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NOTICES

Notices of motion withdrawn:

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

(Senator Colston), pursuant to notice of intention given on 9 May 1994,

withdrew Business of the Senate notices of motion nos 3, 4, 5 and 6

standing in his name for 4 sitting days after today for the disallowance

of the following instruments:

Schedule D to the Murray-Darling Basin Act 1993--Applicationof

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.

Notices of motion:

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

(a) notes:

(i) the inclusion of 1 000 business migrants in the program

announced on 9 May 1994, and

(ii) the failure of the former business migration program in

which money sometimes failed to remain in Australia;

(b) considers that those who have made their considerable fortunes

in other countries and who are prepared to shift their wealth to

Australia have shown a greater loyalty to the protection of

their wealth than to any particular country and are very

unlikely to show any loyalty to Australia; and

(c) calls on the Government to scrap any proposal in which

Australian citizenship is for sale to the greedy and, if there

are an additional 1 000 places available for migrants, to

allocate these positions to refugees.

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

sitting--That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to

amend the Australian Trade Commission Act 1985. Australian Trade

Commission Amendment Bill 1994.

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

sitting--That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to

amend legislation relating to duties of excise. Excise Tariff

Legislation Amendment Bill 1994.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the stand taken by the Department of Foreign Affairs

and Trade in a recent departmental report in which it

attacks discriminatory United States (US) trading

policies,

(ii) that the report lists complaints about US trade

barriers to Australian agriculture, steel, wine and

beer, and

(iii) that the balance of trade between the US and Australia

is massively in favour of the US and, at $8 billion, is

our largest bilateral trade deficit; and

(b) calls on the Government to continue to highlight this imbalance

to US officials and press them to match their rhetoric of a fair

and free trading environment with meaningful trade reforms.

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

(a) condemns the Labor Government for all but ignoring regional

Australia in the White Paper on employment and growth released

on 4 May 1994;

(b) notes:

(i) with dismay, that the greatest shortcoming of the White

Paper is its treatment of rural areas, and

(ii) that the recommendations of recent expensive reports

into regional Australia have not been addressed;

(c) calls on the Labor Government to address the serious

unemployment in regional areas, which is standing at 16.4 per

cent in Newcastle and 17 per cent on the north coast of New

South Wales;

(d) objects to only 4.1 per cent of the spending in the White Paper

being directed to regional development;

(e) condemns as inadequate the paltry $70 million over 4 years for

regional infrastructure announced in the White Paper; and

(f) urges the Labor Government to stop ignoring regional Australia

and show some concern about the welfare and future of all

Australians.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) Danmeat Pty Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Danpork

Properties Pty Ltd, which is owned by Mr Keating's

former piggery joint venturer, Danpork AS of Denmark,

and has never filed an annual return with the

Australian Securities Commission (ASC) since its

formation in July 1992,

(ii) Danmeat Pty Ltd delayed filing its financial statement

for the 1991-92 financial year with the ASC until April

1994, many months after the due date for the return,

even though it had been available for filing, but not

filed, for 11 months, having been signed by the auditor

in May 1993, and

(iii) Danmeat Pty Ltd's belated accounts show land and

buildings costing $831 516, although a search of the

NSW Land Titles Office reveals that the only property

held in NSW at that time was one adjoining the Brown

and Hatton Parkville piggery which was purchased from

Mr Keating's half-owned Belesdan Pty Ltd the day after

the Danmeat Pty Ltd's formation in July 1992 for $350

000, a price that gave a profit of $230 000 to Mr

Keating's Belesdan which had purchased it only 3 months

earlier, and that another property in Strathfield

South, out of which Danpork Australia Pty Ltd operates

as a meat wholesaler, was purchased for $490 767 but

this was not until February of the following financial

year; and

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

venture to explain why the companies in its group, including

Danmeat Pty Ltd, Danpork Australia Pty Ltd and Danpork

Properties Pty Ltd, have failed so frequently to meet the ASC's

requirements relating to the filing of annual returns.

