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

(a) welcomes the decision by the Tasmanian Liberal Government to

support the establishment of a world-class school for autistic

children in Deloraine, Tasmania, with $225 000 in funding;

(b) notes that this national therapy centre will attract children

from around Australia and overseas;

(c) congratulates the Giant Steps committee and its supporters for

their efforts and persistence during the past few years to

establish this school; and

(d) calls on the Federal Labor Government to support the project by

providing funding to supplement the State contribution and

special support in recognition that this is a national first.

The Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration (Senator

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

presentation of the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration

on the Immigration Review Tribunal appointments process be extended to 8

December 1994.

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

(a) condemns:

(i) the backing the Australian Council of Trade Unions

(ACTU) Secretary, Mr Kelty, has given key unions to go

for big wage rises, and

(ii) the statement by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) in

November 1994 that a 15 per cent wage rise for

transport union workers over the next 2 or 3 years "was

eminently affordable in natural economic terms'; and

(b) calls on the Government, in the event of such wage rises, to

explain how people on fixed incomes, such as people relying on

aged pensions, single supporting mothers benefits, Austudy,

medical and disability pensions, Abstudy and aboriginal

agencies, will be compensated for the increased cost of goods

that will flow from these rises.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) much of eastern Australia is suffering the worst

drought since records commenced,

(ii) many country-based small businesses are suffering

unprecedented financial hardship,

(iii) the infrastructure and the very viability of many rural

areas is at risk because of the Federal Government's

ignorance of their plight, and

(iv) the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) investigation of

country small business continues as if there were no

drought and profitability was soaring;

(b) urges the Federal Government to review the ATO's program of tax

investigations and audits, bearing in mind that the ATO scrutiny

of country businesses, at this time, can hardly be cost

effective to the ATO;

(c) calls on the Federal Government to make a special effort to

prevent the ATO causing more pain and anguish for country small

businesses at this time; and

(d) acknowledges that such investigations involve time and costs

that country small businesses simply cannot afford.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) timber industry employment statistics released by the

Australia Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics

in March 1994 show that the hardwood woodchip industry

employs 600 people nation-wide, or about 1 per cent of

the total employment in the forest product industries,

and

(ii) that the export value of a tonne of woodchips is

approximately $150, while the export price of a single

cubic metre of medium density fibreboard is almost

$400;

(b) considers that woodchipping is an ecologically unsustainable

practice which fails to maximise employment and export

opportunities; and

(c) urges the Federal Government to immediately commence phasing out

export woodchipping and to foster ecologically sustainable

industries based on plantation timbers rather than native

forests.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the "votergram' from pig farmer, Mr Peter Brown, of

"Havilah' in Molong, NSW, to members of Parliament,

saying that the Australian pig industry is on the brink

of collapse with a mass exodus expected after Christmas

because of the combination of high feed prices

resulting from the drought and an inability to pass on

these higher costs due to imports of low-priced

Canadian pork,

(ii) that Mr Achilles Constantinidis is said by the Prime

Minister (Mr Keating) to have acquired Mr Keating's

half-ownership of the disastrous Brown and Hatton Group

of piggery companies, which had accumulated huge losses

during Mr Keating's half-ownership, even before this

latest crisis, resulting in multi-million dollar

provisions for bad debts being made by its banker, the

Commonwealth Bank of Australia, with most member

companies of the group being technically bankrupt with

liabilities exceeding their assets,

(iii) that Mrs Maria Constantinidis is the joint owner, with

her husband Mr Constantinidis, in Sephrenia Pty Ltd,

the company owning both the A & B controlling ordinary

shares in the piggery group,

(iv) that this piggery group is to face the Land and

Environment Court on serious pollution charges in

February 1995, the same month Mr Constantinidis is to

face court on charges of breach of trust involving a

client who was a close personal friend of Mrs

Constantinidis,

(v) that, despite this disastrous piggery investment in

which Mr Constantinidis has personal guarantees, Mrs

Constantinidis is reported to have acquired for $1.9

million in September (on a 3 month delayed settlement)

a seven-bedroom mansion in Strathfield, NSW, and

(vi) that Mr Constantinidis is reported in the Australian

Financial Review as saying that he had no involvement

in the purchase of this house by his wife; and

(b) recognises Mrs Constantinidis' ability to separate her own

affairs so successfully from those of her husband.

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

(a) recognises that the study of high conservation value forests

commissioned by the Minister for the Environment, Sport and

Territories (Senator Faulkner) has demonstrated that large areas

of forest are under immediate threat from woodchipping;

(b) notes that the study has identified 764 areas in Victoria,

Western Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania which would be

destroyed in the next 12 months;

(c) recalls that the National Forest Policy Statement states that

"forest management agencies will avoid activities that may

significantly affect those areas of old-growth forest or

wilderness that are likely to have high conservation value';

(d) calls on the Federal Government to take immediate action to

exclude these high conservation value forests from woodchip

export licences; and

(e) demands that the Federal Government ensures that no areas of

wilderness or old-growth forest are logged in the future.

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

laid on the table, by the Minister for the Environment, Sport and

Territories (Senator Faulkner), on or before 29 November 1994, the

following:

(a) all documents and scientific assessments received by the

Minister after 12 August 1994 regarding the Port Hinchinbrook

project, including the report from the Queensland Department of

Primary Industries and advice from Dr Preen relied on by the

Minister to invoke provisions of the World Heritage Conservation

Act on 15 November 1994; and

(b) all correspondence from the Minister to the Queensland Premier

and to the Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage,

regarding the tripartite deed between the Queensland Government,

Cardwell Shire Council and the development company, including

the letter from the Minister to the Queensland Government which

approved the Queensland Government signing the tripartite deed.

Senator Ian Macdonald, 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--

(a) notes the comments of Victorian optometrist, Mr Maurice Brumer,

who alleges that many school age children in Victoria, through

no fault of their own, are condemned to fail to learn to read

adequately, to dropping out of school early and to a poor

quality of life;

(b) calls for examination of the allegations made in 1993 that up to

five children in every classroom across Victoria may be

struggling to read at an elementary level even after 2 years in

school; and

(c) calls on the Minister for Human Services and Health (Dr

Lawrence) to ensure that the minimum standards of health are

being observed by all State governments.