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Tuesday, 8 May 2018
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Mr Tehan to move:

(1) That a Joint Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence be established to inquire into and report on matters relating to welfare dependence of families and outcomes for children, and in conducting the inquiry, the committee:

(a) examine the reasons for welfare dependence, with particular focus on why some families require welfare assistance for short periods only and why others become 'trapped' in the system;

(b) consider:

   (i) the factors preventing parents from gaining employment;

   (ii) the impact of inter-generational unemployment on children;

   (iii) the important role of parents as 'first teachers';

   (iv) a multi-generational approach which assists parents and their children together; and

(c) recommend options for:

   (i) measuring the effectiveness of interventions

   (ii) better co-ordinating services between tiers of government to support families; and

(d) consider any other related matter;

(2) the committee present to Parliament an interim report on or before 20 September 2018 and its final report on or before 12 April 2019;

(3) the committee consist of 10 members, 3 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Government Whip or Whips, 2 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips or by any minority group or independent Member, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and 1 Senator to be nominated by any minority group or independent Senator;

(4) participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination in the House of Representatives, of the Government or Opposition Whip or Whips, or any minority group or independent Member, and in the Senate, of the Leader of the Government or Opposition, or any minority group or independent Senator, and such participating member:

(a) shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purposes of forming a quorum if a majority of members of the committee are not present; and

(b) may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee and have all rights of a committee member except that a participating member may not vote on any questions before the committee;

(5) every nomination of a member of the committee be notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

(6) the members of the committee hold office as a joint select committee until presentation of the committee's final report or until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time, whichever is the earlier;

(7) the committee elect a:

(a) Government member as its chair;

(b) non-Government member as its deputy chair who shall act as chair of the committee at any time when the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee;

(8) at any time when the chair and deputy chair are not present at a meeting of the committee the members elect another member to act as chair at that meeting;

(9) in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote;

(10) three members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall include one Government member of either House and one non-Government member of either House;

(11) the committee have power to:

(a) appoint subcommittees consisting of three or more of its members, and to refer to any subcommittee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine; and

(b) appoint the chair of each subcommittee who shall have a casting vote only;

(12) at any time when the chair of a subcommittee is not present at a meeting of the subcommittee, the members of the subcommittee present shall elect another member of that subcommittee to act as chair at that meeting;

(13) two members of a subcommittee constitute the quorum of that subcommittee, provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall include one Government member of either House and one non-Government member of either House;

(14) members of the committee who are not members of a subcommittee may participate in the proceedings of that subcommittee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum;

(15) the committee or any subcommittee have power to:

(a) call for witnesses to attend and for documents to be produced;

(b) conduct proceedings at any place it sees fit;

(c) sit in public or in private;

(d) report from time to time; and

(e) adjourn from time to time and sit during any adjournment of the House of Representatives and the Senate;

(16) the committee be:

(a) provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and

(b) empowered to publish from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public; and

(17) the provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders; and

(18) a message be sent to the Senate acquainting it of this resolution and requesting that it concur and take action accordingly.

Mr Hayes to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises the deteriorating humanitarian crisis that has ensued between the Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State and Rohingya Muslims, since 25 August 2017;

(2) notes with grave concern, evidence from Human Rights Watch of a series of brutal crackdowns carried out by security forces against ethnic Rohingya Muslims, including:

(a) extrajudicial killing;

(b) the torture and suffering of Rohingya women, men and children;

(c) the forced displacement of more than 600,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh;

(d) the destruction, arson and takeover of more than 300 villages by the Myanmar military; and

(e) endemic rape and sexual violence;

(3) further notes:

(a) that Myanmar was home to an estimated 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims;

(b) the long history and persecution of the Rohingya population, including the denial of citizenship under the 1982 Citizenship Law and the denial of most basic government services;

(c) the poor living conditions and widespread inequality facing Rohingya Muslims isolated in Rakhine State and those now living in Bangladesh, including limited access to food, water, shelter, medical treatment and humanitarian assistance; and

(d) that the United Nations and Human Rights Watch have described the situation in Rakhine State as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing;

(4) urges the government of Myanmar to:

