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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Notice given for Thursday, 30 March 2017

    *1    Ms McGowan : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         Financial Assistance Grants to local government have been subject to an indexation freeze since the 2014-15 federal budget;

(b)         in the Local Government National Report, the Minister for Regional Development promised that the indexation will resume on 1 July 2017;

(c)         local governments are concerned that the Australian Government will make the decision to continue the freeze on the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants in the 2017-18 federal budget;

(d)         these cuts meant that local councils missed out on $925 million in vital funding to provide better infrastructure and better services for our local communities—in Victoria this equated to $200 million in cuts to funding for local roads and community services;

(e)         the impact of these cuts was magnified in rural and regional areas as these local governments have a small ratepayer bases and ageing infrastructure; and

(f)          the Municipal Association of Victoria estimates that in 2016-17, $5 million has been lost in the electoral division of Indi, with $655,873 lost in the Murrindindi Shire Council, $404,138 lost in the Mansfield Shire Council, $837,291 lost in the Moira Shire Council, $334,086 lost in the Benalla Rural City Council, $592,385 lost in the Alpine Shire Council, $792,548 lost in the Rural City of Wangaratta, $705,367 lost in the Indigo Shire Council, and $320,685 lost in the Wodonga City Council; and

(2)         calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)         do what it has promised—lift the freeze on indexation of the Financial Assistance Grants in the 2017-18 federal budget; and

(b)         develop a more sustainable funding model so that local governments can plan for the future and continue to deliver services for our communities.

              ( Notice given 29 March 2017. )

Notices —continued

       1    Mr Giles : To move—That this House:

(1)         condemns the Australian Government for:

(a)         denying Victoria its fair share of infrastructure funding, to the point that Victoria now only receives 9 per cent of the federal infrastructure budget;

(b)         consistently failing to fund, or delaying support for, Victorian road and rail infrastructure projects; and

(c)         applying unreasonable funding conditions to Victoria while fully cooperating with the NSW Government; and

(2)         calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)         provide Victoria with an equitable share of infrastructure funding given Victoria is Australia’s fastest growing state and home to 25 per cent of Australia’s population;

(b)         treat Victorian infrastructure projects fairly and on the same basis as NSW projects; and

(c)         commit to working with the Victorian Government to support infrastructure projects that are in the interests of the Victorian community and economy rather than the Coalition’s narrow political interests.

              ( Notice given 13 October 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on 22 May 2017. )

       2    Mr Wilkie : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the:

(a)         high level of concern in the community, especially in recent years, about the generosity and leniency of the current parliamentary entitlements framework; and

(b)         fact that current parliamentary entitlements are out of line with community expectations;

(2)         notes that the Government-commissioned report on the review of an independent parliamentary entitlements system (Mr John Conde AO and Mr David Tune AO PSM, An Independent Parliamentary Entitlements System ), was delivered to the Government in February 2016, but so far there has been little progress on implementing its recommendations;

(3)         acknowledges that there is a need for a much deeper overhaul of the parliamentary entitlements system, including:

(a)         an audit of all Members’ and Senators’ travel claims during this and the previous Parliament;

(b)         real-time online reporting of entitlement expenses and the requirement for more detail of the substantive reason for the expenditure; and

(c)         provisions to refer misuse which forms a pattern of misbehaviour to the Australian Federal Police; and

(4)         calls on the Government to commit to meaningful reform of the parliamentary entitlements framework that would put it in line with community expectations.

              ( Notice given 13 October 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on 22 May 2017. )

       3    Mr Husic : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises the significance of the 70th anniversary of bilateral relations between Australia and the Philippines; and

(2)         acknowledges the importance of an effective and diplomatic friendship with the Philippines, who share values of respect for human rights, democracy and economic freedom.

              ( Notice given 18 October 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on 22 May 2017. )

       4    Mrs Elliot : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that youth unemployment:

(a)         is unacceptably high in regional and rural Australia;

(b)         is causing a negative effect on the social development of young people;

(c)         leads to increased mental health rates;

(d)         increases poverty and inter-generational social problems; and

(e)         is having a negative effect on economic growth and productivity; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         develop and implement a national strategy to address youth unemployment; and

(b)         provide greater access to better education and training opportunities.

              ( Notice given 20 October 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

       5    Ms Husar : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Government has cut funding to NSW health and hospitals;

(b)         doctors and specialist practitioners in NSW cannot do their jobs due to budget cuts and a lack of funding;

(c)         in the National Emergency Access Target, five of the six worst performing hospitals in NSW are in Western Sydney;

(d)         currently, recommended clinical timeframes for treatment are not able to be met due to a lack of resources; and

(e)         people in Western Sydney are suffering as a result of this dangerous funding shortfall; and

(2)         calls on the Prime Minister and Minister for Health to immediately provide an urgent injection of funds into hospitals in Western Sydney, particularly the Nepean Hospital, which serves 350,000 people, in order to address its shortage of beds and health workers.

              ( Notice given 20 October 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

       6    Mr Giles : To move—That this House:

(1)         condemns the shocking findings uncovered by the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work, including revelations of widespread underpayment, workplace health and safety breaches, maltreatment of workers, and tax avoidance in Victoria;

(2)         welcomes the 35 recommendations made by the Inquiry in its Final Report (August 2016);

(3)         commends the Victorian Government for:

(a)         establishing the Inquiry; and

(b)         committing to a labour hire licensing scheme in response to the Inquiry’s Final Report; and

(4)         calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)         investigate the operation of the labour hire industry Australia-wide; and

(b)         commit to developing a national response to widespread exploitation in the industry based on findings.

              ( Notice given 7 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

       7    Mr Wilkie : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the widespread concern from cattle producers about the current arrangements for the grass-fed levy on cattle and the concern about how the levy is collected and spent by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA);

(2)         notes that in September 2014 the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport released seven recommendations in its report on the inquiry into the industry structures and systems governing levies on grass-fed cattle;

(3)         further notes that there has been virtually no response from the Government to the Committee’s report; and

(4)         calls on the Government to act swiftly to implement the Committee’s recommendations, including by:

(a)         establishing an accountable and transparent producer-owned body to receive and disperse the research and development and marketing component of the transaction levy funds;

(b)         conducting an audit of the cattle transaction levy system tracing levies and focusing

on revenue from an expenditure of the respective components of levies by the Australian National Audit Office;

(c)         dissolving the Red Meat Advisory Council; and

(d)         revoking the status of the MLA Donor Company as an approved donor under the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 .

              ( Notice given 8 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

       8    Mr Jones : To move— That this House:

              (1)    notes that:

                       (a)    building a fairer and more equal society where all Australians can share in our national prosperity should be the first priority of a national government;

                       (b)    despite achievements in public education, Medicare, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the NBN, inequality is growing in Australia, particularly between regional Australia and the capital cities;

                        (c)    neither the Liberal Party of Australia, nor The Nationals, is representing the best interests of regional communities because the Government:

(i)         has repeatedly voted to cut the social safety net that so many living in regional Australia rely on;

(ii)        has undermined Medicare and cut hospital funding;

(iii)       has cut school funding;

(iv)      has cut ABC funding;

(v)       has cut regional council funding;

(vi)      is rolling out second-rate broadband telecommunications; and

(vii)     is not delivering much needed nation building infrastructure projects;

                       (d)    by doing nothing about growing regional inequality, the Government is failing to represent the needs of people living in regional, rural and remote Australia in the Parliament; and

              (2)    calls on the Government to deliver a better deal for regional Australia.

