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NOTICES: Notices of Motion

Notices of Motion were given, as follows- The Leader of the Government ( Senator Button): No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting- Rotation of Senators: That, in pursuance of section 13 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth, the Senators chosen for each State shall be divided into two classes, as follows:

(1) The name of the Senator first elected shall be placed first on the Senators' Roll for each State and the name of the Senator next elected shall be placed next, and so on in rotation.

(2) The Senators whose names are placed first, second, third, fourth and fifth on the Roll shall be Senators of the second class, that is, the long-term Senators, and Senators whose names are placed sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth on the Roll shall be Senators of the first class, that is, the short-term Senators.

No. 2-To move on the next day of sitting- (1) Days and Hours of Meeting: That, unless otherwise ordered, the days and hours of meeting of the Senate shall be Tuesdays at 1.45 p.m., Wednesdays at 11.30 a.m., and Thursdays at 10 a.m.

(2) Suspension of Sittings: That, unless otherwise ordered, on Wednesdays, the sittings of the Senate, or of a Committee of the Whole, shall be suspended from 1 p.m. till 2.15 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. till 8 p.m.

(3) Adjournment of the Senate: That, unless otherwise ordered, at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10.30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7 p.m. on Thursdays the President shall put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate; if the Senate be in Committee at that hour, the Chairman shall in like manner put the Question-That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate; and upon such report being made the President shall forthwith put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate: Provided that if the Senate or the Committee be in Division at the time named, the President or the Chairman shall not put the Question referred to till the result of such Division has been declared; and if the business under discussion shall not have been disposed of at such adjournment it shall appear on the Notice Paper for the next sitting day.

(4) Routine of Business: That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders and unless otherwise ordered, the Senate shall proceed with its ordinary business in the following routine:

Tuesdays

1. Petitions

2. Giving Notices

3. Questions

4. Formal Motions

5. Postponement of Business

6. Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper .

Wednesdays

1. Petitions

2. Giving Notices

3. Postponement of Business

4. Formal Motions

5. Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper .

6. At 12 midday, Questions

7. Further Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper.

Thursdays

1. Petitions

2. Notices

3. Formal Motions

4. Postponement of Business

5. Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper .

6. At 12 midday, Questions

7. Further Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper.

(5) Government and General Business-Precedence: That, on all sitting days of the Senate, unless otherwise ordered, Government Business shall take precedence of General Business, except that General Business shall take precedence of Government Business on Thursdays, from 2.15 p.m. until the expiration of 2 1/2 hours or until there is no further debate; and that, unless otherwise ordered, General Business Orders of the Day shall take precedence of General Business Notices of Motion on alternate Thursdays.

(6) Petitions-Procedure for Presentation: That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, the procedure for the presentation of Petitions be as follows:

(1) A Senator wishing to present a petition shall lodge it with the Clerk.

(2) The Clerk shall make an announcement in respect of petitions lodged with him , indicating in respect of each petition the Senator who presents it, the number of signatures, and the subject matter of the petition.

(3) Every petition so presented shall be deemed to have been received by the Senate unless a motion, moved forthwith, that a particular petition be not received, be agreed to.

(4) The terms of the petitions presented shall be printed in Hansard.

(7) Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees-Reference of Annual Reports:

(1) That, unless otherwise ordered, all annual reports of Government departments and authorities, including statutory corporations, laid on the Table of the Senate, shall stand referred, without any Question being put, for consideration and, if necessary, for report thereon, to the Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees.

(2) That the President shall transmit a copy of each report so tabled to the Committee which he deems appropriate.

(3) That the Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees may, at their discretion, pursue or not pursue inquiries into reports so received; but any action necessary, arising from a report of a Committee, shall be taken in the Senate on motion after notice.

(8) Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees-Reference of Bills: That , after the Second Reading of a Bill (other than an Appropriation Bill, Supply Bill, or Bill imposing taxation), and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders and without limiting the operation of Standing Orders 36AA and 196A, the following procedure shall apply-

(1) A motion (of which notice need not be given) may be moved to refer the Bill to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee: Provided that if no such motion be moved, or if moved and negatived, the Senate shall forthwith resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole for consideration of the Bill.

(2) Upon motion to refer a Bill to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee, no debate thereon shall be allowed for more than one hour, and in speaking thereon no Senator shall exceed 10 minutes. If the debate be not sooner concluded then forthwith upon the expiration of that time the President shall put any Questions on any amendment or motion already proposed from the Chair.

(3) On reference of a Bill to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee, a day shall be fixed for the reporting of a Committee's proceedings to the Senate, by which day the final report of the Committee shall be brought up, unless further time be moved for and granted: Provided that the Senate may at any time prior to such day receive the final report of the Committee.

