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NOTICES OF MOTION

Notices of Motion were given, as follows-- The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Carrick): That, on the next day of sitting, he would move--That, unless otherwise ordered, Government Business take precedence of General Business after eight p.m. on Thursdays for the remainder of the present period of sittings.

Senator McLaren: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move--

(1) That a Select Committee of the Senate be appointed to inquire into and report by 27 August 1981 on:

(a) the viability of the Ralkon Agricultural Company of Loveday Bay Road, Narrung, in the State of South Australia, and the competency of the Company to successfully farm (in the interests of the Aboriginal residents of Point McLeay) the three properties it now occupies;

(b) the relationship between the Company, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the Point McLeay Aboriginal Council from the time of formation of the Company in 1975 until 30 June 1980; and

(c) the relationship between the Company, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, the Point McLeay Aboriginal Council and the Aboriginal Development Commission since July 1980.

(2) That provisions relating to membership, powers and proceedings of the Committee be contained in a subsequent Resolution.

Senator Watson: That (contingent upon the Patents Amendment Bill 1981 being read a second time, and pursuant to Standing Order 196A) he would move--That the Patents Amendment Bill 1981 be referred to the Standing Committee on Science and the Environment for inquiry and report by the first sitting week in September 1981.

Senator Walsh: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move--

(1) That the Senate is alarmed by the reduction in the real value of payments to the States, and notes:

(a) the Government's failure to honour at any time the unequivocal guarantee given by Senator Carrick on behalf of the Prime Minister on 27 April 1976, that the real value of payments to the States would be increased by more than 57%:

(b) the final repudiation of any intention to honour that guarantee, implicit in the Prime Minister's assertion that the Whitlam formula was too generous to the States; and

(c) the belated realisation by the Premiers, especially Sir Charles Court, that the 1975 Whitlam formula was the most generous ever offered to the States by any Federal Government.

(2) That the Senate deplores the wholly avoidable increase in inflation which will inevitably follow when State Governments attempt to recover lost revenue with higher State taxes and charges.