              ( Notice given 8 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

       9    Ms McGowan : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         Australian dairy farming businesses, including those in the Kiewa, Upper Murray, Mitta, Ovens and King valleys, welcomed the emergency dairy support package announced by the Government on 25 May 2016;

(b)         the dairy support package includes a commitment to fast-track the Farm Household Allowance applications to ensure farmers experiencing financial hardship get much needed support, however, the promise of a fast-track process remains unfulfilled;

(c)         many farmers are reporting issues with the complexity of forms and the time it takes to receive support once those forms are lodged, with constituents waiting up to 20 weeks for action with no income; and

(d)         farmers in the electoral division of Indi report there are issues with Centrelink:

(e)         forms go missing;

(f)          the dysfunctional and outdated information technology system creates delays; and

(g)         farmers are encouraged to complete forms online in areas where there is limited internet access;

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         take a proactive approach to:

                                                          (i)       reviewing the process;

                                                        (ii)       directing appropriate resources to Centrelink; and

                                                       (iii)       increasing staff on the ground working with local service providers and farmers, where they live; and

(b)         coordinate the Mobile Service Centres schedule, targeting areas with high numbers of at-risk farmers and working with farmers to complete the application process in a timely manner.

              ( Notice given 8 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    10    Ms O’Toole : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         health levels are a key factor in human happiness, and good quality health care should be the birthright of every Australian and First Nation People (FNP), regardless of their wealth or family background;

(b)         despite an overall improvement in most health measures, inequalities in health remain a major problem for Australia;

(c)         research shows significant health gaps between high income and low income Australian and FNP, for example, high income Australians have on average seven more teeth than low income Australians;

(d)         high income Australians live on average six years longer than low income Australians;

(e)         there are also significant differences across communities, for example, the death rate from disease for people living in remote postcodes is 80 per cent higher than in other parts of Australia;

(f)          wide inequalities are a barrier to Australia’s future social, economic and cultural development; and

(g)         many of the cuts to Medicare announced by the Government, including the cuts to the general practitioner tax, axing of the Child Dental Benefits Scheme, increasing cost of prescription medicine, cuts to pathology tests and scans, and cuts to hospital funding, will worsen health inequality in Australia; and

(2)         encourages governments at all levels to:

(a)         give priority to reducing socio-economically related health inequalities as a national goal; and

(b)         appropriately fund investment in Australian health services so that all Australians, including FNP, have access to world class health care.

              ( Notice given 9 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    11    Mr Champion : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges and thanks all those workers and volunteers who will give up time with family and friends over the Christmas and New Year holidays to provide important services to our community while everyone else is taking a break, including those in:

(a)         emergency services;

(b)         the health and aged care sector;

(c)         the retail and hospitality sector;

(d)         the travel industry;

(e)         the local government services sector; and

(f)          the utilities sector;

(2)         recognises the importance of penalty rates for those working during the holidays; and

(3)         congratulates the South Australian Government for recognising the importance of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve for recreation, by declaring them part day public holidays, which will ensure workers are appropriately compensated. 

              ( Notice given 22 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    12    Ms Claydon : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         one in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15; and

(b)         two thirds of women who experience violence are in paid employment;

(2)         recognises that:

(a)         family violence isolates and excludes its victims and disconnects people from community, work, education, friends and family;

(b)         the trauma experienced by an employee facing family violence will be lessened if they have the support of an understanding and accommodating employer that offers domestic and family violence leave; and

(c)         access to a leave specifically allocated for situations of domestic and family violence protects employees from discrimination and allows them to maintain stable employment which increases their likelihood of leaving violent relationships;

(3)         commends the many private companies that already provide domestic and family violence leave, including Telstra, Virgin, Qantas, National Australia Bank, to more than one million Australian workers;

(4)         condemns the Government for its public service bargaining policy which has resulted in the removal of domestic and family violence leave provisions in some public service enterprise agreements; and

(5)         calls on the Government to amend the National Employment Standards to include domestic and family violence leave as a universal workplace right.

              ( Notice given 24 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    13    Ms T. M. Butler : To move—That this House:

(1)         from 2009 to 2013, Australia was one of the world leaders in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), with the OECD praising Australia in 2013 as a ‘lead donor and potential role model in Disaster Risk Reduction’;

(2)         DRR protects lives and livelihoods and development gains, and is cost effective in that the World Bank estimates that every $1 invested in DRR saves $7 in disaster response and recovery costs;

(3)         despite the foregoing, our nation’s investment in DRR has decreased, with DRR spending between 2014 and 2016 being reduced from around 3 per cent of the total aid program, to less than 1.4 per cent of a dramatically reduced aid program; and

(4)         acknowledges that with the severity of natural disasters increasing in the Asia-Pacific region, it has never been more important to help our neighbours build resilience to disasters.

              ( Notice given 24 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    14    Ms Rishworth : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises the importance of the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP) in returning the river to health;

(2)         condemns any plans to walk away from the MDBP that will undermine the health of the system and the rivers;

(3)         notes the good work of the Member for Watson in his former role as the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, who was able to deliver a once in a century agreement of the MDBP;

(4)         expresses concern that the Member for New England, as the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, is walking away from the plan by refusing to return 450 gigalitres of water to the Basin;

(5)         recognises that:

(a)         removing too much water from the river is bad for irrigators and communities, and devastating for the environment in the long term; and

(b)         South Australians in particular deserve the water they were promised; and

(6)         reinstates its commitment to implement the complete MDBP.

              ( Notice given 28 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    15    Mr Champion : To move—That this House acknowledges the:

(1)         important role of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) in representing workers in the retail, fast food and warehouse industries;

(2)         advocacy by the SDA for national awards in industries that it represents; and

(3)         positive outcomes the SDA has achieved through enterprise bargaining for the workers it represents. 

              ( Notice given 28 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    16    Mr Champion : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes the:

(a)         warm bilateral relations between Australia and our close neighbour, Timor-Leste;

(b)         maritime boundary dispute between Australia and Timor-Leste, which strains our bilateral relations; and

(c)         ongoing compulsory conciliation proceedings between Australia and Timor-Leste, initiated by Timor-Leste, in the Permanent Court of Arbitration regarding the maritime boundary dispute; and

(2)         calls on the Government to immediately enter into negotiations with Timor-Leste to settle our maritime boundary in fair and permanent terms.

              ( Notice given 30 November 2016. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    17    Dr Aly : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         Western Australia has consistently been neglected by the Government;

(b)         despite promising $860 million during the federal election campaign for road and rail projects in Western Australia, the Government will instead dedicate just over $40 million for much needed projects;

(c)         the Government has failed to deliver key infrastructure funding in Western Australia; and

(d)         families and businesses in Western Australia continue to be disadvantaged by a government that ignores them; and

(2)         condemns the Government for its failure to deliver on its infrastructure promises for West Australians; and

(3)         calls on the Prime Minister to explain why West Australians are consistently neglected, ignored and ripped off by the Government.

              ( Notice given 13 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    18    Mr Bandt : To move—That this House:

(1)         condemns the actions of the Member for Dawson and a Senator for South Australia in attending the Q-Society fundraising dinner in Melbourne even after learning of the deeply homophobic and Islamaphobic nature of the Sydney event;

(2)         notes that the Prime Minister’s failure to rein in the Member for Dawson fails to reassure the LGBTI community and people of Islamic faith that he and the Coalition value diversity and equality;

(3)         notes that a Senator for Queensland was expelled from the Liberal Party in 1996 for her racist views;

(4)         calls on the Prime Minister to expel the Member for Dawson from the Coalition party room; and

(5)         calls on all leaders of all political parties to condemn hate-speech in all forms.

