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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Notices of motion withdrawn: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 23 June

1994, withdrew Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2 for 3

sitting days after today for the disallowance of the Meat Inspection

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

Inspection (Orders) Regulations.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

(Senator Colston), pursuant to notice of intention given on 23 June

1994, withdrew Business of the Senate notices of motion nos 3, 4 and 5

for 7 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the following

instruments:

Migration (1993) Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory

Rules 1994 No. 38 and made under the Migration Act 1958.

Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Regulations (Amendment),

as contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 65 and made under the Export

Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Act 1985.

Export Meat Orders (Amendment), Export Control Orders No. 2 of 1994

made under the Export Control Act 1982.

Notices of motion:

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

(a) notes that:

(i) an Australian company has launched the first

Australian-owned wool processing company at Parkes, New

South Wales,

(ii) the plant, which is fully computerised and utilises the

latest technology, will produce the world's highest

quality spinning yarn from the world's highest quality

wool, wool grown in Australia,

(iii) when fully operational, it will produce 6 tonnes of

wool tops worth about $10 million, value adding the raw

wool by about 75 per cent, which previously would have

been lost to Australia through sending the greasy wool

overseas for processing, and

(iv) the plant, although only operating for 1 week, has

forward orders that will keep it at maximum operating

capacity for 2 years; and

(b) congratulates those involved in this Australian company for

realising the importance of value adding one of Australia's

major commodities and by doing so helping to strengthen one of

Australia's oldest rural exports.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the disastrous effect of the introductionof case mix

funding on small rural hospitals in Victoria, and

(ii) the formation of the Rural Hospitals Association of

Victoria which aims to prevent any further closures of

rural hospitals, to maintain existing acute and

emergency facilities, and to ensure the provision of

adequate staffing levels; and

(b) calls on the Commonwealth Government and the Minister for Human

Services and Health (Dr Lawrence) to explore the viability of

supporting Victoria's rural hospitals in their efforts to

maintain services to their communities by by-passing the State

Government and funding these hospitals directly.

Senator Chamarette, at the request of Senator Margetts: To move on the

next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) welcomes the forum held in Kuala Lumpur on 24 June 1994

concerning the East Timorese people's protracted campaign for

independence and the military atrocities perpetrated by the

Indonesian military on the East Timorese people in retaliation

for that campaign;

(b) notes that:

(i) the Indonesian Government believes that the Malaysian

forum was held to damage Indonesia's image, and

(ii) it is the invasion of East Timor and the continued

violation of human rights in its own country that has

in fact tarnished Indonesia's image;

(c) urges Indonesia to be more open and accountable on the issue of

East Timor and to accept efforts to raise debate and education

in the South East Asian region; and

(d) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to participate in efforts to resolve the continuing

conflict and injustice in East Timor in line with the

efforts of the Philippine and Malaysian Governments,

and

(ii) to cease ignoring human rights violations in order to

facilitate our own trade opportunities.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the concern of the Dorset Council in regard to the cost

of maintaining roads in the municipality damaged by

trucks carting logs and minerals as reported by the

North Eastern Advertiser newspaper on 23 June 1994, and

(ii) the claim of Dorset Council that there are gross

inequalities in road funding arrangements, whereby

Federal and State governments collect revenue from fuel

taxes but grant local government only a small fraction

of these funds; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Housing and Regional Development (Mr

Howe) to convene and fund a working group involving

representatives of local government to conduct a study of the

relationship between revenue raised for road funding, cost of

maintaining municipal roads, and government funds provided for

municipal roads.

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

(a) notes the establishment of the Rural Hospitals Association of

Victoria which aims to prevent a further erosion in rural health

and hospital services;

(b) supports both the association and Victoria's rural hospitals in

their fight to preserve acute care hospital services in rural

communities; and

(c) calls on the Commonwealth Government to acknowledge its

responsibility to rural Australia and to intervene to ensure

acute emergency hospital services in rural Victoria are

maintained.

