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Notice given 19 September 2001

1042  Senator Tierney: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the disgraceful behaviour of unions during a rally concerning Ansett at Parliament House, where the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business (Mr Abbott) and other government members and senators were not given a chance to talk with Ansett employees who are concerned about entitlements and future employment;

(b) further notes that government members and senators attended the rally with the intent to show support for workers and transport routes that have been affected by the demise of Ansett, particularly in rural and regional areas;

(c) welcomes the efforts by staff at Aeropelican in the Hunter Valley, who want the local air service to continue and who are currently devising a plan to maintain that service in the future; and

(d) calls on unions, which claim to represent workers, to support Aeropelican’s efforts, instead of trying to make the issue a political one and sabotaging attempts to find solutions to the transport and worker entitlement problems at hand.

1043  Senator Tierney: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the release of photographs by Newcastle police showing people involved in the attacks of 13 July 2001 on a Commonwealth vehicle directed towards the Minister for Defence (Mr Reith) and the union’s failure to identify those involved;

(b) condemns the violence by union members during the ministerial visit, when business leaders and local companies were showcasing the Hunter’s potential for defence investment; and

(c) calls on those people involved in the violent demonstration to come forward to police and for unions to cooperate in the identification of anyone who caused damaged to the Commonwealth vehicle.

1044  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Victorian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approval has been given to AES Golden Plains to build a peak-load power station at Stonehaven, 8km from Geelong, Victoria,

(ii) under Victorian EPA pollution controls, this old technology power station will potentially increase existing nitrous oxide levels over the Geelong region by 50 per cent when operating at full capacity, and

(iii) 20 per cent of summertime respiratory-related hospital visits in the north eastern United States are associated with ozone pollution;

(b) encourages the local community and the Batesford and Geelong Action Group to continue their efforts to pursue a better outcome for the people of the Geelong region; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to work with the states to, as a matter of urgency, develop nationally consistent, world’s best practice, energy efficiency and low pollution standards for all newly-commissioned power stations.

Notice of motion altered on 21 September 2001 pursuant to standing order 77.