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NOTICES

Notices of motion withdrawn: The Chair of the Standing Committee on

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

intention given on 2 February 1995, withdrew 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 a statement relating to the withdrawal

of the notices of motion.

Notices of motion:

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Environment, Recreation, Communications and the

Arts Legislation Committee agreed that Monday, 23

January 1995 would be the last day for departments to

provide answers to questions on notice relating to the

committee's consideration of the 1994-95 additional

estimates, and

(ii) the Minister for Communications and the Arts (Mr Lee)

gave the committee an undertaking to provide answers in

the Communications and the Arts portfolio as soon as

practicable;

(b) expresses its grave concern that, in spite of the committee

deadline and the ministerial undertaking, to date not a single

answer has been provided to the committee relating to the

Communications and the Arts portfolio; and

(c) resolves, therefore, that there be laid on the table, by the

Minister representing the Minister for Communications and the

Arts (Senator McMullan), not later than the adjournment of the

Senate on 8 February 1995, the following:

(i) the answers to all questions on notice asked by the

Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts

Legislation Committee in relation to its consideration

of the additional estimates for the Communications and

the Arts portfolio, and

(ii) a document showing the dates that the answers to each

of those questions were provided to the Minister's

office by the department or relevant agency.

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

(a) views, with concern, the Federal Government's consideration of a

proposal to drain Lake Pedder;

(b) notes that:

(i) the draining of Lake Pedder would have serious economic

consequences for Tasmania, especially given the

proposed introduction of a national electricity grid

and, in due course, Bass Link, which will allow

Tasmania to assist mainland States with "surplus to

requirements' electricity, and

(ii) former Labor Premier Mr Eric Reece has described the

campaign to drain the lake as "economic vagrancy'; and

(c) demands that the Federal Government not sacrifice the interests

of Tasmanians by draining Lake Pedder, particularly given its

past record of placing political expediency ahead of the

interests of Tasmanians.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the National Media Liaison Service (NMLS) is provided

with $1.5 million of public funds,

(ii) although the purpose of the NMLS is said by the

Government to be the dissemination of Government

information, it appears to have the real purpose of

monitoring the activities of the non-Government parties

for political purposes,

(iii) the Government's legal advisers have concluded that

NMLS is not subject to performance audit by the

Auditor-General under the Audit Act,

(iv) the Auditor-General, in a special report to Parliament,

drew attention to the situation in the following terms:

NMLS is therefore not subject to the normal accountability

mechanisms in place over Government programs. As a

consequence, although NMLS is fully funded by the taxpayer

and its stated roles and functions are predominantly

administrative in nature, its operations are not subject

to the scrutiny normally associated with the expenditure

of public monies;

(v) the Minister for Finance (Mr Beazley) refused to allow

the Director of NMLS (Mr David Epstein) to appear

before the Finance and Public Administration

Legislation Committee during its hearings on the

estimates to answer questions concerning NMLS, on the

ground that Mr Epstein is a ministerial staff member,

and

(vi) the previous Director of NMLS (Mr Colin Parks) appeared

before a Senate estimates committee;

(b) instructs the Finance and Public Administration Legislation

Committee to hold a supplementary estimates hearing, on or

before 24 February 1995, to hear evidence from Mr Epstein

concerning the expenditure of the public funds provided to NMLS,

and to report to the Senate on the results of that hearing; and

(c) directs Mr Epstein to appear before the committee at that

hearing for that purpose.

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 8 February

1995, the following:

the description and location of the coupes included in the 509 coupes

identified for priority attention, which meet all three of the

following conditions:

(i) are currently being logged in accordance with their licence

conditions,

(ii) have licences which were renewed in 1994, and

(iii) are not registered as part of the National Estate,

as promised by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) in his statement on the

timber industry of 2 February 1995.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the release, in the week beginning 29 January 1995, of

the report of the Stanley Review of Fee Paying Post

Graduate courses which recommends the monitoring of the

effect of post-graduate fees on students,

(ii) that the average fee for a postgraduate fee-paying

equivalent full-time student unit was $7 160 per annum,

and

(iii) that research by the Council of Australian Post

Graduate Associations highlights many access and equity

problems associated with these fees as well as problems

of quality, flexibility and geographical disparity

amongst courses;

(b) calls for the immediate establishment of a regulatory code for

fee-paying university courses; and

(c) demands the Government amend the ministerial guidelines to

prevent higher education institutions from charging fees for

post-graduate courses which are discriminatory and regressive.

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

(a) notes, with concern, that a study for a $500 million pulp mill

in Western Australia, as well as 500 jobs in the timber

industry, are under immediate threat;

(b) reminds the Government that the only way to avoid such an

outcome is an early resumption of logging in areas being

reviewed by the Federal Government;

(c) further notes that in 1993 the Western Australian Department of

Conservation and Land Management reached agreement with the

Australian Heritage Commission on the areas to be logged or not

to be logged, in line with the National Forest Policy of the

Federal Government;and

(d) calls on the Government to put the 66 cutting coupes to be

reviewed in Western Australia into the highest priority for

Government investigation.

