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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

The Chair of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (Senator West):

To move on the next day of sitting--That the Community Affairs

Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public hearing during the

sitting of the Senate on 1 December 1994 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to take

evidence on the Supported Accommodation Assistance Bill 1994 and the

Supported Accommodation Assistance Amendment Bill 1994.

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

(a) notes that the Government has cautioned industry not to expect

any significant concessions to emerge from its review of fringe

benefits tax (FBT) compliance costs;

(b) condemns the Government for:

(i) the delay in presenting this report, which was due in

July 1994, and which exposes the problems with FBT

compliance, and

(ii) delaying because of the fiscal implications of the

earlier recommendations from the Australian Taxation

Office; and

(c) calls on the Government to admit that FBT is an unfair burden on

business and to do something about alleviating the massive and

ever growing impact on business.

Senator Parer: To move on the next day of sitting--

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on

Unresolved Whistleblower Cases, be appointed to inquire into and

report, on or before 5 June 1995, on the following matters:

The unresolved whistleblower cases in Queensland referred to at

page 5 of the report of the Select Committee on Public Interest

Whistleblowing, with particular regard to:

(a) the circumstances relating to the shredding of the

Heiner documents, and matters arising therefrom;

(b) the circumstances relating to the alleged protection of

an allegedly corrupt senior police officer at the

expense of other police, and matters arising therefrom;

and

(c) the role and conduct of the Criminal Justice

Commission, and of present and former officers of the

commission;

and whether these cases should be taken into account in framing

the proposed Commonwealth legislation on whistleblower protection,

as recommended by the Select Committee on Public Interest

Whistleblowing.

(2) That the committee consist of seven senators:

(a) two nominated by the Leader of the Government in the

Senate;

(b) three nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the

Senate;

(c) one nominated by the Leader of the Australian

Democrats; and

(d) one nominated by the Greens (WA) or Senator Harradine.

(3) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business

notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated

and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) That:

(a) the chair of the committee be elected by the members of

the committee;

(b) in the absence of agreement on the selection of a

chair, duly notified to the President, the allocation

of the chair be determined by the Senate;

(c) the deputy chair of the committee be elected by the

committee;

(d) the deputy chair act as chair when there is no chair or

the chair is not present at a meeting; and

(e) in the event of the votes on any question before the

committee being equally divided, the chair, or the

deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(5) That the quorum of the committee be four members.

(6) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for

and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place

and to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any

prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of

Representatives.

(7) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees

consisting of three or more of its members, and to refer to any

such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is

empowered to consider, and that the quorum of a subcommittee be

a majority of the senators appointed to the subcommittee.

(8) That, without limiting its power to pass procedural or other

resolutions that are not inconsistent with this paragraph or

these terms of reference, the committee observe the following

procedures:

Submissions and calling of witnesses

(a) As a general principle, evidence be invited in the

first instance in the form of written submissions and

following examination of submissions, the committee

decide which witnesses are to be called for

examination.

(b) Subject to any contrary order in relation to a

particular submission, the submission to the committee

by a person of a statement relating to the inquiry be

deemed to be the giving of evidence before the

committee by that person in accordance with that

statement.

Evidence

(c) Evidence be heard in public session except in instances

where the committee or a subcommittee resolves to hear

evidence in camera.

Statements to the media

(d) The chair be authorised to make statements to the media

on behalf of the committee concerning its activities.

Broadcasts and re-broadcasts of public proceedings

(e) The recording, broadcasting and re-broadcasting of

public proceedings is authorised in accordance with the

rules contained in the order of the Senate of 23 August

1990, as varied by the Senate from time to time,

concerning the broadcasting of committee proceedings.

Release of evidence and documents

(f) The secretary is authorised to supply for correction,

copies of proof reports of both public and in camera

proceedings to the witnesses whose evidence appears in

those reports.

(g) Subject to any contrary order in relation to a

particular submission, each document submitted to the

committee be published.

Adverse Evidence

(h) Subject to any contrary order, evidence which adversely

reflects on a person be forwarded to that person

inviting their response.

(9) That:

(a) the terms of reference of the inquiry be appropriately

advertised in the media; and

(b) written submissions be sought and examined by the

committee and oral evidence be heard, including oral

evidence from the authors of the most important

submissions.

(10) That the committee have access to the documents of the Select

Committee on Public Interest Whistleblowing.

(11) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff,

facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint

investigative staff and persons with specialist knowledge for

the purposes of the committee, with the approval of the

President.

(12) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such

documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily

Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in

public.

(13) That the committee may report from time to time its proceedings

and evidence taken or any interim conclusions or

recommendationsarising from its inquiry, and may make regular

reports on the progress of its proceedings.

