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NOTICES OF MOTION

Notices of Motion were given, as follows- Senator Evans: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate: (a) notes the refusal by the Government, communicated in the Acting Prime Minister's letter of 15 December 1982, to comply with the Senate's direction to produce, subject to independent editing, certain papers relating to the Government's administration of tax evasion and avoidance laws;

(b) notes that this refusal is not based on any claim of Executive privilege, which claim would clearly under established law and practice be a matter for the Senate itself to determine, but upon a new and unprecedented claim-possibly capable of judicial determination-that the Senate has no constitutional power to require the production of documents relating to the exercise by the Executive of its law enforcement functions;

(c) is of the opinion that there is no foundation whatever in constitutional law or convention for any such claim, and that-subject only to reasonable claims of Executive privilege-both Houses of Parliament are fully entitled to scrutinise and demand accountability for all aspects of Executive behaviour;

(d) is further of the opinion that this latest obstructive stance by the Government, when seen in the light of the persistent obstruction and evasion which has occurred since the Senate first insisted on the production of the documents in question on 23 September 1982, is now ample demonstration of the fact that the Government has something to hide which the documents in question would clearly reveal, namely that the Fraser Government was culpably negligent in failing to proceed effectively against those involved in bottom of the harbour and related tax avoidance and evasion schemes from 1976 on; and

(e) accordingly, censures the Fraser Government: (i) for its unjustified failure to comply with the Senate Resolution of 25 November 1982, and

(ii) for its culpable neglect and mismanagement in failing to proceed effectively and expeditiously against tax evaders and avoiders, at a cost of hundreds and possibly thousands of millions of dollars to the Australian community.

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Sir John Carrick): That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That, unless otherwise ordered, the proposed amendment to Standing Order 407A, relating to time limits on speeches, which is currently operating as a Sessional Order until 31 December 1982, be extended to apply till the last day of sitting in 1983.

Senator McLaren: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate notes: (a) with grave concern that the Budgets introduced this year by Mr Howard and Mr Tonkin, the recently defeated Premier of South Australia, were both designed as election budgets and close examination reveals the documents in both instances to be nothing more than ''thug and confidence tricks'';

(b) that on assuming office in September 1979 the Liberal Government of South Australia inherited a solid State economy with a Budget surplus of $6 453 000, plus all the State's assets being intact;

(c) that on assuming office in November 1982 the Bannon Labor Government inherited a run-down State economy with a Budget deficit of between $37 and $62 million; and

(d) that the 1982 South Australian Budget figures do not give a clear picture of the State's run-down economy in view of the fact that the Tonkin Government had disposed of many of the State's assets in the form of land, houses, machinery and equipment.