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NOTICES

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

(a) notes that the Federal Government is presently considering changes to the administrative arrangements for taxation assessment appeals;

(b) recognises that the Government's refusal to provide definitive information as to whether such a proposition includes the abolition of the Taxation Board of Review and replacement thereof by a new system of appeals under the control of the legalistic Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), is causing alarm and chaos amongst Australian taxpayers; and

(c) calls upon the Government to make a clear and responsible statement of intent in relation to any proposed change in the present appeals system, particularly in view of the alleged 94 000 outstanding appeals listed against taxation assessments, and the concern that any new system under the AAT will limit the rights of taxpayers to appeal against assessments.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp): To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) notes the extermination of 1.5m Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish Government during World War I constitutes one of the first instances in our century of the crime of genocide;

(b) condemns the Armenian Genocide of 1915, committed by the Ottoman Turkish Government;

(c) condemns all attempts to deny, obfuscate, or demean the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide;

(d) recognises that the failure of the world unremittingly to remember and condemn genocide and punish genocidist Governments, can only promote its repetition, just as such failure in respect of the Armenian Genocide led Adolf Hitler to cite such failure as a precedent providing encouragement of acts of genocide by the Nazis;

(e) recognises that the Armenian Genocide is being intentionally ignored by members of the international community;

(f) urges, pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Resolution, that the Government of Australia make all appropriate representations in international forums to secure the unequivocal recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide; and

(g) urges, pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Resolution, that the Government of Australia establish a memorial, at an appropriate World War I memorial in Sydney or Canberra, dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

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

(a) notes with concern the warning by the Reserve Bank of Australia in its April Bulletin that ""Australia's relative performance on inflation appears likely to worsen in the coming year'', which is an expert opinion from the Federal Government's monetary policy adviser that is totally at odds with repeated assurances from the Treasurer (Mr Keating) that Australia's inflation rate has peaked and will improve;

(b) notes that economic activity in Australia has fallen by 2.3 points, its biggest monthly drop for 3 years, in the Westpac-University of Melbourne Institute for Applied Social and Economic Research Index for February 1986;

(c) reminds the Government of repeated warnings over recent months by the Governor of the Reserve Bank and the Secretary to the Treasury of the consequences for economic growth and employment of the Government's refusal to take a stronger stand against rising Government spending and labour costs and its excessive reliance on a policy of high interest rates; and

(d) calls on the Government immediately to introduce a mini-budget to correct this disastrous situation.