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The Manager of Government Business: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate authorise the broadcasting and re-broadcasting by Australian radio and television stations of sound recordings of excerpts of its proceedings during 1987, subject to the conditions determined for the purpose by the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings.

Senator Lewis: To move on the next day of sitting-

(1) That a select committee be set up to consider the Broadcasting Amendment Bill 1986 and the Television Licence Fees Amendment Bill 1986 and that the Committee be known as the Select Committee on Television Equalisation.

(2) That the Committee consist of 8 Senators, as follows:

(a) 4 to be nominated by the Leader of the Government;

(b) 3 to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; and

(c) one to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democrats.

(3) That the Committee proceed to the despatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) That the Committee elect as Chairman one of the members nominated by the Leader of the Government.

(5) That the Chairman of the Committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the Committee to be the Deputy-Chairman of the Committee, and that the member so appointed act as Chairman of the Committee at any time when there is no Chairman or the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee.

(6) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy-Chairman when acting as Chairman, have a casting vote.

(7) That the quorum of the Committee be 4 members.

(8) That the Committee and any sub-committee have power to send for and examine persons, papers and records, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(9) That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such sub-committee any of the matters which the Committee is empowered to consider, and that the quorum of a sub-committee be a majority of the Senators appointed to the sub-committee.

(10) That the Committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the Committee with the approval of the President.

(11) That the Committee may appoint counsel to assist it, on terms and conditions approved by the President.

(12) That the Committee may authorise the examination of witnesses before it by counsel subject to rules determined by the Committee.

(13) That the Committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

(14) That the Committee report to the Senate by 28 February 1987.

(15) That, if the Senate be not sitting when the Committee has completed its Report, the Committee may provide the Report to the President, or, if the President is unable to act, to the Deputy-President, and, in that event-

(a) the report shall be deemed to have been presented to the Senate;

(b) the publication of the Report is authorized by this Resolution;

(c) the President or the Deputy-President, as the case may be, may give directions for the printing and circulation of the Report; and

(d) the President or the Deputy-President, as the case may be, shall lay the Report upon the Table at the next sitting of the Senate.

(16) That the foregoing provisions of this Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

Senator Vigor: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to establish an authority to undertake reinsurance business, and for purposes connected therewith.

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

(a) notes that-

(i) on 1 August 1975 the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe was signed at Helsinki, Finland, by 33 European States, together with Canada and the United States,

(ii) the signatories committed themselves under Principle VII to ""respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief, for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion'',

(iii) the signing of the Final Act raised the expectations of the peoples of the Soviet Union for greater observance by the Soviet Union of human rights, gave rise to the formation of the Moscow, Lithuanian, Georgian, Armenian and Ukrainian citizens' monitoring groups to inform the peoples of the Soviet Union and the world about the Soviet Government's compliance with the Final Act,

(iv) 9 November 1986 marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the largest such citizens' group, the Ukrainian Public Group to Promote the Implementation of the Helsinki Accords,

(v) 3 members of the Ukrainian Group, Oleksiy Tykhy, Yuriy Lytvyn and Vasyl Stus, died after years of inhuman treatment in Soviet labour camps while a fourth, Mykhaylo Melnyk, committed suicide as a result of continuous KGB persecution, and

(vi) 9 members of the Ukrainian Group are still imprisoned, 6 are in internal exile in remote parts of the Soviet Union, while 14 have been released from prison and are living in the Ukraine and 7 have been forced to emigrate to the West after serving prison terms;

(b) acknowledges the concern felt by members of the Australian community over the continued harassment of the Ukrainian Public Group to Promote the Implementation of the Helsinki Accords;

(c) seeks assurances from the Government of the Soviet Union that members of the Ukrainian and other public Helsinki Monitoring Groups be released from their incarceration and allowed to emigrate to the countries of their choice;

(d) seeks to convey to the Government of the Soviet Union its belief that such humanitarian acts and the demonstration that its citizens have freedom of expression will serve to reduce tensions between East and West in the International Year of Peace and help to erase doubts about Soviet commitments to their international obligations;

(e) calls upon the Soviet Union to allow Ukrainian Helsinki Monitors, Yuriy Shukhevych and Oksana Meshko, together with their families, to emigrate to Australia, where they have family members willing to sponsor them, as an immediate demonstration of its goodwill; and

(f) requests the President of the Senate to bring this Resolution to the attention of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

Senator Macklin: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act relating to the admissibility of confessions made by Aborigines and Islanders and to related matters.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Cooney): To move 5 sitting days after today-That Public Service Board Determination No. 81 of 1986, made on 23 October 1986 under section 82d of the Public Service Act 1922, be disallowed.

Senator Cooney, by leave, made a statement relating thereto.