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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS —continued

Notices —continued

       1    Mr Watts : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the role of Federal Government leadership in ensuring the productivity and liveability of Australian cities; and

(2)         notes:

(a)         the importance of public transport infrastructure in shaping cities and regions;

(b)         the record funding commitments for urban public transport infrastructure made under the previous Federal Labor Government, including $3.2 billion for the Regional Rail Link project and a further $3 billion committed to the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel;

(c)         the recent Infrastructure Australia report, Future Cities: Planning For Our Growing Population which highlights the need for Australian governments to increase investment in public transport in areas experiencing rapid population growth, including in Melbourne’s west;

(d)         that if an appropriate route is selected, the construction of an airport rail link to Melbourne Airport through Melbourne’s west has the potential to create social and economic benefits across the region; and

(e)         that further public transport infrastructure projects for fast growing regions like Melbourne’s west will be needed in the near future to meet the challenge of population growth.

              ( Notice given 27 February 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

       2    Mr Entsch : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         24 March is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day;

(b)         TB is contagious and airborne and is the world’s leading infectious disease killer and kills more people than HIV/AIDS;

(c)         according to the World Health Organization, in 2018 alone, an estimated 10 million people became ill with TB;

(d)         according to estimates from Australian researchers, there are 1 million people in Australia infected with latent TB (dormant TB) and thus at risk of developing TB disease;

(e)         12 out of the 30 countries with the highest number of TB cases are in the Asia Pacific Region, accounting for more than 62 per cent of the world’s TB burden; and

(f)          Papua-New Guinea has one of the highest rates of TB infection in the Pacific, with an estimated 37,000 total cases including 2,000 drug-resistant cases, in 2018;

(2)         further notes with concern that drug-resistant forms of TB are a major contributor to deaths from antimicrobial resistance globally and anti-microbial resistance is a threat to achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals;

(3)         notes that:

(a)         the impact of TB goes beyond death or illness for individuals, and includes effects on economies and communities, health systems, and threats to health security; and

(b)         committed funding for TB diagnosis and care fell short by US $3.3 billion in 2019;

(4)         recognises:

(a)         the Australian Government has contributed $242 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria for 2020 to 2022;

(b)         the provision of $75 million over five years for Product Development Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific Health Security initiative;

(c)         the provision of $13 million to help support global efforts in eradicating tuberculosis in the Pacific region; and

(d)         Australia and other countries committed at the UN High-Level Meeting on TB in September 2018 to mobilise sufficient and sustainable financing, with the aim of increasing overall global research and development investments to US$2 billion; and

(5)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         develop an action plan to demonstrate progress towards the targets and commitment made at the UN High-Level Meeting on TB; and

(b)         support the international adoption of the target to spend 0.1 per cent of its annual Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research and Development on TB research in order to close the global TB research and development funding gap.

              ( Notice given 2 March 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

       3    Mr Conaghan : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes the heartfelt and touching support from across the Pacific including in fundraising, in assisting Australia during the recent bushfire season;

(2)         particularly acknowledges and thanks Papua New Guinea and Fiji for the military support provided, and notes the warm welcome they received from Australians as they assisted in the bushfire relief efforts; and

(3)         extends its warmest thanks to all of our Pacific family for the support and prayers offered to Australia.

              ( Notice given 2 March 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

       4    Mr Christensen : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         Mr Julian Assange is a citizen of Australia and not the United States of America or the United Kingdom;

(b)         foreign courts should not be determining whether or not Australian citizens should be extradited to other countries;

(c)         Mr Assange was not resident in the United States when he allegedly committed the crimes of which he has been accused;

(d)         foreign nations should not be seeking to extradite an Australian citizen to face charges for alleged crimes when that Australian is not a citizen or a resident of that foreign nation, nor have they committed any alleged crimes while physically in that foreign nation and, more so, when the alleged crimes are intrinsically linked to journalistic endeavours;

(e)         the conditions in which Mr Assange is currently being held are not appropriate for someone who has not been accused or convicted of a violent crime and are impeding his ability to adequately prepare his defence;

(f)          Mr Assange should not be held in prison in the United Kingdom as he has served his time for a bail violation (based on allegations which have since been dropped) and, more so, he has not been charged with any current crime committed within the United Kingdom;

(g)         according to both medical practitioners and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Mr Assange has exhibited signs of being the victim of psychological torture as per the internationally-recognised Istanbul Protocol, and as such should not be held in conditions that exacerbate his impaired psychological state;

(h)         Mr Assange has been subjected to protracted and perhaps illegal surveillance, including privileged communications with his lawyers, and as such, his due process rights have been violated; and

(i)           the judicial authority overseeing the extradition matter has a conflict of interest, placing Mr Assange’s due process rights in jeopardy; and

(2)         calls upon:

(a)         the United States to drop its charges against Mr Assange;

(b)         the United Kingdom to terminate its extradition hearings against Mr Assange and release him from prison;

(c)         the Australian Government to urgently engage in diplomatic efforts to have the United States drop its charges against Mr Assange and have the United Kingdom terminate its extradition hearings against Mr Assange and release Mr Assange from prison.

              ( Notice given 3 March 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

       5    Mr Zappia : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         between 2013 and 2019 apprenticeship numbers fell by almost 140,000 from 412,787 to 276,248;

(b)         in 2018-19, Australia recruited around 110,000 skilled permanent migrants and 41,220 temporary skilled visa migrants to fill skills shortages;

(c)         around 730,000 people are unemployed and 1.2 million people are underemployed;

(d)         government funding cuts to skills and apprenticeship training are preventing Australians from pursuing skills and trade occupations;

(e)         the failure to invest in skills training will impact on future national capability; and

(f)          claims are being made that there is a shortage of skilled workers for the submarine replacement program; and

(2)         calls on the Government to invest in Australian skills training and reverse the loss of Australian trade and skills training opportunities.

