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Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Page: 12657


The following notices were given:

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

Ms Roxon to present a Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to the administration of certain federal courts and the National Native Title Tribunal, and for related purposes.

Mr A S Burke to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Water Act 2007 to establish a Special Account, and for related purposes.

Mr A D H Smith to move:

That this House:

(1) condemns the contemptible act of attempted murder committed on 9 October 2012 by Taliban terrorists who boarded a school bus in the Pakistani town of Mingora, sought out 14 year old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai by name and shot her point blank in the head and neck;

(2) applauds Ms Yousafzai’s advocacy on behalf of gender equality in Pakistan;

(3) expresses particular admiration for Ms Yousafzai’s public speaking debut in September 2008 when, at the tender age of 11 years, she declared in a speech to the media in Peshawar, Pakistan: ‘How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?’;

(4) notes media reports that the Taliban have openly claimed responsibility for this despicable attack on Ms Yousafzai and have threatened to try again to assassinate her at the first available opportunity; and

(5) wishes Ms Yousafzai a speedy and complete recovery from her injuries.

Ms Owens to move:

That this House notes that:

(1) 26 October:

(a) was the celebration of Eid al-Adha, a special day in the calendar for Muslim Australians; and

(b) marked the beginning of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, commemorating Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son to God;

(2) for Muslims, Eid al-Adha is a time of peace, respect, sharing, caring and donating to those in need and is particularly special for Muslim children as it involves the exchanging of gifts and getting together with family; and

(3) this significant time coincides with the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, and for all of our Australian Muslim friends who are travelling to Mecca, we wish you a safe trip on your way to, and home from, your spiritual journey.

Mr Simpkins to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Islamic Republic of Iran will conduct Presidential elections on June 14 (Khordad 24 on the Iranian calendar) of 2013;

(b) within Iran, political activists, journalist, and political opposition leaders are imprisoned, and often tortured, for attempting to express their freedom of speech, political and media freedom, and for attempting to hold their government accountable for its actions; and

(c) Iran continues to refuse international inspectors free and unfettered access to its nuclear program and this raises suspicions that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons;

(2) recognises that:

(a) the upcoming Iranian elections will see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad replaced as President by another Supreme Leader endorsed candidate;

(b) political prisoners being held in violation of human rights must be released as a first step towards holding free and fair elections;

(c) Iran’s potential acquisition of nuclear weapons poses a serious threat to the Middle Eastern region, and especially to Israel, and could lead to nuclear proliferation; and

(d) the Government’s decision in sending two senior officials to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Iran in August has potentially undermined efforts to isolate the nation, with Iran’s Supreme Leader viewing the participation of nations from around the world at the NAM in Iran as affirmation of sanction failure and as a level of endorsement for Iran; and

(3) calls for the:

(a) release of political prisoners in Iran in order to take a step towards the nation conducting legitimate elections, and as an attempt to begin to resolve some of Iran’s human rights issues; and

(b) taking of all possible steps to increase sanctions and isolate the regime and pressure it to allow free and unfettered access to International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors.

Mr Katter to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975, and for related purposes.

Mr Bandt to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Fair Work Act 2009, and for related purposes.

Mr Tudge to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) Melbourne is suffering from a traffic congestion problem across the city and particularly on the Eastern Freeway and the Monash-CityLink-West Gate corridor;

(b) without better infrastructure, this problem will worsen as Melbourne is experiencing the largest growth of all capital cities;

(c) by 2020 it is estimated by the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics that the cost of traffic congestion in Melbourne will be $6.1 billion, double what it is today; and

(d) as well as being an economic cost, congestion impacts on quality of life including time spent with family;

(2) recognises that:

(a) the Victorian Government has proposed the development of an ‘East West Link’ which would provide an alternate route across the city by connecting the Eastern Freeway with the Western Ring Road;

(b) this East West Link would have significant benefits for Melbourne and Australia, as it would:

   (i) relieve bottle necks on the Eastern, Monash and West Gate Freeways and provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge;

   (ii) improve freight efficiency by catering for growth at the ports of Melbourne and Hastings and increasing productivity by improving travel time reliability for freight;

   (iii) enhance Victoria’s competitive advantage globally, improving the key industry centres and supporting the knowledge precinct in Carlton and Parkville;

   (iv) complete missing links between freeways to alleviate congestion and ensure travel time reliability for families and freight; and

   (v) reduce travel times, particularly for residents in Melbourne’s east and west who travel to Melbourne to work; and

(c) the Federal Coalition has committed $1.5 billion towards the construction of the East West Link; and

(3) calls on the Australian Government to match the commitment of the Federal Coalition towards the construction of the East West Link as a vital piece of economic infrastructure for Melbourne.