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NOTICES

Notices of Motion were given, as follows-

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney), at the request of Senator Durack-Senator Durack: To move on the next day of sitting-

(1) That the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985 be referred to a select committee, and that the committee inquire into and report upon-

(a) for the purposes of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) program, whether it is: (i) necessary, or (ii) desirable to carry out research on relevant human embryos by manipulation, dissection or administration of drugs;

(b) if it is necessary or desirable to carry out such research, whether any guidelines can be formulated to govern such research;

(c) for the purposes of the IVF program, whether it is: (i) necessary, or (ii) desirable to freeze relevant human embryos;

(d) whether it is: (i) necessary, or (ii) justified to discard relevant human embryos which do not appear to be satisfactory, and if so, whether any rules should be established to govern this procedure;

(e) whether the Bill can be amended to preserve its general prohibition of research on relevant human embryos without halting the IVF program, and if so, what amendments should be made;

(f) what sanctions, if any, should be imposed for the breach of any prohibitions contained in the Bill; and

(g) whether legislation is desirable to control research on relevant human embryos, or whether that can be achieved by self-regulation, such as under the existing National Health and Medical Research Council ethical codes.

(2) That the committee consist of 7 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;

(c) 1 to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democrats; and

(d) Senator Harradine.

(3) That provisions relating to the powers and procedures of the committee be contained in a subsequent resolution.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Education and the Arts (Senator Colston): To move on the next day of sitting-That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Education and the Arts: The education of gifted and talented children.

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

(a) supports Australia's position as a sovereign and independent nation;

(b) deplores the Government's lack of independence in stating that its policy on United States (US) nuclear warship visits to this country is determined by the operational requirements of the US Pacific Fleet; and

(c) calls upon the Government to follow the McMahon Liberal Government and the Whitlam Labor Government from 1971 to 1975, in refusing entry into Australia of nuclear-powered warships.

Senator Tate, at the request of Senator Robertson-Senator Robertson: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) condemns the illegal, dangerous and improper actions of the Northern Territory (NT) Chief Minister, Mr Tuxworth, the NT Public Service Commissioner, Dr K. Fleming, and the NT Police, in the circumstances surrounding the raiding of offices of the Northern Territory News and rifling the desk of a NT reporter in an attempt to seize a document from that reporter, especially since all such actions were taken without warrant;

(b) is concerned that such actions were motivated by purely political considerations, in that the raid was supposed to retrieve a document which clearly showed the NT Government as grossly hypocritical in that it recently supported the handover of Ayers Rock to its traditional owners, but is now conducting a cynical political campaign costing over $300 000 against such a handover; and

(c) condemns this action as being a gross and unprecedented invasion of the freedom of the press in this country.

Senator Brownhill: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, noting that youth unemployment is 3 times higher than the adult rate with 1 in 5 youths under the age of 19 looking for work-

(a) notes the criticisms of the President of the Federated Clerks' Union, Mr John Maynes, that the Federal Government's approach to youth unemployment would not solve the nation's unemployment problem; and

(b) calls on the Government to actively investigate more appropriate rates of pay for youth workers and schemes to encourage employers to take on more apprentices.

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

(a) notes with concern the fact that the Federal Government's decision to outlaw legitimate business entertainment expenses has already cost 1 000 jobs in the restaurant industry alone, and is expected to cost another 3 000 jobs in Queensland before the end of the year;

(b) notes that this action makes a mockery of the Federal Government's stated priority to reduce youth unemployment as the majority of the jobs lost are those of young and unskilled workers;

(c) condemns the Federal Government for its hostile and uncaring attitude towards the plight of the restaurant industry; and

(d) calls upon the Federal Government to abandon its total ban on entertainment expenses and allow tax deductibility for legitimate and necessary business expenses.