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Thursday, 21 November 2013
Page: 1086


The following notice(s) were given:

Mr Hayes to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) 10 December is International Human Rights Day and also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the High Commissioner for Human Rights;

(b) on 12 November 2013, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam gained a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council and also signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture; and

(c) despite Vietnam being a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, there remains a concerning number of human rights violations in that country including the:

   (i) treatment of 14 Vietnamese Catholics who were arrested and sentenced to four to eight years imprisonment in January 2013 for protesting in support of land rights, freedom of religion and the release of previously convicted activists;

   (ii)   arrest in October 2012 of Nguyen Phuong Uyen and Dinh Nguyen Kha, charged under Article 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code for distributing leaflets protesting against China’s claims to the Paracel and Spratly islands in the South China Sea; and

   (iii)   seven year imprisonment of trade union organiser Do Thi Minh Hanh, for national security charges relating to her involvement in organising workers at a shoes factory in October 2010; and

(2) calls on the Australian Government to:

(a) take all appropriate steps to encourage the Vietnamese Government to honour its obligations as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;

(b) consider issues of human rights in Vietnam when assigning funding under Australia’s overseas development aid program; and

(c) continue Australia’s engagement in bilateral and multilateral contexts with Vietnam on human rights.

Ms Brodtmann to move:

That this House acknowledges the:

(1) significant milestone that is the Centenary of Canberra;

(2) work of the Centenary of Canberra Unit, especially of Creative Director Robyn Archer, in preparing a year of centenary celebrations;

(3) diversity and creativity of the people and industries in Canberra and the Capital Region;

(4) significant and ongoing contribution that Canberra makes to the nation as the National Capital;

(5) central role that Canberra plays in Australia’s international relations as the home of the diplomatic community and our nation’s foreign service; and

(6) importance of the historical and ongoing roles of the traditional owners of the Canberra area, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people.

Ms King to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) Australia Post as per its Community Service Obligations, is required to achieve timely mail deliveries in all parts of Australia, not just the major capital cities;

(b) residents in regional towns and cities across Australia are not receiving mail for up to six days, with mail routes routinely left unprocessed due to insufficient staff at regional mail centres; and

(c) constituents have contacted the offices of regional Members, citing regular occurrences of late mail affecting people who depend on reliable mail services; and

(2) calls on the Minister for Communications to:

(a) ensure that the current cuts by attrition at regional mail centres are reversed, suspending moves by Australia Post and the Government to abandon regional Australia by transferring mail sorting services to capital cities;

(b) restore next day delivery services from regional centres; and

(c) ensure the security of jobs and safe working conditions for regional postal workers.