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NOTICES

The Chair of the Employment, Education and Training References Committee

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

following matters be referred to the Employment, Education and Training

References Committee for inquiry and report on or before 29 June 1995:

The past, present and likely future trends in long-term

unemploymentand the patterns of work and unemployment among older

workers, particularly those who have been made redundant or who have

taken early retirement. In its inquiry, the committee will:

(a) examine the research on the causes of long-term unemployment,

assess the extent to which the causal factors are likely to

persist, and examine the risks of exploitation to which this

group are exposed;

(b) evaluate the established programs and current opportunities

which enable the long-term unemployed to return to the work

force, either as employees or as self-employed, and identify

any legislative or other regulatory mechanisms which might

constrain those opportunities; and

(c) identify, describe and evaluate alternative, innovative

strategies being implemented in Australia and elsewhere to:

(i) re-engage the long-term unemployed, and

(ii) achieve generally higher levels of work force

participation,

these could include efforts to re-organise and re-distribute

work and new forms of work organisation.

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

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

No. 1--That Exemption No. BKFO/59/94, made under Civil Aviation

Regulation 207, be disallowed.

No. 2--That the Insurance (Agents and Brokers) Regulations

(Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 325 and made

under the Insurance (Agents and Brokers) Act 1984, be disallowed.

No. 3--That the Citizen Band Radio Stations Class Licence dated 15

September 1994, made under subsection 132(1) of the

RadiocommunicationsAct 1992, be disallowed.

No. 4--That the Handphone Stations (27 MHz) Class Licence dated 15

September 1994, made under subsection 132(1) of the

RadiocommunicationsAct 1992, be disallowed.

No. 5--That Instrument No. 45 of 1994, made under subsection 196B(3)

of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986, be disallowed.

No. 6--That the Suspension of a Regional Councillor from Office

Statement No. 1 of 1994, made under section 122A of the Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989, be disallowed.

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

motion.

The Chair of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee

(Senator Bell): To move on the next day of sitting--That the following

matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References

Committee for inquiry and report:

Service delivery by the Australian Public Service, with particular

reference to:

(a) the impact of public service reforms on the structure and

standards of service delivery;

(b) the quality of, and accountability for, Commonwealth Government

programs delivered by State, local government and non-government

agencies;

(c) the effectiveness of the measures taken to improve service

quality and the methods by which effectiveness is assessed;

(d) the response to feedback provided by recipients of services; and

(e) options for further improving the quality of service delivery.

The Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration (Senator

McKiernan): To move on the next day of sitting--That the Joint Standing

Committee on Migration be authorised to hold a public hearing during the

sitting of the Senate on 16 November 1994 from 4 p.m. until the

adjournment of the Senate, for the purpose of taking evidence for the

committee's inquiry into the Immigration Review Tribunal appointments

process.

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

(a) condemns:

(i) the United States (US) for acting in contradiction to

the United Nations (UN) embargo against arms sales to

any party in Bosnia, and

(ii) as a sign of contempt of its allies, actions of the US

in its unilateral lifting of a UN arms embargo without

negotiation;

(b) expresses in the strongest possible terms that this partisan

approach is likely to increase the number of people, including

non-combatants, who will be killed or injured;

(c) requests that the US honours its commitments to peace and to the

UN in a consistent way; and

(d) expresses its regret that the US Government appears to believe

it can push for UN actions supporting its agenda when it suits,

and ignore UN decisions when convenient.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the callous comments of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating)

who, in the week beginning 6 November 1994, ruled out

any further assistance to farmers to feed starving

stock claiming, inaccurately, that the Government had

got the right mix of assistance in place,

(ii) that farmer organisations now estimate that up to 70

per cent of breeding stock could be lost if the drought

continues,

(iii) that there is no evidence to suggest that the drought

is about to break and therefore the current crisis is

now closer to a national catastrophe, with the lack of

feed, water and money affecting increasing numbers of

rural communities, and

(iv) that the fallout from this tragedy will be a massive

shift in the structure, ownership and financial

soundness of the entire rural sector, a sector which

will take years to readjust to pre-drought levels of

production and profitability; and

(b) calls on the Government to acknowledge that the drought has

expanded beyond all its best estimates and predictions and

accept that the current strategies are inappropriate and

inadequate and that they must be strengthened.

