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NOTICES

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Vietnamese Government is continuing to suppress

religious movements,

(ii) Huyen Quang, Head of the Institute for the Propagation

of the Faith and Executive Officer of the Council of

the Unified Vietnamese Buddhist Church, was arrested on

29 December 1994, and

(iii) Quang Do, General Secretary of the Unified Vietnamese

Buddhist Church, was arrested on 4 January 1995; and

(b) calls on the Vietnamese Government to release Huyen Quang and

Quang Do immediately and to restore full freedom of religion.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) at 6.30 p.m. on 1 March 1995, the Tasmanian

Conservation Trust (TCT) received a request by

facsimile from the office of the Prime Minister and

Cabinet stating that the Cabinet was disposed toward

releasing a further 8 coupes for logging, the facsimile

listing the coupes which are widely dispersed

throughout Tasmania,

(ii) the facsimile requested the TCT to make any comment on

the release of these coupes to the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) by 4 p.m. on 3 March 1995,

(iii) the conservation trusts in Western Australia and

Victoria received similar requests, and

(iv) if this is what is meant by further consultation with

the conservation movement, it is totally inadequate,

physically impossible and totally unrealistic, and

makes a mockery of the whole process by which decisions

on the protection of these important old-growth forests

are being rushed through; and, accordingly,

(b) deprecates the appalling way in which the Government has handled

the whole question of woodchip exports and the cynical lack of

consideration which the Keating Government has given to

protection of Australia's native forests.

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

Committee of Public Accounts be authorised to hold a public hearing

during the sitting of the Senate on 23 March 1995 between 9 a.m. and

3.30 p.m. to take evidence for its inquiry into the commercialisation of

public sector operations.

Senator Reid, at the request of Senator Alston: To move on the next day

of sitting--That the Senate condemns the Government's incompetence in

administering its anti-siphoning rules, which has put at risk the

free-to-airtelecast of the upcoming West Indies versus Australia cricket

series.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) a company, half-owned at the time by the Prime Minister

(Mr Keating), has escaped prosecution for pollution of

headwaters of the Scone water supply in New South Wales

by the use of the deceptive device of an undisclosed

transfer of its business to a related company in which

the Prime Minister's piggery group shared ownership

with a Danish multi-national company,

(ii) the Parkville piggery committed a pollution offence on

10 August 1993 which is not disputed and that a summons

was issued against the company shown as owning the

piggery, Mr Keating's half-owned Brown and Hatton Group

Pty Ltd, in June 1994, the summons having been delayed

by a lengthy inquiry into the company's request to

expand its operations, during which its pollution

control measures were severely criticised and admitted

to be inadequate,

(iii) the Keating piggery group only revealed the transfer of

the piggery to this associated company as a defence

when the matter came to court in the week beginning 19

February 1995, almost 2 years after the transfer, and

(iv) by keeping this transfer secret for almost 2 years, the

Keating piggery group has prevented the Environment

Protection Authority of New South Wales from

prosecuting the real culprit, another company in the

Keating piggery group called Hunter Valley Piggery Pty

Ltd, which is half-owned by a Danish multi-national,

Danpork Australia Pty Ltd, as the matter is now out of

time;

(b) regrets that such a conspiracy between this Danish

multi-national company and Mr Keating's formerly half-owned

company has succeeded in perverting the course of justice; and

(c) calls on the Prime Minister to condemn this unconscionable

behaviour, which has protected him from the embarrassment of

having a company he half-owned at the time being convicted of

water pollution.