              ( Notice given 3 March 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

       6    Mr Wilkie : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the trial and extradition of Mr Julian Assange are inconsistent with international law, and Australian legal standards, and contravene the individual rights and protections for which these laws and standards provide;

(b)         the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment has found that Mr Assange ‘showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma’;

(c)         several medical reports find that Mr Assange is in ill-health due to prolonged arbitrary confinement, and indeed the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled that the 50-week sentence of Mr Assange for bail violation, which formally ended on 21 September 2019, was punitive and disproportionate given the nature of the offence and usual sentences;

(d)         Mr Assange is facing extradition for an alleged political offence, which is expressly prohibited by Article 4(1) of the Anglo-US Extradition Treaty and an abuse of power; and

(e)         Mr Assange is an Australian citizen and, if convicted in the US, faces 175 years in prison, which would be in effect a death sentence;

(2)         acknowledges that Mr Assange is a publisher and journalist, as recognised by his 2011 Walkley award and 17 other awards for excellence in journalism and promoting human rights, and that his charges:

(a)         are a direct assault on press freedom; and

(b)         threaten the protection of others who publish classified information in the public interest; and

(3)         calls for Mr Assange to be allowed to return to Australia.

              ( Notice given 3 March 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

       7    Dr Haines : To move—That this House:

(1)         congratulates the Government on its 2018 commitment and 2019 election promise to introduce a Federal Integrity Commission;

(2)         notes with dismay that the Government has missed its own deadline for releasing legislation to establish such a commission;

(3)         recognises that establishing a robust Federal Integrity Commission is essential to arresting the declining public trust in institutions and restoring Australians’ faith in the democratic system;

(4)         recognises that in 1853, a group of miners gathered in Beechworth to protest against corruption in the colonial government, and to launch Australia’s first petition calling for the right for people of all races to vote;

(5)         celebrates Australia’s long history of democratic reform of which the 1853 Beechworth protest forms a part, and invokes this same tradition to call for a Federal Integrity Commission;

(6)         affirms that in order to fulfil its purpose, a Federal Integrity Commission must have:

(a)         broad jurisdiction to ensure that everyone involved in Federal public service is subject to independent scrutiny and that federal public servants, politicians, their staff and any private entity carrying out public functions is obliged to report corruption and wrongdoing and be protected when they do;

(b)         common rules to ensure that all persons are held to a single, high standard of behaviour and to ensure that the commission is able to investigate any behaviour, whether criminal or not, which does or could adversely affect public confidence in the honest, open and fair exercise of public power;

(c)         appropriate powers for the commission to be able to properly do its job, including the ability to receive referrals from the public, government agencies and whistle-blowers, carry out corruption-prevention activity and coordinate with state and other bodies, protecting individuals from arbitrary use of coercive powers, initiate its own investigations, use search and surveillance powers, subpoena documents, compel witnesses, investigate past misconduct, make recommendations, and refer criminal conduct for prosecution;

(d)         fair hearings such that investigations are conducted openly when in the public interest and subject to ensuring natural justice for those under investigation and due process of law, and ensuring that the commission can publicly report its findings of fact and recommendations when in the public interest; and

(e)         accountability to the people so that the commission remains accountable to public, not political interests including by ensuring that the Commissioner be independent officer of the Parliament appointed only on recommendation of a cross-parliamentary standing committee of Members and Senators; and

(7)         calls on the Government to introduce a Federal Integrity Commission consistent with these Beechworth principles.

              ( Notice given 3 March 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

       8    Ms Stanley : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges:

(a)         the importance of South-Western Sydney to the Australian economy;

(b)         the importance of the Western Sydney International Airport and aerotropolis to the region and to Australia; and

(c)         the critical nature of appropriate planning, budgeting and forecasting of the supporting infrastructure, including adequate transportation, for the operation of Western Sydney International Airport; and

(2)         notes the:

(a)         consistent budgetary and completion time blow-outs of the NSW State Government in delivering infrastructure projects;

(b)         significant investment in the Western Sydney International Airport precinct;

(c)         revelation that there will be no public transport rail service to Western Sydney International Airport when it commences operation; and

(d)         significant impact the failure to deliver this vital public transport rail service will have on congestion of surrounding roads; and

(3)         calls on the Commonwealth and NSW State Governments to have completed, before the operation of Western Sydney International Airport commences:

(a)         a south-west rail line extension from Leppington through to Western Sydney International Airport;

(b)         a north-south rail link from Western Sydney Airport to Macarthur;

(c)         a rapid transit link along 15th Avenue from the Liverpool CBD to Western Sydney International Airport; and

(d)         the construction of a fuel pipeline to the airport.

              ( Notice given 4 March 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

       9    Ms Thwaites : To move—That this House notes that:

(1)         the closure of the AAP newswire means the loss of an independent and trusted news source and further consolidation of the Australian media landscape; and

(2)         the Government’s failure to support independent news and public interest journalism has serious consequences for Australia’s democracy.

              ( Notice given 5 March 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    10    Mr J. H. Wilson : To move—That this House:

(1)         affirms the longstanding, important, and respectful relationship between Australia and the Philippines, and supports the ongoing cooperation between our countries in key areas like regional development, maritime security, and disaster risk and reduction management;

(2)         expresses its opposition to the recently intensified repression directed at human rights and labour rights defenders in the Philippines, evident by:

(a)         the International Trade Union Confederation listing the Philippines in the top ten worst countries for workers’ rights as a result of the extrajudicial killings of forty-six union members and officials in the last three years;

(b)         the deteriorating human rights environment and the rise in unlawful killings by state agencies which means that workers, civil servants, trade union organisations, and labour activists fear for their safety;

(c)         the nearly three-year extension of martial law in Mindanao, after it was initially approved for sixty days, and which only ended in December 2019; and

(d)         the UN Human Rights Council’s adoption of resolution 41/2 expressing concern over human rights violations and requesting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines that was due in June 2020;

(3)         supports recommendations put forward by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Conference Committee on the Application of Standards to:

(a)         oppose any language that creates a negative stigmatisation of those defending the rights of workers and human rights; and

(b)         oppose any military intervention in industrial disputes, as such interventions in trade union affairs can only occur with approval of the Government, which constitutes a grave violation of human rights and the principles of freedom of association; and

(4)         calls on the Government to support the upholding of labour and human rights, in line with international standards, by endorsing:

(a)         the ILO’s resolution to send a high-level tripartite mission to the Philippines to conduct an open, transparent, and robust investigation of the human rights situation; and

(b)         any auditing process of Australian security engagements in the Philippines, such as the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Program, as a way of ensuring we are not indirectly supporting human rights violations in the Philippines.

