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Draft Federation Chamber - Draft Minutes Minutes

No. 62

Monday, 1 September 2014

- 10:30:15 AM

 1The Federation Chamber met at 10.30 am.


- 10:30:28 AM

 2MEMBERS’ CONSTITUENCY STATEMENTS

Members’ constituency statements were made.


Ms Ryan 10:30:35 AM. Mr Robb 10:33:37 AM. Dr Leigh 10:36:42 AM. Mr Irons 10:39:41 AM. Mr Thistlethwaite 10:42:45 AM. Mr Coulton 10:45:50 AM. Mr Dreyfus 10:49:00 AM. Mr E. T. Jones 10:52:04 AM. Ms Ellis 10:55:09 AM. Mr Hutchinson 10:58:15 AM.
- 11:01:21 AM

 3Australian Red Cross Centenary

Ms Plibersek, pursuant to notice, moved—That the House:

(1)notes that:

(a)2014 is the Centenary year of Red Cross in Australia, a significant milestone in the social history of the nation and commemorating 100 years of humanitarian service to the people of Australia;

(b)most Australians have shared a personal connection with Red Cross, from its humanitarian role during two world wars, to preparing, responding to and recovering from natural disasters, or helping vulnerable people and communities overcome disadvantage, and through its world-class national blood service;

(c)for 100 years the Australian Red Cross has enjoyed a unique auxiliary status to the public authorities in the humanitarian field, working in partnership with governments of all political persuasions, in Australia and internationally, to alleviate suffering in a voluntary aid capacity whilst adhering to its principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality; and

(d)Australian Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian movement, with tens of millions of volunteers working in 189 countries, united by the fundamental principle of preventing and alleviating human suffering, without discrimination, wherever it may be found in times of war, conflict, disaster or personal crisis;

(2)recognises that:

(a)today the Australian Red Cross has a network of over one million volunteers, members, staff, donors, aid workers and supporters; and

(b)through this network, the Australian Red Cross mobilises the power of humanity to work right across the country in local communities in every state and territory, and further afield, to help transform the lives of vulnerable people in need, whoever they are; and

(3)calls on all honourable members to:

(a)join the Australian Red Cross in celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding on 13 August 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World War I;

(b)congratulate generations of Australians for their extraordinary contributions through the everyday work of Red Cross; and

(c)continue to support the independent, neutral and impartial humanitarian mission of Red Cross to work with and assist the most vulnerable people in need, both in Australia and internationally.

Debate ensued.


Ms Plibersek 11:01:32 AM. Mr Smith 11:06:40 AM. Mr Hayes 11:11:48 AM. Mr Hawke 11:16:54 AM.
- 11:21:59 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.


- 11:22:06 AM

 4Competition policy review

Ms F. M. Scott, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)notes that the first major root and branch review of competition policy in more than 20 years, as promised by the Coalition, is being delivered, and:

(a)is being conducted with a focus on the current laws and competition framework, to ensure that efficient businesses, both big and small, can compete effectively and have incentives to invest and innovate for the future; and

(b)will provide a framework for delivering durable benefits to consumers by building a productive and competitive 21st century Australian economy;

(2)recognises the plans of the Government to support efficient markets which deliver lower prices and better services for Australian consumers; and

(3)commends the Government on its approach to this important economic reform.

Debate ensued.


Ms F. M. Scott 11:22:13 AM. Dr Leigh 11:27:27 AM. Mr C. A. Laundy 11:32:35 AM. Ms O'Neil 11:37:41 AM. Mr Kelly 11:42:46 AM. Mr Husic 11:47:58 AM.
- 11:52:52 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.


- 11:53:01 AM

 5Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Dr Leigh, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)recognises that the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was established in 2012 after external inquiries in 1995, 2001, 2010, Parliamentary committee reviews, issues and discussion papers, exposure drafts and consultations with experts, and is operating efficiently and effectively, helping charities, donors and taxpayers;

(2)acknowledges that:

(a)the vast majority of submissions to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No. 1) Bill 2014 speak positively of the ACNC’s work and urge the Government to retain the charities commission as a one-stop shop;

(b)the evidence to this inquiry provided by eminent Australian, Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM, strongly supports the retention of the ACNC;

(c)in a survey, four out of five charities support keeping the ACNC, while only 6 per cent like the Government’s idea of returning the regulation of charities to the Australian Taxation Office;

