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NOTICES

Notices of Motion:

Senator Durack, at the request of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney):

No. 1-To move 3 sitting days after today-That Order 111A of the Prescribed Goods (General) Orders, as contained in Prescribed Goods (General) Orders as Amended (Amendment) (being Export Control Orders No. 2 of 1986) and made under the Export Control Act 1982, be disallowed.

No. 2-To move 3 sitting days after today-That Order 100A of the Prescribed Goods (General) Orders, as contained in Prescribed Goods (General) Orders as Amended (Amendment) (being Export Control Orders No. 2 of 1986) and made under the Export Control Act 1982, be disallowed.

Senator Boswell: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904 in relation to industrial matters.

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

(a) the balance of payments current account deficit for the first 2/3 of the 1985-86 financial year totals a record $9.5 billion, equal to an annual rate of $14.4 billion;

(b) this involves a $3.7 billion or 34 per cent blowout from the Budget estimate and is $3.15 billion more than the Federal Government's revised target for the year of $11.25 billion, and represents more than 6 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) instead of the forecast 4.6 per cent;

(c) the Leader of the Government (Senator Button) admitted on 12 March 1986 that the Government has no reason for being enthusiastic about the February 1986 deficit of $1.03 billion and does not expect any dramatic turnaround in the current account problem this month, next month or the month after; and

(d) this is in conflict with statements by both the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) on 12 March 1986 that the February figures were evidence that the turnaround in the balance of payments had begun and the claim by the Treasurer (Mr Keating) on 11 March 1986 that the current account deficit would total only 5 per cent of GDP in 1985-86,

requests the Government to provide a realistic revised target for the current account deficit for 1985-86 as agreed by the Cabinet, if such agreement is possible, so that the people of Australia will have some idea of the balance of payments consequences of the Government's misdirected economic policies.

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

(a) the number of bankruptcies in Queensland in 1985 was 1145, according to a figure calculated from Bankruptcy Notices appearing in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette;

(b) this figure represents an increase of 22.1 per cent over the number of bankruptcies recorded in Queensland during 1984;

(c) in the other non-Labor State, Tasmania, there was a 20.8 per cent rise in bankruptcies during 1985;

(d) in the Northern Territory there was a massive jump in the number of bankruptcies in 1985 of 103.4 per cent; and

(e) in contrast, the overall bankruptcy figure for the 4 States with Labor Governments, and including the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) actually declined by 0.7 per cent,

condemns the non-Labor Governments of Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory for their obvious economic mismanagement as demonstrated by the bankruptcy figures, and congratulates the Labor States and the ACT for providing economic climates that have enabled individuals, sole traders and partnerships to survive and flourish.

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

(a) the President of the Miners' Federation (Mr John Maitland) has recommended to his members in New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania that all bans be lifted in the dispute which has threatened Australia's coal export trade; and

(b) this move follows an initiative by the Federal Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (Mr Willis) to convene a meeting of all parties, including the Australian Council of Trade Unions, conditional on members of the Miners' Federation lifting bans and withdrawing threats of further action,

congratulates the Minister for his initiative in arranging the talks in a move which is yet another example of the commitment of the Hawke Labor Government to a policy of harmonious industrial relations and wishes the Minister well in his efforts to resolve a difficult and potentially damaging dispute.

Intention to withdraw: The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Cooney), pursuant to Standing Order 109a, gave notice of his intention, on the next day of sitting, at giving of Notices, to withdraw Business of the Senate, Notices of Motion Nos 1 and 3 standing in his name for 8 sitting days hence, for the disallowance of the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation Orders Nos MQ 14, MQ 15 and MQ 16 of 1985 and the Commonwealth Employees (Redeployment and Retirement) Regulations (Amendment).

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