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Draft Federation Chamber Minutes

No. 170

Monday, 8 February 2016

- 10:32:08 AM

 1The Federation Chamber met at 10.32 am.

- 10:32:40 AM


Members’ constituency statements were made.

Dr Leigh 10:32:48 AM. Ms O’Dwyer 10:35:39 AM. Ms Plibersek 10:38:43 AM. Mr Entsch 10:41:47 AM. Mr Thistlethwaite 10:44:54 AM. Ms F. M. Scott 10:47:51 AM. Mr Husic 10:50:52 AM. Mr Hutchinson 10:53:58 AM. Ms MacTiernan 10:57:02 AM. Mr Broadbent 10:59:46 AM.
- 11:02:47 AM

 3Domestic violence

Mr Billson, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)recognises the importance of changing the national culture to make disrespecting women un-Australian;

(2)welcomes the Government’s $100 million Women’s Safety Package to combat domestic violence;

(3)supports efforts at the upcoming COAG meeting to engage all levels of government and the broader community on this shared national endeavour;

(4)places on record its deep concern about the use of new technology and in particular smart phone tracking applications by family violence perpetrators to obtain and monitor the location of their victims; and

(5)calls on all governments to consider this as part of their strategy to combat domestic violence and technology facilitated abuse. 

Debate ensued.

Mr Billson 11:02:54 AM. Mr Watts 11:08:14 AM. Ms Marino 11:13:17 AM. Ms T. M. Butler 11:18:18 AM. Mr Williams 11:23:36 AM. Ms Rowland 11:28:29 AM. Mr Alexander 11:33:34 AM. Ms Claydon 11:38:44 AM.
- 11:43:35 AM

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.

- 11:43:44 AM


Mr Champion, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)notes that:

(a)people with dyslexia have difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols;

(b)dyslexia does not affect general intelligence; and

(c)the primary symptoms of dyslexia are:

(i)problems learning the letter sounds for reading and spelling;

(ii)difficulty in reading single words, such as on flash cards and in lists (decoding);

(iii)lack of fluency;

(iv)reading slowly with many mistakes;

(v)poor spelling; and

(vi)poor visual gestalt/coding (orthographic coding);


(a)the hard work of support groups, educators and families in raising awareness of dyslexia;

(b)the many programs and services helping students to achieve their best every day; and

(c)dyslexia as a disability through the Disability Discrimination Act 1992; and

(3)calls upon the Government to consider:

(a)continuing to work with the states and territories to complete the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability program and implement the disability loading recommended in the Gonski report;

(b)developing a national program which encompasses accreditation and development of schools which specialise in dyslexia, including early identification, teacher training, school autonomy, assessment and examination;

(c)adopting models such as the United Kingdom model for dyslexia, the Education, Health and Care Plan; and

(d)Dyslexia Aware School accreditation education programs in South Australian schools.

Debate ensued.

Mr Champion 11:43:50 AM. Mrs McNamara 11:49:07 AM. Ms Hall 11:54:14 AM. Ms L. M. Chesters 11:59:19 AM. Ms MacTiernan 12:04:26 PM.
- 12:09:14 PM

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

- 12:09:18 PM

 5Veterans of the Vietnam War

Mrs Prentice, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)notes that Vietnam Veterans Day:

(a)is held on 18 August every year;

(b)commemorates the service and sacrifice of the almost 60,000 Australians who served in the Vietnam War, including the 521 who were killed, and the 3,000 wounded; and

(c)was, until 1987, known as Long Tan Day, which commemorated the service of the 108 personnel of D Company 6RAR, who on 18 August 1966, with limited supplies and in torrential rain, successfully fought off 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops near the village of Long Tan;

(2)reiterates its sincere appreciation for the service of all veterans of the Vietnam War; and

(3)expresses its regret that many veterans of the Vietnam War did not receive appropriate recognition of their service upon their return to Australia. 

Debate ensued.

Mrs Prentice 12:09:24 PM. Ms Brodtmann 12:14:29 PM. Mr E. T. Jones 12:19:37 PM. Mr Feeney 12:24:49 PM. Mr Kelly 12:30:12 PM. Ms Claydon 12:35:20 PM. Mr Coleman 12:40:09 PM. Ms Hall 12:45:20 PM.
- 12:50:34 PM

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.

