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Notices of motion:

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

(a) notes that:

(i) it is only just over two hundred years since the

beginning of white settlement in Australia,

(ii) over that time, only a small proportion of Australia

has been set aside as national park,

(iii) the recent Australian Labor Party (ALP) national

conference voted to allow mining exploration and

exploitation in our national parks, and

(iv) this vote indicates that the ALP regards national parks

as only those areas that nobody wants for other

purposes and also indicates how unsustainable mining in

Australia has become;

(b) rejects this exploitative attitude to our national parks; and

(c) reasserts that national parks should be set aside for the

protection of a range of positive values and not for simply

those areas which are unwanted for other exploitative purposes.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the 83rd anniversary of the Republic of China which was

founded so effectively by Dr Sun Yat-sen, and

(ii) the strong economic and cultural ties between Taiwan

and Australia which are becoming ever more powerful;

and

(b) urges the United Nations to see that all countries take their

rightful place in world forums.

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

(a) conveys its heartfelt congratulations to 101-year old Mrs Mary

Maina for setting a Masters 50-metre world freestyle record in

the 100 to 104 age group in Brisbane recently;

(b) expresses to the management of the ABC and the producers of the

program "Live and Sweaty' its concern regarding the

inappropriately flippant and mocking manner in which Mrs Maina's

tremendous achievement was presented in the program which was

aired on 30 September 1994 at 10.30 p.m.; and

(c) calls on the management of the ABC and its producers to exercise

greater sensitivity to the issue of ageism so far as future

program content is concerned.

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

(a) condemns this Labor Government for ignoring the drought crisis

on the far north coast of NSW;

(b) rejects the cruel, inflexible guidelines of the Government's

drought assistance package which fails to give any assistance to

farming families in this extraordinary drought that is gripping

the north coast centres of Grafton, Casino, Kyogle and Lismore;

(c) demands that the Government adopt a definition of drought that

will give farmers access to social security payments when they

have no income on which to survive;

(d) implores the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator

Collins) to realise that the impact of drought conditions east

of the range in NSW has a greater impact on the land and the

stock after a short period of poor rainfall than is experienced

in the lower rainfall areas in western NSW;

(e) calls on the Australian Labor Party (ALP) Government to realise

that up to 90 per cent of farmers in the ALP-held electorates of

Richmond and Page are running out of water and fodder for the

prime beef breeding herds in the region; and

(f) acknowledges that, unless assistance is given to farmers on the

north coast of NSW, the nursery of the beef cattle industry in

Australia will be decimated.

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

(a) notes:

(i) Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET)

estimates that at least 185 000 students are suffering

housing-related poverty because they are receiving full

Austudy and Abstudy rates which hold them below the

poverty line, and

(ii) that those 185 000 students borrowed a staggering $160

million in 1994 and DEET has estimated that low income

students would not have borrowed this money had they

been receiving rent assistance;

(b) calls on the Government to immediately extend rent assistance to

students receiving the independent or away from home rates of

Austudy and Abstudy; and

(c) demands that the Government not replace genuine student

assistance with further student loans which keep low income

students in debt, make money for the Government and erode

student allowances.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) on 21 September 1994, the Prime Minister (Mr Keating)

announced Federal Government measures to help rural

communities through the crippling drought in Queensland

and New South Wales,

(ii) the Prime Minister promised that they "would be

implemented immediately' and that farmers would not be

left behind,

(iii) six areas in New South Wales have now been advised by

the Federal Government that they do not qualify for

this assistance, despite the responsible New South

Wales authority believing they do, and

(iv) this action flies in the face of the Prime Minister's

press statement that talks of "fairness' and of "not

leaving people behind'; and

(b) condemns the Prime Minister for his totally inadequate response

to what is now a tragedy of immense economic and human

proportions.

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

next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes that 1994 marks the centenary of women's suffrage in South

Australia;

(b) congratulates all participants in the "Women, Power and

Politics' Conference, which is taking place in Adelaide;

(c) further notes that over 900 women are attending the conference,

which is the largest gathering of its kind ever held in

Australia;

(d) supports the motion by keynote Speaker and Member of the British

Parliament, Ms Glenda Jackson, for political parties to examine

"procedures and barriers' keeping women from Parliament; and

(e) calls on the Cabinet to take immediate steps to ensure greater

representation of women on government boards.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) on 21 September 1994, the Minister for the Environment,

Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner) said in answer

to a question Senator Kernot put to him in the Senate

that he would give consideration to referring the Deed

of Agreement concerning the Port Hinchinbrook

development to Mr Peter Valentine, the author of a

report into the world heritage values of the

Hinchinbrook area, and

(ii) the agreement has now been signed by all three parties,

namely, the Queensland Government, the Cardwell Shire

Council and the developer, Mr Keith Williams, and is

therefore in a final form to refer to Mr Valentine;

(b) expresses hope that the Minister has given favourable

consideration to the matter; and

(c) calls on the Minister to inform the Senate of his decision.

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

(a) notes, with alarm, that an exotic species of worm, about 50

centimetres in length, which was introduced by ballast water

into Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, has now been discovered in

Cockburn Sound near Perth;

(b) expresses grave concern that the worm, which already covers

approximately 500 square kilometres of sea floor in Port Phillip

Bay, has the potential to spread out of control along the

southern coast of Australia due to the discharge of ballast

water from domestic sea traffic;

(c) endorses a comment made by Mr Dick Martin from the Centre for

Research on Introduced Marine Pests in Hobart, that "the

discovery in Cockburn Sound is the beginning of the worst-case

scenario that it may have spread'; and

(d) calls on the Commonwealth Government, the Australian Quarantine

and Inspection Service, State Governments and the shipping and

fishing industries to respond with greater urgency to this

growing crisis in our marine environment.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the comments by the Secretary-General of Amnesty

International, Mr Pierre Sane, that Australia's

credibility as a human rights advocate would remain at

risk for as long as it takes our country to eradicate

clear domestic breaches of its obligations,

(ii) that, as examples of Australia's breaches, Mr Sane

cited the impact of our criminal justice system on

indigenous Australians, the detention of asylum seekers

and Tasmania's anti-homosexual legislation,

(iii) that Mr Sane was concerned to hear that what he called

"utterly anachronistic' arguments of national

sovereignty had been raised against the Commonwealth

Government's overriding of State law, and

(iv) that Mr Sane also criticises Australia'spolicy of

"quiet diplomacy' in relation to Indonesia's human

rights abuses in East Timor; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to move to correct all domestic

breaches of Australia's human rights record and abandon its

policy of appeasement toward Indonesia.

Intention to withdraw:

Senator Zakharov, at the request of the Chair of the Standing Committee

on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Colston) and pursuant to standing

order 78, gave notice of Senator Colston's intention, at the giving of

notices on the next day of sitting, to withdraw Business of the Senate

notices of motion nos 1 and 2 standing in his name for the next day of

sitting for the disallowance of the following instruments:

Industrial Relations Court Rules, as contained in Statutory Rules 1994

No. 110 and made under the Industrial Relations Act 1988; and

Protection of the Sea (Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Regulations,as

contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 126 and made under the

Protection of the Sea (Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Act 1993.

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

intention.