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

Senate--

(a) notes, with deep concern, the events which took place at Oyster

Point on the Hinchinbrook Channel on 14 November 1994 when

people protesting the resort development by Mr Keith Williams

were forcibly removed from the site;

(b) condemns the Queensland Government for rushing the gazettal of

the public land, which took 24 hours instead of the normal 21

days;

(c) regrets the total inaction of the Minister for the Environment,

Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner) in failing to use his

powers to protect the world heritage area of Hinchinbrook

Channel from the inevitable damage it will suffer by the resort

development; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to immediately exercise its

powers to stop the development in order to protect the area and

the endangered species that inhabit it.

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

(a) notes the formation of a Hunter Regional Development

Organisation (HURDO) which has been established to attract

federal regional development funds;

(b) condemns the Australian Labor Party (ALP) Government for

creating an umbrella body that is unrepresentative in its

make-up and stacked with Labor politicians;

(c) reminds the ALP Government that the Kelty Taskforce report

recommended that regional organisations should not be subject to

political party pressure, but notes that HURDO has three sitting

ALP members with no other party political members represented;

(d) condemns the Minister for Housing and Regional Development (Mr

Howe) for failing to appoint to the HURDO women, aborigines,

environmentalists or indeed representatives of the large pool of

unemployed people in the Hunter region created by the ALP

Government's economic policies;

(e) calls on the ALP Government to stop falsely raising the

expectations of regions like the Hunter with misleading promises

of an Australia-wide $150 million plan for regional development,

when it is clear that the Hunter region will only receive a

fraction of this promised funding for the development of its

regional development organisation secretariatand infrastructure;

(f) condemns the ALP Government for not communicating to regions the

fine print of its offer which sees the $150 million to be spent

over 4 years and to be shared across 66 regions, with the

capital cities able to access the money in competition with

regional Australia; and

(g) asks the ALP Government to explain how it can run an effective

regional development policy for all Australia when it will spend

only a paltry $10 million in 1994 in infrastructure capital

works across the country under this policy, with the Hunter

region receiving virtually nothing for infrastructure.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the claims by Mr Keating, when Treasurer in the late

1980s, as referred to by Ms Laura Tingle in the

Australian of 14 November 1994, that only the

Australian Labor Party (ALP) Government could deliver

the budgetary and structural changes required to make

the economy internationally competitive without

dragging the nation into a recession,

(ii) that not only did Australia subsequentlyhave its worst

post-war recession, but the structural changes have

done nothing to correct the basic problem of a

disastrous balance of payments deficit, with the latest

September 1994 quarterly current account deficit of $7

billion being the worst quarterly deficit ever

recorded, and

(iii) that despite having undertaken not to drag Australia

into a recession, Mr Keating then dragged Australia

into the recession he said we had to have; and

(b) expresses its concern that Mr Keating appears to be using the

same approach to the truth as his former factional and

ministerial colleague, former Senator Richardson.

The Chair of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee

(Senator Bell): To move on the next day of sitting--That the following

matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References

Committee for inquiry and report:

The management of real property within the Australian Public Service,

with particular reference to:

(a) the process undertaken, including the criteria used by

Commonwealth Government departments and agencies, in deciding to

lease, purchase or build commercial accommodation;

(b) the extent of, and rationale for, Commonwealth participation in

the ongoing management of commercial property; and

(c) the extent to which overall efficiency in the use of office

accommodation and other commercial properties by the

Commonwealth is achieved.

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

Senate--

(a) deplores the actions of the Indonesian military in Dili in its

response to the rally to mark the anniversary of the Dili

massacre;

(b) notes that the use of tear gas to disperse the mourners

indicates a continuation of Indonesian suppression of peaceful

public gatherings in East Timor; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to withdraw from all defence co-operationarrangements

with Indonesia,

(ii) to end all military training of members of the

Indonesian armed forces in Australia or by Australian

personnel, and

(iii) to join the United States Government in banning arms

sales to Indonesia.