              ( Notice given 13 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    19    Ms Keay : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that Tasmania has the defence knowledge, capabilities and capacities to participate in the defence industries sector;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         the University of Tasmania, through its world leading marine research, engineering and training facility the Australian Maritime College (AMC), is the acknowledged Australian leader in maritime education in both technical skills and research;

(b)         the AMC has developed a range of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) which are suited for defence purposes and provide the opportunity for:

                                                          (i)       increased consolidation of research and innovation at the University of Tasmania Inveresk site;

                                                        (ii)       the redevelopment of the University of Tasmania, AMC Newnham site; and

                                                       (iii)       associated local advanced manufacturing, particularly in North and North West Tasmania;

(c)         the state-of-the-art AUV’s enable a broad range of scientific, industry and defence related projects by facilitating exploration and data collection in remote and inhospitable locations;

(d)         the AMC has the capability to lead or play a key role in any necessary training associated with significant defence projects, such as the Future Submarines Program;

(e)         in addition to the defence opportunity that the AUV’s represent, Tasmania already has a number of industries with the capability to participate in defence related industries supporting for example combat reconnaissance vehicles, shield and antenna protection and marine survival;

(f)          defence industry opportunities for Tasmania will deliver a range of significant social and economic benefits across the state including a growth in industry research and increased employment through advanced manufacturing; and

(g)         there is unequivocal and mutual support from both the Labor and Liberal parties at a state and federal level for Tasmania as a key centre for defence research, development and industry; and

(3)         calls on the:

(a)         Department of Defence to continue to work with industry with the goal of ensuring Tasmania is as integrated as possible in Australia’s defence capability, including defence research, associated education, training and manufacturing; and

(b)         Government to continue working collaboratively with the Tasmanian Government so Tasmania can play its role in the defence research and manufacturing industries sector.

              ( Notice given 14 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    20    Ms McGowan : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         there is a need for an explicit national plan for rural and regional Australia;

(b)         decisions about telecommunications, transport, infrastructure investment, social services, education and health care need to be assessed for their regional impact;

(c)         there are many examples of how current policy is not achieving the Government’s intended outcomes because of a lack of appreciation for the unique circumstances in rural and regional Australia;

(d)         communities:

                                                          (i)       are feeling disconnected from the decisions made by the Government; and

                                                        (ii)       need evidence that the Government is tuned in, listening and acting on their concerns; and

(e)         examples of this failing include the problematic implementation of the Farm Household Assistance program, to help dairy farmers, which has led to delays of more than six months in the processing of applications for assistance; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         strengthen community engagement in implementation planning;

(b)         increase transparency of the implementation process by requiring government departments to publicly consult on implementation and adjust policy to meet local circumstances;

(c)         bring on debate of the Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Regional Australia Statements) Bill 2016, because it will ensure that a Regional Australia Statement accompanies every budget and Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report, and these statements would include more detail than the current Regional Ministerial Statements to provide information on how the Government has accounted for regional circumstances in the policy formulation and will in implementation; and

(d)         release the Regional Australia Impact Statements prepared for the Government when it makes decisions on expenditure and policy that has an impact on rural and regional Australia. 

              ( Notice given 14 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    21    Mr Zappia : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         the growing recognition that the world’s African elephant and rhinoceros populations are facing extinction as a result of unprecedented levels of poaching for the global ivory trade;

(b)         that the poached ivory is sold in auction houses around the world, including several Australian auction sites;

(c)         that the overwhelming amount of ivory sold does not have provenance information to prove its origin, history and authenticity;

(d)         that during a 2015 International Fund of Animal Welfare investigation, just 2 of 73 ivory lots offered at Australian auction houses had provenance documentation; and

(e)         that the 17111 Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) from 24 September to 5 October 2016 adopted the following resolution, that all CITES parties and non-parties ‘in whose jurisdiction there is a legal domestic market for ivory that is contributing to poaching or illegal trade, take all necessary legislative, regulatory and enforcement measures to close their domestic markets for commercial trade in raw and worked ivory as a matter of urgency’; and

(2)         calls on the Government to implement the CITES resolution.

              ( Notice given 14 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    22    Mr C. Kelly : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         illicit drugs can cause untold harm in our communities and on our streets; and

(b)         the Government:

                                                          (i)       is committed to targeting the supply, demand, and harm caused to our communities by the scourge of illicit drugs; and

                                                        (ii)       has made significant investments in our law enforcement agencies to do all they can to keep drugs off our streets;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         in the last two years alone, our agencies have detected and intercepted more than 12.5 tonnes of narcotics that have been attempted to be imported into Australia; and

(b)         Australian law enforcement officers continue to confront Australia’s drug market and combat the criminal syndicates that peddle illicit drugs; and

(3)         calls on all members of the House to promote greater awareness of the harmful effects of illicit drugs on individuals and communities across Australia and support our law enforcement agencies in keeping drugs off our streets.

              ( Notice given 27 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    23    Mr Wood : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that on Friday 28 April 2017 four individuals faced court charged with terrorism offences in relation to a 2016 Christmas Day terror plot to attack Melbourne landmarks;

(2)         acknowledges the:

(a)         excellent work being undertaken by Australia’s law enforcement and security agencies to keep the community safe, including:

                                                          (i)       61 people charged as a result of 26 counter-terrorism operations around Australia;

                                                        (ii)       38 people convicted of terrorism related offences;

                                                       (iii)       41 people before the courts for terrorism related offences; and

                                                      (iv)       12 major counter terrorism disruption operations in response to potential attack planning in Australia; and

(b)         importance of providing law enforcement agencies with the appropriate powers and resources to disrupt terrorist activity and protect Australians; and

(3)         congratulates the Government for its world leading counter-terrorism strategy, including:

(a)         eight successful tranches of counter-terrorism and national security legislation;

(b)         significant investment of $1.3 billion to support law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism;

(c)         tripling investment in initiatives to counter violent extremism to $45 million; and

(d)         investment in our law enforcement and security agencies to ensure they have the appropriate powers, skills and resources to fight terrorism.

              ( Notice given 27 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    24    Mr T. R. Wilson : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         there has been a significant increase in crime in Victoria;

(b)         the latest figures from Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency show that the total number of offences reached 535,826 during the past financial year, an increase of 13.4 per cent, with assaults increasing by 11 per cent, robberies by 14 per cent, and aggravated burglaries by 7 per cent;

(c)         Victorians increasingly feel unsafe in their homes and on their streets;

(d)         the Victorian Government has lost control of the Victorian justice system; and

(e)         Victoria has the most lenient bail laws in the country, a contributing factor in the prevalence of crime; and

(2)         calls on the Victorian Government to:

(a)         start taking crime and community safety seriously;

(b)         dramatically strengthen Victoria’s bail system;

(c)         fix the crisis in the youth prison network, which has seen unprecedented riots and breakouts; and

(d)         dedicate more resources to community safety and Victoria Police.

              ( Notice given 27 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    25    Mr van Manen : To move—That this House:

(1)         condemns the Queensland Government for failing the people of Queensland;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         Queensland is leading the nation on job losses;

(b)         more than 30,000 jobs have disappeared from Queensland in the last year and almost 40,000 people have given up looking;

(c)         Queensland’s participation rate is at a more than 20-year low and more people are giving up looking for work; and

(d)         Queensland is in a jobs crisis and it is clear that the Premier of Queensland has no plan for the future; and

(3)         calls on the Queensland Government to end its empty rhetoric on jobs and actually start delivering for the people of Queensland.

