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The Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner): To move on the next day of sitting--That the following bill

be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Export Market Development

Grants Act 1974, and for related purposes. Export Market Development

Grants Amendment Bill 1994.

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

(a) condemns the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) for

ignoring the rights and wishes of the Yanyuwa and Mara people in

their support of construction of a port facility at Bing Bong

for the McArthur River lead-zinc mine;

(b) applauds reaffirmation of this support by Mr Musso Harvey,

Aboriginal elder and senior lawman for the Yanyuwa and Mara

people, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commercial

Development Corporation(CDC);

(c) notes:

(i) Mr Musso Harvey's condemnation of the ACF stand as

"using Aboriginal people for their own political gains

in this way', and

(ii) that the CDC identifies that the port development

offers significant benefits to Aboriginals, including

commercial involvement through managing the trucking

and barging contracts, employment and training

opportunities; and

(d) calls on the Government to instruct the ACF that no taxpayers

funds are to be used in this blatant exercise in self-promotion

against the wishes of all parties involved, including the

Federal and Northern Territory governments, and to observe the

wishes of the Northern Land Council, the Yanyuwa and Mara

Aboriginals, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander CDC.

The Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner): To move on the next day of sitting--That the following bill

be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to

superannuation. Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Legislation

Amendment Bill 1994.

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

(a) notes that a recent AGB McNair survey about Shoalwater Bay in

central Queensland found that 88 per cent of respondents felt

that the area should be protected;

(b) recognises that a Government decision to allow sand mining of

Shoalwater Bay would be totally out of step with public opinion;

(c) acknowledges the high biological diversity values of the area,

its immense value to science, the magnificence of the bay's

landscape values, and the short-term marginal economic value of

sand mining in the area; and

(d) being aware of the imminent report by the Commission of Inquiry

into the future of Shoalwater Bay, calls on the Government to

make a firm stand against sand mining in the Shoalwater Bay area

and to conserve forever the wilderness qualities of this

splendid region.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the company Tioxide Australia Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned

subsidiary of the United Kingdom's largest industry

company, ICI Plc, is planning to build at Whyalla in

South Australia an export-oriented titanium dioxide

pigment plant to serve the Asia-Pacific region,

(ii) this project would have significant total national

benefits for Australia and the Commonwealth Treasury,

and

(iii) Malaysia has emerged as a rival for Whyalla, with that

country's program of aggressive taxation incentives,

which includes a 10 year corporate tax holiday, almost

certain to win the project unless it is effectively

countered by an Australian initiative; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to urgently examine the

situation and assess what can be done to secure this project for

Australia and South Australia.

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

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, the continuing damage being perpetrated

on the Australian wheat industry by a record run of big

wheat subsidies by the United States of America (US),

(ii) that Australian wheat farmers will now receive $50

million less for the 1993-94 financial year crop than

first estimated, and

(iii) that this has come about because the US has maintained

export subsidies over the past year at higher levels

for longer than before; and

(b) asks the Minister for Trade (Senator McMullan) to take up the

matter with his US counterpart.

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

Senate--

(a) congratulates the Australian Wool Industry and Wool

International on the sale of the first 1 000 000 bales out of

the stockpile; and

(b) notes that:

(i) on 2 February 1991 the stockpile officially peaked at 4

765 270 bales,

(ii) in the week beginning 24 April 1994, Wool International

had the total down to 3 730 000 bales,

(iii) the Garnaut proposed stockpile reduction schedule to

begin on 1 July 1994 will sell another 2 000 000 bales

before the end of July 1997, and

(iv) woolgrowers can look with increasing optimism to a

return to profitability after a time of great

heartache, the significance of which to the Australian

economy has not been appreciated by the Government.