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

(a) notes that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released

official figures in June 1994 that show a breakdown of the

effects of unemployment on Australian families;

(b) condemns:

(i) the Australian Labor Party (ALP) Government for

pursuing policies that the ABS figures reveal are

having a shocking impact on Australian families, with

one in ten traditional families having both parents out

of work, and

(ii) the ALP Government's policy settings that have produced

official figures to show that, of this nation's 4.7

million families, 1.1 million of those families have no

breadwinner;

(c) records disgust at the information in the ABS figures which

highlights the fact that 19 per cent or over 700 000 young

Australians under 15 years of age live in a family situation

where no one has a job of any kind;

(d) calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) and the ALP Government

to come clean and admit the accuracy of these devastating

figures and desist from saying that the official ABS statistics

outlining the impact of unemployment on families are "misleading

data'; and

(e) demands that these frightening figures be addressed immediately

with effective public labour market policies that will assist

the plight of Australian families.

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

(a) notes the protest by supporters of East Timorese independence at

the offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in

Darwin;

(b) congratulates the protesters for keeping this issue before the

Australian public; and

(c) notes the demands of the protesters, namely, that the Australian

Government:

(i) withdraw Australia's de jure recognition of the

Indonesian takeover of East Timor in 1975,

(ii) withdraw from the East Timor Gap Treaty until the World

Court is able to rule on the treaty's legality,

(iii) hold a royal commission within Australia on the role of

Australia's elected representatives and public

institutions in the invasion of East Timor, its

subsequent cover-up and Australia's ongoing diplomatic

support for Indonesia's occupation,

(iv) bring genuine diplomatic and economic pressure to bear

on Indonesia to find a fair resolution to the problem,

and

(v) remove Senator Gareth Evans from his position as

Minister for Foreign Affairs as he has shown himself

unable or unwilling to acknowledge the true extent of

the problem in East Timor.

The Chair of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee

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

the presentation of the report of the Finance and Public

AdministrationReferences Committee on the disclosure provisions for

Prime Ministers and Leaders of the Opposition be extended to 8 December

1994.

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

(a) notes the comments by Labor's former Minister for Finance

(ex-Senator Walsh) in the Australian Financial Review of 15

November 1994 severely criticising the Keating Government's

failed economic policies that:

the current account deficit is blowing out--probably to 5 per

cent of GDP or more;

the Budget, which according to One Nation's slack fiscal

objectives was supposed to be in surplus next year--is now

projected to be still in deficit by 1 per cent of GDP the year

after next;

permissible target recedes every time (about every second month

recently) the structural Budget deficit gets blown out by a

"statement' on something of other;

largely because of slack fiscal policy, interest rates have been

rising. The 10-year bond rate is higher in real terms than it

was in 1989-90;

the consequential increase in the $A value will put additional

pressure on the current account; and

(b) calls on the Government, for Australia's sake, to take more

notice of former Senator Walsh now that he is no longer a

minister than they did when he was a minister.

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

Senate--

(a) notes the various protests mounted by East Timorese in Australia

and overseas to coincide with the Asia-Pacific Economic

Co-operation (APEC) summit;

(b) applauds the protesters for their courage and endurance;

(c) deplores the continuing violation of human rights in East Timor

by the Indonesian Government, as noted by Amnesty International

and other agencies; and

(d) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to support East Timorese calls for an act of

self-determination,

(ii) to urge its Indonesian counterpart to withdraw its

military administration in East Timor, and

(iii) to withdraw support for any further development of APEC

until such time as peace returns to East Timor.

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 Corporations Law. Corporations Law 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

amend the Qantas Sale Act 1992 and the Air Navigation Act 1920. Qantas

Sale Amendment Bill 1994.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

(Senator Cook) claimed in response to a question

without notice from Senator Short on 15 November 1994

that New Zealand interest rates are higher than

Australian interest rates,

(ii) the publication of comparable long-term interest rates

issued on 14 November 1994 by the Parliamentary Library

reveals that the New Zealand market rate of 8.35 per

cent on Government bonds in August 1994 is 1 percentage

point below the Australian rates for August 1994 and 2

percentage points below the September 1994 Australian

rate,

(iii) this is in line with forecasts in the Organisation for

Economic Co-operation and Development economic outlook

for June 1994 that Australian long-term interest rates

would be 2.1 per cent higher than New Zealand's in 1994

and 2.4 per cent higher in 1995, and

(iv) the same order of difference presently exists in New

Zealand's favour in the market for 90 day bills, while

other short-term rates are very close to each other;

and

(b) calls on Senator Cook to cease misleading the Senate in his

futile attempt to defend his incompetent Government.