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The Leader of the National Party of Australia in the Senate (Senator Collard): To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, noting that-

(a) the Hawke Labor Government has consistently demonstrated its lack of concern for the rural sector since its election to power in 1983;

(b) through the Government's unwillingness to formulate policies to assist the rural producers, the average family farm income estimate for the 1985-86 financial year is below the poverty line and also well below the unemployment payment available to a couple with 2 children; and

(c) the Hawke Labor Government imposts such as the tax package, including the capital gains tax and the quarantining of farm losses, have precipitated this decline in the standard of living for rural producers, although our farmers are considered some of the most efficient in the world,

calls on the Federal Government to grant relief to Australia's rural producers by:

(i) revising Government policies which are causing record high interest rates,

(ii) providing an immediate injection of an additional $100m for rural adjustment funding, and

(iii) removing Government controls that artificially inflate farm input costs, for example, fuel.

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

(a) notes that the disabled volunteers participating in the National Attendant Care Pilot Program (NACPP) receive their last carer's payment on Friday, 14 February 1986;

(b) notes that the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes) has been aware for many months that the NACPP would conclude in February 1986;

(c) condemns the Minister for Community Services for failing to decide and announce in good time whether payments for volunteers would end or continue after February, leaving the severely disabled scheme participants completely uncertain as to their position; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Community Services to announce immediately that the pilot program will be extended until a decision is made on the introduction of a National Attendant Care Program.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney): To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate calls on the Hawke Labor Government immediately to refer the coastal shipping industry to the Industries Assistance Commission for inquiry and report.

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

(a) aware that it will be poorer by the absence of Peter Rae, who until a short time ago was a Senator from Tasmania held in very high regard by most members of this Chamber; and

(b) conscious of the excellent vote that ex-Senator Rae received in the Tasmanian State elections on 8 February 1986, which was second only to that of the Premier of Tasmania,

congratulates Mr Rae and wishes him good fortune in his political career.

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

(a) notes with concern that the Federal Government's own Economic Planning and Advisory Council (EPAC) has warned the Government that the economic recovery is not sustainable without an appropriate level of business investment (which is not taking place), with much of the recent economic growth coming from fuller use of existing capacity rather than from new investment;

(b) notes EPAC's view that the stronger levels of business investment essential not only to sustain the economy but also to reduce unemployment, will not take place unless interest rates, inflation and Government spending are lower, there is full discounting in the event of further devaluation and there is increased confidence in the future of the exchange rate;

(c) considers that the Government should accept EPAC's warning and reverse those economic policies that have created record interest rates, rising inflation, record levels of Government spending, only partial wage discounting and a destabilised Australian dollar; and

(d) calls on the Government urgently to introduce a mini-budget to include corrective fiscal and labour market policies that would reduce its over-reliance on monetary policy and excessively high interest rates that are unnecessarily hurting all Australians.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney):

No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Hawke Labor Government for its inept handling of the dumping duties levied on certain imported fertilisers, including its blatant attempt to buy votes during the Western Australian election by providing a subsidy to offset the impact of the dumping duties for Western Australian farmers only.

No. 2-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns-

(a) the Hawke Labor Government's proposed fringe benefits tax on motor vehicles; and

(b) its failure to assess the impact of the tax on the car industry before announcing its introduction.

Senator Reid: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Federal Government for-

(a) not taking action to remove the illegal structure from Commonwealth land which adjoins the South African Embassy;

(b) not adhering to the Vienna Convention which as signatories Australia is obliged to do; and

(c) not taking action against the trespassers who erected the illegal structure.