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    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

     SELECTION COMMITTEE

    Report relating to the consideration of committee and delegation reports

    and private Members’ business on Monday, 17 September 2007

Pursuant to standing order 222, the Selection Committee has determined the order of precedence

    and times to be allotted for consideration of committee and delegation reports and private

    Members’ business on Monday, 17 September 2007. The order of precedence and the allotments of

    time determined by the Committee are as follows:

COMMITTEE AND DELEGATION REPORTS

Presentation and statements

     1 DELEGATION TO CANADA AND GERMANY

    Canada and Germany, Report of the Australian Parliamentary Delegation (14 to 28 April

    2007)

    The Committee determined that statements on the report

    may be made all statements to conclude by 12:40pm

    Speech time limits

     Each Member 5 minutes.

    [Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =

    2 x 5 mins]

     2 STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE

    Sustainability for survival: creating a climate for change: Inquiry into a sustainability charter

    The Committee determined that statements on the report

    may be made all statements to conclude by 12:50pm

    Speech time limits

     Each Member 5 minutes.

    [Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =

    2 x 5 mins]

     3 PROCEDURE COMMITTEE

Making a difference: Petitioning the House of Representatives

    The Committee determined that statements on the report

    may be made all statements to conclude by 1:00pm

    Speech time limits

     Each Member 5 minutes.

    [Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =

    2 x 5 mins]

     4 STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS, FINANCE AND PUBLIC

    ADMINISTRATION

Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia Annual Report 2006 (Second Report)

    The Committee determined that statements on the report

    may be made all statements to conclude by 1:10pm

    Speech time limits

     Each Member 5 minutes.

    [Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =

    2 x 5 mins]

     5 STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS, FINANCE AND PUBLIC

    ADMINISTRATION

Home Loan Lending Inquiry into home loan lending practices and the processes used to

    deal with people in financial difficulty

    The Committee determined that statements on the report

    may be made all statements to conclude by 1:20pm

    Speech time limits

     Each Member 5 minutes.

    [Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =

    2 x 5 mins]

     6 JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ELECTORAL MATTERS

Review of certain aspects of the administration of the Australian Electoral Commission

    The Committee determined that statements on the report

    may be made all statements to conclude by 1:30pm

     Speech time limits

     Each Member 5 minutes.

    [Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =

    2 x 5 mins]

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

    Order of precedence

    Notices

     1 MS K. M. ELLIS: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the definition of a low-impact

    facility under the Telecommunications Act 1997, and for related purposes.

    (Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2007) (Notice given 16 August 2007)

     2 MRS MAY: To moveThat the House:

     (1) recognises that:

     (a) high blood pressure is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke, heart

    failure, peripheral vascular disease and renal failure;

     (b) cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in Australia,

    claiming the lives of 50,294 people in 2002, or 38 per cent of all deaths;

     (c) around 3.67 million Australians are affected by heart, stroke and vascular diseases;

     (d) 1.10 million Australians are disabled long-term by heart, stroke and vascular

    diseases;

     (e) the prevalence of heart, stroke and vascular conditions increased by 18.2 per cent

    over the last decade; and

     (f) the total burden of heart, stroke and vascular diseases is expected to increase over

    the coming decades;

     (2) also recognises that:

     (a) salt appears to be the necessary cause of high blood pressure; and

     (b) controlling one’s salt intake plays a big role in controlling one’s blood pressure,

    which in turn reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease;

     (3) calls on the Australian Government to:

     (a) educate the Australian people on the dangers of a high salt diet; and

     (b) follow the United Kingdom’s example and label food with green lights, which

    identify at a glance the best foods on the market for salt content; and

     (4) on a bipartisan level, encourage Australians to reduce their salt intake and maintain a

    healthy lifestyle. (Notice given 26 February 2007)

    Time allotted remaining private Members’ business

    time prior to 1.45 pm

    Speech time limits

    Mover of motion remaining private Members’ business

    time prior to 1.45 pm

    The Committee determined that consideration

    of this matter should continue on a future day.

     3 MS OWENS: To moveThat the House:

     (1) notes:

     (a) that Australia has the reported highest rate of mesothelioma in the world;

     (b) that there has been a four to five-fold increase in the rate of mesothelioma since the

    early 1980s and that it is estimated that this rate will continue to increase for the next

    five to ten years;

     (c) the chemotherapy agent Alimta is the only treatment registered for use in

    mesothelioma, and in combination with Cisplatin, represents the ‘gold standard’ for

    mesothelioma treatment in Australia;

     (d) treatment by Alimta can significantly increase a patient’s survival time as well as

    improve a patient’s quality of life in its final stages;

     (e) Alimta is listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for persons who have

    contracted lung cancer for smoking, but is not approved for patients with

    mesothelioma;

     (f) access to Alimta for mesothelioma patients is currently inequitable across Australia,

    with some States and companies providing various schemes to compensate victims

    of asbestos exposure and some patients having to pay for Alimta privately at great

    expense; and

     (g) the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recently approved the

    use of Alimta in the treatment of mesothelioma sufferers and the governments of

    France, Sweden and Japan subsidise the drug for sufferers in those countries; and

     (2) calls on the Government to take all necessary action to support the inclusion of Alimta

    on the PBS for the treatment of all mesothelioma sufferers. (Notice given 11 September

    2007.)

    Time allotted 30 minutes.

    Speech time limits

     Mover of motion 5 minutes.

     First Government Member speaking 5 minutes.

     Other Members 5 minutes each.

    [Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =

    6 x 5 mins]

    The Committee determined that consideration

    of this matter should continue on a future day.

     4 MRS MIRABELLA: To moveThat the House:

     (1) notes that:

     (a) Palestinian terrorists infiltrated Israel’s sovereign border from the Gaza Strip on

    25 June 2006, attacked an army post inside Israel’s sovereign territory and

    kidnapped Corporal Gilad Shalit into Gaza;

     (b) on 12 July 2006in a similar aggressive cross-border attack from southern

    LebanonHizbollah terrorists infiltrated sovereign Israeli territory and kidnapped

    Israeli Defence Force Reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev;

     (c) there is no territorial dispute between Israel and Lebanon, since Israel withdrew

    from her security zone in May 2000, under the supervision of the United Nations;

    and

     (d) these young soldiers were serving their active duty within Israel’s borders and now,

    for more than nine months, have been denied their basic human rights; and

     (2) urges the Government to exert pressure on the terrorist organisations, their supporters

    and financial backers in the Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon, so that the missing

    soldiers are returned unharmed to their families and the country of Israel. (Notice given

    10 May 2007)

    Time allotted remaining private Members’ business

    time.

    Speech time limits

     Mover of motion 5 minutes.

     First Opposition Member speaking 5 minutes.

     Other Members 5 minutes each.

    [Minimum number of proposed Members speaking =

    6 x 5 mins]

    The Committee determined that consideration

    of this matter should continue on a future day.

Ian Causley

    Chair

12 September 2007

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