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

(a) notes:

(i) the letter from Mr Tom Uren on the role of the Senate,

published in the Australian and the Sydney Morning

Herald on 10 March 1994, and

(ii) that Mr Uren was a minister in the Whitlam Government,

and admits to once supporting the abolition of the

Senate;

(b) congratulates Mr Uren for having the wisdom to change his mind

to become a strong supporter of the Senate's retention;

(c) endorses Mr Uren's belief that the Senate is a brake on the

arrogance of power, from the extremes of both sides of politics,

and his call for Parliament to reassert its authority over the

executive; and

(d) calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) to heed Mr Uren's

message and to put the national interest ahead of his partisan

Napoleonic impulses.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 17 March 1994 has been designated Bandaged Bear Day

1994 by the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children's

Fund,

(ii) the money raised by the appeal in 1994 will be targeted

to five areas, namely, the cardiac surgery program,

leukaemia research, prevention of diabetes

complications, the leg lengthening program, and the

immunisation awareness program, and

(iii) the fund raised over $11 million in 1993, money without

which the hospital would not be able to provide the

high standard of care to our children for which it is

renowned; and

(b) applauds the valuable work of the staff of the Royal Alexandra

Hospital for Children and the Children's Hospital Fund.

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

(a) rejects the claim of Government members that this chamber was

conceived solely as a State's house and should be abolished or

weakened because it no longer performs that role;

(b) recognises that, contrary to this rewriting of history, the

framers of the Constitution envisaged that this chamber would

also be a house of review, with many favouring proportional

representation to strengthen that role;

(c) notes that:

(i) this is confirmed by statements made by Mr Edmund

Barton and Mr Alfred Deakin who voiced strong support

for proportional representation in Senate elections,

and

(ii) the first bill to establish Parliament'selectoral

system, introduced in 1902, provided for proportional

representation in this chamber;

(d) emphasises that the 1902 bill was rejected against the view of

the Government of the day which argued that proportional

representation was the only way to prevent this chamber from

becoming a clone of the House of Representatives; and

(e) calls on the Keating Government to show the same mature

commitment to democracy, and acknowledge the importance of an

independenthouse of review elected by the present system of

proportional representation.

Senator Reid: To move on the next day of sitting--That leave of absence

be granted to Senator Calvert for the period 17 March to 24 March 1994,

on account of parliamentary business overseas.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that, on 8 April 1994, Mr Maurice Hills retires after

34 and a half years of devoted service to the

Australian High Commission in London, and

(ii) the tremendous assistance given to Senators and Members

by Mr Hills when visiting London; and

(b) wishes Mr Hills well in his well-deserved retirement.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) proportional representation for Senate elections was

introduced by the Labor Government of Mr Ben Chifley in

1948, and

(ii) the minister responsible for the legislation was none

other than Dr Herbert Vere Evatt, to whom Senator

Gareth Evans' Blue Book is dedicated;

(b) recognises that, notwithstanding the self-interest behind

Labor's 1948 legislation, it attracted bi-partisan support

because it strengthened and stabilised this chamber's house of

review function;

(c) strongly believes that, by contrast, the self-interest behind

the Keating Government's proposal for single member Senate

electorates is a power grab which is not redeemed by any

principle or higher purpose; and

(d) supports this chamber's proportional representation system,

which for 46 years has ensured that party representation in this

chamber reflects national voter support much more accurately

than in the House of Representatives, notwithstanding the

different sizes of the States.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the statement by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) in the

House of Representatives on 2 February 1994 in relation

to his Parkville piggery that "some of the pollution

which existed in the local ponds had come not from any

business associated with me but from the complainant

[against his huge piggery expansion program]. So that

is the truth of it', and

(ii) a letter from the Environmental Protection Authority

(EPA) of NSW, dated 25 February 1994, to Mrs Alison

Hodges of Riversdale Farm, Parkville, the leading

protester against his piggery, confirming that no

complaints had been received about effluent or

pollution emanating from her property and that a search

of EPA files had not found any reference to discharges

or pollution from her property and that no

investigation had been carried out by the EPA into any

pollution incidents likely to have originated on her

property; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to withdraw his totally untrue

allegation against Mrs Hodges who has dared to protest against

his proposed piggery expansion.

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

absence be granted to Senator Reid for the period 22 March to 24 March

1994, on account of parliamentary business overseas.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Minister for Health (Senator Richardson) has

refused to rule out an increase in the Medicare levy,

and

(ii) a Budget proposal to increase the Medicare levy by 40

per cent from 1.4 per cent to 2 per cent would raise

about $7.6 billion over 5 years; and

(b) condemns the Government for even contemplating such a massive

tax increase to repair the damage caused to the public health

system by 10 years of Labor Government.

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

(a) recalls that the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) stated at an

Australian Labor Party dinner in September 1993, "When I said

that we would deliver a new deal to the women of Australian, I

meant what I said';

(b) notes the comments made by the president of a prominent national

women's organisation on International Women's Day in the week

beginning 6 March 1994 who said "I think that women generally

... are starting to feel very much betrayed by the current

government'; and

(c) condemns the Federal Labor Government for failing to address the

major issues affecting Australian women.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the statement by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) in the

House of Representatives on 9 February 1994, in

response to a question from the Member for Barker (Mr

McLachlan) about pollution at Mr Keating's Parkville

piggery, that when the Environmental Protection

Authority (EPA) took Mr Keating's company to court the

EPA lost the action,

(ii) that the EPA has not taken Mr Keating's Parkville

piggery to court on a pollution charge, although

evidence of alleged pollution has been placed before

the EPA for consideration,

(iii) however, that another of Mr Keating's piggeries near

Tamworth was prosecuted by the EPA in 1992 for

discharging effluent in breach of licence conditions,

and

(iv) that the prosecution failed on the technical point that

the effluent had been discharged not directly into the

creek but onto a paddock from whence it had allegedly

entered the creek; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to clean up his act.