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NOTICES

Intention to withdraw: The Chairman of the Standing Committee on

Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Colston), pursuant to standing order

78, gave notice of his intention, at the giving of notices on the next

day of sitting, to withdraw Business of the Senate notices of motion nos

3, 4, 5 and 6 standing in his name for 5 sitting days after today for

the disallowance of the following instruments:

Schedule D to the Murray-Darling Basin Act 1993--Application of

Agreement to Queensland;

Meat Inspection (General) Orders (Amendment), as contained in Meat

Inspection Orders No. 3 of 1993;

Meat Inspection (New South Wales) Orders, as contained in Meat

Inspection Orders No. 5 of 1993; and

Sixth Amending Deed to Establish an Occupational Superannuation Scheme

for Commonwealth Employees and Certain Other Persons under section 5

of the Superannuation Act 1990.

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

intention.

Notices of motion:

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

(a) censures the Minister representing the Minister for

Administrative Services (Senator McMullan) and the Minister for

Administrative Services (Mr Walker), for their joint contempt of

the Senate in failing to comply with an order made on 5 May 1994

that documents be tabled containing information about the rental

and the outgoings of leases between Commonwealth agencies;

(b) rejects as absurd the Ministers' claims that such information

involving Commonwealth agencies can be withheld from the

Commonwealth Parliament because it is so confidential that

parliamentarians may not have access to it;

(c) reasserts its right to information and documents relevant to

public expenditure as propounded in the spirit and tenor of

numerous past resolutions of the Senate, in particular,

information about leases where only Commonwealth agencies are

involved and which the Government has no right to conceal from

the Australian community or its representatives; and

(d) resolves that the Ministers purge the contempt in which they

have held the Senate by tabling, on or before 6 p.m. on 10 May

1994, the documents ordered to be tabled, namely:

(i) the effective net rental rates, and

(ii) the outgoing payable per square metre,

in the Casselden Place building in Melbourne under the leases of

the Commonwealth agencies called Projects, Interiors and Assets

Services.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) one of the principal objectives of the Federal

Government's waterfront reform program it heralded

between 1989 and 1992 was the abolition of

industry-based arrangements and the implementation of

enterprise-based arrangements, and

(ii) the stevedoring industry should not be treated

differently than other Australian industries in

relation to employment arrangements;

(b) rejects the Federal Government's re-introduction of centralised

employment registration arrangements in the stevedoring

industry; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to allow the waterfront and port

authorities to get on with business unfettered by the

intervention of the trade union-dominated Labor Government.

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

(a) notes, with concern, the effect the Labor Government's economic

incompetence is having on Australia's financial markets;

(b) condemns the Keating Government for attempting to gloss over the

substantial financing questions that are being raised by the

White Paper on employment and growth and the forthcoming 1994-95

Budget;

(c) calls on the Government to come clean on its economic growth

forecasts and admit that the Government's forecast of 4.5 per

cent is unrealistic, but necessary to prop up the dodgy budget

figures;

(d) notes that leading economic consultancies, Access Economics and

Econtech have stated that economic growth will be no greater

than 3.75 per cent; and

(e) condemns the Labor Government for making promises of job

creation, tax cuts and deficit management to the Australian

public which they know they cannot deliver.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the continued failure of companies involved in the

Keating piggery joint venture to file annual returns

with the Australian Securities Commission (ASC) as

required by the corporations law, and

(ii) that following repeated breaches of a similar nature

during the 3 years Mr Keating was a half-owner of his

piggery group, the following piggery joint venture

companies have failed to file annual returns ever since

their formation:

(A) Danpork Australia Pty Ltd, half-owned by the Danish

company Danpork AS and Euphron Pty Ltd, Mr Keating's

former half-owned company, which was formed in

November 1991 with directors Mr Constantinidis and Mr

Bentzen, representing Danpork AS, and whose secretary

is Mr Coudounaris, and whose annual return for the

1992-93 financial year is now 10 months overdue, a

company which advertises itself as conducting

business as a meat wholesaler out of premises in

south Strathfield but which has not filed any

document whatsoever with the ASC since June 1992, and

(B) Danpork Properties Pty Ltd, a company wholly-owned by

Danpork AS, formed in July 1992 with Messrs

Coudounaris and Bentzen as directors, which has

lodged no documents with the ASC for almost 2 years;

and

(b) calls on the Danish partners in the Keating piggery joint

venture to behave like good corporate citizens and abide by the

Australian corporations law and cease following the lead set by

their Australian partner, the Brown and Hatton Group while Mr

Keating was its half-owner, of treating with contempt the ASC

and the reporting requirements of the corporations law.

