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Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Page: 7693

NOTICES

Ms MACKLIN: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security, veterans' entitlements and disability services, and for related purposes.

Mr CREAN: to present a Bill for an Act relating to work health and safety, and for related purposes.

Mr CREAN: to present a Bill for an Act to deal with transitional and consequential matters in connection with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, and for related purposes.

Ms ROXON: to present a Bill for an Act to discourage the use of tobacco products, and for related purposes.

Ms ROXON: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Trade Marks Act 1995, and for related purposes.

Ms ROXON: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, and for related purposes.

Mr BRENDAN O'CONNOR: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Customs Act 1901, and for other purposes.

Mr BRENDAN O'CONNOR: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to extradition and mutual assistance in criminal matters, and for related purposes.

Dr MIKE KELLY: to present a Bill for an Act to provide for collection and other matters relating to horse disease response levy, and for related purposes.

Dr MIKE KELLY: to present a Bill for an Act to make amendments relating to the enactment of Acts for the imposition and collection of horse disease response levy, and for related purposes.

Ms KING: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989, and for related purposes.

Mr SHORTEN: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to superannuation, and for related purposes.

Mr MARTIN FERGUSON: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Australian Energy Market Act 2004 to apply the National Energy Retail Law, and for other purposes.

Mr PYNE: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that consumers currently have little information made available to them in choosing which fertiliser product for private and domestic use will suit their needs, and which fertiliser products may damage their plants;

(2) recognises:

(a) that existing voluntary standards produced by Standards Australia, such as AS 4454, do not always provide consumers with sufficient information to ensure their fertiliser product is fit for its purpose;

(b) that the industry has made calls to urgently address anomalies between all compost standards, particularly contaminant levels, to ensure a high quality product that will improve soil health and productivity; and

(c) the recommendation of the Senate Select Committee on Agricultural Related Industries in its Pricing and Supply Arrangements in the Australian and Global Fertiliser Market report, to implement, as a matter of priority, uniform description and labelling of fertiliser products to ensure consistency between jurisdictions; an

(3) calls on the Australian Government to work with the States and Territories to establish a national standard for fertiliser products for private and domestic use that are made available for sale in Australia:

(a) requiring uniform labelling; and

(b) prescribing the acceptable range of ingredient levels for fertiliser products such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and pH.

Mr TUDGE: to move:

That this House:

(1) affirms its strong support for all forms of early childhood learning and recognises the importance of pre-school on the development of children and as a foundation for their future education;

(2) notes that the Gillard Government has mandated that 'four-year-old kindergartens' provide at least 15 hours per week of instruction by a university-trained teacher by 2013 under its 'Universal Access' policy;

(3) notes that the Gillard Government has not considered the consequences of its 'Universal Access' policy on Victorian kindergartens where 'three-year-old kindergarten' is more commonly offered than by other jurisdictions;

(4) notes that the consequence of 'Universal Access' on Victoria's kindergartens is that many will no longer be able to offer 'three-year-old kindergarten' programs because facilities are often shared between three and 'four-year-old kindergarten' programs;

(5) acknowledges that this policy will effectively remove the choice for many Victorian parents of sending their three-year-old children to kindergarten;

(6) notes that some rural kindergartens could face the risk of closure because there is a shortage of qualified teachers in rural areas, and due to the increase in mandated hours, many rural kindergartens will no longer be able to share teachers;

(7) notes that warnings of this imminent crisis for Victoria's kindergartens have been given directly to the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth by the Municipal Association of Victoria, parent groups, kindergarten operators and parliamentarians; and

(8) calls on the Government to:

(a) provide flexibility for kindergarten operators to deliver kindergarten services according to the needs of their own communities and in line with local infrastructure and staffing capacity; or

(b) at the very least, provide flexibility on the start date for the implementation of 'Universal Access'.

Mr JOHN COBB: to move:

That this House:

(1) requires the responsible Minister to:

(a) immediately commission an independent study on the legitimate costs to the Government of Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) Export Service Inspection Fees and Charges for the six affected industries (Meat, Fish, Dairy, Horticulture, Grain, and Live Export) as evidenced at the AQIS - Australian Meat Industry Council joint ministerial taskforce meeting no. 15 on 7 May 2010;

(b) table in the House:

(i) a document that explains how the Government will provide a reduction in annual regulatory costs to the export industries in the order of $30 million per year from 1 July 2011; and

(ii) a document that outlines the completion of reforms that were to be delivered as part of the agreement to remove the AQIS Export Service rebate between the Government and the six affected industries;

(2) notes that the above commitments were part of a package agreed to by the former Minster for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in return for the passage of the Government's legislation to remove the 40 per cent AQIS Export Service rebate; and

(3) calls on the Government to continue the AQIS Export Service rebate until the reforms are delivered, as agreed to by the Government.