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

(a) notes the newspaper advertisement placed by the producers of the

New Zealand beer, Steinlager;

(b) recognises and commends the support that Steinlager has provided

to international sport and, in particular, yachting;

(c) calls on Steinlager to withdraw its advertisement which reads:

Bad luck Australia. Sinking a few of these might help.

When it comes to sinking, there's one thing that goes down

faster than an Australian yacht ... Steinlager, New Zealand's

No. 1 beer (in Australia);

(d) notes that the Australian beer drinkers who have made Steinlager

the number one New Zealand beer in Australia would not

appreciate the commercial exploitation of the oneAustralia

syndicate's misfortune in the loss of its America's Cup yacht

and millions of dollars worth of sails and equipment; and

(e) commends the determination of the oneAustralia team in its bid

to win the America's Cup, overcoming the adversity that has

visited it.

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

notes--

(a) the failure of the parliamentary mail system to adequately guard

the security of mail addressed to a Member or Senator;

(b) the enormous hurt that has been done to certain Aboriginal women

by the delivery of extremely sensitive material to the office of

the Opposition Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage (Mr

McLachlan) and the copying of that material in his office;

(c) the insensitivity of Mr McLachlan and/or his office in

photocopying this material, which should only be seen by women;

(d) the failure of Mr McLachlan to exhibit those qualities which

would indicate that he understands the process and importance of

reconciliation;

(e) the reported appearance of this sensitive material in the hands

of those who would despoil Hindmarsh Island for profit, causing

further and extreme hurt to the Aboriginal women concerned; and

(f) that 8 March 1995 is International Women's Day.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) has repeatedly alleged

that there has been a secret deal between the Leader of

the Opposition (Mr Howard) and Mr Kerry Packer, and

(ii) the Minister for Communications and the Arts (Mr Lee)

has, in effect, reiterated this allegation by asserting

that the Prime Minister has firm evidence that links Mr

Howard to a secret deal;

(b) expresses its grave concern that neither the Prime Minister nor

the Minister for Communications and the Arts has provided any

evidence to support their allegations of a secret deal; and

(c) calls on the Select Committee on Certain Aspects of Foreign

Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print Media to invite the

Prime Minister and the Minister for Communications and the Arts

to provide it with any evidence that they have to support these

allegations.

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

(a) condemns the Government for cutting road funding to Western

Australia, especially to national highways, where Western

Australia has 25 per cent of the national highway system and yet

only receives 7 per cent of the funding;

(b) notes that:

(i) Western Australia contributes 10 per cent of federal

fuel levies, or $780 million annually, but receives

only $150 million from the Commonwealth in return, and

(ii) this lack of funding over the past few years has led to

the Eyre Highway being cut for almost a week; and

(c) calls on the Government to increase road funding in Western

Australia to a figure commensurate with what Western Australia

pays in levies and its contribution to national export income.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 8 March 1995 is International Women's Day, a day when

all the world can celebrate the achievements,

endeavours and contributions of women, and

(ii) whilst there has been progress towards true equality

for women in the public and private sectors, this

progress has stagnated, especially in regard to the

vast differences between male and female incomes; and

(b) reminds the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) of his 1993 promise to

offer Australian women a "new deal'.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) Poly Recyclers Pty Ltd of Brendale, Queensland,

manufactures a soil retention device, Enviroedge, from

100 per cent mixed post-consumer plastic waste,

(ii) this company has developed a technique for combining

different types of waste plastic, thereby enabling the

one million tonnes of plastics presently being placed

in landfill in Australia to be recycled, and

(iii) the product Enviroedge attracts a sales tax of 21 per

cent whilst other garden edging made from timber,

concrete and plastic, which is not recycled, does not

attract the same sales tax penalty;

(b) declares that Poly Recyclers Pty Ltd, an Australian company

contributing to the environmental, social and economic health of

Australia, suffers a serious commercial disadvantage because of

the imposition of this unjustified, unilateral sales tax; and

(c) calls on the Australian Taxation Office to grant immediately an

exemption from sales tax for the product Enviroedge manufactured

by Poly Recyclers Pty Ltd.