              ( Notice given 13 May 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    11    Ms Stanley : To move—That this House:

(1)         extends its condolences to the family of Mr Jack Mundey AO, on the event of his recent passing;

(2)         acknowledges the significant contribution Mr Mundey made to Australia, including:

(a)         his commitment to workers’ rights and the Australian union movement;

(b)         environmental conservation policy and activism;

(c)         the conservation of Australia’s history through heritage protection; and

(d)         his term of office as councillor at the City of Sydney between 1984 and 1987; and

(3)         extends its thanks to Mr Mundey, in memoriam, for his life-long dedication to protecting and improving the Australian way of life.

              ( Notice given 13 May 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    12    Ms Kearney : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the latest Government report indicates around 104,000 older Australians are waiting for their approved home care package;

(b)         more than 58,000 older Australians on the waiting list have no home care package at all; and

(c)         this waiting list is after the Government’s response to the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Safety and Quality of Aged Care;

(2)         recognises:

(a)         these older Australians waiting for packages did so during the ‘stay at home’ public health orders during the COVID-19 outbreak, without the care they needed and had been approved for; and

(b)         the long waiting time for home care is affecting the health of older Australians and their families and loved ones; and

(3)         calls on the Government to respond properly to the interim report from its own Royal Commission and stop the ‘neglect’ that is the home care package waiting list.

              ( Notice given 13 May 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    13    Mr Shorten : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         disability support workers are among the lowest paid workers in the country;

(b)         as essential workers during the Coronavirus pandemic, they represent the front line of the pandemic, while supporting Australians with disability and their families; and

(c)         the commitment of these workers is crucial to the resilience of the economy, especially as we move through the crisis into recovery; and

(2)         calls on the Government to recognise the importance of disability support workers and take action to ensure they are supported.

              ( Notice given 13 May 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    14    Mr Shorten : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that during the earliest onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many Australian families found themselves unexpectedly in need of government support; and

(2)         pays its deepest gratitude and thanks to all the women and men of Services Australia for their efforts in supporting their fellow Australians during this time of crisis.

              ( Notice given 13 May 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    15    Ms Wells : To move—That this House places on record:

(1)         its concerns about the consequences and impact of the relief package provided to the child care sector in response to COVID-19;

(2)         that the Government’s response has in fact made many childcare centres financially unviable; and

(3)         this situation is proving untenable for many childcare centres and family day cares, placing the livelihoods of early educators at risk with subsequent impacts on families and their ability to place their children in available, quality care. 

              ( Notice given 13 May 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    16    Ms Collins : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         at least 23 women have been murdered so far this year at the hands of an intimate partner in Australia;

(b)         on average, more than one woman a week is murdered by a current or former partner;

(c)         violence against women and their children is worsening in the face of job losses, stand-downs and financial stress and uncertainty; and

(d)         domestic and family violence services funding was inadequate before the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the associated restrictions will affect rates of violence for a significant time; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         follow Labor’s call to convene a national summit on violence against women and their children; and

(b)         urgently provide more support for frontline services.

              ( Notice given 10 June 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    17    Ms Coker : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges that since the establishment of the Commonwealth Organ and Tissue Authority under the Government of Prime Minister Rudd, the authority has seen a 40 per cent increase in the number of people who have signed up as organ donors, as well as an 80 per cent increase in transplant recipients;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         notwithstanding this earlier progress, donation rates have not improved significantly in the last four years;

(b)         research indicates that one organ donation can save up to nine lives; and

(c)         there are approximately 1,500 Australians who are waiting for an organ donation and that, due to COVID-19, the unavoidable cancellation of transplant operations has exacerbated this backlog;

(3)         encourages all Australians to have a conversation with their loved ones about their wishes should they pass away, and to participate in the Australian Organ Donor Register by going to www.donatelife.gov.au/decide;

(4)         further notes proposals to improve organ donation rates in Australia, including by learning from international best practice, and considering an opt-out system such as those implemented in Spain and the United Kingdom; and

(5)         calls on the Government to take steps to improve organ donation rates in Australia, including through the consideration of international best practice, and to implement an improved education strategy for the community about the importance of organ donation.

              ( Notice given 10 June 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    18    Ms C. F. King : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Commonwealth Government is responsible for borders, quarantine, and assisting Australians in jeopardy and stranded overseas;

(b)         the Prime Minister agreed to cap international passenger arrivals on 13 July 2020;

(c)         since the cap was imposed, the number of stranded Australians overseas has risen dramatically, with 23,000 Aussies unable to get home;

(d)         some 15 per cent of these Australians are classified as vulnerable by the Government, including many with health and financial concerns that require urgent attention;

(e)         the Government of the United Kingdom says Australia is the only country in the world to have actively restricted its citizens returning; and

(f)          the Government has made no announcements to indicate they have a plan to lift flight caps or increase quarantine capacity, including identifying new quarantine facilities and training quarantine personnel; and

(2)         calls on the Government to take urgent steps to help every stranded Australian return home by:

(a)         increasing the number of permitted arrivals under international flight caps through using Commonwealth resources to increase quarantine capacity;

(b)         stopping price gouging by airlines flying into Australia; and

(c)         putting all options on the table to return stranded Australians, especially from places like the United Kingdom, India, Philippines and Lebanon - including charter flights.

