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

(a) notes that:

(i) married students are currently in an uncertain

situation with respect to payments under Austudy due to

Government regulations to eliminate such payments,

(ii) a majority of Senators subsequently disallowed the

regulations that enforced that decision with respect to

Austudy payments, and

(iii) if the Government claims that the expiry of the

exemption under the Sexual Discrimination Act make the

payment of the independent Austudy rate to married

students illegal, then any grandfather provisions could

also be subject to similar legal challenge; and

(b) calls on the Government to acknowledge the decision of this

chamber and the wish of the community and reinstate payments to

married students under Austudy and the exemptions under the

Sexual Discrimination Act that allow such payments.

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

(a) condemns the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) for fuelling divisions

in Australia over the Constitution during his overseas trip in

March 1995;

(b) expresses its concern about the Prime Minister pursuing his

campaign to change the Australian Constitution while

representing all Australians in a foreign country;

(c) calls on the Prime Minister to uphold the Australian

Constitution when he is overseas; and

(d) notes, with alarm, the Prime Minister's determination to cut

Australia's few remaining links with Great Britain in favour of

adopting a German constitutional model.

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

(a) notes that the Lone Fathers Association:

(i) has established a tent embassy at the front of

Parliament House,

(ii) is seeking the immediate establishment of a department

of the family,

(iii) has been joined by grandmotherswho support its cause,

and

(iv) represents men, women and children affected by the

trauma of family breakdown and does so without any

financial support from the Federal Government which,

for unknown reasons, has refused funding for this most

worthwhile organisation;

(b) recognises the serious implications for the family that marriage

breakdown causes; and

(c) acknowledges the importance of the family in Australian society.

Senator Bourne: To move on the next day of sitting--

(1) That there be laid before the Legal and Constitutional

Legislation Committee on or before the adjournment of the Senate

on 21 March 1995 the following documents to assist its

consideration of the Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment

Bill 1994 [1995]:

(a) the brief of evidence by the Australian Federal Police

(AFP) to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and

senior staff, and the legal advice provided to the DPP

by senior counsel referred to in the DPP's media

statement of 8 March 1995; and

(b) the summary report which formed part of the AFP's brief

of evidence, and advice by senior counsel to the AFP.

(2) That all documents received by the committee under this order be

treated as evidence taken in camera and be returned to the

Minister unless the committee after hearing evidence from the

Minister and other persons orders that the documents be

published.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) a Carr Labor Government would destroy many small towns

in the country areas of New South Wales through its

rehashed forestry policy, released on 8 March 1995,

(ii) the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union has

rolled over for the Leader of the New South Wales

Opposition (Mr Carr) and forgotten the workers it is

meant to represent,

(iii) Mr Carr's redeployment schemes planned for timber

workers will do little more than throw people out of

work on to demoralising "make-work' programs,

reminiscent of the old "painting rocks white' schemes,

(iv) Mr Carr's plans will see the loss of valuable skills in

the timber industry, and

(v) the New South Wales Government under the

National/Liberal Coalition has one of the highest

standards of forestry assessment and management in the

world;

(b) condemns Mr Carr and the Keating Labor Government for playing

politics with the lives of 30 000 New South Wales timber

workers;

(c) condemns Mr Carr for doing deals with the union leaders which

are not to be made public and which are not representative of

the views of rank and file union members; and

(d) expresses disgust at the worsening trade situation Australia

would find itself in if Mr Carr were lucky enough to gain

government in New South Wales.

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

notes--

(a) the imminent destruction of further old-growth and high value

forests in various parts of Australia;

(b) that the conservation movement has been given only one week to

make representations to the Government on the assessment of the

values of the 399 coupes still on the death list compiled by the

Prime Minister (Mr Keating);

(c) that this destruction is unnecessary, and the shortness of the

time given for assessment is also unnecessary, as there are

other coupes which have been marked for logging in 1996 which

could be logged in 1995, thus allowing time for a more

comprehensive assessment;

(d) that, in reply to a question by Senator Coulter, the Minister

for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner)

explained that the 509 coupes originally on the list included

only 1/15 per cent of Australia's forested area, only 0.5 per

cent of the area available for logging and only 5 per cent of

the area marked for logging in 1995; and

(e) there are many other areas marked for logging in later years

which could easily be exploited in 1995, so allowing more time

for a proper and comprehensive assessment.

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

Senate notes--

(a) that the Federal Government has refused to approve further

forest coupes for logging in New South Wales, while releasing

some in other States;

(b) that this has sent an unambiguous and cynical message to forest

workers in New South Wales and to regional areas dependent on

the timber industry;

(c) that New South Wales has the most highly developed commitment to

the National Forest Policy Agreement and has an assessment

program for its forest industry that is credible and advanced;

(d) that the Federal Government's meddling has had its first victims

in the closure of Moruya Timber with the loss of 15 jobs; and

(e) the quoted response of the Secretary of the Construction

Forestry Mining Energy Union, New South Wales, Mr Gavin Hillier,

that the 13 members of Moruya Timber who are not members of the

union "can go to buggery', which is to be deplored.

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

(a) notes, with concern, that a committee of the Australian

Standards Association is presently considering modifications to

the recommended levels of community exposure to electromagnetic

radiation; and

(b) expresses its concern to the committee that any upward

alteration to recommended exposure levels could be detrimental

to community health and welfare.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the deaths of four young people recently in the

Australian Capital Territory from intravenous drug use,

and

(ii) the failure of policies dealing with drug addiction,

including those relating to deaths directly associated

with intravenous drug use, fatal cross infection and

associated crime; and

(b) calls on governments to change their attitudes to the handling

of this important social problem.