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10.10 AM TO 12 NOON


Presentation and statements

     *1    Publications Committee : Inquiry into the printing standards for documents presented to Parliament: 2017 Report. ( Statements to conclude by 10.20 am. )



         1    Mr Bandt : To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 , and for related purposes. ( Fair Work Amendment (Improving National Employment Standards) Bill 2017 )

              ( Notice given 24 October 2017. Time allowed—10 minutes. )

    †2    Ms L. M. Chesters : To move—That this House:

(1)         notes that:

(a)         National Asbestos Awareness Week is 27 November to 1 December;

(b)         as part of this year’s events, the Australian Government Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (Agency) is holding the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Summit (Summit) in Canberra;

(c)         this year’s Summit will focus on debate on Australia’s next National Strategic Plan to eliminate asbestos nationwide;

(d)         the Agency has raised concerns over workplace safety following the 100 workers who were exposed to asbestos while working on the Sydney Opera House renovation in July 2017;

(e)         it is unclear how many further building sites across Australia contain asbestos or how many workers are unknowingly exposed to asbestos each day; and

(f)          the Agency advised the Senate Economics References Committee’s inquiry into non-conforming building products that building products containing asbestos are being imported to Australia contrary to Australian law;

(2)         acknowledges that:

(a)         Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos related deaths and injury in the world, with 33,000 people already having lost their lives to asbestos;

(b)         around 700 Australians die each year from asbestos related diseases, and without proper management experts worry that tens of thousands of Australians could be diagnosed with asbestos related diseases in the coming decades; and

(c)         experts believe that 20,000 to 25,000 Australians will die from asbestos or asbestos related illnesses before the end of this century;

(3)         condemns the Government’s inaction and silence on the dangers of asbestos, despite warnings provided to the Senate inquiry; and

(4)         calls on the Government to:

(a)         give greater importance to stopping asbestos importers at the border and immediately increase the penalties for illegal asbestos contamination on Australian building sites; and

(b)         create greater transparency and accountability between the Australian Border Force and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in their dealings with asbestos related importations.

              ( Notice given 24 October 2017. Time allowed—45 minutes. )

    †3    Mr van Manen : To move—That this House:

(1)         acknowledges the importance of the trade and economic relationship between Australia and Japan;

(2)         welcomes the sixty year anniversary since the signing of the Australia-Japan Agreement on Commerce;

(3)         notes the significant opportunities offered by the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement for Australian exporters;

(4)         recognises and celebrates the significant role of Japanese investment in Australia’s economy, noting that this investment is creating and supporting Australian jobs;

(5)         notes the ongoing cooperation and commitment between Australia and Japan to open markets and a strong, rules-based global trading system; and

(6)         encourages the Australian Government to continue its economic cooperation with Japan to the mutual benefit of both countries, to create jobs and support prosperity in both our nations. 

              ( Notice given 24 October 2017. Time allowed—remaining private Members’ business time prior to 12 noon. )