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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Notices of motion withdrawn: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 25 August

1994, withdrew Business of the Senate notices of motion nos 1 and 2

standing in his name for this day for the disallowance of the following

instruments:

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations, as contained in

Statutory Rules 1994 No. 57 and made under the Superannuation Industry

(Supervision) Act 1993; and

Corporations (Fees) Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory

Rules 1994 No. 34 and made under the Corporations Act 1989.

Senator Colston, pursuant to notice of intention given on 25 August

1994, withdrew Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 standing in

his name for 9 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the

Veterans' Entitlements (Rehabilitation Allowance) Regulations, as

contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 107 and made under the Veterans'

Entitlements Act 1986.

Notices of motion:

The Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner): To move on the next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the outstanding performances of all Australian athletes

at the XV Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, and

(ii) the overwhelming support for the Australian team from

the Australian community;

(b) commends all members of the Australian team:

(i) for participating in the games in the best spirit of

sporting endeavour, and

(ii) for striving to fulfil their sporting potential; and

(c) congratulates all members of the Australian team who have won

medals, set new games, Commonwealth, Australian and world

records, and have achieved personal best performances.

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

(a) calls on the Minister for Employment, Education and Training (Mr

Crean) to acknowledge that the legal workshop at the Australian

National University is not a true post-graduate course; and

(b) acknowledges that for the purpose of higher education funding

this course should fall within the category covered by the

Higher Education Contribution Scheme.

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 psychotherapeutic medication in Australia be extended to 13

October 1994 and the time for the presentation of the report on the

marketing of the Disability Reform Package be extended to 10 November

1994.

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

that--

(a) the Labor Government's recent increase of 0.75 per cent in

official interest rates will flow through to all lending sectors

in the not too distant future;

(b) struggling small businesses and drought affected farmers and

first home buyers can expect this rate rise to be passed on to

their overdraft and other borrowing rates;

(c) despite the positive investment figures for the June 1994

quarter, corporate Australia has still not fully responded to

Government demands to increase investment expenditure, largely

because business is not confident of Australia's economic

outlook under this Government,vis-a-vis overseas opportunities,

and that crucially needed investment will be further hampered by

this rate rise;

(d) the need to increase interest rates is a direct consequence of

the Labor Government's economic policy mismanagement and, in

particular, its damaging fiscal policy with its accompanying

high budget deficit and public borrowing requirement;

(e) until such time as the Federal Government takes the task of

reducing its excessive deficit more seriously, interest rates

will continue to rise and remain higher than otherwise they

would; and

(f) prior to the recent rate rise, real interest rates in Australia

were already amongst the highest in the developed world, and the

latest increase simply makes them higher, and makes Australia

less internationally competitive.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the call by the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) for an

inquiry into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Commission (ATSIC) after the group was denied funding

for its ongoing activities,

(ii) that council chairman, Mr Ivan McGee, said that KLC had

not enough support in 1994 because of the "inept

administration of ATSIC', and

(iii) that the council has called for an urgent independent

inquiry because of the need to provide greater control

by "Aboriginal people at the regional level'; and

(b) supports Senator Panizza's call for such an inquiry, as

encompassed in notice of motion no. 428 given on 18 November

1993.

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

Senate--

(a) commends the heroic actions of 72-year old Western Australian,

Ms Elaine Michael, who has started a hunger strike outside

Parliament House, Canberra, because she can no longer stand by

and watch the country's unique natural heritage being destroyed;

(b) condemns the inaction of Federal and State governments in not

implementing measures to protect this country's unique natural

forest heritage;

(c) notes that it is disgraceful that members of the community are

forced by Government inaction to risk their health and

well-being to highlight the plight of Australia's forests; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to immediately bring a halt to

the logging of old-growth forests and other forest areas of high

conservation value.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the World Council of Churches has agreed to make the

biblical concept of jubilee a main emphasis for its

Eighth Assembly, being held in Zimbabwe in 1998,

(ii) the jubilee principle included the cancellation of

debts so that people could be set free from

exploitation or slavery, and

(iii) the goals of the jubilee were based in part on the idea

of family and the need to preserve family structure;

(b) acknowledges the fact that:

(i) debt is a fundamental cause of social division between

industrialised countries and the developing world, and

between rich and poor Australians, and

(ii) current debt levels in the developing world are so

large as to be a permanent impediment to overcoming

poverty and ill health in these countries; and

(c) expresses:

(i) its support for the World Council of Churches' efforts

to raise awareness about the nature and problem of debt

and ways to combat it, and

(ii) its commitment to assist efforts to overcome the burden

of debt and the poverty and injustice which it creates.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the forecast that the 1991 Federal Budget proceeds of

the sale of the Australian National Line (ANL) would be

received by the 1992-93 Budget year,

(ii) the then responsible Minister for Transport and

Communications (Senator Collins) failed to proceed with

this sale and had not even arranged for a due diligence

report, which was not undertaken until initiated by his

successor in March 1994,

(iii) the proceeds of the proposed sale of ANL were

subsequently included in revenue to be received in the

1994-95 Budget,

(iv) ANL's financial position has now deteriorated so

seriously that an asset the Government said it could

sell in the 1991 Budget is now unsaleable,

(v) on 29 June 1994, the Minister for Transport (Mr

Brereton) said that a failure to sell both ANL and the

Federal Airports Corporation would lead to higher

Government taxes and changes to make up the revenue

loss,

(vi) in the week beginning 21 August 1994, Senator Collins

refused to answer Senator Baume's question as to when

the Government would be announcing the increases in

taxes and charges Mr Brereton says are needed to make

up for the failure to sell ANL, and

(vii) any such increase in taxes and charges would be on top

of the 1994-95 Budget's 10 per cent rise in total tax

revenue, representing the largest real tax rise in 10

years; and

(b) regrets that Australian taxpayers will now have to carry the

burden of the failure of Senator Collins to implement the 1991

Budget decision to sell ANL, which is simply the latest example

of the incompetence of this accident prone Minister.

