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

matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

References Committee for inquiry and report on or before 27 November

1995:

(1) Reasons for the social, physical and economic dislocationcaused

by the opening of the third runway at Sydney's Kingsford Smith

Airport and ways of ameliorating that dislocation, and the

feasibility of fast-tracking a second airport to serve Sydney

from Badgerys Creek, with particular reference to the urgent

need to:

(a) examine ways of monitoring and measuring aircraft

noise, including the publication of noise measurements

and the feasibility of community-based noise

monitoring;

(b) recommend ways of insulating schools and other public

buildings against aircraft noise levels, including the

feasibility of a test insulation program;

(c) safely open and operate the east-west runway;

(d) accelerate the opening of the new control tower; and

(e) adequately and quickly compensate residents affected by

the changed aircraft traffic patterns.

(2) Any other matter arising in the course of the inquiry which the

committee considers is reasonably relevant in reporting on the

foregoing matters.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot): To move on 7

March 1995--

(1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on

Aircraft Noise in Sydney, be appointed to inquire into and

report on or before 31 August 1995, on the following matters:

(a) the human impact of noise caused by aircraft movements

to and from Kingsford Smith Airport (KSA), with

particular reference to the opening of the north-south

parallel runway;

(b) the reasons for discrepancies between the predicted and

actual noise impacts associated with the parallel

runway, and proposals to prevent such discrepancies in

future;

(c) the likely effectiveness of planned measures to monitor

and reduce the noise impacts of KSA, and whether there

are other potentially effective measures which could be

implemented;

(d) the potential for operations at Sydney West Airport

(SWA) to alleviate the impact of aircraft noise on

Sydney basin communities, under each of the following

scenarios:

(i) private leasing of KSA separately from SWA,

(ii) private leasing of KSA together with SWA,

(iii) retention of KSA in full public control; and

(e) whether the private leasing of KSA should be the

subject of a Commission of Inquiry under the

Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974,

or another form of public consultation and review.

(2) The committee consist of seven senators:

(a) three nominated by the Leader of the Government in the

Senate;

(b) three nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the

Senate;

(c) one nominated by the Leader of the Australian

Democrats.

(3) The committee may proceed to the dispatch of business

notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated

and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) (a) The chair of the committee be elected by the members of

the committee from the members of the committee;

(b) in the absence of agreement on the selection of a chair,

duly notified to the President, the allocation of the chair

be determined by the Senate;

(c) the deputy chair of the committee be elected by the

committee from the members of the committee immediately

after the election of the chair;

(d) the deputy chair act as chair when there is no chair or the

chair is not present at a meeting; and

(e) in the event of the votes on any question before the

committee being equally divided, the chair, or the deputy

chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(5) The quorum of the committee be three members.

(6) The committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and

examine persons and documents, to move from place to place and

to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation

of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of

Representatives.

(7) The committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of

three or more of its members, and to refer to any such

subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered

to consider, and that the quorum of a subcommittee be a majority

of the senators appointed to the subcommittee.

(8) Without limiting its power to pass procedural or other

resolutions that are not inconsistent with this paragraph or

these terms of reference, the committee observe the following

procedures:

Submissions and calling of witnesses

(a) As a general principle, evidence be invited in the

first instance in the form of written submissions and

following examination of submissions, the committee

decide which witnesses are to be called for

examination.

(b) Subject to any contrary order in relation to a

particular submission, the submission to the committee

by a person of a statement relating to the inquiry be

deemed to be the giving of evidence before the

committee by that person in accordance with that

statement.

Evidence

(c) Evidence be heard in public session except in instances

where the committee or a subcommittee resolves to hear

evidence in camera.

Statements to the media

(d) The chair be authorised to make statements to the media

on behalf of the committee concerning its activities.

Broadcasts and re-broadcasts of public proceedings

(e) The recording, broadcasting and re-broadcasting of

public proceedings is authorised in accordance with the

rules contained in the order of the Senate of 23 August

1990, as varied by the Senate from time to time,

concerning the broadcasting of committee proceedings.

Release of evidence and documents

(f) The secretary is authorised to supply for correction,

copies of proof reports of both public and in camera

proceedings to the witnesses whose evidence appears in

those reports.

(g) Subject to any contrary order in relation to a

particular submission, each document submitted to the

committee be published.

Adverse Evidence

(h) Subject to any contrary order, evidence which adversely

reflects on a person, be forwarded to that person

inviting their response.