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

(a) notes the resignation of the secretary of the Department of

Human Services and Health, Mr Tony Cole, who cited the

Government's rejections of major health system reforms as one of

his reasons for resigning; and

(b) wishes Mr Cole well in his appointment as chief executive of the

Life Insurance Federation of Australia.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) has responded to

questions from the Member for Barker (Mr McLachlan) in

the House of Representatives on 9 February 1994, 21

February 1994 and 27 June 1994 about pollution at his

then half-owned piggery at Parkville, NSW, with the

claim that "the pollution in the local ponds came not

from any business associated with me ... and that's the

truth of it',

(ii) this is not the truth of it, and that all the time Mr

Keating has been denying his company is a polluter he

was aware that his piggery was under investigation for

allegedly discharging effluent on two occasions into

the Hunter Valley catchment area and the Scone water

supply in breach of the Clean Waters Act, and that his

own consultants, Camp Scott Furphy Pty Ltd, had

admitted the piggery was polluting the environment,

(iii) the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper of 5 September 1993

reported the northern regional director of the

Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Mr Brian

Gilligan, as saying that it had begun preliminary

investigations of allegations that waste from the

Keating piggery had escaped into the Kingdon Pond's

catchment,

(iv) Mr Gilligan was reported by the Newcastle Morning

Herald newspaper in the week beginning 19 June 1994 as

saying that Mr Keating's company was made aware at the

Parkville piggery environment hearings in 1993 that the

EPA was investigating evidence of pollution by the

Keating company, so refuting Mr Keating's claim on 27

June 1994 that there had been no communication from the

EPA on this matter, and

(v) Mr Keating misled the Parliament when he falsely

indicated it had been proven that pollution in the

ponds at Parkville had not come from his piggery when

he knew of these investigations which have now led to

two prosecutions against the proprietors of the

Parkville piggery of which Mr Keating was a half-owner

at the time; and

(b) calls on Mr Keating to apologise to the Parliament and the

people of Australia not only for his misleading statements about

his piggery's environmental damage but also for professing a

concern about the environment when his piggery was actively

polluting it.

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

(a) notes the opinion poll conducted by the 7.30 Report of the

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Tasmania) which showed:

(i) a majority of Tasmanians favour retaining Tasmanian

laws relating to certain criminal conduct, and

(ii) an overwhelming two-thirds majority of Tasmanians

oppose Federal Government intervention on the issue;

and

(b) calls on the Attorney-General (Mr Lavarch) to desist from his

stated course of action of overriding Tasmanian law which was

democratically enacted by the Tasmanian Parliament.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that hundreds of thousands of people marched past the

United Nations in New York on 27 June 1994 (Australian time), as

part of celebrations to commemorate the Stonewall uprising by

gays and lesbians 25 years ago;

(b) recognises the progress Australia has made in 25 years in

affording gays and lesbians equal rights in our community; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to complete this process by

fulfilling Australia's international human rights obligations by

enacting legislation to outlaw laws that discriminate against

Australian citizens on the basis of sexual orientation.

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

(a) notes that, in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's

Parliamentary Update No. 83 of May 1994, it is stated that:

(i) the 27 April 1994 election in Norfolk Island produced a

Legislative Assembly in which a third of the members

are women,

(ii) one of the women elected in Norfolk Island was elected

as Deputy President and another was chosen as one of

the four ministers, taking the health and education

portfolio, and

(iii) in the English Channel island of Alderney, gender

equality has almost been realised, with five of the 12

members being women;

(b) congratulates the electors in these two islands in electing a

significant number of women to their legislatures; and

(c) looks forward to Australian parliaments equalling, and even

surpassing, the example set by Norfolk Island and Alderney.

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

Senate--

(a) congratulates the West Australian newspaper of 27 June 1994 for

the articles on the front page and on pages 6 and 7 that alert

the community to the escalating destruction of natural forests

in south-west Australia;

(b) notes:

(i) that the articles point to the inability of the

Minister for Resources (Mr Beddall) to monitor and

enforce the meagre environmental conditions placed on

woodchip export licences, and

(ii) with alarm, reports that the cutting down of trees has

dramatically increased in recent weeks prior to the

commencement of a peaceful blockade of logging

operations; and

(c) calls on the Government immediately to bring a halt to logging

in areas where there is any doubt about the number of threatened

species in the forest and other areas of high conservation

value.