              ( Notice given 27 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    26    Ms Marino : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises the work of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) through the ThinkUKnow program, a free, evidence-based cyber safety program, to provide educational presentations to parents, carers and teachers, and students across Australia;

(2)         further recognises that ThinkUKnow is Australia’s first and only nationally delivered crime prevention program that is delivered in partnership with law enforcement and industry;

(3)         thanks the dedicated volunteers and federal, state and territory police forces that have delivered ThinkUKnow presentations to more than 150,000 school students from

year three through to year 12; and

(4)         congratulates the Government and the AFP for leading the way by partnering with state and territory police forces, and the private sector, to develop new measures to keep our children safe in the online environment.

              ( Notice given 27 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    27    Mr Evans : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the ongoing work of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in the Pacific to keep our region safe and support our neighbours;

(2)         recognises the Australian Government and the AFP’s commitment to supporting our neighbour, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the capacity building of the Royal PNG Constabulary;

(3)         congratulates the Australian Government for announcing in January 2017 the extension of the PNG-Australia Policing Partnership with 73 AFP personnel assisting PNG in planning for the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum; and

(4)         recognises that the:

(a)         increasingly transnational nature of crime, including illegal movement of drugs, weapons and people, highlights the importance of cooperation between Australia and PNG; and

(b)         Australian and PNG governments share an important and enduring relationship, which will be further strengthened through this investment in law enforcement.

              ( Notice given 27 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    28    Ms Husar : To move—That this House acknowledges that:

(1)         the 40th anniversary of the Granville train disaster took place on 18 January 2017; and

(2)         this is the worst rail disaster in the history of this country.

              ( Notice given 27 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    29    Mr Littleproud : To move—That this House:

(1)         congratulates the Australian Government for its sensible and pragmatic approach to ensuring energy security and affordability in Australia;

(2)         acknowledges that balancing our energy supply through the use of clean-fired coal, renewable energy sources and liquefied gas will be key to the Australian Government’s approach;

(3)         notes that:

(a)         Queensland is home to a number of coal-fired stations and is advancing a number of renewable energy projects, placing it in a prime position to become an energy hub; and

(b)         the coal industry directly employs over 44,000 people and pays over $5.7 billion in wages and salaries; and

(4)         condemns the Federal Opposition and Queensland Government for their reckless and unrealistic renewable energy targets of 50 per cent, which only serve to threaten energy security and jobs, as well as drastically escalate the cost of electricity for individuals, businesses and industry as a whole.

              ( Notice given 28 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    30    Ms Keay : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the retail trades industry is the second largest employment category in Australia, it employs 1.2 million, or one in nine, Australians and 52 per cent of these workers have no post school qualification;

(b)         the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC’s) decision to cut penalty rates in the retail trade will hit those most powerless to change jobs;

(c)         the take home pay of hundreds of thousands of workers will be cut because of the FWC decision to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for the retail trade;

(d)         workers affected are being treated as second class citizens and their work is not being valued;

(e)         whilst a few jobs may be created on the margins of the economy, the removal of these workers’ spending power from the economy will override any minimal jobs growth; and

(f)          many families will struggle all over the country because of this short sighted decision;

(2)         condemns Government Members and Senators who called for cuts to penalty rates and their continuous pressuring of the FWC to reduce penalty rates; and

(3)         calls on:

(a)         Government Members and Senators to stand with Labor to protect low paid workers take home pay; and

(b)         the House to support Labor’s Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay) Bill 2017, to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 .

              ( Notice given 28 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    31    Ms McGowan : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the dairy industry is currently going through a period of major structural adjustment;

(b)         the impacts of this adjustment are hurting many in our community, and as highlighted in the Government’s report on the recent Victorian dairy roundtables, the safety net has failed to respond quickly enough to the needs of these farming businesses;

(c)         while the Government should urgently address the problems with the existing safety net, we also need to plan for the future of the industry and develop clear strategies for how it can grow and prosper;

(d)         at this time there are great opportunities for growth and expansion of the dairy industry and with the right support from the Government, coordinated planning at the local level and partnership with industry, the future of the dairy industry is bright;

(e)         there are great examples of communities forging ahead with a vision and strategy, while the Government and industry are falling behind;

(f)          one example is the Alpine Valleys Dairy Pathways Project (AVDPP), a grass roots movement driven by farmers, which has now built partnerships with councils, industry, social services, and education and employment networks;

(g)         the AVDP Project has a strategic plan to increase milk production in the region by 80 per cent by 2025, with the model having proven to be a powerful tool in creating change and delivered several high quality projects to date focusing on education, farm succession and transition, and planning for growth; and

(h)         on 24 February, at a community meeting of the AVDPP Project attended by more than 100 people in Tangambalanga, key concerns to address included:

                                                          (i)       the need for a vision and strategy that links the Government and industry;

                                                        (ii)       the need for greater support for agricultural education and school vocational education, agriculture needs to be presented as a viable career path;

                                                       (iii)       the opportunities available to invest in the next generation of dairy farms; and

                                                      (iv)       recognition of the need for greater support for actions at the local level, place based ownership and solutions; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         meet with industry leaders who are developing plans for the future of their industry, working with them and investing in their future potential;

(b)         invest in supporting the creation of this positive future and grass roots models, and making the long term planning and investment needed to support a strong and positive future for agriculture and rural communities; and

(c)         sponsor a summit on dairy and related industries to discuss this positive future, build a partnership with communities and create a vision for the future of the industry.

              ( Notice given 28 February 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    32    Mr Albanese : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         there are close to 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, posing a grave threat to all humanity;

(b)         nuclear weapons remain the only weapons of mass destruction not yet expressly prohibited under international law;

(c)         the United Nations will convene a conference from 27 to 31 March and 15 June to 7 July 2017 to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination;

(d)         the United Nations General Assembly has encouraged all United Nations member states to participate in the conference; and

(e)         Australia, as a state party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, is legally required to pursue negotiations in good faith for nuclear disarmament; and

(2)         urges the Government to participate constructively in the conference.

              ( Notice given 1 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    33    Mr Leeser : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises that the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP):

(a)         has been operating since 1948;

(b)         aims to promote and support English language skills for new migrants and humanitarian entrants;

(c)         is the Government’s largest English language program;

(d)         provides English language training for new members of the Australian community; and

(e)         provides essential life skills for all eligible new migrants and humanitarian entrants;

(2)         acknowledges the importance of the AMEP in delivering foundation English language skills to newly arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants to prepare them for work and participation in Australian society; and

(3)         notes:

(a)         that last year more than 59,000 new migrants and humanitarian entrants benefited from training delivered by the AMEP; and

(b)         this Government’s ongoing support for the AMEP, in the interests of all Australians.

