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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 notice of motion no.

2 standing in his name for 2 sitting days after today for the

disallowance of Determination no. TAFE 45/93, made under sections 12, 13

and 14 of the States Grants (TAFE Assistance) Act 1989.

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

intention.

Notices of motion:

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Hill): To move on

the next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the retirement from international cricket of Mr Allan

Border after a record 156 test matches, including a

record 93 as Australian captain, in an outstanding

career which saw him become the greatest-ever test run

scorer,

(ii) Mr Border's major contribution as an ambassador both

for Australia and Australian cricket, and the key part

he played in restoring Australian cricket to a position

of pride in the international sports arena, and

(iii) the positive role model he has provided for all

Australians, particularly our young sports people;

(b) congratulates Mr Border on his achievements; and

(c) requests the President to convey to Mr Border the sentiments of

the Senate.

The Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner): 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 7 June 1994.

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

(a) notes, with grave concern, that the paper entitled "The

development of scientific criteria for Commonwealth Government

purchases of environmentally preferred paper products' produced

by the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority (CEPA)

states that plantation fibre is to reflect an equal ranking with

indigenous fibre sourced in accordance with the national forest

policy statement;

(b) rejects the position that use of plantation fibre and indigenous

fibre sourced from native forests other than old-growth forests

have equal environmental impact;

(c) calls on CEPA to recognise that the native regrowth forests of

today are the old-growth forests of tomorrow; and

(d) urges CEPA to review its criteria and institute a preference for

fibre sourced from plantation timber.

Senator Foreman, at the request of the Chairman of the Standing

Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (Senator Cooney): To move

on the next day of sitting--That the time for the presentation of the

committee's report on the third paragraph of section 53 of the

Constitution be extended to 30 June 1994.

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

(a) notes:

(i) comments by Dr Vince Fitzgerald of Allen Consulting and

Dr Don Stammer of Bain and Company, as reported in the

Melbourne Age of 12 May 1994, that the true 1994-95

Budget deficit is as high as $20 billion, due to the

distorted way the nation's finances are presented, and

(ii) calls by Professor John Quiggin of James Cook

University in the Financial Review of 10 May 1994 to

move towards a rational system of public accounting

which shows changes in the Government's overall balance

sheet instead of just cash flows;

(b) deplores the fact that the proposed sale of an asset such as the

Australian Industry Development Corporation, which will end up

costing the taxpayer money through lost budget revenue, is

counted as "current income' in the Budget; and

(c) calls on the Government to reform its presentation of the Budget

and to stop selling off public assets on the cheap in order to

finance recurrent expenditure.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that Parliamentarians for Global Action

(AustralianParliamentary Group) supports the initiative to

request an advisory opinion from the World Court on the

illegality of the use of nuclear weapons;

(b) requests the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth Evans)

to express Australia's support for this initiative; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government, through the Minister for

Foreign Affairs:

(i) to make submissions to the International Court of

Justice at the Hague (the World Court) supporting the

aim of declaring nuclear weapons illegal, and

(ii) to support a future United Nations General Assembly

vote in favour of having an advisory opinion from the

World Court on the illegality of nuclear weapons

written into international law.

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

(a) notes that, in a Hobart Court on 10 May 1994, Mr Robert Cumming

claimed self defence against charges of defacing posters

advertising tobacco products, supported by evidence submitted

that cigarette smoke in the environment was a particularly

aggressive irritant to asthmatics; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Human Services and Health (Dr

Lawrence) to ensure that the Commonwealth is not legally liable

for any adverse effects of tobacco smoke in the environment on

people suffering from asthma.

