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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

The Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

Schacht): 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) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a bill which has been

passed by the House of Representatives in a period of

sittings shall be taken to have been received by the

Senate in that period of sittings.'.

Senator Parer and the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator

Kernot): To move on the next day of sitting--That--

(1) 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 24 October 1995, on the following matters:

(a) the reasons for and the scope of the noise impact

associated with the opening of the parallel runway at

Kingsford Smith Airport (KSA), including the impact on

schools and learning, residents' health, the

environment, and property values;

(b) the reasons for the discrepancies between the predicted

and actual noise impact associated with the parallel

runway, and proposals to prevent such discrepancies in

future;

(c) the likely effectiveness of the operational and

remedial measures that have been implemented, or are

planned to be implemented, to reduce the noise impact

of KSA, and whether there are other potentially

effective measures that could be implemented;

(d) the likely effectiveness of the arrangements for

monitoring the noise impact of the airport, and whether

there are other monitoring measures that could be

implemented;

(e) the planned development of Sydney West Airport (SWA),

including its noise impact on the communities in the

vicinity of the airport;

(f) the environmental implications of airport leasing, with

particular reference to the following scenarios:

(i) private leasing of KSA separately from SWA,

(ii) private leasing of KSA together with SWA, and

(iii) retention of KSA in full public control;

(g) the possible need for further public consultation on,

and environmental assessment of, the operations at KSA

and the planned development of SWA; and

(h) any other matter arising in the course of the inquiry

that the committee considers is reasonably relevant in

reporting on the foregoing matters.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Tasmanian Forestry Corporation cannot be trusted to

supply accurate information,

(ii) it is against this background of totally inaccurate

information that the corporation is making decisions

about the protection or the decimation of Tasmania's

important forests,

(iii) the Forestry Corporation provided co-ordinates to

scientists doing the work on assessing the conservation

value of the forests which placed the coupes concerned

in Bass Strait, but it did not supply a boat so that

these coupes could be inspected, and coupes CH 605 A,

607 A and 609 A were found to be right on top of the

Irish Town church (this may explain the designation

"CH'), but the corporation did not provide a

steeplejack so that these coupes could be inspected,

and

(iv) the corporation provided other completely misleading

information, for example, coupe SA 35 B was claimed by

the corporation to be not worth protecting as its

alleged values no longer existed whereas, in fact, the

bulk of this coupe is 60 metre tall old-growth eucalypt

forest on a 35 degree slope containing E regnans, which

the Forestry Corporation itself admits is a poorly

represented species in protected areas; and

(b) concludes that the information on which the Tasmanian Forestry

Corporation is making its judgments about protection or

exploitation are not to be trusted and that therefore the

corporation itself is not to be trusted to make these important

decisions.

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

(a) condemns the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) for spending his time

in Singapore playing party politics when the purpose of his

visit is to discuss the future structure of the Asia-Pacific

Economic Cooperation forum (APEC); and

(b) notes that:

(i) if the Prime Minister wishes to be critical of the

Opposition in relation to any issue, he should be doing

it in Parliament House, instead of from the safety of

an overseas trip,

(ii) any divisive comments made in a country such as

Singapore can only make Australia look divided at a

time when strength and unity are of utmost importance

if we are to consolidate any ground made in APEC

negotiations thus far, and

(iii) the Prime Minister needs the protection of a couple of

thousand kilometres to criticise his opponents instead

of using the appropriate forum of parliament.

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

consideration of the Government Business order of the day relating to

the Racial Hatred Bill 1994 be postponed to the day of sitting

immediately after the release of the findings of the committee

established by the Attorney-General to review the ability of the Human

Rights and Equal OpportunityCommission to make determinations following

the decision of the High Court in Brandy v. Human Rights and Equal

Opportunity Commission.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) on 5 March 1995, the Prime Minister (Mr Keating)

inappropriately delved into domestic politics from the

steps of Singapore's presidential palace by again

alleging that the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Howard)

and Mr Kerry Packer had come to a secret deal on

cross-media ownership rules, and

(ii) in late 1994, the Select Committee on Certain Aspects

of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print

Media found it was the Prime Minister who was guilty of

media deals, exposing his pact with Canadian media

owner Mr Conrad Black for preferential treatment by the

Fairfax press;

