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NOTICES

Notices of Motion were given, as follows-

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp): To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) censures Liberal Senator MacGibbon for his outrageous, ill-informed attack on the peace movement in Australia;

(b) disassociates itself from that Senator's stated view that the peace movement in Australia has the aim of the loss of freedom in our society, is irresponsible, dishonest, spreads nihilism and is thus some way responsible for unemployment, lack of scholastic achievement, drug taking and suicide;

(c) condemns the view that church groups and teachers' unions are agents in an ""attack on youth'' of the peace movement; and

(d) expresses its firm belief that the Parliament of Australia should not be used as a vehicle for extremist, uninformed and inflammatory views on matters of such overwhelming importance as world peace and the survival of humanity.

Senator Messner: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate notes that the Government's tax package was announced 4 weeks ago and that there is growing community concern at its impact and confusion as to its detailed provisions, especially with respect to-

(a) the capital gains tax and its destructive effect on small business;

(b) the non-deductible payroll tax on fringe benefits and its destructive effect on jobs;

(c) the disallowance of entertainment expenses and its destructive effect on jobs in the tourist and hospitality industries;

(d) the disallowance of excess expenses under so-called negative gearing arrangements and its destructive effect upon the supply of new housing for low and middle income earners; and

(e) the introduction of a foreign tax credit system and its disincentives to legitimate investment in countries in our part of the world,

and calls on the Government to urgently introduce the legislation implementing the package to allow full and proper debate by the Senate.

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

(a) expresses its concern at Australia's worsening balance of payments position, evident from the 18 per cent rise in the current account deficit for the September quarter to $3345m;

(b) requests the Treasurer, Mr Keating, to make available any advice from the Treasury on which he relied for his forecast to an Economics Society meeting on 16 October 1985, that the current account deficit would fall to 41 per cent of Gross Domestic Product by June next year and then continue the trend downwards; and

(c) regrets that the Treasurer intends to try to defend the Australian dollar, that is being weakened largely as a result of inappropriate Government fiscal policy, by maintaining a high interest rate policy that will inevitably damage economic growth.