              ( Notice given 2 September 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      19    Mr Husic : To move—That the Australian Postal Corporation (Performance Standards) Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 made under Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 on 14 May 2020 and presented to the House on 10 June 2020, be disallowed.

              ( Notice given 2 September 2020. Regulations will be taken to have been disallowed unless disposed of within 4 sitting days including today. )

    20    Mr Bowen : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         an estimated 1.6 million Australians have eczema, with one in five suffering from a more severe form of the condition;

(b)         eczema is sometimes misunderstood as just an itch, but is actually a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin with debilitating physical symptoms and psychological impacts;

(c)         a new class of eczema drugs is offering hope to sufferers, but remains unaffordable for most Australians;

(d)         one of the drugs, Dupixent, has been approved as safe and effective by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and recommended by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS); and

(e)         the Government received this recommendation seven months ago, but has still not listed Dupixent on the PBS; and

(2)         calls on the Minister for Health to list Dupixent on the PBS without further delay.

              ( Notice given 7 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    21    Mr Burke : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that October 2020 marks 50 years since the West Gate Bridge collapse in Victoria;

(2)         recognises that the collapse remains Australia's worst construction industry disaster, killing 35 people and injuring 18;

(3)         sends its condolences to survivors of the disaster, many of whom still live with the trauma of that dark day;

(4)         believes more must be done to improve workplace safety, and commends the work of the trade union movement in continuing to advocate for action; and

(5)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         explain why workplace deaths are increasing on its watch, with 183 deaths at work in 2019;

(b)         announce a plan to improve workplace safety across all industries; and

(c)         respond to the Boland Review into workplace safety, which concluded two years ago.

              ( Notice given 19 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    22    Mr Falinski : To move—That this House:

(1)         condemns:

(a)         lawless activity on workplaces in Australia;

(b)         the use of vessel bans, overtime bans, acting up bans, shift bans, and stop work meetings by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) that has created chaos on Australian wharves;

(c)         the use of industrial action in support of pay increases of over 30 per cent for people earning over $300,000 while damaging the capacity of so many other businesses to pay workers on much lower salaries and create jobs; and

(d)         industrial action that threatens supply of critical medical supplies in the middle of a pandemic;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         many industry sectors including agriculture and road transport have reported supply chain problems which are linked to the MUA’s actions;

(b)         it is estimated that $165.6 million of imports and $66.9 million of exports per day were disrupted; and

(c)         vital medical supplies are being disrupted, at a time when they are needed the most;

(3)         further notes that this industrial action is:

(a)         not in support of any safety or other related issue but rather pay increases for many people who are earning over $300,000 a year;

(b)         supported by many other associated entities of the labour movement such as the Australian Labor Party, industry super owned proxy adviser Australian Council of Superannuation Investors, industry super owned media companies such as The New Daily , class action law firms, and others; and

(c)         consistent with previous actions that have hurt our national interests such as during World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and other times; and

(4)         notes the failure of the interest based bargaining that has handed over management control to the MUA and still resulted in out of control industrial action and disempowered workplaces, and threatens the Australian dream.

              ( Notice given 20 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    23    Mr Young : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         the enormous success the scouting and guiding movement has had around the world in promoting personal development programs for children and young adults from 5 to 25 years old; and

(b)         that the world scouting movement was founded by Lord Baden-Powell in 1907;

(2)         recognises that scouting is one of the most popular programs worldwide for personal development with over 500 million people going through the scouts and guides;

(3)         further notes that in 2007 the scouting movement celebrated its 100th anniversary since its founding; and

(4)         congratulates Scouts Australia, Girl Guides Australia and the World Organization of the Scout Movement for continuing to provide an outlet for children to channel their desire for adventure, education and fun, and for providing ongoing assistance around our communities.

              ( Notice given 21 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    24    Mr Connelly : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) was founded in 1916 to ensure a unified approach to address the lack of organised repatriation facilities and medical services available to those returning from the Great War;

(2)         recognises there are RSL branches and sub-branches in every state and territory, and most local communities have a RSL club;

(3)         further notes the motto of the RSL is ‘The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance’;

(4)         acknowledges that RSL clubs help veterans and communities right around Australia in many and varied ways; and

(5)         congratulates the many hard-working volunteers and community-minded citizens who help make the RSL the success that it is.

              ( Notice given 21 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    25    Ms Bell : To move—That this House notes that:

(1)         25 August 2020 marked three years since over 700,000 Rohingya, including more than 400,000 children, fled from targeted violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State, to Bangladesh;

(2)         the camps in Bangladesh now host over 850,000 refugees in crowded conditions which is also impacting the lives of over 400,000 local Bangladeshis;

(3)         an estimated 600,000 Rohingya remain in Rakhine State;

(4)         since 2017, the Australian Government has provided over $260 million in lifesaving humanitarian assistance for displaced and conflict-affected communities in Bangladesh and Myanmar, working through UN agencies, international and national NGOs such as BRAC, Save the Children, CARE, World Vision, Plan International and Oxfam and their local partners to deliver food, shelter, water and sanitation, health and education services, and targeted support for women and girls to help combat risks including gender-based violence and trafficking;

(5)         annual monsoons and cyclones have brought additional risks, and the COVID-19 virus has now arrived, with 88 confirmed cases to date in the Cox's Bazar camps and over 80 active cases in Rakhine State; and

(6)         Australia remains committed to supporting Myanmar to create conditions on the ground conducive to voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable returns for all displaced peoples.

