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Notices of Motion were given, as follows-

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button): That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate notes with alarm-

(a) the fact that the Government has virtually withdrawn from the field of decentralisation;

(b) that:

(i) the Government is now spending only $5 million a year on decentralisation- one eight-thousandth (or .012 per cent) of Budget outlays,

(ii) that sum is allocated to one project-the Albury-Wodonga growth centre,

(iii) while a further $5 million was spent earlier this financial year on the Regional Development Program, that program was wound up by a decision of the Review of Commonwealth Functions, and

(iv) the amount spent on decentralisation is a fraction of the amount being allocated to Casey University, the Defence Forces Academy that has been condemned by educational authorities across the nation; and

(c) that this downgrading of decentralisation is occurring at a time when country industries are under threat or are closing, and when levels of unemployment and poverty in rural towns and cities are rising alarmingly.

Senator Mason: That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act relating to agreements between the Commonwealth and the States in connection with the preservation of rainforest.

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

(a) deplores the actions of the Premier of Queensland in respect of proposals to upgrade the road to the Bjelke-Petersen family farm between Duaringa and Marlborough in Queensland, at an estimated cost of $80 million; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Transport to ensure that Federal road funds allocated to Queensland are used only on projects selected on sound and responsible public interest criteria and to ensure that they are not squandered on road projects principally designed to enhance access to properties owned by members of the Government or their relatives.