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Tuesday, 24 February 2015
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The following notice(s) were given:

Mr Dutton to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Migration Act 1958, and for related purposes.

Mr Dutton to present a Bill for an Act relating to the Australian Border Force, the Australian Border Force Commissioner and persons performing work for the Department, and for related purposes.

Mr Dutton to present a Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to Customs and other legislation in relation to the enactment of the Australian Border Force Act 2015, and for related purposes.

Mr Tudge to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013, and for related purposes.

Mr Pyne to present a Bill for an Act to amend the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011, and for other purposes.

Ms O’Neil to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that:

(a) there is a significant, ongoing and growing need for emergency relief, financial counselling and related programs, to support the most vulnerable Australians;

(b) local organisations play a critical role in the delivery of these programs around Australia; and

(c) volunteers are a crucial and valued part of this network;

(2) condemns the Government for:

(a) cutting core social services to the most vulnerable Australians, while increasing demand for those services through other elements of their unfair budget; and

(b) the covert way in which funding decisions have been made and implemented; and

(3) calls on the Government to:

(a) restore funding to social services; and

(b) provide clarity and funding certainty to affected housing, homelessness services, neighbourhood centres, advice bureaus and other community service providers around Australia.

Ms Parke to move:

That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) revelations that certain brands of imported frozen berries grown and/or packaged in China are suspected of having infected Australians with Hepatitis A through contamination with faecal matter;

(b) that Food Standards Australia and New Zealand presently only require 5 per cent of frozen berries imported into Australia to be tested and even then, not for Hepatitis A;

(c) that local berry growers are subject to demanding chemical and biological testing and inspection procedures at the growers’ expense;

(d) that consumers who want to know where their food comes from face confusing country of origin labelling, for instance, the words ‘made in Australia’ can mean that all of the ingredients are made or grown elsewhere but are packaged in Australia;

(e) that this is an important public health issue demanding a strong Government response in the areas of food standards and food labelling; and

(f) that consumers are entitled to have:

   (i) confidence that the food they buy for themselves and their children is safe; and

(ii) detailed information as to its ingredients and origins; and

(2) calls on the Government to ensure comprehensive testing of food imports to Australia and appropriate labelling of food with regard to ingredients and origin.

Ms Parke to move:

That this House:

(1) notes the:

(a) recently released Human Rights Commission report entitled ‘The Forgotten Children’; and

(b) findings of the Commission that:

   (i) prolonged detention results in profound negative impacts on the mental and emotional health of children;

(ii) immigration detention is a dangerous place for children, with 128 children self-harming, 233 assaults, and 33 reported incidents of sexual assault against children during a 15 month period commencing in January 2013;

(iii) Australia is unique in its harsh treatment of asylum seeker children;

(iv) holding children in detention does not deter either asylum seekers or people smugglers; and

(v) the mandatory and prolonged immigration detention of children is in clear violation of international human rights law;

(2) resolves that violence and severe mental and emotional distress, assaults and sexual abuse of children are not an acceptable part of Australia’s approach to asylum seekers;

(3) calls upon the Government to fully implement the recommendations of the Human Rights Commission, including releasing all children in immigration detention and their families into the community as soon as practicable and establishing a royal commission into the long term impact of detention on the health of children in immigration detention; and

(4) commends the Human Rights Commission for its important work on the report ‘The Forgotten Children’.

Ms Brodtmann to move:

That this House:

(1) notes the widespread and systematic campaign of persecution of Baha’is in Iran, with more than 110 Baha’is currently imprisoned due to their religious beliefs;

(2) condemns the treatment of Baha’is in Iran, which includes economic and educational discrimination, strict limits on the right to assemble and worship, as well as the threat of raids, arrests and detention or imprisonment;

(3) commends the recent resolution by the United Nations General Assembly in which it expressed its ‘deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations’ in Iran; and

(4) calls for an end to the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran.

Ms McGowan to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Government has committed $100 million (GST exclusive) over four years to the delivery of the Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBSP);

(b) the MBSP is expected to provide around 250 to 300 new or upgraded mobile base stations across Australia;

(c) more than 6,000 locations around Australia have been nominated by the public, local councils, state government, community representatives and businesses as having ineffective or non-existent mobile phone reception; and

(d) the future viability and safety of communities in rural Australia and the electoral division of lndi are dependent on effective mobile phone coverage; and

(2) calls on the Government to allocate significant additional funding to the MBSP in 2015-16 to provide additional new and upgraded mobile base stations across Australia.

Mr Katter to present a Bill for an Act to provide for warning labels in relation to imported food, and for related purposes.