(d)in an open letter, more than 40 charities, including Lifeline, Justice Connect, ACOSS, Social Ventures Australia, Save the Children, St John Ambulance Australia, Community Colleges Australia, Sane Australia, the Sidney Myer Fund, the Myer Foundation, Danks Trust, the RSPCA, Youth Off the Streets, the Ted Noffs Foundation, Music Viva Australia, Wesley Mission Victoria, the RSPCA Australia, World Vision, the Australian Conservation Foundation, Odyssey House, the McGrath Foundation, the Australian Council for International Development, Changemakers Australia, Volunteering Australia, YWCA Australia, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, the Consumer Health Forum of Australia, Hillsong Church, Churches of Christ Victoria and Tasmania and Wesley Mission Australia, called on the Government to keep the ACNC; and

(e)the Australian Capital Territory and South Australian governments are already working to reduce the paperwork burden on charities and not-for-profits by cooperating with the ACNC to reduce duplication in reporting;

(3)notes that some of those whom the Minister for Social Services claims to have consulted with have written to the Government to make clear that they have never been consulted on the ACNC repeal; and

(4)calls on the Government to drop its ill-considered and unpopular plan to axe the ACNC.

Debate ensued.


Dr Leigh 11:53:10 AM. Mr Buchholz 11:58:46 AM. Ms Hall 12:03:57 PM. Mr E. T. Jones 12:09:06 PM. Mr Ferguson 12:14:16 PM.
- 12:16:24 PM

Suspension of meeting

At 12.16 pm, a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.


- 12:42:03 PM

Resumption of meeting

At 12.42 pm, the proceedings were resumed.


- 12:42:06 PM

Debate continued.


Mr Ferguson (in continuation) 12:42:09 PM.
- 12:45:12 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.


- 12:45:25 PM

 6Australian flag

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

(1)recognises that on 3 September 2014 (‘Australian National Flag Day’) we celebrate the 113th birthday of the Australian flag; and

(2)notes that:

(a)Australia’s flag was the first in the world to be chosen in an open public competition, and this flag design competition brought forth the pride of a newly formed nation by attracting entries from 1 per cent of our population at that time;

(b)on 3 September 1901, Lady Hopetoun, wife of the first Governor-General of the new Commonwealth of Australia, formally opened the Commonwealth Flag and Seal Exhibition and announced the names of the successful competitors;

(c)the winning design was a Blue Ensign including the Union Jack, along with a Southern Cross and a six pointed star;

(d)this latter star (the ‘Commonwealth Star’) was changed to the seven pointed star we are familiar with today in 1908, to signify the Territory of Papua and future Territories; and

(e)the new flag represents a design by the people, for the people, and since it was first flown in 1901, has become an icon of our shared identity.

Debate ensued.


Mrs Prentice 12:45:32 PM. Mr Mitchell 12:50:34 PM.
- 12:51:58 PM

Suspension of meeting

At 12.52 pm, a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.


- 1:05:07 PM

Resumption of meeting

At 1.05 pm, the proceedings were resumed.


- 1:05:11 PM

Debate continued.


Mr Mitchell (in continuation) 1:05:16 PM. Mr Nikolic 1:08:33 PM. Mr Wyatt 1:13:13 PM.
- 1:16:19 PM

Suspension of meeting

At 1.16 pm, a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.


- 1:32:12 PM

Resumption of meeting

At 1.32 pm, the proceedings were resumed.


- 1:32:38 PM

Suspension of meeting

At 1.32 pm, a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.


- 4:01:05 PM

Resumption of meeting

At 4.01 pm, the proceedings were resumed.


- 4:01:05 PM

The time allotted for private Members' business having expired, the debate was interrupted, Mr Wyatt was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumedand the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.


- 4:01:05 PM


- 4:01:18 PM

 7MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS

Members’ statements were made.


Mrs Elliot 4:01:26 PM. Mr O'Dowd 4:02:45 PM. Mr Watts 4:03:58 PM. Ms O'Dwyer 4:05:31 PM. Ms Hall 4:07:04 PM. Mr Hogan 4:08:38 PM. Ms McGowan 4:10:10 PM. Mr E. T. Jones 4:11:38 PM. Mr Griffin 4:13:06 PM. Dr Hendy 4:14:41 PM. Mr Zappia 4:16:17 PM. Mr Buchholz 4:17:31 PM. Ms Ryan 4:19:07 PM. Mr Entsch 4:20:39 PM. Dr Leigh 4:22:17 PM. Mr Irons 4:23:53 PM. Ms Brodtmann 4:25:23 PM. Mr Coleman 4:26:59 PM. Ms T. M. Butler 4:28:27 PM. Mr Howarth 4:30:02 PM. Ms Rishworth 4:31:26 PM. Mr Goodenough 4:32:59 PM. Mr Giles 4:34:33 PM. Mr Brough 4:35:49 PM. Ms Owens 4:37:21 PM. Ms Henderson 4:38:46 PM. Ms Hall 4:40:23 PM. Mr Tehan 4:41:54 PM. Ms Owens 4:43:29 PM. Mr Wilson 4:45:03 PM.
- 4:46:42 PM

