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NOTICES: Postponement

:The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Coates), by leave, moved-That Business of the Senate, Notices of Motion Nos 1 and 2 standing in his name for the next day of sitting, for the disallowance of the Credit Ordinance 1985 and the disallowance of certain words in the Supervision of Offenders (Community Service Orders) Ordinance 1985, be postponed till Thursday, 30 May 1985.

Question-put and passed.

Intention to withdraw: The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Coates), pursuant to Standing Order 109A, gave notice of his intention, on the next day of sitting at giving of Notices, to withdraw Business of the Senate, Notice of Motion No. 3 standing in his name for the next day of sitting, for the disallowance of certain words in the Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance 1985.

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

Notices of Motion: Notices of Motion were given, as follows- The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp), by leave, gave 6 Notices together: No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to prohibit the passage of aircraft carrying nuclear weapons through Australian airspace.

No. 2-To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to prohibit the passage of nuclear-powered ships through Australian waters.

No. 3-To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to prohibit the passage of ships carrying nuclear weapons through Australian waters.

No. 4-To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to prohibit the manufacture of nuclear weapons in, and the introduction of nuclear weapons into, Australia.

No. 5-To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to prohibit the importation of nuclear hardware, and for purposes connected therewith.

No. 6-To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to prohibit the exportation of nuclear materials, and for purposes connected therewith.

Senator Short: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Australian Parliament- (a) congratulates Mr Jon I. Royce on his election as the first Australian World President of the International Public Relations Association;

(b) wishes Mr Royce success as Chairman of the 10th Triennial World Public Relations Congress to be held in Amsterdam from 3 to 7 June 1985; and

(c) extends a warm invitation to delegates from around the world to visit Australia for the 11th World Congress to be held in Melbourne in April 1988, as an endorsed Australian Bicentennial event, the first time such a congress has been held in Australia.

Senator Townley: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) recognising that this country is already one of the most indebted in the world, with liabilities per head in excess of Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Poland and Brazil;

(b) conscious that the percentage of the budget that will have to be set aside for interest on our national debt in coming years is predicted to rise from 8.8 per cent this financial year to, conservatively, 9.5 per cent next financial year, 10.2 per cent in 1986-87 and 10.7 per cent in 1987-88;

(c) being aware that our public debt interest will next year exceed our expenditure on each of health, education and, for the first time, defence; and

(d) taking into account the fact that if our export levels are not maintained the living standards of all Australians will decline further, calls on the Hawke Socialist Government to recognise the damage it is doing to this country and to take immediate action to reduce Government spending and reduce Government borrowing.

Contingent Notices of Motion: Contingent Notices of Motion were given, as follows- The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney): 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 Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moving a motion that Senator Walsh be censured by the Senate and suspended from the sitting of the Senate for a period of 24 hours.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp): 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 that Senator Walsh be censured by the Senate and suspended from the sitting of the Senate for a period of 24 hours.