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

(a) notes that the management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness

World Heritage Area, signed by the Commonwealth and the

Tasmanian Government in 1992, states that "the Management plan

has taken account of agreed levels of Commonwealth and State

government recurrent and capital funding until the end of

1993/94 and assumes continuation at similar levels for the five

year period following plan approval';

(b) recognises that this statement contains a very clear commitment

by the Commonwealth to continue providing $7 million to the

Tasmanian Government for the management of the world heritage

area;

(c) acknowledges that about two-thirds of the visitors to the world

heritage area are from outside Tasmania, thereby justifying two

to one funding from the Commonwealth;

(d) recognises that to be sustainable, eco-tourism needs to stress

the "eco' aspect as much as tourism and that if this is not

done, this form of tourism will eventually fail; and

(e) calls on the Commonwealth Government to honour the commitment it

made in the management plan and provide $7 million of recurrent

and capital works funding for the management of the Tasmanian

Wilderness World Heritage Area.

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

congratulates the "Sunday' program televised on 8 May 1994 on its

exposure of the scandal in Aboriginal affairs and invites Channel 9 to

visit Aurukun in north Queensland.

The Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

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

Procedure Committee to report on ways in which the Senate committee

system could be made more responsive to the composition of the Senate be

extended to 31 May 1994.

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

(a) deplores the violence in Rwanda which has resulted in the

killing of 200 000 people since fighting began on 6 April 1994;

(b) welcomes the Australian Government's recent aid donation of $250

000 to relief organisations working in Rwanda;

(c) recognises the extreme nature of the situation and the urgent

needs of the 1.3 million displaced people, in particular the

need for food supplies and the need for medical supplies to

treat malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory infections; and

(d) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to make efforts to stop the flow of arms into Rwanda,

and

(ii) to provide for further food and medical supplies,

through relief organisations currently working in

Rwanda and Tanzania.

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

(a) notes the report by Mr Paul Heinrichs in the Age on 9 May 1994

on the exploitation of out-workers in Australia's textile

industry, detailing appalling conditions and slave labour rates

of pay;

(b) commends the efforts of the textile, clothing and footwear

unions to achieve award conditions for these workers, and of

unions generally in Australia for their efforts over many years

to establish standards of decent and safe working conditions and

a decent living wage for Australian workers;

(c) condemns the Government's policies of blindly cutting tariffs

and quotas without consideration of the impact on Australian

living standards and working conditions;

(d) condemns the short-sightedness of the Government in ignoring the

reams of evidence which make it clear that "level playing field'

policies inevitably lead to a "race to the bottom' in working

conditions,safety standards, quality standards, wage rates and

environmental regulation as low-cost, low-standard manufacturers

drive out quality industry; and

(e) calls on the Government to reverse its economic rationalist

policies, which are threatening the living standards and

conditions of the Australian worker.

The Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

Schacht): To move on the next day of sitting--

(a) That the Senate meet on Tuesday, 10 May 1994, from 2 p.m. to 6

p.m. and from 7.30 p.m. to adjournment and on Thursday, 12 May

1994, from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7.30 p.m. to

adjournment.

(b) That the routine of business on Tuesday, 10 May shall be:

(i) Questions

(ii) Petitions

(iii) Notices of motion

(iv) Postponement and rearrangement of business

(v) Formal motions--discovery of formal business

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

urgency

(vii) Government Business

(viii) At 7.30 p.m., Budget Statement and Papers 1994-95

(approximately 30 minutes)

(ix) At the conclusion of the Budget Statement,

consideration of Government documents for up to 30

minutes under standing order 61

(x) Adjournment.

