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NOTICES OF MOTION

Notices of Motion were given, as follows- The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button): No. 1-That, on the next day of sitting, he would move- That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for the Year ending on 30 June 1983 of the Department of Primary Industry be referred to Estimates Committee H for further examination and report by 11 November 1982.

No. 2-That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for the Year ending on 30 June 1983 of the Department of Social Security be referred to Estimates Committee G for further examination and report by 11 November 1982.

No. 3-That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate- (a) again expresses its concern at the rate of unemployment in Australia; and

(b) notes in particular: (i) the disclosure that in some areas of New South Wales the number of people registered as unemployed has gone up by more than 300 per cent,

(ii) the number registering last month in NSW was 1486 a day,

(iii) that single-income family breadwinners are losing their jobs at a growing rate, with adult males in some areas accounting for almost 70 per cent of those registered last month,

(iv) the failure of the Government to take remedial action,

(v) the continuing refusal of the Government to release Commonwealth Employment Service figures for its regional offices so that regular, accurate figures can be released of unemployment trends, and

(vi) the fact that this refusal is maintained to keep the real figures of unemployment hidden from the Australian people.

Senator Missen: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate requires an early report from the Standing Orders Committee of what action it proposes should be taken to ensure the proper and effective enforcement of Standing Order 406 in relation to the reading of speeches in the Senate.

Senator Walsh: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That, in view of (a) the deterioration in employment expectations revealed by the Treasurer's statement of 14 October 1982, (b) the continuing drought, and (c) delays in passing-and changes to-the Government's proposed tax legislation, the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations inquire into the effect of these factors on the Budget revenue estimates, and report to the Senate on 11 November 1982; and that, specifically, the Committee seek evidence from the Treasury on the likely revenue changes for 1982-83 in regard to:

(1) The effect on PAYE receipts of a lower level of employment.

(2) The effect of the continuing drought and lower farm incomes on provisional tax collections from farmers (due on 31 March 1983) caused by farmers exercising the option to vary provisional tax.

(3) The effect on company tax collections of the apparent fall in business profits in the second half of the fiscal year 1981-82.

(4) The effect on sales and excise tax collections caused by the negative Gross Domestic Product growth implicit in lower employment levels and the drought.

(5) The current estimates of the revenue cost of the health insurance rebate.

(6) The effect on tax recoupment receipts of the delay in enacting the recoupment legislation which the Treasurer predicted in July would pass both Houses of Parliament on or before 26 August 1982.

(7) The effect of reducing the interest payment from 30 to 20 per cent on overdue recoupment assessments.

(8) The effect on PAYE receipts of a reduction from 12 to 10 per cent of increases in average earnings.

(9) Any other revenue changes expected in view of more recent information.