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Senator Reid: To move 10 sitting days after today-That paragraph 45 (g) of the Health Authority Ordinance 1985, as contained in Australian Capital Territory Ordinance No. 69 of 1985 and made under the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910, be disallowed.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Cooney): To move 9 sitting days after today-That the Navigation (Limitation of Shipowners' Liability) Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1985 No. 317 and made under the Navigation Act 1912, be disallowed.

Senator Mason: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, recognizing that Australia is now considered by most responsible authorities to be a nuclear target in time of war, is of the opinion that-

(a) the Federal Government should undertake urgent consultations with the State Governments to establish feasible, practical and cost-effective measures to protect the Australian people in our cities in the event of a nuclear attack;

(b) because enormous costs and many years would be needed to build underground shelters, emphasis at this stage should be directed towards the outer zones of our cities, where damage could be expected to be much less than in the city centres, but where facilities for evacuation and treatment of people would be needed, including the following:

(i) the holding on computer, in full-time State headquarters, of major public transport movements so that trains and buses could be taken over at any time and diverted to a planned shuttle service to evacuate the outer zones of the cities,

(ii) regional committees in planned evacuation areas to supervise the maintenance of facilities for decontamination, clothing change, and blood transfusions which would be necessary to save the lives of many of those affected by radiation sickness,

(iii) emergency billeting and food supplies in regional centres, planned as evacuation destinations, and

(iv) any other measures considered after consultation to be relevant in the circumstances; and

(c) the Government should treat this matter, and the allocation of funds to it, as urgent, in view of the fact that measures of the type proposed would save hundreds of thousands of lives which would otherwise be lost, and would avoid the appalling disorder, confusion, and destruction that would inevitably result from our present lack of any kind of effective planning in the event of nuclear war.

Senator Messner: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate notes the significant potential damage to the South Australian economy of the fringe benefits tax on motor vehicles and of high interest rates on housing and calls upon the Federal Government to state its policy and intentions in these areas, in the light of frequent press reports that the Government intends to modify the fringe benefits tax and to introduce a new package involving overseas borrowings, for housing.

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

(a) noting the Federal Government's belated admission in a leaked Cabinet document that the economy is now at a critical stage requiring severe cuts in Government spending and reductions in the rate of growth of the economy and employment;

(b) acknowledging that this admission is contrary to assurances given as recently as 4 weeks ago by both the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) and the Treasurer (Mr Keating) that ""The economy is still in very very good form'' and is ""on track'' and that growth will continue; and

(c) recognising that the Government can no longer justify its failure to implement appropriate economic measures by pretending that the economy is in good shape,

calls on the Government to introduce a mini-budget aimed at transferring the burden of economic management away from excessive reliance on high interest rates and into policies that reduce Government spending, hold down the rising labour costs that are destroying Australian business, remove discriminatory taxes that damage the small business and farming sectors and reduce both interest rates and inflation which are so much higher than those of our trading competitors.

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

(a) the Australian Medical Association (AMA) is urging its members to hold the community to ransom by stopping bulk billing;

(b) such a course, if adopted, would cost patients up to an additional $5 a week per visit to a doctor;

(c) it would add a cost of 90 cents to each individual claim processed by the Health Insurance Commission, thus placing an intolerable financial strain on Medicare; and

(d) Medicare, since its introduction, has done much to relieve the financial pressures of illness from those least capable of bearing those costs,

condemns the AMA for its proposed actions, and urges the Federal Government to take a firm stand over its latest threat of industrial blackmail.

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

(a) expresses its concern at the obvious inability of the Federal Government to properly administer and allocate Government grant schemes, namely:

(i) the Community Employment Program (CEP) Grant to the Women's Centre Inc. for the purpose of running Tilley Devine's Wine Bar in Canberra,

(ii) the CEP Grant to Jobless Action to produce ""The Housing Book'' of which 25 per cent of its contents is devoted to the illegal use of other people's property, and

(iii) the Community Housing Expansion Program Grant to the Wyuna Community for accommodation; and

(b) calls upon the Government to review its criteria for grants and tighten the administrative arrangements for the allocation of grants.

Senator Siddons: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate notes that the Federal Government is in dereliction of its duty by refusing to mount a public interest inquiry into the Bell-BHP takeover bid on 2 grounds-

(1) The Government claims that it must not intervene in normal commercial matters, but should let the market sort things out which is an untenable position in view of the fact that the Government has put $100m into the steel division since 1983, giving the taxpayer de facto equity in the company, and that BHP is the largest private employer in the country and controls the vital steel and oil industries.

(2) The Government has decided not to act on the takeover purely on the strength of undertakings given by Mr Holmes a Court as these undertakings can be broken and indeed in the past Mr Holmes a Court has broken such undertakings.

Senator Reid:

No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate notes the deplorable state of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) bus service (ACTION) and condemns the Federal Government for its inability to provide the people of the ACT with adequate public transport.

No. 2-To move 10 sitting days after today-That section 76 of the Health Authority Ordinance 1985, as contained in Australian Capital Territory Ordinance No. 69 of 1985 and made under the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910, be disallowed.