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NOTICES

Notices of Motion:

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

(a) notes the decision to hand over the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Schools Authority media services film and sound recording studio to Film Australia:

(i) without fully investigating other alternatives,

(ii) without consulting with ACT teachers who will be affected, and

(iii) without taking the needs of ACT students into consideration; and

(b) calls upon the Council of the Authority to provide the Senate with the reasons for the decision and a financial statement detailing the cost of maintaining the studio and the cost to provide the same service by Film Australia.

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

(a) notes that because of an Industrial Court decision in Queensland, some 3000 members of the Electrical Trades Union are now without representation;

(b) notes that in its judgment, the Industrial Court blamed the activity of the Queensland Government in sacking some 1100 employees of the South East Queensland Electricity Board as the basis for its decision, saying the workers then had no chance to comply with its Order to return to work; and

(c) condemns the actions of the Queensland National Party Government for its obvious failure to observe the terms of a Court Order by sacking the men before they had a chance to be re-employed.

Senator Michael Baume: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate expresses its concern at the fundamental weakness in the Australian dollar arising from-

(a) the worsening current account deficit evidenced by its 25 per cent rise to $5000m in the first 4 months of the current financial year;

(b) the rising rate of inflation which now appears certain to exceed 8.5 per cent in the 1985-86 financial year-double that of our trading partners; and

(c) the failure of the Federal Government to genuinely discount wage rises for devaluation by offsetting next year's nominal and partial discount with a tax cut, paid for mainly by business (particularly small business) and the farming community,

and calls on the Federal Government to replace its present policies of effective full wage indexation under the Accord, excessive Government spending and consequential record high interest rates, with policies that will restore Aus- tralia's international competitiveness and therefore its economic health.

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

(a) commends the independent report commissioned by the United States (US) State Department which notes that French colonialism and some American policies are the main sources of political tension and instability in the South Pacific;

(b) agrees with the response of the New Zealand Prime Minister, Mr Lange, in endorsing the report's contention that the only threat to the region is great power rivalry;

(c) in accord with the report, urges the French Government to immediately recognize the legitimate and strongly felt aspirations of the South Pacific peoples for a nuclear-free and independent Pacific;

(d) calls on the US to change its rigid aid practices, import quotas, hardline attitudes on unrestricted access to island fisheries and the increased presence of nuclear weapons in the region; and

(e) endorses the report's view that it is very much in the interests of the West to maintain continued political, economic and social stability in the South Pacific region and that this can only occur through a recognition by the US and France that such changes must take place, otherwise, the as yet unrealized ""Soviet threat'' they so much fear will eventuate.

Senator Walters: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Hawke Labor Government for presiding over the worst-ever performance of the Australian dollar on world markets.

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

(a) notes that the Federal Labor Government's proposed fringe benefits tax will cost Queensland mining companies $20m per year;

(b) condemns the Federal Labor Government for adding unwarranted costs to mining companies at a time when international mineral markets are extremely competitive and Australia's balance of payments in November 1985 is $1600m ""in the red''; and

(c) expresses concern that this tax will act to reduce the living standards of people in the isolated and de-centralised areas of Queensland.

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. 2 standing in his name for the next day of sitting, for the disallowance of the Extradition (Republic of South Africa) Regulations (Amendment).

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

Postponements:

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, 3, 4, 5 and 6 standing in his name for the next day of sitting for the disallowance of certain ordinances and an amendment to certain by-laws, be postponed till 3 sitting days after today.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Vigor, by leave, moved-That Business of the Senate, Notice of Motion No. 7 standing in his name for the next day of sitting for the disallowance of a section of an ordinance, be postponed till 3 sitting days after today.

Question-put and passed.