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Monday, 29 November 2004
Page: 142

The following notices were given:

Mr Laurie Ferguson to move:

That this House:

(1) calls on the United Nations Security Council to immediately consider and take appropriate actions to respond to the growing threats posed to the Southeast Asia region by conditions in Burma;

(2) supports actions implementing the result of 1990 elections in Burma and to support the Committee Representing the People's Parliament for the restoration of Democracy in Burma; and

(3) records its strong concern about the continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and 2000 political prisoners and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

Mr Brendan O'Connor to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges 1 December 2004 as World AIDS Day;

(2) acknowledges that the primary objective of World AIDS Day 2004 is to further enable women and girls to take a primary role in changing the underlying cultural, social and economic barriers which make women more vulnerable to infection;

(3) acknowledges that women have a central role in educating their families and their wider communities about HIV/AIDS prevention, and in supporting those with the disease; and

(4) recognises that women and girls are biologically, economically and socially vulnerable to HIV infection and AIDS, and that violence or economic dependence disproportionately increases their chances of contracting the virus.

Mr Randall to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges the profound impact autism has on Australian families and the challenges they face in finding sufficient educational, developmental and respite services to help children and their carers with this life long disability;

(2) notes that the funding of programs by the States to provide vital support to children with autism is vastly inadequate and causing unnecessary hardship and concern for their families; and

(3) accepts that while the States have primary responsibility for the provision of disability support services, the Federal Government should play an active leadership role in what is a nationwide issue that affects 1 in 1,000 children born in Australia.

Mr Johnson to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges the importance and value of free trade agreements in strengthening bilateral relations between countries and producing international trade benefits;

(2) recognises the enormous opportunities for Australia in furthering trade arrangements with the world's fastest growing economy, China; and

(3) supports the Government's Australia-China Free Trade Agreement Joint Feasibility Study currently underway into the viability of a free trade agreement between Australia and China.

Mr Lindsay to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises that:

(a) passive welfare payments to Aboriginal communities, asking nothing in return from the recipient, have denied them the pride they deserve and the opportunity to shape their own destiny;

(b) education is the key to change, and that childhood intervention to improve education will boost employment opportunities and head off longer-term problems; and

(c) the leadership capacity of individuals in local communities must be fostered, and that we should support those Aboriginal leaders who want to stand up and `tell it like it is', rather than dealing with elected or appointed intermediaries who will not be accountable;

(2) condemns the violence and unlawful destruction of property in Aboriginal communities this year, which puts the lives of police and others at risk; and

(3) calls on Aboriginal communities to show the leadership they need to move forward into a more successful future.

Mr Sercombe to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) international observers, including the International Election Monitoring Mission of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), have reported that the recent election in Ukraine has fallen short of international standards;

(b) free elections are an essential component of the democratic process which reflects the will of the Ukrainian people;

(c) there is a widespread perception in the world community that the conduct of the elections in Ukraine has not achieved democratic norms;

(d) the most blatant and widespread abuses of the election process in Ukraine are reported to have involved the manipulation of absentee votes and the uneven and biased access to the government-owned media; and

(e) a resolution to the disputed election results can only be achieved through a new election which is conducted in a transparent manner that meets international standards;

(2) calls on the Government of Ukraine to:

(a) ensure the safety and welfare of all its citizens taking part in peaceful demonstrations that exercise their democratic rights; and

(b) hold a new presidential election based on democratic principles, which:

(i) allows both presidential candidates equal and unbiased access to the mass media of Ukraine in the period leading up to the new election date; and

(ii) ensures that international observers participate at all levels of the election process to achieve a result that is acceptable to all parties;

(3) requests the Speaker of the House of Representatives to transmit this resolution to the outgoing President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, the Parliament of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia; and

(4) urges the Australian Government to make further representations to the above effect.

Mr Neville to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises the role of parents raising profoundly disabled children;

(2) acknowledges the challenges faced by these parents in respect of caring, respite and funding of special equipment and services;

(3) calls for a comprehensive re-assessment of the eligibility of parents (generally, though not exclusively, the mother) to a Carer's Allowance or Payment according to the level of disability and dependence; and

(4) requests an examination of respite services and medical requisites available to parents and their disabled charges.