              ( Notice given 21 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    26    Mr Hill : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         the importance of the Auditor-General, who is responsible for auditing Commonwealth entities and reporting to the Parliament, providing crucial accountability and transparency regarding Government administration, and scrutiny of the expenditure of public monies;

(b)         that as an independent officer of the Parliament with responsibilities under the Auditor-General Act 1997 , the Auditor-General reports not to a minister, but directly to the Parliament via the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit;

(c)         that unlike similar entities such as the Parliamentary Budget Office, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) sits within the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio, and the Prime Minister is responsible for administering the legislation and presenting budget bids for the ANAO, which is also subject to directions from the Minister for Finance as an entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 ; and

(d)         the potential conflicts inherent in these arrangements, given the Auditor-General exists to scrutinise the performance and actions of the executive;

(2)         declares that independent scrutiny of Government spending to get maximum value for every taxpayer dollar is more important now than ever, given:

(a)         the Government is racking up one trillion dollars in debt;

(b)         Australia’s budget deficit is now at a record high; and

(c)         Government spending has blown out to the highest percentage of gross domestic product since 1970, the earliest year that records are available in the budget papers;

(3)         further notes that:

(a)         the ANAO’s budget has been in structural deficit for years because of this Government’s cuts, recording unsustainable operating losses of $3.1 million in 2018-19 and $4.8 million in 2019-20;

(b)         the Auditor-General wrote to the Prime Minister prior to the 2020-21 Budget requesting $6.3 million in new funding so he could continue to undertake his role, related to the accumulated budget pressures and COVID-19 cost pressures; and

(c)         without new funding the Auditor-General is forced to reduce his program of performance audits which is projected to fall rapidly below the longstanding target of 48 performance audits per annum to around 38 per annum;

(4)         condemns the Government for its ongoing efforts to hide rorts, waste and corruption from scrutiny and avoid accountability by:

(a)         taking revenge on the Auditor-General and making further cuts to the ANAO’s budget and staffing, with a $1.28 million cut to revenue, a reduction in resources of $14 million in 2020-21 and a reduction in the average staffing level allocation; and

(b)         failing for years to introduce a National Integrity Commission; and

(5)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         immediately reverse its cuts to the ANAO’s budget and provide the Auditor-General with the funds he has requested, by having the Minister for Finance provide an immediate advance, and making a commitment to boost funding over the forward estimates in the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook;

(b)         apologise for the Prime Minister’s failure to protect and support the independent Auditor-General, as the Prime Minister has proven that he cannot be trusted to protect the integrity of the office;

(c)         consider introducing legislation to remove the ANAO from the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio and establish the ANAO as a parliamentary department, cementing the Auditor-General as a truly independent officer of the Parliament; and

(d)         stop stalling and introduce legislation to establish a National Integrity Commission.

              ( Notice given 22 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    27    Ms Owens : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises that Western Sydney is Australia’s third largest economy, and accounted for more than half of Sydney’s population growth from 2012 to 2018;

(2)         notes that:

(a)         jobs growth in Western Sydney has been increasingly limited to population-driven sectors like construction, which have been hit hard by COVID-19;

(b)         there is a jobs deficit affecting Western Sydney’s growing professional workforce, which is forced to commute long distances for employment;

(c)         a fast, reliable internet connection is basic infrastructure that is needed to attract new businesses and industries, and therefore essential to promoting jobs growth in Western Sydney; and

(d)         NBN’s recent announcement of 130 ‘business fibre zones’ includes four zones in suburbs on Sydney Harbour, but only one in Western Sydney, in Parramatta; and

(3)         calls on the Government to urgently improve NBN connectivity for businesses and households to support sustainable jobs growth in Western Sydney.

              ( Notice given 26 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    28    Ms McBride : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that 11 to 17 October 2020 was National Carers Week;

(2)         recognises Australia’s nearly 2.8 million unpaid carers for the 2.2 billion hours of care they are providing to family and friends this year;

(3)         acknowledges Australia’s 906,000 primary carers, over 70 per cent of whom are women, and many of whom also live with a disability, illness or impairment requiring care;

(4)         further notes its concern with the findings of the Carers NSW national survey which revealed:

(a)         nearly half of respondents are experiencing high or very high psychological distress, and one in three feel highly socially isolated;

(b)         one in three say they never get time out from their caring responsibilities; and

(c)         one in four report spending more money than they made in the past 12 months; and

(5)         calls on the Government to provide more support to Australia’s carers as a matter of urgency.

              ( Notice given 26 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    29    Mr Perrett : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises that:

(a)         prior to the passage of the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 the houses of the Australian Parliament had the power to expel a senator, or member of the House of Representatives;

(b)         the expulsion of a member of this House is the most drastic of sanctions;

(c)         on 11 November 1920, the Honourable Member for Kalgoorlie, Hugh Mahon, was expelled from this House; and

(d)         that the Honourable Member for Kalgoorlie is the only member to have ever been expelled from this House;

(2)         acknowledges that the Honourable Member for Kalgoorlie, Hugh Mahon, was expelled:

(a)         by a motion brought on hastily and with limited time for debate;

(b)         by a vote of the House on party lines; and

(c)         without the due process and procedural fairness that such an important issue deserves; and

(3)         further recognises that:

(a)         it was unjust on the limited evidence for the institution to which Hugh Mahon had been democratically elected to reverse the decision of his constituents;

(b)         the expulsion of the Honourable Member for Kalgoorlie, Hugh Mahon, was therefore a misuse of the power then invested in the House; and

(c)         for a century the Mahon family has endured this injustice and it is time that the Parliament revisit the matter of the Honourable Member for Kalgoorlie, Hugh Mahon’s, expulsion.

              ( Notice given 26 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    30    Mr Leeser : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held across Australia from 8 to 15 November 2020 to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;

(b)         NAIDOC Week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life—the week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community; and

(c)         the Government is supporting NAIDOC Week through a local grants round, with $1.4 million available to support local communities to host events and other activities during the week; and

(2)         commends the work of the Indigenous organisations in postponing NAIDOC Week events and organising COVID-safe functions.

              ( Notice given 26 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    31    Mr Simmonds : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes:

(a)         the developments worldwide on vaccines for COVID-19;

(b)         that the Government has announced a $1.7 billion agreement for two of the most promising COVID-19 vaccines, namely the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and the University of Queensland/CSL vaccine;

(2)         acknowledges that under the agreement, the Commonwealth has secured 84.8 million doses which will be almost entirely manufactured in Australia; and

(3)         recognises that the Government is contributing significantly to COVID-19 vaccine, treatment, research and development work in Australia and around the world with an investment of $362 million.

