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Intention to withdraw:

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

(Senator Colston), pursuant to standing order 78, gave notice of his

intention, at the giving of notices on the next day of sitting, to

withdraw Business of the Senate notices of motion nos 2 and 5 standing

in his name for 6 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the

following instruments:

Training Guarantee (Administration) Regulations (Amendment), as

contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 176.

Classification of Publications (Amendment) Ordinance, as contained in

Australian Capital Territory Ordinance No. 5 of 1994.

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


Notices of motion:

The Chair of the Employment, Education and Training References Committee

(Senator Tierney): To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for

the presentation of the report of the Employment, Education and Training

References Committee on accountability in Commonwealth and State funding

arrangements in education be extended to 28 February 1995.

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

(a) notes that the week beginning 16 October 1994 is National Carers

Awareness Week and that the theme for the week is "Listen to the


(b) calls on the Government to increase recognition of the role of

carers who are called on to look after the entire ambit of needs

from young to old, those born with disabilities, those who have

met with accidents or contracted crippling diseases, and many

former service men and women;

(c) regrets that frequently the devotion of carers does not receive

recognition by other Australians who have little or no

appreciation of the consequential impact on the family life and

health and well-being of the carers;

(d) acknowledges the isolation of carers and the lack of access to

facilities, particularly for those in non-metropolitan areas and

those who are isolated by cultural and language barriers; and

(e) urges attention to these matters as a priority.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the expressed concern of the Chair of the Australian

Society of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Small

Business Forum, Ms Elaine Melhuish, that the Australian

Taxation Office (ATO) simplification may not be a

genuine review,

(ii) that the simplification may be just a rewrite in plain


(iii) that the CPA has a, perhaps vain, hope that something

will come out of the ATO decision to look at compliance

costs, and

(iv) the statement by the CPA that fringe benefits tax has

gone too far, especially on car parking; and

(b) calls on the Government to heed these concerns for the sake of

small business in Australia if it is not to be bankrupted


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

(a) notes:

(i) the electoral resurgence of the Greens in Europe where,

in recent months, the Irish Greens won 2 seats in their

Parliament, in Luxembourg the Greens won 16 per cent of

the vote, the Swedish Greens won 17 seats and the

Belgian Greens won 11 seats in their respective

national parliaments and where, on the weekend of 15

and 16 October 1994, the German Greens gained 7.3 per

cent of the total vote which translated into 47 seats,


(ii) that community-based candidates standing on

environmental and social issues are increasingly

gaining success at the local level in Australia; and

(b) calls on the Government to acknowledge in its policies this

growing community support for issues of environment, peace and

social justice and to allow for greater community involvement in

decision making.

Senator Abetz, at the request of Senator Crichton-Browne: To move on the

next day of sitting--That the following matter be referred to the House

Committee for inquiry and report by the first day of sitting in December


The future treatment and use of old Parliament House.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the unquestioning enthusiasm with which the Government

is pursuing the agenda of trade liberalisation within

the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC),

(ii) that any trade liberalisation agreement reached at the

upcoming Bogor meeting of APEC will subject

Australia'smanufacturing industries to unprecedented

competition from low-wage economies, further decimating

our enterprises in that sector and adding to the

structural unemployment faced by our "blue-collar'


(b) expresses concern that the heaviest impact will once again be

felt by industries such as the textiles, clothing and footwear

industry, which already employs almost 30 000 fewer people than

it did prior to the Government's so-called "reforms';

(c) deplores the Government's approach of savaging our traditional

industrial base without taking sufficient action to support the

growth of new employment opportunities in more highly-skilled

areas, noting in particular that:

(i) Australia still ranks third last among the Organisation

for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

countries in business investment in research and


(ii) the Government has still not responded to the Bureau of

Industry Economics' call for an increase in the

research and development tax concession in recognition

of the decreased incentive the concession provides

under reduced company tax rates,

(iii) a recent Government report calls for an indefinite

freeze on expansion of university places; and

(iv) the Government's most recent Budget slashed $60 million

in funding for the Commonwealth Scientific and

Industrial Research Organisation over the coming

triennium and failed to provide the substantial new

investment needed in the research infrastructure of our


(d) recognises that the future growth of the Australian economy is

dependent on skills development, research and development, and

developing a culture of innovation, areas to which the

Government is giving a sad lack of support; and

(e) calls on the Government to increase investment in education and

in research and development prior to entering into any new free

trade agreements, and to put in place packages of adjustment for

industries likely to be badly affected by such agreements, in

particular to support the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear

