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Notice given 2 December 2003

*736  Senator Cherry: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that on 14 October 2003 the Western Australia Farmers Federation Grains Council passed a resolution recommending to the Primary Industries Ministerial Council that:

(i) the Gene Technology Grains Committee be restructured to provide proportionate representation of both genetically-modified (GM) and non-GM growers,

(ii) no costs or liabilities be imposed on a sector of the agricultural industry without the involvement and approval from that industry,

(iii) no sector of agricultural industry be faced with unmanageable problems,

(iv) prior to the introduction of GM crops, the Gene Technology Grains Committee must demonstrate widespread accurate and unbiased industry education of the canola stewardship principles and protocols and proof of widespread acceptance of these principles and protocols,

(v) research be undertaken to gauge market tolerance levels of GM grain prior to acceptance of 1 per cent of adventitious presence, and

(vi) legislative changes be implemented to ensure that compliance with management plans is a legal requirement, not voluntary as proposed, to ensure that the GM industry is responsible for the containment of their GM product; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Mr Truss) to ensure that these resolutions are debated at the next Primary Industries Ministerial Council, in recognition of the widespread concern in the grains industry about the introduction of genetically-modified crops and the cost implications for farmers.

*737  Senator Cherry: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Macquarie Broadcasting (the owners of Sydney radio stations 2GB and 2CH) and Southern Cross Broadcasting (the owners of 2UE) have announced that their newsrooms and other elements of their sales and administration departments will be merged,

(ii) 2UE and 2GB are the two largest commercial radio news providers in the country, with news services syndicated to dozens of other stations; and that the merging of their services represents a significant reduction in diversity of opinions in radio, and

(iii) the proposed arrangement appears to be contrary to the objectives of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 that promote diversity, and may breach the ‘two station’ control rule in the Act; and

(b) calls on the Australian Broadcasting Authority to conduct a thorough review of the proposed arrangement to ensure that the objectives and provisions of the Act have been fully complied with.

By the last sitting day in 2003 (4 December 2003)

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the import risk assessment on New Zealand apples.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the administration of AusSAR in relation to the search for the Margaret J .

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on an examination of the Government’s foreign and trade policy strategy.

On the first sitting day in 2004 (10 February 2004)

Business of the Senate—Notice of Motion