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Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Page: 9141


Ms HALL (10:39 AM) —I present the report of the recommendations of the whips relating to committee and delegation reports and private members’ business for Monday, 20 October 2008. Copies of the report have been placed on the table. The report has the agreement of the Chief Opposition Whip, the honourable member for Fairfax.

The report read as follows—

Pursuant to standing order 41A, the Whips recommend the following items of committee and delegation reports and private Members’ business for Monday 20 October 2008. The order of precedence and allotments of time for items in the Main Committee and Chamber are as follows:

Items recommended for Main Committee (6.55 to 8.30 pm)

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Notices

1 MR HARTSUYKER: to move:

That the House notes with concern, the failure of the GROCERYchoice website to provide meaningful information to consumers, in particular the:

(1)   failure of GROCERYchoice to provide meaningful information in a timely fashion;

(2)   failure of GROCERYchoice to enable a comparison of price and quality; and

(3)   inherent bias of GROCERYchoice against independent retailers.

Time allotted—30 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Mr Hartsuyker—10 minutes.

First Government Member speaking—10 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 2 x 10 mins and 2 x 5 mins]

The Whips recommended that consideration of this matter should continue on a future day.

2 MR ADAMS: to move:

That the House:

(1)   recognises the difficulties farming communities in Tasmania are facing because of the prolonged drought;

(2)   congratulates the Tasmanian State Government for its efforts in getting emergency water to the hardest hit areas;

(3)   commits to the extension of support programs to allow those areas to assist rural areas in dealing with the mental trauma of drought; and

(4)   continues to support the introduction of new schemes for water delivery and water recycling.

Time allotted—30 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Mr Adams—5 minutes.

First Opposition Member speaking—5 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 6 x 5 mins]

The Whips recommended that consideration of this matter should continue on a future day.

3 MR PYNE: to move:

That the House:

(1)   notes:

(a)   today there are hundreds of thousands of children working on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast and Ghana and that these children routinely carry heavy loads, and work with fire, chemicals and knives, with little or no protection. Many of them have no chance of going to school;

(b)   about 70 per cent of the cocoa beans used to make chocolate around the world come from West Africa, namely Ivory Coast and Ghana; and

(c)   the principal reason that child labour is employed to grow cocoa is because cocoa farmers are paid so poorly for their produce;

(2)   commends World Vision Australia for its ‘Don’t Trade Lives’ campaign to draw attention to the plight of child exploitation in the world today; and

(3)   calls on the Prime Minister to take action to ensure that the chocolate industry knows Australia is serious about ending child exploitation and slavery by introducing a policy requiring vending machines in Australian Government offices to stock Fair Trade Chocolate exclusively.

Time allotted—25 minutes.

Speech time limits—

Mr Pyne—10 minutes.

First Government Member speaking—5 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 1 x 10 mins and 3 x 5 mins]

The Whips recommended that consideration of this matter should continue on a future day.

4 MS SAFFIN: to move:

That the House:

(1)   notes that:

(a)   the 19 June 2008 marks the 63rd birthday of Nobel laureate and leader of the democracy movement in Burma, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi;

(b)   Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been held under house arrest since May 2003, and periodically before then since 1989;

(c)   the Burmese military dictatorship has refused to acknowledge the results of the 1990 election, in which the National League for Democracy of which Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was General Secretary, won an overwhelming majority; and

(d)   Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has refused a number of opportunities to leave Burma, even to visit her dying husband, knowing that she would be denied the right to return to continue the struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma;

(2)   welcomes the Australian Government’s continued advocacy on behalf of democracy in Burma;

(3)   calls on the Government to continue to pressure the Burmese regime to immediately and unconditionally release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in Burma including a number of Members of Parliament and to commence an inclusive national reconciliation process to restore genuine democracy in Burma; and

(4)   that the House congratulates Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday and for her efforts to campaign for human rights and democracy on behalf of the people of Burma.

Time allotted—remaining private Members’ business time prior to 8.30 pm

Speech time limits—

Ms Saffin—5 minutes.

First Opposition Member speaking—5 minutes.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 2 x 5 mins]

The Whips recommended that consideration of this matter should continue on a future day.

Items recommended for House of Representatives Chamber (8.40 to 9.30 pm)

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION REPORTS

Presentation and statements

1 STANDING COMMITTEE ON INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Rebuilding Australia’s Coastal Shipping Industry

The Whips recommended that statements on the report may be made—all statements to conclude by 8.50 pm

Speech time limits—

Other Member—5 minutes.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 2 x 5 mins]

2 STANDING COMMITTEE ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AFFAIRS

Open for Business: Developing Indigenous enterprises in Australia

The Whips recommended that statements on the report may be made—all statements to conclude by 9.00 pm

Speech time limits—

Each Member—5 minutes.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 2 x 5 mins]

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Notices

1 MS PARKE: to move:

That the House:

(1)   notes that the 24th October is United Nations Day, celebrating the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945;

(2)   celebrates Australia’s key role in the formation of the United Nations and the drafting of the United Nations Charter;

(3)   recognises that Australia has been a consistent and long-term contributor to United Nations’ efforts to safeguard international peace and security and to promote human rights, for example, by being the 13th largest contributor to the United Nations’ budget; by contributing to many United Nations’ peacekeeping operations; and by firmly committing to increasing Australia’s development assistance and seeking real progress towards the Millennium Development Goals;

(4)   notes further the Australian Government’s commitment to the multilateral system as one of the three fundamental pillars of Australia’s foreign policy; that Australia is determined to work through the United Nations to enhance security and economic well-being worldwide; and to uphold the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter;

(5)   notes that as the only truly global organisation, the United Nations plays a critical role in addressing the global challenges that no country can resolve on its own and that Australia is determined to play its part within the United Nations to help address serious global challenges, including conflict prevention, international development, climate change, terrorism and the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction;

(6)   notes also Australia’s commitment to, and support for, reform of the United Nations’ system in order to ensure that the organisation reflects today’s world and is able to function efficiently and effectively; and

(7)   reaffirms the faith of the Australian people in the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter.

Time allotted—remaining private Members’ business time prior to 9.30 pm

Speech time limits—

Ms Parke—5 minutes.

First Opposition Member speaking—5 minutes.

Other Member—5 minutes each.

[Minimum number of proposed Members speaking = 6 x 5 mins]

The Whips recommended that consideration of this matter should continue on a future day.

Report adopted.