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Draft House Minutes

No. 86

Monday, 30 November 2020

- 10:00:19 AM

 1The House met, at 10 am, pursuant to adjournment. The Speaker (the Honourable A. D. H. Smith) took the Chair, made an acknowledgement of country and read Prayers.


- 10:01:30 AM

 2AGREEMENT FOR MEMBERS TO CONTRIBUTE REMOTELY TO PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS—DOCUMENT

Mr Porter (Leader of the House) presented the following agreement for Members to contribute remotely to parliamentary proceedings:

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AGREEMENT FOR MEMBERS TO CONTRIBUTE

REMOTELY TO PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS

This agreement is made pursuant to the Resolution adopted by the House of Representatives on 23 March 2020, entitled Special provisions for human biosecurity emergency period, for the period 6 October 2020 until the conclusion of parliamentary sittings for 2020. 

 (1)Members not physically present in the House may participate in proceedings, as provided by this agreement, if: 

 (a)they participate via the official parliamentary video facility only; and

 (b)the Speaker is satisfied the Member is unable to physically attend Parliament due to reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic;

 (2)Reasons to be provided to allow the Speaker to make a decision in accordance with 1(b) above should be provided by the Leader of the House to the Speaker for a Government Member, the Manager of Opposition Business to the Speaker for an Opposition Member and directly to the Speaker for a non-aligned Member. The reasons should address the personal circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic that have made it essentially impossible, unreasonably impracticable, or would give rise to an unreasonable risk for the Member to physically attend Parliament;

 (3)The standing orders apply except as affected by this agreement; 

 (4)Members participating in proceedings by this agreement must use the official parliamentary video facility and be present at either an Electorate Office, a Commonwealth Parliament Office, or in the case of the Prime Minister the Lodge;

 (5)Members present by the official parliamentary video facility may speak only after being recognised by the Chair:

 (a)for the purposes of making a speech; or

 (b)to ask or answer a question at Question Time;

 (6)Members present by the official parliamentary video facility may not: 

 (a)vote or be counted for quorum; 

 (b)move or second any Motion; 

 (c)move or second any amendment to a Motion or Bill; 

 (d)propose or support a proposal to discuss a Matter of Public Importance; 

 (e)call for a division; or 

 (f)call for a quorum to be counted; 

 (7)Notice is to be provided to the Chair, 15 minutes prior to: 

 (a)a Member, participating in proceedings by the official parliamentary video facility, seeking to make a speech; 

 (b)a Member, participating in proceedings by the official parliamentary video facility, seeking to ask a question in Question Time; and 

 (c)Question Time, by the Leader of the House, indicating whether any Minister will be present during Question Time by the official parliamentary video facility and is therefore available to answer questions; 

 (8)At the conclusion of a question made through the official parliamentary video facility, the questioner participating in accordance with paragraph 7(b) above shall remain available to seek the call if that member wishes to raise a point of order during the answer;

 (9)The official parliamentary video facility may be made available in the Federation Chamber at the discretion of the Speaker; and 

 (10)Contributions to proceedings made by Members present by the official parliamentary video facility will be recorded in Hansard.

 

Hon Christian Porter MPHon Tony Burke MP

Leader of the HouseManager of Opposition Business


- 10:02:11 AM

 3PETITIONS—standing CommitteeREPORT—STATEMENT BY MEMBER

Mr O’Dowd (Chair) presented the following documents:

Petitions—Standing Committee—Report 19: Petitions and Ministerial responses

Report, 30 November 2020.

Petitions.

Ministers responses to petitions previously presented to the House. 

Mr O’Dowd made a statement in connection with petitions.


- 10:04:40 AM

 4National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contract and Consumer Lease Reforms) Bill 2020

Mr Wilkie, pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009, and for related purposes.

Document

Mr Wilkie presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 10:05:37 AM

Mr Wilkie moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


Ms Sharkie (Seconder),  10:12:55 AM.
- 10:14:59 AM

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


- 10:15:10 AM

 5Migration Amendment (Common Sense Partner Visa) Bill 2020

Mr Hill, pursuant to notice, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the Migration Act 1958, and for related purposes.

Document

Mr Hill presented an explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Bill read a first time.


- 10:16:15 AM

Mr Hill moved—That the bill be now read a second time.


- 10:26:27 AM

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


- 10:26:46 AM

 6World AIDS Day

Mr T. R. Wilson, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)notes that:

(a)Tuesday, 1 December 2020 is World AIDS Day, an annual day to acknowledge those we have lost to AIDS related conditions and those who are living with HIV;

(b)the theme for World AIDS Day 2020 is ‘Now More Than Ever’;

(c)the stigma associated with HIV acts as a barrier to treatment and prevention;

(d)action is needed to address rising HIV transmission among First Nations, trans and gender diverse people, and other emerging high-risk population groups;

(e)gay and bisexual men continue to bear the burden of Australia’s HIV epidemic and ongoing health education and awareness among this population group is needed; and

(f)further bipartisan political action and leadership is required to meet our national target of ending HIV transmission in Australia; and

(2)recognises and acknowledges the:

(a)journey that people have made through their diagnosis, treatment and experiences of living with HIV;

(b)tremendous efforts of peer educators, healthcare professionals, researchers and scientists in developing treatment and prevention regimes that have improved the lives of people living with HIV and prevented a generalised epidemic in Australia;

(c)success of a bipartisan approach in Australia’s health response; and

(d)tireless community advocates, civil society organisations and support groups that actively tackle stigma associated with HIV.

Debate ensued.


Dr Freelander 10:32:03 AM. Dr Martin 10:37:08 AM. Mr Watts 10:42:09 AM.