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BUSINESS OF THE FEDERATION CHAMBER

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Federation Chamber meets at 9.30 am

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Order of the day

1   GRIEVANCE DEBATE: Question—That grievances be noted—Resumption of debate ( from 18 November 2013 ).

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

Orders of the day

1   Postcodes: Resumption of debate ( from 18 November 2013 ) on the motion of Mrs Prentice—That this House:

(1) notes that Australia Post is responsible for and has sole discretion over introdu cing, 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 Australia Post to review the allocation of unique postcodes for localities which currently share a postcode with a geographically separate locality. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 2 December 2013. )

2   gst on moveable homes: Resumption of debate ( from 18 November 2013 ) on the motion of Ms Hall—That this House:

(1) notes that the:

(a) Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a draft ruling which will impact residents of moveable homes 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. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 2 December 2013. )

3   Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: Resumption of debate ( from 18 November 2013 ) on the motion of Mr Christensen—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 an niversary of the first screening of Doctor Who in Australia will take place on the 12 January 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 Corp oration (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 2 015 series of the television 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. ( Order of the day will be removed from the Notice Paper unless re-accorded priority on any of the next 8 sitting Mondays including 2 December 2013. )