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BUSINESS OF THE FEDERATION CHAMBER

 

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Orders of the day

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

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

         3    Grievance Debate: Question—That grievances be noted—Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2015 ).

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION REPORTS

Orders of the day

       1    Trade and Investment Growth—Joint Select Committee Inquiry into business utilisation of Australia’s free trade agreements —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 19 October 2015 ) on the motion of Mr O’Dowd —That the House take note of the report.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 19 October 2015. )

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

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

       3    National Capital and External Territories—Joint Standing Committee Governance in the Indian Ocean Territories—Interim report: Economic development —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 13 August 2015— Mr Broad ) on the motion of Mr Simpkins —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 9 November 2015. )

       4    Health—Standing Committee The silent disease: Inquiry into Hepatitis C in Australia —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 13 August 2015— Mr Broad ) 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 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2015. )

       5    Indigenous Affairs—Standing Committee Alcohol, hurting people and harming communities —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 13 August 2015— Ms Hall ) on the motion of Dr Stone —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 9 November 2015. )

       6    Social Policy and Legal Affairs—Standing Committee From conflict to cooperation: Inquiry into the Child Support Program —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 13 August 2015— Mr Coulton ) on the motion of Mr Christensen —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 9 November 2015. )

       7    Social Policy and Legal Affairs—Standing Committee Reviewing Troubled Waters : Consideration of the Government response to the 2012 inquiry into arrangements surrounding crimes at sea —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 24 June 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Christensen —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 9 November 2015. )

       8    Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee Partnering for the greater good: The role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 24 June 2015 ) on the motion of Dr Stone —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 9 November 2015. )

       9    Infrastructure and Communications—Standing Committee Balancing freedom and protection: Inquiry into the use of subsection 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 by government agencies to disrupt the operation of illegal online services —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 15 June 2015— Mr Matheson ) on the motion of Mrs Prentice —That the House take note of the report.

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

     10    Economics—Standing Committee Review of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority annual report 2014 (Second report) —MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF DOCUMENT: Resumption of debate ( from 15 June 2015— Mr Matheson ) on the motion of Mr Alexander —That the House take note of the report.

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

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Orders of the day

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

(1)         notes that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         recognises that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         notes that:

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

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

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         support Breast Cancer Awareness Month;

(b)         promote early detection; and

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

(3)         acknowledges:

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

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

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

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

         4    Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 ( Mr Entsch ): 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. )

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

(1)         notes that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         notes that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(3)         notes that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         notes that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         notes that:

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

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

(2)         acknowledges the:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         acknowledge that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         celebrates:

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

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

(2)         acknowledges:

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         notes that:

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

(b)         September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         notes that the:

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         notes that:

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

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

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

(d)         2.3 million Australians currently have asthma;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         notes that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(2)         congratulates:

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Coalition Government has:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1)         notes that:

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

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

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

(2)         acknowledges the:

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

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

(3)         calls upon the Government to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      25    Marriage Amendment (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015 ( Mr Shorten ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  17 August 2015 ).

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      26    New Colombo Plan: Resumption of debate ( from  17 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Prentice —That this House:

(1)         recognises that travelling and living overseas has been a rite of passage for young Australians for many years and has raised awareness of and respect for foreign cultures;

(2)         acknowledges that the New Colombo Plan (NCP) is an innovative scholarship scheme that supports and encourages Australian students to undertake study and internships in the lndo-Pacific region;

(3)         recognises the success of the NCP’s pilot year in 2014, in which 40 scholars and 1,300 mobility students were supported to live, study and undertake work placements in the four pilot locations of Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore;

(4)         notes that in 2015 the NCP has been substantially expanded to offer support to 68 scholars and 3,100 mobility students in more than 32 host locations across the region; and

(5)         acknowledges the Government’s ongoing commitment of $100 million over five years to the NCP.

