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The Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Faulkner): To move on the

next day of sitting--

(1) That the days of meeting of the Senate after Thursday, 3

February 1994, for the remainder of the Autumn sittings be as

follows:

Monday 7 February to Thursday 10 February

Monday 21 February to Thursday 24 February

Monday 28 February to Thursday 3 March

Monday 14 March to Thursday 17 March

Tuesday 22 March to Thursday 24 March.

(2) That the routine of business for Tuesday, 22 February and

Thursday, 24 February shall be:

(a) Tabling of Government documents pursuant to sessional order

(b) Questions

(c) Petitions

(d) Notices of motion

(e) Postponement and re-arrangement of business

(f) Discovery of formal business

(g) Any proposal to debate a matter of public importance or of

urgency

(h) Adjournment.

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

(a) there be laid on the table, not later than 5 p.m. on 3 February

1994, by the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

(Senator Bolkus), a copy of the Australian Federal Police report

of its investigation, at the request of the Secretary of the

Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (Mr Conybeare) in

or about April 1993, into allegations of misconduct in the

Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs; and

(b) to protect the privacy of private individuals, the names of all

individuals, other than the Minister and the Secretary of the

department, may be deleted from the report before it is tabled.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with deep concern, the findings of a survey conducted

by the International Green League of Nations that

Australia is the world's biggest producer of household

waste and that we rank an appalling 18th out of 21

developed nations surveyed on overall environmental

protection, and

(ii) that the survey found that Australia generates 776

kilograms of municipal solid waste per capita and that

only Canada and the United States of America produce

more carbon dioxide--a key indicator of greenhouse gas

emissions; and

(b) calls on the Government to immediately put in place positive

programs to redress these and the many environmental problems

facing our country.

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

(a) notes the tabling of the Industry Commission's report into

public housing;

(b) acknowledges the Industry Commission's recommendations regarding

rent setting in public housing, which state:

Public housing rents should be set at market values. As long as

tenants are offered a choice between appropriate dwellings, rent

rebates should be structured to ensure that, within

affordability limits, tenants in similar circumstances receive

similar levels of assistance. Assistance should decline as

income increases;

and

Tenants who can afford to rent in the private sector, but who

choose to remain in public housing, should pay market rents that

include a premium of 2 or 3 [per cent] to reflect the security

of tenure provided;

(c) recognises the current rent assistance scheme is totally

inequitable as levels of assistance paid to private renters is

much less than the rental rebate to public renters on similar

incomes;

(d) notes that under the current scheme households with different

incomes receive the same level of assistance and persons not

receiving pensions or allowances are not eligible for rent

assistance; and

(e) calls on the Federal Government to endorse the recommendations

to extend the provision of rent assistance to low income

families.

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

notes--

(a) with interest that the latest issue of the Australian Council of

Trade Unions (ACTU) glossy magazine Workplace under the heading

"A Leading Edge' includes a major article, produced with

exquisite timing, expounding the management skills of the former

Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development (Mr

Griffiths); and

(b) that the ACTU article states:

(i) "Alan Griffiths' reputation for being a tough and

ambitious go-getter has been neatly demonstrated',

(ii) "in places like this--the smart management, with an eye

to innovation, quality and customer satisfaction--we

can provide a competitive edge',

(iii) "As a Minister I have picked my department up,

basically turned it upside down, put it all back

together again and now our focus will be on small and

medium sized business. Big business can look after

itself', and

(iv) "governments can have a big role to play in getting

small and medium sized companies into better shape'.

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

(a) acknowledges with appreciation the efforts of members of Autism

Tasmania for their explanation of the Giant Steps program which

they presented to interested Members and Senators in December

1993;

(b) supports their goal of establishing a national therapy centre in

Deloraine, Tasmania, for which they have raised community

support for buildings and equipment;

(c) notes that the proposal is dependent on State Government

commitment of recurrent funding for staff salaries; and

(d) calls on the Tasmanian Minister for Education to support the

project and agree to the requested funding without further

delay.

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

(a) notes that the Australian people were deceived by the Keating

Labor Government prior to the Federal election held on 13 March

1993 about the nature and extent of taxes subsequently imposed;

and

(b) calls on all parties to be truthful when putting policies before

the electorate.

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

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, the statement by Mr Roger Rose of the

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource

Economics that uncertainty about the process of mine

approval could be a "potent disincentive' to

exploration, and

(ii) that, according to Mr Rose, many companies were being

discouraged from mineral exploration because of land

access caused by Mabo and environmental concerns; and

(b) condemns the Government for its failure to recognise the folly

of the rushed Mabo legislation and for causing uncertainty to

our largest export income earning industry.

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

(a) notes the tabling of the Industry Commission's report into

public housing;

(b) acknowledges the Industry Commission's recommendations regarding

Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) and the Crisis

Accommodation Program, which state:

Housing assistance for people in crisis should be available

irrespective of the need for other support services; and should

be subject to the rental policies applied to public housing

tenants once the income and situation of those in crisis has

stabilised;

and

The Supported Accommodation Assistance Program and the Crisis

Accommodation Program should be combined and come under the

control of the SAAP Program Manager. The Manager should have the

discretion to allocate funds for capital or recurrent purposes;

(c) raises concern that crisis accommodation is an area requiring

urgent support and that people in need are falling through

safety nets and placing unnecessary burdens on inadequately

resourced charitable and welfare organisations; and

(d) urges the Federal Labor Government to give immediate attention

to the Industry Commission recommendations on community housing

assistance and for people in crisis.

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

(a) condemns the Government for its divisive approach to Australia's

national symbols and, in particular, its abolition of the oath

and affirmation of allegiance required of new citizens;

(b) whilst recognising that the new so-called pledge of commitment

is now law, despite strong Coalition opposition to the change,

sympathises with those local government councils which have

expressed anger at being required to use the pledge in

citizenship ceremonies;

(c) criticises the Government for its failure to include the pledge

and preamble in the current review of the Australian Citizenship

Act 1948 by the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, even

though these are crucial and important symbolic parts of the

Act; and

(d) urges the Government, it if wishes the review of the Act to be

taken seriously, as the occasion demands, to include

considerationof the pledge and the preamble.

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

Senate--

(a) condemns the new regulations being put in place by Burma's

military junta, the State Law and Order Restoration Council,

aimed at stopping pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from

ever taking her place as an elected parliamentarian or head of

state;

(b) notes that the regulations will stipulate that the President of

Burma should have continuous residence for at least 20 years

prior to election, and that neither the President, nor any

member of the President's family, must owe allegiance to a

foreign power, thereby denying Daw Aung San Suu Kyi the

opportunity to become President of a democratic Burma; and

(c) calls on the Government to continue working within the

international community to effect the release of Daw Aung San

Suu Kyi and the return of Burma to a democratic state, free from

any gross human rights abuses.