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

notes--

(a) that the 1994-95 Budget, delivered on 10 May 1994, squandered an

important opportunity for the Labor Government to get its fiscal

house in order;

(b) that the Labor Government is now once again relying on highly

dubious economic assumptions on growth, the current account

deficit, interest rates and investment to try to dupe the

Australian public into believing that everything is going to

work out all right, when the facts are that Australia's economic

recovery has shown no signs yet of sustainability;

(c) the Labor Government is going to have virtually tripled

Commonwealth debt from just over $30 billion in 1991 to almost

$100 billion in 1995, and has hence put Australia's next

generation into hock to pay for its irresponsible promises;

(d) the 1994-95 Budget has not provided any measures to aid or

strengthen the economic and employment recovery and has instead,

by continuing a high budget deficit policy, put enormous

pressure on interest rates to rise, hence stifling future

economic growth; and

(e) the 1994-95 Budget proves once and for all that Labor is unfit

to manage Australia's finances and economic fortunes, and that

the longer Labor remains in office the worse Australia's

long-term prospects in an ever more competitive world become.

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

(a) notes the high degree of vulnerability in the 1994-95 Budget

forecasts and estimates and draws attention to the caveats in

Budget Paper No. 1 which indicate that certain estimates are not

as robust as in the past;

(b) calls on the Government to reconsider its estimates for

corporate tax collection in the light of the drop of corporate

rate from 39 per cent to 33 per cent and the new deductibility

for fringe benefits tax given the 131 per cent increase in

fringe benefits tax collections; and

(c) draws the attention of the people of Australia to the bad

financing practice of selling assets, such as Qantas, to pay for

the regular and on-going costs of Government.

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

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

routine of business be amended by omitting from paragraph 1.(2)

subparagraphs (b), (c) and (d), and substituting the following

subparagraphs:

"(b) On every sitting day except Monday, debate on the question

for the adjournment shall not exceed 40 minutes, and a

Senator shall not speak to that question for more than 10

minutes.

(c) On Monday any Senator may speak to the question for the

adjournment for not more than 30 minutes.

(d) On Monday at the conclusion of debate, or if there is no

debate, and on every other sitting day at the expiration of 40

minutes, or at the conclusion of debate, whichever is the

earlier, or if there is no debate, the President shall adjourn

the Senate without putting the question.".

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

(a) notes the interim report on rural poverty prepared by the South

Australian Parliament's Social Development Committee;

(b) expresses concern that the report details how some rural

children are stealing food at school because they leave home

hungry and others are offering to put themselves up for adoption

to relieve the pressure on family finances;

(c) declares that the $10 million allocated for regional development

in the White Paper on employment and growth is totally

inadequate; and

(d) urges the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator

Collins) to introduce a realistic form of income support for

rural families to enable them to remain on the family farm and

to live in dignity.

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

(a) recognises that Thailand has provided refuge for Burmese in

exile and Burmese refugees over the past decades;

(b) believes that meaningful talks can only take place between the

State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) and the ethnic

nationalities if both parties are able to negotiate on an equal

basis;

(c) notes, with concern:

(i) that negotiations between the SLORC and the Karen, Mon

and Karenni people may be negatively influenced by

external pressure, and

(ii) recent reports that Burmese exiles in Thailand have

been subject to forced relocation;

(d) believes that Thailand's continued policy of tolerance will be

essential to the continued existence of the democratic movement

of Burma; and

(e) urges the Thai authorities to continue their past flexible and

humanitarian approach to the Burmese dissidents and minority

groups, and to ensure that parties to the cease-fire talks in

Burma are able to negotiate on equal terms.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) a Russian study conducted shortly after the Chernobyl

reactor accident showed that 15 million people would

die as a result of this accident, and

(ii) this study was evidently suppressed; and

(b) calls on the Government to review its attitude to co-operating

with the Indonesian Government in its plans to build 12 nuclear

reactors on earthquake prone Java, especially in view of the

fact that fallout from an accident in one of these reactors

could easily land on and contaminate the Australian landscape

and people.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Victorian State Government has abandoned its plans

for Australia's largest wind power plant,

(ii) this decision was based on the State Government

believing it could not afford an annual $1.3 million

subsidy, although it gives Alcoa a $200 million subsidy

on its power charges per year, and

(iii) the wind power plant would have produced electricity

for 5 000 houses and reduced Victoria's carbon dioxide

emissions by 32 000 tonnes a year;

(b) criticises the State's lack of foresight in favouring

unsustainable, polluting energy sources over clean renewable

energy; and

(c) calls on the State Government to review its decision

immediately.

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

(a) notes, with concern, that in the 1994-95 Budget proposals, under

the heading of the Department of Employment, Education and

Training, in the section entitled "Skills formation', the

appropriation for adult and community education is nil; and

(b) expresses its concern that this omission will particularly

disadvantage those who have been previously assisted in their

education by the very effective adult literacy programs which

are assisted by thousands of voluntary tutors.

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

(a) condemns:

(i) the 1994-95 Budget allocation to Aboriginal health, and

(ii) the allocation of a mere $25 million in 1994-95 for 98

Aboriginal medical health services; and

(b) the failure of the new Minister for Human Services and Health

(Dr Lawrence) to effect significant changes in Aboriginal

health.

