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NOTICES

Notices of Motion:

Senator Archer: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act relating to the payment of commercial accounts payable by the Commonwealth or by an authority of the Commonwealth.

Senator Sir John Carrick: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, noting that, following the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, the leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States have called for international safeguards for nuclear power plants-

(a) stresses the urgent need for Australia to take an active role in speedily bringing about such safeguards including:

(i) the definition and acceptance of an international code of safety for all nuclear reactor operations,

(ii) the immediate reporting of all accidents which either release or have the potential to release any additional radioactivity into the atmosphere, and

(iii) the universal acceptance and rapid adoption of effective technical inspection and public disclosure;

(b) emphasises the importance of upgrading the functions and capacities of the International Atomic Energy Agency so that it can effectively carry out safety surveillance functions as well as its present inspection role within the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty;

(c) calls for the frequent publication at international and national levels of factually accurate reports on this whole subject, which neither understate nor exaggerate the dangers and difficulties of the technology and are totally free of partisan political propaganda; and

(d) calls upon the Federal Government at the earliest possible date to present to the Parliament an authoritative paper on the nature and extent of the Chernobyl accident, the resultant morbidity, mortality and spread of radioactivity, the long-term security or otherwise of the Soviet encasement of the damaged reactor, and provide for an early, full and frank discussion within the Parliament.

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

(a) notes the re-election of Australia to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, of which Australia was a founding member, and election to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and

(b) expresses satisfaction at this endorsement of Australia's standing in those particular United Nations' forums, and in human rights activities generally.

Senator Robertson, at the request of the Chairman of the Select Committee on the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985 (Senator Tate): To move on the next day of sitting-That the time for presentation of the Report of the Select Committee on the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985 be extended to 28 August 1986.

Notices of Motion withdrawn:

Senator Colston withdrew General Business, Notice of Motion No. 189 standing in his name relating to the Queensland economy.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Cooney), in accordance with notice of intention given on 29 May 1986, withdrew Business of the Senate, Notices of Motion Nos 1 and 2 standing in his name for this day, for the disallowance of Fisheries Notices Nos 158 and 160.

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

Postponement: Senator Cooney, by leave, moved-That Business of the Senate, Notice of Motion No. 3 standing in his name for this day, for the disallowance of the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Plan No. 3, be postponed till 3 June 1986.

Question-put and passed.