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Tuesday, 9 October 2012
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The following notices were given:

MR ALBANESE to move:

That I will move at the next sitting that standing order 13 be amended by omitting paragraph (c).

MS ROXON to present a bill for an act to amend various Acts relating to criminal law and law enforcement, and for other purposes.

MS ROXON to present a bill for an act to amend the Freedom of Information Act 1982, and for related purposes.

MS ROXON to present a Bill for an Act in relation to monitoring, investigation and enforcement by regulatory agencies, and for related purposes.

MS COLLINS to present a bill for an act to establish the Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account, and for related purposes.

MS COLLINS to present a bill for an act to deal with consequential matters in connection with the Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account Act 2012, and for related purposes.


That, in accordance with section 10B of the Health Insurance Act1973, the House approve the Health Insurance (Extended Medicare Safety Net) Amendment Determination 2012 (No. 1) made on 28 September 2012, and presented to the House on 9 October 2012.

MR S. P. JONES to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is the most common form of inherited motor and sensory neuropathy;

(b) there is no cure for CMT and while most sufferers live a normal lifespan, many do so with severe disabilities;

(c) estimates are that around one in every 2,500 Australians is affected by CMT;

(d) while CMT is more common than diseases such as Muscular Dystrophy, there is a low level of community awareness of CMT, particularly amongst Indigenous Australians;

(e) genetic counselling and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis means that those carrying the CMT gene can now conceive without the 50 per cent risk of passing CMT to their offspring; and

(f) despite the advances, detection and genetic counselling, low awareness and detection of CMT means that this disease is still spreading to future generations, when it could be stopped; and

(2) notes the need for more investment for research into the cause, care and cure of CMT; and

(3) as a first step, calls on the Government to provide funding for projects which will lead to the eradication of CMT.

MR WILKIE to present a bill for an act to strengthen public integrity by encouraging and facilitating the disclosure of corruption, maladministration and other wrongdoing in the Commonwealth public sector, by protecting public officials who make disclosures, and for related purposes.

MR WILKIE to present a bill for an act to deal with consequential matters in connection with the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act 2012, and for related purposes.

MR HUSIC to move:

That this House:

(1) notes the tremendous contributions of Australia’s Bangladeshi community;

(2) shows concern at reports of human rights violations in Bangladesh, and claims that political activists and journalists are being targeted for persecution, abuse and physical violence; and

(3) encourages the Australian Government to engage with the Bangladeshi Government to progress democratic reform within that country.


That this House:

(1) opposes the Queensland Government’s gutting of Sunfish and major recreational fishing programs;

(2) notes the continued efforts by the Liberal National Party (LNP) in Queensland and nationally to undermine recreational fishing by redefining, then cutting frontline services;

(3) notes that:

(a) before the Queensland election, Premier Newman said the public service had ‘nothing to fear’ from a new LNP government; and

(b) Federal Minister Ludwig has written on behalf of Sunfish Queensland to his counterpart, requesting urgent advice on the destructive cuts;

(4) strongly supports recreational fishers;

(5) calls on the Queensland Government to restore funding as a matter of urgency; and

(6) notes the Federal Coalition’s failure to act despite the Leader of the Opposition being fully briefed on the Queensland Government’s budget cuts before they were announced.

MS HALL to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that Monday 22 October 2012 is Pink Ribbon Day;

(b) breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women (excluding melanoma) and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in Australia; and

(c) the incidence of breast cancer in Australia is increasing; and

(2) encourages women to have a mammogram every two years.

MS GAMBARO to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) 28 July is World Hepatitis Day;

(b) the event is one of only four official world disease awareness days endorsed by the World Health Organization;

(c) chronic hepatitis C is a large and growing health problem in Australia with more than 200,000 people living with the disease;

(d) left untreated, hepatitis C can possibly lead to liver damage, cancer and death;

(e) hepatitis C has now eclipsed HIV/AIDS as the number one viral killer in Australia;

(f) hepatitis C can be cured with the appropriate treatment;

(g) needle and syringe programs have proven effective in relation to preventing transmission of hepatitis B and hepatitis C as well as HIV; and

(h) hepatitis C disproportionately impacts the Indigenous community with Indigenous people representing less than 3 per cent of the total Australian population but more than 8 per cent of the Australian population infected with hepatitis C; and

(2) welcomes scientific and treatment advances that greatly increase the chance of curing patients with the most common and hardest to treat strain of hepatitis C.

MRS GRIGGS to move:

That this House notes:

(1) that the 12 October 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the horrific Bali Bombings, which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, and injured a further 240 people, the majority suffering burn injuries;

(2) the significant contribution made by the Darwin and Perth hospitals in assisting Bali’s Sanglah Hospital deal with the scale of the disaster, as many of the injured required specialist burn treatment which was not available in Bali;

(3) the establishment of the National Critical Care and Trauma Centre funded by the Australian Government which ensures Australia’s capability to respond to disasters and major medical incidents in our region;

(4) the benefits to the Northern Territory community through the great work that the National Critical Care and Trauma Centre performs, including the ability to provide specialist trauma and disaster training to all Australian clinicians, particularly those who provide services to the Northern Territory;

(5) the ability of the National Critical Care and Trauma Centre to rapidly deploy highly skilled personnel to respond to incidents in the region, notably the involvement and provision of specialist expertise in the following international incidents, the:

(a) second Bali Bombing;

(b) East Timor unrest;

(c) East Timor presidential assassination attempt;

(d) Ashmore Reef Siev 36 incident; and

(e) Pakistan floods; and

(6) the bipartisan acknowledgment of the outstanding clinical and academic leadership the National Critical Care and Trauma Centre has in disaster and trauma care, and the importance for ongoing support and funding of this essential facility.