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NOTICES

Intention to withdraw: The Chair of the Standing Committee on

Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Colston), pursuant to standing order

78, gave notices of his intention, at the giving of notices on the next

day of sitting, to withdraw Business of the Senate notices of motion nos

1 to 5 standing in his name for the next day of sitting for the

disallowance of the following instruments:

Exemption No. BKFO/59/94, made under Civil Aviation Regulation 207;

Insurance (Agents and Brokers) Regulations (Amendment), as contained

in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 325 and made under the Insurance (Agents

and Brokers) Act 1984;

Citizen Band Radio Stations Class Licence dated 15 September 1994,

made under subsection 132(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992;

Handphone Stations (27 MHz) Class Licence dated 15 September 1994,

made under subsection 132(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992; and

Instrument No. 45 of 1994, made under subsection 196B(3) of the

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.

Senator Colston, by leave, made statements relating to the notices of

intention.

Notices of motion:

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

condemns the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) for his failure to reprimand

the Minister for Human Services and Health (Dr Lawrence) for her

promotion of a guide which advocates sodomy as normal heterosexual

behaviour at a time when AIDS, anal warts, rectal ulcers, proctitis,

thrush, hepatitis and anal fissures are significant medical problems.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) due to the deceitful and sloppy decision by the Prime

Minister (Mr Keating) to set aside 511 compartments

because of their so-called high conservation value, he

has now put in jeopardy the livelihood of thousands of

families in the timber industry,

(ii) any credibility the Minister for the Environment, Sport

and Territories (Senator Faulkner) had has now been

completely eroded due to his inept and biased

consideration of this important issue,

(iii) the timber industry has no other way of showing its

desperation other than to march "en masse' to

Parliament House, and

(iv) the town of Orbost has virtually closed down, children

have been withdrawn from school and the town's

businesses are shut, and the towns of Eden and Bombala

have also virtually closed down, so desperate are the

people;

(b) calls on the Government to immediately reassess its position on

this issue for the sake of the multi-million dollar timber

industry, for the Australian economy and for the survival of

rural and regional Australia; and

(c) condemns the Keating Federal Government for its inept handling

of this issue and for the arrogant manner in which it has

treated the people of the timber industry.

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 immediately after question time and any

motions to take note of answers to questions on 9 February 1995, copies

of the following documents that came into existence between 1 November

1994 and 27 January 1995 (inclusive):

(a) all documents relating to the granting of export woodchip

licences and related forestry policy sent to the Prime Minister

(Mr Keating) or his office by:

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

(Senator Faulkner),

(ii) the Department of the Environment, Sport and

Territories,

(iii) the Minister for Resources (Mr Beddall),

(iv) the Department of Primary Industries and Energy, and

(v) the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; and

(b) all replies from the Prime Minister or his office in response to

the documents referred to in paragraph (a).

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

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, the proposal to ship a container of

glassified, highly radioactive, plutonium waste in

February 1995 from the French port of Cherbourg to

Japan, and

(ii) that one of the favoured routes for this shipment is

either through or adjacent to Australian waters; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to indicate in the strongest possible manner that this

nation will not accept the inherent dangers associated

with the shipment of plutonium in our vicinity, and

(ii) to push for a complete ban on this dangerous trade.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) on 4 December 1994, ABC Radio National conducted an

appeal for Africa, raising over $500 000, and

(ii) all money raised in the appeal goes to Community Aid

Abroad projects across Africa, assisting people in

areas such as Sudan, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique

and Rwanda;

(b) congratulates the ABC and Radio National for their continuing

commitment to raising awareness of the realities of life for the

people of other continents and raising funds to assist others to

overcome disadvantage; and

(c) calls on the Government:

(i) to continue to support aid to Africa as an important

part of the overall overseas aid budget, and

(ii) to ensure that overseas aid is targeted to assist the

long-term development and empowerment of people in

African and other less advantaged countries.

