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

next day of sitting--That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for

an Act relating to banking. Banking (State Bank of South Australia and

Other Matters) Bill 1994.

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

deplores the push of the Australian Democrats to encourage this Labor

Government to further increase taxes by $5 billion, in spite of the fact

that the Government has already increased taxes outside their promises

prior to the federal election held on 13 March 1993, and plans to

further increase them in the May 1994 Budget.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that 24 to 30 March 1994 has now been officially

designated National Wool Week, with National Wool Day being

celebrated on 30 March 1994;

(b) calls upon Senators to present appropriate speeches to this

chamber to celebrate this occasion;

(c) pays tribute to the enormous contribution that the wool industry

has made, and continues to make, to the economy and the

Australian people; and

(d) welcomes and encourages the increasing number of value-adding

industries, both small and large, which are starting up in this

country to process our woollen products.

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

next day of sitting--That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for

an Act to provide for the payment of bounty on the production of certain

fuel ethanol. Bounty (Fuel Ethanol) Bill 1994.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) International Water Day is being marked for the first

time in Australia on 22 March 1994,

(ii) water is a scare resource in Australia, the world's

driest inhabited continent, 70 per cent of which is

arid,

(iii) water wastage is a serious problem in our nation, with

an average per capita use of 500 litres of water per

day, and

(iv) leaving the water running while you brush your teeth,

for example, can waste 20 litres of water per day; and

(b) calls upon government and non-government bodies, industries,

businesses, farmers and residents to adopt a co-operative

approach and change attitudes to water use in order to ensure

that our supplies will meet growing and diverse demands in the

future.

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

next day of sitting--That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for

an Act to amend certain Acts relating to superannuation for people

employed by the Commonwealth, and for certain other people, and for

related purposes. Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 1994.

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

Senate notes the result of the by-election for Bonython and the

magnificent swing, on a two-party preferred basis, of 8.23 per cent to

the Liberal Party.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot): To move on the

next day of sitting--That the Senate notes the quotation from the

Financial Review of 22 March 1994 that "the Democrats' Budget proposal

this year is the most detailed ever produced by the party and is, in the

absence of any policies from the Opposition to replace Fightback, the

main policy alternative to that put forward by the Government'.

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

next day of sitting--That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for

an Act to establish a program to give protection and assistance to

certain witnesses and other persons. Witness Protection Bill 1994.

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

notes--

(a) with interest, calls by the Australian Democrats to abandon the

failed training guarantee levy;

(b) that in early March 1994 the Democrats did not support

Opposition amendments to abandon the training guarantee levy;

and

(c) with regret, that the additional taxes proposed by the Democrats

would put more employees out of work.

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

next day of sitting--That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for

an Act to amend the Customs Tariff Act 1987, and for related purposes.

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill 1994.

Senator O'Chee, at the request of the Deputy Chairman of the Standing

Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (Senator Vanstone): 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 the rights and obligations of the media be extended to 9 June 1994.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science,

Technology,Transport, Communications and Infrastructure (Senator

Childs): To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for the

presentation of report no. 1 of 1994 of the Standing Committee on

Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and

Infrastructure on the examination of annual reports be extended to the

last sitting day in June 1994.

The Acting Chairman of the Select Committee on Certain Aspects of

Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media (Senator

Kernot): To move on the next day of sitting--That the Select Committee

on Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the

Print Media be authorised to hold a public hearing during the sitting of

the Senate on 24 March 1994 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the purpose of

taking evidence in relation to its inquiry.

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

notes that the Australian Democrats and the Greens (WA) are now

entrenched as the ultra left-wing faction of the Australian Labor Party

following their recommendations for $5 billion tax increases.

Senator Foreman, at the request of the Chairman of the Standing

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Senator Jones): To move

on the next day of sitting--That the time for the presentation of report

no. 1 of 1994 of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and

Trade on the examination of annual reports be extended to the last

sitting day in June 1994.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the recent statements by the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) on the issue of the United Nations Convention

on Climate Change and Australia's supposed action plan

in that regard, and

(ii) the claim by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and

Resource Economics that Australia's contribution to

greenhouse gases will, in fact, rise by 38 per cent by

the year 2005;

(b) supports the statements by Greenpeace Australia criticising the

Prime Minister's statement as a hollow commitment; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government to take immediate action to

implement the proposals of the ecologically sustainable

development working groups on greenhouse policy and to

incorporate some specific proposals to achieve the Government's

own greenhouse targets in the May 1994 Budget program.

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

notes--

(a) that the Australian Democrats are once again proving to be

anti-business by advocating massive tax hikes which will depress

business activity and increase, not decrease, unemployment;

(b) that those tax increases would be in the vicinity of $7.8

billion and, if the Government were to take up the suggestion,

the "no new or increased taxes' promise of the federal election

held on 13 March 1993 would be completely abandoned;

(c) that the so-called "tax avoidance' measure of a minimum 20 per

cent tax on reported profit would simply reduce spending on

infrastructure and new technology;

(d) that the $2.8 billion in business and personal tax concessions

espoused by the Australian Democrats (including payroll tax) is

straight out of Fightback!; and

(e) the disastrous result the Australian Democrats achieved in the

Bonython by-election which shows that their leader, Senator

Kernot, has lost all grass roots support.

