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Thursday, 21 October 2010
Page: 1181

The following notices were given:

Ms Brodtmann to move:

That this House:

(1)   notes that:

(a)   organ donor rates are showing slow and sustained improvement in 2010;

(b)   more than 98 per cent of Australians agree that organ and tissue donation have the potential to save and improve lives, yet less than 60 per cent of Australians accept the invitation for their loved ones to become organ donors when asked;

(c)   there are more than 1700 Australians on the transplant waiting list at any time;

(d)   many more Australians cannot get into waiting lists as they are too sick or unlikely to receive a life saving transplant because there are not enough donors; and

(e)   the Government has invested more than $150 million over four years to establish a coordinated approach to organ donation, enabling all jurisdictions to work cooperatively to support sustained improvements in organ donation in Australia; and

(2)   acknowledges:

(a)   the selfless act of the 228 donor families who have already donated organs in 2010 (to 30 September), which has saved or improved the lives of at least 683 Australians;

(b)   the work undertaken across jurisdictions led by the National Medical Director of the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority, State and Territory Medical Directors and clinical groups to develop nationally consistent protocols and clinical triggers;

(c)   the support of community groups such as Gift of Life, Kidney Health Australia, Transplant Australia, the Organ Donation and Transplant Foundation of Western Australia and the David Hookes Foundation, which are integral in supporting the work of clinicians in improving organ donor rates; and

(d)   the importance of a steady and sustained improvement in organ donor rates to support Australia’s quest to become a world leader in organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Mr Murphy to move:

That this House:

(1)   notes that the Bernie Banton Foundation estimates that by 2020, some 40 000 Australians will have contracted asbestos related cancer;

(2)   recognises the role governments, the trade union movement and individuals, such as Bernie Banton, have played in raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos and in banning the sale and use of asbestos and asbestos products in Australia;

(3)   expresses concern that:

(a)   countries, such as Canada, continue to export asbestos to India and many other countries in South Asia; and

(b)   international efforts to list chrysotile asbestos under the Rotterdam Treaty, which requires importing countries to be warned of the risks associated with hazardous substances and products, have been blocked by countries, such as Canada; and

(4)   leads international efforts to ban the sale, mining and use of all forms of asbestos, such as chrysotile asbestos, throughout the world.

Ms Saffin to move:

That this House:

(1)   notes:

(a)   that the Commonwealth is responsible for regulating the export of live animals, and for negotiating the arrangements and conditions that apply to the export of both live animals and chilled or frozen meat;

(b)   that the current Commonwealth support for the live export industry and the current tariff barriers that apply in some countries to chilled or frozen meat exports means that there is not a level playing field between the two forms of export;

(c)   the national and international concerns about the welfare of animals transported under the live animal export trade, both during transportation and at their destination, has been raised and substantiated in campaigns by organisations and individuals including the World Society for the Protection of Animals, Stops Live Exports, Princess Alia of Jordon, the RSPCA and the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel; and

(d)   that Australia is one of few countries that consistently treats animals humanely during slaughter and that Australian chilled or frozen meat has gained wide acceptance in the Middle East for its quality and observance of halal and kosher standards;

(2)   acknowledges the opposition of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union and the local meat processors, to the live export trade on the grounds that the live export trade has a detrimental effect on the local meat processing industry, affecting jobs and the Australian economy;

(3)   calls for renewed consideration of a planned and supported transition in the medium term away from live exports and towards an expanded frozen and chilled meat export industry; and

(4)   asks that Austrade be encouraged to be involved in negotiations to increase exports in frozen/chilled meat.