              ( 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. )

      27    Indigenous Marathon Project: Resumption of debate ( from  17 August 2015 ) on the motion of Dr Leigh —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         established in 2010, the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) plays a valuable role in promoting healthy lifestyles in Indigenous communities, creating Indigenous role models and inspiring Indigenous people;

(b)         the IMP is part of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), a health promotion charity that changes lives through running and that celebrates and showcases incredible Indigenous achievement and resilience;

(c)         through the IMP, young Indigenous men and women aged from 18 to 30 are given the opportunity to unearth their own sense of self-worth and pride by completing a full marathon;

(d)         participants in the IMP mostly train in their communities, attending four one-week training and education camps, and must complete a Certificate III in Fitness, acquire a Sports Aid Certificate and attain both Level I and II Accreditation in Recreational Running Coaching with Athletics Australia;

(e)         the capstone achievement of the IMP is for participants to represent their families and communities and complete the biggest marathon in the world, in the biggest city in the world, the famous New York City Marathon held each November;

(f)          in the last five years, the IMP has successfully graduated 43 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island men and women with 11 more enrolled in this year’s program, coming from remote communities, regional towns and major cities;

(g)         most of these IMP graduates had never run before, but in just six months, had all run a full 42.2 kilometre marathon, with the motto ‘the harder the struggle, the greater the reward’, which builds self-worth and self-belief by setting difficult goals and achieving them; and

(h)         in communities around Australia, graduates of the IMP have continued to run, established running and walking groups and organised hundreds of ‘Deadly Fun Runs’ each year that encourage local communities to lead active lifestyles and help reduce the incidence of disease and social dysfunction; and

(2)         commends the work of Rob de Castella and his team in helping to change lives through the IMF and the IMP.

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      28    Free Trade Agreements: Resumption of debate ( from  17 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Nikolic —That this House:

(1)         recognises:

(a)         the importance of Australia’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), which now include nations in three continents—North America, South America and Asia;

(b)         Australia’s three most recent FTAs negotiated and signed in 2014 with Japan, South Korea and China and the positive security, stability and economic prosperity which will result from each of these mutually constructive agreements;

(c)         the Government’s intention to continue to enhance current and future trade and investment opportunities for the long term advantage of all Australian citizens; and

(d)         the significant personal contribution made by the Minister for Trade and Investment in securing FTAs with Japan, South Korea and China in 2014;

(2)         acknowledges the following advantages of FTAs to Australia as:

(a)         removing potentially billions of dollars of tariff imposts for foreign produced consumer goods (including, clothes, shoes, car components, cars and electronics);

(b)         enhancing capital flows into Australian agriculture, finance, tourism, infrastructure and mining as a result of streamlined approval procedures for foreign state owned investors;

(c)         improving primary agriculture, particularly dairy, beef, lamb, wine and horticulture as a result of overseas tariffs being phased out over time;

(d)         streamlining licensing and reducing restrictions on Australian services firms, including banks, insurance companies, financial fund managers, as well as law, architecture and engineering firms; and

(e)         providing cheaper and more streamlined visa approval procedures, making it easier to undertake reciprocal travel, work and study in Australia and relevant trade partner nations; and

(3)         notes the continuing importance of trade between nations and of Australian formal FTAs in supporting both global and regional stability, as well as Australian long term economic prosperity, all of which are emphasised by Australia’s unique geopolitics.

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      29    Lyme disease: Resumption of debate ( from  17 August 2015 ) on the motion of Ms Hall —This House:

(1)         notes that May was Lyme Project month, a time when the Lyme Disease Association of Australia raises awareness and funds to provide ongoing advocacy for people living with Lyme disease;

(2)         recognises that Lyme disease can be debilitating and have a devastating impact on the lives of people living with it; and

(3)         works with the Lyme disease Association of Australia to accept Lyme disease as a disease, undertake research, develop a national plan to collect statistics and develop treatments for people living with Lyme disease.

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      30    Small businesses and infrastructure investment: Resumption of debate ( from  17 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mr C. A. Laundy —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that:

(a)         small and medium businesses are the engine room of the Australian economy and employment;

(b)         an effective infrastructure network is essential for small businesses to survive and flourish; and

(c)         investment in improved infrastructure benefits small businesses through economic growth and job creation, and provides a boost to local and regional economies; and

(2)         supports the Government in prioritising infrastructure investment to help small businesses grow and continue their vital contribution to the Australian economy.

