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NOTICES

Notices of Motion were given, as follows- Senator Hamer: To move on the next day of sitting-That, in the opinion of the Senate, the Government should move to refer to the United Nations Decolonisation Committee the question of the colonial territories of the old Russian empire, which are now forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union.

Senator Primmer: To move on the next day of sitting-That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations: Whether the claim by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that certain information should not be made available to Estimates Committee C on the ground of commercial confidentiality is justified.

Senator Primmer, by leave, made a statement relating thereto.

Senator Mason: To move on the next day of sitting-That, in the opinion of the Senate, the agreement dated 11 March 1981 between Australia and the United States of America on the staging of United States Air Force B-52 aircraft through Australia should be renegotiated to- (a) include a new article reading 'No aircraft carrying nuclear weapons shall use any facility in Australia or be based in Australia without the prior agreement in writing of the Australian Government';

(b) secure amendment of article VII of the agreement to require approval by the Australian Government of developments affecting staging operations, rather than consultations on such developments; and

(c) review article II of the agreement to alter the location of the B-52 aircraft and their support aircraft, removing them from Darwin, and basing them at a site well removed from major population centres in Australia.

Senator Boswell: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) notes with concern that the following Queensland shires or portions of Queensland shires have been declared drought-stricken: Bowen, Blackall, Ilfracombe, Isisford, Longreach, Murwah and Richmond;

(b) recognizes the damaging effect drought has, not only on primary producers, but on provincial towns and small businesses dependent on these primary producers;

(c) condemns the Federal Government for scrapping the Commonwealth Fodder Subsidy Scheme, the Commonwealth Interest Payment Subsidy Scheme and the Bicentennial Water Resources Program; and

(d) calls on the Federal Minister for Primary Industry to urgently clarify his Government's policy on drought relief.

Senator Macklin: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) accepts the fact that the indigenous people of Australia, now known as Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, were in possession of this entire nation prior to the 1788 First Fleet landing at Botany Bay;

(b) recognises the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples' right to land; and

(c) urges the Australian Government to admit prior ownership by the said indigenous people and to introduce legislation to compensate them for the dispossession of their land in accordance with the following 5 basic principles: (i) Aboriginal land to be held under inalienable freehold title,

(ii) protection of Aboriginal sites,

(iii) Aboriginal control in relation to mining on Aboriginal land,

(iv) access to mining royalty equivalents, and

(v) compensation for lost land to be negotiated.

Senator Jones: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, taking note of the latest figures produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics which show the number of days lost because of strikes in the month of February 1985, notes- (a) that 148 200 of the 199 200 days lost because of industrial action in February occurred in the State of Queensland; and

(b) that the reason for the massive increase in strike days lost in Queensland, from 3400 in January to 148 200 in February, was the total refusal of the Premier and Government of that State to conciliate in the ongoing power dispute, a position that is still being maintained.