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NOTICES

The Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (Senator Bolkus): To

move on the next day of sitting--That the following bill be introduced:

A Bill for an Act to amend the Migration Act 1958, and for related

purposes. Migration Legislation Amendment Bill 1994.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the present situation of the Kurdish people in south

east Turkey, and

(ii) that the forthcoming local elections in Turkey could

lead to a further escalation of violence in the region;

and

(b) urges:

(i) the Australian Embassy in Ankara to monitor and report

on the conduct and impact of this electoral process on

the region and an Kurdish people, and

(ii) the Australian Government to support the search for a

durable political solution to the problems of the

Kurdish people.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Environment, Recreation and

the Arts (Senator Devereux): To move on the next day of sitting--That

the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on

Environment, Recreation and the Arts for inquiry and report by the last

sitting day of 1994--

Arts and cultural education in Australian educational institutions,

and in particular:

(a) the present level and status of education in the arts and the

involvement of students in Australian educational institutions;

(b) current training practices, skills levels and involvement by

teachers and the general community in providing arts education

in educationalinstitutions;

(c) the allocation and use of resources to arts education in

educational institutions; and

(d) the consistency of arts education policies and programs within

and between educational institutions and States and Territories.

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

(a) notes the serious situation in rural Australia as recorded in a

number of media reports including:

(i) "The unsettling of Australia' in the Weekend Australian

of 12-13 February 1994,

(ii) "We let you down: Goss', the front page headline and

confession of the Premier of Queensland in the Courier

Mail of 21 February 1994, and

(iii) "After the death of Letona, the rot sets in', in the

Sydney Morning Herald of 21 February 1994; and

(b) urges the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator

Collins) to begin in-depth consultation with rural communities

throughout Australia in order to formulate policies which

address their concerns.

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

(a) condemns the action by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

(ABC) in shutting down the short wave transmitters of VLX in the

31 metre band, with a view to permanently ceasing that service;

(b) notes that:

(i) this short wave service is the only radio service to

vast areas of the rural and remote parts of Western

Australia and to ships at sea, and

(ii) the "alternative' proposal by the ABC, the installation

of an earth recovery disk, is expensive, in excess of

$3 000, and totally useless for moving populations,

such as mining exploration camps and ships at sea and

even tourists;

(c) calls on the Government to remind the ABC of its obligation to

people in rural and remote areas, in that they are entitled to

radio service equal to city-based people, and instruct the ABC

to set aside funds to provide this service.

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

(a) condemns the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) for his piggery

proposal in the Hunter Valley which already threatens the

environment of the area;

(b) notes that:

(i) the local residents near the Prime Minister's piggery

have contributed a great deal of time and money to

fighting the proposal, including one nearby farming

couple who have contributed $40 000 to the fight, and

(ii) these people have stated that they feel like someone is

holding a gun to their heads, their livelihood is

threatened and they cannot walk away; and

(c) calls on the Prime Minister to stop threatening the livelihood

of ordinary Australians and to turn back from destroying a

beautiful part of the Hunter Valley environment.

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

(a) notes the report by Dr Vince Fitzgerald on Australia's low level

of savings; and

(b) expresses concern that despite such warnings, shop-front

officers of the Department of Social Security are advising many

retirees to dispose of their assets in order to maintain their

social security benefits.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, the move by the Australian Government to

encourage trade between Australia and Burma in bringing

locally engaged, Rangoon-based Austrade staff to

Australia for training, and

(ii) the leading role that Australia has taken in

encouraging the State Law and Order Restoration Council

to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and in promoting

democratic change in Burma; and

(b) urges the Government to reconsider this action which is a

forerunner to increasing Australia's trade links until such time

as Burma is again a democratic and free country.

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

Senate--

(a) notes, with concern, the difficult financial situation of the

Great Barrier Reef Wonderland and Aquarium in Townsville and the

possibility of its closure; and

(b) calls on the Government to provide sufficient funds in the

1994-95 Budget to ensure its survival.