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      31    Boeing E-7A Wedgetail: Resumption of debate ( from  12 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Griggs —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Boeing E-7A Wedgetail, an airborne early control and warning aircraft, has reached its final operational capability; and

(b)         this aircraft is a significant enhancement for our Australian Defence Force (ADF) and has been a vital asset on Operation Okra in the Middle East region; and

(2)         acknowledges the excellent work done by ADF personnel in carrying out their roles of protecting Australia and its national interests.

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      32    Government domestic procurement: Resumption of debate ( from  12 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Zappia —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Government spends around $40 billion each year on procuring goods and services;

(b)         the Commonwealth Procurement Rules provide considerable flexibility to Government departments when making procurement decisions;

(c)         considerable economic, social and environmental benefits arise from the Government buying Australian products and services; and

(d)         domestic Government procurement encourages innovation and investment;

(2)         expresses concern at the level of goods and services that are being sourced from overseas by the Government; and

(3)         calls on the Government to apply a comprehensive value for money test which includes all national benefits which accrue when goods and services are procured locally.

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      33    Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Forum: Resumption of debate ( from  12 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Prentice —That this House:

(1)         notes that the Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Forum (Forum) is funded by the Australian Government and is designed to support women in the region in politics and to assist Pacific parliaments in addressing gender equality issues;

(2)         recognises that the Pacific region has the lowest regional average of women parliamentarians in the world, currently 13.1 per cent female representation in single or lower houses across the region, including Australia and New Zealand;

(3)         recognises that the third annual Forum was held from 29 April to 1 May in Suva, Fiji, with the focus on addressing family violence in the Pacific region; and

(4)         notes that reducing family violence will require a coordinated approach, and that the Forum agreed on a list of priorities for Pacific parliaments to pursue that will raise awareness and encourage action to address the issue.

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      34    Baiada Poultry Pty Limited’s Employment Practices: Resumption of debate ( from  12 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Champion —That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         the recent media reports and the Fair Work Ombudsman (Ombudsman) finding about the abuse of employees, including Working Holiday visa holders (subclass 417) and Temporary Work (Skilled) visa holders (subclass 457) by Baiada Poultry Pty Limited (Baiada);

(b)         complaints against Baiada included that employees were being underpaid, forced to work extremely long hours and required to pay high rents for overcrowded and unsafe employee accommodation;

(c)         Baiada and its labour-hire contractors failed to work with the Ombudsman during the inquiry into its employment practices, including:

                                                          (i)       refusing permission for Fair Work Inspectors working on this inquiry to access the factory floor at its worksites;

                                                        (ii)       failing to provide the inquiry with any ‘significant or meaningful’ documentation on the nature and terms of its labour contract arrangements; and

                                                       (iii)       producing inadequate, inaccurate and/or fabricated records to inspectors;

(d)         the findings of the Ombudsman are damning of the governance and employment practices of Baiada; and

(e)         that these reports and the employment practices of Baiada have caused significant community concern which must be addressed; and

(2)         calls on the management of Baiada to immediately address the findings of the Ombudsman and bring its employment practices up to community expectations.

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      35    Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program: Resumption of debate ( from  12 August 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Pitt —That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program (ADFPP) has enjoyed bipartisan support since its formation in 2001;

(2)         recognises the importance of providing an opportunity for Parliamentarians to experience life working alongside Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel;

(3)         notes that the ADFPP provides ADF personnel with direct access to Members of Parliament in their own workplace or as a part of the exchange program to Parliament House; and

(4)         expresses gratitude to ADF personnel who make ADFPP a great success.

