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Tuesday, 2 June 1998
Page: 4493

The following notices were given:

Mr Andren to move:

That the House of Representatives:

(1) welcomes the statement on 1 June 1998 by Indonesian Justice Minister Mulyadi that the Indonesian Government will consider an investigation into the circumstances of the deaths of 6 Australian based journalists in East Timor in 1975;

(2) welcomes news of the possible release of up to 12 East Timorese political prisoners by the Government of Indonesia;

(3) notes that the UK Minister of State at the Foreign Office, Mr Derek Fatchett, acting as Prime Minister Tony Blair's special emissary, recently met with jailed East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao and called for his release; and

(4) requests that the Government of Indonesia give serious consideration to the release of Xanana Gusmao, noting that this would be a vital confidence building measure that could be an important step leading to a peaceful resolution of the East Timor conflict.

Mr Beazley to move:

That this House:

(1) expresses its strong opposition to the introduction of a goods and services tax (GST) or anything resembling it;

(2) notes that in May 1995, as then Leader of the Opposition, Prime Minister Howard promised that the Coalition would never ever introduce a GST or anything resembling it;

(3) expresses its concern that a GST would be inflationary, harmful to Australians on low and fixed incomes, a massive administrative burden on small business and, as recently stated by the Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Ted Evans, would do nothing to lift national savings;

(4) notes that the Prime Minister's claims that the introduction of a GST will reduce the size of the black economy conflict with recent Canadian research which identifies the introduction of a GST as the single most important factor contributing to a spurt in the growth of the underground economy; and

(5) congratulates the Secretary to the Treasury for identifying the higher importance of overcoming the poverty traps and the disincentive to work which result from the current interaction of the taxation and social security systems.

Mr Reith to move:

That standing order 48A (adjournment and next meeting) be suspended for this sitting.

Mr Bruce Scott to present a bill for an act to amend the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986, and for related purposes.

Mr Somlyay to move:

That, in accordance with section 5 of the Parliament Act 1974 , the House approves the following proposal for work in the Parliamentary Zone which was presented to the House on 2 June 1998, namely: Interim landscape works, Constitution Place, Parkes.