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

(a) deplores the fact that Commonwealth payments to the ACT for the

Home and Community Care (HACC) program has been cut in the

1994-95 Budget;

(b) notes that:

(i) every other State in Australia received a funding

increase for HACC, and

(ii) the ACT has an aging population;

(c) recognises that the HACC program is an excellent program which

provides a range of services for the aged and younger disabled

people enabling them to continue to live in their own homes; and

(d) condemns the Government for its selective discrimination against

the elderly and disabled in the ACT who rely on the services of

HACC.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) King Island's citizens suffer the double disadvantage

of being excluded from receiving SBS transmissions and

also being denied the benefits of a mobile net

telephone service,

(ii) King Island, which is part of Tasmania, is located

almost equidistant from Victoria's Cape Otway and

Tasmania's Cape Grim,

(iii) Australian television is now available to many Asian

countries, and

(iv) King Island residents are greatly disadvantaged by

isolation and deserve a high priority from the

Government in providing technologies which enable their

community to more easily communicate with the rest of

Australia; and

(b) calls on the Government to emphasise the community service

obligations of its quasi-government authorities.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that the NSW Government has given strictly limited

approval to the expansion project of the Prime

Minister's formerly half-owned piggery group that is

part of its proposed joint venture with Danpork Pty

Ltd, limiting it to 45 000 pigs instead of the 88 000

originally requested and imposing stringent

environmental controls,

(ii) the criticism by Mr Christopher Coudanaris, who is

secretary of Mr Keating's family company, a director of

the Australian-owned piggery holding company and a

director of Danish-owned companies in the joint

venture, of the NSW Government's handling of this

matter which, he says, had not created a good

impression with the Danish heads of Danpork Pty Ltd who

had been questioning why it was so difficult to get a

substantial investment project such as this under way,

and

(iii) that many Australians are concerned at the appalling

record of this group in its approach to the laws of

this land, both financial and environmental,

particularly during the 3 years Mr Keating was

half-owner of its Australian joint venture partner; and

(b) calls on whoever is now the real beneficial owner of Mr

Keating's formerly half-owned piggery, and on the Danish joint

venture partners, to abide by the environmental and development

laws relating to this venture and to behave like good corporate

citizens instead of continuing the contempt they have shown for

the corporations law and for Australian Securities Commission

requirements over recent years.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the call by Western Australian mining adviser, Mr

Macleod, for stringent Government policies which will

encourage greater investment in Australia, and

(ii) that while the Government is calling for more

investment, the only private increasing investment is

in Western Australia in the mineral sector and most

recent statistics show that Western Australia is

providing 57 per cent of all capital expenditure and 55

per cent of exploration, and that the Court Government

can take some credit for this; and

(b) requests the Government to heed the call by Mr Macleod and back

up its call for policies for real investment in Australia rather

than letting the mining sector take its resources overseas.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Telegraph Mirror of 12 May 1994 carries a story in

which the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) claims that his

wife, Mrs Annita Keating, was one of the prime movers

in securing a so-called $100 million boost for breast

cancer research in the 1994-95 Budget,

(ii) the only money allocated for breast cancer research in

the Budget is $1 million for matching public donations

to a foundation of which Mrs Keating is patron,

(iii) a further $1 million will be expended on the overheads

of the foundation, and

(iv) if these funds had been used for tax deductibility for

public donations the funds raised for breast cancer

research in 1994-95 would have been approximately $5

million;

(b) while welcoming any contribution to breast cancer research,

condemns the Prime Minister for the way he has been trying to

deceive Australian women; and

(c) calls on the editor of the Telegraph Mirror to check and double

check the truth of any statement made by the Prime Minister.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the distress of many Australians who migrated from the

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at being labelled

"Slav Macedonians' by the Keating Government without

agreement or consultation, and

(ii) the disappointment of such Australians in the

performance of the Labor Member for Throsby (Mr Hollis)

in his ineffective representation of their interests;

and

(b) calls on the Keating Government to reconsider policies which

fail to understand the sensitivities of parts of the Australian

community and in fact further divide that community.

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

(a) notes that the total funding for health research in the 1994-95

Budget will do absolutely nothing to increase health research

funding to 2 per cent of the health budget, a promise made by

this Government at the 1993 Federal Election and confirmed by

the former Minister for Health (Senator Richardson); and

(b) condemns the Government for yet another broken promise which

will undermine the research effort of Australia and diminish the

health hopes of many Australians.