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NOTICES

Notice of motion withdrawn: The Chairman of the Standing Committee on

Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Colston), pursuant to notice of

intention given on 12 May 1994, withdrew Business of the Senate notice

of motion no. 2 standing in his name for the next day of sitting for the

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

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

Notices of motion:

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

notes that the 1994-95 Budget is based on overly optimistic estimates of

business investment and growth, an optimism that corporate Australia has

received with suspicion, and a suspicion supported by Treasury by

caveats as to the accuracy of certain estimates in the Budget papers.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the steady decline in the agricultural research effort

of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research

Organisation (CSIRO) brought about as a direct result

of this Labor Government'sfunding cuts,

(ii) that of 103 sackings of scientists in CSIRO in 1991-92,

67 (or 65 per cent) occurred in agriculture, in

1992-93, 62 in agriculture of 115 for CSIRO as a whole

(54 per cent) and in 1993-94, 114 agricultural

scientists out of a total sacking of 182 (21 per cent),

(iii) that this Government claims to be turning Australia

into the clever country while sacking its scientists,

and

(iv) the imminent sacking of a further 187 agricultural

scientists as a direct result of the cuts to funding in

the 1994-95 Budget;

(b) acknowledges that, at a time of rural recession and inevitable

reduction in funding coming from levies and other sources of

private financial support, the Government must increase its

level of support for science, not reduce it, and that that is

what a clever government would do; and

(c) calls on the Government to substantially increase the CSIRO

budget and support for agricultural and rural research.

Senator Murphy, at the request of the Chairman of the Select Committee

on Public Interest Whistleblowing (Senator Newman): To move on the next

day of sitting--That the time for the presentation of the report of the

Select Committee on Public Interest Whistleblowing be extended to 31

August 1994.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) there is an increasing likelihood of drought across

much of NSW, with more than one-third of the State

drought-declared, putting at risk the $1 billion winter

wheat crop,

(ii) the 1994-95 Budget estimates of a 2.75 per cent rise in

farm product for the 1993-94 financial year and a 1.25

per cent fall for the 1994-95 financial year does not

take into consideration the possibility of drought, and

(iii) this obviously also puts into question the Government's

ambitious projection of a 4.5 per cent growth in gross

domestic product; and

(b) calls on the Government to realise the significance of the rural

sector and the implications for all Australians of a rural

commodity slump and provide policies that will ensure a viable

rural sector.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that the week beginning 29 May 1994 is Schizophrenia

Awareness Week,

(ii) the research undertaken by the Mental Health Research

Institute of Victoria into major mental illness such as

schizophrenia,

(iii) the work undertaken by Schizophrenia Australia,

Richmond Fellowship and other peak organisations in

raising awareness of issues relating to schizophrenia

in the Australian community, and

(iv) the valuable role of families and carers in caring for

people with schizophrenia; and

(b) calls on the Government to address the problems faced by people

with schizophrenia through adequate funding for research,

awareness and respite care.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the admission by the Australian Securities Commission

(ASC) at a Senate estimates committee hearing on 27 May

1994 that it does not have the capacity to check the

accuracy of annual returns of proprietary companies and

that it has no present intention to adopt even a "spot'

audit procedure to enforce accuracy, although accuracy

of information is stated as a key objective of the ASC,

(ii) that the ASC, at present, relies entirely on the

honesty of directors of proprietary companies to tell

the truth in their annual returns, including those who

the ASC are aware have a previous record of filing

false returns, and

(iii) that this ludicrous situation has become notorious, as

shown by volumes of evidence presented to the Senate of

proprietary company annual returns filed by the Prime

Minister's then half-owned piggery group being false in

material particulars, such as overstating profits and

understating losses by millions of dollars as well as

falsifying their equity position to make most of them

appear to have a surplus of assets over liabilities

when, in reality, they were technically bankrupt with

liabilities considerably exceeding their assets; and

(b) calls on the Government to correct this scandalous situation

where dishonest directors can file false returns on behalf of

compliant owners with impunity.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

(Senator Colston): To move 15 sitting days after today--

No. 1--That ATSIC (Misbehaviour) Determination 1994 No. 1 made under

section 4A of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act

1989, be disallowed.

No. 2--That the Meat Inspection (Fees) Orders, Meat Inspection Orders

No. 1 of 1994 made under the Meat Inspection (Orders) Regulations, be

disallowed.

