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

calls on the Government:

(a) to recognise that forestry is a sustainable industry in

Australia, in both native and re-growth hardwood forests;

(b) to acknowledge that woodchipping is a valuable by-product

industry, as part of efficient, modern, silviculture practice,

when it co-exists with sawlog harvesting;

(c) to issue long-term licences subject to proper silviculture and

environmental controls for sustainable levels of logging for

milling timber and woodchips for all previously approved logging

blocks; and

(d) to reject absolutely the claims of the lunatic fringe green

lobby which uses emotive language and insupportable and

misleading statements to claim that woodchipping as part of

logging in hardwood forests is not sustainable.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) it is now 2 years since the Government drafted the

National Forest Policy Statement,

(ii) this statement was, and continues to be, endorsed and

supported by a wide cross-section of the forest

industry, and

(iii) the chaos caused by the "three-ringed circus' of the

Prime Minister (Mr Keating) in concert with the

Minister for Resources (Mr Beddall) and the Minister

for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner), is a direct result of the Federal

Government's refusal to enact the National Forest

Policy Statement and highlights the incompetence of

those involved; and

(b) calls on the Government to implement immediately a consistent

and sustainable policy for the resource sector.

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

(a) notes that Tasmanian forest practices are amongst the most

advanced in the world; and

(b) condemns:

(i) the practices of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) in his

handling of export woodchip licence renewals,

(ii) the inconsistency of Mr Keating's announcement, in

particular, its disadvantaging those woodchip exporters

whose exports are almost entirely by-products of

sawmill operations,

(iii) the decision because of the problems it causes for the

veneer and sawmill industries and down-stream

processing in Australia, particularly in Tasmania, and

(iv) Mr Keating for unilaterally destroying jobs and

wrecking contractors' livelihood, without due notice.

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

(a) congratulates the Australian Defence Force contingent in Rwanda

for the exemplary service it has and is continuing to render as

part of UNIMAR 11, the United Nations (UN) Peace Keeping Force;

(b) acknowledges the very difficult circumstances under which the

men and women of the contingent are operating;

(c) pays tribute to the contingent for the standard of its service

and its behaviour which is the standard with which all other UN

forces in Rwanda are compared; and

(d) calls on the Australian Government to play its part in ensuring

the UN exerts firm authority in Rwanda to ensure that long-term

and permanent stability is attained in that country.

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

(a) condemns:

(i) the Federal Government for its appalling management of

the granting of woodchip licences,

(ii) the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories

(Senator Faulkner) and his department for their

farcical and fraudulent forest assessment procedures,

and

(iii) the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) for his recent

autocratic intervention which has served only to

further exacerbate the woodchip dispute; and

(b) calls on the Government to address immediately shortcomings in

the woodchip licensing process which have led to the current

debacle.

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

(a) commends the Western Australian Minister for Education (Mr

Moore) for ensuring that tertiary students attending

universities in that great State of Western Australia will have

the freedom to choose whether or not they wish to join a student

union;

(b) condemns the centralist Keating Labor Government for using

coercion and extortion through its amendments to higher

education and States grants legislation, penalising Western

Australian taxpayers to impose its outdated ideological

obsessions on young Australians by forcing them to join unions

against their will; and

(c) calls on the Government to repeal these rapacious anti-Western

Australian measures that seek to deny the liberty, freedom and

democratic rights of our citizens and undermine the foundations

of our civilisation.

Senator Gibson: To move on the next day of sitting--That there be laid

on the table, by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator

Gareth Evans), not later than the adjournment of the Senate on 1

February 1995:

(a) copies of the advice given to State forestry departments on 30

January 1995 advising them of the 509 coupes that are of high

conservationvalue and are precluded from woodchip logging until

further assessments are concluded; and

(b) copies of legal advice provided to the Government by the

Attorney-General's Department or other departments or persons in

relation to the effect of the Federal Court decision in the

Gunns case (10 January 1995) on:

(i) the eleven 1995 woodchip export licences, and

(ii) other existing or future export licences.

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 on or before 22 March 1995:

The process which led to the decisions made by the Minister for

Resources (Mr Beddall) in approving 11 licences issued in December

1994 for the export of woodchips.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia has an annual import bill for pulp and paper

products of $1.6 billion,

(ii) production forests and processing facilities employ 75

000 Australians, and

(iii) demand for paper and packing grades has substantially

increased recently;

(b) calls on the Government to implement immediately the National

Forest Policy Statement agreed to by the Federal Government and

all mainland State governments; and

(c) condemns the Australian Labor Party for the debacle it has

created in the forest industries and for jobs it has put in

jeopardy.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the latest figures from the World Bank show that

Australia has slipped to 22nd place in the

international ranking of gross domestic product (GDP)

per capita, and

(ii) in less than 15 years, GDP per capita in Australia has

fallen from twice the level of Hong Kong and Singapore

to a level below those of these countries; and

(b) condemns the Government for its disastrous economic policy

failures which have led to such a dramatic decline in the

relative living standards of the overwhelming majority of

Australians.