(4) Upon a Bill being committed to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee pursuant to this Order, it shall be set down on the Notice Paper as an Order of the Day for further consideration following report from the Committee.

(5) The procedure to be adopted by a Legislative and General Purpose Committee shall, as far as possible, be the same as that in Committee of the Whole: Provided that a Committee may ask for explanations from the Minister in charge of a Bill, or officers, relating to the clauses of the Bill.

(6) A Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee shall have no power to make amendments to a Bill, but may recommend amendments or requests for amendments. No amendment or request for amendment may be proposed which would not be in order if proposed in a Committee of the Whole.

(7) A report from a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee, relating to a Bill, shall be received by the Senate without debate and its consideration deferred till the reading of the Order of the Day for the further consideration of the Bill, when the procedure, unless otherwise ordered, shall be as follows:

(a) a motion may be proposed that the report be adopted; and such motion shall be open to debate;

(b) on the motion for the adoption of the report, amendments may be proposed;

(c) in these proceedings, the same right of speech and time limits shall apply as in debate in Committee of the Whole;

(d) if amendments or requests for amendments be made, additional to any recommended by the report of a Standing Committee, the Chair shall propose a Question-That the Bill as reported (with or without amendments or requests for amendments), and as further amended, be agreed to;

(e) a motion may be moved, by any Senator, that the Bill as reported from a Standing Committee be recommitted, in whole or in part, to the Standing Committee, or that the Bill as reported be committed, in whole or in part, to a Committee of the Whole; and

(f) when the report from the Committee, or from a Committee of the Whole, is finally adopted, the Bill may be proceeded with in the usual way.

(9) Consideration of Government Papers: (1) That, unless otherwise ordered and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, on Tuesdays after Questions without Notice, and Wednesdays and Thursdays after Notices of Motion, Papers may be presented by Ministers. Upon the presentation of such Papers, a Senator may move, without notice, that the Senate take note of one, or several, of the Papers. Senators may not speak to any such motion for more than 5 minutes . Any debate pursuant to this Sessional Order shall be interrupted after the expiration of 30 minutes or until there is no further debate:

Provided that, at the conclusion of his or her speech, or, if the debate is interrupted pursuant to this Sessional Order after the expiration of 30 minutes, a Senator may move that the debate be resumed pursuant to Sessional Order on Thursdays at the time for consideration of General Business. At that time, further such motions may be moved with respect to any Government Paper tabled during the current sitting week and in relation to which no motion to take note has been moved. Debates on any such motion or motions shall take precedence of other General Business, but shall not continue beyond one hour.

(2) Where debates on motions moved under the provisions of this Sessional Order are adjourned and are called on in the normal course of business, Senators who have spoken to the Questions under the provisions of this Sessional Order may speak again for the time allowed under Standing Order 407A.

(10) Consideration of Committee Reports:

(1) That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, and unless otherwise ordered, where in any week there are Orders of the Day for the resumption of debate on motions for the consideration or adoption of reports of Committees-

(a) on Wednesdays after Questions without notice, Orders of the Day relating to reports of Committees presented to the Senate during that week shall be severally called on, in the order in which the respective reports were presented ;

(b) if there were no Committee reports presented during that week, or if debate on motions relating to such reports concludes before the expiration of one hour, Orders of the Day relating to Committee reports presented prior to that week shall then be severally called on in an order which is the reverse of the order in which the respective reports were presented;

(c) in any debate on such motions so called on, each Senator may speak for not more than 10 minutes; and

(d) any debate pursuant to this Sessional Order shall be interrupted after the expiration of one hour.

(2) Provided that, where debate on any motion debated under the provisions of this Sessional Order is adjourned or is interrupted under the provisions of this Sessional Order, Senators who have spoken to such motion under the provisions of this Sessional Order may speak again to the motion for the time allowed under Standing Order 407A, when the debate on the motion is again called on in the normal course of business.

(11) Time Limits to Speeches-Proposed Amendment to Standing Order 407A:

(1) That, the following proposed amendment to Standing Order 407A operate as a Sessional Order for a trial period:

(2) No Senator shall speak for more than 30 minutes in any debate in the Senate. Any Senator may move that the time limit of 30 minutes be extended for 15 minutes; such motion shall forthwith be put without debate: Provided that where a right of reply is allowed in any debate a Senator speaking in reply shall speak for not more than 30 minutes: Provided further that, in debate on the First Reading of a Bill which the Senate may not amend, no Senator shall speak for more than 15 minutes.