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

motion.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) startling new figures reveal that 324 000, or more that

one in four South Australians over the age of 15, now

receive pensions or unemployment benefits, and

(ii) this figure does not include the 32 000 students

receiving Austudy funding; and

(b) urges the Federal Government to heed the call of Mr Ian Harrison

from the South Australian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and

Industry that the Federal Government needs to move away from

wealth redistribution policies, toward providing more incentives

for employers to hire people.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) and the Treasurer (Mr

Willis) have argued that much micro-economic reform is

the responsibility of the States,

(ii) in order for the States to carry out that reform they

must get a far greater share of revenue from the

economic recovery,

(iii) the 1994-95 Budget fails to deliver a fair share of

revenue to the States; the forward estimate of the

Budget indicates that Commonwealth revenue is expected

to grow by 34.4 per cent in the 1993-94 to 1997-98

financial years while the total grant to the States is

expected to grow by only 8.4 per cent over the same

period, and

(iv) table 2.4 of Budget Paper No. 1 indicates that the

States and the local sector are producing the goods in

terms of fiscal reform; their net public sector

borrowing requirements (PSBR) are expected to be in

surplus in the 1994-95 financial year while the

Commonwealth is expected to achieve a large and

unsustainable net PSBR of 3.6 per cent of gross

domestic product; and

(b) in view of this situation, supports the call by the Western

Australian Premier (Mr Court) for a fair share of revenue and

for the Commonwealth to bear its share in the necessary process

of fiscal consolidation.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the article in the Melbourne Age of 18 May 1994

entitled "Capital Heads Offshore to Develop Profits',

(ii) in particular, the reference to an Access Economics

report that of the net rise in investment plans added

to the drawing boards of Australian firms in the past

15 months, three-quarters would take place outside

Australia,

(iii) that most of the benefits of such investment, including

the jobs, will go to overseas workers, suppliers and

governments,

(iv) with concern, that much of the planned off-shore

investment is in manufacturing industry which will

compete directly with Australian-based industry, and

(v) with alarm, that combined with the reported slowdown in

business investment in the March quarter, this trend

towards off-shore investment is likely to undermine the

very basis of the Government's 1994-95 Budget strategy;

(b) deplores Government inaction in addressing the wipe-out of

Australian jobs by the so-called "winning' off-shore combination

of exploited labour, environmental vandalism and inferior

products; and

(c) calls on the Government to take measures to encourage or direct

Australian companies to invest in Australia rather than

off-shore.

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

(a) congratulates the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander Affairs (Mr Tickner) for his decision to place a 30-day

stop work order on the South Australian Hindmarsh Island Bridge

development in recognition of the serious threat posed by the

bridge to land that is sacred to the Ngarrindjeri people; and

(b) notes that the decision was a test of the Federal Government's

commitment to recognise the importance of sacred sites to

Aboriginal people and of its sincerity in giving it equal

importance to the protection of sites of religious and cultural

significance to non-AboriginalAustralians.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 31 May 1994 will be World No Tobacco Day when, around

the world, millions of tobacco users will be urged to

quit,

(ii) one of the world's leading campaigners against tobacco

usage has been in Australia providing personal and

telling evidence of the dangers of tobacco smoking, and

(iii) this campaigner, Ms Janet Sackman, who was used as a

promotional model for the Lucky Strike brand, joins

that other exploited advertising symbol, the Malboro

man, Mr Wayne McLaren, whose health was also

compromised by the use of the product he was

advertising; and

(b) congratulates Ms Sackman for the work she has done, and supports

her in the work she has yet to do.

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

(a) notes the findings of Senator Spindler's recent program of

visits to 12 rural regions in Victoria:

(i) that the recession has had far greater impact on these

regions than it has had in metropolitan areas, in

particular, youth unemployment rates of 50 per cent or

more continue in some regional areas,

(ii) that there is frustration in regional Victoria that the

Government has failed to do anything about the

disadvantages faced by regional Australia in the

1994-95 Budget or the White Paper on employment and

growth, namely:

(A) higher petrol prices,

(B) poor access to educational services,

(C) cut-backs in rail and health services,

(D) poor access to, and higher costs of, communication

services,

(E) inadequate assistance in the development of export

markets,

(F) bureaucratic hurdles in offering communications,

education and adequate transport services, and

(G) high costs of packaging materials for food products;

(b) deplores the lack of commitment shown by the Government to

regional Australia; and

(c) calls on National Party Members of Parliament and Senators to

speak out against the economic rationalist policies of their

Coalition partners and the Government, and to support action to

assist people in regional Australia.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) both the former Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) and Senator

Ray, when Minister for Immigration, expressed the view

that 25 million is the population toward which

Australia should aim, and

(ii) the projections of population made by the Australian

Bureau of Statistics and published in the week

beginning 22 May 1994 has Australia's population

exceeding 25 million in the year 2041 with a

continuation of the present trends in fertility and

assuming an immigration rate of 70 000 or 100 000 per

year; and

(b) calls on the Government to develop a population policy based on

a population which is indefinitely sustainable and to base its

immigration policy on this population policy.

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

(a) confirms its support for those Australians suffering

schizophrenia and other mental illnesses;

(b) recognises the hardships that schizophrenia and mental illness

impose on the families of the mentally ill;

(c) notes the link between mental illness and suicide, where in up

to 90 per cent of youth suicide, victims are mentally ill; and

(d) implores the Government to heed the words of Hilary Weisser, a

mother of a schizophrenic, that "we are not killing the mentally

ill, we are letting them kill themselves'.

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.

1 standing in his name for the next day of sitting for the disallowance

of the Family Law (Child Abduction Convention) Regulations (Amendment),

as contained in Statutory Rules 1993 No. 358.

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

intention.