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NOTICES

The Chairman of the Select Committee on Certain Aspects of Foreign

Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media (Senator Alston): To

move on the next day of sitting--

(1) That, for the reasons set out in paragraph (2), the order of the

Senate of 12 May 1994 concerning the Select Committee on Foreign

Ownership Decisions in Relation to the Print Media (the Print

Media Committee), be modified to extend the time for the

presentation of the committee's final report from 22 September

1994 to 31 March 1995, or such earlier date as may become

appropriate depending upon the resolution of the matters set out

in paragraph (2).

(2) The reasons referred to in paragraph (1) are:

(a) to enable the committee to monitor progress of, and,

when it is eventually tabled, review, the Government's

response to the 32 findings and recommendations

contained in the committee's first report of June 1994;

(b) to ensure that the Senate has in place a relevant and

experienced committee to properly consider the

implicationsof any order by the Federal Court in INP

Consortium Ltd (and ors) v John Fairfax Holdings Ltd

(formerly Tourang Ltd) (and ors), that documents denied

to the committee by the Government because of their

alleged extraordinarysecrecy, but supplied in

confidence to named counsel in that case, be published

or may be used in evidence in open court;

(c) to enable various respondents, when questions have been

addressed, a further opportunity to respond; and

(d) to facilitate any recommendation of the Committee of

Party Leaders on Public Interest Secrecy that some or

all of the documents, to which the Print Media

Committee was refused access, should be disclosed to

it, in confidence or otherwise.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional

Affairs (Senator Cooney): To move on the next day of sitting--That the

time for the presentation of the report of the Standing Committee on

Legal and Constitutional Affairs on the Crimes Amendment Bill 1994 be

extended to 5 December 1994.

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

on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Transport

(Senator Collins), not later than 3 p.m. on 21 September 1994:

(a) with respect to the documents, letters, submissions, file notes

and other material relating to the appointment and remuneration

of the new Australian National Line (ANL) board which was

announced by the Minister on 22 August 1994, the following:

(i) 22 August 1994 Letter from President, Remuneration

Tribunal, to the Minister for

Transport (Mr Brereton), and

(ii) 24 August 1994 Remuneration Tribunal determination;

(b) with respect to the correspondence between the ANL board and the

responsible Ministers since the 1990 federal election, the

following:

(i) letters of the following dates from ANL chairmen to

responsible Ministers:

3 March 1994

5 April 1994(2)

21 April 1994

28 April 1994

2 June 1994

29 June 1994

22 July 1994

22 July 1994

17 August 1994

22 August 1994(2),

the figure (2) referring to the 2 relevant letters of that

date, and

(ii) letters of the following dates from responsible

Ministers to ANL chairmen:

1 March 1994

21 April 1994

30 June 1994

11 July 1994

18 August 1994

22 August 1994

22 August 1994

25 August 1994,

and the letter, dated 11 May 1994, reference to which was

omitted from the list tabled in the Senate on 19 September

1994; and

(c) with respect to the correspondence between the ANL management

and the responsible Ministers since the 1990 federal election,

the following:

(i) letters of the following dates from ANL managing

director to responsible Ministers:

17 February 1994

2 March 1994

5 May 1994

23 May 1994

7 July 1994

8 August 1994

18 August 1994, and

(ii) letter of the following date from other ANL management

to responsible Ministers:

15 June 1994.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with deep concern, that logging of the koala habitat at

Wild Cattle Creek, near Dorrigo, in northern New South

Wales, is about to begin and that this is yet another

example of the failure of both State and Federal

governments to protect areas of high conservation value

under the National Forest Policy, and

(ii) that studies have shown that the area targeted for

logging is rich in endangered species, including the

sooty owl, spotted-tail quoll, parma wallaby, spaghnum

frog and the great pipiscelle bat; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to abandon the National Forest

Policy which has proved a complete failure in protecting any

forests of high conservation value in the face of intransigent

State governments and their logging-based agencies.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the letter to the editor in the Australian Financial

