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NOTICES

The Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner), at the request of the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator

Gareth Evans): To move on the next day of sitting--That the order of the

Senate agreed to on 28 June 1994 requiring the production of indexed

lists of departmental files be revoked.

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

motion.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the first ever International Teachers' Day will be

observed on 5 October 1994, its purpose being to

commemorate the anniversary of the adoption in 1966 of

the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural

Organisation Intergovernmental Conference "Status of

Teachers' recommendation, and

(ii) the conference based that recommendationon the

convictions that good education is required for

individual happiness, national prosperity and

international understanding, and that good education

requires competent, devoted teachers;

(b) acknowledges the value of teachers in their vital role in

ensuring that children receive a good education; and

(c) congratulates the Victorian Secondary Teachers' Association, the

Australian Education Union and the Australian Teaching Council

on their recognition of the day and their promotion of

activities to celebrate the work of teachers throughout the

world and to generate wider recognition of the value of that

work.

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

notes--

(a) the concerns of the wine producers in Western Australia in

relation to the imposition of unfair taxes on that industry and,

in particular, deplores:

(i) the inconsistency between wholesale sales tax which

ranges between 11 per cent and 21 per cent on the one

hand, and the tax on wine on the other which is

currently 24 per cent but is soon to be increased to 26

per cent, and

(ii) the lower rate of tax on mass produced cask wine as

opposed to a greater rate of tax for bottled wine; and

(b) that such taxation is an undue burden on a fledgling industry

which has already produced 20 per cent of the country's fine

wines.

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

(a) notes, with alarm, that clear-felling operations are about to

begin in the Hensleigh Creek catchment in East Gippsland in

deliberate violation of the National Forest Policy;

(b) recognises that the Hensleigh Creek catchment area is listed on

the register of the National Estate, is identified as old-growth

forest in a recent East Gippsland old-growth study, is part of

the Hensleigh/Quadra State Site of Significance for Rainforest,

has exceptional landscape and educational values, and has a very

high level of integrity, viability and naturalness;

(c) expresses grave concern that the area has not been properly

surveyed for endangered flora or fauna; and

(d) calls on the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories

(Senator Faulkner) to urgently request the Victorian Government

to honour the Federal Government's commitment under the National

Forest Policy Statement and ensure that logging in the Hensleigh

Creek catchment does not proceed.

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

(a) while acknowledging the Government's drought relief package to

be a help for the States of New South Wales and Queensland,

notes there is a serious omission in the package which fails to

assist pockets of other States in severe drought also; and

(b) calls on the Government to spell out what it intends to do for

farmers in, for instance, the Esperance region of Western

Australia, the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and those areas

of southern New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

which have been declared drought areas.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 22 September 1994 is the National Day of Action against

the expansion of the Australian Labor Party's three

mines uranium policy,

(ii) as part of that National Day of Action, rallies are

being held in support of a "no mines' policy in Perth,

Melbourne, Sydney and Darwin, and

(iii) people attending the protests against uranium mining

are from all walks of life, from the peace,

environment, social justice and union movements,

together with church and Aboriginal groups; and

(b) recognises the wide community opposition to uranium mining and

the nuclear industry and therefore calls for the Australian

Labor Party to abide by the wishes of the electorate.

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

(a) notes, with concern, that the volcanic eruptions around Rabaul

have caused major disruption and dislocation, requiring massive

evacuation of citizens;

(b) expresses its sympathy for the families of the victims, and

hopes earnestly that there will be no additional deaths or

casualties reported;

(c) notes that Australian non-government organisations, in

particular the Australian Red Cross and World Vision of

Australia, appreciating the scale of the disaster, have launched

public appeals to assist in relief efforts; and

(d) trusts not only that the Australian Government will be

supportive of rebuilding and rehabilitation, but that

Australians generally will show their customary generosity and

support for the victims of this major natural disaster.

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

Senate--

(a) notes the move by the Queensland Government to ban amateur and

other fishing along large sections of the Queensland coast

including the coastline south and north of Townsville;

(b) calls on the Queensland Government to heed the groundswell of

public opposition to the move in the interests of recreational

fishing, tourism and family activities, and to repeal the

relevant legislation; and

(c) calls on the State and Federal members of Parliament in the

Townsville region to publicly support the courageous stand of

the Labor Member for Thuringowa in opposing this Government

action.

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

(a) welcomes the drought assistance package announced on 21

September 1994;

(b) notes that:

(i) it is sadly too late for some,

(ii) in announcing the package, the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) promised that he would not leave farmers

behind and forgotten, and

(iii) this is the same man who, as Treasurer, introduced and

supported the high interest rate and high taxing regime

that was the genesis for many of the financial

difficulties farmers face today; and

(c) calls on the Prime Minister to substantiate his genuine, albeit

recent, enlightenment about the rural sector by removing for all

farmers such inequities as fuel excise tax and the

discriminatory assets test.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) clear-felling operations in the Hensleigh Creek

catchment in East Gippsland, Victoria, are imminent,

(ii) there is clear evidence that the Hensleigh Creek

catchment is of high conservation value as, amongst

other things, it is listed on the register of the

National Estate, it was identified as old-growth forest

in a recent study, it is part of the Hensleigh/Quadra

State Site of Significance for Rainforest and is one of

the three largest stands of cool temperate rainforest

still surviving in Victoria,

(iii) this is a breach of the National Forest Policy

Statement, and

(iv) the area has not been properly surveyed for endangered

flora or fauna and therefore, if logged, the exporter

would be in breach of the endangered species conditions

on its woodchip export licence; and

(b) calls on:

(i) the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories

(Senator Faulkner) to directly request the Victorian

Government to honour its commitments under the National

Forest Policy Statement and to withdraw its approval

for the logging of the Hensleigh Creek catchment, and

(ii) the Minister for Resources (Mr Beddall) to impose a

condition on the exporter's licence to exclude the

catchment from logging.

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

(a) notes that 5 October 1994 is the first ever

InternationalTeachers' Day sponsored by the United Nations

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; and

(b) acknowledges:

(i) as a mark of appreciation, the efforts of all of

Australia's teachers, and

(ii) the selfless work of teachers who choose to serve rural

and remote Australia through correspondence, the school

of the air or by living and serving in remote

communities.

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

(1) That the complete report by Mr Peter Valentine on the Port

Hinchinbrook Development, quoted at length by the Leader of the

Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot) in the debate on the

motion to take note of the answer by the Minister for the

Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner) to Senator

Ian Macdonald's question on 21 September 1994, be tabled by

Senator Kernot immediately.

(2) That the Senate:

(a) notes that this document was commissionedby the

Minister and is not yet publicly released;

(b) calls on the Minister to explain how the Australian

Democrats have been able to have access to a copy of

this confidential report; and

(c) requires the Minister to make available to the

Opposition parties a copy of the report.