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Notice given 12 February 2002

Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Stott Despoja): To move—That the Senate calls upon the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to investigate:

(a) with specific reference to the events related to the MV Tampa :

(i) whether the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) or any other intelligence or security agency intercepted communications to or from the MV Tampa , or any other communications relating to the MV Tampa ,

(ii) on what legal basis any such interceptions were undertaken,

(iii) for what purpose any such interceptions were undertaken, and

(iv) on whose instructions any such interceptions were undertaken; and

(b) whether legislation, regulations and guidelines relating to the DSD’s activities adequately guard against:

(i) improper actions by the DSD, and

(ii) the improper use of the DSD by the Government; and

to fully report to the Senate on the result of the investigation.

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.