              ( Notice given 20 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    34    Mr Entsch : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         that the Australian Government grants free access and unrestricted travel to officials, journalists and citizens from the People’s Republic of China, and the same level of access and freedom to travel to Tibet is not afforded to Australian officials, journalists and citizens by the Government of the People’s Republic of China;

(b)         Australian officials, journalists and travellers wanting to visit China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region and Tibetan autonomous prefectures in China’s Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces are routinely denied access and if access is granted, are subjected to close monitoring, compelled to join government-organised tours, and/or face other restrictions;

(c)         repeated requests since mid-2014, for the Chinese Government to respond positively to members of the relevant Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group seeking approval for a delegation to visit China’s Tibetan areas, and that over the same period, delegations representing China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region, Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces have received approval to enter Australia and travel freely within the country; and

(d)         reciprocity is a fundamental principle of diplomatic practice that promotes mutual exchanges, mutual benefit and the development of friendly relations between countries;

(2)         expresses concern that:

(a)         China has regularly closed the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas in China to any entry by foreign tourists; and

(b)         Australian officials, journalists and citizens regularly face refusals and restrictions when applying to visit Tibetan areas in China;

(3)         calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)         renew efforts to ensure reciprocal access to China for Australian officials, journalists and citizens and for travel within China—as Chinese officials, journalists and citizens have to Australia for travel within Australia; and

(b)         ensure that visits to China by Australian officials and journalists, to a similar extent as visits to Australia by Chinese officials and journalists, are unrestricted and allow open interaction with the local population, freedom to move about and observe unhindered, and promote genuine understanding between the peoples of the two countries; and

(4)         calls on the Chinese Government to lift restrictions on access to China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region and Tibetan autonomous prefectures in Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces for officials, journalists and citizens from Australia and respond positively to the pending request by Australian parliamentarians to visit Tibetan areas in China.

              ( Notice given 20 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    35    Mr Albanese : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes the growth of the craft brewing sector in recent years as a generator of employment, tourism and exports in capital cities and regional communities;

(2)         further notes:

(a)         there is an inequity between how Commonwealth excise is calculated for small and large scale brewers which disadvantages the craft brewing sector;

(b)         that excise currently accounts for a disproportionate amount of the costs of production for small brewers and the calculation of excise imposes a significant burden on them; and

(c)         this small business sector provides local employment and is an emerging tourism attraction; and

(3)         urges

(a)         the Australian Government to ensure policy settings which encourage the realisation of the potential of the craft brewing sector; and

(b)         state and local governments to update their planning controls and development approval to facilitate the growth of the craft brewing sector.

              ( Notice given 20 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    36    Ms M. L. Landry : To move—That this House notes:

(1)         the Government’s $220 million commitment to fixing mobile phone blackspots in regional Australia;

(2)         that Rounds 1 and 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program have led to many positive outcomes for regional and remote Australians through the rollout of 765 towers; and

(3)         that when in Government, Labor failed to set aside appropriate funds to help improve mobile phone coverage in regional and remote Australia.

              ( Notice given 21 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    37    Mr Howarth : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the easy access of violent sexually explicit material online poses a risk to our children’s wellbeing; and

(b)         authoritative research has linked regular consumption of pornography by adolescents depicting violence with increased degrees of sexually aggressive behaviour; and

(2)         calls on our community to work together to:

(a)         increase awareness that exposure to graphic images can influence children’s attitude towards sexual behaviour;

(b)         encourage open discussions within families; and

(c)         utilise the services of the eSafety Commissioner’s online iparent website to increase awareness of how families can keep safe online.

              ( Notice given 21 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    38    Mr Albanese : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Perth Freight Link (PFL) project was conceived by the Commonwealth and announced in the 2014 budget without any prior consultation with the Western Australia Government, Infrastructure Australia, local government, the business and agribusiness sectors and the wider community;

(b)         at the time it was announced, the project was not mentioned in any of the Western Australian Government policy statements on future priorities for the state, including its State Planning Strategy 2050, Draft Perth Freight Transport Network Plan and Draft State Port Strategic Plan;

(c)         although it was promoted as a way to take trucks to the Port of Fremantle, planning has been so inadequate and hurried, that on its current design the road would stop 3 kilometres short of the port;

(d)         in developing the PFL proposal, the Commonwealth and state governments have failed to acknowledge that Fremantle Port is fast reaching capacity and the harbor has insufficient depth to handle the new generation of larger cargo ships;

(e)         the business case for the project is fundamentally flawed, with the cost of building the road likely to be far greater than estimated and the benefit-cost ratio less than forecast;

(f)          construction of the PFL would cause serious damage to the natural environment, most notably the Beeliar Wetlands that contains significant and rare species of plants and animals including the threatened Carnaby’s black cockatoos;

(g)         construction of the road would destroy the sacred and cultural sites of the local Indigenous communities; and

(h)         the project was comprehensively rejected by West Australians in the state election held on 11 March 2017; and

(2)         calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)         withdraw its support for the PFL project, and re-commit the project’s total funding of $1.2 billion to the public transport infrastructure Perth urgently needs;

(b)         work with the Western Australian Government to identify rail and traffic management strategies to expedite freight movement around the current Fremantle Port facilities; and

(c)         work with the Western Australian Government to identify and develop future projects that will best meet the state’s long term infrastructure needs, including a second port at Kwinana, and that those projects be supported by fully developed business cases that are submitted to Infrastructure Australia for assessment.

              ( Notice given 21 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    39    Mr Hill : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         pursuant to a decision of the 2016-17 federal budget, the Department of Social Services is currently undertaking a redesign of the Strengthening Communities grants program, to be known as the Strong and Resilient Communities grants program from 1 January 2018;

(b)         the Strengthening Communities grants program currently provides around $18 million per year to projects which address disadvantage and build opportunity in communities around Australia;

(c)         under the current grants program, there is a specific funding stream for volunteer management programs, which in 2017 will fund volunteer support services in local communities to a total of around $7.4 million;

(d)         the Department of Social Services has proposed that this volunteer management stream of grants funding will be abolished from 1 January 2018, meaning volunteer support services will be forced to compete with other worthwhile community services and removing any guarantee that they will be funded at all;

(e)         this is the latest reduction in funding allocated to volunteer management since the decision was made to transfer responsibility for volunteering from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to the Department of Social Services in 2014, a move which volunteering peak bodies and representatives opposed; and

(f)          the national peak body for volunteering, Volunteering Australia, states that this move will ‘rip the heart out of local volunteer support services’, which play an important role in Australian communities by leading volunteers in a wide variety of organisations and services, from the human services and the arts to environmental, animal welfare and sporting groups;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         approximately 5.8 million Australians, or 31 per cent of the population, volunteer, with Dr Lisel O’Dwyer of Flinders University estimating their annual contribution to Australia as $290 billion;

(b)         volunteering plays an important role in delivering the priorities of the Government, with volunteers contributing many thousands of hours per year to the aged care workforce, the disability services, schools and hospitals, art galleries, libraries and sporting clubs—bolstering economic participation, mitigating isolation and loneliness and increasing social inclusion and participation;

(c)         while volunteering is defined as ‘time willingly given, for the common good and without financial gain’, it does not happen free, and requires the investment of resources in volunteer support services in order to maintain a professional, responsive and efficient volunteer workforce; and

(d)         the withdrawal of funding to volunteer management services will threaten the viability of the thousands of volunteering organisations and will have a huge impact on the community; and

(3)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         congratulate community-based volunteer support services for the work that they do to support strong, healthy and resilient Australian communities through an effective and professional volunteer workforce, and

(b)         recognise the importance of funding volunteer management services and Volunteering Australia’s campaign to retain funding for volunteer management as part of the federal budget.

