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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

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, in view of inability of all

members of the committee to be present because of pressing business and

in order that the committee be able to deliberate to resolve certain

procedural matters, the Select Committee on Certain Aspects of Foreign

Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media be authorised to meet

in private session during the sittings of the Senate on 16 March and 17

March 1994.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that Danpork Australia Pty Limited, a pork

joint-venture company owned by the piggery group

half-owned by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) and a

multi-national Danish consortium, was registered with

the Australian Securities Commission (ASC) as an

Australian company on 28 November 1991,

(ii) that the company operates as a meat wholesaler out of

premises at Strathfield South purchased for $490 767 on

23 February 1993 by Danmeat Pty Limited a wholly-owned

subsidiary of the Danish consortium,

(iii) that the secretaries of the company are Mr Keating's

piggery partner, Mr Achilles Constantinidis, who is

also a director, and Mr Keating's nominee on the

piggery holding company, Mr Coudounaris,

(iv) that after more than 2 years and 3 months existence no

annual return has yet been submitted by the company to

the ASC, as is required by law, with returns for the

financial years 1991-92 and 1992-93 now being overdue,

and

(v) the persistent failure of companies in and associated

with the Prime Minister's piggery group to meet the

reporting requirement of the corporations law,

resulting in penalty notices being issued to several of

them; and

(b) calls on the Attorney-General (Mr Lavarch) to refer this

company's failure to lodge its annual returns to the attention

of the ASC for appropriate action.

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

(a) notes that in 1991 the Parliament of the Commonwealth

unanimously enacted the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation

Act 1991 to promote a process of reconciliation between the

indigenous and wider Australian communities;

(b) supports the concept of constructive reconciliation between

indigenous and wider Australian communities;

(c) in acknowledgment of this support, adopts the vision of the

Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, namely, "a united

Australia which respects this land of ours; values the

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage; and provides

justice and equity for all' as a vision shared by this chamber.

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

notes that--

(a) in the single member electorate system by which the House of

Representatives is elected a party can win Government with 50

per cent plus one vote in 51 per cent of the seats on a

two-party preferred basis;

(b) if three parties are contesting the election, that 50 per cent

plus one may be made up of 25 per cent plus one vote plus the 25

per cent won by the party that comes in third, thus it is

possible under these conditions for a party to win government

with just 13 per cent of the primary vote;

(c) with more than three parties contesting the election the winning

party may win with even less of the primary vote; and

(d) that the proportional representation system of election used in

this chamber is a far, far more representative system than that

used in the House of Representatives.

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

(a) notes, with deep concern, that the Australian Bureau of

Statistics has found that the unemployment rate for February

1994 in Newcastle is 16.3 per cent, giving the area one of the

worst rates in Australia;

(b) expresses its dismay that the unemployment rate in the Hunter

region is 15.5 per cent, with 4 600 people, 164 per day, losing

their jobs in the past month;

(c) recognises the plight of the youth of these areas who are

suffering unemployment rates of 31 per cent in the Hunter and

32.2 per cent in Newcastle;

(d) notes that the participation rate in the Hunter and Newcastle

areas is almost 5 per cent less than the national participation

rate and this means the real rate of unemployment is probably

much worse; and

(e) condemns:

(i) the Federal Labor Government for failing to help the

unemployed of the Hunter after 11 years in Government,

and

(ii) the Australian Labor Party members for Newcastle,

Shortland, Charlton, Paterson and Hunter for failing to

have their Government address the needs of the people

they are supposed to represent.

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

(a) notes:

(i) with surprise, the notice of motion given by Senator

Baume on 14 March 1994 calling for the east coast

armament complex (ECAC) to be built at Jervis Bay and

attacking environment groups opposed to the move, and

(ii) also the three recent public statements by the shadow

Minister for the Environment (Mrs Gallus) expressing

concerns about the environmental impact of ECAC on

Jervis Bay and calling for a proper investigation of

alternatives; and

(b) calls on Senator Baume to withdraw his notice of motion and fall

in behind the more sensible position taken by his more senior

colleague.

