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NOTICES

The Minister for Defence (Senator Ray): To move on the next day of

sitting--

(1) That a joint standing committee, to be known as the Audit

Committee of Parliament, be appointed to:

(a) advise the Auditor-General of the committee's audit

priorities in respect of Commonwealth bodies;

(b) advise the responsible Minister in relation to a

government business enterprise (GBE) that the committee

attaches a priority to a performance audit being

undertaken of certain activities of that GBE, for the

purpose of requesting that Minister, where appropriate,

to seek the Auditor-General's agreement to undertake

the performance audit;

(c) consider the resources of the Australian National Audit

Office (ANAO) for the purposes of assessing the

effectiveness of the ANAO in undertaking its charter

and the adequacy of resource levels, including

charge-out rates, to undertake an appropriate program

of audit coverage; and as appropriate, make

recommendations to the Auditor-General and/or the

Executive Government; and

(d) report to both Houses on any matters arising out of the

committee's consideration of ANAO resources, reports of

the Independent Auditor on the operations of the ANAO,

or other matters relating to the performance of the

Auditor-General's functions which the committee

considers should be drawn to the attention of the

Parliament.

(2) That the committee consist of:

(a) the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the

President of the Senate each alternating as chairman

and deputy chairman for periods determined by the

committee;

(b) the chairman of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts;

(c) two Members of the House of Representatives to be

nominated by the Government Whip or Whips, three

Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated

by the Opposition Whip or Whips; and

(d) one Senator to be nominated by the Leader of the

Government in the Senate, one Senator to be nominated

by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and one

Senator to be nominated by any minority groups or

independent Senators.

(3) That every nomination of a member of the committee be forthwith

notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(4) That the members of the committee hold office as a joint

standing committee until the House of Representatives is

dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

(5) That the deputy chairman shall act as chairman of the committee

at any time when the chairman is not present at a meeting of the

committee, and that at any time when the chairman and deputy

chairman are not present at a meeting of the committee, the

members present shall elect another member to act as chairman at

that meeting.

(6) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees

consisting of 3 or more of its members and to refer to any

subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered

to examine.

(7) That the committee appoint the chairman of each subcommittee who

shall have a casting vote only, and at the time when the

chairman of a subcommittee is not present at a meeting of a

subcommittee, the members of the subcommittee present shall

elect another member of that subcommittee to act as chairman at

that meeting.

(8) That the committee or any subcommittee have power to send for

persons, papers and records, to move from place to place, to

adjourn from time to time, and to sit during any adjournment of

the Senate and the House of Representatives.

(9) That five members of the committee constitute a quorum of the

committee, and a majority of members of a subcommittee

constitute a quorum of that subcommittee.

(10) That in matters of procedure the chairman or deputy chairman

presiding at the meeting have a deliberative vote and, in the

event of an equality of voting, have a casting vote, and that,

in other matters, the chairman or deputy chairman have a

deliberative vote only.

(11) That members of the committee who are not members of a

subcommittee may participate in the proceedings of that

subcommittee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted

for the purpose of a quorum.

(12) That the committee have leave to report from time to time.

(13) That a message be sent to the House of Representatives

acquainting it of this resolution and requesting that it concur

and take action accordingly.

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

bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for the parliamentary

approval of treaties and for related purposes. Parliamentary Approval of

Treaties Bill 1994.

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

laid on the table, by not later than close of business on 29 June 1994,

a copy of the latest edition of the parliamentary handbook, whatever its

formal title, in use in each Commonwealth department, being the handbook

or manual which sets out the procedures to be followed by the officers

of that department when their work involves contact with either or both

Houses of the Parliament, or with parliamentarians.

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

endorses the views of the Minister for the Environment, Sport and

Territories (Senator Faulkner), when he said during his State of the

EnvironmentReporting address, "In my view there is only one prudent way

to interpret the moratorium clause. Old growth forests and wilderness

"that are likely to have high conservation value" should not be logged

until assessments are complete'.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the excellent and well-informed speech given by the

Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories

(Senator Faulkner) on 28 June 1994, and

(ii) that the speech identified many of the matters of

environmental concern requiring urgent attention;

(b) recognises that the Minister's understanding and commitment to

addressing the key issues raised by an accelerating

environmental despoliation are not shared by his ministerial

colleagues, nor by the Government;

(c) specifically notes, as just one example, the placing of forests

by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) under the Minister for

Resources (Mr Beddall) rather than the Minister for the

Environment, Sport and Territories, thus symbolising that

forests have only a wood value and failing to recognise all the

other values that forests represent; and

(d) calls on the Keating Government to convincingly commit itself to

the principle of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and

to urgently begin the task of implementing the many

recommendations that it already has before it from ESD working

groups, the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, Technology,

Transport, Communications and Infrastructure report on

greenhouse and many others.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

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

No. 1--That the Veterans' Entitlements (Rehabilitation Allowance)

Regulations, as contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 107 and made

under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986, be disallowed.

No. 2--That the Industrial Relations Court Rules, as contained in

Statutory Rules 1994 No. 110 and made under the Industrial Relations

Act 1988, be disallowed.

No. 3--That the Protection of the Sea (Oil Pollution Compensation

Fund) Regulations, as contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 126 and

made under the Protection of the Sea (Oil Pollution Compensation Fund)

Act 1993, be disallowed.

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

motion.

