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

(a) notes that Australia's inflation rate as measured by the Consumer Price Index for the 12 months to March 1986 has risen to 9.2 per cent, of which less than 2 per cent represented the direct impact of the devaluation of the Australian dollar;

(b) expresses its concern that Australia's inflation rate is now at its worst level relative to the average of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations for a quarter of a century, being 2.4 times the OECD average of 3.8 per cent and that even if the direct impact of devaluation were excluded, our inflation rate would still be almost double that of the OECD; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to take urgent action to reduce Australia's excessive inflation rate relative to our trading competitors, by significantly cutting the present record level of Government spending in a mini-budget and thereby placing Australia's best interest ahead of its concern over internal Australian Labor Party (ALP) problems likely to emerge at the 1986 ALP National Conference.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Cooney): To move 11 sitting days after today-That Determination No. 8 of 1986, made under section 58b of the Defence Act 1903, be disallowed.

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

(a) notes with concern the news of a serious nuclear accident in the Ukraine on 28 April 1986;

(b) understands that it must be a serious accident because the radiation was monitored as far away as Scandinavia and the Soviet Government quickly acknowledged the accident which is most unusual for a Government which normally never acknowledges any kind of accident;

(c) recalls an earlier nuclear accident in the Soviet Union in 1958 at Kyshtym, in the Urals, which devastated a wide region still contaminated today and which has never been acknowledged by the Soviet Government;

(d) notes that the Soviet accident follows other serious accidents and leakages in the nuclear power program of countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Japan;

(e) believes that nuclear power programs should be phased out and replaced by serious conservation efforts and renewable energy sources along with the cleaning up of coal-fired power stations and the development of small-scale hydro-electric projects; and

(f) supports the call by safe energy groups in Australia to end Australia's involvement in the mining and export of uranium and to ""leave uranium in the ground''.

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

(a) at the beginning of April 1986, 19 key economic indicators identified by leading economists from data provided by reliable sources, notably the Australian Bureau of Statistics, showed Queensland with the worst performance in 6, the second worst in 5 and below the Australian average in no less than 14 indicators; and

(b) despite deliberate manipulation of figures by influential National Party members in an attempt to show otherwise, Queensland's performance in job creation in the 2 years from March 1984 was the worst in any State,

condemns the National Party in Queensland for its pathetic economic mismanagement which continues to drag down the rest of Australia.

Senator Cooney:

No. 1-To move 11 sitting days after today-That the Fisheries Notice entitled ""Prohibition Relating to Boats in the Northern Prawn Fishery'', as contained in Fisheries Notice No. 158 and made on 13 February 1986 under the Fisheries Act 1952, be disallowed.

No. 2-To move 11 sitting days after today-That the Fisheries Notice entitled ""Prohibition Relating to the Taking of Prawns off Northern Australia'', as contained in Fisheries Notice No. 160 and made on 17 February 1986 under the Fisheries Act 1952, be disallowed.

No. 3-To move 11 sitting days after today-That the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Plan, as contained in Plan of Management No. 3-Northern Prawn Fishery and made on 13 February 1986 under the Fisheries Act 1952, be disallowed.

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