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The Manager of Government Business (Senator Grimes): To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, unless otherwise ordered, at its rising on Friday, 14 March 1986, adjourn till Tuesday, 18 March 1986 at 2 p.m.

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

(a) notes that the Treasurer (Mr Keating) told the Australian people on 3 February 1986 that:

(i) ""the economy is still in very very good form'',

(ii) ""the policy settings are right'',

(iii) ""things are very much on track'',

(iv) ""the portents for continuing prosperity of the economy are good'';

(b) notes that the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) said on 13 February 1986 ""the economic fundamentals of policy making in this country are right and will continue to deliver the economic and employment growth that has put Australia so far ahead of anywhere else in the rest of the world'';

(c) notes that on 5 March 1986, barely one month after these assertions (the same day the Federal Government began advertising its claimed achievements on growth and employment) a leaked submission by the Treasurer was reported to have advised Cabinet that the economy was now at such a ""critical stage'' that there is no option but to make significant cuts in Government spending and to reduce the rate of economic growth and employment growth;

(d) asks the Government to make a full and proper report to the Parliament on the major changes in economic policy involved in its belated reversal of its ""growth at any price'' approach as evidenced in published extracts from the leaked Cabinet submission;

(e) requires the Government to confirm or deny that the Government now believes, as the leaked document states, that:

(i) unless Government spending is cut by $1.4 billion, the deficit for the 1986-87 financial year will rise to $6.4 billion,

(ii) this financial year's deficit will be $200m over budget at $5.1 billion despite a $1.1 billion rise in tax collections (and implying a similar rise in spending),

(iii) economic growth will fall in 1986-87 to between 3 per cent and 4 per cent, giving little prospect of further cuts in unemployment,

(iv) reducing the balance of payments deficit will be ""difficult and protracted'', and

(v) it will be ""difficult to obtain further restraint in wages''; and

(f) expresses its concern that many Australians have been misled by false Government assurances into taking decisions which may now cause them financial distress.

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

(a) condemns the Hawke Government and the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Kerin) for failing to protect National Estate areas of Tasmania, including Farmhouse Creek and the Lemonthyme, from the depredations of the Gray Government, the Tasmanian Forestry Commission and the logging industry;

(b) notes with concern that such failure to protect the National Estate has forced citizens to defend the areas personally, in the face of physical assault by company thugs while Tasmanian police looked on;

(c) urges the Hawke Government immediately to send Australian Federal Police to National Estate areas to protect the civil rights of Australian citizens in the face of increasing provocation and the encouragement of violence by the Gray Government; and

(d) urges the Hawke Government to ban all woodchipping and logging in National Estate areas of Tasmania.

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

(a) Queensland was the only Australian State where the number of people receiving unemployment benefits rose in the 12 months to the end of January 1986, according to the records of the Commonwealth Department of Social Security;

(b) in the 12 months to the end of January 1986 the number of recipients of the benefits rose from 112 068 to 113 531, an increase of 1.3 per cent;

(c) in every other State the number of recipients fell, by 10.2 per cent in Victoria, 7.2 per cent in Western Australia, 6.2 per cent in Tasmania, 5.5 per cent in South Australia and 2.9 per cent in New South Wales; and

(d) the national average, although distorted by the appalling result in Queensland, nevertheless fell by 4.2 per cent,

condemns the Queensland Government for this performance and for its overall efforts in the economic field which are clearly retarding the efforts of Australia as a whole.

Senator Siddons: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Federal Government in its dereliction of responsibility to the Australian people in allowing, without a public inquiry-

(a) a company controlled by one man, namely Mr Robert Holmes a Court, to bid for control of Australia's largest remaining Australian-owned company;

(b) this company to borrow $2000m off-shore without investigating the sources of these funds; and

(c) the interest charge on this off-shore borrowing to be written off against the profits of a variety of companies.

Senator Reynolds: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Queensland Government's plan to revoke the National Park status of Lindeman Island and urges the State Government to meet its responsibilities for this World Heritage area as set down by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act.