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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
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The following notices were given:

Mr Hunt: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, and for related purposes.

Mr MacFarlane: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to customs, and for related purposes.

Mr Turnbull: To present a Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to telecommunications, and for other purposes.

Mr Turnbull: To present a Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to telecommunications, and for other purposes.

Mr Joyce: To present a Bill for an Act relating to the establishment of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority, and for other purposes.

Mr Pyne: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, and for related purposes.

Mr Pyne: To present a Bill for an Act to deal with consequential and transitional matters arising from the enactment of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2013, and for related purposes.

Mr Pyne: To present a Bill for an Act to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, and for related purposes.

Mr Pyne: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Australian Research Council Act 2001, and for related purposes.

Mr Pyne: To move:

That standing order 47 be amended to read as follows:

47 Motions for suspension of orders

(a) A Minister may move, with or without notice, the suspension of any standing or other order of the House.

(b) If a suspension motion is moved on notice, it shall appear on the Notice Paper and may be carried by a majority of votes.

(c) If a suspension motion is moved without notice it:

   (i) must be relevant to any business under discussion and seconded; and

   (ii) can be carried only by an absolute majority of Members.

(d) Any suspension of orders shall be limited to the particular purpose of the suspension.

Mr Pyne: To move:

That standing order 215 be amended to read:

215 General purpose standing committees

(a) The following general purpose standing committees shall be appointed:

   (i) Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry;

   (ii) Standing Committee on Economics;

   (iii) Standing Committee on Education and Employment;

   (iv) Standing Committee on the Environment;

   (v) Standing Committee on Health;

   (vi) Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs;

   (vii) Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications;

   (viii) Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs; and

   (ix) Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue.

(b) A committee appointed under paragraph (a) may inquire into and report on any matter referred to it by either the House or a Minister, including any pre-legislation proposal, bill, motion, petition, vote or expenditure, other financial matter, report or document.

(c) A committee may make any inquiry it wishes to make into annual reports of government departments and authorities and reports of the Auditor-General presented to the House. The following qualifications shall apply to these inquiries:

   (i) Reports shall stand referred to committees under a schedule presented by the Speaker to record the areas of responsibility of each committee.

   (ii) The Speaker shall determine any question about responsibility for a report or part of a report.

   (iii) The period during which an inquiry into an annual report may be started by a committee shall end on the day the next annual report of the department or authority is presented to the House.

   (iv) If a committee intends to inquire into all or part of a report of the Auditor-General, the committee must notify the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit of its intention, in writing.

(d) Each committee appointed under paragraph (a) shall consist of ten members: six government Members and four non-government Members. Each committee may have its membership supplemented by up to four members for a particular inquiry, with a maximum of two extra government and two extra opposition or non-aligned Members. Supplementary members shall have the same participatory rights as other members, but may not vote.

Mr Pyne: To move:

That so much of Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent:

(1) the Selection Committee:

(a) meeting on or after today, if necessary by teleconference, to determine the order of consideration of matters and the times allotted for debate on each item and for each Member speaking, for private Members' business and committee and delegation business, for Monday 18 November 2013;

(b) communicating its determinations to all Members of the House prior to that Monday; and

(c) reporting its determinations to the House following prayers on Monday 18 November 2013;

(2) the Selection Committee's determinations being shown in the Notice Paper for that Monday under 'Business Accorded Priority' for the House and Federation Chamber; and

(3) in the absence of a fully constituted Selection Committee, that the arrangements for private Members' business for Monday 18 November 2013 provided for in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this resolution be determined by the Speaker, Chief Government Whip and Chief Opposition Whip.

Mr Ruddock: To move:

That this House:

(1) notes that in East Timor between December 1941 and January 1943, 700 Australian troops engaged some 20,000 Japanese troops through guerrilla warfare, and:

(a) this severely hampered the Japanese war effort by preventing its troops from being deployed elsewhere; and

(b) in this endeavour, Australian troops were assisted by the East Timorese people;

(2) recognises that while Australian troops were in East Timer between December 1941 and January 1943, and after they had left, some 40,000 East Timorese are estimated to have died as a result of protecting Australian soldiers; and

(3) commends and thanks the people of Timor-Leste for the sacrifices they made in supporting Australia during World War II.

