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

(a) notes:

(i) the extraordinary assertion by the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) in a doorstop interview on 27 February 1994

that all the claims and accusations that Senator Baume

had made against the Prime Minister have been

"completely fallacious',

(ii) on the contrary, that on the central issue Senator

Baume raised of the habitual breaches of the

Corporations Law and the contemptuous disregard of the

reporting requirements of the Australian Securities

Commission (ASC) by the Prime Minister's half-owned

piggery group, Senator Baume has been proved totally

correct,

(iii) that after an ASC inquiry that Senator Baume

instigated, the Prime Minister's piggery group was

required to correct by multi-millions of dollars its

annual returns to replace the massively overstated

assets figures and understated losses, resulting in

five of the seven operating companies being shown to be

technically insolvent, and

(iv) that penalty notices have been sent by the ASC to

companies in the Prime Minister's piggery group for

their failure to meet lodging requirements; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to cease making false allegations

against Senator Baume; allegations that are as false as his

piggery companies' annual returns.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and

Training (Senator Zakharov): To move on the next day of sitting--That

the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on

Employment, Education and Training for inquiry and report on or before

the last sitting day of December 1994:

The development of open learning in Australia for the purposes of

enhancing participation in higher education and post-secondary

vocational education and training, including consideration of:

(a) the extent of existing applications of open learning

methodologies in education and industry training;

(b) the appropriateness and effectiveness of current policies and

institutional arrangements for the development and delivery of

Australian open learning services both within Australia and

overseas;

(c) strategies for ensuring the efficient use of, and compatibility

between, the communications technologies networks and facilities

being developed for the delivery of open learning in the various

sectors of education and training;

(d) issues of quality control, course articulation and credit

transfer within and between sectors; and

(e) the potential of open learning in the light of anticipated

developments in Australia's telecommunications infrastructure

and in information technology generally.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) a press release by the Department of Employment,

Education and Training dated 13 September 1993 states

that "Effective January 1, 1994, students from families

holding a health care card will qualify for maximum

Austudy entitlements, with means test and assets test

waived', and

(ii) the Government, after a considerable period of time,

claimed that the department had misinterpreted the

Budget decision and insisted that the assets test was

required;

(b) seeks an explanation from the Government as to why it took more

than 4 months to become aware of this situation; and

(c) condemns the Government for:

(i) its ineptitude in this matter, which has created an

inequitable situation whereby a number of potential

students will not receive a benefit they believed they

were entitled to and had planned for accordingly, and

(ii) its continued lack of recognition of the plight of the

many financially disadvantaged residents of rural and

regional Australia.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 20 000 coal miners have started an indefinite strike to

protest cuts to the price and volume of coal exports to

Japan,

(ii) this strike will cripple coal production across eastern

Australia and close 130 mines,

(iii) this strike comes on the heels of the waterfront strike

which halted $5 million worth of exports and put at

risk many export oriented industries, some of which

remain uncertain of the reliability of the wharves

remaining open, and

(iv) both unions are strong members of the Australian

Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), the body with

significant influence over the present Labor

Government; and

(b) calls on both the Government and its ACTU bosses to bring

stability back to industrial relations in Australia and

certainty to our export industries.

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

(a) notes, with concern, the apparent outbreak of violence between

the Greek and Macedonian communities in Australia;

(b) regrets that various Australian politicians have taken sides in

the conflict; and

(c) urges that European conflicts not be dragged into the life of

the Australian community and that every effort be made to settle

the differences between the Greek and Macedonian communities in

a peaceful and constructive manner.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the statement by Mr Hugh Morgan of Western Mining

Corporation that overseas mining companies were looking

at countries other than Australia to establish

operations,

(ii) that the beneficiary of Australia's loss is South

America, with Chile being the present favoured country,

every significant Australian miner being there as well,

and

(iii) that the Federal Government's native title legislation

is the main stumbling block and is described as

unworkable; and

(b) calls on the Government to give the mining industry a clear

indication that mining has a future in Australia by repealing

this ill-conceived legislation and introducing workable

legislation along the lines of the Western Australian

legislation.

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

(a) notes that not one skerrick of substantive evidence has ever

been presented to deny the matters that Senator Baume has raised

relating to a potential for conflict of interest involved in the

role of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) as a half-owner of the

Australian partner in a multi-million dollar, multi-national

joint piggery venture that required governmental approvals and

needs an unprecedented $30 million borrowing; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to substantiate his allegations that

Senator Baume's revelations have been "completely fallacious' by

providing details, for example, of the Foreign Investment Review

Board (FIRB) applications relating to this joint venture which

were said to be approved in late 1991 and in which he has

already admitted he did not reveal his interest to the FIRB.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional

Affairs (Senator Cooney): To move on the next day of sitting--That the

time for the presentation of the report of the Standing Committee on

Legal and Constitutional Affairs on gender issues and the judiciary be

extended to 24 March 1994.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that, contrary to the unsubstantiated assertion by the

Prime Minister (Mr Keating) that all Senator Baume's

revelations relating to his hidden piggery interests

have been "completely fallacious', they have, in fact,

revealed matters the Australian people are entitled to

know about the unsatisfactory and inappropriate

corporate behaviour of companies half-owned by the

Prime Minister,

(ii) Senator Baume's revelation that the Prime Minister's

half-owned company owes $4.45 million in a subordinated

debt to Mr John Brown, only $2.76 million of which has

been reluctantly admitted by Senator Evans, who refuses

to say what happened to the remaining $1.7 million,

(iii) that while Mr Keating was still Treasurer in May 1991

he breached Cabinet rules by not immediately informing

his Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, of the nature and value

of his $430 000 investment, and that Mr Hawke has never

been given such details, as his statement of 3 weeks

ago indicates,

(iv) that false returns were still being lodged by the Prime

Minister's half-owned companies 18 months after he

acquired his half-ownership and long after Senator

Baume had exposed previous major errors in this

chamber,

(v) notes Mr Keating's half-owned companies failed to pay

$0.25 million in workers compensation premiums for up

to 3 years, the bulk of the debt being incurred after

he acquired his half-ownership, with settlement

eventually being made only after the issuance of a

Supreme Court writ; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to apologise for the disgraceful

behaviour of his half-owned companies and to give an undertaking

that he will ensure that they will behave in a responsible

manner in future.