(b) condemns the Prime Minister for not giving his full attention to

the matters to which he is meant to be attending on behalf of

Australian citizens in south-east Asia, with particular

reference to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum; and

(c) calls on:

(i) the Prime Minister to come up with any evidence of a

deal between Mr Packer and Mr Howard or to desist from

making false claims, and

(ii) the national media to objectively report Mr Keating's

comments, particularly when he has failed to produce a

shred of evidence to substantiate his claims.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the statement by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) at a

press conference on 27 January 1995 relating to the

list of forestry coupes, namely, "that study was

undertaken through the Christmas period, with the

Department of Environment conducted by the Minister for

the Environment, Sports and Territories [Senator

Faulkner], and he--along with the Minister for

Resources [Mr Beddall]--have met and discussed these

various coupes and judged it', and

(ii) the answer Senator Faulkner gave on 16 February 1995 at

a hearing of a Senate legislation committee, to the

question as to whether he had met with and discussed

the various coupes with the Minister for Resources as

stated by the Prime Minister, namely, "at the time of

that (Mr Keating's) press conference I had not had a

formal discussion'; and

(b) condemns the Prime Minister for misleading the Australian public

on the very sensitive issues of the process and the

responsibilities of the Minister for the Environment, Sport and

Territories and the Minister for Resources on the issue of

export woodchip licences and the preservation of forest coupes.

The Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References

Committee (Senator Brownhill): To move on the next day of sitting--That

the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional

Affairs and Transport References Committee on the impact of assets tests

on farming families' access to social security payments and Austudy be

extended to 30 March 1995.

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

Senate--

(a) congratulates the organisers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi

Gras parade for once again staging an event which is of enormous

pride, strength and celebration to the lesbian and gay

communities throughout Australia; and

(b) notes:

(i) with concern, that people in the nineties still suffer

discrimination, abuse and violence in their workplaces,

on the streets and even in their families because of

their sexuality, and

(ii) that, by taking part in the Mardi Gras, people turn the

abuse and harassment against lesbians and gays into a

positive symbol of self assurance.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the hotel industry's comments that a bed tax levied by

the Federal Government will set back any new hotel

development by a further 2 years,

(ii) that the tourism industry earns $10.6 billion export

income annually for Australia,

(iii) that a bed tax, as suggested by the Labor Government,

of 5 to 10 per cent, would cripple the tourism industry

in north Queensland; and

(b) condemns the Keating Government for proposing to introduce a

consumption tax on the tourism industry after the Prime Minister

said "a consumption tax ... would be entirely deleterious to all

tourist accommodation in this country' and "we will not be

crippling it with a tax on every room, every morning'.

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

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

Violence in Marree, be appointed to inquire into and report, on

or before 1 September 1995, on matters relevant to incidents of

tension and violence in and around Marree, South Australia, in

the time leading up to and including 12 January 1995, and in

particular:

(a) the aims, objects and funding sources of the various

Aboriginal corporations in and around Marree;

(b) the relationship of each incorporated group to land in the

area;

(c) the effect of water usage by mining operations on land

relevant to local Aboriginal groups;

(d) whether the community sought additional police officers once

tensions were escalating and what response was forthcoming;

and

(e) what support and assistance has been available to the

victims of the violence, and what efforts have been made to

resolve the issues underlying the tensions and violence,

since 12 January 1995.

(2) The committee consist of seven Senators:

(a) two 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; and

(d) one nominated by the Greens (WA) or Senator Harradine.

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

Senate notes--

(a) that there are many people living in regional and remote

Australia who stay in hotel-style accommodation when visiting

major centres to access necessary services;

(b) that a 5 per cent bed tax on hotel-style accommodation will make

it more costly and therefore more difficult for Australians

living in regional and remote areas to have access to services

in major centres; and

(c) many people living in regional and remote north Queensland will

find it difficult to have access to vital services in Cairns and

Townsville if a 5 per cent bed tax is levied.

Notices of motion withdrawn:

Senator Parer withdrew Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1

standing in his name for this day, relating to the reference of a matter

to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot) withdrew General

Business notice of motion no. 1376 standing in her name for 7 March

1995, relating to the establishment of a select committee on aircraft

noise in Sydney.

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

to the withdrawal of the notice of motion.