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Notice given 2 December 2003

734  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Province of Manitoba in Canada has mandated the use, by 2005, of 10 per cent ethanol blends in 85 per cent of gasoline sold and has established a tax preference for ethanol that is produced and used in Manitoba, and

(ii) Manitoba will also establish an Agri-Energy Office, a ‘one-stop-shop’ for information on agri-energy initiatives such as ground bio-diesel, manure methane capture, wind power and ground source heat pumps, and will promote public awareness and education on the environmental benefits of increased ethanol use; and

(b) urges the Federal Government to consider mandating the use of ethanol and other alternative fuels.

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.

740  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) and the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Latham) to promote reform policies to halt logging of the Tarkine, which contains Australia’s largest temperate rainforest.