              ( Notice given 26 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

    32    Dr Webster : To move—That this House:

(1)         recognises that metropolitan and regional Victorians continue to face significant limitations to their freedoms due to COVID-19 restrictions;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         the epidemiological data in Victoria is now at a point where many health experts consider it safe to reopen in a COVID-safe manner; and

(b)         the initial lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were intended to build capacity in the health system, and the Victorian health system has done this;

(3)         commiserates with business owners that have been forced to shut their doors;

(4)         notes that many businesses will not survive continued lockdowns;

(5)         calls on the Victorian Government to give Victorians their freedom back;

(6)         further recognises the undue pain and distress facing regional communities around the nation due to ongoing state border restrictions;

(7)         further acknowledges that:

(a)         border communities are unique in their interdependency; and

(b)         regional and border communities are experiencing some of the most severe disruptions in the country, with impacts on healthcare, education, access to supplies, and the agriculture workforce;

(8)         further notes that seven out of eight states, through the National Cabinet, have agreed to seek a sustainable model for border restrictions by December 2020;

(9)         calls on state governments to open their borders to allow for the free movement of Australians; and

(10)     acknowledges that the continued lockdowns and border restrictions will continue to cause significant mental health, wellbeing, and economic issues, particularly in Victoria, but also in other affected parts of the nation.

              ( Notice given 26 October 2020. Notice will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

Orders of the day

         1    Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (ACT Integrity Commission Powers) Bill 2020 ( Dr Leigh ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  24 February 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on 9 November 2020. )

         2    National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment (Transparency in Carbon Emissions Accounting) Bill 2020 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  24 February 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on 9 November 2020. On 27 February 2020, the Selection Committee made a determination that this bill be referred to the Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy, and the Committee reported on 31 August 2020. )

         3    Liability for Climate Change Damage (Make the Polluters Pay) Bill 2020 ( Mr Bandt ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  24 February 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on 9 November 2020. )

         4    Representation Amendment (6 Regions Per State, 2 Senators Per Region) Bill 2020 ( Mr Joyce ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  24 February 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on 9 November 2020. )

         5    Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Strategic Assets) Bill 2020 ( Mr Katter ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  24 February 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on 9 November 2020. )

         6    Economy: Resumption of debate ( from  24 February 2020 ) on the motion of Dr Mulino —That this House notes the Government’s economic mismanagement and its sustained failure to deliver improved economic outcomes for Australians during its seven year term in office, measured by:

(1)         wage stagnation;

(2)         near record levels of underemployment;

(3)         high and rising rates of labour underutilisation, particularly for young people and in regional areas;

(4)         high levels of youth unemployment;

(5)         Australia’s higher unemployment relative to peer nations;

(6)         weak consumption growth;

(7)         weak business investment; and

(8)         weak and declining productivity growth.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on 9 November 2020. )

         7    Climate Emergency Declaration Bill 2020 ( Mr Bandt ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  2 March 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

         8    Gender equality: Resumption of debate ( from  2 March 2020 ) on the motion of Ms Claydon —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         International Women’s Day will be held on Sunday, 8 March 2020; and

(b)         the theme for 2020 is ‘Each for Equality’, which calls on all of us to ‘Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality’;

(2)         recognises that entrenched gender inequities remain, including:

(a)         high rates of family and domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment;

(b)         the under-representation of women in leadership roles; and

(c)         pay inequity and the undervaluation of work in traditionally female industries; and

(3)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         make gender equality a central priority;

(b)         commit to urgent action to improve Australian women’s:

(i)           safety and physical security;

(ii)         economic security and retirement incomes;

(iii)        health and reproductive rights; and

(iv)       representation in Australian parliaments; and

(c)         reinstate the Women’s Budget Statement.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

         9    Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles Project: Resumption of debate ( from  2 March 2020 ) on the motion of Mr Pearce —That this House:

(1)         notes that new Defence projects such as the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles built under the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability program support the development of defence industry and small business in electorates across Australia;

(2)         supports job creation in construction and sustainment;

(3)         recognises this project presents an exciting opportunity for Australian industry to play a vital role in delivering leading-edge capability and technology to Australia’s army; and

(4)         acknowledges the Government’s significant $200 billion investment in Australia’s defence capability.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      10    Jewish Australian Internet Radio: Resumption of debate ( from  2 March 2020 ) on the motion of Mr T. R. Wilson —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         the Jewish Australian Internet Radio (J-AIR) is an outstanding broadcasting service that brings together Jewish culture, news, analysis, music, comedy, personalities and performers for audiences in Melbourne and through the internet;

(b)         since 2014, the volunteers at J-AIR have worked tirelessly to give Jewish people a voice and provide awareness of the ongoing safety and security challenges faced by Melbourne’s Jewish community;

(c)         as demonstrated by the 2019 Executive Council of Australian Jewry report, the character of anti-Semitism has worsened in Australia and services like J-AIR play a crucial security role;

(d)         J-AIR has begun working closely with the Community Security Group (CSG) to combat the rise of anti-Semitism and ensure the safety and security of the Jewish community in Victoria; and

(e)         the absence of a community broadcasting licence limits the capacity of J-AIR to fulfil these critical functions; and

(2)         calls on the Australian Communications and Media Authority to consider the new relationship with the CSG and allocate J-AIR a community broadcasting licence in the Melbourne Radio Licence Area.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 2 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      11    Green New Deal (Quit Coal and Renew Australia) Bill 2020 ( Mr Bandt ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  10 June 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      12    Interactive Gambling Amendment (Banning Social Casinos and Other Measures) Bill 2020 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  10 June 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. On 11 June 2020, the Selection Committee made a determination that this bill referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs. )

      13    Mental health: Resumption of debate ( from  10 June 2020 ) on the motion of Ms McBride —That this House: 

(1)         notes that the COVID-19 health emergency will have significant and ongoing mental health impacts for Australians; 

