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NOTICES

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

(a) take note of the Report "Empty Bed Blues' by Dr Ross McLeod, which states that Medicare has a severe negative impact on the efficiency of the Australian health industry; and

(b) calls upon the Federal Government to review its health policy as a matter of urgency with the view to providing a health care system for Australians which is accessible and cost-effective.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Haines): To move on Tuesday, 24 February 1987-

(1) That the Select Committee on Television Equalisation inquire into and report upon-

(a) current levels of media ownership and control in Australia;

(b) the effects of current levels of ownership and control on:

(i) the diversity of information and opinion available to the public, and whether the supply of information and opinion is compromised, or potentially compromised, by wider commercial interests of media owners, and whether the supply is compromised, or potentially compromised by foreign ownership of Australian media,

(ii) programming, with particular reference to overseas content and the measures needed to maintain appropriate content reflecting local community and national interests,

(iii) levels of employment in the media industry, and

(iv) cost of advertising, particularly to casual and low volume users, e.g. small business;

(c) an acceptable level of concentration of media ownership and control in the light of matters ascertained in (b) above;

(d) the measures necessary to reduce current levels of concentration of media ownership and control if these are found to be above acceptable levels;

(e) the measures necessary to maintain media ownership and control at acceptable levels, and to prevent foreign ownership and control of Australian media;

(f) the measures necessary to encourage community-based and controlled media outlets designed to provide a wide variety of information and opinion, and assess to what extent Government support should be given to alternative community-based media;

(g) direct communication media (VAEIS, cable services and satellite distribution services) and determine what, if any, controls and licensing regulations are needed; and

(h) the legislative and other measures necessary to implement the Committee's recommendations.

(2) That the Committee commence its inquiry into the matters referred to it by this Resolution upon the completion of its inquiry in relation to the Broadcasting Amendment Bill 1986 and the Television Licence Fees Amendment Bill 1986.

(3) That the Committee report on the matters referred to it by this Resolution on or before the last sitting day prior to the winter adjournment.

Senator Messner: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, condemning the Hawke Labor Government for its mismanagement of the Australian economy which has resulted in-

(a) huge rises in the cost of living, particularly in food prices which have increased by 8.6 per cent for the 12 months to December 1986;

(b) the highest interest rate regime in the Western world, in particular, home loan interest rates which are at their highest levels since the Great Depression, resulting in a drastic downturn in home ownership in Australia;

(c) huge increases in the prices of motor vehicles of approximately 40 per cent since 1983, which are a direct result of misguided Government policies, the depreciation of the Australian dollar and the introduction of the fringe benefits tax, resulting in lower sales and reduced job opportunities;

(d) falling disposable incomes for the majority of Australians caused by higher taxes as taxpayers move into the higher Keating tax brackets;

(e) lack of job growth and continuing high levels of unemployment, particularly amongst our youth, who are experiencing an unemployment rate between 21 and 23 per cent;

(f) continuing high current account deficits, averaging in excess of $1b. per month on our balance of payments caused by inappropriate cost containment policies;

(g) low levels of investment in new job creation industries such as import replacement and export industries; and

(h) rapidly increasing foreign debt, which has trebled since 1983, currently approximately $100b. and is estimated to increase by a further 50 per cent over the next 3 years unless the Government policies are changed,

calls upon the Hawke Labor Government to introduce a mini-Budget to include lower and flatter rates of income tax, significant reductions in Government expenditure, and the abolition of the fringe benefits tax, capital gains tax and the lump-sum superannuation tax.

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

(a) unanimously condemns recent public statements in which a minority Premier, from the totally undemocratic Queensland electoral system, can fraudulently claim to have a mandate from the Australian people to pursue his attack on the democratic tradition of this Parliament; and

(b) wholeheartedly rejects any attempt by the Queensland Premier to undermine the Australian democratic process merely to satisfy his personal ambition and protect the interests of his greedy supporters.

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

(a) expresses its deep concern and disgust at the continued incarceration of 3 mentally retarded Aboriginal prisoners in the Alice Springs Gaol under grossly inhumane conditions; and

(b) calls on the Government of the Northern Territory immediately to consult with the Governments of other States to make arrangements for the transfer of these prisoners to an institution where they can be properly and constructively cared for.

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

(a) notes the denial by the Soviet Embassy that there is a military base at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam, despite all evidence to the contrary;

(b) deplores their refusal to admit that they have a base there, preferring to call it a marina or transit facility;

(c) deplores the refusal of the Australian Government to admit that there are United States bases in this country, preferring to refer to them, too, as joint facilities; and

(d) calls for the closure of all foreign military bases in the Pacific region to create a truly nuclear free zone.

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

(a) views with dread the prospect of the New Parliament House remaining a ""bunker with a syringe on top'';

(b) calls upon the Federal Government to restore forthwith the funding for landscaping and irrigation, and thereby put an end to the environmental vandalism which threatens to turn the New Parliament House into a bare hill cluttered with masonry; and

(c) urges the Presiding Officers to convene a meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on the New Parliament House without delay, so that fresh consideration can be given to the importance of sustainable vegetation, trees and landscaping, achieving a harmonious and tasteful environment, as originally envisaged by the designing architects.

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

(a) notes with regret and astonishment the Federal Government's decision to adopt the Opposition's user-pays policy on higher education by introducing tertiary fees;

(b) further notes that the tertiary fee blatantly discriminates against external and part-time students and those students officially recognised as in need, that is, Austudy recipients, who will have to pay and then wait for months for reimbursement; and

(c) notes that the anomalies in the tertiary fees legislation, which are steadily unravelling, were clearly identified in 1986 and would have been eliminated if the Government had accepted the Australian Democrat amendments.

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

(a) notes the failure of the Federal Government to bring the Advisory Council for Inter-government Relations Repeal Bill 1986 on for debate;

(b) views with alarm the Prime Minister's (Mr Hawke's) unlawful direction to the Advisory Council to wind up its affairs without a proper Premiers' Conference decision to that effect;

(c) requests the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to explain why it failed to draw sub-section 4 (1A) of the Advisory Council for Inter-government Relations Act 1976 to the Prime Minister's attention before the unlawful direction in August 1986; and

(d) calls upon the Prime Minister to confine himself to what is lawfully possible in the future.

Personal Explanation: Senator Reid, by leave, made a personal explanation relating to a Notice of Motion given this day.