(9) (a) The terms of reference of the inquiry be appropriately

advertised in the media.

(b) Written submissions be sought and examined by the committee

and oral evidence be heard.

(10) The committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities

and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with

specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee, with

the approval of the President.

(11) The committee be empowered to print from day to day such

documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily

Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in

public.

(12) The committee may report from time to time its proceedings and

evidence taken or any interim conclusions or recommendations

arising from its inquiry, and may make regular reports on the

progress of its proceedings.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) in December 1994, Mr Paul Hickey, Executive Director of

the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS),

was advised that 147 AQIS officers had signed a

proforma letter which contained allegations that

quarantine officers were pressured to mislead and lie

to overseas inspection teams, as well as additional

allegations, and

(ii) in mid February 1995, Mr Don Ford, National Officer of

the Community and Public Service Union (CPSU), made

other allegations against AQIS which were highly

damaging to the meat export industry;

(b) calls on the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator

Collins) to immediately make a full and complete statement to

the chamber verifying the accuracy, or otherwise, of public

statements made by Mr Ford and others of the CPSU to prevent

further damage from occurring to Australia's vitally important

export meat industry; and

(c) demands, if the statements are found to have substance, that the

Minister take immediate action to rectify the situation; or

(d) calls on the Minister, if the statements are found to be

unsubstantiated, to ensure Mr Ford and the CPSU are prosecuted

to the full extent of the law.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the continuing row over broadcast rights for

Australia's cricket tour of the West Indies, commencing

in March 1995 and ending in May 1995, threatens

television coverage of the series,

(ii) in accordance with the Broadcasting Services Act, pay

television operators can only acquire the rights to

broadcast on pay TV events of national significance

after a free-to-air broadcaster has first acquired the

right to broadcast those events,

(iii) the list of events drawn up by the Minister for

Communications and the Arts (Mr Lee) in May 1994 was

designed to ensure that sporting viewers did not lose

access to major sporting events of national

significance to pay TV, and

(iv) as a result of the row, the majority of Australian

sporting enthusiasts and cricket fans may not see a

ball bowled of the unofficial world series of test

cricket; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government, pay TV operators and

free-to-air networks to resolve this unsportsman-like

broadcasting impasse, so as to ensure that the West Indies

cricket series and other major Australian sporting events held

here and abroad are broadcast in the national interest.

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

matter be referred to the Joint Committee of Public Accounts for inquiry

and report on or before 31 May 1995, namely:

The siting and construction of mobile telephone towers, with

particular reference to:

(a) the effectiveness of the Telecommunications National Code as it

applies to the siting and construction of mobile telephone

towers, with particular reference to the adequacy of:

(i) the mechanisms for consultation with local communities,

(ii) the arrangements for protecting environmentally and

culturally sensitive areas and areas of significance to

Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and

(iii) the requirements for telecommunication carriers to

co-locate towers, structures and sites for

telecommunication services wherever possible; and

(b) the impact on property values of telecommunication towers and

the appropriateness of compensation arrangements.

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

(a) reminds the Minister for Communications and the Arts (Mr Lee)

that his television anti-siphoning list will fail its first

major test if the West Indies cricket series is not shown on

free-to-air television;

(b) condemns the Australian Labor Party Government for failing to

deliver what was promised to the Australian people, that is, an

assurance that those events that television watchers have been

used to seeing on free-to-air television would remain available

to them;

(c) expresses its lack of confidence in the Minister for presiding

over a television anti-siphoning list that failed its own test

by not preserving the West Indies telecasts for free-to-air

television;

(d) calls on the Minister to stop his monumental buck-passingand

accept that he, as Minister, and not the television networks, is

wholly responsible for this West Indies cricket coverage fiasco;

and

(e) demands action from this incompetent Minister, with the West

Indies cricket series only a matter of days away, to settle the

dispute and protect the rights of millions of low-income viewers

who rely on free-to-air television to see the West Indies

cricket telecasts.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the unveiling of the commemorative fifty cent coin at

the Australian War Memorial on 15 February 1995,

marking the commemoration of the 50th year after the

end of World War II, and

(ii) the coin features a sculptured portrait of the great

Australian, Sir Edward "Weary' Dunlop, whose

compassion, courage and humility embodies the

sacrifices of all Australian service men and women; and

(b) commends the producers of the coin as part of Australia'stribute

to the sacrifices endured under the extreme conditions of war.