(2)         recognises:

(a)         that financial hardship should be no barrier to getting the health treatment people need; and

(b)         the important role that mental health practitioners have played during this crisis and will continue to play in Australia’s health system;

(3)         acknowledges that the Productivity Commission is due to hand its report on mental health to the Government in June 2020; and

(4)         calls on the Government to respond to the Productivity Commission’s report into mental health as a matter of urgency, incorporating the anticipated impacts of COVID-19 in their response.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      14    General Motors: Resumption of debate ( from  10 June 2020 ) on the motion of Mr Ramsey —That this House:

(1)         recognises the long-term business investment General Motors has made in Australia over 72 years and the impact its decision to withdraw from the Australian market will have on more than 200 Holden dealerships across Australia;

(2)         asks that as General Motors terminates Holden sales in Australia it demonstrates the respect the Holden brand deserves;

(3)         acknowledges General Motors has been the beneficiary of more than $2 billion of Australian taxpayers subsidies;

(4)         recognises the potential job impact on Holden dealerships who employ around 9,000 people, including sales people, service technicians, finance and insurance professionals and back office functions and calls on General Motors to ensure that adequate compensation is offered to Holden dealers around the country who have invested significant capital in showroom facilities, service and repair equipment, stock and parts and ensure also that dealerships have assistance for redundancy payments;

(5)         notes that when General Motors ceased vehicle and engine production in Australia in 2017, the company committed to retaining 1000 direct staff plus 6000 people across the 200 strong national dealer network; and

(6)         further recognises there are 1.6 million Holdens currently on Australia’s roads and customers deserve to have confidence they will have ongoing support from General Motors in servicing and spare parts for the future.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 3 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      15    Fair Work Amendment (One in, All in) Bill 2020 ( Mr Bandt ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  15 June 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      16    Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Sustainable Procurement Principles) Bill 2020 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  15 June 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      17    Ordinary Seaman Edward (Teddy) Sheean: Resumption of debate ( from  15 June 2020 ) on the motion of Mr B. K. Mitchell —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         in 2019 the independent 11-member Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal did unanimously recommend that the extraordinary bravery of Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean should be recognised with the posthumous awarding of the Victoria Cross; and

(b)         the Government rejected the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal’s unanimous recommendation; and

(2)         calls on the Prime Minister to take immediate action to reverse the Government’s rejection of the tribunal’s recommendation, and take the actions necessary to progress the tribunal’s recommendation.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 4 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      18    Social housing: Resumption of debate ( from  24 August 2020 ) on the motion of Ms Claydon —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         more than 140,000 Australians were on social housing waitlists in June 2018;

(b)         the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute has identified a shortfall of 433,000 social housing dwellings over the next 20 years;

(c)         much of Australia’s existing social housing stock is in dire need of maintenance and repairs; and

(d)         the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has urged the Government to consider investment in social housing as a means of protecting Australia’s economy from the impacts of COVID-19;

(2)         recognises the success of Labor’s $5.638 billion investment to build 20,000 new social housing dwellings and renovate a further 80,000, as a key economic stimulus measure during the global financial crisis; and

(3)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         ensure that stimulus measures are focused on delivering maximum ongoing public benefit; and

(b)         work with the private and community sectors and superannuation funds to invest in more social housing and repair existing social housing.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      19    Tourism and the arts: Resumption of debate ( from  24 August 2020 —Ms Templeman, in continuation ) on the motion of Ms Flint —That this House:

(1)         notes that cultural and creative activity plays an important role in:

(a)         the lives of 98 per cent of Australians, who engage with the arts by making art, viewing, attending or going online to experience arts and culture;

(b)         Australia’s international tourism industry, with 43 per cent of all international tourists engaging with the arts while in Australia, who are travelling further, staying longer and spending more than other tourists;

(c)         Australia’s domestic tourism industry, with Australians taking 12.3 million arts day trips and 13.4 million arts overnight trips within Australia that include arts activities—this travel will play a role in helping communities rebuild and recover from disasters by supporting local jobs and economies; and

(d)         Australia’s economy, contributing more than $112 billion to our economy this year, or over 6 per cent of our gross domestic product, and this has increased by 30 per cent since 2008-09; and

(2)         further notes that the Government is providing a record amount of funding to the arts, of around $750 million.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 5 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      20    Competition and Consumer Amendment (Exploitation of Indigenous Culture) Bill 2020 ( Mr Katter ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  31 August 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      21    Ordinary Seaman Edward (Teddy) Sheean: Resumption of debate ( from  31 August 2020 ) on the motion of Mr Pearce —That this House:

(1)         notes the decision to award Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean our highest military honour, the Victoria Cross for Australia;

(2)         recognises that the heroic acts of Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean on 1 December 1942 will see him be the first Australian Navy sailor to receive the Victoria Cross; and

(3)         acknowledges that an investiture ceremony that befits the magnitude of the award and its significance to Australia will be held at an appropriate time, noting current COVID-19 restrictions.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      22    Environment and jobs: Resumption of debate ( from  31 August 2020 ) on the motion of Ms T. M. Butler —That this House:

(1)         welcomes the release of the Auditor-General’s report, Referrals, Assessments and Approvals of Controlled Actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act);

(2)         notes that Australia is currently experiencing an environmental crisis and jobs crisis, and the Auditor-General’s report confirms that the Government has failed on both counts;

(3)         further notes the damning findings from the Auditor-General, including that:

(a)         there has been a 510 per cent increase in the average delays for approval decisions since the Liberals and Nationals were elected (between 2014-15 and 2018-19);

(b)         between 2014-15 and 2018-19, delays to environmental approvals for jobs and investment from major projects exploded from 19 days on average to 116 days;

(c)         79 per cent of approvals assessed were non-compliant or contained errors;

(d)         in 2018-19, 95 per cent of key decisions (referral, assessment method, approval), were made outside the statutory time frames, with just 5 per cent of decisions being made on time;

