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Monday, 10 February 2020
Page: 637


Mrs ELLIOT (Richmond) (16:39): I present the eighth report of the Petitions Committee for the 46th Parliament.

The report read as follows—

Report relating to the consideration of petitions and matters relating to the petitions system

The committee met in private session on 27 November, 4 December 2019 and 5 February 2020.

1. The committee resolved to present the following petitions in accordance with standing order 207:

From 4 petitioners - regarding foreign ownership of land in Australia (EN1131)

From 12 petitioners - requesting a cessation of foreign aid by Australia until Australia's government debt has been paid off (EN1132)

From 12 petitioners - requesting that Australia impose economic sanctions on China because of the human rights situation in Hong Kong (EN1133)

From 6 petitioners - requesting that Uluru be re-opened for climbing (EN1135)

From 22 petitioners - requesting that Australia Day, the national anthem and the Australian flag be protected from change by legislation (EN1136)

From 5 petitioners - requesting a Bill of Rights be introduced into the Australian Constitution (EN1140)

From 35 petitioners - requesting that the resources of the Australian Defence Force be utilised to fight bush fires (EN1141)

From 5 petitioners - requesting a change to the packaging laws to minimise waste (EN1142)

From 68 petitioners - regarding the Adani coal mine (EN1143)

From 1413 petitioners - requesting an Australian Bill of Rights (EN1144)

From 136 petitioners - regarding s44 of the Australian Constitution and the citizenship status of Scott Morrison MP (EN1145)

From 10 petitioners - requesting that incandescent light bulbs not be phased out as they are necessary for people with Autism and light sensitivity (EN1146)

From 5 petitioners - requesting that incandescent light bulbs not be phased out as they are necessary for people with Autism and light sensitivity (EN1147)

From 5 petitioners - requesting that incandescent light bulbs not be phased out as they are necessary for people with Autism and light sensitivity (EN1148)

From 1988 petitioners - requesting a Royal Commission to investigate the operations and transactions of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (EN1149)

From 76 petitioners - requesting that Julian Assange be returned to Australia (EN1151)

From 5620 petitioners - requesting the Medical Treatment Overseas Program (MTOP) include access to clinical trials (EN1154)

From 17 petitioners - requesting financial assistance for the visually impaired (EN1155)

From 132 petitioners - regarding climate change, emissions reduction and protection of natural landmarks such as the Great Barrier Reef (EN1156)

From 1007 petitioners - requesting an independent team of scientists be assembled to examine the health effects of 5G technology (EN1157)

From 8 petitioners - requesting a Royal Commission to investigate the financial treatment of the unemployed and single parents (EN1159)

From 8 petitioners - regarding secondary boycott provisions and the Competition and Consumer Act and the Trade Practices Act (EN1160)

From 164 petitioners - regarding libertarian Andrew Cooper and the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme in Australia (EN1162)

From 10 petitioners - requesting that basic first-aid instruction be mandatory for all school aged children (EN1165)

From 6 petitioners - regarding additional charges by businesses on top of the price of the purchase (EN1166)

From 5917 petitioners - regarding parental leave for premature or sick newborns (EN1167)

From 51 petitioners - regarding strip searching of minors by police in Australia (EN1168)

From 370 petitioners - regarding human rights in Iraq (EN1169)

From 238 petitioners - requesting the legalisation of vaping in Australia (EN1170)

From 21 petitioners - requesting the closure of fossil fuel plants and increased use of renewable energy sources (EN1171)

From 223 petitioners - regarding practices in the Department of Veterans' Affairs (EN1172)

From 20 petitioners - regarding processing times for 887 visa for permanent residency in Australia (EN1173)

From 273 petitioners requesting a referendum regarding Australia's withdrawal from the United Nations (EN1174)

From 1270 petitioners - requesting a ban on helium released into the atmosphere, especially in balloons (EN1175)

From 19 petitioners - regarding Australia's response to climate change (EN1177)

From 7 petitioners - requesting superannuation money be used to pay workers an increased salary (EN1179)

From 1078 petitioners - requesting an emergency 2-day sitting of the House to address Australia's bushfires and the wider climate emergency (EN1180)

From 14,025 petitioners - requesting legislation to ban plastic packaging and plastic bags for supermarket items (EN1181)

From 174 petitioners - regarding the sale of Australian assets and land to foreign interests (EN1182)

From 37 petitioners - requesting legislation to ban plastic packaging for supermarket items and to subsidise the purchase of products from bulk food stores (EN1183

From 55 petitioners - requesting the construction of nuclear power stations in Australia (EN1184)

From 99 petitioners - requesting the creation of a Minister for Men and Boys in the federal government (EN1185)

From 89 petitioners - requesting that Australia hold a referendum on withdrawing from the United Nations, the Paris climate agreement, and on foreign ownership of Australian infrastructure, assets and land (EN1186)

