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Wednesday, 8 August 2001
Page: 29503

The following notices were given:

Mr Price —to move:

That this House:

(1) welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs of the long awaited pilot program of housing women and children asylum seekers outside of the Woomera Immigration Detention Centre;

(2) notes that the Human Rights Subcommittee was very concerned at the impact of detention on families particularly women and children, and the improvement in the condition and treatment of families is a priority for that Committee; and

(3) expresses concern at the reported condition of 6 year old Shayan Saeed in Villawood IDC who has spent 17 months in detention and now does not eat, does not speak nor respond to human contact and assumes the foetal position when frightened and is apparently regularly re-hydrated at hospital.

Mr Baird —to move:

That this House:

(1) commends the Australian Government on its moves to establish a whale sanctuary at the most recent meeting of the International Whaling Commission in London;

(2) records its regret that the motion was defeated after failing to receive the required 75 per cent backing from member states; and

(3) calls on those states who abstained or voted against the motion to review their positions in order to allow this important initiative to proceed.

Mr Abbott —to present a bill for an act to amend the Workplace Relations Act 1996, and for related purposes.

Mr McGauran —to present a bill for an act to amend the Trade Practices Act 1974, and for related purposes.

Mr Slipper —to present a bill for an act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, and for related purposes.