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NOTICES

Notice of motion withdrawn: Senator Foreman, at the request of the

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

(Senator Colston) and pursuant to notice of intention given on 3 March

1994, withdrew Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 standing in

the name of Senator Colston for 5 sitting days after today for the

disallowance of the Civil Aviation Regulations (Amendment) as contained

in Statutory Rules 1993 No. 319 and made under the Civil Aviation Act

1988.

Notices of motion:

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

Service Determination 1994/4, as contained in Determination No. 4 of

1994 and made under section 82D of the Public Service Act 1922, be

disallowed.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) after the 1987 House of Representatives election 8 per

cent of voters (one in twelve) were totally

unrepresented in that chamber, while after the 1993

Senate election only half of one per cent of voters

(one in two hundred) were unrepresented in this

chamber, and

(ii) the upper house is a far more representative chamber

than the lower house; and

(b) calls on the Government to change the House of Representatives

voting system to make it truly representative of the Australian

people.

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

(a) notes the message by Her Majesty the Queen of 14 March 1994

supporting the choice of sport as the Commonwealth Day's 1994

theme;

(b) commends Her Majesty for the pro-sport sentiments expressed in

her Commonwealth Day message; and

(c) assures Her Majesty of the continuing loyalty of this chamber.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

(Senator Colston): To move 15 sitting days after today--

No. 1--That the Family Law (Child Abduction Convention) Regulations

(Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1993 No. 358 and made

under the Family Law Act 1975, be disallowed.

No. 2--That Determination No. TAFE 45/93, made under sections 12, 13

and 14 of the States Grants (TAFE Assistance) Act 1989, be disallowed.

No. 3--That Schedule D to the Murray-Darling Basin Act 1993

--Application of Agreement to Queensland, made under the

Murray-Darling Basin Act 1993, be disallowed.

No. 4--That the Meat Inspection (General) Orders (Amendment), as

contained in Meat Inspection Orders No. 3 of 1993 and made under the

Meat Inspection Act 1983, be disallowed.

No. 5--That the Meat Inspection (New South Wales) Orders, as contained

in Meat Inspection Orders No. 5 of 1993 and made under the Meat

Inspection Act 1983, be disallowed.

No. 6--That the Sixth Amending Deed to Establish an Occupational

Superannuation Scheme for Commonwealth Employees and Certain Other

Persons under section 5 of the Superannuation Act 1990, be disallowed.

Senator Colston, by leave, made a statement relating to the notices of

motion.

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

(a) condemns renewed moves by the Minister for Science and Small

Business (Senator Schacht) to create a new marine institute at

the expense of Australia's premier research organisation, the

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

(CSIRO);

(b) calls on the Minister to abandon this short-sighted measure

which has already been condemned by the Labor Cabinet, the union

movement, industry and Australia's scientific community;

(c) acknowledges that the relationship between the present Minister

and the scientific community has now reached its lowest ebb and

threatens the Government's credibility in this area;

(d) calls on Senator Schacht's ministerial colleagues to overrule

this $50 million blackmail of the CSIRO and this unnecessary

duplication of our marine scientific research which threatens to

disrupt the nation's research program;

(e) notes recent comments by the Chief Executive of the CSIRO (Dr

John Stocker) that the actions of the Minister have required him

to reconsider his future; and

(f) demands the immediate replacement of the Minister and the

implementation of funding guarantees which will ensure the

future of the CSIRO.

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

(a) notes the result of the Fremantle by-election held on 12 March

1994;

(b) records that Dr Carmen Lawrence, the Labor Party candidate,

achieved an increased majority of votes in the face of a

deplorable campaign of personal denigration and vilification;

(c) requests that all political parties and candidates for public

office note the repudiation by the electors of Fremantle of such

distasteful and disgraceful tactics; and

(d) calls on those Senators and Members of the House of

Representatives who attacked Dr Lawrence under the protection of

parliamentary privilege to publicly withdraw the scurrilous

assertions made during the by-election campaign.