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

(a) notes the situation facing Tasmania's $1 billion per annum

forest products industry sector which is gravely undermining

confidence on both domestic and overseas markets;

(b) condemns the Federal Labor Government for continued delays in

finalising its position on woodchip export licences which is

impacting on hardwood, veneer, sawmills, domestic pulp and

paper, as well as the export woodchip sectors of the industry;

(c) notes the list of 146 areas of high conservation value in

Tasmania provided by the Minister for the Environment, Sport and

Territories (Senator Faulkner) is seriously flawed, with some 80

per cent of the areas nominated by the Minister not qualifying

under the National Forest Policy Statement definition of high

quality old-growth and wilderness; and

(d) supports the strong stance taken by the Tasmanian Government and

key Tasmanian community representatives, including industry,

unions, contractors and private forest growers and their

families.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the weekend beginning 28 January 1995 marked the 50th

anniversary of the liberation by the allies of the

Auschwitz death camp in Poland at which up to 1.5

million people, mostly Jews, were exterminated by the

Nazis, and

(ii) this solemn anniversary was marked by ceremonies

acknowledging the horrific nature of the official

policy of genocide against Jews that was manifested in

the Holocaust that claimed 6 million lives;

(b) regrets that, in the absence of a formal invitation, the

Australian Government was not officially represented at

ceremonies at Auschwitz marking this anniversary, despite the

fact that many Australian Jews and servicemen experienced the

horror of being imprisoned at Auschwitz;

(c) condemns those revisionists who, in the face of overwhelming

evidence including wartime records recently made available by

Russian authorities, continue to deny the truth of the

Holocaust;

(d) expresses its sympathy and support for Jewish and other victims

who survived the horror of the Holocaust; and

(e) calls on all Australians to remember these crimes against

humanity in order to ensure Australia's continuing condemnation

of any attempts to repeat such horrors.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the Labor Government has allocated $70 million over 4

years for regional development projects, and

(ii) the export woodchip industry earns $420 million in

exports, most of which is earned in regional Australia;

and

(b) calls on the Government to explain how its regional development

policy is compatible with its deliberate attacks on industry,

small business and workers in regional Australia as evidenced by

its handling of forest industry management and woodchip exports.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) a recent study by the Organisation for Economic

Co-operation and Development (OECD) has revealed that

the income tax on an average family in Australia was

the 5th highest of an OECD nation, and

(ii) during January 1995, the then acting Prime Minister

welcomed the call by the Australian Council of Social

Service for higher income tax on average Australian

families and the introduction of capital gains tax on

the family home and a wealth tax;

(b) condemns the Government for the excessive tax burden it places

on families; and

(c) calls on the Government to ease the burden, not increase it.

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

(a) notes that World Freedom Day was commemorated on 23 January

1995;

(b) congratulates the Republic of China Chapter of the World League

for Freedom and Democracy for its magnificent commemoration

arrangements in Taipei on 23 January 1995, including a World

Freedom Rally;

(c) urges all Australians to recommit themselves to the preservation

of the fundamental principles of freedom, democracy and human

rights and to renew their determination to fight oppression,

totalitarianism, repression and denial of human rights wherever

these occur; and

(d) resolves to do all it can to make the world a place in which

freedom, democracy, liberty, peace and prosperity become the way

of life of all people, wherever they may be.

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), not later than 5 p.m. on 2 February

1995:

(a) a list of the names and addresses of all groups or individuals

who, in 1994, on the decision of the Minister for the

Environment, Sport and Territories, were provided with funding

to enable them to assess forest coupes for their conservation

value; and

(b) a statement of the funding each group received.

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

notes the tremendous contribution to this great nation of Australia made

by the volunteers in sport and recreation who have made this a great

summer of sport by raising money, umpiring, coaching, organising,

transporting and supporting the hundreds of thousands of Australians who

pursue sports and recreation activities.

Senator Foreman, at the request of the Chair of the Legal and

Constitutional Legislation Committee (Senator Cooney): To move on the

next day of sitting--That the time for the presentation of the report of

the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee on the Family Law

Reform Bill 1994 and the exposure draft of the Family Law Reform Bill

(No. 2) 1994 be extended to 27 February 1995.

Senator Newman: To move on the next day of sitting--That there be laid

on the table, immediately after question time and any motions to take

note of answers to questions on 2 February 1995, by the

Auditor-General,copies of:

(a) the November 1993 legal opinion of the

Attorney-General'sDepartment which supported the 5 December 1994

view of the Minister for Administrative Services (Mr Walker)

that a review of the National Media Liaison Service was ultra

vires the Audit Act;

(b) the reply from the Attorney-General's Department to the

Auditor-General's request to clarify this opinion; and

(c) the letter of request referred to in paragraph (b).

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

Senate notes that--

(a) all work on the Port Hinchinbrook project site at Cardwell,

north Queensland, has ceased; and

(b) this delay, caused by the action of the Minister for the

Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner), is

causing environmental damage to the Hinchinbrook Channel because

of the inability of the developer to complete work which would

protect the site.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) Flight West Airlines, a commercial passenger airline

servicing Cooktown, has over the past month cancelled

scheduled flights to Cooktown for economic reasons, and

(ii) that these cancellations have caused difficulties for

the residents of Cooktown, who are dependent on the

maintenance of scheduled flights for access to

essential services in Cairns; and

(b) calls on the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments to ensure

that the people of Cooktown have access to adequate and regular

air services.