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Tuesday, 8 November 2016
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The following notices were given:

Ms Bishop: to present a Bill for an Act to make certain provision in relation to the export of nuclear material and nuclear-related items, and for related purposes.

Mr Tehan: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to the rehabilitation and treatment of, and compensation for, members of the Defence Force, and for related purposes.

Mr Ciobo: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991, and for related purposes.

Mr Morrison: to present a Bill for an Act relating to the primary objective of the superannuation system and the subsidiary objectives of the superannuation system, and for related purposes.

Mr Giles: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes with deep concern that:

(a) income inequality in Australia is growing such that currently the top 20 per cent of households receive half of Australia’s income while the bottom 20 per cent receive just four per cent; and

(b) in 2013 the top 1 per cent of Australian earners received 9 per cent of Australia’s income, and the top 0.1 per cent received 2.5 per cent, in both cases representing the highest proportion since the 1950s, and a proportion which continues to increase;

(2) notes rapidly increasing executive and, in particular, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) remuneration, for example between 1971 and 2008, real CEO pay grew by nearly five times, while the real average weekly earnings grew just over one and a half times despite:

(a) research showing that executive pay increases are not closely related to company performance;

(b) the belief that large disparities between executive pay and average earnings might actually demotivate a company’s employees and adversely affect priorities, as reported in the 2009 Productivity Commission inquiry into executive remuneration in Australia; and

(c) the belief that poor remuneration arrangements can promote inappropriate, risky short term decision making, carrying wider economic ramifications including a negative impact on productivity growth;

(3) notes the positive effect of past legislative efforts on ensuring corporate executive remuneration is transparent, particularly the ‘two strikes’ legislation which came into effect in 2011, acknowledging that mandatory disclosure of CEO pay ratios, as required in the United Kingdom and more recently in the United States, would:

(a) provide:

   (i) important information to shareholders voting on executive remuneration; and

(ii) a more accurate measure of an important aspect of income inequality in Australia; and

(b) improve the health of our democracy by making important information more accessible to the public; and

(4) calls on the Government to consider following the lead of the United States in its Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in mandating that public companies disclose the ratio of a CEO’s annual total remuneration to the average annual total of all company employees.

Mr Watts: to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that White Ribbon:

(a) is a male led campaign to end male violence against women;

(b) is now active in over 60 countries around the world; and

(c) has ambassadors around Australia who are working to engage men and encourage them to take a leadership role in ending violence against women;

(2) notes that:

(a) in 2016 in Australia, each week approximately one woman is murdered by a partner or former partner;

(b) one in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner;

(c) men’s violence against women is a symptom of gender inequality in our society; and

(d) social policy initiatives and law refom addressing gender inequality are central to reducing attitudes that support violence against women;

(3) recognises that:

(a) 25 November is White Ribbon Day; and

(b) the white ribbon is the symbol of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; and

(4) supports White Ribbon and other organisations to eliminate violence against women.

Ms C. F. King: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the law in relation to logos used by political parties, and for related purposes.

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.

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 nbntm network, 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.

Mr Bandt: to present a Bill for an Act to establish Renew Australia, and for related purposes.

Mr Bandt: to present a Bill for an Act to amend the law in relation to workplace relations, and for related purposes.

Dr Freelander: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) that the unemployment rate in Australia has barely fallen from immediate post Global Financial Crisis levels;

(b) Treasury projections that the unemployment in Australia is unlikely to improve in the next three years under current policy settings; and

(c) significant labour market indicators such as rate of under-employment and levels of long term and youth unemployment, are continuing concerns within the community and amongst economic commentators, as is the comparative decline in the availability of full time jobs;

(2) further notes that:

(a) rates on unemployment in many OECD counties have fallen significantly since 2012 while Australia’s unemployment rate has remained stagnant; and

(b) Reserve Bank of Australia observations about the likely limited effect on economic activity of further interest rate cuts;

(3) recognises:

(a) the negative impact on the federal budget in continuing high levels of unemployment;

(b) the cost to individuals, the community and the economy in people not being able to find work; and

(c) the Government’s failure to grow full-time employment opportunities; and

(4) urges the Government to give higher priority to addressing labour market stagnation and take whatever steps it can through fiscal policy and selective initiatives to address this ongoing blight on Australian society.