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

Senate--

(a) welcomes the decision of Federal Cabinet to incorporate Article

17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

(ICCPR) into domestic law;

(b) notes that this decision is a very narrow interpretation of

Australia's human rights obligation under the ICCPR;

(c) regrets that the Cabinet decision fails to move to enact

comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation for the protection

of gays and lesbians; and

(d) calls on the Government to introduce such comprehensive

legislation, as it is empowered to do under the external affairs

and corporations sections of the Australian Constitution.

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

(a) condemns moves by higher education institutions to introduce

up-front, full cost fees for the Graduate Diploma of Legal

Practice (GDLP);

(b) recognises that it is an economic disincentive to pursue further

education for many students, especially those who have already

incurred large Higher Education Contribution Scheme debts;

(c) acknowledges that this is a result of Government deregulation of

the post-graduate fee-paying sector;

(d) notes that law graduates in New South Wales, Tasmania, the

Australian Capital Territory and South Australia cannot practice

law without this sort of professional qualification; and,

(e) calls on the Government to exempt GDLP from the definition of

fee-paying post-graduate courses contained in the ministerial

guidelines.

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

(a) notes that for the past 7 years the Australian Science Olympiads

have entered teams of outstanding young scholars into the

International Physics Olympiad, the International Chemistry

Olympiad and, recently, the International Biology Olympiad;

(b) calls on the Government to acknowledge that, at a time when

there is great recognition of individuals involved in sporting

and leisure activities, recognition of academic values is

immensely important if Australia is to remain a leading

participant in the Asian area; and

(c) condemns the Government for failing to assure future funding for

the participation of Australia's young scientists in the

International Science Olympiads.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) for many awards, the Government's new youth training

wage does not involve any discounting of award wages,

despite the propaganda that it does, and so provides a

strong disincentive for employers to take on young

trainees, resulting in Mr Ross Gittens describing it in

the Sydney Morning Herald of 29 August 1994 as a

combination of stupidity and perfidy,

(ii) for many awards, the new youth training wage rates are

much higher than the present award rates, so that, for

an 18-year old just completing year 12 it is $44 a week

or 26 per cent higher than under the present NSW

clerk's award, $40 more than the timber award, $34 more

than the Tasmanian and Victorian restaurants award, $23

more than the furnishing trades award, $14 more than

the warehousing and distribution award, vehicle service

award and Queensland retail award, $8 more than the

Commonwealth Bank officers award, $6 more than the

Victorian shop assistants award and $5 more than the

NSW public service clerical award,

(iii) the additional $1 000 taxpayer-funded subsidy on top of

the existing $2 000 subsidy required to pay for this

abject governmental capitulation to the Australian

Council of Trade Unions demands will only apply to

young people unemployed for between 12 to 18 months, so

leaving a serious disincentive to many employers

instead of the incentive the Government pretends it to

be, and

(iv) that once young people complete their training and

become more skilled, their pay is cut when they go off

the artificially higher training wage and revert to the

age-related wage in their relevant awards; and

(b) condemns the Government for its incompetent youth training wage

scheme which discourages employers from taking trainees, wastes

millions of dollars of taxpayers money overcoming the problems

this scheme created and will not solve the crisis of youth

unemployment that this Government's policies have brought about.

Senator Coulter: To move on 21 September 1994--That the following matter

be referred to the Standing Committee on Environment, Recreation and the

Arts for inquiry and report:

The intention of the Federal Government, in October 1994, following

the final negotiating session in Paris, to sign the International

Convention on Desertification, with particular reference to:

(a) the extent of desertification in Australia's rangelands, its

causes and environmental, social and economic impacts;

(b) actions required to halt and reverse desertification in

Australia;

(c) the means of monitoring the progress of programs directed at

reversing desertification in Australia;

(d) the capacity of the desertification convention to contribute

to Australia's efforts to halt and reverse desertification,

both in Australia and overseas; and

(e) the impact of the desertification convention on the

sustainability of rural, pastoral and mining communities in

relation to land management.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, the report in the West Australian

newspaper on 29 August 1994 of a proposal to mine on

Shell Beach in the Shark Bay World Heritage area in

Western Australia; and

(ii) that the Shark Bay Shire Council approved proposal is

to remove a metre deep layer of shells from a 12

kilometre stretch of the precious beach front; and

(b) affirms the comments of the Minister for the Environment,Sport

and Territories (Senator Faulkner) that the Government would not

tolerate any compromise of heritage values in Shark Bay.