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Notice given 12 February 2002

Senator Bourne: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the Agreement reached in Abuja on 6 September 2001 between the Committee of Commonwealth Foreign Ministers, including a number of African States and the Zimbabwean Government, to return Zimbabwe to the rule of law and end all illegal occupations of farmland;

(b) welcomes the Zimbabwe Government’s decision to allow international election observers but notes, with disapproval, the continued violence, repression of the media and free speech, and the passage of legislation such as the Land Acquisition Act, the Public Order and Security Act, amendments to the Electoral Act and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act;

(c) calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to take all necessary action to ensure a free and fair presidential election, end political violence and repression, and repeal all legislation that undermines human rights and democratic freedoms;

(d) joins with the European Parliament and the United States Congress in endorsing the use of targeted sanctions against the Government of Zimbabwe; and

(e) endorses the use of targeted sanctions by the Australian Government and the international community against the Government of Zimbabwe to encourage the restoration of democracy and the rule of law.

Senator Murray: To move—That the Senate calls on the Government:

(a) to cancel the present retirement travel entitlements, including Life Gold Pass and severance travel entitlements, for all senators and members of the House of Representatives retiring after the commencement of the 40th Parliament, and their spouses;

(b) to give consideration to restricting, rationalising and eventually phasing-out these entitlements presently applying to senators and members of the House of Representatives who retired prior to the 40th Parliament, and their spouses; and

(c) to note that this motion does not apply to the office of Prime Minister.

10  Senator Murphy: To move—

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Forestry and Plantation Matters, be appointed to inquire into and report, by 27 June 2002, on the following matters:

(a) the administration of the Plantations for Australia - The 2020 Vision Strategy;

(b) whether or not the imperatives, goals and actions have been proceeded with or met in accordance with the aforementioned strategy;

(c) whether or not the practices employed to implement the strategy thus far have been consistent with the stated intentions of the strategy;

(d) whether or not the current and proposed taxation structures are suitable and or adequate for the purpose of achieving the 2020 Vision Strategy;

(e) whether or not the states are employing world’s best practice in sustainability and environmental applications for plantation development;

(f) whether or not the review process conducted through December 2001 and January 2002 allows for adequate public input; and

(g) what the long-term strategies are for companies currently involved in the plantation industry.

(2) That the committee consist of 9 senators, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Government, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and 3 nominated by the minority groups and independent senators.

(3) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business not withstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and not withstanding any vacancy.

(4) That the chair and deputy chair of the committee be elected by the committee.

(5) That the deputy chair act as chair when there is no chair or the chair is not present at a meeting.

(6) That, in the event of the votes on any question before the committee being equally divided, the chair, or deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(7) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or 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.

(8) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to consider.

(9) 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.

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