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Notices of Motion


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

(a) notes the Federal Government's recent public commitment to eliminating spinal injuries caused in all football codes;

(b) notes the excellent work being done in that area by the Spine Care Foundation of Sydney; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to reconsider its refusal to provide funds to the Spine Care Foundation to establish a central register of all spinal injuries caused through football accidents.

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

(a) notes that the Federal Government has developed a new and improper practice of introducing major changes in policy through legislation which is operative from the date of announcement but not presented to the Parliament for consideration until many months or even years later, a breach of previous practice that limited such procedure to the closing of loopholes in existing tax legislation that involved no policy changes or to specific Customs Act changes;

(b) regrets that this practice imposes an unfair and unreasonable burden on citizens whose actions are affected for many months by laws which do not yet exist, whose terms are not yet specified and whose operation is uncertain, and which may be amended or defeated by the Parliament when ultimately presented to it, or which may be (and indeed have been) considerably changed by the time they come before the Parliament from the broad outline in the original announcement; and

(c) condemns the Government for this improper practice (evident in the present capital gains tax and negative gearing proposals which operate from 20 September 1985, but which will not be introduced until next February or March) which represents a subverting of the rights and obligations of the Senate and constitutes an authoritarian and unacceptable form of government by decree.

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

(a) aware of the growing disquiet amongst both the financial community and the general community about the degree of indebtedness of Australia;

(b) recognising that Australia's indebtedness is growing at an incredible rate; and

(c) certain that unless the pattern is reversed that the living standard of all Australians will continue to fall,

calls upon the Hawke Socialist Government to develop and announce to the people of Australia a financial master plan to reverse the trend, including reduction of Government spending as quickly as is practicable, and the shelving of all unnecessary new Government plans that involve additional expenditure for the period of the years it will take to save this country from financial ruin.

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

(a) endorses the concept of an International Year of Peace (IYP) in promoting the values of peace, disarmament and conflict resolution through community education and commends the Government in promoting these and for the setting up of IYP committees in each State and Territory;

(b) expresses its concern at the situation where only $185 000 is being allocated to community-based IYP groups, out of a total Government budget of $3m;

(c) voices its concern that much of this remaining $3m will be used for public relations exercises by the Department of Foreign Affairs to promote the Labor Government's views on disarmament; and

(d) suggests that a thorough review of IYP funding priorities be undertaken with a view to giving community groups a greater proportion of the funds allocated for IYP activities.

Postponements: The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Cooney) moved-That Business of the Senate, Notices of Motion Nos 1 and 2 standing in his name for this day, for the disallowance of the Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance (No. 3) 1985 and the Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance (No. 4) 1985, be postponed till 2 sitting days after today.

Question-put and passed.