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The Minister for Defence (Senator Ray), at the request of the Minister

for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth Evans): To move on the next day of

sitting--

(1) That the order agreed to by the Senate on 28 June 1994 and amended

on 10 October 1994 requiring each Minister to table certain lists

of specified files held by Government departments be revoked.

(2) That the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Gareth

Evans) table in the Senate by, and not later than, the close of

the first day of the 1995 Spring Sittings, indexed lists of file

titles, comprising the titles of all files relating to the policy

advising functions of the department, including any relating to

the development of legislation and other matters of public

administration created between 1 January 1995 and 30 June 1995

inclusive in the central offices of the Department of Foreign

Affairs and Trade and the Department of Social Security, but not

including the titles of routine files, titles containing sensitive

matter or the titles of files of a specified class.

(3) The Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

evaluate the success of the trial.

(4) For the purposes of this resolution:

(a) "1995 Spring Sittings' means the period of sittings of the

Senate first commencing after 31 July 1995;

(b) "indexed list' means:

(i) a hard copy of a list of file titles grouped by

classifications used within the relevant departments,

and

(ii) an electronic copy of a list of file titles grouped

by classifications used within the relevant

departments;

(c) "routine files' means:

(i) files transferred to Australian Archives,

(ii) case-related files (such as personal representations,

files on particular departmental clients or

taxpayers), and

(iii) files related to the internal administration of the

department (for example, staff and personnel files);

(d) "sensitive matter' means matter that discloses:

(i) commercially confidential information,

(ii) personal information, as that term is defined in the

Privacy Act 1988,

(iii) information disclosure of which would be prejudicial

to law enforcement or to the defence or security of

Australia,

(iv) information about the internal deliberations of

Government, including Cabinet, where disclosure would

be damaging to the public interest, for example, by

premature disclosure of policy initiatives, or

(v) information damaging to the Commonwealth's relations

with other governments, including State and Territory

governments; and

(e) "specified class' means files identified or marked with a

national security classification or other confidentiality

identification or marking such as

Cabinet/staff/commercial-in-confidence, or which contain

internal working documents relating to the formation of policy

initiatives, disclosure of which would not be in the public

interest.

The Minister for Defence (Senator Ray): To move on the next day of

sitting--

(1) That on Tuesday, 29 November 1994, the Senate shall meet at 9.30

a.m.

(2) That the routine of business for Tuesday, 15 November 1994,

Thursday, 17 November 1994, Tuesday, 29 November 1994 and

Thursday, 1 December 1994, being days on which estimates

hearings have been scheduled, shall be:

(a) Tabling of Government documents pursuant to sessional

order

(b) Questions

(c) Petitions

(d) Notices of motion

(e) Postponement and rearrangement of business

(f) Discovery of formal business

(g) Any proposal to debate a matter of public importance or

of urgency

(h) Adjournment.

The Chair of the Standing Committee of Privileges (Senator Teague): To

move on the next day of sitting--That the time for the presentation of

the report of the Committee of Privileges on the Parliamentary

Privileges Amendment (Enforcement of Lawful Orders) Bill 1994 as it

relates to the report of the Auditor-General on leases in the Casselden

Place building and the refusal of the Minister for Trade (Senator

McMullan) to produce documents in response to an order of the Senate be

extended to 8 December 1994.

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

motion.

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

(a) condemns the Minister for Employment, Education and Training (Mr

Crean) and the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

(Senator Cook) for their decision to abandon Australia's most

gifted young minds by withdrawing funds which would have allowed

our students to compete in the forthcoming International Science

Olympiads;

(b) recognises that whilst the Government is prepared to spend

almost $2 billion to host a sporting olympics, it is not

prepared to spend $300 000 to allow our best young minds to

compete internationally;

(c) acknowledges that in recent years, against competition from 50

other nations, Australian students have amassed a haul of more

than 40 gold, silver and bronze medallions at International

Science Olympiads; and

(d) calls on the Labor Government to immediately review this

shameful decision and to provide the necessary funding to ensure

that Australia's best young minds are given the chance to prove

themselves internationally.

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

(a) congratulates the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and Industry for

its Hunter Advantage initiative designed to showcase the

Newcastle and Hunter region's economic and lifestyle advantages

to other Australians here in the national Parliament's main

committee room;

(b) recognises that the Hunter region has the economic potential to

grow by capitalising on the major national companies sited in

the region, including BHP, Howard Smith Industries, Tomago

Aluminium and Goninans and a wide range of new industries that

are forming part of an expanding and diverse economic base in

the Hunter region;

(c) highlights the choice of lifestyle opportunities offered by the

Newcastle and Hunter region with the mix of coastal and rural

environments along with the growing list of excellent cultural

opportunities including the regional library and art gallery,

the Hunter Orchestra, the Newcastle Knights and the services of

the Newcastle University and the region's TAFE colleges; and

(d) calls on Senators, Members, federal Government departmental

staff, embassy officials and members of the public to visit the

Hunter Advantage presentation at the main committee room in

Parliament House till 10 November 1994.