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      36    Funding for science, research and innovation: Resumption of debate ( from  22 June 2015 ) on the motion of Ms MacTiernan —That this House:

(1)         recognises that in its 2015 budget, the Government has slashed investment in science, research and innovation agencies and programs, including cuts of:

(a)         $114 million from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation;

(b)         $75 million from the Australian Research Council (ARC);

(c)         $27.5 million from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation;

(d)         $80 million from Cooperative Research Centres;

(e)         $173.7 million from the Research Training Scheme;

(f)          $260 million from the abolition of Commercialisation Australia;

(g)         $84 million from ceasing National ICT Australia funding from 2016;

(h)         $120 million from Defence Science and Technology Organisation;

(i)           $16.1 million from Geoscience Australia;

(j)          $7.8 million from the Australian Institute of Marine Science;

(k)         $263 million from Sustainable Research Excellence for universities;

(l)           $27 million more from the Cooperative Research Centres program; and

(m)       $27 million from its own Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme;

(2)         calls on the Minister for Education to explain the decision to provide $4 million in funding for the establishment of the Bjorn Lomborg Australian Consensus Centre at the University of Western Australia without any reference to the ARC; and

(3)         condemns the Government for the lack of transparency around the decision to fund the research centre, while at the same time making significant funding cuts to science, research and innovation.

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      37    Australian Defence Force and humanitarian aid missions: Resumption of debate ( from  22 June 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Griggs —That this House:

(1)         commends the role of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in recent humanitarian aid missions; and

(2)         congratulates:

(a)         the Government on taking the decision to acquire two additional Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft which will assist in future humanitarian and ADF operations; and

(b)         the ADF on its rapid deployment of air assets, including C-17s, which supported the provision of disaster relief in Vanuatu and Nepal in 2015. 

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      38    Imported products: Resumption of debate ( from  22 June 2015 ) on the motion of Ms L. M. Chesters —That this House:

(1)         notes with concern the importation to Australia of goods that:

(a)         breach Australia’s anti-dumping regime; and

(b)         do not comply with Australian standards;

(2)         further notes the:

(a)         injurious effect that the importation of such products has on Australian businesses and Australian jobs;

(b)         risk to consumers of using substandard products and goods; and

(c)         lack of inspection and compliance enforcement of imported products; and

(3)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         continue to monitor the anti-dumping regime and effectiveness of recent changes;

(b)         strengthen the inspection and compliance enforcement regime for imported goods;

(c)         review penalties for importers who breach their Australian legal obligations and if necessary increase the penalties where they are found to be insufficient, to act as a deterrent; and

(d)         hold an urgent meeting of the International Trade Remedies Forum to address these and related issues.

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      39    Vietnamese-Australian People: Resumption of debate ( from  22 June 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Simpkins —That this House:

(1)         notes that it has been 40 years since the Vietnamese began coming to Australia and their arrival has been defined by:

(a)         successful settlement;

(b)         positive integration; and

(c)         their assistance with the development of the Australian economy through their hard work and dedication;

(2)         acknowledges the positive influence in Australia of the Vietnamese-Australian people from:

(a)         the Vietnamese Community Association;

(b)         the Vietnamese parishes of the Catholic Church;

(c)         the Vietnamese Free Buddhist Church;

(d)         other religious groups; and

(e)         clubs and other service providers; and

(3)         commends the Vietnamese-Australian community for its dedication to Australia and determination to provide opportunities and success for Vietnamese-Australian families.

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      40    Regional businesses and industries: Resumption of debate ( from  22 June 2015 ) on the motion of Ms McGowan —That the House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s own statistics, two thirds of Australia’s export earnings come from regional industries such as agriculture, tourism, retail, services and manufacturing;

(b)         Australian regional businesses and industries are highly exposed to global market forces whether exporting or not, businesses and consumers alike are influenced and are in turn influencing regional Australia’s future competitive advantage; and

(c)         the future of manufacturing and industry in this country requires extensive skills development, training and employee development in key sectors such as farming, food production, engineering and value-adding; and

(2)         calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)         prioritise investment in regional infrastructure that supports growth in rural and regional industries and manufacturing businesses, such as:

                                                          (i)       improving telecommunications access for rural and regional Australians;

                                                        (ii)       improving passenger rail and freight rail timetables and services; and

                                                       (iii)       simplifying compliance for interstate businesses by reducing cross-border anomalies; and

(b)         provide additional capacity for the regions to design their strategic vision to meet future industry, manufacturing and regional development demands in Australia.

