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BUSINESS ACCORDED PRIORITY FOR THIS SITTING

10.10 AM TO 12 NOON

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Notices

         1    Mr Perrett : To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Family Law Act 1975 , and for related purposes. ( Family Law Amendment (A Step Towards a Safer Family Law System) Bill 2020 )

              ( Notice given 2 March 2020. Time allowed—10 minutes. )

         2    Ms Steggall : To present a Bill for an Act to establish a national climate change adaptation and mitigation framework, and to establish the Climate Change Commission, and for related purposes. ( Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020 )

              ( Notice given 3 March 2020. Time allowed—10 minutes. )

         3    Ms Steggall : To present a Bill for an Act to create duties to consider climate change impacts and to deal with consequential and transitional matters arising from the enactment of the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Act 2020 , and for related purposes. ( Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020 )

              ( Notice given 3 March 2020. Time allowed—10 minutes. )

         4    Mr Bandt : To present a Bill for an Act to establish Renew Australia and restrict activities in relation to thermal coal, and for related purposes. ( Green New Deal (Quit Coal and Renew Australia) Bill 2020 )

              ( Notice given 3 March 2020. Time allowed—10 minutes. )

    †5    Ms Claydon : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that:

(a)         an effective public service relies on skilled public servants who have fair and equitable conditions of employment and job security;

(b)         the Government’s arbitrary average staffing level (ASL) policy is:

(i)           driving privatisation as it forces agencies to outsource their core functions;

(ii)         causing a blowout in spending on contractors, consultants and labour hire; and

(iii)        leading to a hollowing out of the public service; and

(c)         evidence to the Australian Public Service (APS) Review indicates that contractors cost 40 per cent more than permanent APS employees;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         the Australian National Audit Office Information Report No 19 of 2017-18, Australian Government Procurement Contract Reporting , indicates that in 2016-17:

(i)           Government spending on consultants was close to $700 million, up from around $380 million in 2013;

(ii)         ‘the big four’ had 1,617 consultancy contracts worth $502.1 million since 2012-13;

(b)         more than $400 million has been spent on privatising Department of Human Services call centres, including a $135 million contract for Stellar Asia Pacific, $132 million to Concentrix Services, $120 million to Datacom Connect and $36 million to Serco Citizen Services;

(c)         the National Disability Insurance Agency:

(i)           recorded a 600 per cent increase in consultants and contractors over two years—from $70 million in 2016 to $430 million in 2018; and

(ii)         has previously stated its staffing levels would be 10,595 staff in 2018-2019—this is now capped at 3,230 in the 2019-20 budget with core functions such as local area coordinators outsourced; and

(d)         the Government’s billion dollar plan to privatise Australia’s visa system will lead to increased visa costs, data and national security risks and job losses; and

(3)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         abolish the arbitrary and damaging ASL policy;

(b)         ensure that workers doing the same job get the same pay to stop the use of labour hire from undermining the pay and conditions of existing workers; and

(c)         end the secrecy on government spending on contractors, consultants and labour hire firms.

              ( Notice given 15 October 2019. Time allowed—35 minutes. )

    †6    Mr Ramsey : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that there are:

(a)         1.3 million Australians with diabetes registered on the National Diabetes Services Scheme, with over 280 new people diagnosed and registered each day and an estimated 500,000 Australians with type 2 diabetes which remain undiagnosed; and

(b)         an estimated 2 million Australians with pre-diabetes and at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 5-10 years;

(2)         acknowledges:

(a)         diabetes is a complex metabolic disorder, which if not diagnosed early and treated well may lead to serious health complications such as blindness, limb amputation, heart disease and stroke, and kidney disease; and

(b)         the Government’s long standing commitment to improving the treatment and care of people with diabetes through establishing the Australian National Diabetes Strategy, the roll out of continuous glucose monitors and flash monitors to children, young adults, health care card holders and women with type 1 diabetes who are pregnant, while noting the need for all type 1 diabetics to have affordable access to this important technology, as well as the recently launched Diabetes in Schools program, the KeepSight program, and programs to prevent diabetes related amputations;

(3)         congratulates Australian of the Year 2020, Dr James Muecke AM for his work as an ophthalmologist working in many poor and developing nations, and for raising public awareness of the need to prevent type 2 diabetes through encouraging healthier lifestyles and healthier environments; and

(4)         calls on all state and federal governments to re-commit to a refreshed Australian National Diabetes Strategy and to fund and develop a national diabetes prevention program.

              ( Notice given 2 March 2020. Time allowed—remaining private Members’ business time prior to 12 noon. )