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Tuesday, 23 March 1999
Page: 3003

Senator Brown to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) welcomes the timely and informative publication of `Forest-Friendly Building Timbers', a guide to using plantation-grown or recycled timbers instead of native forest timbers in building, renovation and design;

(b) congratulates Earth Garden Publications, BBC Hardware Stores and the Wilderness Society for their initiative; and

(c) urges the community to help protect Australia's wild forests and jobs by choosing forest-friendly building products.

Senator Reynolds to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) expresses its grave concern that the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has found that amendments to the Native Title legislation appear `to wind back protections of indigenous title offered in the Mabo decision of the High Court of Australia';

(b) supports the committee's call for Australia `to address these concerns as a matter of utmost urgency';

(c) urges the Government to immediately `reopen discussions with the representatives of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a view to finding solutions acceptable to the indigenous peoples and which would comply with Australia's obligations under the Convention'; and

(d) invites the committee to visit Australia and to have discussions with the Government, indigenous people and members of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund.

Senator Ian Campbell to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act 1995, and for related purposes. Criminal Code Amendment (Slavery and Sexual Servitude) Bill 1999.