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NOTICES: Notices of Motion

Notices of Motion were given, as follows- Senator Jack Evans: To move on the next day of sitting- (1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Public Servants' Rights in relation to Exposing Breaches of the Law, be appointed to inquire into and report upon- (a) injustices suffered by public servants who seek to expose actions detrimental to Australia's interests;

(b) public servants being prevented by departmental heads from exposing blatant evasions of the law;

(c) threats to the 'national interest' in such circumstances; and

(d) public servants being threatened with prosecution on the basis of breaching the oath of confidentiality in such circumstances,

and to recommend such legislative and administrative measures which it considers desirable to improve public servants' rights in the circumstances outlined.

(2) That the Committee consist of 6 Senators, as follows- (a) 3 to be nominated by the Leader of the Government;

(b) 2 to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; and

(c) one to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democrats after consultation with any minority group or groups of Senators or Independent Senator or Independent Senators.

(3) That the Committee proceed to the despatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) That the Committee elect as Chairman one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Government.

(5) That the Chairman of the Committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the Committee to be the Deputy-Chairman of the Committee, and that the member so appointed act as Chairman of the Committee at any time when there is no Chairman or the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee.

(6) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy-Chairman when acting as Chairman, have a casting vote.

(7) That the quorum of the Committee be 3 members.

(8) That the Committee (and any sub-committee) have power to send for and examine persons, papers and records, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations it may deem fit.

(9) That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such sub-committee any of the matters which the Committee is empowered to consider, and that the quorum of a sub-committee be a majority of the Senators appointed to the sub-committee.

(10) That the Committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the Committee with the approval of the President.

(11) That the Committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

(12) That the Committee report to the Senate by 30 June 1986.

(13) That, if the Senate be not sitting when the Committee has completed its report, the Committee may provide the report to the President, or, if the President is unable to act, to the Deputy-President, and, in that event- (a) the report shall be deemed to have been presented to the Senate;

(b) the publication of the report is authorized by this Resolution;

(c) the President or the Deputy-President, as the case may be, may give directions for the printing and circulation of the report; and

(d) the President or the Deputy-President, as the case may be, shall lay the report upon the Table at the next sitting of the Senate.

(14) That 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.

Senator MacGibbon: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) deplores the fact that the Labor Government failed to maintain a quorum in the Senate on 21 May 1985, that only 3 Labor Senators out of the 35 elected by the people of Australia were present in the Chamber to answer the call for a quorum, and that as a consequence the Senate had to be closed down before the business of the day was completed;

(b) noting that since the action to call a quorum was initiated by a Labor Senator and that such an action was an act of stupidity, at best, because he exposed the negligence of his colleagues towards the solemn discharge of their duties and responsibilities in the Senate to the legislative process of Australia, and at worst was an act of contempt for the democratic legislative processes of the Australian Parliament, in so far as it denied the Opposition the occasion to debate the matters of importance before the Chair; and

(c) noting that this is only the second occasion since 1933 that such an irresponsible event has occurred,

calls on the Government to resign, as it has demonstrated its incapacity to govern and respectfully requests the Governor-General to commission a new Government for the people of Australia.

Senator Townley: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) recognising that the present Hawke Socialist Government is a very big spending Government;

(b) aware that big spending and big taxes must go hand-in-hand if Australia is to avoid getting even further in debt to overseas banking organisations;

(c) convinced that Australia is already too far in debt for the good of future generations;

(d) further aware that Australia will spend more on its national debt interest than on defence in the next financial year; and

(e) recognising that to stop the escalation of our horrendous national debt interest the Government will soon be forced to make drastic expenditure cuts and/or introduce massive tax increases no matter what is said at the tax summit,

calls on the Government to issue a statement explaining to the people of Australia how it intends to solve the national debt interest crisis situation.

Senator Jessop: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate deplores the action of the Government on Tuesday, 21 May 1985, in- (a) calling a quorum on the adjournment debate;

(b) failing to keep the constitutional numbers in the Senate; and

(c) stifling the opportunity for Opposition Senators to condemn the bullying tactics of the Prime Minister with respect to the pending visit to South Africa by Australian professional cricketers.

Senator Townley: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate is appalled that there were only 3 Government Senators in the Senate, about one-eighth of a quorum, when the Senate was counted-out due to lack of numbers on the night of Tuesday, 21 May 1985.

Contingent Notice of Motion: The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) gave a Contingent Notice of Motion, as follows: To move (contingent on Senator Walsh in the course of the proceedings of the Senate, concluding any speech, statement, answer to a Question or comment)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) moving a motion of censure of Senator Walsh.