Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document

NOTICES

Contingent Notice of Motion: The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp): To move (contingent on the moving of a motion to debate a matter of urgency under Standing Order 64)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Chipp moving an amendment to the motion.

Notices of Motion:

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Cooney): To move 9 sitting days after today-That the Artificial Conception Ordinance 1985, as contained in Australian Capital Territory Ordinance No. 57 of 1985 and made under the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910, be disallowed.

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

Senator Kilgariff: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate take note of the Report of the Volatile Substance Fumes Select Committee, tabled on 6 December 1985.

Senator Macklin: To move 4 sitting days after today-That regulation 2 of the Overseas Students Charge Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1985 No. 352 and made under the Overseas Students Charge Act 1979, be disallowed.

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

(a) notes with concern the Federal Government's decision to withdraw Australian Federal Police (AFP) representation from Wollongong at a time when offences relating to drugs and other Commonwealth matters such as social security and sales tax fraud, illegal immigration and family law are showing no signs of diminishing, on the contrary, there have been some very significant drug-related arrests in the area recently;

(b) warns the Government that it would be directly responsible if the withdrawal of the AFP from Wollongong resulted in any serious increase in these problems in the Illawarra region;

(c) requests the Government to retain this important service in Wollongong in line with the continued operation of the AFP post in Newcastle and to grant an immediate deferment of the closure date of 14 February 1986 while it re-examines the matter at the request of all local Federal politicians of all political parties, following the belated moves of local Labor Members of Parliament (MP's) to support this protest that was initiated by Senator Michael Baume and backed by State MP and Lord Mayor of Wollongong, Frank Arkell and Federal MP for Gilmore, Mr John Sharp; and

(d) requires an undertaking from this Government that there will be no reduction whatsoever in the AFP attention to Commonwealth offences in the Illawarra region in the event that the planned closure of the Wollongong AFP Office on 14 February 1986 does proceed.

Senator Cooney: To move 9 sitting days after today-That the Health Insurance Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1985 No. 290 and made under the Health Insurance Act 1973, be disallowed.

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

Senator Kilgariff: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, acknowledging-

(a) the entitlement of the Australian people to a reduction in fuel prices, stemming from the fall in world oil prices; and

(b) in particular, the benefit to rural and outback Australia, where the price of fuel and consequent high transportation costs result in a high cost of living and increased costs for the pastoral, agricultural, fishing, mining, and tourism industries,

calls upon the Federal Government to pass on the benefits of the fall in world oil prices to the Australian motorist and Australian industry.

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

(a) notes that record high interest rates have caused nearly half the rise in the 1986 farm costs forecast by the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (BAE), that will cut average farm income by 2/3, push 1/3 of farms into loss and result in 3/4 of Australia's family farms earning less than the average weekly earnings of an employed male in a city job, despite their huge investment and increasing indebtedness which is rising towards $8000m;

(b) expresses its disappointment at the Federal Government's refusal to follow advice of November 1985 from the Secretary to the Treasury, Mr B. W. Fraser, that its reliance on high interest rate policies could not persist without damaging the economy; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to introduce a mini-budget to substantially cut Government spending, fully discount wages for devaluation, reduce its excessive reliance on high interest rates to control the economy, fully pass on the lower world oil price to consumers, particularly in rural areas, and to accept last week's public plea from the Director of its own BAE, Dr Stoeckel, for policy initiatives to alleviate the ""severe financial stress'' now confronting the rural sector.

Postponement: Senator Cooney moved-That Business of the Senate, Notice of Motion No. 1 standing in his name for this day, for the disallowance of the First Home Owners Regulations (Amendment), be postponed till 9 sitting days after today.

Question-put and passed.

Notices of Motion withdrawn: Senator Cooney, by leave, withdrew Business of the Senate, Notices of Motion Nos 2 to 4 standing in his name for this day, for the disallowance of the Defence Determinations Nos 64 and 65 of 1985, the Blood Donation (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) (Amendment) Ordinance 1985 and the Extradition (Commonwealth Countries) Regulations (Amendment).

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