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NOTICES

Postponement: The Leader of the Government (Senator Button) moved-That Government Business, Notice of Motion No. 1 standing in his name for this day, relating to the Registration and Declaration of Senators' Interests, be postponed till 5 sitting days after today.

Question-put and passed.

Notices of Motion:

Senator Puplick, on behalf of all Opposition Senators: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, noting that-

(a) 13 August 1986 marked the 25th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, and that since that date the City of Berlin has remained divided; and

(b) the building of the Berlin Wall is the clearest public manifestation of both the failure and the hopelessness of the communist political system and the most dramatic admission that communism and personal liberty and freedom are mutually incompatible,

records its sorrow in relation to the 74 persons who have been murdered by the East German regime for their attempts to cross the wall seeking their freedom and expresses its earnest hope that this monstrous expression of inhumanity will soon be destroyed.

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 25 September 1986.

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

(a) commends the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) for the refreshingly innovative way in which it has used its resources to ""bring the world back home'', and has allowed all Australians to sample the multicultural diversity of their own nation;

(b) applauds both the decentralised approach to program contracting fostered by the SBS and the willingness of the SBS to make community access ""windows'' available;

(c) commends specially the SBS for the 2EA and 3EA radio programs which serve ethnic communities in Melbourne and Sydney, and the excellent coverage of world news and current affairs by SBS television at such a low cost;

(d) deplores the action of the Federal Government in allowing speculation to mount about the future independence of the SBS; and

(e) calls upon the Minister for Communications (Mr Duffy) to announce forthwith that the SBS will be allowed to expand across Australia without any incursion whatsoever on its management style, its programming policies or its Board's independence, and without further threat to its identity during the lifetime of this Parliament.

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

(a) notes that section 160zl of the Income Tax Assessment Act applies where:

(i) there is a return of capital on shares or a payment in respect of shares of any amount that is not a dividend for the purposes of Part 111a of the Act, and

(ii) the shareholder is deemed to have disposed of the shares and then to have immediately re-acquired them;

(b) notes that the object of the section is to ensure that a shareholder is not entitled to indexation on the original cost of the shares in the above circumstances thus cheating taxpayers of the Hawke Labor Government's proclaimed benefit of inflation adjustment; and

(c) calls upon the Government to amend the legislation to give proper effect to shareholders' rights.

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

(a) regrets that the Hawke Government deliberately ignored repeated warnings from the Federal Opposition since the 1985-86 Budget that the Government's policies would inevitably lead to an economic crisis, as is evidenced by the 30 Notices of Motion listed since September 1985 by Senator Michael Baume requesting the Government to reverse its big spending inflationary economic policies and excessive reliance on high interest rates that have been destroying our economy;

(b) rejects the Government's claim that the present crisis is due to an unexpected fall in Australia's terms of trade that has suddenly reversed what the Government described only 3 months ago as a buoyant economy that was ""on track'', and reminds the Government of the Treasury's warning in the 1985-86 Budget papers that there would be a ""marked deterioration in Australia's terms of trade'' which would require the Government to impose strong restraint to wage costs, government spending and inflation, all of which it deliberately refused to do; and

(c) condemns the Government for its attempts to mislead the Australian people by seeking to blame the terms of trade rather than its own disastrous actions that have worsened an economic problem into a deep economic crisis, the responsibility for which totally lies with the Hawke Government.

Senator Macklin: To move 15 sitting days after today-That the Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans' pensions, made under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 and presented to the Senate on 2 June 1986, be disallowed.

Senator Vigor: To move 10 sitting days after today-That the House of Assembly (Election) Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Australian Capital Territory Regulations 1986 No. 10 and made under the House of Assembly Ordinance 1936, be disallowed.

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

(a) the language used in section 160zzs of the Income Tax Assessment Act has been the subject of considerable public concern; and

(b) notwithstanding the undertaking of the First Assistant Commissioner of Taxation (Mr Nolan) that the section would be administered in a reasonable way, the law remains unclear and, as such, represents bad law,

calls upon the Hawke Labor Government to amend the legislation to remove uncertainty that any change in the membership of companies or unit trusts of more than 50 per cent would render the assets held by those entities subject to capital gains tax.

Contingent Notices of Motion:

Senator Haines:

No. 1-To move (contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on any day)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Haines) moving a motion relating to the order of business on the Notice Paper.

No. 2-To move (contingent on any Bill originating in the Senate having been read a first time)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

No. 3-To move (contingent on any Bill being reported from a Committee of the Whole)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

No. 4-To move (contingent on the Senate proceeding to the consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order)-That so much of the Sessional Order relating to the consideration of Government Papers be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Haines) moving a motion relating to the order in which the papers are called on by the President.

No. 5-To move (contingent on Senator Walsh, in the course of the proceedings of the Senate, concluding any speech, statement, answer to a Question or comment)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Haines) moving a motion of censure of Senator Walsh.

No. 6-To move (contingent on Senator Walsh, in the course of the proceedings of the Senate, concluding any speech, statement, answer to a Question or comment)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Haines) moving a motion that Senator Walsh be censured by the Senate and suspended from the sitting of the Senate for a period of 24 hours.

No. 7-To move (contingent on the moving of a motion to debate a matter of urgency under Standing Order 64 and the expiration of the time provided for discussion of the motion)-That so much of the Standing and Sessional Orders be suspended as would prevent the Question on the matter of urgency being put forthwith.

No. 8-To move (contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on the next day of sitting)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Haines) moving a motion to give precedence over other business to the order of the day relating to the Government's response to the report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence on Defence Co-operation.

No. 9-To move (contingent on the moving of a motion to debate a matter of urgency under Standing Order 64)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Haines) moving an amendment to the motion.