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The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button) gave Notices of Motion, as follows:

No. 1-That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate draws to the attention of the Government the mounting problems of local government in Australia, including:

(a) the difficulty in getting access to funds, especially for smaller local government authorities in rural areas;

(b) the burden of meeting social needs in rapidly growing mining and resource development areas; and

(c) the Government's rejection of the pressing need for regional rather than local planning.

No. 2-That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate expresses its concern at activities of the Review of Commonwealth Functions, also known as the 'Razor Gang', that have resulted in:

(a) additional expenditure of $250 000 being incurred by the Department of Administrative Services;

(b) an extra $107 000 being spent on private cleaning contractors, instead of using the Department's own staff;

(c) costs of $63 000 resulting from the scrapping of Australia Post Courier Service;

(d) the spending of $90 000 on valuation and advertising of property to be disposed of under the Review of Commonwealth Functions proposals;

(e) further unknown costs associated with the sale of the quarry and hotmix complex in Canberra, which has not yet been sold;

(f) the enforced payment by the Australian Wool Corporation of $21 750 for advice on the disposal of the Australian Wool Testing Authority; and

(g) the total loss of this latter amount because of the Government's recent decision not to sell the authority to private enterprise but, in the face of opposition from all sections of the wool industry, to hand it over to a consortium which will have Government support in the form of tax-free status.

No. 3-That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate-

(a) expresses its alarm at the disclosure of the Task Force on Government Information that a significant number of people are being disadvantaged because they are not being told adequately about Government welfare programmes; and

(b) notes-

(i) the finding of the Henderson Poverty Commission that in 1973 there were 17 000 households throughout Australia entitled to a pension or benefit which were not receiving a pension or benefit to which they were entitled;

(ii) the implication that a large number of these families were not being advised of the benefits available to them; and

(iii) the failure of the Government to take any action to see that deprived families are being adequately informed about welfare services, especially in rural and provincial areas.