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

(a) notes the long-standing concern of the Coalition in the issue of

breast cancer treatment and research funding;

(b) recognises the importance of funding mobile mammography units to

give women in rural and remote areas better access to breast

cancer screening, a policy developed a number of years ago by Dr

Hewson, as then Shadow Finance Minister and Senator Newman, as

then spokesman on the Status of Women;

(c) notes that this policy was re-endorsed by Dr Hewson, Senator

Newman and the Shadow Health spokesman, Dr Woods, at the 1990

Federal election; and

(d) reminds the Federal Government that in the International Year of

the Family we have an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to

families by insisting on action to support the health and

well-being of Australians likely to suffer, or already

suffering, from breast cancer.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) a recent report "National Goals, Targets and Strategies

for Cancer Control' sets out many simple and practical

steps that could be part of a serious attempt to reduce

the incidence of breast cancer,

(ii) the report states that governments are often in the

best position to play a leading role in achieving

change at a national level, and

(iii) while a majority of Australian women are already

well-educated about the need to seek professional

advice on breast cancer the report states that more

resources are urgently needed to increase activity in

several key areas; and

(b) congratulates the Leader of the Opposition (Dr Hewson) for

launching the "Beat Breast Cancer--Lobby for Life!' kit, which

will raise awareness of breast cancer issues and increase

pressure on the Federal Government to address the concerns of

the community.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that the Industry Commission has begun its inquiry into

charitable organisations by publishing an issues paper,

and

(ii) the concerns raised by social welfare organisations

such as the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Churches and

the Red Cross and Salvation Army, amongst others; and

(b) calls on the Government:

(i) to provide funds for groups likely to be affected by

the report of the Industry Commission, to enable them

to prepare submissions to the inquiry,

(ii) to ensure that scarce resources will not be diverted

from meeting the desperate situation of Australians at

the bottom of the heap by the need for charities to

respond to the inquiry, and

(iii) to empower rather than hamper the work of these

charities.

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

(a) condemns the Government for its discredited Quality Assurance

Program in higher education which has divided Australia's

universitiesinto six classes of quality, in a way that is not

valid;

(b) notes the comments by the vice chancellor of Macquarie

University that "from start to finish it has been one of the

most ill-conceived,contrived and clumsily conducted exercises I

have witnessed in over a decade as a vice chancellor';

(c) expresses concern that the invalid class divisions created could

have detrimental effects on the domestic and overseas

reputations of many fine Australian academic institutions;

(d) recognises that the John Curtin School of Medical Research at

the Australian National University (ANU), now funded through the

Department of Health rather than the Department of Employment,

Education and Training, will miss out on quality assurance

funding even though it had contributed significantly to the top

ranking of the ANU; and

(e) notes that the Quality Assurance Program is typical of the

failings of the Labor Government's education policy which:

(i) increases bureaucratic centralisation,

(ii) misdirects resources in an inequitable way, and

(iii) diminishes the autonomy of our universities.

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

(a) notes that six women a day die from breast cancer and that it is

estimated that one in 12 Australian women will get breast

cancer;

(b) recognises the need for an increased commitment to breast cancer

funding;

(c) congratulates the Leader of the Opposition (Dr Hewson) for

launching a kit aimed at increasing community awareness of the

issue and putting pressure on the Federal Government to improve

research funding for this killer disease; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to address this issue in the

bipartisan spirit advocated by Dr Hewson.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) after the 1990 House of Representatives election, 15.5

per cent (nearly one in six) of voters were totally

unrepresentedin that chamber, while after the 1990

Senate election, only 2.7 per cent (one in forty) of

voters were unrepresented in this chamber, and

(ii) the upper house is a far more representative chamber

than the lower house; and

(b) calls on the Government to change the House of Representatives

voting system to make it truly representative of the Australian

people.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with deep concern, the report on the front page of the

West Australian newspaper on 12 March 1994 which

confirmed the gross human rights abuses that have

occurred in East Timor since the Indonesian invasion in

1975, and particularly that some 271 East Timorese were

killed in the 1991 Dili massacre and that 200 went

missing after the incident,

(ii) that the report alleges that companies set up by

Indonesian military officers now dominate the East

Timor economy and that these companies have close links

with the Indonesian partners in the new casino on the

Australian territory of Christmas Island, and

(iii) the growing military and trade links between Australia

and Indonesian over the past few years; and

(b) calls on the Government to limit Australia's links with

Indonesia as a practical mark of solidarity with the people of

East Timor until such time as the Indonesian Government respects

basic human rights and self-determination for the former

Portuguese colony.

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

(a) notes that breast cancer is still the poor cousin in the medical

research family despite its devastating effect on thousands of

Australian women every year;

(b) condemns the Minister for Health (Senator Richardson) for his

cavalier dismissal of the inadequacy of breast cancer research

funding, which he stated was only getting publicity because it

is a "sexy' disease;

(c) suggests to Senator Richardson that he adopt the attitude of the

Prime Minister's wife, Mrs Keating, who has advocated that

greater attention be paid to the breast cancer crisis; and

(d) calls on Senator Richardson and the Government to meet their

commitment to increase spending on medical research, which must

include greatly increased support for breast cancer research.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) only $1.4 million per year is spent by the Federal

