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Thursday, 21 February 1985
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Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition) —On my own behalf and on behalf of my colleagues, I give the following contingent notices of motion and notices of motion:

Senator Chaney: I give contingent notices of motion as follows:

(Contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on any day)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moving a motion relating to the order of business on the Notice Paper.

(Contingent on the Senate on any day concluding its consideration of any item of business and prior to the Senate proceeding to the consideration of another item of business)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate.

(Contingent on any Bill being reported from a Committee of the Whole)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

(Contingent on any Bill originating in the Senate having been read a first time)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

(Contingent on the Senate proceeding to the consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order)-That so much of the Sessional Order relating to the consideration of Government Papers be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moving a motion relating to the order in which the papers are called on by the President.

Senator Chaney:

I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

(1) That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the succeeding provisions of this resolution having effect.

(2) That the following Bills be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration of each of the Bills be resumed at the stage reached in the last session of Parliament:

Constitution Alteration (Appropriation Bills) Bill 1984-(Senator Peter Rae)

Constitution Alteration (External Affairs) Bill 1984-(Senator Durack)

Flags Amendment Bill 1984-(Senator Durack)

Horticultural-Plant Variety Rights Bill 1984-(Senator Hill)

Senator Baume:

I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) having regard:

(i) to the desire of all people to live in peace and freedom and to enjoy basic human rights, including the right of self-determination,

(ii) to Australia's membership of the United Nations and regard for the principles of its Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples adopted by its General Assembly on 14 December 1960 by Resolution 1514 (XV), and the Final Act of the Helsinki Agreement, and

(iii) to the fact that, whilst the Australian people have acquired these rights and freedoms, other peoples are deprived of them; and

(b) taking note:

(i) of the Resolution of the European Parliament on the Situation in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) adopted on 13 January 1983,

(ii) of the fact that the 3 Baltic States were independent sovereign republics and members of the League of Nations during the years 1918 to 1940, when they were occupied by the Soviet Union in consequence of an agreement between the then German Government under Hitler and the Soviet Government under Stalin (the so-called Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact).

(iii) of the fact that the occupation of these states by the Soviet Union still continues, but that in accord with other democratic governments the Australian Government has not recognized de jure their incorporation into the Soviet Union,

(iv) that the peoples of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are being denied many basic human rights (as indicated in the unanimous Report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence entitled 'Human Rights in the Soviet Union', presented in November 1979), but that they have not given up their struggle for self-determination and freedom, and

(v) that an intensive process of Russification is taking place in these occupied countries aimed at elimination of the indigenous languages and culture;

(c) resolves:

(i) that Australia, as a member of the United Nations, should fulfil its obligations to promote and encourage respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and should support the European Parliament's Resolution in respect of the Baltic States,

(ii) that in order to do so the Australian Government should, on its own initiative, and by seeking the support of like-minded governments, bring the question of human rights and self-determination for the Baltic States before all appropriate forums of the United Nations, and especially before the United Nations Human Rights Commission as a priority topic under the agenda item 9 entitled 'The Rights of Peoples under Colonial or Alien Domination', and

(iii) that the Department of Foreign Affairs should be directed to take all necessary steps in order to implement this Resolution.

Senator Lewis: To move-That the Senate draws attention to the Federal Government's maladministration of the ACT and:

1. Condemns the Federal Government:

(a) For its failure to provide adequate hospital services and to note that there are currently 2400 awaiting entry for surgery including 171 children;

(b) For its repeated demonstrations that militant industrial action will succeed ahead of moderation thereby encouraging widespread militant industrial disputation in the ACT;

(c) For its precipitate disbanding of the Capital Territory Health Commission at a time of crisis and before properly determining the nature of the authority to replace it;

(d) For allowing the ACT Trades and Labour Council to dictate what secondary schools will be built and where;

(e) For its disgraceful administration of the ACT Housing Loan Scheme;

(f) For its failure to replace obsolete or worn-out vehicles and equipment in both the ACT section of the Australian Federal Police and the ACT Fire Brigade;

