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Senator Ferguson: To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for

the presentation of the report of the Standing Committee on Industry,

Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure on the

Australian Postal Corporation Amendment Bill 1994 be extended to 22

September 1994.

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

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, the issues raised on the ABC television

program "Lateline' on 31 August 1994 concerning the

plutonium trade,

(ii) that plutonium is not only connected with military

establishments but may also be available from so-called

"peaceful' nuclear establishments, and

(iii) with concern, that the Australian Government is

currently considering expanding the amount of uranium

mined and exported from this country which may

ultimately add to the stockpile of plutonium available

for this horrific trade; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to abandon any plans to

expand uranium mining in this country and to invest instead in

renewable energy technologies.

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

(a) notes that the League of Rights is an organisation which

maintains and professes views which are distinctive, divisive,

racist and morally repugnant;

(b) acknowledges that the overwhelming majority of Australians,

regardless of political preference, reject the League of Rights

as an entity which is abhorrent in its activities and

politically offensive in its goals; and

(c) therefore states that in the view of this chamber no Australian

Member of Parliament should be associated with the League of

Rights or any of its subsidiary or front organisations or any of

its forums by accepting invitations to speak at its gatherings,

to publish in its journals or to afford its endeavours any

legitimacy or credibility whatsoever.

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

by the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs of 10

July 1994, as contained in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. S 270,

and made under subsection 10(1) of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984, relating to Hindmarsh Island, be

disallowed.

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

(a) notes:

(i) a letter from the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator

Gareth Evans) to Senator Baume, dated 26 August 1994,

advising that the Australian Government has made

specific representations to the Greek Government and

the Greek Foreign Minister in respect of the case of

arrested human rights campaigner, Mr Hristo

Sideropoulos, who was charged on 25 May 1994 with

spreading "false information that may cause disturbance

to the international relations of Greece' and whose

hearing has been postponed until 5 October 1994 when a

representative of Australia's Athens Embassy will

attend,

(ii) that the charge relates to a statement Mr Sideropoulos

made at the International Copenhagen Human Rights

Conference in June 1990 that he belongs to a group of

people that are deprived of their human rights, even

the right to their name; that he is a Macedonian and

lives in the Greek Province of Macedonia but he does

not have the right to express that, to use his

language, to cherish the customs and traditions of his

ancestors and to convey them to his dependants and that

when Macedonian political refugees and emigrants seek

to return to visit their families, they are denied

entry,

(iii) Senator Evans' advice that the Australian Government is

aware of cases of people he described as ethnic

Macedonians being charged under Greek law for having

expressed opinions that differ from those of the Greek

Government, as outlined in recent Amnesty International

and Helsinki Watch reports, and

(iv) that the embassy is also monitoring the recent case of

Mr Archimandrite Tsarknias and his sister Maria who

were also arrested; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to continue to stand by its

stated commitment to the protection and promotion of human

rights internationally.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the week beginning 4 September 1994 is National

Alzheimer's Week,

(ii) in 1993, between 100 000 and 140 000 Australians

suffered from moderate to severe dementia and this

number is expected to exceed 200 000 within 10 years,

(iii) one in eight adults is likely to develop dementia in

their lifetime while Alzheimer's disease is the fourth

largest killer of adult Australians, and

(iv) approximately half of Australia's dementia sufferers

live at home, a substantial number live in residential

facilities, such as hostels and nursing homes, however,

many are homeless or live in boarding houses or

refuges, where they frequently receive no formal

treatment for their mental illness; and

(b) recognises the enormous social, emotional and financial burden

placed on those who care for people with Alzheimer's disease, a

burden which falls mainly on family members and principally

women (73 per cent of dementia carers are women) and who in turn

suffer high levels of stress and poor physical and mental

health.

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

(a) welcomes the historic truce announced by the Irish Republican

Army in Northern Ireland;

(b) encourages other para-military organisations in Northern Ireland

to join in this cessation of military operations;

(c) requests the Australian Government to examine whether it can, on

behalf of the Australian people, make a contribution to the

peace process in Northern Ireland; and

(d) suggests that a contribution to the Ireland fund may be an

appropriate gesture.