Government on breast cancer research, or 20 cents per

woman per year, and

(ii) the mortality rate for breast cancer has not changed

for 40 years, and that the rate of incidence of breast

cancer will increase between now and the year 2000;

(b) condemns the Federal Government for its appalling lack of

commitment to this issue for more than a decade, a period of

time that has seen the death of approximately 30 000 women from

breast cancer; and

(c) demands that the Federal Government significantly increases

breast cancer funding in the 1994-95 Budget.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) after the 1983 House of Representatives election, 6.7

per cent (one in fifteen) of voters were totally

unrepresented in that chamber, while after the 1993

Senate election, less than half of 1 per cent (one in

two hundred) of voters were unrepresented in this

chamber, and

(ii) the upper house is a far more representative chamber

than the lower house; and

(b) calls on the Government to change the House of Representatives

voting system to make it truly representative of the Australian

people.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 800 Shoalhaven residents attended one of the biggest

public rallies ever held in Nowra on the weekend of 12

and 13 March 1994 supporting the proposed move of the

Navy's armaments depot from its location adjacent to

the site of the Sydney 2000 Olympics stadium to a

former pine forest south of Nowra, several miles from

Jervis Bay, with a loading jetty at the northern end of

the bay,

(ii) local support for the move covered a wide cross section

of interest groups including the Shoalhaven Tourism

Board and former Mayor, Councillor Greg Watson, who

pointed out the employment benefits of the depot in an

area of up to 30 per cent unemployment, and local

school students who had been visited by both the Navy

and Greenpeace and who decided that Greenpeace was not

telling the truth, and

(iii) the totally false impression conveyed by the Green

movement that the armaments project would be based on

and around the foreshores of the bay whereas it will,

in fact, be at Comberton Grange, several miles inland;

(b) commends Shoalhaven residents for their evident and strong

support for the removal of the armaments depot to the area; and

(c) calls on the Government to proceed speedily to move the depot to

the Shoalhaven area despite the dishonest and scaremongering

campaign by various environmental groups.

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

Senate--

(a) applauds the inclusion of Eureka and Aboriginal flags on the

coffin of the Australian author and, in his own words,

"irreverent larrikin', Frank Hardy;

(b) notes that:

(i) the very same Eureka flag on Mr Hardy's coffin had

previously flown from the top of the old Swan Brewery

building in Perth, having been placed there by the

Builders Labourers' Federation as a snub to the

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union's black

ban on the site in support of Aboriginal claims on the

land, and

(ii) the flag was spirited away from the site and in a

suitably ironic twist ended up on Mr Hardy's coffin;

and

(c) congratulates the perpetrators of these actions for working

toward restoring the historical, progressive image of the Eureka

flag after it had become tainted in the past few years.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that Poyntell Pty Limited is a company owned jointly by

Mr Keating's piggery partner, Mr Achilles

Constantinidis, and members of the Scoufis family who

owned Olympia Refrigeration before its business was

acquired by Mr Keating's piggery group, following which

the company was wound up for failing to pay workers'

compensation insurance premiums,

(ii) that Poyntell Pty Limited is shown in NSW land titles

office records to own six properties in Maitland,

including some on which Maitland City Council records

show rates have been outstanding for up to 3 years,

(iii) that the latest annual return to the Australian

Securities Commission by Poyntell Pty Limited shows it

holding no such properties as assets and having no

liabilities whatsoever, and

(iv) the Australian Securities Commission requirement that

annual returns be correct and that signatories, in this

case Mr Constantinidis, must make a declaration as to

their accuracy; and

(b) calls on the Attorney-General (Mr Lavarch) to refer this

question of the accuracy of this company's return to the

Australian Securities Commission for examination.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Human Rights Commissioner had publicly questioned

whether changes to child protective arrangements are

breaching Australia's obligations under international

treaties guaranteeing the rights of children and young

people, and

(ii) the Salvation Army has reported that increasing numbers

of unsupported children are seeking to enter services

for the homeless because they have nowhere else to go,

and that there are inadequate services to deal with

young people, particularly women who have been sexually

abused;

(b) recognises that the Commonwealth has a major leadership role in

the area of children's protective services; and

(c) calls on the Minister for Family Services (Senator Crowley) to

consider convening a national inquiry into protective service

responses for children and adolescents at risk.

Intention to withdraw: Senator Patterson, at the request of Senator

Vanstone and pursuant to standing order 78, gave notice of Senator

Vanstone's intention, at the giving of notices on the next day of

sitting, to withdraw Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3

standing in her name for the next day of sitting for the disallowance of

Rule 13 in Order 69A of the High Court Rules (Amendment), as contained

in Statutory Rules 1993 No. 324.