              ( Notice given 21 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    40    Mr Albanese : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises that:

(a)         Australia’s cities require investment and leadership from the Government to deal with a number of pressing challenges, especially urban congestion;

(b)         Infrastructure Australia has estimated that urban congestion will cost $53 billion in lost productivity by 2031 if left unaddressed; and

(c)         public transport is essential for the realisation of the vision of 30 minute cities;

(2)         notes that a number of factors contribute to the worsening of urban congestion, including:

(a)         Australia’s transition to a knowledge intensive economy, which means employment opportunities continue to cluster in the CBDs of our cities;

(b)         high house prices that have seen key workers, single person households and families on very low and middle incomes struggle to find homes close to work, resulting in drive-in drive-out suburbs in nearly all capital cities;

(c)         the rapid growth of Australia’s cities, which will see the four largest capitals—Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth—increase their population by 46 per cent and Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart and Darwin increase their population by nearly 30 per cent by 2031; and

(3)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         use evidence-based policy to support investment in the infrastructure that is required to reduce urban congestion in Australia’s cities; and

(b)         use the upcoming budget to provide investment for public transport projects listed by Infrastructure Australia as priorities, some of which have suffered funding cuts under the Coalition Government, including the Metro Trains Melbourne, the Cross River Rail, Western Sydney Rail, the Gawler rail line upgrade, and the AdeLINK tram network.

              ( Notice given 23 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    41    Mr Husic : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises that 2017 marks 70 years since the Philippines established its first diplomatic office in Australia;

(2)         celebrates the strength of the bilateral diplomatic relations between Australia and the Philippines over those 70 years; and

(3)         acknowledges the importance of effective diplomatic relations with the Philippines, which are underpinned by our shared history and deep and enduring relationship.

              ( Notice given 23 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    42    Mr Danby : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         26 April 2017 marked the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Guernica;

(b)         this was the first time that civilians and civilian property and infrastructure were intentionally targeted in a systematic and wholesale attack from the air;

(c)         Hitler and Mussolini had agreed to help Franco’s Nationalists overthrow the elected Republican government in Spain; and

(d)         this was a dress rehearsal for new German and Italian aircraft, weaponry and tactics of the greater conflicts to come in World War II; and

(2)         calls on all Australians to remember this crime against humanity in order to ensure Australia’s continuing condemnation of any attempts to repeat such horrors.

              ( Notice given 23 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    43    Mr Georganas : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the pivotal and vital role that our schools play in preparing our children to be active and contributing citizens;

(2)         notes:

(a)         that school education is an essential component in providing children with the skills and knowledge they need to reach their full potential, including academic, social and communication skills; and

(b)         the important work that schools undertake to ensure that students are prepared for the challenges of further study and working life, especially in new emerging technological and scientific fields;

(3)         acknowledges and thanks school leaders, teachers and support staff for their dedication, commitment and professionalism in ensuring not only that every child learns, but is also nurtured and cared for; and

(4)         further notes:

(a)         that the one factor that makes the biggest difference in a child’s learning is the quality of their teachers;

(b)         the challenges faced by teachers and support staff in providing individual care and assistance to students who are struggling with various aspects of their school life; and

(c)         the need for governments to fully support teachers in this important work.

              ( Notice given 27 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    44    Ms Husar : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         reducing penalty rates will have a disproportionate effect on women;

(b)         women make up 54 per cent of workers on the Fast Food Industry Award, 55 per cent on the General Retail Industry Award and 77 per cent on the Pharmacy Industry Award;

(c)         in hospitality women are disproportionately part time and award reliant;

(d)         the Government has refused to rule out cuts to the Hair and Beauty Industry Award, an award for an industry comprised of 87 per cent women; and

(e)         thousands more women will be affected by these penalty rates cuts than men;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         women are more likely to rely on penalty rates to meet household expenses;

(b)         the cuts in take home pay of up to $77 a week will make it harder for women to pay rent and feed their families; and

(c)         the cuts to penalty rates in these industries will widen the gender pay gap;

(3)         condemns the Government’s:

(a)         failure to protect the take home pay of low paid women workers; and

(b)         support for further cuts to the Hair and Beauty Industry Award; and

(4)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         support Labor’s Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay) Bill 2017 to protect the take home pay of low paid workers;

(b)         exercise some leadership and stand up for low paid workers; and

(c)         start working to close the gender pay gap.

              ( Notice given 28 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      45    Mr Katter : To present a Bill for an Act to require the equal treatment of the religious certification of products, and for related purposes. ( Religious Certification (Non-Discrimination) Bill 2017 )

              ( Notice given 28 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    46    Ms McGowan : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         access to justice is a right of all rural and regional Australians;

(b)         Community Legal Centres deliver frontline legal advice and casework to those who cannot otherwise access legal advice and advocacy, people with disabilities or mental illness, the elderly, the young and Indigenous Australians;

(c)         on 1 July 2017, the community legal sector will lose 30 per cent of its Commonwealth funding which will have an immediate and adverse impact nationally, magnified in rural and regional areas;

(d)         for the Hume Riverina Community Legal Service (HRCLS), this funding cut will result in the equivalent loss of one full-time lawyer;

(e)         the HRCLS is the only community legal service in North East Victoria and the Southern Riverina of NSW and is a cross border service, playing a unique role in helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people in 17 local government areas;

(f)          the existing funding level already means people are turned away, for example, in 2016 the HRCLS had almost 3,000 enquiries for advice, with 900 people turned away—a third due to insufficient resources; and

(g)         this funding cut will mean that almost 500 people could be turned away from the HRCLS due to insufficient resources; and

(2)         calls on the Government to reverse this decision and commit to funding the community legal sector to the level necessary to deliver effective and timely legal advice and casework to the vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our communities.

              ( Notice given 28 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

    47    Mr Hammond : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Government established a panel to review the Small Amount Credit Contract (SACC) laws on 7 August 2015, which provided its final report to the Government on 3 March 2016;

(b)         the Government released its response to the SACC review on 28 November 2016, in which it agreed with the vast majority of the recommendations in part or in full;

(c)         the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services said at the time that ‘the implementation of these recommendations will ensure that vulnerable consumers are afforded appropriate levels of consumer protection while continuing to access SACCs and leases’;

(d)         the Minister claimed in an interview on Lateline on 28 February 2017 that Treasury was drafting legislation to implement the review’s recommendations; and

(e)         in response to questioning in Senate Additional Estimates by Senator Gallagher on 1 March 2017, Treasury’s head of the Financial System Division confirmed that drafting had not commenced for a Bill to enact the SACC review recommendations accepted by the Government;

(2)         acknowledges that consumer credit contracts and consumer leases have been shown to cause unnecessary hardship to vulnerable consumers, and that the Parliament should act to protect vulnerable consumers;

(3)         recognises that the delay in introducing legislation for consideration by the Parliament, to implement the SACC review recommendations, results in an unnecessary continuation of hardship to vulnerable consumers and their families;

(4)         congratulates the consumer advocate groups who attended Parliament House on 27 March 2017 to raise the profile of this important issue; and

(5)         calls on the Government to immediately prepare legislation for consideration by the Parliament, to implement the SACC review recommendations.