Review of 16 September 1994 from Mr Andrew Baume

pointing out that the bank bill futures market is the

most accurate indicator of future interest rate moves

and that, because of the absence of fiscal

responsibility by this Government, monetary policy has

become such an important tool of economic management,

(ii) the forecast of the Minister for Foreign Affairs

(Senator Gareth Evans) in Senate question time on 20

September 1994 that any rises in interest rates that

may take place over the next 18 months' would only be

small,

(iii) that, on the contrary, the 90 day bank bill futures

market, which reflects the market place cost of money

in 18 months time, shows interest rates rising by about

four percentage points from the beginning of September

1994 to around 10 per cent, indicating housing interest

rates of around 11 per cent or even more by then,

(iv) that at the beginning of September 1994, the 90 day

rate was only 5.75 per cent, but that now the futures

rate has blown out to 9.56 per cent by December 1995,

9.85 per cent by March 1996 and 10.05 per cent by June

1996, and

(v) that such rises cannot properly be described as small,

even by Senator Gareth Evans; and

(b) calls on the Government to take long overdue appropriate fiscal

action to remove this ridiculous and unnecessary pressure on

interest rates which will destroy the prospects of sustained

economic recovery and ensure the continuation of deliberately

and disgracefully high levels of unemployment to the turn of the

century.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the head of the Indonesian Welfare Labour Union (SBSI),

Mr Muchtar Pakpahan, is on trial in Indonesia on 20

September 1994 for organising a rally which 30 000

workers attended,

(ii) Mr Pakpahan is being charged with inciting workers in

the run-up to the rally, which led to riots 5 months

ago, and

(iii) the Indonesian Government:

(A) has deployed 1 500 troops and police around the city

to stop people demonstrating against the trial, and

(B) does not recognise the SBSI, therefore it is illegal

for workers to strike if employer negotiations over

wages and working conditions break down;

(b) calls on the Indonesian Government:

(i) to provide a fair trial for Mr Pakpahan with the

principles of natural justice and due process, and

(ii) to recognise the concerns of 30 000 of its workers and

to review the legality of the SBSI, which is

Indonesia's largest independent trade union; and

(c) requests that the Australian Government review its policy of

funding the only Government-approved union in Indonesia and

consider extending funding to independent unions such as the

SBSI.

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

(a) calls on the Australian Labor Party (ALP) Government to admit

that its tertiary education funding policies are forcing

institutions to charge student fees for an increasing range of

courses;

(b) condemns the Government for portraying itself at the 1993

election as being against fees, but since the election altering

a wide range of fees, including floating the proposal for $1 000

upfront fees for undergraduate courses;

(c) highlights the Government's hypocrisy in introducing full fees

for higher degrees with great speed, catching many students part

way through their courses and creating real uncertainty and

hardship;

(d) joins with tertiary students on campuses across Australia in

rejecting the ALP Government's policy of bleeding students of

fee money with constant changes to fee charging mechanisms; and

(e) calls on the ALP Government to come clean and admit that it has

squeezed tertiary education funding to force universities to

seek more funds through charging a variety of upfront fees to

students.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and

Energy (Senator Sherry): To move on the next day of sitting--That the

following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Migration

Act 1958, and for related purposes. Migration Legislation Amendment Bill

(No. 4) 1994.

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

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

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

adjourns on 22 September 1994:

A document which details:

(a) all Australian Broadcasting Corporation co-production projects

since 1 January 1992, including the names of the programs

produced, the name of any co-producers, the names of any

commercial sponsors that have been listed in the program credits

and the names of any other commercial sponsors not listed in the

credits; and

(b) the nature and extent of any financial or other interest in the

content of any co-production program, or financial contribution

made by a financier of a co-producer or independent producer, or

any other and what persons associated with, or acting for

companies or individuals which or who are, the subject matter of

any such programs.

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

following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to implement Australia's

international obligations under Articles 17 and 26 of the International

Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Rights to Privacy and Equality

(ICCPR) Bill 1994.

The Chairman of the Select Committee on Superannuation (Senator Watson):

To move--That the resolution of the Senate of 15 December 1993 referring

to the Select Committee on Superannuation terms of reference to review

the operation of the Superannuation Guarantee Charge legislation be

modified to provide that the committee present its report on or before

the last sitting day in December 1994.

Senator Watson, by leave, made a statement relating to the notice of

motion.

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

(a) notes recent comments by former Prime Minister Mr Malcolm Fraser

that United States (US) intelligence has been of little value in

the past and that he could not recall a single instance in his

28 years in politics where US intelligence would have altered

the decision of any Australian Government;

(b) acknowledges that the role of the US bases at Pine Gap and

Nurrungar are no longer necessary now that the Cold War is over

and Australia is self-sufficient in intelligence gathering;

(c) recognises that the technology of Pine Gap and Nurrungar is

out-dated and the US itself is searching for methods of

satellite to satellite communications to avoid having ground

bases to process information;and

(d) calls on the Government to cancel the leases for Pine Gap and

Nurrungar in 1995 and give the US Government 3 years notice for

them to leave.