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

(a) notes that a petition with 7 000 signatures condemning the

Australian Government's Timor Gap Oil Exploration Treaty was

delivered to Australian Labor Party Member of Parliament, Mr

Tanner, by Victorian Democrat Senate Team Leader Lyn Allison and

East Timor activist Jim Aubry on 3 February 1995;

(b) calls on Mr Tanner to table the petition in the House of

Representatives;

(c) recognises that the vast majority of Australians want to see

self-determination in East Timor and are ashamed of the treaty;

(d) supports the statement by Professor Noam Chomsky that the abuse

of power by countries, such as Australia, in tacitly condoning

the oppression of East Timor through entering into such treaties

fails to recognise the sovereignty of human rights;

(e) recognises that this failure means that we are abrogating our

responsibility as a civilised member of the international

community and that it reflects poorly on the moral character of

our society;

(f) supports the principled legal action being taken against the

Australian Government in the International Court of Justice by

the Portuguese legal team led by Professor Jose Manuel Servulo

Correia;

(g) condemns the breach of Australia's obligation to maintain basic

human rights standards by the Minister for Foreign Affairs

(Senator Gareth Evans) noting that he continues the appalling

record of the Australian Government dating back to its tacit

approval of the invasion of East Timor in 1975 by continuing to

provide military co-operation to the Indonesia Government

despite its murderous policy toward the people of East Timor;

and

(h) calls on the Australian Government to reverse this appalling

policy and to press for peaceful independence for the people of

East Timor.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Federal Labor Government's 1994-95 Budget was

widely criticised by economists and by the finance and

business sectors, for failing to take the necessary

action to stop the economy from overheating, and

(ii) that, faced with rising interest rates and a record

balance of payments deficit, the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating), the Treasurer (Mr Willis) and the Minister

for Finance (Mr Beazley) have announced their intention

to tighten fiscal policy in the 1995-96 Budget;

(b) condemns the Government for its inept handling of the economy

which will see millions of Australians facing the prospect of

higher taxes and further interest rate rises, after experiencing

only a brief respite from the worst recession in 60 years; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to admit its gross error and to

take immediate action, rather than leaving Australians to face

three months of worry and uncertainty while they wait for budget

announcements.

Senator Woodley: 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), by the first day of March 1995:

(a) a list describing the location, area, and environmental

qualities of Australia's native forests protected from:

(i) woodchipping, and

(ii) woodchipping and logging;

(b) a descriptive list of the forest areas nominated for exemption

from woodchipping by the Minister which provides details of

location and reason for nomination;

(c) a descriptive list of the 222 forest areas on the National

Estate Register approved for woodchipping; and

(d) a descriptive list of the 85 forest areas excluded from

woodchipping by the Minister for Resources (Mr Beddall).

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

(a) calls on the Federal Government:

(i) to clarify its position regarding security of tenure to

the mining industry following the fiasco with the

woodchipping export licences, and

(ii) to assure the mining industry that Australia will not

see another Coronation Hill episode which would further

damage investor confidence and export trade;

(b) reminds the Government that investors, both national and

international, are sensitive with respect to security of their

investments; and

(c) calls on the Government to inform investors that it will not be

blackmailed by every green campaign, which generally are

emotional and mindless vendettas.

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

on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Resources

(Senator Collins), by the first day of March 1995, a table showing the

quantities (or if not available, an estimate of the quantities) of

woodchips derived from:

(a) thinnings from regrowth crown forests and plantations;

(b) offcuts and waste generated from the sawmill stage;

(c) crown forests; and

(d) private forests; and

exported during 1994.

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

(a) notes the humiliating backdown by the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) in relation to the woodchip export fiasco; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister not to be vindictive towards loggers

and the forest industries in future.

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

on the table, by the Minister representing the Treasurer (Senator Cook),

by the first day of March 1995, a full economic analysis of the value of

woodchipping to Australia including:

(a) export income by State;

(b) royalty and other income to State Government forestry agencies;

(c) the value of capital equipment imported by Australia, including

trucks, logging equipment, and chipping machinery;

(d) the cost of overseas borrowing to finance the purchase or lease

of capital equipment;

(e) the amount of profits from forestry operations paid to overseas

owners or shareholders; and

(f) the value of paper products imported from Japan.

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

Senate--

(a) notes claims by the Marine Conservation Society of Hong Kong,

that:

(i) fishermen from Asia are smuggling tropical fish from

Australia's Great Barrier Reef,

(ii) the smuggling method used involves spraying potassium

cyanide into cracks in coral to stun and eventually

kill tropical reef fish which fetch up to $6 000 each

in Asian markets,

(iii) cyanide fishing has already brought havoc to coral

reefs around Asia and the Pacific and has spread to the

northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef,

(iv) the effect on the reef of the chemical spray is

equivalent to a holocaust, and

(v) these illegal fishermen are using Indonesian registered

boats to reap 170 tonnes a month of cyanide-drugged

tropical fish from Pacific reefs; and

(b) calls on the Federal Department of the Environment, Sport and

Territories, the Australian Customs Service and the Australian

Fisheries Management Authority to instigate a full and thorough

investigation into these claims and take action to ensure that

this illegal activity is stopped.

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 9 February

1995:

(a) the report entitled "Review of Funding Arrangements for the

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority'; and

(b) the independent external review of the environmental management

charge which, according to page 30 of the Great Barrier Reef

Marine Park Annual Report, was due to be completed on 31

December 1994.

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 notices of motion nos 1 and 2 standing

in his name for 10 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the

following instruments:

Antarctic Marine Living Resources Conservation Regulations, as

contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 345 and made under the Antarctic

Marine Living Resource Conservation Act 1981; and

Health Insurance (1994-1995 General Medical Services Table)

Regulations, as contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 362 and made

under the Health Insurance Act 1973.

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

intention.