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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, the reports of high rates of infant and

child mortality in Iraq since the end of the Gulf War,

and

(ii) that leading international observers and commentators

have linked this increase in mortality to the

non-military sanctions imposed by the international

community on Iraq; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to work with the

international community to assess whether the sanctions are

achieving their objectives and modify the sanctions so as to

minimise the negative effect on the Iraqi civilian population.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that 20 June to 26 June 1994 is National Refugee Week,

and

(ii) with concern, that the number of refugees around the

world has doubled in the decade from 1981 and stands at

over 21 million today, and that in that same time

Australia's refugee intake has dropped from nearly 22

000 in 1981-82 to 12 000 in 1991-92; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to respond more actively to the needs of refugees

including establishing strategies in our overseas

development program to assist in preventing increases

in refugees, and

(ii) to respond to the tragedy in Rwanda where there are

over 1 million refugees of which 75 per cent are women

and children.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Community Affairs (Senator

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

presentation of the report of the Standing Committee on Community

Affairs on the evaluation of Commonwealth-funded programs in the areas

of community services, health and social security be extended to 30 June

1994.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that Australia is now signatory to more than 2 000

treaties, conventions and agreements,

(ii) that many of these agreements are of doubtful merit to

Australia and impose inappropriate requirements,

(iii) the concern expressed by such industry and employer

bodies as the Business Council of Australia, the Metal

Trades Industry Association, the Australian Chamber of

Commerce and Industry, the National Farmers Federation

and others, and

(iv) that the Labor Government has signed many of these

treaties without undertaking any cost-benefit analysis

and without any recognition of Australia's national

interests; and

(b) calls on the Government not to sign any more international

agreements without thorough consultation with the Australian

people and Parliament.

Senator Murphy, 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 report of

the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on the

application and interpretation of the third paragraph of section 53 of

the Constitution be extended to 31 August 1994.

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

of the Senate of 24 March 1994, referring issues relating to the Rural

Adjustment Scheme to the Standing Committee on Rural and Regional

Affairs, be modified as follows:

After paragraph (c), add the following paragraph:

"(d) examine through the exceptional circumstance provisions of

the Rural Adjustment Act, the necessity to put additional

support mechanisms in place for farmers in farming areas

where soil type and/or rainfall and/or location prevent

diversification".

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

notes that the 1994-95 Budget initiative relating to the employee share

plan (ESP) proposal will disenfranchise approximately 87 per cent of the

work force, that is, those people who do not work for public companies,

from effectively participating in their employer's growth and

performance, and that, due to the extremely low ceilings on

participation amounts, many public companies will simply not bother with

ESPs due to the administrationand compliance costs versus the benefits.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) a major United Nations report has found that

Australia's treatment of children is seriously

deficient,

(ii) 9 per cent of children in Australia are living below

the poverty line, compared with 1.6 per cent in Sweden,

(iii) the rate of youth suicide in Australia is now the sixth

highest suicide rate in the industrialised world, and

(iv) Australia is still one of the few industrialised

countries in which there is no nationwide prohibition

on the physical punishment of children;

(b) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the Australian

Government for abrogating its responsibilities to provide for

those in the community who are most in need, particularly

children; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government to immediately submit its

report on the local implementation of the Convention on the

Rights of the Child, which is now more than 12 months late.

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

(a) notes:

(i) with alarm, that the developer of the proposed Port

Hinchinbrook resort, Mr Keith Williams, appears to be

determined to proceed with construction from 1 July

1994, and

(ii) that a draft study is due to be completed by the end of

June 1994, with a final study being available 2 weeks

after that;

(b) acknowledges that the Government is reluctant to pre-empt the

findings of the study by stopping the development now; and

(c) nevertheless calls on the Government to respond immediately by

proclamation and regulation under subsection 6(3) and section 9

of the World Heritage Properties Conservation Act 1983 if Mr

Williams begins work on the project before completion of the

study.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) this Government rammed through, in 1993, the so-called

industrial relations blueprint for Australia in the

form of the Industrial Relations Reform Act 1993,

(ii) the Government was in full "pay back' mode for election

favours and listened to no one other than the

Australian Council of Trade Unions,

(iii) even though employees, employers and organisations

loudly warned this Government that the Industrial

Relations Reform Bill was fundamentally flawed, the

Government ploughed ahead with total disregard,

(iv) less than 2 months after the bill came into action, the

Minister for Industrial Relations (Mr Brereton) had

announced a total review of the flawed legislation and,

less than 1 month later, the Minister was forced to

make immediate amendments,

(v) the hasty amendments were guillotined through the House

of Representatives less than 2 weeks ago, and

(vi) now the Minister appears to have changed his mind

because the amendments, so badly wanted by the people

who have to work with the Minister's folly, will not be

dealt with as originally planned on 22 June 1994; and

(b) condemns the Government for its total lack of direction and

recommends the Industrial Relations Reform Act 1993 be suspended

in its entirety to allow people to operate under the old Act

whilst proper and fair industrial laws are introduced.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that a proposal is being placed before the Queensland

Academy of Sport directors on 22 June 1994 to make Townsville

the northern training headquarters for Australia's Atlanta

Olympic Games; and

(b) supports the proposal to develop a new elite sports science

institute by James Cook University in Townsville in 1995.

Intention to withdraw: Senator Tierney gave notice of his intention, at

the end of the taking note of answers to questions without notice today,

to withdraw Business of the Senate notices of motion nos 1 and 2

standing in his name for this day for the disallowance of various parts

of the Classification of Publications (Amendment) Ordinances Nos 1 and 2

of 1994 (as contained in Australian Capital Territory Ordinances Nos 1

and 4 of 1994).