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

(1) That, in light of:

(a) the failure of Australia Television to penetrate its

target markets in Asia, with a resultant waste of

scarce funds otherwise earmarked for maintenance of

quality national broadcasting;

(b) controversial proposals to abolish regional Australian

Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) TV News, advocated with

great vigour by ABC Management, and rejected by the ABC

Board;

(c) recent evidence that ABC program sponsorship rules may

have been significantly and deliberately breached in a

number of ABC co-productions that have gone to air;

(d) the continuing high level of resignationsand departures

from the ABC of senior, experienced broadcasting

managers and program makers;

(e) the controversy surrounding appointments to the Board

of the ABC, including concerns that individual merit

and potential contribution to the policy direction,

public standing and the political independence of the

ABC are no longer the sole criteria for such

appointments; and

(f) continuing public concern about the nature and extent

of the ABC's involvement in commercial activities;

a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on ABC

Management and Operations, be appointed to inquire into and

report, on or before 1 March 1995, on the following matters with

respect to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

(i) whether the matters referred to in paragraphs 1(a) to

(f) are symptoms of a deep-seated problem within the

board, management and organisation of the ABC, and, if

so,

(ii) whether this problem arises from dysfunction or

conflict between:

(A) the current operational goals and direction of the

ABC, and the corporation's legislative charter and the

board's duties, and

(B) the composition of the board, or part of it, and the

management, or part of it, in implementing the charter

or discharging the duties to achieve and reflect

appropriate policy direction, public standing and

political independence.

(2) That the committee consist of seven senators, as follows:

(a) two nominated by the Leader of the Government in the

Senate;

(b) three nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the

Senate;

(c) one nominated by the Leader of the Australian

Democrats; and

(d) one nominated by the Greens (WA) or Senator Harradine.

(3) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business

notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated

and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) That:

(a) the chair of the committee be elected by the members of

the committee from the members nominated by the Leader

of the Opposition;

(b) in the absence of agreement on the selection of a

chair, duly notified to the President, the allocation

of the chair be determined by the Senate;

(c) the deputy chair of the committee be appointed by the

chair from the members of the committee immediately

after the election of the chair;

(d) the deputy chair act as chair when there is no chair or

the chair is not present at a meeting; and

(e) in the event of the votes on any question before the

committee being equally divided, the chair, or the

deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(5) That the quorum of the committee be four members.

(6) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for

and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place

and to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any

prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of

Representatives.

(7) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees

consisting of three or more of its members, and to refer to any

such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is

empowered to consider, and that the quorum of a subcommittee be

a majority of the Senators appointed to the subcommittee.

(8) That, without limiting its power to pass procedural or other

resolutions that are not inconsistent with this paragraph or

these terms of reference, the committee observe the following

procedures, namely, that:

Submissions and calling of witnesses

(a) as a general principle, evidence be invited in the

first instance in the form of written submissions and

following examination of submissions, the committee

decide which witnesses are to be called for

examination;

(b) subject to any contrary order in relation to a

particular submission, the submission to the committee

by a person of a statement relating to the inquiry be

deemed to be the giving of evidence before the

committee by that person in accordance with that

statement;

Evidence

(c) evidence be heard in public session except in instances

where the committee or a subcommittee resolves to hear

evidence in camera;

Statements to the media

(d) the chair be authorised to make statements to the media

on behalf of the committee concerning its activities;

Broadcasts and re-broadcasts of public proceedings

(e) the recording, broadcasting and re-broadcasting of

public proceedings is authorised in accordance with the

rules contained in the order of the Senate of 23 August

1990, as varied by the Senate from time to time,

concerning the broadcasting of committee proceedings;

Release of evidence and documents

(f) the secretary is authorised to supply for correction,

copies of proof reports of both public and in camera

proceedings to the witnesses whose evidence appears in

those reports;

(g) subject to any contrary order in relation to a

particular submission, each document submitted to the

committee be published; and

Adverse Evidence

(h) subject to any contrary order, evidence which adversely

reflects on a person be forwarded to that person

inviting their response.

(9) That:

(a) the terms of reference of the inquiry be appropriately

advertised in the media; and

(b) written submissions be sought and examined by the

committee and oral evidence be heard, including oral

evidence from the authors of the most important

submissions.

(10) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff,

facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons

with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee,

with the approval of the President.

(11) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such

documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily

Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in

public.

(12) That the committee may report from time to time its proceedings

and evidence taken or any interim conclusions or

recommendationsarising from its inquiry, and may make regular

reports on the progress of its proceedings.