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NOTICES OF MOTION WITHDRAWN

Senator Robertson, at the request of the respective Senators, withdrew the following General Business, Notices of Motion:

SENATOR MULVIHILL: To move--

(1) That a Select Committee of the Senate be appointed to inquire into and report upon Australia's current Immigration Programme to ascertain whether--

(a) the current NUMAS formula is equitable to all ethnic communities; and

(b) refugee intake would be more equitable to all victims of political persecution if a quota system were applied.

(2) That provisions relating to membership, powers and proceedings of the Committee be contained in a subsequent Resolution.

SENATOR SIBRAA: To move--

(1) That a Select Committee of the Senate be appointed to inquire into and report upon--

(a) all provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and associated regulations and procedures, and in particular--

(i) changes that should be made to Parts XIII to XV of the

Commonwealth Electoral Act which deal with methods of polling and the present system of counting returned votes; and

(ii) changes that should be made to Parts XVI and XVII of the

Commonwealth Electoral Act so as to determine the best means

of ensuring the public disclosure of the sources and amounts of donations to political parties and candidates, and to prevent abuses of existing limitations on electoral expenses; and

(b) an appropriate method of allotting proportionate subsidies by the Australian Government to political parties and candidates.

(2) That provisions relating to membership, powers and proceedings of the Committee be contained in a subsequent Resolution.

SENATOR WALSH: To move--That the Senate--

(a) expresses its dissatisfaction at the failure of the Minister for Primary Industry to answer questions placed on notice on 6 March 1980 pertaining to possible payments to the following Ministers : the Rt Hon. J. M. Fraser, the Hon. A. A. Street, the Rt Hon. J. D. Anthony, the Hon. Evan

Adermann, the Hon. Ralph J. Hunt and the Hon. P. J. Nixon, under the Beef Incentives Payments Scheme;

(b) believes that, in view of the facts that an identical question pertaining to the former Minister for Primary Industry, placed on notice on 4 March 1980, was answered on 19 March 1980 (three sitting days later), and that the scheme has been finalised, the Minister is deliberately withholding the answers ; and

(c) is of the opinion that these answers are being withheld because some or all of the Ministers concerned were direct beneficiaries of a decision made by them.

SENATOR EVANS: To move--That the Senate, noting the massive increase

in tax avoidance which has occurred over the last five years, and the inequities and distortions this has introduced into the tax system, particularly for ordinary PAYE wage and salary earners, condemns the Treasurer and the

Government for their failure to act promptly and effectively to curb such avoidance, in particular by--

(a) amending section 260 of the Income Tax Assessment Act;

(b) giving fully retrospective application to its series of remedial measures closing specific loopholes; and

(c) fully utilising the enforcement powers and procedures at present available to it.

SENATOR ROBERTSON: To move--That the Senate condemns the appalling

irresponsibility of the Fraser Government in allocating up to $100 million to build a military academy in Canberra to train cadets who could be trained in existing universities, at a time when schools are starved for funds, when youth unemployment is reaching crisis proportions, when businesses are going bankrupt at a rate of 5000 per annum, when old age pensioners are having to wait for over two years to get into a public hospital for treatment, and when, as estimated by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, two million people in Australia are living below the poverty line.

SENATOR GIETZELT: To move--That the Senate views with grave concern

the action taken by the Prime Minister in deliberately attempting to mislead the Australian people by stating that his Government had paid off the Labor Government's debts when, in fact, with a rise of the national debt from $441 per person in 1975 to $1265 per person in 1980, the incoming Labor Government will have to pay off the Fraser Government's debts.