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Monday, 26 October 2020
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The following notices were given:

Mr Taylor to move—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the private Members' business notice relating to the disallowance of the Industry Research and Development (Bankable Feasibility Study on High-Efficiency Low-Emissions Coal Plant in Collinsville Program) Instrument 2020 made under the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 on 18 June 2020 and presented to the House on 24 August 2020, standing in the name of the Member for Hindmarsh being called on immediately.

Ms Owens to move—That this House:

(1) recognises that Western Sydney is Australia's third largest economy, and accounted for more than half of Sydney's population growth from 2012 to 2018;

(2) notes that:

(a) jobs growth in Western Sydney has been increasingly limited to population-driven sectors like construction, which have been hit hard by COVID-19;

(b) there is a jobs deficit affecting Western Sydney's growing professional workforce, which is forced to commute long distances for employment;

(c) a fast, reliable internet connection is basic infrastructure that is needed to attract new businesses and industries, and therefore essential to promoting jobs growth in Western Sydney; and

(d) NBN's recent announcement of 130 'business fibre zones' includes four zones in suburbs on Sydney Harbour, but only one in Western Sydney, in Parramatta; and

(3) calls on the Government to urgently improve NBN connectivity for businesses and households to support sustainable jobs growth in Western Sydney.

Ms McBride to move—That this House:

(1) notes that 11 to 17 October 2020 was National Carers Week;

(2) recognises Australia's nearly 2.8 million unpaid carers for the 2.2 million hours of care they are providing to family and friends this year;

(3) acknowledges Australia's 906,000 primary carers, over 70 per cent of whom are women, and many of whom also live with a disability, illness or impairment requiring care;

(4) further notes its concern with the findings of the Carers NSW national survey which revealed:

(a) nearly half of respondents are experiencing high or very high psychological distress, and one in three feel highly socially isolated;

(b) one in three say they never get time out from their caring responsibilities; and

(c) one in four report spending more money than they made in the past 12 months; and

(5) calls on the Government to provide more support to Australia's carers as a matter of urgency.

Mr Perrett to move—That this House:

(1) recognises that:

(a) prior to the passage of the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 the houses of the Australian Parliament had the power to expel a senator, or member of the House of Representatives;

(b) the expulsion of a member of this House is the most drastic of sanctions;

(c) on 11 November 1920, the Honourable Member for Kalgoorlie, Hugh Mahon, was expelled from this House; and

(d) that the Honourable Member for Kalgoorlie is the only member to have ever been expelled from this House;

(2) acknowledges that the Honourable Member for Kalgoorlie, Hugh Mahon, was expelled:

(a) by a motion brought on hastily and with limited time for debate;

(b) by a vote of the House on party lines; and

(c) without the due process and procedural fairness that such an important issue deserves; and

(3) further recognises that:

(a) it was unjust on the limited evidence for the institution to which Hugh Mahon had been democratically elected to reverse the decision of his constituents;

(b) the expulsion of the Honourable Member for Kalgoorlie, Hugh Mahon, was therefore a misuse of the power then invested in the House; and

(c) for a century the Mahon family has endured this injustice and it is time that the Parliament revisit the matter of the Honourable Member for Kalgoorlie, Hugh Mahon's, expulsion.

Mr Leeser to move—That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held across Australia from 8 to 15 November 2020 to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;

(b) NAIDOC Week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life—the week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community; and

(c) the Government is supporting NAIDOC Week through a local grants round, with $1.4 million available to support local communities to host events and other activities during the week; and

(2) commends the work of the Indigenous organisations in postponing NAIDOC Week events and organising COVID-safe functions.

Mr Simmonds to move—That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) the developments worldwide on vaccines for COVID-19;

(b) that the Government has announced a $1.7 billion agreement for two of the most promising COVID-19 vaccines, namely the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and the University of Queensland/CSL vaccine;

(2) acknowledges that under the agreement, the Commonwealth has secured 84.8 million doses which will be almost entirely manufactured in Australia; and

(3) recognises that the Government is contributing significantly to COVID-19 vaccine, treatment, research and development work in Australia and around the world with an investment of $362 million.

Dr Webster to move—That this House:

(1) recognises that metropolitan and regional Victorians continue to face significant limitations to their freedoms due to COVID-19 restrictions;

(2) acknowledges that:

(a) the epidemiological data in Victoria is now at a point where many health experts consider it safe to reopen in a COVID-safe manner; and

(b) the initial lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were intended to build capacity in the health system, and the Victorian health system has done this;

(3) commiserates with business owners that have been forced to shut their doors;

(4) notes that many businesses will not survive continued lockdowns;

(5) calls on the Victorian Government to give Victorians their freedom back;

(6) further recognises the undue pain and distress facing regional communities around the nation due to ongoing state border restrictions;

(7) further acknowledges that:

(a) border communities are unique in their interdependency; and

(b) regional and border communities are experiencing some of the most severe disruptions in the country, with impacts on healthcare, education, access to supplies, and the agriculture workforce;

(8) further notes that seven out of eight states, through the National Cabinet, have agreed to seek a sustainable model for border restrictions by December 2020;

(9) calls on state governments to open their borders to allow for the free movement of Australians; and

(10) acknowledges that the continued lockdowns and border restrictions will continue to cause significant mental health, wellbeing, and economic issues, particularly in Victoria, but also in other affected parts of the nation.