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10 AM TO 12 NOON


Presentation and statements

     *1    Treaties—Joint Standing Committee : Statement to the House on the Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America to Improve International Tax Compliance and to Implement FATCA ( Statement to conclude by 10.15 am. )



         1    Mr Bandt : To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Defence Act 1903 to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Defence Force. ( Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014 )

              ( Notice given 16 June 2014. Time allowed—10 minutes. )

Orders of the day

      †1    High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill 2013 ( Mr Albanese ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from 9 December 2013 ).

              ( Time allowed—5 minutes. On 12 December 2013, the Selection Committee made a determination that this Bill be referred to the Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications. )

Notices —continued

    †2    Mrs Prentice : To move—That this House:

(1)         expresses concern at the detention in Egypt of Australian citizen Peter Greste;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         Mr Greste is detained and currently on trial solely for conducting his role as a journalist and for peacefully expressing his opinion on events in Egypt; and

(b)         the imprisonment of Peter Greste is contrary to the right to freedom of speech and expression;

(3)         recognises that the Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Attorney-General have all been in contact with their Egyptian counterparts seeking Peter Greste’s release; and

(4)         notes that the Australian Government:

(a)         is offering all possible consular assistance to Peter Greste and his family;

(b)         has been working with Egyptian authorities at all appropriate opportunities; and

(c)         is making direct and high-level representation to a number of other governments as part of a multi-pronged strategy to raise our ongoing concerns about the case.

              ( Notice given 16 June 2014. Time allowed—50 minutes. )

    †3    Ms Parke : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         shipbuilding is an industry that delivers the highest-value and most complex manufacturing outcomes produced in Australia, and therefore represents expertise and capacity that must be maintained for its very significant national economic and security benefits;

(b)         as an example of the multiplier effects of shipbuilding projects in respect of the quality and range of manufacturing it both requires and enables, at the commencement of the Collins-class submarine project there were only 35 Australian companies certified to Defence quality standards, whereas by 1998 there were more than 1,500;

(c)         there are currently more than 7,000 people employed in shipbuilding across Australia, including more than 4,000 people employed in naval shipbuilding alone;

(d)         the Government has identified the need for more than 80 ships over the next 30 years for service in the Royal Australian Navy, and as part of border protection, Antarctic operations and scientific research, among other roles; and

(e)         if Australian shipbuilding is not supported through a properly planned and managed program of project and maintenance work, it is likely that shipyards will close, thousands of jobs will be lost, and the critical expertise and capacity that have been developed will be irreparably squandered; and

(2)         calls on the Goverment to:

(a)         provide certainty to the Australian shipbuilding industry and to thousands of Australian workers by settling a short, medium and long term program of government shipbuilding projects to ensure a balanced work flow and smooth delivery of key naval assets; and

(b)         bring forward relevant shipbuilding projects, including the Pacific patrol boat and replacement Anzac frigate projects, in a timely manner to ensure that shipyards, companies, and workers are not put at risk.

              ( Notice given 16 June 2014. Time allowed—remaining private Members' business time prior to 12 noon. )