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

(a) congratulates the Launceston City Council for conducting a

survey of its residents to determine their attitude towards

collecting recyclable domestic waste at the kerbside;

(b) notes:

(i) that the survey reveals that 92 per cent of the

residents would use a kerbside recycling service if it

were available, and

(ii) with surprise, that the Launceston City Council intends

to ignore the overwhelming message of its own survey

which supports the findings of a similar survey

conducted by the Australian Democrats almost 2 years

ago; and

(c) suggests to the Launceston City Council that the $60 000 it

intends to spend on an education program would be better spent

on an implementation program because the residents have proven

that they already appreciate the economic, social and

environmental benefits of recycling.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the Lower Murray Aboriginal Heritage Committee,

representing the Ngarrindjeri people, is opposed to the

construction of a bridge to Hindmarsh Island in South

Australia, and

(ii) despite this opposition, the South Australian

Government has allowed bridge construction on

aboriginal sites;

(b) condemns the South Australian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

for, to quote his own words, "authorising damage' to aboriginal

sites; and

(c) calls on the federal Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander Affairs (Mr Tickner) to take action to protect these

special areas.

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

(a) notes, with concern, the recent statements by the Prime Minister

(Mr Keating) about uranium mining on Channel Ten's "Meet the

Press' program, where he said that the three mines policy should

not be seen as set in stone;

(b) recognises that uranium mining, being the first part of the

nuclear fuel cycle that ends as nuclear waste, is totally

contrary to both ecologically sustainable development and the

moral principle of inter-generational equity;

(c) acknowledges that nuclear waste is highly radioactive for a

period 100 times longer than the longest-lived human dynasty;

and

(d) calls on the Prime Minister to abandon the three mines policy at

the next Australian Labor Party conference and to replace it

with a no uranium mine policy.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the Australian Agricultural Economics Society seminar

on regional development held on 9 May 1994 at the

Brassey Hotel in Canberra at which the speakers were

Professor Cliff Walsh, Ms Iola Mathews of the

Australian Council of Trade Unions and Mr Gary Goucher

of the National Farmers Federation,

(ii) in particular, the following themes which arose during

the seminar:

(A) the importance of mobilising superannuation funds to

invest in regional Australia,

(B) the need to recognise the maintenanceand development

of viable industries and communities based outside

the major cities as an explicit social goal,

(C) recognition that Government has a role to play in

paving the way for the shift of economic capacity to

regions where it will be best located,

(D) the need for a positive bias to encourage industries

to locate outside the major cities, and

(E) the need to focus on transport and communications

infrastructure and to ensure that the pricing

policies of utilities do not discourage industry from

locating in regional Australia; and

(b) calls on the Government:

(i) to require superannuation funds to invest 1 per cent of

their funds as venture and development capital,

(ii) to reject calls for low-wage regions,

(iii) to increase substantially its investment in regional

infrastructure, and

(iv) to address cost biases acting against country areas in

fuel and utility pricing.

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

(a) notes:

(i) recent reports of Tasmanian school children being

charged for assaulting a teacher, and

(ii) reports of incidents relating to drug usage in

Tasmanian schools being referred to police;

(b) recognises that such actions are the inevitable result of the

cuts to education funding perpetrated by this Labor Government,

aided and abetted by the Coalition; and

(c) calls on the Government to restore schools' support and funding

to levels that will properly address the serious decline in

numbers of teachers, and enable the re-establishment of proper

and traditional notions of responsibility, respect and

authority.

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

that the Australian Democrats:

(a) oppose nuclear power generation;

(b) oppose coal-fired power generation; and

(c) oppose hydro-power generation.

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

(a) endorses the comments by the Tasmanian Minister for Energy (Mr

Robin Gray) in dismissing proposals for a cable linking

Tasmania's electricity supply to mainland Australia;

(b) recognises that such a proposal would have had the almost

inevitable result of encouraging Tasmania to return to policies

of more and bigger dams at the expense of yet more areas of

national parks; and

(c) calls on the Tasmanian Government to instead establish an energy

authority with a broader charter that could address the wider

issues of energy, such as how to best promote an ethanol

industry in Tasmania to reduce imports of leaded petrol.