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Wednesday, 25 March 1998
Page: 1605

The following notices were given:

Mrs Bailey to move:

That this House:

(1) expresses its concern at the number of bank branches which have been closed in both rural and outer suburban areas;

(2) calls on the major banks to honour their responsibility to provide services to their customers and the community as well as delivering dividends to their shareholders;

(3) further calls on the major banks to adopt a moratorium on any further planned branch closures until such time that alternative services are made available to their customers and that their customers are educated in electronic banking practices;

(4) endorses the Standing Committee on Financial Institutions and Public Administration's investigation into the feasibility of the major banks providing a combined banking kiosk or agency capable of delivering full banking facilities in areas where no bank exists because of branch closure;

(5) urges the Government to ensure that departments and agencies are able to utilise alternative banking arrangements such as regional banks, building societies or credit unions where applicable; and

(6) notes and supports the Government's financial support of the Credit Care program in rural areas which has provided the means to re-establish financial services through regional banks, credit co-ops and building societies in areas where the major banks have withdrawn services.

Dr Lawrence to move:

That the House:

(1) notes the visit of Pope John Paul II to Nigeria between 21 and 23 March 1998 and his call to Nigerians to rid their society of everything that offends the dignity of the human person or violates human rights;

(2) notes reports from Amnesty International that arrests and beatings of human rights activists have shamelessly continued right up until the Pope's visit including the arrests and beatings of two defence lawyers who defended Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders before their execution in November 1995;

(3) further notes that Amnesty International has reported that since 1983, when the military overthrew the elected civilian government, nearly 90 persons have been executed following grossly unfair and politically motivated trials;

(4) expresses serious concern at the grossly unfair and secret treason trial by Special Military Tribunal of 26 persons including the Deputy Head of State to Nigeria, General Oladipo Diya, who all face possible execution;

(5) calls on the Australian Government to urgently meet with representatives of the Nigerian Government to (a) press the Nigerian Government to release immediately and unconditionally all prisoners of conscience and put an immediate end to repeated human rights violations and (b) urge the Nigerian Government not to impose death sentences in the trial beginning on 14 February 1998 of General Oladipo Diya and 25 others.

Mr Costello to present a bill for an act to establish the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, and for related purposes.

Mr Costello to present a bill for an act to amend laws, and to deal with transitional matters, in connection with the reform of the financial sector, and for other purposes.

Mr Costello to present a bill for an act to provide for the regulation of payment systems and purchased payment facilities, and for related purposes.

Mr Costello to present a bill for an act relating to shareholdings in certain financial sector companies, and for related purposes.

Mr Ruddock to present a bill for an act to amend the Social Security Act 1991 and the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986, and for other purposes.

Mr Warrick Smith to present a bill for an act to enact transitional provisions relating to the corporatisation of the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service, and for related purposes.