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NOTICES

Notices of motion withdrawn: The Minister for Defence (Senator Ray), at

the request of Senator MacGibbon, withdrew General Business notices of

motion nos 13, 155, 366, 395, 404 and 514.

Notices of motion:

The Minister for Defence (Senator Ray): To move on the next day of

sitting--That estimates committees consider proposed expenditure in

relation to departments as follows:

Estimates Committee A

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Communications and the Arts

Administrative Services

Estimates Committee B

Defence

Veterans' Affairs

Industrial Relations

Tourism

Estimates Committee C

Environment, Sport and Territories

Human Services and Health

Social Security

Estimates Committee D

Industry, Science and Technology

Treasury

Finance

Estimates Committee E

Primary Industries and Energy

Transport

Employment, Education and Training

Estimates Committee F

Parliament

Attorney-General

Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

Housing and Regional Development.

The Chairman of the Select Committee on Certain Aspects of Foreign

Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media (Senator Alston): To

move on the next day of sitting--That the resolution of the Senate of 9

December 1993, as modified on 24 February 1994, establishing the Select

Committee on Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation

to the Print Media, be further modified to provide that its term of

appointment be extended to 9 June 1994 to allow the committee to

complete its evidence gathering and prepare its report.

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

motion.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) since the Labor Government came into power, Australia's

overseas aid has fallen sharply from 0.5 per cent of

gross national product (GNP),

(ii) if, as anticipated, the Keating Government further

reduces Australia's overseas aid to 0.33 per cent of

GNP in the coming budget, it would be making a mockery

of its recent election promise to increase aid to 0.4

per cent of GNP by 1994-95, which is still well short

of the United Nations (UN) standard of 0.7 per cent of

GNP,

(iii) if the budget allocation were reduced to 0.33 per cent

of GNP, the Keating Government would have reduced

Australia's aid to its lowest level ever, and would

have seriously undermined Australia's attempts to meet

its obligations to poorer nations in the region and

globally, and

(iv) given that the life expectancy for women in Bangladesh

and India is more than 20 years less than the life

expectancy of women in Australia, the Keating

Government would have demonstrated that it is prepared

to disregard such basic disadvantage; and

(b) calls on the Government to increase substantially in the 1994-95

Budget allocation to overseas aid towards the UN target of 0.7

per cent of GNP.

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

(a) joins with the people of South Africa and celebrates the

historic election in that country which has caused the first

democratic and non-racial government in South African history to

be created;

(b) congratulates President-elect Nelson Mandela on his personal

triumph in overcoming the legacy of 4 decades of abhorrent

apartheid and nearly 3 decades of imprisonment;

(c) commends all those involved in the transitional processes which

have led to political reform and genuine democratic evolution;

(d) notes the valuable role played by the Australian Electoral

Commission and Australian delegates in the Commonwealth Observer

Group to South Africa in providing personnel and advice relating

to the successful running of free and fair elections;

(e) offers its wholehearted support and encouragement to the new

multiracial government in its institution of free and democratic

rule in South Africa and in progress to a new, peaceful and

prosperous South Africa founded on the principles of social and

economic justice and equity; and

(f) expresses the hope that the Australian Parliament will soon be

able to build a new relationship with the Parliament of South

Africa to broaden and deepen political understanding and

democratic values.

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

(a) notes that the actions of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) during

his recent visit to Vietnam have offended a wide range of

Australians;

(b) condemns the Prime Minister for deliberately refusing to

recognise the efforts of the 50 000 Australian soldiers who

fought in the Vietnam war until eventually, after 5 days, being

shamed into doing so;

(c) expresses its concern that the Prime Minister has:

(i) capitulated to the Vietnamese Government over the issue

of human rights by accepting the proposal for an

emasculated human rights delegation which apparently is

now to be insipidly called a "consultative delegation',

and

(ii) invited the Vietnamese Communist Party chief, Mr Do

Muoi, to visit Australia, despite the fact that he is

not a representative of the Vietnamese Government or

nation; and

(d) notes that Mr Do Muoi's visit will offend a great majority of

the Australian community of Vietnamese origin, who fled to

Australia to escape the very principles and practices of

communism that Mr Do Muoi represents.