              ( Notice given 28 March 2017. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

Orders of the day

         1    Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2016 ( Mr Watts ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 May 2017. )

         2    Australian Postal Corporation (Unsolicited Political Communications) Bill 2016 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 May 2017. )

         3    Death penalty: Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Zimmerman —That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         the strong multi-party commitment in Australia to see an end to the death penalty worldwide;

(b)         that 10 October was World Day Against the Death Penalty, an important moment to mark our resolve to end capital punishment around the world;

(c)         that the evidence overwhelmingly shows that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent to crime;

(d)         that the death penalty is the ultimate cruel and inhumane punishment and Australia opposes its use in all cases;

(e)         that the international trend shows the world is moving away from the death penalty—in 1977 only 16 countries had abolished the death penalty, now 140 nations have abolished capital punishment in law or practice;

(f)          that despite this overwhelming trend, 2015 saw more people executed than in any year in the past quarter century, with executions carried out by several of Australia’s neighbours and allies; and

(g)         that Australia has the opportunity to influence progress towards the worldwide abolition of the death penalty in its relationships with key regional and global partners;

(2)         welcomes the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into Australia’s Advocacy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty ‘A world without the death penalty’ (May 2016), and looks forward to the Government’s response to its recommendations; and

(3)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         continue to strengthen its efforts to advocate for an end to the death penalty wherever it still occurs;

(b)         support civil society efforts to advocate for an end to the death penalty, particularly in retentionist countries; and

(c)         encourage other United Nations member states to support a global moratorium on the death penalty at upcoming United Nations General Assembly negotiations on a moratorium resolution.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 May 2017. )

         4    National Week of Deaf People: Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Owens —That this House:

(1)         recognises that 15 to 23 October is National Week of Deaf People, which provides an opportunity for:

(a)         deaf people to celebrate their communities and achievements;

(b)         awareness of local, state and national communities to be promoted; and

(c)         Parliament’s current pilot of captioning in the House and Senate to be acknowledged;

(2)         notes the rights of deaf people to access Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN) as their first language; and

(3)         acknowledges that:

(a)         deaf people are a minority both culturally and linguistically; and

(b)         acceptance of the need for bilingual education of AUSLAN and English is necessary to promote equality and lifelong learning.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 May 2017. )

         5    Cancer: Resumption of debate ( from  17 October 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Broadbent —That this House:

(1)         recognises that cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Australia, causing to 33 per cent of deaths;

(2)         further recognises that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month;

(3)         congratulates the Government for being committed to cancer research through funding the National Health and Medical Research Council and Cancer Australia, and establishing the Medical Research Future Fund;

(4)         welcomes the Government providing $18.5 million to the McGrath Foundation to deliver 57 trained breast care nurses to assist and care for people diagnosed with breast cancer;

(5)         further congratulates the Government for delivering savings to taxpayers while ensuring that the latest cancer-fighting medications are on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), available for patients as soon as possible, without fear or favour;

(6)         welcomes the addition of new drugs such as Herceptin and Kadcyla within the Government’s investment in the PBS; and

(7)         further welcomes the large number of approvals for cancer-fighting drugs that this Government has approved for the PBS, worth over $1.9 billion.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on 22 May 2017. )

         6    Drowning deaths: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Dr McVeigh —That this House:

(1)         recognises that the number of drownings in Australia increased from 267 deaths in 2014-15 to 280 in 2015-16 as stated in the Royal Life Saving’s National Drowning Report (September 2016), which shows:

(a)         a quarter of all drownings occurred in inland waterways such as rivers, creeks and dams;

(b)         almost one fifth of all deaths occurred in people aged 25 to 35 years;

(c)         86 per cent of all drowning deaths were males; and

(d)         there was a 30 per cent decrease in deaths of people aged 0 to 4 years;

(2)         acknowledges that every incidence of drowning has a wider impact including family, rescuers and communities;

(3)         recognises that the Government released the Australian Water Safety Strategy in April 2016, which aims to reduce drowning deaths by 50 per cent by 2020;

(4)         acknowledges that the Government is partnering with the peak water safety bodies such as Royal Life Saving (RLS), Surf Life Saving (SLS) and AUSTSWIM as well as Australian Water Safety Council Members and federal, state, territory and local governments, to work to prevent drowning;

(5)         recognises that the Government is providing funding of $3.6 million in 2016-17 through the National Recreation Safety Program work towards the target of reducing drowning deaths; and

(6)         congratulates RLS, SLS and other community groups for their work in educating people on the potential dangers of all our beaches and waterways.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

         7    Deeming rates for Australian pensioners: Resumption of debate ( from  7 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Husar —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Government is short changing Australian pensioners;

(b)         despite interest rates falling from 2.25 per cent in February 2015 to 1.50 per cent today, the Government has failed to adjust deeming rates for Australian pensioners;

(c)         currently a single pensioner’s savings are deemed at 1.75 per cent on the first $49,200 and any amount over that is deemed at 3.25 per cent;

(d)         deeming rates are supposed to reflect returns across a range of investment choices available in the market, but the Government is failing to act by lowering deeming rates; and

(e)         Australian part-pensioners are doing it tough in a low interest rate environment and pensioners are crying out for some relief; and

(2)         calls on the Prime Minister to immediately reduce deeming rates in line with falling interest rates, so that pensioners’ assets are deemed fairly and Australian pensioners finally get some relief.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

         8    Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Christmas) Bill 2016 ( Mr Bandt ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

         9    Renew Australia Bill 2016 ( Mr Bandt ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      10    Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Protect the Eureka Flag) Bill 2016 ( Ms C. F. King ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      11    High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill 2016 ( Mr Albanese ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      12    UNICEF—70th Anniversary: Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms Henderson —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         UNICEF celebrates its 70th anniversary on 11 December 2016; and

(b)         it is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and expand opportunities to reach their full potential;

(2)         acknowledges the work of UNICEF which now operates in over 190 countries and territories and provides a range of important services including child protection, education and child survival needs (such as nutrition and sanitation);

(3)         notes that the Government provides $21 million a year in core funding to UNICEF’s regular resources as set out in the Strategic Partnership Framework 2016-2020 signed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on 27 April 2016;

(4)         acknowledges the Minister for Foreign Affairs’ October 2016 announcement of $1.5 million in funding for UNICEF following Hurricane Matthew in Haiti; and

(5)         congratulates UNICEF and its staff around the world for all the good work they do and wishes them well into the future.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      13    Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 [No. 2] ( Mr Bandt ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  21 November 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      14    Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Amendment) (Tagging Live-stock) Bill 2016 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      15    Fair Work Amendment (Pay Protection) Bill 2016 ( Mr Bandt ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      16    Air Services Amendment Bill 2016 ( Mr Bandt ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      17    Migration Amendment (Putting Local Workers First) Bill 2016 ( Mr Shorten ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      18    Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Regional Australia Statements) Bill 2016 ( Ms McGowan ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      19    World AIDS Day: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Ms T. M. Butler —That this House: 

(1)         notes that:

(a)         1 December marks World AIDS Day, which is held every year to raise awareness about the issues concerning HIV and AIDS, and is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died; and

(b)         the theme for World AIDS Day this year is ‘HIV is still here—and it’s on the move’;

(2)         acknowledges the roles played by people living with HIV and their friends, family, supporters, AIDS activists and researchers, past and present, in making living with HIV possible; and

(3)         will support actions to reduce stigma and prevent new HIV transmissions, and work towards a cure.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      20    Korean War: Resumption of debate ( from  28 November 2016 ) on the motion of Mr Hastie —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         from 21 to 28 of October the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs undertook a veterans mission to Korea; and

(b)         eight veterans joined the Minister to tour battlefields and attend commemorations, including Mr Gordon Hughes DSM, Mr Graham Connor, Mr Les Hall, Mr Jack Lang, Mr John Murphy, Lieutenant Commander Les Powell RAN (Retd.), Colonel Peter Scott DSO (Retd.), and Mr Ray Seaver;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         this year marks the 65th anniversaries of the Battle of Maryang San and the Battle of Kapyong;

(b)         the Battle of Maryang San took place on 3 October when the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, as part of the 28th British Commonwealth Infantry Brigade, took part in Operation Commando, which included the capture of Hill 317, where 20 Australians were killed and 89 wounded—noted as the most significant Australian action of the Korean War;