- 12:50:43 PM

 6Organ harvesting 

Ms Parke, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)notes continuing concerns in relation to the practice of harvesting organs from prisoners in the People’s Republic of China, in addition to allegations of an illegal organ harvesting trade in other parts of Asia and in Europe; and

(2)calls on the Government to:

(a)acknowledge the illegal trade of organs as a significant health policy and human rights issue in the international community and publicly condemn organ transplant abuses;

(b)engage in international dialogue, in a human rights context, relating to the harvesting of organs, ensuring cooperation to protect the poorest and most vulnerable groups from organ transplant tourism and the illegal sale of tissues and organs through the development of tools to ensure traceability of organs;

(c)consider federal measures and encourage Australian states and territories to consider measures to ensure that trafficking of human organs is addressed;

(d)urge the Chinese Government to immediately cease the practice of harvesting organs from prisoners;

(e)support and encourage universal adoption and implementation of the WHO Guiding Principles on Human Organ Transplantation regarding protection of donors, transparency and the implementation of quality systems including vigilance and traceability; and

(f)urge the Chinese Government to increase efforts to set up an organised and efficient national register of organ donation and distribution, and to cooperate with requests from the United Nations Special Rapporteurs and other international bodies and governments for investigations into the system.

Debate ensued.

Ms Parke 12:50:52 PM. Mr Kelly 12:56:11 PM. Mr Danby 1:01:18 PM.
- 1:06:18 PM

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

- 1:06:25 PM

 7 Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed.

Ms Plibersek 1:06:44 PM.
- 1:11:44 PM

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

- 1:12:03 PM

Suspension of meeting

At 1.12 pm, the Deputy Speaker left the Chair.

- 3:59:59 PM

Resumption of meeting

At 4 pm, the Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.

- 4:00:08 PM


Members’ statements being made

Ms Parke 4:00:14 PM. Mrs Sudmalis 4:01:37 PM. Mrs Elliot 4:03:10 PM. Mr Williams 4:04:43 PM. Mr Watts 4:06:18 PM. Mr Irons 4:07:55 PM. Ms Hall 4:09:27 PM. Mr Ramsey 4:11:04 PM. Ms McGowan 4:12:39 PM. Dr Gillespie 4:14:11 PM. Mr Bandt 4:15:49 PM. Mr Wood 4:17:19 PM. Ms Claydon 4:18:54 PM. Mr Matheson 4:20:38 PM. Mr Giles 4:21:57 PM. Ms Gambaro 4:23:35 PM. Ms Brodtmann 4:25:04 PM. Mrs McNamara 4:26:40 PM. Ms Parke 4:28:13 PM. Mr Sukkar 4:29:49 PM. Ms Hall 4:31:18 PM. Mr Broad 4:33:01 PM. Ms McGowan 4:34:35 PM. Mr Pasin 4:36:08 PM. Mr Bandt 4:37:39 PM. Mr Broadbent 4:39:21 PM.
- 4:41:44 PM

Suspension of meeting

At 4.41 pm, a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.

- 4:57:42 PM

Resumption of meeting

At 4.57 pm, the proceedings were resumed.

- 4:58:02 PM

 9natural disasters over the summer—STATEMENTS

A further statement was made.

Mr Hunt 4:58:14 PM.
- 5:04:10 PM

 10the death of the Honourable John Charles Bannon AO—STATEMENTS

A further statement was made.

Ms Ellis 5:04:17 PM.
- 5:13:56 PM


Pursuant to the provisions of standing order 192B, the order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That grievances be noted— 

Debate resumed. 

Ms A. E. Burke 5:14:02 PM. Mr B. C. Scott 5:24:09 PM. Mr Champion 5:33:16 PM. Dr Stone 5:43:14 PM. Mr Ferguson 5:53:30 PM. Mr Hutchinson 6:03:34 PM.
- 6:13:44 PM

The time allotted for the debate having expired—

- 6:13:53 PM

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

- 6:14:23 PM


On the motion of Mr Varvaris, the Federation Chamber adjourned at 6.14 pm, until 9.30 am on Wednesday, 10 February 2016.

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