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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 156

The following notices were given:

Mr Bowen to move:

That this House:

(1)   notes that petrol prices in Australia remain at historically high levels, with the average price of petrol in Sydney at $1.19 a litre with prices in rural and regional areas being even higher;

(2)   particularly recognises the implications of exorbitant fuel prices for small businesses and family budgets; and

(3)   calls on the Government to direct the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to formally monitor prices under Part VIIA of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Mr Katter to move:

That this House resolves to accept the principle that the primary qualifying criteria for the Australian Defence Medal specify two years effective service, instead of six years, in line with the recommendation of the Returned and Services League of Australia.

Mr Fawcett to move:

That this House:

(1)   express its deep sorrow and its condolences to the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and to the families who have been directly affected by the killings of the three Indonesian girls that occurred last Saturday, 29 October 2005, in Poso, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia;

(2)   strongly condemns the beheadings of the three Christian girls, students in Poso, which it considers as an act of brutality, terror, and a serious abuse of human rights, in that the fundamental human rights are the rights to life and religious freedom, which are guaranteed under the Indonesian Constitution;

(3)   welcomes steps by the Government of Indonesia to investigate the incident and its efforts to stop the climate of violence and to bring those responsible for this act of terror to justice; and

(4)   conveys to the Government and people of Indonesia that the Australian Government remains committed to peace and reconciliation in Indonesia, and to enhancing mutual understanding and cooperation among peoples of Indonesia and Australia.

Mr Beazley to move:

That this House:

(1)   notes that the Howard Government has now spent over $50 million on a party political advertising campaign in an attempt to sell its extreme industrial relations changes;

(2)   notes that the Howard Government intends to guillotine its extreme industrial relations legislation through the House of Representatives to limit debate on the 600 page bill and 600 page Explanatory Memorandum;

(3)   notes that the Howard Government intends to set up a sham Senate inquiry into its extreme industrial relations legislation to further limit public scrutiny of the bill and its adverse impact on Australian workers and their families; and

(4)   calls on the Prime Minister to agree to a televised national debate with the Leader of the Opposition to ensure the Australian community has a full appreciation of the adverse impact these draconian laws will have on their working lives.