(3) In Committee no Senator shall speak for more than 15 minutes at any one time on any one Question: Provided that where the speech of a Senator is interrupted by this provision, and no other Senator rises to speak, the Senator so interrupted may continue his speech for a further 15 minutes but no longer continuously on any one Question.

No. 3-To move on the next day of sitting-

Appointment of Estimates Committees: That, in accordance with Standing Order 36AB, six Estimates Committees be appointed, to be known as Estimates Committees A, B, C, D, E and F; and that, unless otherwise ordered, the Committees consider the Proposed Expenditure in relation to Departments, as follows:

Estimates Committee A

Parliament

Industry and Commerce

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Employment and Industrial Relations

Communications

Estimates Committee B

Social Security

Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

Housing and Construction

Health

Estimates Committee C

Resources and Energy

Trade

Treasury

Primary Industry

Finance

Estimates Committee D

Education and Youth Affairs

Sport, Recreation and Tourism

Science and Technology

Home Affairs and Environment

Aboriginal Affairs

Estimates Committee E

Attorney-General

Special Minister of State

Foreign Affairs

Defence

Defence Support

Estimates Committee F

Veterans' Affairs

Transport

Aviation

Administrative Services

Territories and Local Government

No. 4-To move on the next day of sitting- Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills: That-

(a) the Committee known as the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills, constituted by Resolution of the Senate on 25 May 1982, be re-constituted, under the same terms, and with the same functions and powers;

(b) the Committee have power to consider Minutes of Evidence and Records of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills appointed in the previous Parliament; and

(c) the foregoing provisions of this Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

No. 5-To move on the next day of sitting-

Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing: That-

(a) the Committee known as the Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing , constituted by Resolution of the Senate on 25 March 1982, be re-constituted, under the same terms, and with the same functions and powers;

(b) the Committee have power to consider Minutes of Evidence and Records of the Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing appointed in the previous Parliament; and

(c) the foregoing provisions of this Resolution so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney), by leave and at the request of the Senators indicated, gave Notices of Motion, as follows-

Senator Messner: To move on the next day of sitting-That, following the Hawke Government's conversion to the previous Government's economic policies, the Senate notes the Government's adoption of the previous Government's social security policies, and in particular-

(a) the introduction of family income supplement for needy families;

(b) retention of the mobility allowance for the disabled;

(c) the increase in the over 18 year old unemployment benefit;

(d) the maintaining of the twice yearly indexation of pensions and benefits; and

(e) the retention of other Budget family measures.

Senator Teague: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate oppose any aid from Australia to Vietnam so long as Vietnamese military forces are occupying Kampuchea and Laos.

Senator Baume: No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate notes the disservice that the Bannon Labor Government has done to teachers and education by requiring compulsory teacher unionism in South Australian schools.

No. 2-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Australian Senate condemns the systematic deprivation by the Islamic Republic of Iran of the most basic rights of citizens of that country whose only crime is that they are members of the Baha'i and other minority religious faiths.

Senator Teague: To move on the next day of sitting-That it is the view of the Senate that- (a) decisions of the Commonwealth Parliament concerning financial support for government and non-government schools in recent years have been grossly misrepresented to the public by the opponents of non-government schools; and

(b) consideration should be given to Commonwealth grants to the States for schools being presented in a new and consistent way by providing for a basic per capita grant in respect of all schoolchildren, whether in government or non- government schools, and by providing for supplementary needs-based grants for schools incorporating the special and supplementary programs of the Schools Commission.

Senator Baume: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate is of the opinion that tertiary students in Australia have been disadvantaged by the precipitate action of the Labor Government discontinuing student loans before any of the promised alternative forms of student support have been put in place.

Senator Lewis: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Australian Senate condemns the events which led to the loss by the people of the Baltic States of the three independent republics which enjoyed the popular support of the Baltic people.

Senator Walters: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) deplores the fact that the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, has failed to provide any response whatsoever to a letter from the Tasmanian Premier, Mr Gray, dated 11 April 1983, in which Mr Gray: (i) sought a firm assurance for all Tasmanians ruling out any future use of the military in the matter now before the High Court, and

(ii) sought clarification as to whether the due processes relevant to the use of our defence forces for non-military purposes were exercised in this matter; and

(b) expresses the gravest concern at the arrogant attitude demonstrated by the refusal to even acknowledge such a letter from a State Premier, particularly given the important issues involved, and the fact that at the same time the Prime Minister is claiming that all Australians should exercise reconciliation and consensus.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp), by leave and at the request of the Senators indicated, gave Notices of Motion, as follows- Senator Mason: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate requests the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations to initiate a new program for young people aged 16 to 21 years to alleviate the worst effects of unemployment in this age group by: (a) the introduction of permanent part-time work without penalty in the form of reduced unemployment benefits;

(b) encouraging businesses and unions to co-operate in making at least one work place per enterprise available, worked on a roster basis, for young unemployed people; and

(c) providing many more part-time and full-time educational and training opportunities for unemployed people.

