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NOTICES

Notices of Motion were given, as follows- The Leader of the Government (Senator Button): To move on the next day of sitting- (1) That the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for the Service of the Year Ending on 30 June 1985 in relation to the Parliamentary Departments, the Particulars of Proposed Expenditure for the Service of the Year Ending on 30 June 1985 and the Particulars of Certain Proposed Expenditure in respect of the Year Ending on 30 June 1985 be referred to Estimates Committees for examination and report.

(2) That expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance for the Year Ended 30 June 1984 be referred to Estimates Committees for examination and report prior to its consideration in Committee of the Whole.

(3) That the Committees consider Proposed Expenditure and Departmental Expenditure under the Advance to the Minister for Finance in the Estimates Committee groupings agreed to by Resolution of the Senate of 22 April 1983.

(4) That the Committees report to the Senate on or before Tuesday, 9 October 1984.

Senator Boswell: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) deplores the actions of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Board in seeking to rewrite Australian laws and community standards on marriage, and rights and entitlements thereto, by extending to ABC staff in homosexual relationships the same staff rights, privileges and entitlements currently attached to married couples; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Communications and the Government to immediately disband the current ABC Board and to reconstitute it with members who are prepared to attend, responsibly, to matters within the ABC's charter, to maintain and improve service and standards in an Australian national radio and television broadcasting service, rather than concentrating on matters such as moral judgments and community family standards outside its jurisdiction.

Senator Messner: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Hawke Labor Government for the imposition of a tax on wine and the lowering of protection for Australian wines against imported produce and in so doing notes- (a) the promises of both the Prime Minister and Minister for Primary Industry during the 1983 election campaign not to impose any tax on wine during the term of a Labor Government;

(b) that 60 per cent of Australia's wines are produced in South Australia and that the imposition of the tax on wine will adversely affect the South Australian economy and the local economies of the Riverland, the Barossa and Clare Valleys, the Southern Vales and the South Eastern wine districts in particular;

(c) that the tax will result in a fall in demand for wine which in turn will cut production and demand for grapes at a time when the Industries Assistance Commission has found that the industry is in a difficult position;

(d) the failure of the South Australian Premier, the Minister for Primary Industry or South Australian Labor Members of Federal Parliament to protect the interests of South Australia's wine industry; and

(e) that once again it is being left to South Australia's Liberal Party Members of Federal and State Parliament to fight for the interests of the wine industry and the South Australian economy.

Senator Townley: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) having had time to consider the effect of the assets test;

(b) conscious of the increasing awareness of pensioners and those approaching pension age of the adverse effect of the test;

(c) bearing in mind that the Department of Social Security will be empowered to enter into a pensioner's home to check their assets; and

(d) taking into account the small amount of revenue to be raised by the test after its costly $30m introduction;

is convinced, for those and other reasons, that the whole idea should be dropped immediately.

Senator Jessop: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate expresses growing concern over the national debt implications of the current Budget as illustrated by the following examples: the education commitment is estimated to have increased by 11.2 per cent to $4544m and the health commitment has been increased by 2 per cent to $6184m in 1984, whereas the interest payment on the Public Debt-most of which is paid to overseas institutions-has increased by an alarming 29.4 per cent this year to $5601m.

Senator Walters: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Government for ignoring the plight of women workers in their homes caring for children by not increasing the dependant spouse rebate or family allowance.

Senator Messner: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Hawke Labor Government for its failure to address the needs of the aged and notes that the Government- (a) has failed to establish an Office of Aged Care as promised during the 1983 election;

(b) has failed to raise pensions to 25 per cent as promised during the 1983 election; and

(c) has consistently attacked the income security of the aged through a means test on the over-70's pension, an assets test on all pensioners, and the introduction of a savage new tax on lump sum superannuation.