(a) recommit to the pursuit of peace and national reconciliation;

(b) allow unfettered humanitarian access to all parts of Rakhine State; and

(c) unconditionally release the two Reuters reporters currently detained in Myanmar; and

(5) echoes the voices of the international community and calls on Australia to:

(a) consider additional humanitarian assistance in response to the Rohingya crisis, particularly to assist Bangladesh respond to the unprecedented levels of Rohingya refugees that have moved across its border;

(b) ensure that the development assistance that Australia provides to Myanmar is appropriately targeted to those most in need, and does not risk contributing to the further suffering of minority groups in Myanmar such as the Rohingya;

(c) exert maximum pressure on the Myanmar authorities to allow independent examination of claims of human rights abuses in Rakhine State, and to hold those responsible for abuses to account; and

(d) continue condemnation of the human rights abuses against the Rohingya.

Mr Watts to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges the role of 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 Labor government, including $3.2 billion for the Regional Rail Link project and a further $3 billion committed to the Melbourne Metro rail project (Metro 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 needed in the near future to meet the challenge of population growth.

Mr Zappia to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) 2,400 sheep horrifically died on board the Awassi Express whilst being transported to the Middle East in August 2017;

(b) Australian animal welfare standards are not being maintained in the live sheep export trade;

(c) in May 2015, in a motion debated in Parliament, Labor Shadow Minister for Agriculture, the Member for Hunter, drew the House's attention to breaches in the live export sector and called for the appointment for an Independent Inspector General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports;

(d) in 2016 the Productivity Commission recommended that the Government establish an Australian Commission for Animal Welfare to oversee animal welfare; and

(e) according to Meat & Livestock Australia, in 2016-17 the sheep live export trade was worth $249 million, which is less than 5 per cent of the $5.23 billion economic value of Australia's sheep industry; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) appoint an Independent Inspector General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports and an Independent Office of Animal Welfare;

(b) ensure that Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) and Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) standards are sufficient and are adhered to in the live export trade;

(c) ensure that independent inspectors and sufficient veterinary personnel accompany live export shipments;

(d) impose commensurate penalties including the permanent withdrawal of ESCAS licences and criminal penalties to those exporters who seriously breach ESCAS and ASEL standards; and

(e) assist sheep farmers transition away from live exports and focus on export of chilled and frozen meats.

Mr Gosling to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges the importance of Australia's bilateral relationship with Indonesia;

(2) notes that:

(a) two-way investment between Australia and Indonesia was valued at $10.4 billion in 2016;

(b) 16,200 Indonesian tourists visited Australia and 1.248 million Australians visited Indonesia in 2016, making Indonesia Australia's second most popular holiday destination;

(c) cultural engagement programs like those fostered by the Australia-Indonesia Institute, the Australia-Indonesia Centre and CAUSINDY: the Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth, are paramount to continuing to develop strong people-to-people links;

(d) Darwin has a key role to play in Australia's relationship with Indonesia through:

   (i) educational opportunities such as Charles Darwin University's exchange programs, research groups, and international student places;

   (ii) assisting Indonesia in building their emergency and disaster management capacity;

   (iii) quick-response health resources like the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre; and

   (iv) further strengthening trade capabilities and opportunities in the cattle industry, with Indonesia taking approximately 60 per cent of Australia's overall live cattle exports and more than a third of Australia's live cattle exports currently shipped through the Port of Darwin; and

(e) there are many areas in which cooperation between Indonesia and Australia could be strengthened for mutual benefit, including:

   (i) countering transnational crime through cyber-security capacity building;

   (ii) improving Defence capabilities and humanitarian aid/disaster relief assistance;

   (iii) sharing the expertise of NT health professionals through clinical training and trainee/specialist exchange programs;

   (iv) partnering on tourism initiatives like Indonesia's Beyond Bali campaign to provide opportunities to regional areas such as Eastern Indonesia; and

   (v) expanding trilateral cooperation with Timor-Leste to improve humanitarian aid/disaster relief and strengthen maritime security, with opportunity for inclusion of other nations;

(3) encourages Members to reflect on recent occasions when the strength of the Australia-Indonesia relationship has been strained by decisions that, with the benefit of hindsight, didn't adequately balance all aspects of the relationship between our nations; and

(4) calls on Members to ensure our words and actions at all times demonstrate our deep, enduring respect for Indonesia and the value we place in maintaining a positive relationship.