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

condemns the Federal Labor Government for:

(a) the adverse effects of current policies on housing in Australia;

(b) climbing interest rates which inflict housing stress on a

significant number of home owners and tenants;

(c) the decline in housing affordability, especially for first home

buyers and young families on low incomes;

(d) over-reliance on monetary policy, with direct effects on housing

and mortgage costs;

(e) the confusion in the housing market; and

(f) the potential of volatility in interest rates, with consequent

job losses and business failures in the housing sector.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with great pleasure, that Tibetan monks from the

Namgyal Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,

Dharamsala, India, will be in Parliament House each day

between 31 January 1995 and 20 February 1995 while they

create a Kalachakra Sand Mandala,

(ii) with reverence, that Kalachakra, meaning "wheel of

time', is the name of one of the Buddhist deities which

represent particular aspects of the Enlightened Mind

and is one of the most sacred of all Buddhist Mandalas,

and

(iii) that the Kalachakra Mandala is considered especially

relevant today in building a peaceful world community;

and

(b) calls on the Australian people to join with the monks of the

Namgyal Monastery in working towards a peaceful world in this,

the Year of Tolerance.

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

(a) recognises that over the past 6 months Optus Communications has

provided almost $1 million by way of donations and foregone

revenue to assist Australians affected by the ravages of

drought;

(b) notes that this assistance included an initial donation of $100

000 and $800 000 in discounted calls for those in drought

ravaged areas;

(c) extends to Optus Communications management and staff sincere

gratitude for their magnificent attitude in ensuring that the

needs of those in rural communities did not go unnoticed; and

(d) acknowledges that there are many Australian companies which have

also provided assistance during this time of rural crisis and

which are therefore worthy of the gratitude of the entire

Australian community.

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

(a) notes that membership of trade unions in Tasmania has plummeted

to a record low, losing 7 000 members in the year to June 1994,

and that this is the lowest figure since records began in 1972

and the sharpest drop of any year on record;

(b) recognises that this dramatic slide is a national trend and

shows that unions are increasingly seen as irrelevant to

employees;

(c) condemns the Government for not supporting voluntary and

competitive unionism and, thus, not giving unions the incentive

to meet members' needs; and

(d) calls on the Government:

(i) to recognise that by providing both employers and

employees with a real choice about wage bargaining,

businesses can prosper and provide more jobs, and

(ii) to support a private Member's bill, soon to be

introduced, to outlaw compulsory union membership.

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

(a) condemns the Labor Government for:

(i) its appalling and amateurish mishandling of the forest

issue, which has threatened the livelihood of thousands

of workers, their families and communities, and

(ii) not having required the resignation of the ministers

involved in the debacle, the Minister for the

Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner)

and the Minister for Resources (Mr Beddall), and that

of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) who so foolishly and

ineptly compounded the problem created by his

incompetent ministers; and

(b) congratulates the thousands of decent Australians for standing

up for their industry and communities by coming to the national

capital to highlight the justice of their cause.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, that Australia is currently having to

defend the Timor Gap Treaty, signed between Australia

and Indonesia, in the International Court of Justice,

and

(ii) that Portugal is arguing that the Treaty is invalid due

to Indonesia's lack of sovereignty over East Timor and

the seas that surround it; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth Evans)

to immediately raise the issue of sovereignty over East Timor

with Indonesia and make a full statement on Australia's role in

the signing of the Timor Gap Treaty to the Senate.

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

that the greatest asset of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Howard) is

his trust in the family, while the assets of the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) are in his family trust.

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

calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) to clarify his alleged

undertakings to the Tasmanian Premier (Mr Groom) in relation to

concessions on forestry coupes currently subject to an unnecessary and

politically-created dispute.

Notices of motion withdrawn: Senator Panizza, at the request of the

relevant Senators, withdrew General Business notices of motion nos 468,

505, 550, 598, 614, 618, 652, 653, 666, 697, 741, 820, 833, 842, 847,

878, 899, 914, 940, 991, 1016, 1025, 1069, 1089, 1104, 1109, 1132, 1151,

1174, 1243, and 1246.