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Wednesday, 17 June 2009
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Mr PRICE (9:01 AM) —I present the report of the recommendations of the whips relating to committee and delegation reports and private members’ business on Monday, 22 June 2009. Copies of the report have been placed on the table.

The report read as follows—

Pursuant to standing order 41A, the Whips recommend the following items of committee and delegation reports and private Members’ business for Monday, 22 June 2009. The order of precedence and allotments of time for items in the Main Committee and Chamber are as follows:

Items recommended for Main Committee (6.55 to 8.30 pm)

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Notices

1 MS SAFFIN: To move:

That the House:

(1)   notes:

(a)   that 27 May is the 19th anniversary of the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) overwhelming election victory in Burma’s first democratically held elections in many decades; and

(b)   that the NLD is led by General Secretary and Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s highly regarded and respected political leader, both in her own country and internationally;

(2)   condemns the State Peace and Development Council led by General Than Shwe, for not honouring the 1990 election, which violates both domestic and international law and norms;

(3)   notes with deep concern that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo were detained, following an assassination attempt on their lives on 30 May 2003, being charged under the Orwellian sounding law, The Law to Safeguard the State Against the Dangers of Those Desiring to Cause Subversive Acts 1975, also called the State Protection Act, and that their sentences have both been increased, extra legally;

(4)   condemns:

(a)   General Than Shwe for the above incident and the continued unlawful incarceration, which the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued Opinions finding in both cases that the deprivation of their liberty is arbitrary, inter alia; and

(b)   General Than Shwe’s actions for orchestrating the current trumped up charges, against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and her companions Daw Khin Khin Win and Daw Win Ma Ma;

(5)   calls upon General Than Shwe to:

(a)   immediately and unconditionally release political prisoner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, her companions Daw Khin Khin Win and Daw Win Ma Ma and her fellow political prisoners, including NLD Executive Members U Tin Oo and U Win Htein, and Shan Nationalities League for Democracy Leader Hkun Htun Oo, and up to the 2,000 others reported, according to Amnesty International; and

(b)   do the right thing and enter into talks with all parties so that the national reconciliation that has evaded Burma’s people, including the large population of Ethnic Nationalities, can begin to take place; and

(6)   notes:

(a)   the statement issued by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chairman stating inter alia that ‘with the eyes of the international community on Burma at the present, the honour and credibility of the Burmese regime were at stake’, and further expressing grave concern over the treatment of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and expressing support for ASEAN nations including Indonesia, Malaysia and The Philippines who have spoken out on this matter;

(b)   that the Secretary General said inter alia that he ‘…believes that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is an essential partner for dialogue in Myanmar’s national reconciliation and calls on the Government not to take any further action that could undermine this important process…’;

(c)   the press statement issued on 22 May 2009 by the Security Council with its President for the month of May, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, stating: ‘The members of the Security Council express their concern about the political impact of recent developments relating to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.’ and ‘The members of the Security Council reiterate the need for the Government of Myanmar [Burma] to create the necessary conditions for a genuine dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all concerned parties and ethnic groups in order to achieve an inclusive national reconciliation with the support of the United Nations.’, and which reaffirms the sentiments of two previous statements issued by the Security Council in 2007 and 2008; and

(d)   the Australian Government’s condemnation of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention, and its calls for her immediate release, as well as the Australian Government’s financial sanctions targeting senior members of the regime, their immediate families and associates.

Time allotted—35 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Ms Saffin—5 minutes.

First Opposition Member speaking—5 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 7 x 5 mins]

The Whips recommend that consideration of this should continue on a future day.

2 MR SLIPPER: To move:

That the House:

(1)   notes that:

(a)   4 June 2009 was the 20th anniversary of the first post war free elections in Poland, and that these elections marked the end of undemocratic communist party rule in Poland; and

(b)   the example of free election in Poland led to the overthrow of all the communist regimes of central and eastern Europe, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, and eventually also to the dissolution of the Soviet Union;

(2)   congratulates the people of Poland for their unbroken record of struggle over more than 60 years against both Nazi and Communist occupiers to regain their independence and restore democracy and freedom; and

(3)   notes that the restoration of democracy and a free market economy has led to the increasing security, prosperity and freedom which Poland has enjoyed since 1989, culminating in membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and European Union.

Time allotted—20 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Mr Slipper—5 minutes.

First Government Member speaking—5 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 4 x 5 mins]

The Whips recommend that consideration of this should continue on a future day.

