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The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Hayes—That this House:

(1)    notes that:

(a)    Sunday, 20 February to Sunday, 27 February 2011 is Donate Life Week, Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation; and

(b)   organ donation is giving the gift of life, yet is a gift that most people do not know how to give;

(2)    acknowledges that:

(a)    one third of Australians do not know that family consent is needed for organs to be donated when someone dies;

(b)   there are more than 1,000 people on organ donation waiting lists and were only 279 donations in 2009-10, despite the year being our highest annual donation rate in a decade; and

(c)    on average, every deceased organ donor in Australia may contribute to between three and ten transplants;

(3)    encourages all Australian men and women to:

(a)    set some time aside during the week to talk about organ and tissue donations with people closest to them; and

(b)   consider organ donations and sign up for the Australian Organ Donor Register; and

(4)    pays tribute to organ donors who have kindly given the gift of life ( see item No. 2, Votes and Proceedings )—

Debate resumed.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.




Suspension of meeting

At 1.29 p.m., the Deputy Speaker left the Chair.

Resumption of meeting

At 4 p.m., the Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.