Mr Zimmerman: to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that the Government won the election and has been getting on with the job of governing; and

(2) congratulates the Government for the following achievements:

(a) securing Australia’s 25 consecutive year of economic growth;

(b) protecting our borders and making our nation more secure with over 800 days having passed without a successful people smuggling venture;

(c) delivering:

   (i) a personal tax cut to 500,000 middle income Australians;

   (ii) a fairer and more flexible superannuation system; and

   (iii) $11 billion of budget repair;

(d) establishing a process which makes bank Chief Executive Officers answerable to the public through appearances before Parliament;

(e) legislating to protect volunteer firefighters from union takeovers;

(f) reintroducing bills to restore the rule of law on the nation’s construction sites;

(g) securing the naval shipbuilding industry and jobs for the future;

(h) strengthening trade and defence ties with Singapore, creating thousands of new jobs;

(i) strengthening the United States alliance in defence, counter-terrorism and cyber security;

(j) reintroducing legislation to crack down on illegal firearms trafficking;

(k) increasing protection for women and children against domestic violence;

(l) growing our industries with record commodity prices and a $2.5 billion water infrastructure rollout to support farmers and the resource sector;

(m) fixing the problems in Vocational Education and Training and cracking down on dodgy providers;

(n) increasing digital literacy and improved school resourcing;

(o) supporting more Indigenous Australians through skills, jobs and language;

(p) signing new City Deals to improve housing and expand public transport;

(q) accelerating the broadband build and connecting rural Australia;

(r) securing an agreement with the states and territories on energy security and reforms for affordable, reliable power;

(s) protecting Medicare, improving primary health care, making over 2,000 medicines cheaper and simplifying private health care;

(t) saving lives through a National Cancer Screening Register;

(u) supporting the South Australian steel sector and jobs by providing a $49.2 million loan to Arrium;

(v) addressing long term welfare dependence;

(w) delivering better:

   (i) tax arrangements for working holiday makers and backpackers; and

   (ii) child care for 1 million Australians and lifting immunisation rates;

(x) showing a commitment to new resettlement programs for genuine refugees as a result of strong border policies; and

(y) boosting Australia’s place in the workforce with access to new markets and stronger ties including with East Asia, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

   Mrs Sudmalis: to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises the important work being done in Australia to support people with disability;

(2) celebrates the winners of the Tenth National Disability Awards 2016; and

(3) notes that International Day of People with Disability is on Saturday 3 December 2016.

Mr Wallace: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ‘EU-Australia Leadership Forum’ was launched by Minister Bishop at Parliament House on 18 October 2016 following the European Union in Brussels, presented by Minister Bishop and European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini on 8 September 2016;

(b) the Forum will bring together a broad representation of talented individuals in government, business, academic and civil society from both Australia and the European Union to discuss common challenges and opportunities;

(c) Australia and the European Union are liberal democracies that share unwavering commitment to the rule of law and open markets to secure peace and prosperity for their citizens; and

(d) the Australian Government intends to encourage closer economic cooperation with the European Union through the negotiation of a European Union-Australia Free Trade Agreement; and

(2) welcomes these positive developments in the European Union-Australia relationship.

Mr Littleproud: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) on 8 November at Government House the Governor-General awarded ten soldiers with military awards for actions at the Battle of Long Tan;

(b) these soldiers received these awards 50 years after the Battle of Long Tan:

   (i) which was the most costly single battle fought by Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War, involving 105 Australians and three New Zealanders from D Company 6RAR and more than 2,000 enemy troops; and

   (ii) where a total of 17 Australians were killed in action and 25 were wounded, one of whom later died from his wounds; and

(2) acknowledges:

(a) the ten soldiers who received an award, some posthumously, including Lieutenant Adrian Roberts, Sergeant Frank Alcorta, Lance Corporal Barry Magnussen (deceased), Second Lieutenant Gordon Sharp (deceased), Privates Neil Bextrum, Ron Brett (deceased), Ian Campbell, William Roche, Geoffrey Peters and Noel Grimes;

(b) the service and sacrifice of all those who served their country in Vietnam; and

(c) all of Australia’s service men and women who display courage, bravery and mateship above and beyond the call of duty.

Mr Hastie: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that as the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant comes under increasing pressure in Iraq and Syria, coming with the risk that more foreign fighters will seek to leave, with some trying to return to their home countries, including Australia;

(2) acknowledges that the Government:

(a) has given greater support, funding and legislative powers to law enforcement and security agencies; and

(b) continues to work in close partnership with international partners to counter the terrorism risk; and

(3) notes that the national security challenges facing Australia continue to evolve.

Ms Henderson: to move:

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.

Mr Ramsey: to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that reducing social harm caused by welfare-fuelled alcohol, drug and gambling abuse is a key priority nationally and for local communities;

(2) recognises that the Government is currently trialling the cashless debit card in two communities—Ceduna in South Australia, and the East Kimberley in Western Australia—in partnership with local community leaders in those communities; and

(3) acknowledges the:

(a) hard work, dedication and commitment of community leaders in Ceduna and the East Kimberley in co-designing the trials with Government, and their leadership in its implementation and delivery in their communities; and

(b) positive initial results of the cashless debit card model in the two trial communities, including the strong positive feedback from the community on the ground.

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.