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Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Page: 8018


The following notices were given:

Mr Hunt to present a bill for an act to amend the My Health Records Act 2012, and for related purposes. (My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018)

Mr Chester to present a bill for an act to amend the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, and for related purposes. (Veterans’ Entitlements Amendment Bill 2018)

Ms Plibersek to move:

That this House:

(1) expresses concern that despite recent improvements in the gender pay gap, Australian women continue to experience sustained economic disadvantage, in particular women working in undervalued, traditionally female dominated industries;

(2) notes that on 5 September, early childhood educators around the country staged industrial action to highlight the need for equal pay and proper recognition for the value of their work;

(3) acknowledges the important contribution these workers, along with workers in other undervalued care professions such as aged care, health and disability care make, not just to our nation's economy but to Australian society; and

(4) calls on the Government to take action to support equal pay and recognition for women working in undervalued care professions.

Ms Sharkie to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) discarded plastic, glass, cardboard and aluminium beverage containers are detrimental to the environment and represent a valuable economic resource;

(b) Australians use more than an estimated 13.1 billion beverage containers a year, which represents over 35.9 million beverage containers used every day;

(c) South Australia's container deposit legislation, the Beverage Container Act 1975, later incorporated into the Environment Protection Act 1993, became operational in 1977 and has now operated to great environmental and social effect for 41 years;

(d) South Australia leads the nation in the recovery, recycling and litter reduction of beverage containers with an overall return rate of 79.9 per cent;

(e) a major survey in 2012 demonstrated a 98 per cent level of support from South Australians for a national container deposit scheme;

(f) in 2016-17, South Australian collection depots recovered almost 587 million beverage containers (43,298 tonnes) for recycling and over $58 million was refunded to South Australians, especially to community groups, charities, and sporting clubs;

(g) beverage containers have been estimated to make up only 2.9 per cent of litter in South Australia, compared to 43 per cent in NSW prior to the introduction of their container deposit scheme; and

(h) according to the 2016-17 National Litter Index, the Northern Territory has seen a 50 per cent decrease in beverage containers as litter since the introduction of their container deposit scheme;

(2) congratulates South Australia, the Northern Territory, and now the ACT and NSW, on their successful container deposit schemes, and welcomes the upcoming introduction of schemes in Queensland and Western Australia;

(3) calls on the Tasmanian and Victorian governments to enact a container deposit scheme and to do so with speed and urgency; and

(4) calls on the Australian Government to work with the state and territory governments to begin implementation of a National Container Deposit Scheme before the next federal election.

Mr Georganas to move:

That this House notes that:

(1) this Parliament condemns the exploitation of workers and communities by unscrupulous shipping and port operators;

(2) exploitive deals with unscrupulous dictatorships are not acceptable;

(3) contracts with unscrupulous dictatorships and dictators will not stand in the international shipping community; and

(4) companies that are linked to harsh dictatorships, responsible for the suppression of democracy, are not welcome in the Australian shipping industry, and that:

(a) such companies negotiating contracts with dictatorships are on notice; and

(b) exploitative industrial behaviour will not be tolerated on our shores.

Ms McGowan to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the population of Australia has reached 25 million, a decade earlier than anticipated;

(b) there are significant opportunities to grow the population in regional Australia and the planning needs to be put in place and the plan needs to be developed together with the communities it will impact;

(c) this Parliament has completed multiple inquiries that outline:

   (i) the actions governments should take to address the impacts of population pressure; and

   (ii) actions to address the pressure on the telecommunications, infrastructure, social services, education and health care needs of regional Australia;

(d) the Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities report Harnessing Value, Delivering Infrastructure (November 2016) called for the Government to promote a better balance of settlement through decentralisation to the regions linked by faster transport connectivity and particularly through high speed rail; and

(e) the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation report Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future (June 2018) called on the Government to state its regional development policy through a comprehensive Regional Australia White Paper, considering:

   (i) regional Australia's population needs as part of the broader national context, including urbanisation, ageing, depleting populations in smaller towns, and migration;

   (ii) the use of the skilled migration program to support regional development;

   (iii) improving education and training of young people, in particular Year 12 completion rates—in regional areas;

   (iv) the development of a national regional higher education strategy;

   (v) the need for access to information technology, strong and reliable communication, specifically mobile phone and NBN;

   (vi) the need for strong and reliable transport infrastructure to support passenger and freight requirements;

   (vii) the role of amenity and social infrastructure, specifically the cultivation of social, cultural and community capital in supporting regional development;

   (viii) incentives and strategies to improve private sector investment in regional areas; and

   (ix) the role and funding of local governments to better support regional areas; and

(2) calls on the Government to deliver on the recommendations of the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation, Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future, including stating its regional development policy through a comprehensive Regional Australia White Paper, following a Green Paper public consultation process.