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No. 123


The House meets at 10  a.m.



10.10 AM TO 12 NOON


Presentation and statements

1   Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Joint Standing Committee: Report—More than just talk: Australia’s Human Rights Dialogues with China and Vietnam. ( Statements to conclude by 10.20 a.m. )

2   Regional Australia—Standing Committee: Report on certain matters relating to the proposed Murray-Darling Basin Plan. ( Statements to conclude by 10.30 a.m. )

3   Health and Ageing—Standing Committee: Discussion paper on late effects of polio/post-polio syndrome. ( Statements to conclude by 10.40 a.m. )

4   australian parliamentary delegation to the european parliament and institutions and bilateral visit to israel, 20 april to 4 may 2012: Report. ( Statements to conclude by 10.50 a.m. )

5   australian parliamentary delegation to the united kingdom, spain, germany and the united states: Report. ( Statements to conclude by 10.55 a.m. )



1   Mr Christensen: To move—That this House:

(1)  recognises that the:

(a)  proposal of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a once-in-a-generation landmark reform that has the potential to deliver better quality of life outcomes for Australians with disabilities;

(b) schedule for implementation of the NDIS, as proposed by the Productivity Commission, will take seven years, spanning the life of three Parliaments; and

(c) NDIS is a reform that involves the cooperation and support of state and territory governments, the disability support services sector, people with a disability and their families and carers;

(2) notes the bipartisan and cross-party support for the implementation of the NDIS;

(3) declares its support for policy stability on the NDIS over the life of those three Parliaments and until the scheme's full implementation; and

(4)  resolves to immediately establish a Joint Select Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme which will:

(a) oversee the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme;

(b) be subject to terms of reference to be agreed upon by the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader and ratified by this House;

(c) be comprised of 4 Government members and/or Senators, 4 Opposition members and/or Senators, 1 Greens member and/or Senator and 1 non-aligned member and/or Senator;

(d) be jointly chaired by 1 Government member and 1 Opposition member; and

(e) remain in existence until the full implementation of the NDIS is achieved; and

(5) transmit a message to establish a Joint Select Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme to the Senate for concurrence. ( Notice given 22 May 2012. Time allowed—remaining private Members’ business time prior to 12 noon. )

8 TO 9.30 PM


Notices continued

2   Ms Parke: To move—That this House:

(1) n otes that:

(a) t he inaugural international parliamentary conference on ‘Parliaments, minorities and Indigenous peoples: effective participation in politics’ was held in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico from 31 October to 3 November 2010;

(b) the conference was organised jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Mexican Congress of the Union and Government of the State of Chiapas, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Independent Expert on minority issues and the Minority Rights Group International;

(c) the conference heard that many situations around the world demonstrate that an adequate representation of minorities and Indigenous peoples in policy and decision-making is instrumental in breaking the cycle of discrimination and exclusion suffered by members of these groups, and their ensuing disproportionate levels of poverty and related impediments to the full enjoyment of many civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights, and yet, minorities and Indigenous peoples often remain excluded from effective participation in decision-making, including at the level of the national parliament;

(d) the conference adopted the Chiapas Declaration, which urges every parliament, within the next two years, to inter alia, hold a special debate on the situation of minorities and Indigenous peoples in their country, recognise the diversity in society, and adopt a ‘plan of action’ to make the right to equal participation and non-discrimination a reality;

(e) the Chiapas Declaration recommended that at a minimum the following elements are contained in the ‘plans of action’:

(i) ensure that the right to free, prior and informed consent is observed in every step leading to the adoption of legislative and administrative measures affecting minorities and Indigenous peoples, and hold government to account for the implementation of such measures;

(ii) require of government that all submissions to parliament of draft legislation and the national budget include an assessment of their impact on minorities and Indigenous peoples;

(iii) make regular use of plenary sessions in parliament and other parliamentary fora to discuss minority/Indigenous matters in order to raise awareness and combat prejudice in society, organise awareness-raising sessions for all parliamentarians so as to increase their knowledge of minorities and Indigenous peoples and the particular problems they face, and ensure that minority and Indigenous issues are mainstreamed into parliamentary work, especially at the committee level;

(iv) allocate sufficient resources to the task of establishing dialogue between minority/Indigenous peoples and public institutions and to parliamentary committees to allow them to carry out effective outreach activities such as public hearings with minority and Indigenous peoples; and

(v) increase parliaments’ familiarity with work being done within the United Nations system so as to equip them better to hold governments to account for their international commitments, including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, urge ratification of International Labour Organisation Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, hold debates in parliament on the conclusions and recommendations made by the United Nations human rights treaty bodies and special mechanisms with regard to minority and Indigenous peoples' rights;

(f) the Chiapas Declaration also affirmed the responsibility of political parties to promote the effective participation of minorities and Indigenous peoples, and address their concerns in their party programs; and

(g) the IPU will facilitate networking among parliaments on this issue, monitor the implementation of the Chiapas Declaration and convene a follow-up meeting within two years to discuss progress and set targets for future action;

(2) u rges the Government, parliamentarians, and political parties to familiarise themselves with the Chiapas Declaration; and

(3) calls upon the Government to facilitate a roundtable discussion with representatives of Australian Indigenous communities on issues arising from the Chiapas Declaration. ( Notice given 19 June 2012. Time allowed—30 minutes. )

Orders of the day

See private Members’ business accorded priority in the Federation Chamber, page 58.

†  impact of the carbon price: Debate to be resumed on the motion of Mr Chester—That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) that the carbon price came into effect on 1 July 2012;

(b) the Government's repeated assertions that only Australia's ‘500 biggest polluters’ will pay the carb on price;

(c) community concern that the social and economic impacts of the carbon price have not been fully investigated;

(d) research that indicates the carbon price will have a disproportionate impact on small businesses, regional industries, and regional commu nities;

(e) concern:

(i) regarding the impact of the carbon price on at least 104 councils in rural, regional and urban Australia which have received notices of potential liability from the Clean Energy Regulator; and

(ii) within regional communities th at the $200 million Regional Structural Adjustment Assistance Package is inadequate to meet the needs of adversely affected communities, particularly those exposed to the Government's 'contract for closure' policies; and

(g) that the Government's $36 mill ion advertising campaign to promote the Household Assistance Package provides no information on the policy that has led to the payments to households; and

(2) highlights that the Government should have deferred the introduction of the carbon price until a fter the Australian public has had its say at the next election. ( Time allowed remaining private Members’ business time prior to 9.30 p.m. )

See private Members’ business accorded priority, notice No. 2, in the Federation Chamber.