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Thursday, 27 March 2014
Page: 3445


The following notices were given:

Ms A E Burke to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises that:

(a) Australia has one of the highest incidences of food allergy in the world;

(b) one in ten Australian babies aged 12 months have a food allergy;

(c) the number of reported life threatening reactions due to a food allergy has doubled in the last 10 years; and

(d) in the past 20 years, hospital admissions for food anaphylaxis in Australia have doubled and increased five-fold in children aged zero to four years; and

(2) calls upon the Government to make anaphylaxis and food allergy a national health priority, including:

(a) establishing a national food allergy register to capture an accurate picture of food allergy reactions in Australia and statistics on patient outcomes; and

(b) developing a model of care for food allergy management—to provide timely diagnosis, current information and ongoing access to quality medical care for people with food allergies.

Mr Wilkie to present a bill for an act to amend the Migration Act 1958 to provide greater fairness and certainty for asylum seekers and for other purposes.

Ms McGowan to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that the:

(a) Gross National Happiness (GNH) index, first proposed in 1972 in Bhutan, is an alternate way to measure a country's progress;

(b) Government relies on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to measure economic success and achieve outcomes;

(c) GNH index is a measure of community well-being covering nine domains including health, education, the environment and community connections;

(d) equivalent in Australia is the Australian Bureau of Statistics Measure of Australia's Progress which incorporates a wide range of indicators across areas of society, economy, environment and governance; and

(e) the people of Indi and rural Australia are predisposed to a high level of GNH; and

(2) calls on the Government to consider measuring progress in terms of social equality and justice and environmental well-being, in addition to measuring GDP, to value add to Australia's community wellbeing.

Mrs Prentice to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Prime Minister visited Papua New Guinea (PNG) from 21 to 23 March 2014;

(b) this trip was the longest and most extensive visit by an Australian Prime Minister in almost a quarter century;

(c) Prime Minister Abbott and Prime Minister O'Neill signed a new economic co-operation treaty; and

(d) PNG plays a vital role in the regional approach to asylum seekers and preventing deaths at sea; and

(2) commends the Prime Minister for a successful visit which strengthened Australia's relationship with PNG.

Ms McGowan to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that the:

(a) Government supports diversity and sustainability of agriculture;

(b) Government is committed to research and development in food security and crop diversity, at a national and international level; and

(c) future viability of communities in rural Australia and lndi are dependent on a thriving agriculture sector; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) continue to support international research through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and the Global Crop Diversity Trust; and

(b) implement the national research recommendations in the National Strategic Rural R&D Investment Plan.