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

congratulates--

(a) Adelaide mother, Mrs Carole Carroll, on her nationwide campaign

demanding a fair deal, equity and choice from the Government for

families who elect to have one parent caring for children in the

home; and

(b) Mrs Carroll for raising Australians' awareness of the

Government's discrimination against parents caring for children

in the home, in particular, by highlighting the gap between the

childcare rebate, which is worth $61.20 for two children per

week and not income tested, and the home childcare allowance set

at a maximum $30 per week with a harsh income test.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that Mr Gino Mandarino, President of the Illawarra

branch of Young Labor and a part-time member of the

staff of the Labor Member for Throsby, Mr Colin Hollis

MP, was fined $800 on 15 April 1994 for his involvement

in forging an electoral form in Wollongong on 2

September 1992, as part of a power struggle between the

left- and right-wings of the Labor Party in NSW,

(ii) the involvement in this fraud of Councillor Michael

Samoris, a prospective left-wing Labor candidate for

the NSW Legislative Council and staffer at the time of

former left-wing Member for Cunningham, Mr Stuart West,

whose office was advised of the completion of the

fraudulent form, a copy of which it was sent by

facsimile,

(iii) that Mr Mandarino wrote repeated letters published in

the Illawarra Mercury during the 1993 election campaign

in which he misrepresented the Opposition's policies

without admitting he was an employee of Mr Hollis, in

keeping with the prosecutor's statement at his trial

that Mr Mandarino had "at best a reckless disregard for

the honesty component of the electoral system; at worst

a contempt for the system', and

(iv) that Mr Mandarino is the second person in Mr Hollis'

office to be tried in court and found guilty of a

criminal breach of the law, the other being Mr Hollis

himself; and

(b) calls on members of Parliament, particularly those involved in

the present bitter dispute between the left- and right-wings of

the Labor Party in NSW, to ensure that their staff members abide

by the law.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that, in the week beginning 1 May 1994, Australia will

host three separate trade missions and delegations from

Singapore, Thailand and ASEAN countries, and

(ii) that South East Asia is becoming an increasingly

significant market for Australia and that the visits

this week indicate that the desire for closer trade

links is strengthening on both sides; and

(b) welcomes the officials arriving in Canberra this week and wishes

them well for their trade discussions.

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

Senate--

(a) welcomes the historic elections in South Africa which have set

that country on the road to a fully representative democracy;

(b) commends the example that South Africa has given to the rest of

the world in the way the vast majority of people have embraced a

peaceful road to change and have turned away from violence;

(c) thanks President de Klerk for the dignified, honourable way he

has led his government and country to majority rule;

(d) congratulates President-elect Nelson Mandela for the African

National Congress' magnificent win in the elections; and

(e) calls on the Australian Government to do all within its power to

assist the new government and parliament in their massive task

of restructuring and rebuilding the Republic of South Africa.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the terrible sacrifices, suffering, hardship and loss

of life in the long struggle for freedom and democracy

in South Africa, and

(ii) the courage of all those who strived for democracy,

from Nelson Mandela to F W de Klerk and to the millions

of others who made the election possible;

(b) expresses support for the spirit of optimism, determination and

goodwill evident during this first non-racial election and hopes

this continues in the post-election period;

(c) recognises the decade-long efforts of a wide range of

Australians from all political persuasions in support of human

rights in South Africa;

(d) welcomes the return of South Africa as a democratic nation to

the Commonwealth of Nations; and

(e) shares the sentiments of the new national anthem of South Africa

"Nkosi Sikelel' i-Africa' or "God Bless Africa'.

