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NOTICES

The Manager of Government Business (Senator Grimes): To move on the next day of sitting-That, unless otherwise ordered-

(1) The days and hours of meeting of the Senate for the remainder of the Budget Sittings be as follows:

(a) Tuesday, 25 November 1986, and Monday, 1 December 1986-

2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.;

(b) Wednesday, 26 November 1986, and Wednesday, 3 December 1986-

10 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.;

(c) Thursday, 27 November 1986, and Thursday, 4 December 1986-

10 a.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.;

(d) Friday, 28 November 1986, and Friday, 5 December 1986-

9 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-3.45 p.m.; and

(e) Tuesday, 2 December 1986-

10 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

(2) For the week commencing 24 November 1986 and on Friday, 5 December 1986, the Sessional Order relating to the Routine of Business for Week 1 apply.

(3) With the exception of Tuesday, 2 December 1986, for the week commencing 1 December 1986, the Sessional Order relating to the Routine of Business for Week 2 apply.

(4) The Order of Business for Tuesday, 2 December 1986, be as follows:

(a) Petitions;

(b) Notices of Motion;

(c) Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business;

(d) Postponement and re-arrangement of Business;

(e) Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice-versa, as set down on the Notice Paper;

(f) at 2 p.m., Questions;

(g) any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64;

(h) consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order; and

(i) further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice-versa, as set down on the Notice Paper.

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

(a) is of the opinion that Australia's modern birthplace at Kurnell should be preserved as much as possible in its natural state; and

(b) requests the Federal Government to seek discussions with the New South Wales Government to seek re-zoning of areas of Kurnell Peninsula to prevent the establishment of noxious chemical industries there.

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

(a) notes with concern the detention of 4 Australian citizens on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean after the sinking of their ship, the Southern Raider, on 9 October 1986;

(b) notes, too, the allegation of John Chadderton, the skipper from Perth, that their real offence lay in going too close to secret preparations by the French Government to establish a nuclear test site on Kerguelen Island;

(c) commends the Australian Government for its continued opposition to French nuclear tests outside metropolitan France; and

(d) calls on the Australian Government to ascertain from the French Government whether or not it is developing Kerguelen Island as a nuclear test site after destroying Moruroa Atoll over the last 20 years.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney):

No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) notes with alarm the findings of the Australian Chamber of Commerce-National Bank of Australia Survey of Business Conditions that:

(i) business investment plans are at their most pessimistic level since late 1982,

(ii) only 23 per cent of companies surveyed expect to increase capital expenditure over the next 12 months,

(iii) 41 per cent of companies surveyed expect to decrease investment over the next 12 months, and

(iv) corporate profitability declined significantly in the September 1986 quarter as higher overall costs squeezed profit margins;

(b) records the Opposition's concern that these pessimistic business investment indicators contrast sharply with Government assertions that its economic policies are creating the positive business investment environment necessary for Australia's unemployment and balance of payment problems to be overcome;

(c) condemns the Government's failure to face facts on the poor business investment outlook and its implications for the J-curve based economic development which it promotes as the eventual outcome of Government economic policies; and

(d) calls on the Government to review and revise its economic policies immediately so that renewed growth in business investment can occur on the basis of genuine optimism about Australia's domestic and international growth prospects.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the October 1986 monthly current account deficit is the worst ever recorded under the administration of any Australian government, and

(ii) the current account deficit worsened significantly over the last year, with the deficit for the first 4 months of the 1986-87 financial year being 14 per cent higher than the corresponding period 12 months ago;

(b) reminds the Government that the expectation or prediction by it of extremely adverse current account deficits in no way excuses the relevant Ministers from responsibility, or absolves them from blame, for their repeated occurrence;

(c) regards the poor business investment outlook, as revealed in the Australian Chamber of Commerce-National Bank of Australia Survey of Business Conditions, as a factor seriously undermining the credibility of Government claims that an export-led economic recovery sufficient to reduce the current account deficit is within sight; and

(d) condemns the Government for failing to take action necessary to make the Australian economy more internationally competitive, a necessary precondition for the lasting resolution of Australia's balance of payments difficulties.