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Senator Chapman, pursuant to notice, moved--That the following matter be

referred to the Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs for

inquiry and report:

The intention of the Federal Government, in October 1994, following

the final negotiating session in Paris, to sign the "International

Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing

Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa', with

particular reference to:

(a) the effect in Australia of the use of international

conventions and the external affairs power to control land

management and the impact of exposure to potential liability

at international law;

(b) the impact of the convention on rural, pastoral and mining

communities in relation to land management;

(c) the impact of the convention on productivity, income,

exports and trade competitiveness with respect to

rangelands, farmlands, mining and tourism industries and its

effects for rangelands, farmlands, mining and tourism

industries; and

(d) the implications for Australia of the Government submitting

a national action plan under the convention.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 32

Abetz Alston Baume Boswell Brownhill Campbell Chapman Crane Crichton-Browne Ellison Ferguson Gibson Harradine Hill Kemp Knowles Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy McGauran Minchin Newman O'Chee Panizza (Teller) Parer Patterson Short Tambling Tierney Troeth Vanstone Watson Woods

NOES, 34

Beahan Bell Bolkus Bourne Burns (Teller) Carr Chamarette Coates Collins Colston Cooney Coulter Crowley Denman Devereux Evans, Christopher Evans, Gareth Faulkner Foreman Forshaw Kernot Lees Loosley McKiernan McMullan Margetts Murphy Neal Ray Schacht Sherry Spindler West Zakharov

Question negatived.