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

(a) condemns the Australian Labor Party (ALP) Government for closing

the east-west runway at Sydney airport, thereby failing to use

Kingsford Smith airport facilities in the most optimal way for

the efficient operation of the airport;

(b) reminds the Government that the closure of the east-west runway

coupled with the present extensive use of the new third runway

is creating inhuman noise and lifestyle problems for hundreds of

thousands of inner Sydney residents in suburbs like Lewisham,

Petersham, Stanmore and Marrickville;

(c) expresses contempt for the callous and off-handed way the ALP

Government is responding to the pleas for help from inner city

residents affected by the horrendous noise levels created over

their homes;

(d) points out to the people of inner Sydney that it is the

dishonest policies of the ALP Government which have determined

that the Sydney airport infrastructure not be used in its full

optimal way so as to evenly spread the arrival and departure of

aircraft from all available runways;

(e) rejects the ALP Government's dishonest and transparent new

excuse for the closure of the east-west runway as being linked

to safety concerns;

(f) calls on the ALP Government to display some honesty in

explaining this serious bungle in the orderly operation of

Sydney airport by coming clean on the underlying political

reasons for the closure of the east-west runway; and

(g) utterly condemns the ALP Cabinet for putting the lifestyle

concerns of the people of inner Sydney last and the political

survival of the right-wing Labor members Mr Brereton, Mr Punch

and Mr McLeay, first when deciding to close the east-west

runway, thereby concentratingthe frequency of aircraft movements

and noise in a part of Sydney where they believe the traditional

strong Labor support will not be affected.

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

(a) notes the highly unsatisfactory situation at the Julanimawu

Health Centre on Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory where

there is no funding:

(i) to pay for an administrator,

(ii) to meet award conditions for health workers and nurses,

(iii) to upgrade the centre's vehicles,

(iv) to provide a locum service, or

(v) to provide accommodation for nursing staff with

families; and

(b) condemns the Commonwealth Government for its failure to ensure

that the health needs of the Tiwi people of Bathurst Island are

met by supplying adequate resources and funding to the

Julanimawu Health Centre.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) recent experiences in the estimates hearings for the

Department of Defence have created an unfortunate

precedent which may allow Government departments and

statutory authorities to avoid scrutiny in estimates

consideration during legislation committee hearings due

to late tabling of annual reports, and

(ii) annual reports of Government departmentsand of

statutory authorities are now an integral aspect of the

Senate estimates procedures; and

(b) calls on the Government to establish procedures to ensure that

there is sufficient time allowed between the tabling of all

annual reports and the commencement of estimates hearings to

facilitate a proper scrutiny of these important documents.

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

(a) notes the total lack of support shown by the Minister for

Tourism (Mr Lee) for the proposed Oyster Point Resort at

Cardwell in Queensland;

(b) condemns the Minister for abandoning the tourism industry at a

time when new resort accommodation is required to ensure

Australia achieves its share of international tourism growth;

and

(c) asserts that the Minister stands condemned by his silence if he

fails to publicly declare his position on the matter.

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

(a) reminds the Australian Labor Party (ALP) Government that, as the

days and weeks pass to add to the 4 years of this extraordinary

drought in eastern Australia, farming families and small

business in extreme drought areas are still grimly waiting for a

comprehensive drought relief policy to address their social

welfare and business management needs;

(b) condemns in absolute terms the Minister for Primary Industries

and Energy (Senator Collins) for sticking so rigidly to the

detail of his only major drought policy statement made in

September 1994, which has been shown to be mean spirited,

inadequate and inflexible;

(c) calls on the ALP Government to recognise that the whole

infrastructure of many rural towns is facing collapse with up to

a third of small business in drought affected areas predicted to

close their doors because this Government has no plan to aid

business units in this crisis;

(d) highlights the deplorable fact that in NSW only a small number

of drought affected farmers are eligible to receive the

exceptional circumstances package with some 96 per cent in NSW

not having access to household and farm management support;

(e) makes a plea for the ALP Government to understand that the level

of hopelessness and despair in rural Australia is reaching the

point where agencies like Life Line are predicting death by

suicide to increase alarmingly as the pressure and feeling of

being abandoned by their Federal Government becomes entrenched;

and

(f) utterly condemns the Minister for not committing adequate levels

of Commonwealth funds to drought aid as a priority over other

areas of national spending.

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

notes that the Australian Labor Party's commitment to more women in the

Parliament means that on the Western Australian Labor Senate ticket the

name of the woman candidate is Jim McKiernan, Mark Bishop or Michael

Beahan.

Intention to withdraw: The Chair 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 notice of motion no.

1 standing in his name for the next day of sitting for the disallowance

of Defence Determination 1994/27, made under section 58B of the Defence

Act 1903.

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

intention.