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

(a) recognises the success of many of our international competitors

in developing their industries with the help of strategic

Government intervention based on agreed industry plans; and

(b) calls on the Government:

(i) to reverse its policies of unilaterally dismantling

trade protection and industry support mechanisms,

(ii) to assist the long-term competitiveness of Australian

industry by formulating a national innovation strategy,

supported by greater investment in education, expanded

traineeship programs, maintaining funding for the

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research

Organisation, and lowering the thresholds for research

and development tax deductions,

(iii) to generate employment by phasing out payroll tax,

introducing tax incentives for new employees in small

businesses, setting up a Small Business Loans Insurance

Corporation, requiring superannuation funds to invest 1

per cent of funds in Australian venture capital funds

and research and development syndicates, and investing

more in public infrastructure, and

(iv) to support regional Australia by setting up regional

economic development organisations as proposed by the

Kelty taskforce, increasing infrastructure spending in

the regions, and taking measures to address petrol

price disparities between city and country.

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

Senate--

(a) welcomes the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 10

March 1994 in relation to East Timor and thanks that Parliament

for its efforts in bringing the Indonesian Government to account

for the Dili massacre in November 1991 and its aftermath; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government:

(i) to take similar steps to the European Parliament:

(A) to appeal to the Secretary-General of the United

Nations (UN) to publish the report of his special

representative who was sent to East Timor to

investigate the Dili massacre and its aftermath,

(B) to urge the UN to send a special mission to East

Timor,

(C) to restrict official contacts between Australia and

Indonesia to an absolute minimum as long as the

result of a full UN investigation is pending, and

(D) to co-operate with the Secretary-General of the UN

with the aim of reaching an agreement which will end

the atrocities and provide the basis of a just and

fair settlement of the problem, and

(ii) to cut all defence co-operation with Indonesia.

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

(a) notes, with alarm, that logging occurs in the sub-tropical

rainforests of central Queensland near Eungella National Park;

(b) recognises that logging of sub-tropical rainforest leads to the

spread of exotic weeds such as lantana which in turn causes the

forest to become vulnerable to fire;

(c) rejects the view that logging of sub-tropical rainforest is

sustainable;

(d) calls on the Federal Government to begin negotiations with the

Queensland Government to bring about an immediate halt to the

logging of the rainforests of central Queensland; and

(e) urges the Government to include in its White Paper on employment

and growth a program to restore the rainforests to their

original beauty and biological diversity.

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

bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Sales Tax (Exemptions

and Classifications) Act 1992 to exempt two wheel drive vehicles with

jeep, platform, pick-up or utility body type, used in agricultural

industry. Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) (Two Wheel Drive

Vehicles with Jeep, Platform, Pick-Up or Utility Body Type) Amendment

Bill 1994.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the company in Mr Keating's former half-owned piggery

group through which the Commonwealth Bank lent the

group more than $20 million, with many millions of the

steadily increasing indebtedness occurring while Mr

Keating was a half-owner, is Rincraft Pty Limited,

(ii) directors of Rincraft Pty Limited, made up of Mr

Keating's former piggery partner, Mr Constantinidis,

and a nominee, Mr Christopher, who has no beneficial

ownership, have not filed annual returns, as required

by law, for the 1988-89 and 1989-90 financial years,

(iii) Rincraft Pty Limited's unaudited annual return filed

for the 1990-91 financial year is patently false in

claiming a profit of $1.5 million, purporting to offset

a $1.5 million unaudited loss for the three piggery

companies in the group, and claiming it had a

shareholders equity of $4.9 million,

(iv) subsequent annual returns filed by Rincraft Pty Limited

reveal substantial losses making it technically

bankrupt with liabilities exceeding assets, leaving

shareholders equity collapsing to a deficit of $1.4

million by June 1993, and

(v) the Australian Securities Commission (ASC) has failed

to require Rincraft Pty Limited either to correct its

false 1990-91 annual return or to file outstanding

returns for the 1988-89 and 1989-90 financial years, a

failure that is incredible in the face of the Keating

group's contemptuous refusal to abide by the law

despite repeated calls in Parliament for proper

reporting by this group; and

(b) calls on the ASC to deal with these continuing breaches of the

corporations law by the group that persisted throughout the

years that Mr Keating was a half-owner.