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      41    Homelessness: Resumption of debate ( from  15 June 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs Elliot —That this House:

(1)         recognises that:

(a)         over 105,000 Australians are currently defined as homeless throughout the nation;

(b)         on any given night this translates to 1 in 200 Australians homeless or sleeping rough; and

(c)         great work is done by organisations such as Homelessness Australia and countless local charities in their support for homeless people right across the country; and

(2)         notes that:

(a)         the current Government has made significant cuts to front line youth services putting more young people at the risk of homelessness;

(b)         the current Government has made significant cuts to domestic violence services putting more woman and children at risk of homelessness; and

(c)         more needs to be done to address homelessness in Australia.

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

      42    Small business: Resumption of debate ( from  15 June 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Broad —That this House notes:

(1)         that Australian small business is a major contributor to the national economy and should be acknowledged for its innovation, entrepreneurship and endeavour, as demonstrated by the 15,000 small businesses across the electoral division of Mallee and many small businesses across the rest of Australia; and

(2)         the recent budget must be commended for assisting small business with accelerated depreciation for assets purchased under $20,000.

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      43    Live animal exports: Resumption of debate ( from  15 June 2015 ) on the motion of Mr Fitzgibbon —That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         that Australia has the most stringent and effective live animal welfare regulatory system in the world that is underpinned by the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System;

(b)         recent alleged breaches of Australian’s animal welfare standards in the live export sector; and

(c)         the Government’s:

                                                          (i)       abolition of the position of Inspector-General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports; and

                                                        (ii)       failure to increase regulatory and supervisory resources to keep pace with growth in trade; and

(2)         calls on the Government to build public confidence and to protect the sustainability of the live export sector by:

(a)         appointing an independent Inspector-General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports; and

(b)         providing quarterly ministerial reports to the Parliament on:

                                                          (i)       any new markets;

                                                        (ii)       the number of head exported;

                                                       (iii)       any allegations of breaches of animal welfare standards and investigations undertaken; and

                                                      (iv)       any sanctions or other action taken against those who have breached or should have prevented breaches of Australia’s animal welfare standards.

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      44    Bowel cancer: Resumption of debate ( from  15 June 2015 ) on the motion of Mrs McNamara —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         Bowel Cancer Australia ran an initiative throughout the month of February titled ‘Prevent Bowel Cancer’ to raise awareness of bowel cancer and encourage more Australians to screen for the disease with the tagline ‘Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late’;

(b)         bowel cancer:

                                                                               (i)       is the second most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia affecting both men and women almost equally;

                                                                             (ii)       is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer after lung cancer with more than 15,000 Australians diagnosed each year; and

                                                                            (iii)       claims nearly 4,000 lives every year; and

(c)         when found early 90 per cent of bowel cancer cases can be successfully treated;

(2)         acknowledges the Government’s free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program initiative and the inclusion of people turning the ages of 70 and 74 in the program; and

(3)         notes the requirement for greater awareness and promotion of available bowel cancer screening tests and the need for people from age 50 to undertake regular screening to prevent this disease.

And on the amendment moved thereto by Ms Hall, viz. —That the following words be added:

(4)         notes that:

(a)         June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), during which Bowel Cancer Australia seeks to raise awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 77 Australians every week;

(b)         BCAM has a positive message—saving lives through early detection—as bowel cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer if found early; and

(c)         in 2014, about 16,980 Australians were diagnosed with bowel cancer (9,250 in men and 7,730 in women), and an estimated 19,960 are expected to be diagnosed in 2020;

(5)         recognises that:

(a)         bowel cancer can develop without any early warning signs;

(b)         if bowel cancer is detected before it has spread beyond the bowel there is a 90 per cent chance of surviving more than five years;

(c)         regular screening every two years for people aged 50 and over can reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by up to 33 per cent; and

(d)         more than 12,000 suspected or confirmed cancers will be detected through free screening, saving between 300 and 500 lives each year; and

(6)         encourages Members to continue to support efforts to raise awareness of the importance of early detection as well as the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.

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