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

(a) notes that, according to the recent report by the Department of

Foreign Affairs and Trade on United States trade barriers

affecting Australian exports, Australian exports to the United

States (US) were valued at $A4.92 billion while Australian

imports from the US stood at $A13.01 billion and that

accordingly the imbalance of trade between Australia and the US

is over two to one in favour of the US and that it is

Australia's highest bilateral trade deficit;

(b) condemns the negligence of the Government in ignoring the

continuing protection of primary producers and the General

Agreement on Tariffs and Trade violations by the US, while

Australian farmers continue to be disadvantaged in the world

market;

(c) notes that the Uruguay Round outcome will alleviate to some

extent the market access problems Australia's farmers face, but

that these improvements will be minor and will be delayed until

1996; and

(d) calls on the Government to assist Australian farmers and people

living and working in regional Australia until the US and other

countries match Australia's reductions in trade barriers.

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

(a) notes that the leaders of 12 Australian churches representing

Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic christians

will be present at the inauguration of the National Council of

Churches in Australia in St Christopher's Cathedral, Manuka, at

7.30 p.m. on 3 July 1994;

(b) acknowledges the contribution made by Bishops Bede Heather and

Richard Appleby, co-convenors of the working group, and Reverend

David Gill, General Secretary of the Australian Council of

Churches, to the formation of the National Council of Churches

in Australia;

(c) congratulates the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for the

televising of the event for broadcast on 3 July 1994 at 10.30

p.m. and 10 July 1994 at 11 a.m.; and

(d) urges all Australians to enter into the spirit of reconciliation

and hope which this new body symbolises.

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

Senate--

(a) notes, with alarm, reports in the West Australian newspaper of

28 June 1994 that the Department of Conservation and Land

Management (CALM) has claimed that the logging of large areas of

National Estate listed forests in south-west Western Australia

is being done with the blessing of the Australian Heritage

Commission (AHC);

(b) condemns the regional assessment process conducted by CALM and

the AHC as an irresponsible way of evaluating National Estate

forest values; and

(c) calls on the Government to ensure that any regional assessment

processes that are put in place elsewhere do not cause the

destruction of the last remaining high conservation value

forests of Australia.

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

(a) notes that the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

(Senator Bolkus) is responsible for making appointments to the

National Committee for the United Nations International

Conference on Population and Development (ICPU) 1994;

(b) observes that on 16 November 1993, in answer to Senate question

on notice no. 621 asked by Senator Patterson, Senator Bolkus

stated that reference was made to the Register of Women in

making appointments to the ICPU;

(c) notes that, in answer to questions asked by Senator Patterson in

Senate Estimates Committee A regarding searches made on the

Register of Women in the 1993-94 financial year, the Department

of the Prime Minister and Cabinet stated that only one search

was requested by the office of the Minister for Immigration and

Ethnic Affairs on 23 November 1993 and another by the Department

of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs on 11 April 1994; and

(d) calls on the Minister to explain the apparent discrepancybetween

the answer he gave to the Senate on 16 November 1993 and the

answer provided by the Department of the Prime Minister and

Cabinet to Senate Estimates Committee A.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that Tasmanian gay activist, Mr Rodney Croome,

addressed 1.5 million gay and lesbian rights supporters

in New York City's Central Park on 27 June 1994 about

the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee's

expressed view condemning Tasmania's medieval anti-gay

laws, and

(ii) Mr Croome's acknowledgment published in the Mercury

newspaper of 28 June 1994 that the UN committee has "no

mandate to impose any other deadline', thus giving the

lie to those who would argue that the UN committee's

statement is an infringement of Australia's

sovereignty;

(b) calls on the Tasmanian Government to repeal these obnoxious laws

as a matter of urgency;

(c) in the event that the Tasmanian Government persists in its

refusal to do so, calls on the Federal Government to introduce

legislation to override the Tasmanian anti-gay laws which should

not be tolerated in a civilised nation; and

(d) notes Senator Spindler's intention to introduce an overriding

private Senator's bill on behalf of the Australian Democrats if

the Federal Attorney-General (Mr Lavarch) does not introduce

such overriding legislation during the Spring session of

Parliament.

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

Senate--

(a) congratulates Triple J Radio for its excellent nation-wide

efforts over the weekend of 25 and 26 June 1994 to raise over

$250 000 for the world's refugees;

(b) thanks all those Australians who donated money to alleviate the

plight of refugees whose number now totals almost 21 million

people; and

(c) welcomes the fund-raising event as a significant opportunity to

raise awareness for the victims of war, economic instability,

human rights violations and repressed civil and political

rights.

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

bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for a Parliamentary

Commission of Inquiry in relation to the security of Australia and for

related purposes. Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Security of

Australia) Bill 1994.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) an independent survey commissioned by the Cairns Post

newspaper has found that 74 per cent of residents in

Cairns support the Cairns-Kuranda Skyrail cableway

project, and

(ii) the support for the cableway was evenly spread among

white collar workers at 77 per cent, blue collar

workers at 74 per cent, retirees at 77 per cent, home

duties at 70 per cent and other at 50 per cent;

(b) supports the project and congratulates Skyrail Pty Ltd for

creating this revolutionary and dynamic eco-tourism initiative;

(c) condemns the action of radical protesters who have interfered

with machinery, chained themselves in the treetops and

interfered with helicopters in an attempt to stop the project

from going ahead; and

(d) congratulates the police in north Queensland for their efforts

in containing these protests.