Senator Foreman, at the request of the Chairman of the Standing

Committee on Community Affairs (Senator West): To move on the next day

of sitting--That the time for the presentation of the reports of the

Standing Committee on Community Affairs on the evaluation of

Commonwealth-funded programs in the areas of community services, health

and social security and on psychotherapeutic medication in Australia be

extended to 12 May 1994.

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

Senate notes the poor showing of the Australian Democrats in the

Bonython by-election where their vote slipped by one third from the 9.4

per cent achieved at the federal election held on 13 March 1993 under

former leader, Senator Coulter, to 6.34 per cent under the "all things

to all people' current leader.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot): To move on the

next day of sitting--That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for

an Act to amend the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 to provide for

enforcement through legal process, as an alternative to the penal powers

of the Houses of the Parliament, of lawful orders of the Houses and

their committees. Parliamentary Privileges Amendment (Enforcement of

Lawful Orders) Bill 1994.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs

(Senator Burns): To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for

the presentation of report no. 1 of 1994 of the Standing Committee on

Rural and Regional Affairs on the examination of annual reports be

extended to the last sitting day in June 1994.

Senator O'Chee, at the request of the Deputy Chairman of the Standing

Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (Senator Vanstone): 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 12 May 1994.

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

notes that--

(a) the Australian Democrats' budget proposals will assist

Australian industries to become more competitive and hence

generate more jobs by measures such as:

(i) the abolition of payroll tax,

(ii) a rebate of sales tax paid on goods being exported,

(iii) $1.2 billion public investment in hospitals, public

transport, better water supplies and public housing,

(iv) an increase in research and development grants and

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research

Organisation funding,

(v) venture capital development funds, and

(vi) a 2-year extension of tariff reduction programs; and

(b) the shift from taxes which add to business costs to taxes on

profits are both equitable and beneficial for Australian

industries and that Australia's taxes on business would be the

lowest among the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and

Development (OECD) countries if the Australian Democrats'

proposals were accepted.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that Mr Keating's piggery partner, Mr Achilles

Constantinidis, has written to the Australian

Securities Commission (ASC) blaming the former

directors of the Brown & Hatton group of companies for

the group's breaches of ASC reporting requirements,

(ii) Mr Constantinidis' claim in this letter that the

incorrect accounts previously lodged with the ASC for

1990 and 1991 were prepared and signed by the former

directors of the group,

(iii) that none of these accounts were signed by the former

directors,

(iv) that Mr Constantinidis, the only continuing director

since the group's inception in 1988, signed

declarations that "the information given in this Annual

Return ... is complete and correct' when lodging every

one of these incorrect annual returns, and

(v) that all of these false returns were filed from May

1992 onwards, a year after Mr Constantinidis and the

Prime Minister became the joint owners, and almost a

year after the two former directors resigned; and

(b) calls on the ASC to re-examine Mr Constantinidis' letter of

explanation for the group's breaches of the Corporations Law.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that the Pan Pacific Nuclear Free Zones

Association(PPNFZA) met at a conference at Katoomba on 2 to 3

February 1994;

(b) requests the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth Evans)

to approve PPNFZA's support for the World Court project to

declare nuclear weapons illegal;

(c) calls on the Australian Government, through the Minister for

Foreign Affairs:

(i) to make submissions to the Court of International

Justice at the Hague supporting the aim of declaring

nuclear weapons illegal, and

(ii) to support a future United Nations Assembly vote in

favour of the World Court project aim of declaring

nuclear weapons illegal through the World Court.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 22 March 1994 is the United Nations World Day for

Water, and

(ii) fresh clean water is a very scarce resource in

Australia, yet it is treated as a sewer and a dumping

ground for industrial, agricultural and urban waste;

and

(b) calls on the Government to get serious about water pollution

problems in Australia and fund a national urban sewerage and

stormwater program and a rural effluent treatment program, as

outlined in the Australian Democrats' 1994 budget submission.

Senator O'Chee, at the request of the Deputy Chairman of the Standing

Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (Senator Vanstone): To

move on the next day of sitting--That the time for the presentation of

report no. 1 of 1994 of the Standing Committee on Legal and

Constitutional Affairs on the examination of annual reports be extended

to the last sitting day in June 1994.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the parties to the Basel Convention are currently

meeting to discuss a total ban on the export of

hazardous waste from Organisation for Economic

Co-operation and Development (OECD) to non-OECD

countries, and

(ii) seven countries, including Australia, oppose the ban

because of the economic benefits derived from exporting

waste to developing countries rather than recycling or

reducing waste in the country of origin;

(b) condemns the Australian Government for adopting a double

standard whereby the Government funds a lead reduction strategy

at home, whilst allowing severe lead contamination of workers,

children and the environment in developing countries;

(c) strongly urges the Government to stop the pretence that

Australia's export of hazardous waste is a legitimate recycling

trade; and

(d) calls on the Government to immediately support the proposed ban

on hazardous waste exports.

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

Senate notes the recent Time-Morgan Poll which shows that the Liberal

Party under Dr Hewson's leadership has increased its lead over the

Australian Labor Party (ALP) to 53.5 per cent compared with the ALP's

46.5 per cent.