(e)         conflicts of interest are not managed;

(f)          reporting arrangements are not consistent with the EPBC Act; and

(g)         projects or environmental outcomes are not being monitored;

(4)         acknowledges the extraordinary nature of these findings, which make up one of the most damning reports published by the Auditor-General to date;

(5)         notes that:

(a)         the report reveals the extent to which Government cuts to the environment department, which are estimated to be 40 per cent since 2013, has smashed the department’s capacity to make good, timely decisions to create jobs and protect the environment; and

(b)         Government cuts and mismanagement (Liberal party blue tape) is at the heart of job and investment delays, poor quality decisions and legal challenges; and

(6)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         take responsibility for their abject failure on the environment and jobs; and

(b)         stop tying up projects and strangling the environment with Liberal party blue tape which is delaying jobs and investment, putting a handbrake on our economy, failing to protect iconic Australian species like the koala, and allowing the state of our natural environment to rapidly decline.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 6 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      23    Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Financial Transparency) Bill 2020 [No. 2] ( Ms Sharkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. On 21 October 2020, the Selection Committee made a determination that this Bill be referred to the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport. )

      24    Arts sector: Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2020 ) on the motion of Mr Gorman —That this House:

(1)         notes that Australia’s arts sector is an essential part of our economy, our community and our identity;

(2)         recognises that the impacts of coronavirus COVID-19 have destroyed the livelihoods of thousands of working artists in a diverse range of arts including, but not limited to, performers, writers, designers, illustrators, musicians, fine artists, filmmakers and children’s entertainers;

(3)         further notes that many of the existing support mechanisms, including Jobkeeper and Jobseeker, do not recognise the unique needs or economics of the arts sector;

(4)         believes that protecting our arts sector now is vital for Australia to achieve a sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19; and

(5)         calls on the national cabinet to work urgently in collaboration with the arts sector to:

(a)         enact a tailored package of support to the arts sector;

(b)         ensure that working artists are able to access appropriate income support; and

(c)         consider how commonwealth, state, territory and local governments can assist the arts sector for the medium to long term economic impacts of COVID-19.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      25    International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day: Resumption of debate ( from  19 October 2020 ) on the motion of Ms Stanley —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         15 October 2020 is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day;

(b)         on this day, parents, families, friends and healthcare workers will memorialise babies they have lost through miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death;

(c)         infant loss is a tragic and terrible event to go through for families, healthcare workers and friends, and International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day provides an opportunity to mark their shared loss; and

(d)         direct support for persons affected by pregnancy and infant loss is difficult at the current time considering the local health environment;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         each year around 150,000 women in Australia experience some form of pregnancy or infant loss;

(b)         further issues are commonly faced by those close to these tragic events such as depression, anxiety, changes in relationships, development of unhealthy coping mechanisms and post-traumatic stress disorder;

(c)         these effects, amongst others, are often underestimated and overlooked by healthcare professionals, friends, and even family members, especially concerning pregnancy loss related bereavement and subsequent grief;

(d)         greater research and understanding is required to aide in the creation and establishment of programs, resources and services that support and provide assistance to survivors of baby loss and their families, and enable them to overcome their trauma and integrate their bereavement into their life in a healthy, helpful, healing manner; and

(e)         services for people affected by pregnancy or infant loss have been continuing, as best as possible, their necessary and significant work during this recent and difficult period;

(3)         expresses sympathy to all families who have suffered a miscarriage, a stillbirth or infant death; and

(4)         commends every person who has supported parents and families through their journey from the loss of a baby.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 7 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      26    Australian Federal Integrity Commission Bill 2020 ( Dr Haines ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  26 October 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      27    Commonwealth Parliamentary Standards Bill 2020 ( Dr Haines ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  26 October 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      28    Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment (Making Gambling Businesses Accountable) Bill 2020 ( Mr Wilkie ): Second reading—Resumption of debate ( from  26 October 2020 ).

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      29    Australian made products: Resumption of debate ( from  26 October 2020 ) on the motion of Ms Hammond —That this House:

(1)         notes the longevity of the ‘Australian Made, Australian Grown’ logo since its creation more than 30 years ago as Australia’s most trusted, recognised and widely used country of origin symbol to promote authentic Australian brands all around the world;

(2)         commends the Government for providing the Australian Made Campaign Ltd, the not-for-profit public company which administers the logo, with $5 million to promote the logo in key export markets as well as establishing trademark registration in the United Kingdom, the European Union and Canada;

(3)         further commends the Government for its $5 million investment in the ‘Go Local First’ campaign, which is run by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia and is encouraging all Australians to promote and support our local small and family businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic; and

(4)         encourages all Australians to recognise the importance of local industry, manufacturers, producers, and businesses to our economy, and the quality of Australian made products and Australian grown produce.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

      30    National Disability Insurance Scheme Independent Assessments: Resumption of debate ( from  26 October 2020 ) on the motion of Mr Shorten —That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         there are real issues with consistency and fairness in NDIS access and planning decisions but there is not enough information available about the Government’s recently announced NDIS Independent Assessments (IA) to conclude it will address issues with consistency and fairness;

(b)         mandatory IA are not well supported (as the Government claims) by the findings of the 2019 Tune Review and the original Productivity Commission report;

(c)         there has been outcry about the lack of consultation and information available about IA among people with disability and disability advocates; and

(d)         there is evidence that IA may be a cover for the Government to restrict NDIS access and limit participant plans, and privatise the NDIS ‘by stealth’; and

(2)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         listen to participants and immediately pause the rollout of the current IA program;

(b)         hold a genuine, transparent consultation process to confirm what the issues are and trial different options;

(c)         co-design the solution best supported by evidence with participants, families, carers and the sector; and

(d)         make public all modelling, actuarial advice and evaluation reports used to support the chosen program, showing numbers of participants whose NDIS funding or eligibility will be impacted.

              ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless called on on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 9 November 2020. )

 

 

 

 

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