(g) For its failure to encourage private enterprise to develop the Tuggeranong Centre complex;

(h) For its failure to encourage private enterprise to provide low cost housing for rental to the homeless and low income families;

(i) For its failure to resolve with the NSW Government the problems of parole and remissions for ACT prisoners;

(j) For its failure to fill vacancies on ACT Boards and Statutory Authorities or failure to fill such vacancies with the best qualified candidates

(k) For its failure to encourage Australia Post to upgrade Canberra's mail sorting facilities and provide a better postal service;

(l) For its failure to provide adequate long-term parking in the Civic area;

(m) For its failure to rectify the potentially dangerous underground petrol pollution in the Civic area.

(n) For its failure to provide adequate mental health facilities in the ACT;

2. Calls on the Federal Government:

(a) To re-introduce the repealed Commonwealth Employees (Employment Provisions) legislation so that government employees engaged in essential services in the ACT may be dealt with without delay for failure to provide those services;

(b) To provide Financial Impact Statements on all proposed changes in administrative or other government arrangements affecting the ACT before implementation, so that there may be informed debate;

(c) To encourage greater non-government participation in Canberra Development projects by clear demonstration that such investment is welcome and does not have to overcome favoured treatment to semi-government authorities;

(d) To carry out its 1983 election campaign promise to give high priority to tourism in Canberra and quickly upgrade Canberra's airport.

Senator Jessop:

I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate agrees with the dissent by Senators Jessop and Peter Rae attached to the Final Report of the Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Privilege.

Senator Missen: To move-That the Senate, recognising the unquestioned extent of Commonwealth responsibility for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef exercised through the operations of the Marine Park Authority and for the effective countering of any established threat to the integrity of the Reef area-

(a) expresses concern about reports which indicate that large numbers of crown-of-thorns starfish have been found in many of the major reefs within the Great Barrier Reef, that the infestations are becoming widespread and posing a serious threat to the organisation and functional relationships within some reef communities;

(b) notes recent reports that soil erosion arising from the building of a road in the Daintree rainforest may be creating a threat to rare coral reefs just off the Daintree coast;

(c) observes that, despite former reports of committees of inquiry into the crown-of-thorns starfish since 1969-70 the present Advisory Committee has reported in January 1985 that ''present evidence is inadequate for scientists to agree on the nature and significance of the phenomenon of aggregations of large numbers of crown-of-thorns starfish and thus on the extent of any consequent risk'' and that current level of research activity is unlikely to lead to a short term resolution of the questions raised;

(d) expresses its deep concern to the Commonwealth Government and the Marine Park Authority for

(i) the apparent lack of urgency in commissioning urgent research which would enable scientists to ascertain the nature and significance of the crown-of-thorns starfish infestations and the extent of any consequent risk that the Reef or some substantial part of it is being destroyed;

(ii) the failure to review techniques for monitoring crown-of-thorns starfish and coral conditions, and developing more efficient techniques such as biological control by predators or other action to control the infestations and

(iii) the inadequacy of regulations preventing tourist spearfishermen and professional fishermen from removing large numbers of giant triton, groper and other natural predators of the starfish from the reef, and accordingly

(e) calls on the Senate Standing Committee on Science, Technology and the Environment to undertake an urgent investigation into this matter, to ascertain whether the present proposals of the Advisory Committee and the Marine Park Authority are adequate to meet the situation, or otherwise to make specific recommendations relating to a co-ordinated program of crown-of-thorns starfish research, control and eradication within the Great Barrier Reef.


Senator Missen: To move-That the Senate-

(a) Notes the report and recommendations made by Senator Alan Missen to the Senate on 11 November 1982 relating to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference, held in Rome in September 1982; and

(b) urges the Australian Government and Parliament to enter into negotiations with the United States, Great Britain and other European and Democratic states to secede from the Inter-Parliamentary Union and to form a new union of genuinely democratic parliamentary states, which will concentrate on the promotion of the parliamentary system and the adaptation of parliament to the needs of modern government. (Notice given 10 May 1983).