Senator Macklin: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) recognises the problems that ex-servicemen are encountering due to their service in support of the nuclear tests conducted at Emu Field, Maralinga and Monte Bello between 1953 and 1958;

(b) supports the efforts of the Regular Defence Forces Welfare Association and the Australian Nuclear Veterans Association to gain recognition for those veterans and, in some cases, their widows; and

(c) considers that the best method of compensation for their disabilities would be to grant them cover of the Repatriation Act for their service during the period of the nuclear weapons test program in Australia.

Senator Haines: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) notes with concern the alarming incidence of sexual and emotional abuse of children, particularly within family units;

(b) deplores the lack of available support mechanisms for these children and their families; and

(c) requests that action be taken to investigate the matter, collect statistical data, and provide recommendations for overcoming the problem.

Senator Jack Evans: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to encourage the introduction of industrial democracy in Australian enterprises through reductions in company tax for enterprises classified as industrial democracy enterprises.

Senator Macklin: To move on the next day of sitting- (1) That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the succeeding provisions of this Resolution having effect.

(2) That the following Bills be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration of each of the Bills be resumed at the stage reached in the last Session of the Parliament: Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1981

Income Tax Assessment Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1981

Sales Tax Assessment (Rebate for Transport Costs) Bill 1981

Liquor Advertising Tax Assessment Bill 1981

Liquor Education Fund Bill 1981

Rainforest Preservation Agreements Bill 1982

Constitution Alteration (Electors' Initiative) Bill 1982

Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1982

Petroleum Retail Marketing Sites Amendment Bill 1982

Banks and Financial Corporations (Overdraft and Loan Charges) Bill 1982

Senator Mason: To move on the next day of sitting-That, in the opinion of the Senate- (a) a user-pays principle should be instituted by which the manufacturers, sellers and users of substances which can be demonstrated to increase the costs of health care to the community should contribute substantially towards those costs;

(b) the Government should institute a health cost compensating tax which would be applied to: (i) tobacco products,

(ii) alcohol products, and

(iii) products containing excessive amounts of sugar, salt, or other harmful additives; and

(c) a special committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council should be established to assess, on a conservative basis, the minimum health care costs caused by the above products, to provide a basis on which the tax should be assessed.

Senator Macklin: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Broadcasting and Television Act 1942 to alter the restrictions on the broadcasting and televising of election matter in an election.

Senator Haines: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate is of the opinion that, given the anomalies and inequities existing in the present age pension scheme and given that Australia has an ageing population, the Government should implement, as a matter of urgency, a national portable contributory superannuation scheme of a type similar to that recommended in the majority report of the National Superannuation Committee of Inquiry in April 1976.

Senator Macklin: To move on the next day of sitting-That, having regard to the agreement of all State Governments, except Queensland, in 1974, to co-operate with the Federal Government in the matter of the ratification of the International Labour Organization Convention No. 107, relating to the rights of indigenous peoples, and having regard to the statement of co-operation of the Government of Queensland in 1977, the Senate calls upon the Government to immediately ratify that convention.

Senator Mason: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) expresses its awareness of, and the deep concern at the continuing threat to the world represented by the massive and increasing number of nuclear weapons in existence, especially in the Soviet Union and the United States;

(b) notes the existence and rapid growth of a world movement embracing all areas of political opinion designed to reduce and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons from the world on a multilateral basis; and

(c) requests the Government to make urgent representations to the Governments of the Soviet Union, the United States, Britain, France and China to confer with the objective of an early and effective reduction of nuclear weapons of all kinds, bearing in mind the lack of effective progress in this matter at the recent disarmament session of the United Nations and the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.

Senator Harradine: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate requests the Australian Government to convey to the Government of the USSR its deep concern at the repeated harassment of the ''Ukranian Public Group to Promote the Implementation of the Helsinki Accords''.

Contingent Notices of Motion: Contingent Notices of Motion were given as follows- The Leader of the Government (Senator Button): No. 1-To move ( contingent on any Bill being reported from a Committee of the Whole)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

No. 2-To move (contingent on any Bill originating in the Senate having been read a first time)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney): To move ( contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on any day)- That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moving a motion relating to the order of business on the Notice Paper.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp): To move (contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on any day)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) moving a motion relating to the order of business on the Notice Paper.

Senator Harradine: To move (contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on any day)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Harradine moving a motion relating to the order of business on the Notice Paper.