3 MR DANBY: To move:

That the House:

(1)   notes:

(a)   the Commonwealth of Australia and the Republic of Turkey have established a unique relationship and bond based upon the sacrifices of young men from both nations and that this uniqueness at the core of deep rooted relations between the two countries gained even more momentum by the unforgettable reconciliatory remarks of the Founder of the Modern Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to the mothers of fallen Anzacs: “…You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”; and

(b)   that the Turkish nation is now a friendly power and members of the Turkish community have now successfully integrated into Australian society;

(2)   celebrates and commends the achievements and contributions of the Turkish community here in the Commonwealth of Australia in the 42 years since their arrival;

(3)   acknowledges the unique relationship that exists between Australia and Turkey, a bond highlighted by both nations’ commitment to the rights and liberties of our citizens and the pursuit of a just world, highlighted by the statement of Ataturk “Peace at Home, Peace in the World”;

(4)   commends the Republic of Turkey’s commitment to the shared values of democracy, the rule of law and secularism; and

(5)   on the 42nd anniversary of the Formal Agreement between the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey concerning the Residence and Employment of Turkish Citizens in Australia, pledges our friendship, commitment and enduring support to the people of Turkey as we celebrate this important occasion together.

Time allotted—20 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Mr Danby—5 minutes.

First Opposition Member speaking—5 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 4 x 5 mins]

The Whips recommend that consideration of this should continue on a future day.

4 MR BALDWIN: To move:

That the House:

(1)   notes that:

(a)   in February 2009, the Rudd Labor Government awarded a $40 million dollar contract to an American Company for the development of nine Joint Light Tactical Vehicle prototypes; and

(b)   the Rudd Labor Government failed to consider an Australian Defence Industry Manufacturer as a possible supplier;

(2)   condemns the Rudd Labor Government for failing to recognise Australian defence industry’s capability and expertise in delivering Military Vehicles;

(3)   acknowledges that the contract for 1300 vehicles will be in excess of $1.3 billion and would support over 250 direct jobs and hundreds more indirect jobs in Australia;

(4)   acknowledges the economic and social contribution to the Bendigo community of the successful Bushmaster project; and

(5)   calls on the Rudd Labor Government to immediately provide funding to the Bushmaster plan at Bendigo to enable it to progress Australian designed and built prototypes for consideration in the replacement program.

Time allotted—remaining private Members’ business time prior to 8.30pm

Speech time limits—

Mr Baldwin—5 minutes.

First Government Member speaking—5 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 4 x 5 mins]

The Whips recommend that consideration of this should continue on a future day.

Items recommended for House of Representatives Chamber (8.40 to 9.30 pm)

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION REPORTS

Presentation and statements

1 PARLIAMENTARY JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE AUSTRALIAN CRIME COMMISSION

Examination of the Australian Crime Commission Annual Report 2007-08.

The Whips recommend that statements on the report may be made—all statements to conclude by 8.50 pm

Speech time limits—

Mr Hayes —5 minutes

Opposition Member - 5 minutes

 [Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =2 x 5 mins]

2 JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL MATTERS

Report on the conduct of the 2007 federal election and matters related thereto and Advisory Report on the Commonwealth Electoral (Above-the-Line Voting) Amendment Bill 2008.

The Whips recommend that statements on the report may be made—statement to conclude by 9 pm

Speech time limits—

Mr Melham (Chair)—5 minutes

Opposition Member - 5 minutes

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =2 x 5 mins]

3 STANDING COMMITTEE ON INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Level Crossing Safety: An Update to the 2004 Train Illumination Report.

The Whips recommend that statements on the report may be made—all statements to conclude by 9.10 pm

Speech time limits—

Ms King (Chair)—5 minutes

Opposition Member - 5 minutes

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =2 x 5 mins]

4 JOINT COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT

Report 414: Review of Auditor-General’s Reports tabled between August 2007 and August 2008

The Whips recommend that statements on the report may be made—all statements to conclude by 9.15 pm

Speech time limits—

Ms Grierson(Chair)—5 minutes

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =1 x 5 mins]

5 AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA AND ARGENTINA

Report of the Official Australian Parliamentary Delegation to Colombia and Argentina

9-24 August 2008

The Whips recommend that statements on the report may be made—all statements to conclude by 9.20 pm

Speech time limits—

Mr Randall (Deputy Leader)—5 minutes

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =1 x 5 mins]

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Notices

1 MR KATTER: To present a bill for an act to amend the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Presenter may speak for a period not exceeding 5 minutes (9.20 pm-9.25 pm)—pursuant to standing order 41.

2 MR KATTER: To present a bill for an act to amend the Quarantine Proclamation 1998.

Presenter may speak for a period not exceeding 5 minutes (9.25 pm-9.30 pm)—pursuant to standing order 41

Report adopted.