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

(a) recalls that at the Victorian Australian Labor Party (ALP) state

conference in March 1994 it was agreed that women must be

preselected for at least 35 per cent of winnable State and

Federal seats by the year 2003;

(b) notes that in the week beginning 24 April 1994 a deal has

allegedly been done in the Victorian Labor Party to ensure that

a male member of the Labor Unity faction is preselected as the

ALP candidate for the safe seat of Williamstown;

(c) recognises that at the very first opportunity since the state

conference to endorse a female candidate for a winnable State

seat, the Victorian ALP has agreed to endorse a male candidate;

and

(d) calls on the Senate to condemn the Victorian ALP for its

meaningless rhetoric regarding the entry of more women into

Parliament.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) on 1 February 1994, Senator Campbell placed a question

on notice seeking details about the respective leases

for office space at the Casselden Place building in

Melbourne of Projects, Interiors and Asset Services,

including details of the commencement dates and space

occupied, the net rental, the outgoings per square

metre and the value of any leasing incentives,

(ii) the then Minister for Administrative Services (Senator

McMullan), supplied details of the commencementdates

and space occupied but withheld information about the

rental, the outgoings per square metre and the value of

any leasing incentives, and

(iii) Senator McMullan explained in his answer that these

leases are all held by Commonwealth agencies;

(b) expresses its concern that Senator McMullan went on to assert

that notwithstanding that only Commonwealth agencies were

involved, he was withholding the requested information because

he claimed it was commercial-in-confidence;

(c) declares that, consistent with the spirit and tenor of numerous

Senate resolutions over the years, there is no area of public

expenditure and activity of the kind arising here involving one

Commonwealth agency leasing property to another, which is not

subject to parliamentary accountability and disclosure of

information; and

(d) therefore resolves that there be laid on the table, by the

Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services

(Senator McMullan), by not later than 5 p.m. on 5 May 1994, the

following documents with respect to the Projects, Interiors and

Asset Services leases:

(i) the effective net rental rates for each lease,

(ii) the outgoing payable per square metre in the building

by the agencies, and

(iii) the value of any leasing incentives paid to the tenants

as part of the lease deal.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Hawke Government allowed the United Nations (UN)

Human Rights Committee to involve itself in Australian

disputes, and

(ii) the Keating Government has allowed two other UN

Committees, the UN Committee Against Torture and the UN

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,

to become involved in Australian disputes; and

(b) deplores the fact that the Australian Labor Party Government has

overturned the philosophy of the Australia Act by involving

outside tribunals in our domestic affairs.

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

(a) notes concerns expressed by the Tasmanian Minister for National

Parks and Wildlife (Mr Cleary) about reports that the Federal

Government is intending to reduce its funding of the Tasmanian

Wilderness World Heritage Area in the 1994-95 Budget; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government:

(i) to maintain its previous agreement with Tasmania for

ongoing funding at a level of at least $3.5 million per

year for a further 5 years as its international

obligation to world heritage, and

(ii) in conjunction with the Tasmanian Government, develop a

specific program of projects with costings to be

undertaken in each of the next 5 years.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the notification by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) on

31 March 1994 that for an undisclosed sum he had

"disposed' of his $430 100 half-ownership of his

technically bankrupt piggery group to the other

half-owner, Mr Achilles Constantinidis,

(ii) that the Brown and Hatton piggery and refrigeration

group's liabilities had far exceeded its realisable

assets by August 1992, as revealed by the credit

committee of the Commonwealth Bank, and that this

situation has been further worsened by subsequent

multi-million dollar losses incurred by the group

during his half-ownership, making his piggery holding

company, Brown and Hatton Group Pty Ltd, not only

worthless but having a substantial negative worth,

contrary to the false claim made by Mr Keating on 24

March 1994,

(iii) that the Prime Minister's failure to reveal whether he

avoided suffering a loss on the disposal of this

disastrous investment raises the question of what kind

of obligations he is under to his rescuer or whether he

was at all times protected from the risk of loss on

this investment, no matter what happened to the piggery

group or its creditors, by a secret benefactor, and

(iv) that having a Prime Minister under such an obligation

provides an intolerable potential for conflict of

interest; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to reveal the full and accurate

details of the nature of his investment in his half-owned

piggery group and the terms of its disposal.

