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NOTICES OF MOTION

Notices of Motion were given, as follows-The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button): That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate notes the concern of the housing industry about present Government policies, especially- (a) the forecast of a ''disastrous year'' for people trying to buy homes;

(b) the anticipated fall of 10 per cent in the level of housing construction;

(c) the prospect of a shortfall of available houses of 25,000 by the end of the 1982-83 financial year; and

(d) rapidly increasing rents in capital cities which are causing more hardship for low-income earners.

Senator Tate: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move- (1) That the Senate is of the opinion- (a) that the Sovereign of Australia should enjoy the same civil rights and liberties as every Australian, and, in particular, should enjoy the right to hold office without discrimination on the grounds of sex or religion as guaranteed by the Australian Constitution and Convention 111 of the International Labour Organization ratified in June 1973; and

(b) that the law relating to the Succession to the Throne should be altered accordingly with the assent of this Parliament as required by the Statute of Westminster 1931.

(2) That the foregoing provisions of this Resolution be transmitted by Message to- (a) the House of Representatives;

(b) each House of those Parliaments whose assent is required by the Statute of Westminster 1931 for alteration of the law relating to the Succession to the Throne; and

(c) each House of the Parliaments of those other members of the Commonwealth of Nations of which the Sovereign is Head of State.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button): That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate- (a) deplores actions of the Government which are causing a significant deterioration in telephone services across the nation, including a reduction of $110 million in the capital investment programme of Telecom; and

(b) notes that the following results will flow directly from that action and other policy decisions designed to reduce the effectiveness of Telecom: (i) the number of people waiting for new telephones will grow to 113,000 by the end of June,

(ii) the rate of connections of new telephones will fall by 10 per cent by the end of the year, and

(iii) delays of more than six months for connections are now common and will grow even longer.

Senator Sibraa: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate- (a) urgently requests the Secretary-General of the United Nations to initiate immediate action by the United Nations Security Council to bring about a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Lebanon; and

(b) is of the opinion that such settlement should embrace- (i) strict respect by all members of the United Nations for the territorial integrity of Lebanon within its internationally recognised boundaries,

(ii) extending the responsibilities of the United Nations Interim Force to apply to the internationally recognised boundaries of Lebanon,

(iii) the transfer of responsibilities currently exercised by the Arab League peacekeeping forces to the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces, and the subsequent withdrawal of the Arab League Forces,

(iv) disarming of factional and communal militias, and the Palestine Liberation Organization, and

(v) concurrent steps towards a settlement of the Palestinian question which will provide Palestinians with a national homeland.

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Messner): That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Replacement of operating theatres and refurbishment of surgical wards at the Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia.