Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document

NOTICES

Notices of Motion were given, as follows-

Senator Messner: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate notes with concern-

(a) the rise of union-sponsored superannuation schemes, like the Building Union Superannuation Scheme, which are merely vehicles used to obtain deferred wage increases outside the Prices and Income Accord rather than genuine attempts at retirement saving;

(b) the fact that such schemes are built upon a rights-based concept of welfare, with the age pension continuing to be the main source of income support rather than a safety-net for those who have been unable to practise self-provision during their working lives; and

(c) that the spread of such schemes has far-reaching implications for future taxpayers and governments as well as future recipients of age pensions,

and condemns the Hawke Government for its fiscal and moral irresponsibility in not attempting to discourage the spread of the alleged superannuation schemes.

Senator Mason: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) deplores and renounces the statements of the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, inferring that the people of East Timor are Indonesian citizens when no act of supervised self-determination has been permitted there;

(b) regards the Indonesian occupation of East Timor as an act of unjustified conquest of a neighbouring state to which Indonesia has no historic, cultural or ethnic claim; and

(c) urges the Government to promote in the United Nations and to specify in all public statements it might make, the requirement for Indonesia to permit an act of self-determination in East Timor.

Senator MacGibbon: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) calls on the Federal Government to acknowledge the precarious position of the sugar industry;

(b) notes the fact that if the sugar industry collapses, tens of thousands of Queenslanders will lose their jobs, and many small towns which rely on the industry for their survival will collapse; and

(c) acknowledges the reality that lending institutions will lose confidence in the industry unless prompt action is taken to assure the future of the industry by the State and Federal Governments.

Senator Macklin: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) notes that the proposed cutback in resources allocated to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) education system will severely disadvantage students in educational institutions in the ACT at a time when the Government claims to be concerned about increasing participation and equity in education;

(b) notes that the proposed cutbacks are not accompanied with any proposed reduction in functions required to be performed by the ACT education system;

(c) notes that the proposed cutbacks in the ACT are symptomatic of the general reduction in real funding to government schools as detailed in Budget Paper No. 1, including a reduction after allowing for inflation of 3.4 per cent in grants to the States and the Northern Territory for government schools; of 4.8 per cent in grants for joint programs; of 47 per cent for the participation and equity program; and of 58 per cent for pre-schools; and

(d) requests that the proposed cuts to education not be implemented in 1985.

Senator Jones: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, noting that the Australian Budget, handed down on 20 August 1985 by the Federal Treasurer, Mr Keating, has won widespread community support from the business community, groups responsible for the training and employment of youth, financial interests, the building industry, the trade union movement, a wide section of employer organisations, and even from the former Liberal Treasurer, Mr Howard-

(a) congratulates the Hawke Federal Australian Labor Party Government for its outstanding economic achievements since its first election to office in 1983;

(b) further congratulates the Treasurer for reducing the financial deficit to $4.9 billion; and

(c) notes with satisfaction the continuing drop in unemployment, and the ever increasing job creation rate brought about by progressive and humane policies, initiated and carried out by the Hawke Government.

Senator Vigor: To move on the next day of sitting-That, pursuant to paragraph (1) of Standing Order 36AA, a Standing Committee on Transport and Communications be appointed to operate under that Standing Order.