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NOTICES

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

(a) notes the inevitable fact that as long as Australia continues to

run a current account deficit, that deficit will have to be

covered either by borrowing from foreigners or by selling them

part of the farm; and

(b) condemns the Government for its failure to acknowledge the

seriousness of Australia's balance of payments problems and to

take the necessary actions to address it.

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

(a) notes the petition presented on 31 August 1994 opposing any

United Nations inspired intervention by the Federal Government

in the democratically-enacted laws of the State of Tasmania and

noting that the Attorney-General (Mr Lavarch) admits that the

recent ruling by the United Nations has no direct impact on

Australian or Tasmanian law;

(b) commends the 3 621 petitioners from the State of Tasmania who

signed the petition;

(c) upholds the purposes of its formation and supports the right of

the State of Tasmania to determine its own social laws through

its democratically-elected Parliament; and

(d) opposes any legislation seeking to override Tasmania's laws.

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

Senate--

(a) commends:

(i) the hunger strike being conducted by 72-year old

Western Australian, Ms Elaine Michael, at the front of

Parliament House, Canberra,

(ii) the actions of Mr Phil Gregory who commenced a hunger

strike outside Parliament House, Perth, on 29 August

1994, and

(iii) the actions of Mr Hugh Wilson, Ms Dolphina Coombes, Ms

Shirley Lambert and Mr Dwayne Peppin and four others

who have begun a hunger strike in Denmark, Western

Australia;

(b) notes that all these people have taken this action because of

the inaction of Federal and State governments in not

implementing measures to protect Australia's unique natural

forests from being destroyed;

(c) condemns the State and Federal governments for forcing members

of the community into having to risk their health and well-being

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

Senate--

(a) notes that the weekly air service into Townsville from Jakarta

by Garuda Airlines will cease from 4 November 1994;

(b) expresses regret at the delay and mismanagement by the

Queensland State Government in making any decision on the

Magnetic Quays development; and

(c) notes that if the Magnetic Quays development had been given more

timely encouragement it could already have been attracting Asian

tourists to Townsville.

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

(a) views, with alarm, the lack of progress towards a comprehensive

test ban treaty at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva;

(b) shares with the governments of the United States of America, the

Russian Federation, Germany, all members of the non-aligned

movement and many other states the conviction that a

comprehensive test ban treaty can be concluded by April 1995

when the future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty will be

decided;

(c) notes that, in addition to providing the means to stop nuclear

proliferation, a comprehensive test ban treaty is widely

regarded as a litmus test of the nuclear weapons states'

commitment to fulfilling their obligations under the treaty;

(d) expresses its concern at the failure of countries to agree to

the draft treaty by June 1994 which was to be the basis for

negotiations; and

(e) urges the Government to do everything within its power to bring

about an agreement in the international community for a

comprehensive test ban treaty before April 1995.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot): To move on the

next day of sitting--That the following matters be referred to the

Select Committee on Superannuation for inquiry and report on or before

28 February 1995:

(1) The adequacy of current retirement incomes policy arrangements

in meeting the needs of those members of the community, in

particular women, whose participation in the workforce falls

outside the traditional 30 to 40 year working life pattern.

(2) Steps which could be taken to address any deficiencies

identified in paragraph (1), including the advisability of

implementing the following policies:

(a) initiatives to address equity issues which arise during

the contributions and benefits phases of the retirement

incomes cycle; and

(b) providing superannuation support for those members of

the community who experience broken labour force

participation and/or are in receipt of social security

payments.

(3) The implications of the Government's decision to progressively

raise the pension age for women from 60 to 65.

(4) Any other relevant matters, including measures which, if

implemented, would enhance the capacity of Australians to save

for retirement.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) Federal Cabinet is expected to decide the fate of

proposed mining and exploration in Queensland's

Shoalwater Bay when the Minister for the Environment,

Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner) and the

Minister for Defence (Senator Ray) present a joint

submission on the Government's response to the

recommendations of a commission of inquiry that defence

activities be allowed to continue but exploration and

mining be banned, and

(ii) the year-long commission of inquiry found that

Shoalwater Bay has outstanding natural and cultural

values; and

(b) calls on the Federal Cabinet to refuse to permit any activities

which are inconsistent with the protection of the natural and

cultural values of Shoalwater Bay.

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

(a) notes the first national awareness campaign by the organisation,

Men Against Sexual Assault, which has organised White Ribbon

Week, commencing on 3 September 1994, with the aim of ending

men's violence in the family;

(b) recognises that accurate data on the incidence of domestic

violence in Australia sadly is not available;

(c) notes the wider social and economic costs of violence within the

family structure; and

(d) calls on all Australians to actively work toward the elimination

of domestic violence in Australia's homes.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the dishonest repetition in the Australian newspaper by

a Senate Cabinet Minister's ministerial adviser of his

false claim that the Coalition voted against a motion

congratulating Cathy Freeman "on the voices' but

refused to call a division,

(ii) that, on the contrary, there were no voices raised in

opposition to the motion whatsoever, otherwise the

acting Deputy President would have asked whether a

division was required, and

(iii) this enquiry was not made because no voices were raised

in opposition, as the record clearly shows;

(b) notes that Opposition speakers in the debate commended Cathy

Freeman on her success and also on her carrying of the

Aboriginal and Australian flags; and

(c) calls on the Minister to reprimand his adviser and to instruct

him not to misrepresent the proceedings of the Senate.