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Contingent Notice of Motion:

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp): To move (contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on Monday, 5 May 1986)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Chipp moving a motion to give precedence over all other business to the following motion:

That the Senate notes-

(a) the implications to life and the planet of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in the Soviet Union;

(b) the possible contribution to this disaster by Australia in exporting uranium;

(c) the possibility that such a disaster could be repeated in other places around the globe;

(d) the possible eventual danger to Australia in the event of any disasters; and

(e) the need to close all uranium mines in Australia.

Notices of Motion:

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

(a) condemns the irresponsible action of the Soviet authorities for not informing neighbouring countries of the massive disaster at Chernobyl immediately it took place, thereby placing many thousands of people at risk; and

(b) calls upon the Federal Government to make an official complaint to the Soviet authorities.

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

(a) notes the warning by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (Mr R. Johnston) on 30 April 1986, that ""large current account deficits may be with us for some time'' that, as a result, ""monetary policy may be called on to play a greater role than I consider to be desirable'', and that the overall stance of economic policy would have to be tightened if the expected improvement in the current account was further delayed;

(b) recognises that this is a clear warning to the Federal Government that it is relying too much on a policy of high interest rates and that it should switch to greater emphasis on fiscal policy, particularly a large cut in Government spending, and on wages policy, clearly involving a reduction in the excessive increases in labour costs under the Government's Accord with the Australian Council of Trade Unions; and

(c) calls on the Government to act on these warnings by the Governor of the Reserve Bank about the inappropriate nature of the Government's present economic policies, by introducing a mini-budget immediately aimed at cutting Government spending, reducing the disastrous and record level of inflation relative to our trading partners and reducing the excessive level of interest rates that result from its over-reliance on monetary policy and its refusal to take serious steps to hold down Government spending and labour costs.