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Notices of Motion were given, as follows- The Attorney-General (Senator Durack): That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That, for the purposes of any proclamation that may be made by the Governor-General before 30 September 1982 under section 31 of the Immigration (Unauthorized Arrivals) Act 1980, the Senate resolves that the date to be fixed as the date at the expiration of which that Act shall cease to be in force be 30 September 1983.

Senator Evans: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That there be laid upon the Table all papers relating to the consideration by the Attorney- General, the Attorney-General's Department, the Treasurer, the Department of the Treasury and the Australian Taxation Office of possible legal action, civil or criminal, against those participating in ''bottom of the harbour'' tax avoidance and evasion schemes, subject to the deletion from such papers of the names and identifying characteristics of individuals to the extent necessary to satisfy the requirements of section 16 of the Income Tax Assessment Act.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button): No. 1-That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate- (a) deplores the way in which the Minister for Transport, Mr Hunt, has reserved funds for his own electorate from the special allocation to New South Wales for national development roads; and

(b) draws attention to the facts that: (i) the Minister ordered, against the wishes of the New South Wales Government, the spending last financial year of a third of the allocation for national development roads on a stretch of road between Narrabri and Bourke, in his own electorate of Gwydir,

(ii) he has again ordered the New South Wales Government to spend a further $1.5 million-or another third of the annual allocation-this financial year on the same stretch of road,

(iii) the road in question carries just four vehicles per hour-one fiftieth of the volume of traffic on a coal road, and

(iv) the Minister continues to ignore protests from the New South Wales Government that improvement of coal roads has a higher priority than the quiet rural road to which he has diverted funds.

No. 2-That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate draws attention to- (a) the continuing decline in real terms of allocations by the Commonwealth for roads; and

(b) the way in which road allocations have gone down progressively since 1976 and, in particular: (i) the fact that allocations to the states, territories and local government this financial year will rise by only 7.2 per cent, and

(ii) this increase is well below last year's increase in road construction and maintenance costs of almost 15 per cent.