 8South Sea Islanders

In accordance with the resolution agreed to earlier today, Mr Christensen, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) acknowledges the 20th anniversary of the Australian Government’s recognition of Australian-born South Sea Islanders as a distinct ethnic group in Australia;

(2) expresses deep regret:

(a) over the cruel treatment of the approximately 60,000 South Sea Islanders, mainly young men, who were blackbirded (or essentially kidnapped) or lured onto ships and then transported to Australia for the purpose of indentured labour; and

(b) that a number of discriminatory acts followed, chief among these being the forced repatriation of Pacific Island labourers back to their place of origin in 1906, in many cases against the will of those being repatriated;

(3) acknowledges the considerable economic contribution of Australians of South Sea Islander descent to the establishment of the sugar industry in the state of Queensland, and other agricultural and industrial development in the north;

(4) celebrates the contributions of so many Australians of South Sea Islander descent to Australian life in every field of endeavour, from the football field to the political sphere; and

(5) calls for consideration of measures to ensure that Australians of South Sea Islander descent can achieve equity and assistance in this present day through:

(a) inclusion on the national census as a separate people group, by the simple addition of an extra question;

(b) access to diabetes treatment in the same way this is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; and

(c) access to assistance in all areas of disadvantage such as health, housing, education and training.

Debate ensued.


Mr Christensen 4:46:49 PM. Ms Hall 4:52:06 PM. Mr Pitt 4:57:12 PM. Ms A. E. Burke 5:02:21 PM.
- 5:07:30 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.


- 5:07:42 PM

 9 Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill 2014 

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 Brodtmann 5:07:51 PM. Ms Price 5:23:00 PM. Mr Zappia 5:33:20 PM. Mr Robert 5:46:44 PM.
- 5:50:30 PM

Question—put and passed—bill read a second time.


- 5:50:45 PM

Message from the Governor-General

Message No. 1138 August 2014, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the bill.


- 5:50:56 PM

Leave granted for the question on the report to be put immediately.


- 5:51:04 PM

Question—That the bill be reported to the House without amendment—put and passed.


- 5:51:11 PM

 10International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill 2014

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—And on the amendment moved thereto by Dr Leigh, viz.—That all the words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House condemns the Government’s inaction on multinational tax avoidance that has seen tax breaks being given to multinationals, while households are slugged with higher taxes and cuts to essential services.

Debate resumed.


Dr Hendy 5:51:33 PM. Ms T. M. Butler 5:59:31 PM. Mr Hogan 6:14:38 PM. Dr Chalmers 6:22:28 PM. Ms Marino 6:33:41 PM. Mr Zappia 6:45:02 PM. Mr Cobb 7:00:02 PM. Mr Ciobo 7:09:10 PM.
- 7:11:20 PM

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.


- 7:11:27 PM

Question—That the bill be now read a second time—put and passed—bill read a second time.


- 7:11:43 PM

Leave granted for the question on the report to be put immediately.


- 7:11:58 PM

Question—That the bill be reported to the House without amendment—put and passed.


- 7:12:09 PM

 11GRIEVANCE DEBATE

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. 


Mr Snowdon 7:12:15 PM. Mr B. C. Scott 7:22:16 PM. Mr Thistlethwaite 7:32:46 PM. Mr Ramsey 7:42:53 PM. Ms McGowan 7:50:42 PM. Dr Stone 8:00:14 PM.
- 8:01:54 PM

Suspension of meeting

At 8.02 pm, a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.


- 8:19:45 PM

Resumption of meeting

At 8.20 pm, the proceedings were resumed.


- 8:19:45 PM

Debate continued.


Dr Stone (in continuation) 8:20:03 PM.
- 8:28:33 PM

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


- 8:28:27 PM

 12ADJOURNMENT

The Federation Chamber adjourned at 8.28 pm.

The Deputy Speaker fixed 9.30 am on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 for the next meeting of the Federation Chamber.


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