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

(a) notes that the right wing of the New South Wales Labor Party is

a divisive organisation with a disgraceful record of intolerance

and violence; and

(b) calls on Senator Loosley and the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) to

publicly dissociate themselves from this undemocratic and

un-Australian group.

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

notes that--

(a) in contradiction of the claims by the Premier of Victoria (Mr

Kennett) that States protect individual rights, his Government

has enacted legislation since coming to office which has denied

Victorians basic civil liberties and legal rights and has broken

fundamental constitutionalprinciples;

(b) the Kennett Government has on 34 occasions expressly removed the

jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Victoria in accordance with

the Constitution Act 1975;

(c) the Acts affected by these amendments include:

Accident Compensation (Work Cover) Act

Public Sector Management Act

Victoria Park Land Act

State Owned Enterprises Act

Marine (Amendment) Act

Casino Control (Amendment) Act

Police Regulation (Discipline) Act

Education (Teachers) Act

Victoria Plantations Corporation Act

Land Titles Validation Act (dealing with Aboriginal Title)

State Taxation (Further Amendment) Act

Transport (Amendment) Act

Equal Opportunity (Amendment) Act

Health and Community Services (Further Amendment) Act

Tatersalls Consultations (Further Amendment) Act

Land (Further Amendment) Act

Gas and Fuel Corporation (Heatane) Gas Act

Teaching Service (Amendment) Act

Public Sector Management (Amendment) Act

Land (Further Miscellaneous Matters) Act

Road Safety (Amendment) Act

Children and Young Persons Act

Medical Practice Act

Gaming and Betting Act

Melbourne Exhibition Centre Act

Office of the Regulator General Act

Public Prosecutions Act

State Trustees (State Owned Corporations) Act

Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement Authority Act

Accident Compensation Act

Catchment and Land Protection Act

Land (Revocation of Reservations) Act

Westernpoint (Crib Point Terminal) Act;

(d) this has the effect of taking away an individual's right to

appeal against or seek judicial review of the Government's

actions, and the court's power to entertain any action at all;

(e) the removal of the common law right to judicial appeal

represents a serious undermining of the division of powers, the

independence of the judiciary and the conformity of law and

administration to these fundamental principles of law; and

(f) these actions of the Victorian Government demonstrate the need

for comprehensive constitutional review to ensure that all

Australian State governments implement the principle of

separation of powers and that the basic civil and political

rights of all Australian citizens are protected, no matter where

they live.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 1 September 1994 is National Daffodil Day throughout

Australia, a day which promotes awareness about cancer,

(ii) the daffodil is the symbol for cancer and is used to

give a positive message of hope and renewed life for

people living with cancer and their carers,

(iii) cancer, after circulatory diseases, is the second most

common cause of death in Australia and was responsible

for 26.3 per cent of all deaths in 1991,

(iv) in 1988, the year for which the latest reliable

statistics are available, 56 777 Australians were

diagnosed as having cancer and, in 1991, 20 401

Australians died from cancer, and

(v) in total, the National Health and Medical Research

Council funding for medical research in 1993 was

$104.48 million, of which only $13.5 million was spent

on cancer research; and

(b) calls on the Government, as a matter of urgency, to ensure that

research into the causes and treatment of cancer is funded

appropriately.

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

Senate--

(a) commends:

(i) conservation groups across Australia for the National

Day of Action being held on 1 September 1994, aimed at

ending the export of woodchips, and

(ii) the actions of the community at large which has shown

that it will no longer stand by as unique and

irreplaceable forests are destroyed for woodchips; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to immediately cease logging in

old-growth wilderness and other forests of high conservation

value.

