reached its highest rate in 13 years at 6.4 per cent, with 59,000 more Western Australians out of work since the Liberal Party formed government in Western Australia;

(b)         business investment dropped 12.7 per cent over the year to June 2015;

(c)         state final demand fell by 3.6 per cent in the year to June 2015;

(d)         the state’s credit rating was downgraded by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s;

(e)         business and consumer confidence are at record low levels;

(f)          state net debt has blown out from $3.6 billion in 2008 when the Liberal Party formed government in Western Australia to $30 billion in 2015; and

(g)         cost of living increased sharply by 54.3 per cent; and

(3)         condemns the:

(a)         Australian Government for:

                                                          (i)       cutting $3.1 billion from Western Australian schools and $5.8 billion from hospitals over 10 years; and

                                                        (ii)       removing the level playing field from Western Australia in the manufacture of offshore patrol vessels; and

(b)         Western Australian and Australian governments for squandering the mining boom and failing to diversify the Western Australian economy and create a jobs and growth plan for the future.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

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

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      19    Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2015 ( Mr Watts ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  12 October 2015 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      20    Fair Work Amendment (Recovery of Unpaid Amounts for Franchisee Employees) Bill 2015 ( Mr Bandt ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  12 October 2015 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      21    Migration Amendment (Mandatory Reporting) Bill 2015 ( Mr Marles ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  12 October 2015 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      22    NBN rollout: Resumption of debate ( from  12 October 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Wicks —That this House:

(1)         places on the record that:

(a)         under the previous Government, at the time of the last election just 2 per cent of premises across Australia could access the National Broadband Network (NBN); and

(b)         since the election the NBN rollout has ramped up significantly and today around one in ten premises can access the NBN and under the NBN’s new Corporate Plan, by June 2018, three in four premises will have access to the NBN;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         the NBN’s 2016-2018 Corporate Plan reveals that a full fibre to the premises (FTTP) NBN could not be completed until 2026 at the earliest and could be as late as 2028—six to eight years later than the current Government’s plan; and

(b)         the NBN 2016-2018 Corporate Plan reveals that a full FTTP NBN would cost between $20 and $30 billion dollars more than the current Government’s plan; and

(3)         recognises that it is essential to deliver fast broadband to Australians sooner—not force Australians with no or poor broadband to wait more than a decade for the NBN.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      23    Temporary work visas: Resumption of debate ( from  12 October 2015 —Mr Hutchinson, in continuation ) on the motion of Mr Zappia —That this House:

(1)         notes that as at:

(a)         31 March 2015 there were over 106,000 primary Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa holders in Australia;

(b)         31 December 2014 there were over 160,000 Working Holiday (subclass 417) and Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa holders in Australia; and

(c)         30 June 2014 there were an estimated 62,100 unlawful non-citizens in Australia;

(2)         further notes that:

(a)         in August 2015 there were around 780,000 Australians who were unemployed and that 280,000 of those were aged 15 to 24; and

(b)         the Senate is currently conducting an inquiry, the completion date of which was recently extended to February 2016, into the impact of Australia’s temporary work visa programs on the Australian labour market and on the temporary work visa holders;

(3)         ensures that genuine labour market testing be applied to temporary work visas; and

(4)         calls on the Government to ensure that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has sufficient resources to properly ensure compliance with Australian visa conditions.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

      24    Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Consumer Lease Exclusion) Bill 2015 ( Ms Macklin ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2015 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    *25    Fair Work Amendment (Prohibiting Discrimination Based On Location) Bill 2015 ( Mr Christensen ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2015 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    *26    Syria and Iraq crisis: Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Plibersek —That this House calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to support a parliamentary debate during the current sitting on the Australian Government’s strategy in response to the crisis in Syria and Iraq.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    *27    Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda: Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Marino —That this House:

(1)         notes that the jobs of the future will require science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills;

(2)         welcomes the Government’s ongoing investment of $9.7 billion in science, research and innovation; and

(3)         acknowledges that the Government is:

(a)         delivering on its promised Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda; and

(b)         putting science at the centre of industry.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

    *28    Payday lending and consumer leases: Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Parke —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         there is considerable evidence that payday lending and consumer leases are not properly regulated and that both financial practices are causing serious harm to low income Australians;

(b)         irresponsible and immoral lending is endemic in the payday lending industry, which is growing rapidly and developing new online opportunities to encourage people to borrow with insufficient consideration of their capacity to bear the exorbitant and poorly regulated interest costs that payday lending involves;

(c)         the Australian Securities and Investment Commission review of payday lending found that 24 per cent of loans were taken out by Centrelink customers and 54 per cent were taken out by customers who had two or more payday loans in the previous 90 days, a clear indication that they are caught in a cycle of repeat borrowing;

(d)         consumer leases can involve an effective annualised interest rate of 240 per cent, and generally mean that vulnerable consumers pay three or four times the value of basic household items like refrigerators or washing machines;

(e)         consumer leases operate with lower consumer protection standards under the National Credit Code, though such agreements are not materially different in effect from credit contracts;

(f)          in 2013-14 nearly half of Radio Rentals’ $197 million revenue was received through the Centrepay system which allows payments to be directly debited from a consumer’s Centrelink account; and

(g)         Senator Cameron has brought a private Senators’ bill that seeks to remove consumer leases from access to the Centrepay system; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         ensure that the recently announced review into the 2013 reforms to payday lending focuses on securing the wellbeing and protection of low income Australians irrespective of the effect this has on the profits of companies that practice this kind of often predatory lending;

(b)         act quickly to stop consumer leases being used to prey on vulnerable and low income Australian households by ensuring that consumer leases are subject to the same standards and controls as credit contracts, and by introducing stricter controls on the currently outrageous and indefensible costs involved in such arrangements, including the requirement to prominently disclose the total cost of all contracts; and

(c)         support Senator Cameron’s initiative in removing access to Centrepay for consumer lease companies and amend section 123TC of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 to include a definition of consumer leases for this purpose.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

 

 

 

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