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NOTICES

Notices of motion withdrawn: The Chair of the Standing Committee on

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

intention given on 6 February 1995, withdrew Business of the Senate

notices of motion nos 1 and 2 for 9 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.

Notices of motion:

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Hill): To move on

the next day of sitting--That regulations 16 and 18 of the Austudy

Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 409

and made under the Student Assistance Act 1973, be disallowed.

The Minister for Defence (Senator Ray): To move on the next day of

sitting--That the order of the Senate of 29 November 1994, relating to

the consideration of legislation, not apply to the following bills:

Child Support Legislation Amendment Bill 1994

Financial Management and Accountability Bill 1994

Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Bill 1994

Auditor-General Bill 1994.

The Minister for Defence (Senator Ray): To move on the next day of

sitting--That the order of the Senate of 29 November 1994, relating to

the consideration of legislation, be amended as follows:

After paragraph (1), add the following paragraph:

"(1A) Paragraph (1) does not apply to a bill introduced in the

House of Representatives in a period of sittings and

received by the Senate in the same period of sittings.'.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the survey conducted by accountants Ernst and Young

which reveals that most Australians pay considerably

more income tax than those earning similar salaries in

Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, and

(ii) that, in eight out of nine scenarios, the Australian

Government levied the highest level of tax, in many

cases by 20 per cent or more; and

(b) condemns the Government and the Australian Democrats for

continually claiming that Australia is a low tax country.

Senator Alston: 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 the close of business on 9 February

1995, the following documents relating to the commissioning of

conservation groups to provide assessments or advices:

(a) a copy of any letters, memoranda or ministerial directives by

the Minister to his department;

(b) correspondence between the Minister and his department; and

(c) correspondence between the Minister and/or his department and

the Minister for Resources (Mr Beddall) and/or his department.

The Chair of the Select Committee on Superannuation (Senator Watson): To

move on the next day of sitting--That the resolution of the Senate of 1

September 1994 referring to the Select Committee on Superannuation terms

of reference to review the adequacy of current retirement incomes policy

arrangements, be amended to extend the committee's reporting date to the

last sitting day of September 1995.

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

(Senator Colston): To move 15 sitting days after today--

No. 1--That the Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection

Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 369

and made under the Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Act

1985, be disallowed.

No. 2--That the Military Superannuation and Benefits Trust Deed

(Amendment) (No. 2 of 1994), made under section 5 of the Military and

Superannuation Benefits Act 1991, be disallowed.

Statement by leave: Senator Colston, by leave, made a statement relating

to the notices of motion.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the continued and false claims by the Government that

income tax was higher under the Fraser Government than

under the Keating Government,

(ii) that, on the contrary, according to the Australian

Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the marginal tax rate on

average weekly earnings of Australians has risen under

the Keating Government from only 30.7 cents in the

dollar in the last Fraser years of 1982 to 1983 to 36.9

cents in the dollar in 1994, a rise of 20 per cent,

(iii) that, according to the ABS, the actual income tax paid

by a taxpayer on average weekly earnings has soared by

90 per cent, from $4 036.80 under the Fraser Government

to $7 678.90 for a taxpayer with no dependents in 1994,

lifting tax as a proportion of earnings from 22.9 cents

in the dollar to 23.7 cents, and

(iv) that for taxpayers with dependents on average weekly

earnings the tax paid has more than doubled from $2

474.20 to $5 176.60 (up 110 per cent) under the Keating

Government, lifting tax as a proportion of average

weekly earnings from 14 cents in the dollar to 16 cents

in the dollar, a rise of 14 per cent; and

(b) calls on the Government to cease the false propaganda that is

part of its desperate attempts to avoid being shown up in its

true colours as a high taxing Government.

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

(a) expresses its concern for the plight of Burmese refugees

stranded in Thailand as a result of continuing ethnic

persecution in their home country by the State Law and Order

Restoration Council;

(b) demands immediate action by the Australian Government to help

address the detention of exiled Burmese students by the Thai

Government at Ratananburi, where there have been reports of

bashing of the students by camp guards;

(c) notes that:

(i) these students are recognised by the United Nations

High Commissioner for Refugees as "persons of concern',

but are not considered refugees by the Thai Government,

and

(ii) only 650 places are allocated to people from Burma

suffering persecution under Australia's special

assistance category immigration program which allows

Australians to undertake the expense of sponsoring

Burmese immigrants, and that only a paltry 150 of these

places go to Burmese people in Thailand; and

(d) supports the call by the Australian Parliamentary Friends of

Burma for the Australian Government to acknowledge the crisis in

Thailand relating to Burmese refugees and increase its class 213

special assistance category intake substantially.

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

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

policy of offering child care cash rebate assistance to high

paid workers and millionaires;

(b) notes that this policy is especially unfair to middle income

earners and the lowly paid who need child care assistance or

maternity payments;

(c) reminds this ALP Government that the Coalition parties argued

the case for a means-tested child care rebate when the

legislation was before the Senate in the interests of equity and

targeting those families in need;

(d) expresses absolute censure of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating)

and this ALP Government which offered this desperate bribe at

the 1993 election only to dump the promise, just like the L-A-W

tax cuts;

(e) notes however, with concern, that this ALP Government's reneging

on its promised non-means-tested child care policy will cause

great uncertainty for the thousands of Australian families who

have prepared their family budgets on the basis of the Prime

Minister's word and solemn promise;

(f) acknowledges that the Minister for Family Services (Senator

Crowley) is now unable to defend her policy of paying child care

rebates to millionaires and high income earners at the expense

of other needy recipients; and

(g) recognises that the Minister for Finance (Mr Beazley) is now

signalling that Labor's policy is irresponsible and unfair and

that the Coalition was right on this issue.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the Chamber of Shipping has warned that unless prompt

action were taken at policy level to stimulate cruise

shipping, the Government would lose a major contributor

to the domestic economy,

(ii) a survey by the chamber shows that cruise operators

realise savings of $60 to $70 per shipping tonne by

refuelling outside Australia and that in one visitor

day $300 is spent on purchases and service, while $100

000 is spent by a ship, in one port call, for

provisions, and

(iii) international passenger vessels now generate millions

of dollars a year in shore-side expenditure in the

north Queensland port of Cairns and other ports in

Australia; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to recognise the clear benefits

of actively promoting a viable cruise industry in Australia by

streamlining administration and reducing costs.

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

notes--

(a) the unacceptably high current account deficit reported in the

week beginning 29 January 1995;

(b) an article by Mr W C Wentworth, a former Liberal Member of the

House of Representatives, in the January/February 1995 edition

of Quadrant; and

(c) that Mr Wentworth draws attention to the need for Australia to

face up to the realities of excessive monthly deficits that

result in the pawning of the future of Australia.

Document: Senator Watson, by leave, tabled the following document:

Finance--Current account--Copy of article: "The Current Account,

Stupid" by W C Wentworth, Quadrant, January-February 1995, pp. 63-68.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) has now abandoned the

tax cuts promised at the last election which he said

were already L-A-W -- law, and

(ii) this L-A-W has now gone A-W-L -- absent without leave;

and

(b) expresses its concern that this Government is either so

dyslectic it cannot tell the difference between L-A-W and A-W-L

or else is so imbued with deception that it simply does not

care.

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

that the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Howard) is a real Australian who

owns no Italian suits, no French Empire clocks, no Thai teak tables, no

Danish joint venture piggeries, or Indonesian reproduction "antique'

furniture, and who thinks Australia is "tops' in the world, not the

other end.