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Notices of Motion


Senator Coates: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, noting that 11 November 1985 is the 10th anniversary of the dismissal of the Whitlam Labor Government while it maintained its majority in the House of Representatives-

(a) records its condemnation of the disgraceful actions of:

(i) the then Liberal Premier of New South Wales in ignoring convention by not appointing a replacement of the same party to a Senate vacancy in 1975,

(ii) the then and now Premier of Queensland in repeating that breach of convention following the death of a Labor senator,

(iii) the then Leader of the Opposition for taking advantage of the situation and forcing Opposition senators to block the 1975-76 Appropriation Bills, and

(iv) the then Governor-General for exercising doubtful powers while a parliamentary solution was still possible;

(b) declares that such fundamental breaches of the Constitution must never be allowed to occur again; and

(c) congratulates the Whitlam Labor Government for those of its reforms and achievements which have endured for the benefit of the Australian people.

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

(a) expresses its regret that Senator Gerry Jones misled the Senate by giving a Notice of Motion on 8 November 1985, that: ""The Senate congratulates the Camelia Restaurant on its endeavours to spend $1.5m in redeveloping the Riverside development in Brisbane.'', thereby clearly implying that the owner of this restaurant was tendering for a new restaurant, when the Senate had been advised in an answer to a Question without Notice on 7 November 1985, that due to the new tax proposals this formerly successful business would have to close on 9 November 1985;

(b) notes that the owner of the Camelia Restaurant for the last 2 years 7 months and at the time of its closure last week, was Mr James Allen and that Mr Allen has made no application for any new restaurant in the Riverside development; and

(c) notes that the application for the new Riverside restaurant was made by Mr Michael Platsis, the owner of Michaels Restaurant, who has no interest whatsoever in the Camelia Restaurant and that such application was made 6 months ago, before the new legislation against deductibility was introduced.

Contingent Notice of Motion: The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp): To move (contingent on the moving of a motion to debate a matter of urgency under Standing Order 64 and the expiration of the time provided for discussion of the motion)-That so much of the Standing and Sessional Orders be suspended as would prevent the Question on the matter of urgency being put forthwith.