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

(a) notes that:

(i) in December 1993 the United Nations (UN) General

Assembly adopted the Declaration of Violence against

Women which specifies that female genital mutilation is

an act of gender-based violence that results in or is

likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological

harm or suffering to women,

(ii) the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child requires

governments to take all effective and appropriate

measures to abolish traditional practices prejudicial

to the health of children, and

(iii) Australia has endorsed both the Declaration and the

Convention;

(b) condemns the Government for its lack of action to protect women

and children from this cruel and damaging practice; and

(c) calls on the Government to urgently take action that makes it

clear that this country does not condone the practice, to

introduce educational measures and to call on the States to

ensure that the full force of the law will be applied to prevent

female genital mutilation.

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

Senate--

(a) deplores the comments by the Leader of the Government in the

Senate (Senator Gareth Evans) that the electoral procedures for

the Senate should be changed in order to remove minor parties

and independents so that the Government should be free from

parliamentary scrutiny;

(b) considers repugnant the novel political theory espoused by

Senator Gareth Evans that the people elect governments, and not

parliaments, and that those governments then have an unfettered

right to govern as they see fit; and

(c) calls on the Government, and Senator Gareth Evans in particular,

to repudiate these undemocratic notions.

The Chairman of the Select Committee on Certain Aspects of Foreign

Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media (Senator Alston): To

move on the next day of sitting--That the Select Committee on Certain

Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media be

authorised to hold a public hearing during the sitting of the Senate on

24 March 1994 from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. for the purpose of taking

evidence in relation to its inquiry.

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

(a) notes, with approval, the recommendations of the Kelty Task

Force on Regional Development, including:

(i) expansion of the national rail and roads systems,

(ii) expansion of traineeships by an additional 75 000

places,

(iii) "strategic modernisation' of infrastructure,

(iv) encouragement of superannuation funds to give their

contributors an option to invest in their own region,

(v) restructured infrastructure bonds to encourage

investors into financing a wider range of economic and

social infrastructure facilities,

(vi) continuation and extension of industry support schemes

to boost exports and import replacement, and

(vii) the establishment of regional economic development

organisations to mobilise regional and local

initiatives and resources; and

(b) calls on the Government to move towards the implementation of

these recommendations and to make appropriate budget provisions

as a matter of urgency.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) on 1 March 1994, the Prime Minister (Mr Keating)

admitted to the Member for Capricornia (Mrs Henzell)

that he is only holding the position of Minister for

the Status of Women until he "got a better person', and

(ii) in Caucus on 1 March 1994, the Prime Minister raised

the prospect of dressing up in drag to conduct his

duties as the Minister for the Status of Women; and

(b) expresses its extreme concern that there is no-one in the

Federal Labor Party more capable of representing Australian

women than this arrogant, boyish Prime Minister who obviously

considers this position to be nothing more than a cheap joke.

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

(a) notes:

(i) with amazement, the statement by the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) on 1 March 1994 concerning the Register of

Senators' Interests,

(ii) that the amendments suggested by the Australian

Democrats to strengthen the Register of Senators'

Interests have been accepted by the Government,

(iii) that the Australian Democrats have on many occasions

over the past several months urged the Government to

bring on the debate on the Register of Senators'

Interests but the debate remains incomplete, and

(iv) that the Manager of Government Business (Senator

Faulkner) agreed several weeks ago to bring on the

debate concerning the Register of Senators' Interests

at the beginning of the next session; and

(b) looks forward to finalising the debate on the Register of

Senators' Interests as soon as possible.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that on 20 February 1994, the new Minister for the

Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Richardson)

appeared on the Sunday program and made the following

comment about Mr George Quaid's Daintree road

development: "That was an obscenity of great

dimension', and

(ii) that, in relation to the recent acquisition of Starcke

from Mr Quaid by the Queensland Government to prevent

"overseas sale and inappropriate development', the

Queensland Government is currently considering a mining

reserve proposal for 10 000 hectares of land between

the mountainous Starcke National Park and sensitive

mangrove wetlands; and

(b) calls on the Minister:

(i) to declare that such a development would be yet another

Quaid-type environmental "obscenity', and

(ii) to tie support for the pledge of $1 million

compensation on the basis that the Queensland

Government withdraw its consideration of the mining

reserve.

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

(a) notes that the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator

Gareth Evans) continues to refuse to tell the Senate what has

happened to the missing $1.7 million of the $4.45 million

subordinated debt owed by Mr Keating's half-owned piggery

company to former minister and lobbyist Mr John Brown's company;

and

(b) calls on Senator Gareth Evans to advise the people of Australia

what has happened to this $1.7 million; has it been paid to Mr

Brown, forgotten by Mr Brown, or is it simply a book entry that

appears to reduce this debt to the $2.76 million as claimed by

Senator Gareth Evans, but which in reality still leaves Mr

Keating's heavily indebted company $4.5 million in debt to Mr

Brown.