(c) That the routine of business on Thursday, 12 May shall be:

(i) Petitions

(ii) Notices of motion

(iii) Postponement and rearrangement of business

(iv) Formal motions--discovery of formal business

(v) Any debate on committee reports

(vi) Government Business

(vii) At 2 p.m., questions

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

urgency

(ix) Not later than 4.30 p.m., General Business

(x) Consideration of committee reports and Government

responses under standing order 62

(xi) At 7.30 p.m., Budget Statement and Papers--party

leaders to make responses to the document

(xii) Further consideration of General Business (if not

concluded)

(xiii) Further consideration of committee reports and

Government responses under standing order 62 (if not

concluded)

(xiv) Adjournment.

(d) That at the conclusion of the business specified, the question

for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed, and the

procedures for the adjournment specified in paragraphs (2)(b)

and (2)(c) of the sessional order of 2 February 1994 relating to

the times of sitting and routine of business shall apply.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the comment by Mr Richard Egan, WA representative of

the Indo-Chinese Refugee Association (ICRA) that "in

the light of the recent massacres of ethnic Vietnamese

in Cambodia and the rapid disintegration of the Royal

Cambodian Army it is apparent that lawlessness is rife

in Cambodia', and

(ii) that, according to Mrs Marion Le, President of the

ICRA, reports have been received of the killing of

Australian Cambodians in recent months, including the

decapitation of several women and the deliberate

cutting off of the hands of babies;

(b) expresses concern regarding the well-being of those Cambodians

who have returned to Cambodia for the nominal year required

under the Government's special assistance category, whose safety

cannot be guaranteed; and

(c) calls on the Government to release the remaining Cambodian "boat

people' being held in detention in Port Hedland and Villawood

and allow for an early return for those presently in Cambodia

under the special assistance category program.

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

(a) deplores the Victorian Government's withdrawal of financial

support for the planned windfarm at Toora in Gippsland;

(b) notes that:

(i) abandoning this investment in renewable energy is quite

inconsistent with Australia's agreement to reduce its

carbon dioxide emissions to 80 per cent of 1988

emission levels by the year 2005, and

(ii) without direct technical, operational and commercial

experience in windfarm technology, Australia will be

poorly placed to evaluate the costs and benefits of

wind-generated energy, both as a fossil fuel

replacement and as a potential export industry; and

(c) calls on the Commonwealth Government to show the foresight that

the Victorian Government does not have and provide the $25

million necessary to fund this worthwhile venture.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Clinton Administration in the United States (US)

has adopted a system of accounting in which the value

of non-renewable resources consumed in a given year

will be deducted from the conventional measures of

economic growth,

(ii) such a system, if adopted in Australia, would result in

the economic indicators showing no net benefit from the

exploitation and export of unprocessed, or

non-value-added, resources, and

(iii) this would provide a more accurate guide to overall

benefit and would build in the principle of

inter-generational equity; and

(b) urges the Government to investigate and adopt the US practice so

that Australians may develop a clearer picture of the impact of

economic development on resources and on the environment

generally.

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

(a) notes the comments by Mr Sandon of the Victorian Labor

Opposition, as reported in the Sunday Age on 1 May 1994,

condemning commercial sponsorship of public education; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Employment, Education and Training (Mr

Crean) to advise Mr Sandon that this practice is occurring

because the Federal Labor Government is progressively cutting

back on education funding.

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

(a) deplores:

(i) the effective decrease in the appropriation for the

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research

Organisation (CSIRO) of approximately $15 million per

annum over the next triennium, hidden in the White

Paper on employment and growth released on 4 May 1994,

(ii) the manner in which this effective decrease in funding

was disguised as an increase in the Government's White

Paper,

(iii) the fact that this decrease was in direct contradiction

of an assurance given in this chamber by Senator

Schacht only one day before the White Paper was

released, and

(iv) the inconsistency between this cut in funding and

Australia's need to foster innovation as a key

competitive tool for industry, a need expressly stated

by the Government itself in the White Paper; and

(b) calls on the Government to maintain or increase the real level

of total funding to the CSIRO from the levels provided over the

last triennium.