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

(a) deprecates any attempt to smear people by association; and

(b) notes that:

(i) Australia is a democracy and this should ensure the

right of any person to speak to any other person,

(ii) Senator Coulter has addressed Right to Life meetings

and yet in no way shares that association's views, and

(iii) on return from a parliamentary delegation to the Middle

East, Senator Coulter addressed the Zionist

Associationin Melbourne and defended the rights of the

Palestinian people.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the week beginning 4 September 1994 is National Child

Protection Week,

(ii) the 1994 theme is "every child needs a caring family',

(iii) currently 52 per cent of all divorces involve children,

(iv) a further 10 000 children receive the youth homeless

allowance, and

(v) in this, the International Year of the Family, the

family is in fact under siege; and

(b) highlights the work of groups such as the National Association

for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect which promote the

importance of effective care and protection of children.

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

(a) notes that assessment of the performance of the World Bank

against international best practice is demanded by the principle

of accountability for public funds and is consistent with modern

approaches to public sector management;

(b) recognises that the World Bank appears to promote dependency on

its services by pursuing policies which lead to a drain of

economic value from poor countries to the richer countries

through interest payments and that dependency on further

external finance so generated undermines self-determination of

the development process and self-management of the environmental

and social impact; and

(c) calls on the Government:

(i) to lead an international initiative to get the World

Bank to change its role from making loans to teaching

countries how to finance their economic and social

development from their own resources, and

(ii) to seek support from member countries of the World Bank

to compare, through performance audits, the economic,

social and environmental impact of World Bank programs

against the impact of locally-owned and controlled

domestic self-financing institutions such as the

Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and the Caja Laboral Popular

in Spain.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the report in the Australian newspaper of 1 September

1994 that the eastern states' drought is beginning to

drag the Australian economy down,

(ii) that output, sales, profits and employment in these

areas are either stagnant or falling, and

(iii) that, according to reports, up to 95 per cent of

farmers in NSW will not be in a position to buy new

machinery in 1994, thereby affecting employment far

beyond the country and into the cities; and

(b) calls on the Government to explain the financial actions it will

be taking to prevent a total blow-out of the balance of trade

situation for the 1994-95 financial year.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) a foreign company, JGL Trading Pte of 1 Colombo Court,

Singapore, is shown in a return filed in the week

beginning 28 August 1994 with the Australian Securities

Commission to have paid $2.6 million on 8 July 1994 to

acquire an interest in the piggery holding company,

Euphron Pty Ltd, formerly half-owned by the Prime

Minister (Mr Keating),

(ii) Mr Keating's nominee as a director of Euphron Pty Ltd,

Mr Coudounaris, who is secretary of Mr Keating's family

company, Pleuron Pty Ltd, continued as a director of

Euphron Pty Ltd for 4 months after Mr Keating says he

"disposed' of his shares on 7 March 1994, until

replaced on 8 July 1994, the same day as the JGL

acquisition, by a Hong Kong resident, Mr Bradley Fraser

Kerr, and

(iii) Mr Keating has never revealed how much money he

received in payment for his "disposal' of his

half-ownership of his piggery group that had cost him

$430 100 in borrowed funds, based on his own remark

that he had "hocked' his expected parliamentary

superannuationpayout to provide the finance needed; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to reveal how much he was paid for

his half-ownership in order to assure the Parliament that its

disposal, after his piggery group had lost multi-millions of

dollars under his proprietorship, did not put him under any

obligation to anyone, foreign-based or local, for rescuing him

from this politically and financially unwise investment, and in

particular, seeks an assurance that this $2.6 million does not

represent, in whole or in part, a payment to him, either

directly or indirectly, for his interest, does not involve any

off-shore tax avoidance vehicle and does not put him in any

position for a potential for conflict of interest.

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

documents be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the

Minister for Communications and the Arts (Senator McMullan), before the

adjournment of the Senate on 21 September 1994:

(a) a copy of the report by the Deputy Secretary of the Department

of Communications and the Arts (Mr Michael Hutchinson) to the

Minister on the operations of the Australian Broadcasting

Corporation's Australia Television (ATV); and

(b) the marketing, or business, or corporate plan for ATV.