(c)         in the Battle of Kapyong on 22 to 25 April 1951, the 27th British Commonwealth Infantry Brigade, including the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, was instrumental in stalling the Chinese advance on Seoul, with 32 Australians being killed, 59 wounded and 3 taken prisoner;

(d)         more than 17,000 Australians served in the Korean War and the post armistice period, with more than 1,200 wounded; and

(e)         the names of 356 Australians killed in Korea are listed on the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour; and

(3)         notes:

(a)         that although it has been called the ‘forgotten war’ in Australia, Korea and its people are still grateful for the significant contribution the Australian forces made in the defence of a free Republic of Korea; and

(b)         the service and sacrifice of those who fought in the Korean War.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      21    Social Security Legislation Amendment (Fair Debt Recovery) Bill 2017 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  13 February 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      22    Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Transparency) Bill 2017 ( Mr Shorten ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  13 February 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      23    Infrastructure Australia Amendment (Social Sustainability) Bill 2017 ( Ms McGowan ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  13 February 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      24    Competition and Consumer Amendment (Exploitation of Indigenous Culture) Bill 2017 ( Mr Katter ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  13 February 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      25    National Stronger Regions Fund and Victoria: Resumption of debate ( from  27 February 2017 ) on the motion of Ms Henderson —That this House:

(1)         congratulates the Government on the success of the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF);

(2)         acknowledges the significant and positive impact that the NSRF is having in rural, remote and disadvantaged regions around Australia; and

(3)         notes that the:

(a)         Government is investing $153,814,329 in 53 projects around Victoria under 3 rounds of the NSRF; and

(b)         NSRF is delivering infrastructure projects to create jobs in regional areas, improve community facilities and support stronger and more sustainable communities across Victoria.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      26    Parliamentary Entitlements Amendment (Ending the Rorts) Bill 2017 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  27 February 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      27    University funding and fees: Resumption of debate ( from  27 February 2017 ) on the motion of Ms Plibersek —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         in the coming weeks, more than one million Australians will resume their university studies for the 2017 academic year;

(b)         the Government’s failure to release its plans for university funding and fees is creating uncertainty for students planning to commence their studies in 2018 and beyond;

(c)         Australian students already pay some of the highest university fees in the OECD;

(d)         increasing fees will leave young Australians with significant debt burdens; and

(e)         paying off significant debt puts extra pressure on young Australians at critical times in their lives, like when they are saving for a house or considering starting a family; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         end the uncertainty facing students and their parents and finally make it clear, after nine months of inaction, what its plans are for higher education funding and fees from 2018;

(b)         rule out significant fee increases;

(c)         abandon its 20 per cent cut to university grants;

(d)         reverse its short-sighted cuts to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program; and

(e)         confirm that it will prevent the Americanisation of our university system through higher fees and higher student debt.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      28    Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Weekend Pay and Penalty Rates) Bill 2017 ( Mr Bandt ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  20 March 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      29    Live Animal Export Prohibition (Ending Cruelty) Bill 2017 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  20 March 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      30    National Land Transport Amendment (Best Practice Rail Investment) Bill 2017 ( Ms McGowan ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  20 March 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      31    Penalty rates: Resumption of debate ( from  20 March 2017 ) on the motion of Ms O’Toole —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         families in regional and rural Australia rely on penalty rates to survive;

(b)         the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC’s) decision to cut penalty rates will hurt retail and hospitality workers and their families in regional and rural Australia;

(c)         the take home pay of families in regional and rural Australia will be severely impacted as a result of the FWC’s decision to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for retail and hospitality workers;

(d)         cutting penalty rates in regional and rural areas would also have a devastating flow-on impact for regional economies; and

(e)         the McKell Institute estimates that disposable income in regional areas will fall by between $174.6 and $748.3 million if penalty rates are cut in hospitality and retail awards;

(2)         condemns Government Members and Senators who called for cuts to penalty rates and their continuous pressuring of the FWC to reduce penalty rates; and

(3)         calls on:

(a)         Government Members and Senators to stand with Labor to protect low paid workers take home pay; and

(b)         the House to support Labor’s Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay) Bill 2017, to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 .

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      32    Australia and the United States of America: Resumption of debate ( from  20 March 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Hastie —That this House:

(1)         recognises the strong historic relationship that exists between Australia and the United States of America;

(2)         acknowledges the Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty, which for the past 65 years has provided for our mutual defence, anchored regional stability, and spurred economic growth;

(3)         notes the many ties that bind our nations together, in areas including:

(a)         intelligence and law enforcement, where information sharing and coordination are at all-time highs, which has led to the prevention of far more terrorist attacks than have occurred;

(b)         security cooperation, in which Australia has made valuable contributions in the past 15 years to the United States-led campaigns against terror in Afghanistan, Iraq and across the Middle East, noting as well that the United States Force Posture Initiatives in Australia, launched in 2012, have and will continue to enhance the readiness and interoperability of our militaries;

(c)         trade, with the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement in particular having expanded the flow of fair, free, and high-standard trade between our countries for 12 years;

(d)         investment, recognising that the United States is Australia’s largest foreign investor, and the top destination for Australian investment, with mutual investment by the United States and Australia in each other’s economies having grown to nearly AUD$2 trillion; and

(e)         political engagement, including the frequent exchange of politicians, officials and dignitaries between our nations, recognising in particular that over the last three years alone, the President, Vice President, and half of the President’s cabinet has visited Australia, as well as more than 100 congressional delegations and prominent United States governors; and

(4)         affirms that our nations’ mutual and long-standing commitment to freedom, democracy and the pursuit of happiness will continue to guide and shape our relationship into the future, through both challenging and prosperous times ahead.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      33    Banking Amendment (Establishing an Effective Code of Conduct) Bill 2017 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  27 March 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      34    People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry (Banking and Financial Services) Bill 2017 ( Mr Katter ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  27 March 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      35    Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay) Bill 2017 ( Mr Shorten ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  27 March 2017 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

      36    Tuberculosis: Resumption of debate ( from  27 March 2017 ) on the motion of Mr Entsch —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 2015, 1.8 million people died from tuberculosis worldwide and 10.4 million people became sick with the disease, with over 60 per cent of cases occurring in countries in our region;

(d)         Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the highest rates of tuberculosis infection in the Pacific, with an estimated 33,000 total cases including 2,000 drug-resistant cases, in 2015; and

(e)         tuberculosis is:

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

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

(2)         recognises:

(a)         the impact of the increased support by Australia to combat tuberculosis in PNG, and the need for continued support for prevention and treatment, as well as development of new tools and strategies to combat tuberculosis, consistent with the World Health Organisation’s ‘The End TB Strategy’;

(b)         current Australian Government funding of health and medical research is helping to bring new medicines and diagnostic tests to market for tuberculosis and other neglected diseases; and

(c)         the ongoing support for research and development of new simple and affordable treatment tools for tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is essential if the goals of ‘The End TB Strategy’ are to be met;

(3)         acknowledges the work of Australia’s partners in fighting tuberculosis, including the Burnet Institute and Global Fund, in partnership with the Government of PNG and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre’s ‘Treaty Village Resilience Project’ in building capacity in villages of the Western Province, to deliver platforms for the delivery of improved health services including tuberculosis prevention and treatment; and

(4)         calls on the Australian Government to provide continued funding for tuberculosis prevention and treatment in PNG, and continued funding for the development of improved diagnostics and medications to combat tuberculosis, beyond 2017.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 22 May 2017. )

 

 

 

 

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