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

(a) condemns the Keating Government for its treatment of rural and

small business throughout Australia in its 1994-95 Budget;

(b) notes that, while it is expecting rural and small business to

soak up Australia's unemployment, it has promised them nothing

except more tax compliance measures;

(c) condemns the Government for its broken promises regarding tax

cuts and the fact that, while claiming no new taxes, its tax

take is greater because of bracket creep; and

(d) notes that the only way this Budget can work is by selling more

of the farm.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) an endangered species, the golden tipped bat, was

recently sighted in the Badja State Forest by a team of

scientists from the Centre for Resource and

Environmental Studies at the Australian National

University,

(ii) for a period of 80 years, this bat was believed to be

extinct in Australia until it was rediscovered in 1984,

(iii) any logging in the area could seriously threaten, if

not eliminate, the habitat of the bat, and

(iv) that the national forest policy areas of high

conservation value, including areas which are the

habitat for highly endangered species, are to be

identified and reserved; and

(b) calls on the Government:

(i) to move swiftly to implement the conservation

provisions of the national forest policy and protect

the Badja State Forest from logging, and

(ii) to implement these provisions of the national forest

policy by protecting the many other high conservation

values throughout Australia.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the continuing contempt for the corporations law and

Australian Securities Commission (ASC) requirements

being shown by Mr Keating's former piggery partner, Mr

Achilles Constantinidis, and

(ii) that, contrary to ASC requirements, no annual returns

for the 1992-93 financial year have yet been filed by

the following Constantinidis companies:

(A) Nuboye Pty Ltd, which until 1993 had not filed an

annual return for 5 years until returns for 1988 to

1992 were lodged on one day to avoid ASC

de-registration action,

(B) Sephrenia Pty Ltd, which recently acquired Mr

Keating's family company's half-ownership of the

Brown and Hatton piggery group,

(C) Poyntell Pty Ltd, in which Mr Constantinidis is in

partnership with the Olympia Refrigeration Scoufis

family,

(D) Ravat Holdings Pty Ltd, for which no annual return

has ever been filed since its formation in 1987, and

(E) Rimwood Pty Ltd, which had not filed an annual return

for 7 years until 1993 when returns for 1986 to 1992

were belatedly filed on one day to avoid ASC

de-registration action; and

(b) calls on Mr Achilles Constantinidis to meet the requirements of

the corporations law.

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

(a) supports the Meander Valley Council in Tasmania for supporting

Forestry Commission logging practices in the Western Tiers area;

(b) congratulates the traditional users of the land in the Western

Tiers over the past century for their sustainable and

environmentally friendly harnessing of the national resources in

the area; and

(c) wishes the Meander Resource Management Group all the best at its

official launch on 14 May 1994.

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

notes that--

(a) in the coming year, the Government will take $1.55 billion tax

from superannuation funds, which represents an increase of 27

per cent on last year's figures;

(b) 5 years ago there was minimal tax imposed on superannuation; and

(c) the three levels of tax on superannuation are reducing the

attraction of superannuation as the prime retirement vehicle for

Australians.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Anzacs who landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915

were instrumental in forging a new identity for

Australia, and

(ii) although the landing was a lifetime ago, the deeds of

those Anzacs still speak a message of selfless service

and sacrifice that will last forever;

(b) recognises that Anzac Day is a day:

(i) to remember those who left their homes with a strong

desire to return but did not, as well as those who did

return but carried with them for the remainder of their

lives the scars of their experiences, and

(ii) to contemplate the spirit that moves men and women to

serve, to suffer discomforts, dangers and fears and to

risk their lives in defence of their country and in the

pursuit of peace, justice and freedom;

(c) salutes on Anzac Day the spirit of the Anzacs and, in paying

tribute to them, calls on Australians to dedicate themselves to

striving for their country as the Anzacs did and to upholding

the finest qualities of courage, commitment, endurance and

mateship; and

(d) is of the view that the Australian Government should declare

Anzac Day as Australia's national day of commemoration to

commemorate all those men and women who have served in the

Defence Forces of Australia and that this day be 25 April in

each year, and on no other day.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the cutback in funding in the 1994-95 Budget for the

reduction of public hospital waiting lists and the

Government's failure to spend funds on maintaining

hospital infrastructure, and

(ii) the 1994-95 Budget's failure to take action to reform

or encourage private health insurance;

(b) condemns the Government for the abrogation of its

responsibilities to improve access to quality hospital care for

all Australians;and

(c) notes that the reduction of hospital queues was a promise made

by this Government to the people of this country.

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

(a) deplores the lack of vision displayed in the law and justice

aspects of the 1994-95 Budget delivered on 10 May 1994;

(b) notes, with concern, that the Budget will do little to improve

community access to legal services or reduce their cost;

(c) deplores the cuts to certain programs provided by agencies such

as the Trade Practices Commission and the Human Rights

Commission; and

(d) expresses disappointment at the failure of the Government to

take up the measures advocated by the Australian Democrats in

their Budget proposals such as:

(i) increased funding for community legal centres,

(ii) additional funds for prison infrastructure and

services,

(iii) the substantial increase needed in legal aid,

(iv) the national education and action program against

violence against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, and

(v) additional funds for the Family Court to enable it to

provide the increased support services needed by the

growing number of people going through the traumatic

experience of marriage dissolution.

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

(a) notes that in the 1994-95 Budget, delivered on 10 May 1994, tax

revenues will rise by almost $10 000 million or 10 per cent in

1995, a huge rise of almost double the 1993-94 Budget rise of

5.5 per cent; and

(b) rejects the Government's false claim that this is not a higher

taxing budget.

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

(a) notes that in this the International Year of the Family, the

Federal Labor Government has:

(i) cut funding to the Institute of Family Studies,

(ii) failed to meet a promise made in the One Nation

statement for child-care for sick children,

(iii) cut funds for children's services program outlays,

(iv) slashed funding for HiB immunisation of babies and

toddlers,

(v) increased funding to family mediation, education,

parenting skills and counselling programs by a measly

$1 million for a nation of 18 million people; and

(b) challenges the Government to demonstrate that it has any

commitment at all to the International Year of the Family or to

the support needed by Australian families who have suffered so

badly in both economic and social terms under 11 years of a

Labor Government.