From 5 petitioners - regarding statehood for the Northern Territory (EN1188)

From 6 petitioners - regarding the possibility of establishing a global city state (EN1190)

From 621 petitioners - requesting an investigation into the apartment developer Ralan Group (EN1196)

From 7 petitioners - requesting all petitions relating to breaches of s44 of the Australian Constitution be referred to the High Court (EN1198)

From 28 petitioners - requesting that Peter Dutton MP be referred to the High Court regarding his RHT family trust (EN1199)

From 504 petitioners - requesting that emissions associated with electricity generation be reduced by a minimum of 10% per annum from 2019 to reach zero by 2030 (EN1201)

From 39 petitioners - regarding Australia's regional processing and resettlement policy (EN1202)

From 15 petitioners - regarding the lending policies of Australian banks EN1204)

From 181 petitioners - regarding funding for nature tourism experiences in the Lithgow area of NSW (PN0453)

From 2173 petitioners - regarding Australia's bail-in legislation (PN0456)

From 13,187 petitioners - requesting that APRA be disbanded and replaced with something similar to America's Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 (PN0457)

From 74 petitioners - requesting the Newstart allowance be raised by $75 per week (PN0458)

From 1015 petitioners regarding renewable energy sources and the climate crisis in Australia (PN0459)

From 571 petitioners regarding vaccination legislation in Australia (PN0460)

From 1 petitioner regarding the annexation of Indian Occupied Kashmir by the Indian Government (PN0461)

The following ministerial responses to petitions were received:

From the Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters - to a petition regarding tax exemptions for religious institutions (EN0427)

From the Minister for Foreign Affairs - to a petition regarding foreign influence and asset ownership in Australia (EN0657)

From the Assistant treasurer - to a petition regarding consumer rights and requesting an investigation into price gouging (EN0782)

From the Minister for Health - to a petition regarding a national rural mental health strategy (EN0887)

From the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs - to a petition regarding refugee family reunification (EN0914)

From the Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts - to a petition regarding mobile phone portability scams (EN0917)

From the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs - to a petition regarding Ms Sarah Isaac's application for evidence of Australian citizenship (EN0920)

From the Attorney-General - to a petition regarding the establishment of a Royal Commission to investigate the family law system (EN0921)

From the Attorney-General - to a petition regarding provision of legal aid in family law matters (EN0922)

From the Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts - to a petition regarding "loot-boxes" in computer games (EN0930)

From the Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts - to a petition requesting that the 5G mobile network not be rolled out until health effects are known (EN0942)

From the Minister for Health - to a petition regarding outsourcing of government departments (EN0959)

From the Assistant Treasurer - to a petition regarding the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (EN0967)

From the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology - to a petition regarding access to Australian Standards for the general public and business owners (EN0975)

From the Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts - to a petition requesting that the 5G mobile network not be rolled out until health effects are known (EN0977)

From the Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts - to a petition requesting that the 5G mobile network not be rolled out until health effects are known (EN0978)

From the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - to a petition regarding nuclear energy production and baseload electricity (EN0980)

From the Attorney-General - to a petition regarding the prosecution of former ATO employee Richard for his public interest disclosure (EN0981)

From the Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts - to a petition regarding the regulation of angry reviewers on the internet (EN0989)

From the Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts - to a petition requesting truth in advertising for foreign-language films (EN1000)

From the Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government - to a petition requesting an opt-out system for organ and tissue donation rather than the current opt-in system (EN1021)

From the Minister for Families and Social Services - to a petition requesting that paying parents in child support cases have their concerns recognised (EN1026)

From the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment - to a petition requesting human rights clauses be included in the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (A-HKFTA) (EN1032)

From the Attorney-General - to a petition regarding the religious rights of Pastafarians (EN1033 and EN1034)

From the Attorney-General - to a petition requesting a Royal Commission be established to investigate the plight of boys in the family law system (EN1035)

From the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs - to a petition regarding Australia's immigration detention policy for refugees and asylum seekers (EN1039)

From the Minister for Health - to a petition requesting an Australian trial of food immunotherapy for food allergies (EN1040)

From the Attorney-General - to a petition regarding the penalties for child sexual abuse in Australia (EN1045)

From the Minister for Health - to a petition requesting funding for the building of a South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) Health Hub in Bunbury, WA (EN1047)

From the Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts - to a petition requesting that a video streaming tax not be implemented by NBN Co (EN1051)

From the Minister for Home Affairs - to a petition regarding the Australian Government's regional processing and resettlement arrangements (EN1055)

From the Minister for Home Affairs - to a petition regarding the Australian Government's regional processing and resettlement arrangements (EN1057)

From the Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts - to a petition requesting the reinstatement of a post office at Illawong/Alfords Point, NSW (PN0415)

The terms of the petitions and the responses will be recorded in Hansard.

Mr Llew O'Brien MP

Chair - Petitions Committee