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

(a) notes with alarm:

(i) the report of the Steel Industry Authority that a 680 per cent increase in industrial unrest at the Port Kembla Steelworks in the last 6 months, along with falling productivity and entrenched work practices, could jeopardise the industry's future and result in further retrenchments, and

(ii) the warning by General Motors Holden that the future of the motor vehicle industry is being jeopardised by industrial action by unions over superannuation claims, which has forced the company to stand down 2500 employees;

(b) notes that the Steel Industry Authority has sought the intervention of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and has drawn the attention of the unions concerned to their obligation to comply with established dispute settlement procedures in order to reduce industrial unrest at Port Kembla, where more than 1/2 Australia's steel is made;

(c) expresses its concern at the Federal Government's inability to gain compliance from the union movement with agreements vital to the survival of those industries that require co-operation from unions for the benefit of all Australians; and

(d) calls on the Government to take effective action to halt the damaging and irresponsible program of industrial disruption that is threatening the future of these 2 major Australian industries which operate under the protection of Government assistance plans.

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

(a) condemns the local management of Besco Batteries Pty Ltd of Villawood, Sydney, who on Friday, 17 October 1986, summarily closed that plant and sacked 500 workers with less than one hour's notice;

(b) notes that Besco Batteries is a subsidiary company of Peko-Wallsend Ltd;

(c) records the fact that another Peko-Wallsend subsidiary company, Robe River Iron Associates, engaged in similar anti-worker, anti-union and anti-Australian activities when in August 1986 it sacked 1150 workers at short notice;

(d) notes that the Chief Executive of Peko-Wallsend Ltd is one Mr Charles Copeman, who is a leading member of the H. R. Nicholls Society, a vanguard movement for the New Right;

(e) condemns the approach being taken by Mr Copeman, his advisers and Peko-Wallsend Ltd, to industrial relations, as being the worst possible option available, particularly at a time when this nation and its people should be working together to overcome the economic problems that impact on Australia at this present time;

(f) congratulates the New South Wales Premier (Mr Unsworth) on his pledge to investigate the operation of Peko-Wallsend Ltd and its subsidiary companies within New South Wales; and

(g) offers all possible assistance to the Government of New South Wales and other States if requested to ensure the damage caused by Peko-Wallsend's anti-worker, anti-union actions is minimised.

Senator Harradine: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate notes that-

(a) today, Thursday, 23 October 1986, is the 30th Anniversary of the spontaneous uprising of the Hungarian people, including students, farmers and workers, against the oppression of basic rights and freedoms by a pro-Soviet regime;

(b) tens of thousands of refugees left Hungary and a significant number were accepted as settlers in Australia where they have contributed to the Nation's progress and diversity;

(c) many others were killed or transported to the Soviet Union when the uprising was brutally suppressed by Soviet troops; and

(d) Hungary is still controlled by a pro-Soviet Communist regime which continues to deny basic rights and freedoms to its citizens.

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

(a) notes that in return for the cost and confusion associated with the introduction of fringe benefits tax and capital gains tax, the Hawke Labor Government promised genuine reductions in the level of income tax; and

(b) condemns the Labor Government for breaking its promise to provide genuine reductions in income tax and that, as a consequence, Australians will be paying increasing amounts of income tax under this Government as well as fringe benefits tax and capital gains tax.

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

(a) notes the presence of Women for Survival outside Parliament House until 25 October 1986, calling for the Federal Government to give 12 months notice to the United States for termination of the Pine Gap Agreement;

(b) notes, too, that the women are only there for 2 weeks, the same period as the Vietnamese demonstrators in 1985;

(c) recalls that there are vast areas of Australia which have been barred to almost all Australians for many years because of the presence of foreign military bases;

(d) reminds the Senate that the purpose of the protest outside Parliament House is to focus on Pine Gap;

(e) reiterates the call for the Australian Government to use the 12 month-long opportunity it now has from 19 October 1986, to give notice of termination of the Pine Gap Agreement; and

(f) calls for the involvement of the Australian people in that decision-making process.