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

(a) notes that the Federal Government has now admitted that the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is unable economically to meet the fleet training needs of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and that RAAF Mirage and Macchi jets (which have used up to half their operational time in transit) are to be replaced in operations to train and test the RAN's Air Defence Systems by civilian operated aircraft, which already provide extensive target-towing services at the cost of $2m a year;

(b) regrets that the Government's irresponsible and damaging decision to wipe out the fixed-wing element of the Fleet Air Arm and sell its A4 jet aircraft to New Zealand has left the RAN so inadequately serviced that it is now being forced to rely on civilians trying to perform ""attacking'' roles as ""enemy aircraft'' at considerable cost; and

(c) condemns the Labor Government's destruction of the fixed-wing element of the Fleet Air Arm that has resulted not only in seriously damaging our defence capability, but is now also causing the diversion of defence dollars to non-professional, non-defence-orientated civilians instead of being spent on maintaining and developing what only 3 years ago was a highly skilled, well equipped, very professional and very highly regarded group of experienced naval airmen totally committed to the defence of their nation, before the Hawke Government got rid of them.

Senator Kilgariff:

No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That leave of absence be granted to Senator Alston for the period from 12 November 1986 to 5 December 1986, inclusive, on account of absence overseas on Parliamentary business.

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

(a) in view of the controversy over the Federal Government's decision to seek World Heritage listing for Stage 2 of Kakadu National Park, and having specific regard for the views expressed by eminent conservationists, Mr Harry Butler and the former head of Britain's Monkswood Conservation Research Station, Professor Kenneth Mellamby, that 75 per cent of Stage 2 is not worth listing;

(b) recognising that under Article 10 (2) of the World Heritage Convention interested parties may be invited to participate in meetings of the World Heritage Commission; and

(c) expressing its unequivocal support for the Northern Territory Government's right to express its views to the Commission on the World Heritage listing of Stage 2 of Kakadu National Park,

calls upon the Federal Government to support the Northern Territory Government's attempt to make representations to the World Heritage Commission.

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

(a) notes the non-violent protest of the Greenpeace yacht Vega in attempting to hold up the loading of uranium in Darwin on 9 November 1986;

(b) notes, also, the threat of the skipper of the British container ship Forthbank to crush the yacht if it obstructed his ship's docking;

(c) expresses its concern that the uranium's destination is vaguely stated to be Canada and the United States (US) and then possibly other countries after processing;

(d) views with apprehension the report of the Nuclear Control Institute in Washington, DC, which has pointed to a growing trend of nations other than the US and the Soviet Union to expand their nuclear arsenals in recent years, including Britain, France, Israel and India, with Pakistan and South Africa suspected; and

(e) calls on the Federal Government to implement the only real nuclear safeguards by leaving all uranium in the ground and investing capital in socially useful forms of employment.