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Senator Boswell:

No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, noting that 6 June is Queensland Day, the day celebrating the proclamation of statehood in 1859-

(a) congratulates the Queensland people and the Queensland Government on the outstanding contribution that Queensland has made to Australia's prosperity and well-being;

(b) notes that with 16 per cent of the population, Queensland earns 23 per cent of the export earnings of Australia;

(c) notes that in housing, Queensland has produced 20 per cent of the total number of dwelling units in the country; and

(d) notes that in commercial buildings, Queensland produced 20.2 per cent of the value of all non-residential buildings and created 72 000 jobs, or 20 per cent of all jobs in Australia, in the 12 months ended 18 April 1986,

wishes continued prosperity and wealth to all Queenslanders.

No. 2-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) acknowledges the valuable contribution the former Leader of the Country Party, the Rt Hon. Sir John McEwen made to the prosperity and well-being of this nation;

(b) recognises that the policies that were laid down at the time that the Rt Hon. Sir John McEwen was Deputy-Leader of this nation led to:

(i) Australia having the third highest standard of living in the world which has now slipped to twenty-first place due to the incompetency of this Federal Government,

(ii) Australia having a negative unemployment rate compared with today's unemployment rate of around 9 per cent due to this Government's high interest rate policies, and

(iii) Australia having a low home interest rate of 5 to 6 per cent compared with the current high home loan interest rates of 15 per cent and general rates of interest at 20 per cent;

(c) calls on the Federal Government and the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (Senator Button), in particular, to recognise their own incompetence in having mismanaged the Australian economy and to cease placing the blame on the former Leader of the Country Party for Australia's economic recession; and

(d) condemns Senator Button for having challenged Senator Boswell on 5 June 1986 to defend the policies of the Rt Hon. Sir John McEwen, then refusing him leave to make a statement responding to that challenge.