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Notice of motion withdrawn: The Chair of the Standing Committee on

Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Colston), pursuant to notice of

intention given on 29 November 1994, withdrew Business of the Senate

notice of motion no. 1 standing in his name for this day for the

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

the Defence Act 1903.

Notices of motion:

Senator Devereux: To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for

the presentation of the report of the Environment, Recreation,

Communications and the Arts References Committee on arts and cultural

education in Australian educational institutions be extended to 31 May


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


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

notes that--

(a) Mr Bernie Fraser, Governor of the Reserve Bank, has indicated

that tax increases may be necessary to rein in the Budget

deficit; and

(b) if the Government follows the course of action suggested by Mr

Fraser it will be guilty of gross deception of the Australian

public given the electoral promise of the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) not to increase taxes.

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

(a) notes that 30 November is St Andrew's Day, a proud day for the

people of Scotland and for the hundreds of thousands of people

of Scottish descent who have settled throughout the world;

(b) remembers:

(i) with pride, the contribution that people of Scottish

heritage have made to Australia over the past 200

years, and

(ii) the outstanding contribution that people of Scottish

descent have made as leaders of the Federal Parliament;


(c) notes that:

(i) since Federation, Australia has been led by Prime

Ministers of Scottish descent for half of that period

of time, and

(ii) those fine leadership characteristics are continuing

through the efforts of Senators such as Senators

Macdonald, Campbell, Kemp, MacGibbon, Watson and


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


(a) notes that the Scientific Committee of Enquiry into the Port

Hinchinbrook/ Oyster Point project has found that the claims and

action by the Minister for the Environment, Sport and

Territories (Senator Faulkner) on the project were entirely

without foundation;

(b) calls on the Minister to resign over his bungling and

mishandling of the Port Hinchinbrook/Oyster Point project which


(i) cost 40 jobs,

(ii) led to $1 million in additional costs, and

(iii) divided a community; and

(c) on behalf of the Minister, apologises to the people of Cardwell

for the insensitive, overbearing ineptitude of his dealings with

the project and for the jobs lost.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the ruling on 29 November 1994 by the Federal

Industrial Relations Commission which broadens family

leave provisions to cover leave for employees taking

care of members of their immediate families and


(ii) that this ruling ensures that lesbian and gay couples

will no longer be denied their right to family leave,


(iii) that, while the commission should be congratulated for

this ruling, it is of concern that there is no explicit

recognition of lesbian and gay relationships in the

decision; and

(b) calls on the Government to review all other aspects of

industrial relations legislation which currently discriminate

against lesbians and gay men.

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

(a) notes the review of the National Aboriginal Health Strategy has

found that:

(i) the health of indigenous Australians has worsened in

the past 5 years despite an extra $232 million in


(ii) Australia is now the only industrialisedcountry in the

world to have failed to improve the health standards of

its indigenous people, lagging far behind Canada, the

United States and New Zealand, and

(iii) recent statistics show that young adult Aborigines have

the highest death rate in the world; and

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

Lawrence) to accept responsibility for the health of Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander Australians to ensure that basic

primary health care services are available for all indigenous


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

calls on the Labor Government to detail the nature of future tax

increases and explain the detail of their proposed goods and services


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

Senate notes--

(a) that 30 November is St Andrew's Day; and

(b) the significant contribution made by Scottish immigrants to the

development of our nation.

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


(a) notes that:

(i) the return to order on unproclaimed legislation is due

to be tabled in this chamber on the last day of

November 1994, and

(ii) this half-yearly tabling is a valuable procedural tool

of the Senate to expose and remedy potential abuses

inherent in the failure to proclaim parts or all of

legislation passed by the Senate;

(b) commends:

(i) the role of former Senator Michael Macklin for this

innovation, and

(ii) the Deputy Clerk of the Senate, Anne Lynch, for an

article which sparked former Senator Macklin's action;


(c) urges other houses of parliament in Australia and throughout the

world to adopt similar mechanisms to stop legislation being laid

aside and allow parliamentarians to view the end results of

their activities within the parliament.

Intention to withdraw: Senator Alston, pursuant to standing order 78,

gave notice of his intention, immediately after question time and any

motions to take note of answers to questions today, to withdraw Business

of the Senate notice of motion no. 2 standing in his name for this day

relating to the disallowance of the Telecommunications National Code,

determined on 30 June 1994 by the Minister for Communications and the

Arts (Mr Lee), under subsection 117(1) of the Telecommunications Act