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

(a) calls on the Government to reaffirm its purported commitment to

giving women of this country a "new deal', as promised in the

lead-up to the 1993 Federal election;

(b) notes:

(i) the persistence of factors impeding the progress of

women through to the upper ranks of management in both

the public and private sectors despite the Government's

apparent efforts in the areas of affirmative action,

equal opportunity and sex discrimination,

(ii) that whilst women make up just over 42 per cent of the

Australian work force, they account for less than 3 per

cent of senior management jobs and directorships, and

(iii) that this situation, as well as income inequality,

exists for women despite their increasing rate of

participation in the work force and despite the

self-evident principle of equal pay for equal work

being embraced as far back as 1972; and

(c) recognises that, despite the advances made by women in the work

force to date, they are far from achieving real equality.

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

(a) expresses relief that commercial reality has overcome the

Keating Government's unworkable television anti-siphoning maze

so that from 8 March 1995 Australians will see the West Indies

cricket series on the free-to-air Network Ten channels;

(b) condemns the Minister for Communications and the Arts (Mr Lee)

for his farcical and dishonest claim that this Labor

Government's anti-siphoning rules have worked to deliver

Australians a free-to-air coverage of the cricket series from

the Caribbean;

(c) warns the people of Australia in advance that similar television

regulatory battles over other sporting and cultural events by

the pay and free-to-air networks will occur, now that the West

Indies coverage fiasco has exposed the flawed nature of the

anti-siphoning rules;

(d) notes:

(i) with concern, that the impasse over the West Indies

coverage was only settled in the end by Network Ten

stepping into the breach, and

(ii) that the Minister stood by impotently as his television

anti-siphoning rules failed their first major test; and

(e) reminds the Minister that he is unlikely to have continuing good

fortune the next time his unworkable rules are put to the test

by the television industry.

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

Senate--

(a) condemns:

(i) the Federal Government for making a mockery of forest

conservation by hoodwinking the community into

believing that old-growth and high conservation value

forests are being protected through the current rapid

assessment process, and

(ii) the release for logging and roads of a further 53

coupes from the list of areas said to have been

protected by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) in late

January 1995;

(b) notes:

(i) that 8 coupes in Western Australia's central forest

region have been given over to logging on the basis

that they do not have the conservation values for which

they were originally listed, even though these areas

have not been properly assessed by either the State or

Federal Governments, when these areas represent much of

what is left of the jarrah forest,

(ii) that, in approving road construction in Peak forest,

the Government is committing environmental vandalism in

a forest which has been given an interim listing on the

register of the National Estate and is risking further

destruction through the introduction of dieback into

the area, and

(iii) the current proposals will do little to resolve the

discontent in the community about the logging of

old-growth forests and other areas of high conservation

value, and is doing nothing to ensure employment for

timber workers who are dependent on a resource that

will be gone within 5 to 7 years; and

(c) calls on the Government to implement policies that will ensure a

long-term solution to conservation concerns and the needs of

timber workers.

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

notes that--

(a) Mr Barron, former aide to Mr Hawke, and Mr Richardson, former

Senator and former head keeper of the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating), have both denied any deal between the Leader of the

Opposition (Mr Howard) and Mr Packer in relation to media

ownership rules; and

(b) despite the wide publicity given to these authoritative denials,

the ABC, ever willing to act as a propaganda vehicle for the

Labor Party, has given no prominence to these denials.