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

next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, that in a press release of 7 November

1994, Senator Ellison misrepresented a decision of the

Senate in claiming that "the Government, Greens and

Democrats supported the Coalition'sfirst 17 amendments

to the Land Fund Bill', and

(ii) that, in fact, the Government and the Australian

Democrats supported only two amendments (5A and 57),

voted against 12 amendments with a division (4, 8, 15,

16, 21, 26, 28, 29, 43, 44, 45 and 50) and opposed

another 3 amendments without a division (6, 11 and 12);

and

(b) cautions that misrepresentation of Senate votes and procedures

is a very serious matter.

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

(Senator Colston): To move 15 sitting days after today--That the

Australian Sports Drug Agency Regulations (Amendment), as contained in

Statutory Rules 1994 No. 284, be disallowed.

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

motion.

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

(a) notes that, during the week beginning 6 November 1994, the

Chairman of China's National People's Congress, Mr Qiao Shi, is

on an official State visit to Australia;

(b) recognises that during the 1989 pro-democracy protests, Mr Qiao

Shi served as head of China's security services;

(c) expresses its concern that the human rights situation in Tibet

appears to have deteriorated and that the Tibetan people

continue to be denied their fundamental human rights and

freedom;

(d) endorses the representations made by the Australian Government

and by members of this Parliament to the People's Republic of

China on human rights abuses in Tibet;

(e) urges the Chinese Government to recognise the fundamentalhuman

rights and freedom of the Tibetan people and to enter into

genuine dialogue, without preconditions, with His Holiness the

Dalai Lama with a view to achieving a long-term solution in

Tibet;

(f) calls on all Australian Government Ministers to continue raising

issues of human rights and the situation in Tibet in their

discussions with representatives of the Chinese Government and

to ensure that they understand the depth of the Australian

community's feelings about these matters; and

(g) requests from the Chinese Government a commitment that it will

not deny visas to exiled Tibetan women from any part of the

world who wish to attend the United Nations World Conference on

Women which is due to be held in Beijing in 1995.

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

concerns over Thai support for the Khmer Rouge voiced on 7 November 1994

by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) and over the weekend of 5 and 6

November 1994 by the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth

Evans), the Senate calls on the Australian Government:

(a) to immediately refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and

Trade, for possible prohibition under the defence export

guidelines through the Standing Inter-Departmental Committee for

Defence Exports, the proposed sale of $130 million of steyr

automatic rifles by the Australian Defence Industries to

Thailand;

(b) to classify Thailand as a sensitive destination country for

small arms until it is found that there is no possibility of

transfer of weapons to the Khmer Rouge or of other breaches of

defence export guidelines; and

(c) to open an inquiry under the Department of Foreign Affairs and

Trade into the potential for transfer of weapons and other

support between Thailand and the Khmer Rouge.

The Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator

Herron): To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for the

presentation of the report of the Community Affairs References Committee

on matters pertaining to the marketing of the Disability Reform Package

be extended to 6 December 1994.

Senator Herron, by leave, made a statement in relation to the notice of

motion.

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

notes--

(a) the recently released report on higher education resource

allocation by a joint Department of Employment, Education and

Training and Higher Education Council Working Party, and in

particular the proposal to reallocate funding between States

which could lead to a loss of up to 10 000 university places in

Victoria;

(b) that increased funding for education and research is essential

if we are to boost the diminishing labour-intensive

manufacturing sector with innovation-based industries;

(c) that Victoria has a significant proportion of

Australia'slabour-intensive manufacturing industries and has

suffered sharply reduced employment in that sector;

(d) that university campuses in regional Victoria would be likely to

be hardest hit by a reduction in places, and that this runs

totally counter to the McKinsey Report finding that "education

underpins skills development in a region and plays a role in

attracting and retaining people';

(e) that it is therefore imperative to maintain expenditure on

education and research and in particular to maintain tertiary

education places in Victoria; and

(f) that it would be a sell-out of retrenched workers and of young

people starting out in life to reduce tertiary education places,

and that it is imperative for the Government not only to

maintain current places but to increase them in Victoria and in

Australia as a whole.

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

(a) notes that the Labor Government has a chronic case of fiscal

fatigue and has lost willpower on both micro-economic reform and

budget deficit reduction strategy; and

(b) calls on the Government to take immediate and responsibleaction

to eliminate the budget deficit.

The Minister for Defence (Senator Ray): To move on the next day of

sitting--That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to

amend the Moomba-Sydney Pipeline System Sale Act 1994 and the Pipeline

Authority Act 1973. Pipeline Legislation Amendment Bill 1994.

The Minister for Defence (Senator Ray): To move on the next day of

sitting--That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to

prohibit the supply or export of goods that will or may be used in, and

the provision of services that will or may assist, the development,

production, acquisition or stockpiling of weapons capable of causing

mass destruction or missiles capable of delivering such weapons. Weapons

of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Bill 1994.