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Notices of Motion were given, as follows- Senator Reid: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) condemns the Federal Government for not establishing the committee of inquiry into violent pornographic videos before the 1984 election;

(b) notes with concern that as a result of the Federal Government's deliberate stalling on this issue, at least 4 months will now elapse before the promised joint committee will be set up, showing total disregard for the increasing concern of the people of Australia for the possible harmful side-effects this material is unleashing in our community;

(c) insists that the Federal Government now has no alternative but to declare an immediate moratorium on all sales and distribution of ''X'' and ''R'' rated videos, pending the outcome of this blatantly belated inquiry; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to support the establishment of a Senate select committee to investigate the problems associated with the sale and distribution of violent pornographic videos in Australia, so that the next 4 months need not be entirely wasted in this regard.

Senator Jack Evans: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to provide for the preparation of legislation for the reform of the Australian taxation system and the introduction of that legislation into the Parliament.

Senator Townley: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) convinced that some unions are outside Government control, even in defence matters and so cannot be relied upon to service naval vessels of friendly countries as evidenced by the fact that HMS Invincible was unable to receive repairs at an Australian dry dockyard;

(b) aware of just how short-sighted the attitude of the Minister for Defence is when he agrees that Australia will have time to prepare against any attack on Australia;

(c) aware that we are now spending nearly as much on interest on the public debt of this country as we are on defence; and

(d) believing that ANZUS has effectively been destroyed by the Hawke Labor Government combined with the New Zealand Labour Government, and the Federal Government is therefore failing in the prime requirement of any country to protect its people,

calls upon the Government to recognise the danger to all of Australia of the destruction of ANZUS and to take the necessary urgent action to correct the situation before it is too late.

Senator Messner: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, noting- (a) the election commitment of the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, to raise the general tax threshold and the pensioner tax threshold;

(b) the statement by the present Minister for Social Security, Senator Grimes, and the present Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Mr Willis, on 8 August 1982 that ''it's absurd that pensioners who are officially classified as 'needy' should be forced to pay income tax'';

(c) that as a consequence of the Hawke Labor Government's failure to honour its election commitments, pensioners' tax bills have increased by more than 400 per cent over the past 2 years, for example:

(i) a single pensioner on the full pension and with $20 a week other income paid just $20 tax in 1982-83 but will pay $109 in the 1984-85 financial year,

(ii) a single pensioner on the full pension with $25 a week additional income has had a tax increase of $79 over this period, and

(iii) a single pensioner on the full pension with $30 a week other income has had their tax bill rise from $244 in 1982-83 to $313 in the 1984-85 financial year;

(d) that under the Hawke Labor Government, pensioners who are officially classified as needy are being forced to pay more income tax; and

(e) that this represents yet another attack upon the aged and elderly in the community by the Hawke Labor Government,

condemns the Hawke Labor Government for including the aged in its attempts to grab taxes to pay for its programs.

Senator Reid: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) calls on the Treasurer, Mr Keating, to clarify the Federal Government's position regarding the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme before the 1984 election;

(b) draws to the attention of the Treasurer the glaring inconsistencies between the NSW and the Federal Labor Governments' interpretations of the most economic means of paying superannuation to Government employees;

(c) notes the endorsement by the Minister for Resources and Energy, Senator Walsh, in the Senate on 5 October 1984, of the NSW scheme of abolition of periodic payments of superannuation, enforcing public service pensioners to take the lump sum and pay the 31 per cent levy on that payment;

(d) abhors the fact that the Government could be considering the withdrawal of options from Commonwealth public servants in their choice of superannuation payments without warning public servants before the 1984 election;

(e) calls on the Federal Government to recognise that public servants do not enjoy the perquisites of many private enterprise employees, such as company cars, expense accounts, company housing or low interest company loans, payment of children's school fees, and the like;

(f) recognises that a compensatory factor in public service careers prior to the election of this Government was the expectation of a moderately comfortable retirement;

(g) deplores the erosion of retirement benefits of public servants by the iniquitous impost of its 31 per cent tax on lump sum superannuation payments; and

(h) implores the Federal Government to take no further action which will either erode even further those compulsory savings of public servants, or remove their choice of method of payment of superannuation benefits.

Senator Messner: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, noting that- (a) figures prepared on the same basis as used by the Minister for Social Security, Senator Grimes, when in Opposition show:

(i) a 7.3 per cent decline in the relative position of age and invalid pensioners and married unemployment beneficiaries' disposable incomes in comparison to the Henderson poverty line,

(ii) a 3.4 per cent decline in the position of widows with one child and a 7.6 per cent decline for supporting parents beneficiaries with one child, and

(iii) a 2 per cent decline in the position of single over-18 unemployment beneficiaries with $20 a week other income;

(b) these figures clearly show the Hawke Labor Government's lack of concern for social welfare beneficiaries;

(c) these figures reinforce the results of the 1984-85 Budget which, by granting people on incomes of $700 a week greater increases through a revised tax system than the $2.50 a week given to pensioners and beneficiaries, indicated that this Government, like the trade union movement, is more concerned with the employed than the unemployed; and

(d) these figures provide a graphic illustration of the sorts of policies which would flow from a Government led by a man who is reported to have told an Economic Planning Advisory Council meeting that the unemployed was an irrelevant section of the community,

condemns the Hawke Labor Government for not living up to its statements and rhetoric when in Opposition.

Senator Archer: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (1) Views with considerable concern the failure of the Government- (a) to honour the pre-election promise of the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, to upgrade the Wynyard Airport to medium jet standard;

(b) to take due note of the report by the independent firm of Airport and Systems Design Australia Pty Ltd as to the need for such upgrading;

(c) to have its Tasmanian members in the Senate take an active part in keeping the Government informed of the needs of Tasmania and Tasmanian developments generally;

(d) through the Minister for Aviation to accept a statement that he was unaware of any justification for a review of the renegeing, when in particular:

(i) south of Wynyard, there has been confirmation of the largest mineral deposit in Australia for some years,

(ii) the Tasmanian State Government has announced road development plans for the west coast that will substantially increase the ease of domestic, commercial and tourist traffic to the Wynyard Airport,

(iii) Burnie has been confirmed as the major general cargo port for Tasmania, and

(iv) a new major fishing industry has been proposed for Burnie; and

(e) to hand over money due to Tasmania from compensation funds and for a purpose approved and requested by the Tasmanian Government as being both necessary and desirable for Tasmania's development.

(2) Accepting that the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, says regularly that he is an honest man, still looks to him to honour a promise made without pressure, or to at least pay $3 million, if he still will not meet his voluntary $6 million commitment of February 1983.