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NOTICES

Intention to withdraw: Senator Vigor, pursuant to Standing Order 109a, gave notice of his intention, 3 sitting days after today, at giving of Notices, to withdraw Business of the Senate, Notice of Motion No. 2 standing in his name for this day, for the disallowance of sections 54 and 59 of the Health Authority Ordinance 1985.

Postponement: Senator Vigor, by leave, moved-That Business of the Senate, Notice of Motion No. 2 standing in his name for this day, for the disallowance of sections 54 and 59 of the Health Authority Ordinance 1985, be postponed till 3 sitting days after today.

Question-put and passed.

Notices of Motion:

Senator Macklin: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to provide for the election of members of the House of Representatives by proportional representation and for related purposes.

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

(a) notes the division within Australian Labor Party ranks illustrated by the criticism by the Federal Labor President (Mr Wran), together with State Labor Ministers, of the Federal Labor Government's action on housing interest rates;

(b) notes the report that the Minister for Housing and Construction (Mr West) abstained from voting on the issue in Caucus;

(c) notes the criticism by the Minister for Social Security (Mr Howe) of the Government's economic policies and direction; and

(d) calls on the Government to change its economic policies because of the damage these proposed new taxes and high interest rates are causing to Australian families.

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

(a) notes that, according to evidence given to a Senate Estimates Committee hearing, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has suffered a $12.8m loss in the 1985-86 financial year (of which $8m relates to imported television programs), because of the substantial fall in the value of the Australian dollar;

(b) notes that this loss followed the refusal by the Department of Finance of the ABC's strong requests of May 1985 (following an initial request in late 1984) to allow it to take forward foreign exchange cover, until the Department eventually agreed in January 1986 by which time this huge loss had taken place and since when the ABC has suffered no further foreign exchange losses;

(c) regrets that the action of Senator Walsh's Department of Finance prevented the ABC from adopting the proper commercial practice which it is required to follow, resulting in such a large loss of taxpayers' money; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Finance to instruct his Department to cease such costly and damaging practices.