Ms Husar to move:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that well-funded hospitals are critical for a healthy population;

(2) notes that:

(a) the Government is cutting $715 million from Australian hospitals over the next three years;

(b) this includes a $5.7 million cut from Nepean Hospital;

(c) these cuts will hurt patients, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff;

(d) the cuts to Nepean Hospital are equal to 8,500 emergency department visits; or 220 knee replacements; or the jobs of 16 nurses;

(e) these cuts will result in surgery delays and longer emergency department waiting times;

(f) the proportion of people presenting to Nepean Hospital's Emergency Department who are seen within recommended times has already declined sharply under the Liberals; and

(g) now the Government is trying to lock in inadequate hospital funding until 2025; and

(3) calls on the Government to:

(a) immediately reverse these cruel cuts; and

(b) properly fund hospitals in the future.

Ms Sharkie to move:

That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) the key role that volunteers play in our communities across Australia;

(b) National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration of the contribution of volunteers and this year is from 21 to 27 May 2018;

(c) there are over 6 million Australians volunteers who generously donate their time to a wide range of social and community causes;

(d) volunteering Australia estimates that the annual economic and societal benefit of volunteering is valued at $290 billion or more; and

(e) volunteering provides clear benefits to both volunteers and Australian society;

(2) thanks the Government and Parliament for their support of volunteering and volunteering support services; and

(3) calls on the:

(a) Government to continue its funding support for volunteering support services; and

(b) Parliament to join together to thank our volunteers for their generous contribution to Australia.

Ms Ley To present a Bill for an Act to restrict the long haul export of live sheep, and for related purposes. (Live Sheep Long Haul Export Prohibition Bill 2018)

Ms Collins to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) access to affordable sexual and reproductive healthcare, including abortion and contraception, is part of every woman's right to control her own body;

(b) abortion was decriminalised in Tasmania in 2013 and surgical terminations were being provided at a dedicated private clinic without significant out of pocket expenses;

(c) recently, this provider closed their clinic, and the Tasmanian Government ruled out providing this essential service within the Tasmanian public health system with women forced to travel interstate for treatment;

(d) in February, the Federal and Tasmanian Ministers for Health gave assurances that this issue had been resolved; and

(e) despite these assurances, recent evidence has revealed a significant increase in the number of Tasmanian women being forced to travel interstate to access surgical abortions at great cost; and

(2) calls on the Australian Government to:

(a) work with the Tasmanian Government to resolve this issue for Tasmanian women so they can affordably access surgical terminations in the state; and

(b) intervene, if the Tasmanian government fails to provide affordable abortion services, to ensure funding and provision of essential reproductive health services in Tasmania.

Mr van Manen to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that the Australian Government:

(a) is acting to provide critical upgrades to the M1 Motorway to deliver safer, less congested roads for the people of Queensland, which will mean people spend less time in traffic and more time with their families;

(b) is delivering a $1 billion upgrade including between Varsity Lakes and Tugun on the Gold Coast end of the M1 corridor, and between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill within the Brisbane urban area; and

(c) has previously committed funding to two projects on the M1 which are scheduled to commence construction in coming weeks, being:

   (i) $115 million for the M1 Pacific Motorway-Gateway Merge; and

   (ii) $110 million for the M1 Pacific Motorway-Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes project; and

(2) calls on the Queensland Government to match the funding on a 50:50 basis.

Mrs Marino to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises the importance of infrastructure to the future prosperity of our nation;

(2) acknowledges the actions the Government is taking in delivering a record $75 billion investment in infrastructure and transport projects focused on building local communities, connecting the regions and our cities, busting congestion and boosting productivity, while creating local jobs;

(3) notes that for the first time, the Government has committed to a 10 year infrastructure investment pipeline with the recently announced significant infrastructure projects; and

(4) congratulates the Government in working to deliver the infrastructure that will help secure Australia's prosperity into the future.