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NOTICES

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

(a) congratulates the Tasmanian State Liberal Government and the

Hobart City Council for their announcement of a joint funding

proposal for a Hobart aquatic centre;

(b) recognises that Hobart is the only State capital city without

such a facility, a fact which is hampering the development of

aquatic sports in Tasmania;

(c) calls on the Federal Government to match the contributions of

the State Government and the Hobart City Council as a matter of

priority; and

(d) acknowledges that the failure of the Federal Government to

contribute to this proposal will not only place the entire

project in jeopardy, but will once again highlight the fact that

the Government has forgotten that Tasmania exists.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that the draft report of the National Health Goals and

Targets Implementation Working Group on Cancers states

that the incidence of breast cancer will increase from

63 cases per year per 100 000 women to 81 cases per

year per 100 000 women by the year 2000, a rate of 2.1

per cent per annum, and

(ii) the report's statement that only a small proportion of

women with breast cancer will be entered into clinical

trials during 1994, despite the failure of mortality

rates from breast cancer to fall in the past 40 years;

and

(b) calls on the Government to urgently increase resources for

clinical breast cancer trials which according to the report

provide both an important means of evaluating new therapeutic

methods and the scientific basis for developing effective

methods of breast cancer treatment.

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

(a) commends:

(i) the protest actions organised by the Australian

Conservation Foundation and the people of Jervis Bay

for 24 February 1994 to protest against the proposal to

site an armaments depot at Jervis Bay on the New South

Wales coast, and

(ii) the protest actions organised by Greenpeace Australia

and the local community at Jervis Bay for the weekend

of 26 and 27 February 1994 to protest against the same

development proposal;

(b) notes that the Federal Cabinet is set to make a decision

regarding the armaments depot on 24 March 1994;

(c) expresses outrage at the fact that the Australian Government is

considering sacrificing such an important ecological asset as

Jervis Bay without proper public consultation just because of

military involvement, therefore avoiding normal scrutiny; and

(d) calls on the Australian Government to remove Jervis Bay from its

list of possible sites and to undertake a full cost benefit

analysis of the remaining site options for this armaments depot,

incorporating all environmental and social impacts.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that the Newcastle and lower Hunter region has one of

Australia's highest rates of long-term unemployment,

with virtually half of its more than 30 000 jobless out

of work for a year or more, and

(ii) that this rate of long-term unemployed is 6.7 per cent,

compared to a national rate of 3.9 per cent and a State

rate of 3.8 per cent;

(b) condemns the Member for Shortland (Mr Peter Morris) for

suggesting that the figures are "unsurprising and a result of

structural change and the recession';

(c) calls on the Member and the other Australian Labor Party

representatives of Newcastle and the Hunter to actually begin to

work on their Government to introduce policies which will assist

the long-term unemployed in the region; and

(d) urges the Government to stop neglecting the Hunter region and

support developments in the Hunter such as an adequate airport

and service industries, particularly tourism, which are the

answer to long-term unemployment in the region.

Senator Burns, at the request of the Chairman of the Standing Committee

on Community Affairs (Senator West): To move on the next day of

sitting--That the time for the presentation of the report of the

Standing Committee on Community Affairs on breast cancer screening and

treatment in Australia be extended to 5 May 1994.

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

(a) notes that the Federal Government has recently released a

discussion paper on the report of the National Inquiry into the

Human Rights of People with Mental Illness and that this

discussion paper has been widely criticised by community groups

as a superficial insult to the mentally ill and their families;

(b) condemns the Government for issuing a discussion paper which

ignores many of the specific recommendations from the Burdekin

Inquiry, which makes scant reference to the many groups affected

by mental illness and which contains no new proposals for

programs;

(c) deplores the fact that the discussion paper scarcely mentions

the needs of elderly people despite the fact that the Burdekin

Inquiry devoted several chapters to their mental health problems

and despite the fact that in an ageing population almost every

family in Australia will be affected directly or indirectly by

dementia; and

(d) calls on the Government to respond appropriately, and as a

matter of urgency, to the mental health crisis which was

uncovered by the Burdekin report.

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

(a) notes the endorsement in the Australian newspaper by Bishop

Michael Challen, Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St

Laurence, of the Australian Democrats' proposal that any

windfalls in revenue from higher than expected economic growth

be directed towards assisting the long-term unemployed rather

than being used to reduce the budget deficit more rapidly; and

(b) calls on the Government to use any windfalls in revenue and any

funds derived from a jobs levy to fund the Jobs Compact,

increased social security provisions for the unemployed and

national infrastructure projects.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) at the eleventh hour the Government has changed the

guidelines for its dubious Quality Assurance Program

which will distribute $76 million to Australian

universities, and

(ii) the Quality Assurance Committee will now allocate the

funds across all universities rather than to just the

top half of the institutions as planned, proving that

trying to define educational quality is simply too

difficult;

(b) expresses its concern at the reports that the committee will

divide Australia's universities into four so-called bands which

will in fact result in the creation of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th

class universities, essentially another version of the old

binary system; and

(c) condemns the Australian Labor Party Government for yet another

ill-conceived and half-baked scheme in education.