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Monday, 26 February 2018
Page: 1910


The following notices were given:

Mr Giles to move:

That this House:

(1) pays tribute to the work of the Jo Cox Foundation in the United Kingdom, and in particular recognises the role of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness;

(2) acknowledges:

(a) the bipartisan support for this work in the United Kingdom, and the response of the United Kingdom Government in appointing a Minister for Loneliness; and

(b) that there is a similar problem in Australia, which carries significant adverse consequences, but this is less well understood than it should be, particularly concerning its impacts on younger Australians and the influence of social media;

(3) notes the work of Australian academics and civil society in examining the extent and effects of loneliness on individuals and society; and

(4) calls for a national response to loneliness in Australia, to better understand the scope of the challenge and to inform and support evidence based policy responses.

Mr Hill: to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges:

(a) the Prime Minister's persistent failure to resolve the ever growing gas crisis in Australia;

(b) that this gas crisis is hurting Australian households and threatening manufacturing jobs all over the nation, especially in Victoria, NSW and Queensland;

(c) that manufacturing companies around the nation have experienced:

   (i) between a tripling and quadrupling of the price they pay for Australian gas; and

   (ii) upwards of a 200 per cent increase in the price they pay for electricity;

(d) that cost increases are seriously impacting on the ability of manufacturing companies to continue operations; and

(e) that manufacturing companies around the nation are still unable to secure affordable gas supply contracts despite the Prime Minister's handshake agreement with the gas companies in September 2017;

(2) condemns the Prime Minister for failing to pull the export control trigger by November 2017 to ensure that Australian households and manufacturers are not being charged exorbitant prices for Australian gas;

(3) recognises that the responsibility for every job lost in the manufacturing industry due to the skyrocketing price of Australian gas falls squarely with the Prime Minister and the Minister for the Environment and Energy; and

(4) calls on the Government to act decisively now and find a solution to the gas crisis which is threatening jobs in the electoral division of Bruce and countless others around the nation.

Mr Hill:to move:

That this House acknowledges that there is no good reason to wait for the death of Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, in order to become a Republic.

Ms Husar: To move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that the XXI Commonwealth Games will commence on the Gold Coast with the opening ceremony on Wednesday, 4 April 2018 and the closing ceremony on Sunday, 15 April 2018;

(2) notes that:

(a) more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth Nations and Territories will be competing;

(b) the athletes will compete in 275 events in 18 different sports and seven para-sports; and

(c) beach volleyball, para triathlon and women's Rugby Sevens will make their Commonwealth Games debuts and for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, an equal number of men's and women's medal events will be contested;

(3) acknowledges that this year the Commonwealth motto will be 'Share the Dream'; and

(4) encourages all Members of Parliament to support the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the Australian sports people representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

Mr Entsch: To move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) 24 March is World Tuberculosis Day, and marks the anniversary of German Nobel laureate Dr Robert Koch's 1882 discovery of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis;

(b) tuberculosis is contagious and airborne, ranking as the world's leading cause of death from a single infectious agent;

(c) in 2016, 1 million people died from tuberculosis worldwide and 10 million people became sick with the disease, with over 60 per cent of cases occurring in countries in our region;

(d) large gaps in tuberculosis detection and treatment remain with 4 million cases of active tuberculosis that were not diagnosed and treated in 2016, including 600,000 children;

(e) Papua New Guinea (PNG) had one of the highest rates of tuberculosis infection in the Pacific in 2016, with an estimated 35,000 total cases including 2,000 drug-resistant cases, not taking into consideration the large number of cases that go unreported in many regions; and

(f) tuberculosis is:

   (i) the leading cause of death among HIV positive people globally—HIV weakens the immune system and is lethal in combination with tuberculosis, each contributing to the other's progress;

   (ii) now linked to non-communicable diseases like diabetes; and

   (iii) considered a preventable and treatable disease, however many current treatment tools—drugs, diagnostics and vaccines—are outdated and ineffective;

(2) recognises:

(a) the funding that Australia is providing to support the testing and treatment of tuberculosis in PNG, including the joint program with the World Bank, is already leading to an initiative to achieve universal testing for tuberculosis in Daru;

(b) the commitment of up to $75 million over five years for Product Development Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific Health Security Initiative to accelerate access to new therapeutics and diagnostics for drug resistant tuberculosis, and malaria and mosquito vector control—an increase in funding to build on the successes of Australia's previous investments;

(c) Australia's three year $220 million pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (2017-2019)—a fund that has supported tuberculosis testing and treatment to 17 million people since 2002, including over 8 million people in the Indo-Pacific region;

(d) that through our endorsement of the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015, we made a bold commitment to end the tuberculosis epidemic by 2030; and

(e) the scheduling of the first United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis in September 2018, which will set out commitments to accelerate action towards ending tuberculosis as an epidemic and provide Australia with an opportunity to showcase the success of our investment in tuberculosis in our region; and

(3) calls on the Australian Government to attend the United Nations High-Level Meeting this year, and commit to increased Australian action and leadership on research and development, prevention, testing and treatment as part of the global effort to eradicate tuberculosis.