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Notices of Motion:

Senator Reid: To move 10 sitting days after today-That the following parts of the Advisory Council Ordinance 1986, as contained in Australian Capital Territory Ordinance No. 62 of 1986 and made under the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910, be disallowed:

(a) the figure ""12'' in paragraph 6 (1) (b);

(b) sub-sections 8 (1) and (3); and

(c) sub-section 10 (3).

Senator Vigor: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend provisions in certain Acts relating to the disallowance of delegated legislation.

Senator Michael Baume: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) notes with concern attempts by the Treasurer (Mr Keating) to politicise the administration of the Commonwealth Banking Corporation by endeavouring to force upon it his own nominee from outside the Bank to become its Managing Director to succeed Mr Vern Christie;

(b) warns Mr Keating against seeking to impose on the Bank anyone as Managing Director who would take greater regard of Federal Government policy, particularly in politically sensitive areas such as home loans, by accepting instructions from Canberra, instead of continuing with its present policy of abiding by commercial principles that take into regard the best interest of the Bank's customers rather than the political interests of the Federal Government;

(c) demands that administration of the Bank continue on the highly regarded, totally competent and commercially oriented basis which has distinguished the outstanding stewardship of Mr Christie, under whom the Bank has been impressively successful in a highly competitive environment, within the constraints set by governmental ownership;

(d) notes with concern the impact on morale in the Bank and the embarrassing position into which Mr Christie has been put by Mr Keating's demands, which have prevented the appointment of a banking professional from within this well-run organisation as Managing Director, to enable Mr Christie to retire, as he originally intended, at the end of 1986;

(e) commends Mr Christie, not only for his distinguished service as Managing Director of the Commonwealth Bank, but also for his determination to maintain the Bank's integrity, independence and commercial orientation and for his refusal to step down as Managing Director so long as the threat of politicising by Mr Keating persists; and

(f) supports the view of those private enterprise members of the Board of the Commonwealth Bank that Mr Keating should not be allowed to politicise the Bank.

Senator Kilgariff: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) notes with approval the Report of the Northern Territory Railway Executive Group on the feasibility of the Alice Springs to Darwin railway;

(b) commends the Northern Territory Government for its perseverance with the project, in the face of the dishonourable conduct of the Federal Government in refusing to honour its 1983 election promise to build the line; and

(c) expresses its support for the Northern Territory Government's objective of seeing the line built, owned and wholly operated by private enterprise.

Notices of Motion withdrawn: The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Cooney), in accordance with notices of intention given on 17 November 1986, withdrew Business of the Senate, Notices of Motion Nos 1 to 4 standing in his name for this day, for the disallowance of the Futures Industry Regulations (Amendment) (as contained in Statutory Rules 1986 No. 150), the Sex Discrimination (Operation of Legislation) (No. 1) Regulations (as contained in Statutory Rules 1986 No. 191), the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission Regulations (as contained in Statutory Rules 1986 No. 206) and the Apple and Pear (Conditions of Export) Regulations (Amendment) (as contained in Statutory Rules 1986 No. 219).