Council's call for a further $200 million in support over the

years 1996 to 2000, targeted largely on improving workforce


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

(a) recognises the success of the Liberal and National parties'

Committee of Inquiry into the United Nations Convention to

Combat Desertification in identifying the extensive opposition

to the Government's signing of this treaty by a significant

section of the Australian community and highlighting concerns in

relation to potential domestic policy implications of committing

Australia to this convention;

(b) notes that the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth

Evans) has adopted a substantially different stance from the

Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner) in stating that the Government will not make a

decision to ratify the Convention on Desertification until such

time as the Government has consulted widely with community

groups and State Governments; and

(c) calls on the Government:

(i) not to ratify the desertification convention until such

time as the Government has the agreement of the State

Governments and industry and community groups to such

ratification, and

(ii) calls on the Government to make an unequivocal

statement that it will not use the external affairs

power to override the States with regard to land


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

the desirability of avoiding any potential for conflict of interest

between the private interests and public duty of Prime Ministers of

Australia, the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public

Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 December


Whether existing disclosure provisions for Prime Ministers are

credible and whether Prime Ministers should be accountable for their

acquisitions of assets and liabilities while in office, and, if so, to

whom, and whether the details to be revealed should be similar to

those required of ministers under existing Cabinet rules.

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


(a) the report by the NSW Auditor-General which found that it was

difficult to identify any economic benefit from Sydney's $760

million Harbour Tunnel project;

(b) that, despite claims that it was a private-risk project, the

report found that it was in fact the taxpayers of NSW who

carried the risk, with a $497 million private bond issue

guarantee given to the developers even if the tunnel had not

been built, and that this fact was kept secret from the NSW


(c) that, in relation to the building of the M4 Motorway which was

funded by a $39 million Commonwealth grant, road tolls were

being charged by the private company that ran the system despite

grant conditions which precluded the charging of any tolls;

(d) that, in raising issues of conflict of interest, the report

found that the NSW Government's tunnel project manager had

subsequently joined the private tunnel operator and that a

former Main Roads Commissioner was a director of the M4 tollroad

developer and a former Premier was a director of an important

shareholder in the road's development company;

(e) that the report also found that the NSW Government had

undertaken a complex arrangement by which the public underwrote

the tunnel project so as to create tax benefits related to the

State's Loan Council borrowing limits; and

(f) that the Federal Government has also embarked on a privatisation

path which promotes infrastructure projects along the lines of

those which the NSW Auditor-General has described as being of

dubious public benefit.

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

(a) notes that the Vietnamese Government's continuation of Buddhist

patriarch Thich Huyen Quang's custody after 13 years is an

inhumane infringement of human rights and dignity;

(b) condemns the continued surveillance at his temple of the frail

76-year old priest; and

(c) urges the Vietnamese Government to release Thich Huyen Quang

from custody immediately.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that the week beginning 16 October 1994 is National

Mental Health Week, and

(ii) the high prevalence of schizophrenia, suicide,

dementia, anxiety and depression in our community;

(b) recognises that Australians with mental illnesses who require

attention are in every section of our community, and include

young people, people with dual or multiple disabilities, the

elderly, women, families and carers, people from non-English

speaking backgrounds, Aborigines and people living in rural and

isolated areas;

(c) highlights the lack of reliable research-based information and

relevant statistics on mental health; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to place a higher priority on

mental health than it has historically been allocated.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the imposition of water restrictions on Sydney which

indicate that too many people in Sydney are making too

great a demand on the environment and that this demand

is unsustainable,

(ii) the severe pollution of water supplies in the Adelaide

hills, indicating that too many people are placing too

great a demand on the environment and that the demand

is unsustainable,

(iii) the Wimmera region of Victoria where, according to a

report on the flow in the Wimmera River, present

consumption from this basin is 11 per cent greater than

the safe yield and yet demand is growing at 1.5 to 2

per cent each year, underscoring the fact that this

demand is unsustainable, and

(iv) the policy of the Labor Government to increase these

unsustainable demands on the Australian environment by

actively encouraging further population growth; and

(b) calls on the Government to reverse its previous opposition and

develop a population policy for Australia based on the

fundamental principle of ecological sustainability which

includes the principle of intergenerational equity.

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

(a) notes that the week beginning 16 October 1994 is National Carers

Awareness Week;

(b) recognises and honours the many Australians in our community who

give generously of their unpaid time to care for a relative or a

friend who is chronically ill, has a disability or is frail


(c) notes that there are 1.5 million Australians who are carers; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to provide greater support for

carers and their family members.