Mr Husic: To move:

That this House:

(1) extends its sympathies to the people of the Philippines who have been affected by the devastating super-typhoon Haiyan;

(2) acknowledges the anxiety and concern this terrible event has caused for the Filipino-Australian community, that is worried about the safety and well-being of family and friends in the Philippines;

(3) in particular, has regard for the:

(a) officially estimated 2,500 casualties reported to have been caused by the super-typhoon;

(b) growing concern about the possible widespread outbreak of disease along with the lack of food, clean water and medical supplies; and

(c) displacement of 800,000 people as a result of a complete destruction of homes, schools, hospitals, roads and infrastructure; and

(4) welcomes the Australian Government's provision of $10 million in assistance to the Philippines, and urges the Australian Government to maintain close dialogue with the Philippines Government to ensure that further meaningful support may be extended in a timely way, where required.

Mr Ripoll: To move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) superannuation savings are vital for the retirement lifestyles of all Australians;

(b) the former Government had planned to increase the Superannuation Guarantee from 9 per cent to 12 per cent;

(c) this Government plans to delay, for two years, the proposed 9 per cent to 12 per cent increase of the Superannuation Guarantee; and

(d) stakeholders have estimated that the delay in the Superannuation Guarantee will reduce aggregate savings by $40 billion; and

(2) calls upon the House to:

(a) condemn the Government's attack on the superannuation savings of Australians; and

(b) compel the Government to adhere to the timetable proposed by the former Government for the increase in the Superannuation Guarantee.

Mr Ferguson: To move:

That this House notes that:

(1) March 2013 marked the 25th anniversary of the genocidal chemical attack by the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on Halabja in the Kurdish region of Iraq that took at least 4,000 lives within a few minutes and displaced many thousands more, and was part of Saddam's brutal Anfal Campaign of the 1980s, targeting Kurdish and other minorities in Iraq;

(2) some 4,000 villages, 2,000 schools and 300 hospitals were destroyed, including through the use of chemical weapons across dozens of Kurdish villages;

(3) the Saddam regime was also responsible for the:

(a) deportation or forced relocation of tens of thousands of Faili Kurds on the basis that they were not considered Iraqi;

(b) abduction and execution of an estimated 8,000 Barzani Kurds who were subsequently buried in mass graves in southern Iraq; and

(c) arrest, execution and subsequent burial of up to 100,000 Iraqi Kurds in 1988, including women and children; and

(4) the former dictator Saddam Hussein and Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as Chemical Ali, were subsequently prosecuted and convicted for these and other crimes.

Mr Christensen: To move:

That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) that the television series Doctor Who will celebrate its 50th anniversary on the 23 November 2013;

(b) that the 50th anniversary of the first screening of Doctor Who in Australia will take place on the 12 January 2015;

(c) the many connections between Doctor Who and Australia including (but not limited to):

   (i) the very first Doctor Who story, 'An Unearthly Child', written by Australian scriptwriter Anthony Coburn;

   (ii) the score for the signature Doctor Who theme tune, written by Australian composer Ron Grainer;

   (iii) the incidental music in the series throughout most of the 1960s and 1970s, written by Australian composer Dudley Simpson;

   (iv) Australian actress Janet Fielding, playing an Australian character Tegan Jovanka in the series (alongside the Doctor as portrayed by Peter Davison);

   (v) actress Katy Manning, playing the character Jo Grant in the series (alongside the Doctor as portrayed by Jon Pertwee), and becoming an Australian citizen in 2004;

   (vi) Australian horse racing icon Gai Waterhouse, playing the character of Presta in the Doctor Who episode 'The Invasion of Time' (alongside the Doctor as portrayed by Tom Baker); and

   (vii) Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, playing the character Astrid (alongside the Doctor as portrayed by David Tennant) in the 2007 Christmas Special 'Voyage of the Damned'; and

(d) the fact that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has been the main broadcaster for Doctor Who in Australia; and

(2) request that:

(a) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first screening of Doctor Who in Australia, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) consider filming the 2015 series of the television show in Australia; and

(b) the ABC, Screen Australia and the various State-based film funding bodies consider offering finance to entice the BBC to film the 2015 series of Doctor Who in Australia.