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Monday, 18 November 2013

The Federation Chamber meets at 10.30 am


11 AM TO 1.30 PM


1   Mr Christensen: To move—That this House:

(1) notes:

(a) that the television series Doctor Who will celebrate its 50th anniversary on the 23 November 2013;

(b) that the 50th anniversary of the first screening of Doctor Who in Australia will take place on the 12 Januar y 2015;

(c) the many connections between Doctor Who and Australia including (but not limited to):

(i) the very first Doctor  Who story, ‘An Unearthly Child’, written by Australian scriptwriter Anthony Coburn;

(ii) the score for the signature Doctor Who theme tune, written by Australian composer Ron Grainer;

(iii) the incidental music in the series throughout most of the 1960s and 1970s, written by Australian composer Dudley Simpson;

(iv) Australian actress Janet Fielding, playing an Australian character Tegan Jovanka in the series (alongside the Doctor as portrayed by Peter Davison);

(v) actress Katy Manning, playing the character Jo Grant in the series (alongside the Doctor as portrayed by Jon Pertwee), and becoming an Australian citizen in 2004;

(vi) Australian horse racing icon Gai Waterhouse, playing the character of Presta in the Doctor Who episode ‘The Invasion of Time’ (alongside the Doctor as portrayed by Tom Baker); and

(vii) Australian pop star Kylie  Minogue, playing the character Astrid (alongside the Doctor as portrayed by David Tennant) in the 2007 Christmas Special ‘Voyage of the Damned’; and

(d) the fact that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has been the main broadcaster for Doctor Who in Australia; and

(2) request that:

(a) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first screening of Doctor Who in Australia, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) consider filming the 2015 series of the telev ision show in Australia; and

(b) the ABC, Screen Australia and the various State-based film funding bodies consider offering finance to entice the BBC to film the 2015 series of Doctor Who in Australia. ( Notice given 13 November 2013. Time allowed—50 minutes. )

2   Ms Hall: To move—That this House:

(1) notes that the:

(a) Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a draft ruling which will impact residents of moveable home s in low-cost living estates;

(b) moveable home industry is the primary provider of affordable accommodation for over 100,000 Australians, the majority of whom are pensioners;

(c) ATO ruling would see residents in moveable home parks who own their own dwelling on a rented site being subject to paying 10 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST); and

(d) added cost of GST will cause financial hardship to many residents in these estates; and

(2) calls on the Government to ensure these residents do not have to pay GST on their site rental. ( Notice given 12 November 2013; amended 14 November 2013. Time allowed—50 minutes. )

* 3   Mrs Prentice: To move—That this House:

(1) notes that A ustralia Post is responsible for and has sole discretion over introducing, retiring or changing postcodes;

(2) recognises that:

(a) residents in more than 50 localities from Amberley, Benarkin to Karana Downs and Vernor share the postcode 4306, suburbs which in some instances are more than 130 kilometres apart;

(b) these localities fall within the four divisions of Ryan, Maranoa, Wright and Blair;

(c) the shared postcode is having a detrimental impact on mail delivery services, postal delivery costs and insurance premiums for people living in these areas; and

(d) communities within the 4306 postcode have previously petitioned the Government on this issue and to date have had their request rejected; and

(3) calls on the Government to request that Australia Post allocate unique postcodes to localities which currently share a postcode with a geographically separate locality. ( Notice given 14 November 2013. Time allowed—remaining private Members’ business time prior to 1.30 pm. )


Order of the day

1   death of FORMER MEMBER (THE HONOURABLE DAVID SCOTT THOMSON)—condolence motion: Resumption of debate ( from 12 November 2013—Mr Pyne ) on the motion of Mr Abbott.