Senator Reid, at the request of the Chairman of the Select Committee on

Superannuation (Senator Watson): To move on the next day of

sitting--That, without prejudice to any inquiry or report that may be

made by the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances, the

following regulations be referred to the Select Committee on

Superannuation for inquiry and report on or before the last sitting day

in November 1994:

(a) Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations (Statutory

Rules 1994 No. 57); and

(b) Superannuation (Resolution of Complaints) Regulations (Statutory

Rules 1994 No. 56).

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

Senate--

(a) acknowledges that Greenpeace, the Australian

ConservationFoundation and the many other environment

organisations that have expressed concerns about the proposal to

establish an armaments depot in the Jervis Bay area understand

that the munitions depot is proposed to be built several

kilometres inland;

(b) notes that, if built, the associated wharf facilities and the

consequent 70 ship movements within Jervis Bay each year will

have a significant impact on the marine environment and this is

the primary matter of concern about the siting of the depot in

this area;

(c) notes that the 400 metre wharf would:

(i) be the single largest human intrusion into the pristine

waters of Jervis Bay,

(ii) directly threaten the marine ecology based on the sea

grass beds in the shallow waters in the northern part

of the bay,

(iii) significantly diminish the aesthetic and recreational

qualities of the bay for the many thousands of people

from throughout Australia that visit the area each

year, three times the number of people that visit

Kakadu, and

(iv) have a devastating impact on the local economy based on

tourism; and

(d) urges the Government to eliminate Jervis Bay from any further

consideration as a site for the east coast armaments depot.

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

(a) notes the introduction of comprehensive postal voting for local

government elections in Tasmania now in progress; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to monitor and evaluate the

effect of the change in terms of voter turnout, informality

rates and voter satisfaction with a view to recommending its

introduction for all local government elections throughout

Australia and also adopting the practice for federal elections.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that Moonbi Estates Pty Limited is a company owned by

Mr Coudounaris who is the secretary of Mr Keating's

family company, Pleuron Pty Limited, and is Mr

Keating's representative on the board of his half-owned

piggery holding company,

(ii) that records at the NSW land titles office show that

this company acquired three parcels of land on 24

December 1991 from the Prime Minister's piggery group,

Brown & Hatton Group Pty Limited, for $220 000,

(iii) that these records also show several subdivided lots of

this land to have been sold subsequently by Moonbi

Estates Pty Limited,

(iv) that the latest annual return of Moonbi Estates Pty

Limited filed at the Australian Securities Commission

(ASC) for the 12 months to June 1993 shows the company

holding no such property and no proceeds of any sales

whatsoever, with its assets being shown only as its $2

paid capital, and it had no liabilities, and

(v) the ASC requirement that annual returns be correct and

that signatories, in this case Mr Coudounaris, must

make a declaration as to their accuracy; and

(b) calls on the Attorney-General (Mr Lavarch) to refer to the ASC

the question of the accuracy of the annual returns of this

company.

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

(a) notes that on 15 March 1994 the Daintree Rainforest Foundation

officially launched its Daintree Rescue Campaign;

(b) recognises that the Daintree rainforest is under severe pressure

from a dramatic surge in tourism and from rainforest clearance

for residential subdivision; and

(c) calls on the Government to support a well-funded Daintree rescue

package to fully protect the World Heritage values of the area.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) has not

renewed the temporary transmission permit of the

Melbourne radio station, Hitz FM,

(ii) Hitz FM is a not-for-profit, non-Government funded,

community broadcaster providing a high-quality radio

service run by young people for young people,

(iii) that Hitz FM has reached a high proportion of young

people aged from 10 to 17 as the 30 000 signatures and

5 000 telephone calls in support of continuing Hitz FM

broadcasts show; and

(b) calls on the ABA to reconsider its decision and to grant Hitz FM

a permanent transmission licence.

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Faulkner): To move on the

next day of sitting--That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for

an Act to amend the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act

1986. Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill

1994.

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Faulkner): To move on the

next day of sitting--That the time for the Procedure Committee to report

on the matters relating to the committee system referred to the

committee by the Senate on 2 February 1994 be extended to 12 May 1994.

Notice of motion withdrawn: Senator Reid, at the request of Senator

Vanstone and pursuant to notice of intention given on 14 March 1994,

withdrew Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3 standing in the

name of Senator Vanstone for this day, relating to the disallowance of

Rule 13 in Order 69A of the High Court Rules (Amendment), as contained

in Statutory Rules 1993 No. 324.