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

Senate--

(a) applauds the launching of the Pedder 2000 campaign, a campaign

to restore the original Lake Pedder, by Professor David Bellamy

and Dr Bob Brown in April 1994;

(b) notes that:

(i) there is strong support in Tasmania, Australia and

throughout the world for the draining of the 20 metre

deep man-made water storage compound which covers the

original Lake Pedder in Tasmania's otherwise pristine

south-west wilderness, and

(ii) preliminary scientific studies have indicated that the

unique landforms such as dunes and waves in the sand

beach of the lake remain undamaged after 22 years under

water; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to give tangible assistance to

the campaign by conducting a full feasibility study into the

best ways to drain and rehabilitate the area.

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

(a) notes, with approval, the combined efforts of the Australian

Local Government Association and the Plastics and Chemical

Industries Association to increase the demand for products made

from recycled plastics;

(b) recognises that this initiative is a crucial part of the process

of recycling, a process which relies for its success upon the

eventual use of products made from collected material which

would otherwise be waste; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to follow the lead of local

government by examining ways in which it can co-operate with the

Plastics and Chemical Industries Association to increase the

demand for products from recycled waste.

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

conveys to the Parliament of Brazil its deepest regrets and condolences

to the people of Brazil on the sad and tragic loss of Ayrton Senna, one

of the greatest sportsmen in the history of mankind, and a great

ambassador for Brazil.

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

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, the increasing proportion of Australian

school funding which is being provided by private

enterprise sponsorship, and

(ii) that the provision of money in this manner has been

made necessary by the failure of many of our State

governments to recognise their obligation to provide

free compulsory and secular education for all children;

and

(b) calls on the Government to establish procedures which guarantee

that the States will be obliged to adequately fund Australia's

schools.

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

congratulates all those involved in South Africa's election and its fair

conduct, and in particular Mr F W de Klerk and Mr Nelson Mandela, and

extends to the new South African Government and the South African nation

its support and every good wish in the challenging and exciting future

that lies ahead.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the week beginning 1 May 1994 is National Public

Transport Action Week and will feature public events in

cities throughout Australia to call for improvements in

public transport,

(ii) National Public Transport Action Week has been

organised by community groups who are concerned that

the state and federal governments are not giving

adequate support to public transport while giving

excessive emphasis to roads, and

(iii) the increasing patronage of the revitalised railway

systems in Perth and Brisbane stand as outstanding

examples of the bright future for rail, both low-cost

light rail and heavy rail, in Australian cities; and

(b) calls on the Government to immediately implement programs to

rebuild Australia's public transport system.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the comments by the Premier of Tasmania (Mr Groom) that

he is seeking an increase of 1.1 million tonnes in the

export woodchip quota for Tasmania,

(ii) that Tasmania already exports 2.9 million tonnes of

woodchips,

(iii) that the Premier claims that Tasmania has the capacity

to export 4 million tonnes of woodchips on a

sustainable basis, because that wood is wasted on the

forest floor,

(iv) that this is the same argument originally used to

justify woodchipping, and

(v) that, in 1973, figures published by the Australian

Bureau of Statistics referred to a sustainable yield

for the total volume of hardwood and softwoods used for

sawmilling, plywood milling and woodchips of 4 million

cubic metres; and

(b) calls on the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories

(Senator Faulkner) and the Minister for Resources (Mr Beddall)

to clearly and definitively establish a sustainable yield for

forest as well as plantation products related to defined sources

of wood for the next 50 years before any consideration is given

to the Tasmanian Premier's proposal.

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

conveys to the United States Senate and the people of the United States

of America its condolences on the sad passing of former President of the

United States of America, Richard Milhous Nixon, a man whose life

contributed so much to peace and security for all mankind.