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Wednesday, 15 March 2000
Page: 12848

Senator Ferris to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) welcomes the acknowledgment by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Beazley), as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald of 11 February 2000, that `Telstra has to conduct its affairs as it sees fit'; and

(b) supports the Leader of the Opposition in recognising the right of the Telstra Board to determine the best course for the company.

Senator Cooney to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills on search and entry provisions in Commonwealth legislation be extended to 6 April 2000.

Senator McLucas to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund on the consistency of the Native Title Amendment Act 1998 with Australia's international obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination be extended to 7 June 2000.

Senator Hogg to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the reports of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on:

(a) the examination of developments in contemporary Japan and the implications for Australia be extended to 17 August 2000; and

(b) the economic, social and political conditions in East Timor be extended to 8 June 2000.

Senator Stott Despoja to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Advertising Standards Board has upheld complaints that billboard advertising for Windsor Smith shoes is offensive and not in line with community standards, and

(ii) previous advertisements produced by the same company have attracted similar complaints;

(b) notes, with concern, the lack of sanctions available to the board to enforce this decision; and

(c) calls on the company to abide by the decision of the board and withdraw the billboards.

Senator Hogg to move, on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate notes that:

(a) it is 35 days since former Senator Parer resigned as a senator for the State of Queensland;

(b) the Queensland Liberal Party has said that it will not select a replacement for Senator Parer until 30 April 2000, another 46 days (a total of 81 days since Senator Parer's resignation);

(c) at the Queensland Liberal Party's request, the Queensland State Parliament will not be asked to appoint a replacement for Senator Parer until 16 May 2000 (a total of 97 days since Senator Parer's resignation);

(d) the day of swearing-in of the successor to Senator Parer would be 5 June 2000 at the earliest (a total of 117 days since Senator Parer's resignation); and

(e) the people of the State of Queensland have been denied their full Senate representation by the lethargy of the Queensland Liberal Party in appointing a successor to Senator Parer.