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

notes--

(a) that the Federal Government has created confusion and chaos in

the forestry industry, particularly in New South Wales;

(b) the Government has done this by ignoring scientific assessment,

instead resorting to cheap party politics to protect an

unpopular State Labor opposition and has put at risk the

viability of companies within New South Wales; and

(c) that the ad-hoc, cynical approach of the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) has damaged the development of a sustainable forestry

industry in Australia and his actions highlight the obvious fact

that the Federal Labor Government and the New South Wales State

Labor Party have no sustainable forestry policies.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) on 7 July 1995, the $17 million replica of the barque,

HMS Endeavour, which will be touring the east coast of

Australia on an historic journey marking the 225th

anniversary of Captain Cook's voyage, will be unable to

gain access as planned to the port of Cooktown, where

the original Endeavour spent 47 days,

(ii) the Endeavour will be unable to gain access to the port

because it is presently too shallow and, despite

several representations from the people of Cooktown,

the Queensland State Government has refused to dredge

it because of yet-to-be-substantiated environmental

concerns,

(iii) the harbour has been dredged previously and

hydrographic surveys show that, while the low tide mark

is presently 1.2 metres, in 1991 it was 1.4 metres and

in 1949 was 2.7 metres,

(iv) the dredging of the harbour would involve removing

approximately 200 000 cubic metres of silt from an area

700 metres long, 100 metres wide and 3 metres deep, at

a cost of around $500 000,

(v) Cooktown is a viable port for maritime tourism and

commercial fishing, however, these industries have not

expanded, with maritime tourism visits being reduced

later in 1995 due to inadequate access to the port, and

(vi) an alternative proposal to anchor the Endeavour off

Grassy Hill in Cooktown and to ferry residents out to

the ship is unacceptable, as the transportation process

would be unsafe, requiring unrealistic weather

conditions, because the ship will of necessity be

anchored 1 kilometre offshore in deep and exposed

waters; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to undertake an immediate

environmental assessment of the effect of dredging proposals for

the port of Cooktown on the surrounding environment to:

(i) ensure that dredging of the Cooktown port occurs in an

environmentally sound manner in time for the visit of

the Endeavour on 7 July 1995, and

(ii) open the port of Cooktown to allow the expansion of

maritime tourism, commercial fishing and other viable

industries which require port access.

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

that the unbalanced and unsubstantiated attacks by the Prime Minister

(Mr Keating) on Mr Kerry Packer demonstrate that the Prime Minister is

getting close to his banana republic, as he has already clearly gone

bananas, and all he now needs is his republic.

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

(a) notes that on 7 March 1995 the Government released forestry

coupes which the sawlog and veneer industry needs to keep

workers in jobs in Tasmania;

(b) condemns the Government for its procrastination and for creating

great uncertainty in this important Tasmanian industry; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) honour its promise to assess remaining coupes by the

end of March 1995; and

(ii) stop playing politics with peoples' lives and jobs.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) it is now 2 years since the Joint Select Committee on

Certain Family Law Issues brought down its report which

contained 120 recommendations for changes to the Family

Law Act,

(ii) the Family Law Reform Bill 1994 is yet to be enacted,

(iii) many groups within the community had great expectations

of change resulting from that committee, and

(iv) one such group is the Lone Fathers Association which

has become so frustrated by the lack of progress in

family law reform that it has established a tent

embassy on the lawns of Parliament House to support the

establishment of an office of the status of the family

and has been joined by grandparents equally concerned

at their lack of rights in having access to their

grandchildren; and

(b) supports all parents and grandparents in their fight for equal

rights.

The Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner): 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 Land Fund and Indigenous Land Corporation

(ATSIC Amendment) Bill 1994.

The Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner): 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:

Omit paragraph (1), substitute the following paragraph:

"(1) For the reasons set out in this resolution, where a bill:

(a) is first introduced in the Senate by a minister in a

period of sittings; or

(b) is received from the House of Representativesand was

introduced in the House of Representatives in the same

period of sittings,

and a motion is moved for the second reading of the bill, debate

on that motion shall be adjourned at the conclusion of the

speech of the Senator moving the motion and resumption of the

debate shall be made an order of the day for the first day of

sitting in the next period of sittings without any question

being put.'.