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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) EPA Victoria approval has been given to AES Golden Plains to build a peak-load power station at Stonehaven, 8 km from Geelong city centre in Victoria,

(ii) when operating at full capacity for extended periods, the Stonehaven power station will potentially increase existing industrial nitrogen oxide emission levels over the Geelong region by 50 to 97 per cent depending on the fuel used,

(iii) EPA Victoria approval limits the operation of the peak load plant to 10 per cent of potential operation for the water injection unit - if low NOx units are to be used more than 20 per cent of the time then continued cycle conversion must be investigated,

(iv) 10 to 20 per cent of summertime respiratory-related hospital admissions in the north eastern United States are associated with ozone pollution, and

(v) electricity blackouts in February and November 2000 in Victoria have resulted in concerns about security of electricity supply;

(b) recognises the role of gas as a transitional fuel in power generation as we move towards less greenhouse intensive electricity generation;

(c) encourages the local community, including the Batesford and Geelong Action Group to continue efforts to pursue better outcome for the people of the Geelong region; and

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

Notice of motion altered on 21 and 26 September 2001 pursuant to standing order 77.