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NOTICES

Notices of Motion:

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Cooney): To move 9 sitting days after today-That the Superannuation (Salary) Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1985 No. 326 and made under the Superannuation Act 1976, be disallowed.

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

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

(a) condemns the Federal Government for its blatant neglect of students wishing to attend tertiary institutions in Queensland;

(b) notes that the increase in places at tertiary institutions over the current triennium in Queensland is nothing more than window dressing;

(c) notes that the students of Queensland are disadvantaged and deprived, as the availability of places is such that they suffer the lowest participation rate of any State or Territory in Australia; and

(d) deplores the great loss, both in personal and national terms, of the denial of tertiary education opportunities for thousands of qualified and able young Queenslanders.

Senator Siddons: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, recognising that this and previous Governments have ignored their own foreign investment laws in regard to the company Industrial Equity Limited (IEL)-

(a) notes that IEL claims that its New Zealand parent company controls only 14.6 per cent of voting rights, but that in reality the company controls a far greater proportion than this;

(b) notes that the Federal Government, through the Foreign Investment Review Board and the Attorney-General's Department knows about the situation, but the Treasurer (Mr Keating) refuses to act, despite the fact that IEL is attempting to take over the Sydney gas utility Australian Gas Light Company Limited; and

(c) considers this is yet another indictment of the present Government in its refusal to shoulder its responsibility to protect the public interest regarding takeovers.

Senator Reynolds: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate calls upon the Queensland Government to-

(a) apologise to the Australian Pensioners' League for locking an elderly pensioner delegation out of the Queensland Parliament and refusing to allow these pensioners to meet the Minister responsible for granting electricity rebates; and

(b) bring pensioner benefits into line with other Australian States, so that senior citizens are able to enjoy the full concessions provided by more caring Governments.

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

(a) condemns the Federal Labor Government's litany of broken promises in its treatment of Australia's Aboriginal people, especially in its pathetic backdown over implementing a national Aboriginal land rights policy;

(b) condemns this visionless Government's failure to implement such a land rights policy, in accord with its 1983 electoral promise and its endorsed policy platform;

(c) regards this cave-in to powerful vested interests, such as the mining industry, and to reactionary State Governments, especially in Western Australia and Queensland, as yet another ""nail in the coffin'' of a supposedly reformist Government;

(d) suggests that this backdown, as well as those over uranium mining, East Timor, woodchipping and saving the Daintree rainforest, illustrate that the Labor Government has lost its claim to moral leadership and concern for the principles of peace, justice and environmental preservation;

(e) urges those members of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) who still cherish the Party's reformist principles to unite at the forthcoming ALP National Conference in an attempt to reverse this trend towards political expediency;

(f) calls on the Government to give an undertaking that it will immediately counter any propaganda campaign in the media by the mining industry or other powerful vested interests, who are doing so much to promote the community backlash against the legitimate rights of the Aboriginal people;

(g) demands that the Labor Government, as a matter of the highest priority, implement a vigorous educational campaign to foster an awareness among Australians as to the plight of Aboriginal people and their deep spiritual ties to the land; and

(h) reminds the Government and people of Australia that there can be no peace without justice and that unless the Aboriginal people can obtain justice, European Australians will suffer the consequences of Aboriginal oppression.

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

(a) the price of oil is falling even further with $US8 per barrel now suggested as a possibility;

(b) this must mean the cessation of Australian oil exports which in 1985 made up the bulk of Australia's $2.4 billion total exports of oil, liquid petroleum gas and distillate;

(c) Federal Government taxes and other revenues relating to oil exports take approximately 80 per cent of the proceeds of export sales; and

(d) as a result, the Government faces a serious revenue drop amounting to as much as $2 billion a year if oil prices remain seriously depressed,

calls on the Government to reveal its proposals for countering this severe revenue loss which threatens to blow the Government's forward deficit for the 1986-87 finanical year from its present $6.4 billion to over $8 billion.

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

(a) the latest figures for working days lost in Australia because of industrial disputes, released yesterday by the Commonwealth Bureau of Statistics, reveal that Queensland headed the list with almost twice the average of the 6 States;

(b) in the 12 months to November 1985, Queensland lost 427 days per 1000 workers, followed by Victoria with 247, New South Wales with 214, Western Australia with 198, Tasmania with 149 and South Australia with 54;

(c) the Queensland figure represents an increase of 48 per cent in working days lost over the previous 12 monthly period; and

(d) the Australian average of days lost in the 12 months to November 1985 per 1000 workers was only 237, despite being pushed upwards by the appalling result in Queensland,

condemns the Bjelke-Petersen National Party Government in Queensland for its policies of confrontation that are ruining the spirit and the letter of industrial relations in that State, and playing a significant role in dragging down the economic effort of Australia in general.

Senator Archer: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Hawke Labor Government for-

(a) plunging the housing of Australian families into the worst position in 50 years by doctrinaire and unbalanced policies;

(b) creating and maintaining a high interest, high tax economy that makes home ownership an unattainable goal for many young Australian families;

(c) presiding over and causing a rapid decline in the availability of rental housing, causing extreme hardship to low income families in particular;

(d) creating uncertainty by not releasing after 6 months, details concerning the taxation policy on investment property; and

(e) destabilising the finance market by artificial and sectoral constraints which will have long-term detrimental effects on home ownership funding.

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, at a later hour of the day, to withdraw 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).

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

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 a later hour of the day.

Question-put and passed.