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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

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

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, the Greens (WA) budget submission to the

Government calling for new spending, savings and tax

measures, and

(ii) that, as representatives of Western Australia, the

provider of 25 per cent of Australia's export income,

they are calling for, inter alia, phasing out of the

diesel fuel rebate, a $325 million blow to farmers and

miners; and

(b) calls on the Greens (WA) to explain to Western Australia their

solution for the future of people engaged in the rural and

mining industries when they are put out of business and

employment.

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

next day of sitting--

(1) That the days of meeting of the Senate after Thursday, 24 March

1994, for the Winter sittings, be as follows:

Tuesday 3 May to Thursday 5 May

Monday 9 May to Thursday 12 May

Monday 30 May to Thursday 2 June

Monday 6 June to Thursday 9 June

Monday 20 June to Thursday 23 June

Monday 27 June to Thursday 30 June.

(2) That on Tuesday, 21 June 1994, the Senate meet at 9.30 a.m.

(3) That the routine of business for Tuesday, 21 June and Thursday,

23 June, being days on which estimates committees are scheduled

to meet, shall be:

(a) Tabling of Government documents pursuant to sessional

order

(b) Questions

(c) Motions to take note of answers

(d) Petitions

(e) Notices of motion

(f) Postponement and rearrangement of business

(g) Discovery of formal business

(h) Any proposal to debate a matter of public importance or

of urgency

(i) Adjournment.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that although there have been some important moves

towards economic development by the Government of the

Socialist Republic of Vietnam in recent years they have

not yet been accompaniedby political liberalisation or

improved human rights records,

(ii) that people are imprisoned or kept under house arrest,

without charge or trial, for the peaceful expression of

their beliefs and alternative points of view, and that

there continue to be severe restrictions on freedom of

religion, speech, press, assembly, association and

movement, workers' rights and the right for people to

vote for a government of their choice, and

(iii) with concern, in particular, the house arrest or

imprisonment of the Most Venerable Thic Huyen Quang,

Most Venerable Thic Quang Do, Venerables Thic Tri Sieu,

Thic Tue Si, Thic Tri Tuu, Thic Hai Tinh, Thic Hai

Tang, Thic Khong Tanh, Drs Nguyen Dan Que and Doan Viet

Hoat and Mr Nguyen Dinh Huy; and

(b) requests the Prime Minister (Mr Keating):

(i) to raise Australia's concerns about these systematic

violations of human rights, as recognised in the United

Nations Declaration of Human Rights and in the

Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,

during his forthcoming visit to Vietnam, and to press

the Government of Vietnam to observe and respect human

and civil rights within its borders, and

(ii) to finalise arrangements for the early visit to Vietnam

of the Human Rights delegation, which was agreed during

the visit to Australia of the Vietnamese Prime Minister

(Mr Kiet) in May 1993, and which visit has now been

significantly delayed beyond its earlier planned

timetable.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) that the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) is about to visit

Vietnam, and

(ii) the deep concern of many Vietnamese about the lack of

freedom of religion in Vietnam, particularly for

buddhists and its traditional church, the Unified

Buddhist Church of Vietnam; and

(b) urges the Prime Minister to raise the ongoing demands for

democratisation, liberalisation and other human freedoms for

millions of ordinary people with the Government of Vietnam while

on his visit.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

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

Radiocommunications (Qualified Operators) Determination No. 1 of 1993

(Amendment No. 2), RQO 1993/3, made under the Radiocommunications Act

1992, be disallowed.

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

motion.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) that the Liberal team in the Townsville City Council

election local authority campaign has committed itself

in its written policy and in campaign announcements to

a rate rise at or less than the consumer price index,

and

(ii) the false and untruthful advertising of the Australian

Labor Party (ALP) which without substantiation claims

"the Liberals want you to pay $200 more in water

rates'; and

(b) calls on the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters to

investigate the false and untruthful advertising of the ALP and

to make recommendations for prosecution of all false and

untruthful election advertising on an Australia-wide basis.

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

calls on the Government to increase the representation from outside the

Australian Taxation Office on the committee responsible for the tax

simplification and improvement program.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the United Progressive Council Team contesting the

council elections in Mt Isa on 26 March 1994 is a front

for the Australian Labor Party (ALP) with the mayoral

candidate and the deputy, respectively, the former

chairman and deputy chairman of the ALP,

(ii) the continuing false and untruthful election

advertising of the ALP and its front organisations,

(iii) specifically, advertising mentioning a candidate, Mr

Rod Wilkinson, who is not an existing member of Council

being falsely and untruthfully described as Alderman

Rod Wilkinson, a title meaning that the title holder is

an existing member of the council, and

(iv) television advertising featuring local Labor

politicians and former mayor, Mr McGrady, with the

Labor-supported team, which falsely and untruthfully

infers that Mr McGrady is part of the team; and

(b) calls on the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters to

investigate the false and untruthful advertising of the ALP and

its front organisations and to make recommendations for

prosecution of all false and untruthful election advertising on

an Australia-wide basis.

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

next day of sitting--That on Thursday, 24 March 1994:

(a) the hours of meeting shall be:

9.30 a.m.--6.50 p.m., and

8 p.m.--10.30 p.m.;

(b) the routine of business shall be as for a Thursday, except that

consideration of Government Business shall resume at the

conclusion of General Business or at 8 p.m., which ever is the

earlier;

(c) the question for the adjournment shall be put at 10.30 p.m.; and

(d) the procedures for the adjournment specified in the sessional

order of 2 February 1994 relating to the times of sitting and

routine of business shall not apply to the adjournment.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) a director of the Danish conglomerate, Danpork AS, Mr

Rene Madelaire, was reported in a Danish newspaper

Berlingske Tidende on 30 August 1991 as saying that his

group was entering a joint venture in Australia with a

"financially strong' meat wholesaler and pig producer,

(ii) unaudited false returns for Danpork's joint-venture

partner, the piggery holding company, Brown & Hatton

Group Pty Limited, allegedly signed in May 1991

although not filed at the Australian Securities

Commission (ASC) until June 1992, claimed aggregate

profits for 1989 and 1990 of $1.3 million which were

subsequently replaced after an ASC inquiry in December

1992 with returns showing parent company aggregate 1989

and 1990 losses of $4.5 million,

(iii) the net tangible assets of the company were claimed to

be $1.3 million in 1990 whereas the replacement

corrected audited accounts showed a negative

shareholders equity of $1.1 million, making the company

technically insolvent with liabilities exceeding

tangible assets by more than $5 million, resulting in

the auditors qualifying the accounts by saying that

"the continuity of normal business activities is

dependent upon the continued support of the companies'

ultimate shareholders [Mr Keating and Mr

Constantinidis] together with the support of the

bankers of the group', and

(iv) at no stage has this group ever been "financially

strong' by any measure; and

(b) expresses its concern that foreign investors may have been

misled about the financial strength of this Australian piggery

group.

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

notes--

(a) the constructive budget proposals of the Australian Democrats

designed to get industry going, to create jobs and to make ours

a more just society; and

(b) that the Opposition and the Government should take to heart what

Mr Tim Colebatch said in the Age on 23 March 1994, namely, that

"I hope that in their budget talks, some of the Democrats'

boldness and sense of justice rubs off on the Government'.

Intention to withdraw: Senator MacGibbon gave notice of his intention,

at the giving of notices on the next day of sitting, to withdraw

Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 standing in his name for

the next day of sitting for the disallowance of the Air Navigation

Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1993 No. 318

and made under the Air Navigation Act 1920.