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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

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

(a) congratulates Mrs Hilda des Arts, an 80-year old woman who has

initiated an Internet-based service for older Australians called

SeniorNet with the motto "Kids Over 60';

(b) notes that:

(i) by encouraging older Australians to use the information

superhighway and E-mail, SeniorNet will enrich the

lives of many retirees, and

(ii) SeniorNet will enable older Australians:

(A) to contribute their experience and knowledge and to

continue to learn via the information superhighway,

(B) to make or renew friendships via E-mail, and

(C) to break out of the isolation imposed on them by

disability or physical frailty; and

(c) commends Mrs des Arts for her foresight in recognising that

technology such as Internet can not only change attitudes to

ageing but also the attitudes of older people to the

opportunities available to them to continue to participate in

the community.

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

(a) congratulates the Greenpeace protesters and campaigners who have

highlighted the extreme dangers associated with the current

shipment of plutonium from France to Japan;

(b) notes that:

(i) nations on potential shipping routes for this dangerous

cargo, such as those in the Caribbean and Central

America, South Africa and the Philippines, have banned

the shipment from entering their waters, and

(ii) as the number of nations opposing this shipment

increases and as long as Australia continues to

maintain silence on this issue it is becoming more

likely that the only shipping route available will be

in the vicinity of Australia; and therefore

(c) calls on the Australian Government to immediately ban the ship

carrying the plutonium waste from entering Australian-controlled

waters.

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

notes--

(a) that the Australian Labor Party (ALP) demonstrates the same

incompetent level of financial management in the trade union

movement as it does in government; and

(b) the alleged $11.7 million debt of Mr Ludwig and his Australian

Workers Union and notes that this parallels the incompetence of

the parliamentary wing of the union movement, viz, the Hawke,

Keating Governments which increased Australia's debt from around

$20 billion when they came into office to a figure in excess of

$200 billion today.

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

notes--

(a) with concern, this Federal Government's indigenous affairs

programs which have failed dismally, as outlined in statistics

released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in the National

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey (1994);

(b) that after 12 years this Government's policies have neglected to

address the most basic needs of indigenous Australians in the

vital areas of employment, health, education and access to basic

services;

(c) that within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities:

(i) 29 per cent worried about going without food,

(ii) some chronic illnesses within the population were 50

per cent higher than in the general population, and

(iii) 69 per cent of households rented their homes, 43 per

cent from State or federal authorities and 21 per cent

from community organisations; and

(d) that these statistics are an indictment of the fashionable

big-budget programs favoured by this Government which have

failed to reverse third-world type living conditions of

indigenous Australians.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 18 months after the adoption of the 1993-94 Budget in

which $10 million was set aside for a greenhouse

strategy involving the installation of domestic solar

hot water, not one such unit has been installed, and

(ii) in the same Budget, $4 million was allocated for

research targeted specifically at the development of

ethanol from cellulose but that to date, although some

$200 000 has been spent on studies to see how to spend

this money, it seems the results of these studies are

being ignored and not one cent has been spent on the

research for which it was intended; and

(b) concludes that this Government is not serious about tackling the

problem of greenhouse and is turning its back on the exciting

developments in energy efficiency and alternative energy which

have the potential to provide Australia with new and very

profitable industries which the whole world will shortly need.

The Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator

Herron): To move on the next day of sitting--That the following matter

be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry

and report on or before 27 March 1995:

The benefits and disadvantages of the introduction of Hospital

Purchaser-Provider Agreements and Medical Purchaser-Provider

Agreements within the private health insurance system and, in

particular, the impact of such a system on:

(a) the current ability of privately insured persons to choose

their medical service providers;

(b) the quality of care provided to medical service users;

(c) the level of private health insurance coverage;

(d) the operation of the private hospital system and the medical

profession, particularly in relation to the principles of the

Trade Practices Act 1974; and

(e) the cost of private health insurance.

Senator Reid, at the request of the Chair of the Select Committee on ABC

Management and Operations (Senator Alston): To move on the next day of

sitting--That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select

Committee on ABC Management and Operations be extended to 23 March 1995.

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

Senate--

(a) thanks the Tibetan buddhist monks from the Namgyal Monastery of

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala, India for working so

diligently during February 1995 to create the awe-inspiring

Kalachakra Sand Mandala in Parliament House;

(b) notes:

(i) with deep reverence, that in the Kalachakra Mandala 722

deities or manifestations of the supreme deity

Kalachakra are portrayed in the form of miniature

human, animal and floral forms, abstract pictographs

and Sanskrit syllables, and

(ii) that this Mandala is considered especially relevant

today in building a peaceful world community; and

(c) calls on everyone present in Parliament House to join with the

Tibetan monks as they bless the Mandala and, in celebration of

life's impermanence, sweep the sand up and pour it into nearby

waters.

Senator Burns, 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 examination of

annual reports be extended to 23 March 1995.

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

(a) congratulates the Western Australian Government for its role in

negotiating the construction of a 116 megawatt co-generation

power plant at Kwinana, south of Perth;

(b) notes that it is estimated that this power station will produce

30 per cent less greenhouse gases than a conventional gas-fired

power plant and 60 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions than a

coal-fired plant;

(c) calls on the Western Australian Government to cancel the

contract for the construction of the Collie coal-fired power

plant and to investigate further co-generation opportunities and

energy efficiency measures to assist in the reduction of

Australia's greenhouse emissions; and

(d) calls on the Australian Government to implement a comprehensive

package of measures to substantially reduce Australia's

greenhouse emissions that addresses such issues as energy

efficiency, least-cost planning, investment in public transport

and the minimisation of vegetation clearance.

Notices of motion withdrawn: The Minister for Small Business, Customs

and Construction (Senator Schacht), at the request of the respective

Senators, withdrew the following General Business notices of motion:

Nos 22, 34, 75, 151, 161, 184, 195, 392, 415, 497, 523, 534, 549, 554,

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