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

(a) notes that:

(i) according to the latest Newspoll survey, a majority of

Australians do not support the republic proposed by the

Prime Minister (Mr Keating),

(ii) support for a republic is no higher in March 1995 than

it was 2 years earlier, and

(iii) 9 out of 10 Australians do not support Mr Keating's

plan to have the Parliament appoint his President; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to concentrate on solving

Australia's serious economic problems rather than trying to turn

Australia into a German-style republic.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the statement by Mr Scott Arnold of the New South Wales

Institute of Chartered Accountants that the latest

change to tax paying arrangements for companies is yet

another weapon of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

to "meet revenue raising' targets, and that the new

system means paying three and a half months earlier,

and

(ii) Mr Arnold went on to say that the changes will place

another burden on companies "at a time they are

traditionally struggling to meet onerous outgoings';

and

(b) calls on:

(i) the Government to realise that the earlier payment of

tax bills will further inhibit the ability of small

businesses to grow, and

(ii) the Minister for Small Business, Customs and

Construction (Senator Schacht) to lobby the ATO to

revert to the traditional payment date for small

companies, if he has the welfare of small business as

much to heart as he continually tells the Senate.

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

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, the impact of the policies of the Western

Australian Government with respect to water management

at Collie, particularly for the residents of Cardiff,

(ii) that the Muja power station which is situated in the

region uses 20 million kilolitres of water per year,

and

(iii) that this situation will worsen with the completion of

the Collie coal-fired power station in that region

which will use an additional 5 million kilolitres of

water per year; and

(b) calls on the Western Australian Government to urgently reassess

the social, environmental and economic costs of coal-fired power

generation in the light of the proposed Collie coal-fired power

station and to immediately implement the principles of

least-cost energy planning.

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

(a) notes the disastrous state of the financial affairs of the New

South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party; and

(b) reminds the voters of the old adage that the party that cannot

manage its own money is not fit to govern the State or the

nation.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research

Organisation's study of the Murrumbidgee irrigation

area which has found pesticides in inland waterways

resulting from farm run-off, and

(ii) that, in many cases, the levels detected exceed those

considered safe for drinking water or the environment;

and

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

Collins) to ensure that the National Registration Authority for

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals evaluates the findings of

the study as part of its monitoring of the adverse effects of

chemicals.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the relegation of the President of the Senate (Senator

Beahan) to an unwinnable position on the Australian

Labor Party (ALP) Senate ticket for Western Australia,

and

(ii) the proposed reference of the President's relegation to

the ALP federal executive; and

(b) calls on the ALP federal executive to uphold Senator Beahan's

appeal and reinstate him to a winnable position on the Western

Australian Labor Senate ticket and thus uphold the dignity of

the office of the President of the Senate.

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

(a) condemns the Keating Labor Government for blatantly delaying

crucial decisions on national issues until after the New South

Wales State election on 25 March 1995;

(b) demands that this Australian Labor Party (ALP) Government stop

trying to delay and distort necessary action on public policy in

its vain attempt to bolster the failing fortunes of the Carr ALP

Opposition;

(c) criticises the federal ALP for exerting pressure on the Reserve

Bank to delay the next round of inevitable interest rate rises

until after the New South Wales poll;

(d) condemns the outrageous federal Cabinet decision to single out

New South Wales by blocking the release of 33 forest areas for

logging when other States were allowed to proceed;

(e) totally rejects this ALP Government's deception of the people of

Sydney by delaying till April 1995 the planned massive increase

in flights from 60 to 80 movements an hour at Kingsford Smith

Airport; and

(f) warns the people of New South Wales to be ready for all the bad

news to descend from this federal ALP Government once the New

South Wales election is decided on 25 March 1995.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that in Air Force minute, AF 93/24221, dated 22

February 1995, it is made apparent that defence force

policy provides that a de facto relationship can only

exist between a member and a partner of the opposite

sex, and

(ii) the Australian Democrats' view that it is offensive to

suggest that only heterosexual people can have

relationships of sufficient closeness to warrant legal

recognition; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Defence (Senator Ray) to set objective

criteria for the recognition of de facto relationships that do

not discriminate against people on the basis of their sexuality.

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

bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Air Navigation Act

1920 to extend the curfew and impose a maximum hourly rate of aircraft

movements at Kingsford Smith Airport. Air Navigation Amendment

(Extension of Curfew and Limitation of Aircraft Movements) Bill 1995.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the high bio-diversity forests of East Gippsland

contain many rare and endangered flora and fauna which

will be killed if clear-felling in this area continues,

(ii) these forests are some of the last, pure, ancient,

temperate rainforests in the world, and

(iii) Friends of the Earth and the Goongerah Environment

Centre will commence a blockade in the area today;

(b) commends Friends of the Earth and the Goongerah Environment

Centre for their action to protect this area;

(c) condemns the Government's inaction, which has made community

protest the only means of protecting this precious and

irreplaceable forest; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to fulfil its responsibilities

to current and future generations and put in place measures that

will ensure the long-term protection of these forests and all

old-growth and high conservation value native forest.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that Australia's unique platypus is an emblem of the

Wilderness Society,

(ii) that the Wilderness Society is a supporter of the

proposal to drain Lake Pedder, a project which will put

in jeopardy the largest platypus habitat in Australia,

and

(iii) the comments by aquaculture professor, Mr Nigel

Fortreath, from the University of Tasmania, who is

quoted as saying "If the lake is drained large numbers

of platypuses will starve to death'; and

(b) calls on:

(i) the Wilderness Society and Pedder 2000 to justify this

"platypuscide' to this chamber and the Australian

people, and

(ii) the House of Representatives Standing Committee on

Environment, Recreation and the Arts to abandon its

inquiry forthwith.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the statement of the Premier of South Australia (Mr

Arnold) which reads "and in line with our pro-business

approach, we have decided not to impose new pollution

fees on industry for two years ... this means an

average industry in South Australia will pay around

$800 per year, while the fees in other States would be

New South Wales $2 600, Queensland $4 300, Victoria $4

600' and, further, "we are going to fix it', and

(ii) therefore that the Premier is inviting dirty industries

to set up in the State of South Australia;

(b) questions whether the Premier means he is going to fix South

Australia or the environment in South Australia or both; and

(c) accordingly deprecates the action and attitude of the Premier

and dissociates itself from this attitude.

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

(a) expresses regret that tonight Murdoch University will confer its

highest award of an Honorary Doctorate on Sir Charles Court; and

(b) notes that students are outraged that Sir Charles Court has a

long history of working against Aboriginal rights and workers'

rights and to the detriment of the environment, activities which

are incongruouswith an institution which promotes progressive

education.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the New South Wales Labor Party's internal

administrative debt, reported to be to the tune of $10

million, and

(ii) comments by the Member for Lalor and National President

of the Australian Labor Party (Mr Jones) on Channel

10's "Meet the Press' that federal intervention may be

required to bail out the bankrupt New South Wales

branch of the Australian Labor Party (ALP); and

(b) calls on the Federal Government:

(i) to distance itself from the New South Wales branch of

the ALP, over the failure of the leader of the New

South Wales Opposition (Mr Carr) to explain to the

voters of New South Wales how Labor plans to govern

with fiscal responsibility in that State should it win

the election on 25 March 1995, if it cannot manage its

own finances in Labor's Sussex Street headquarters,

Exhibition House, Sydney; and

(ii) to ensure that Australian taxpayer funds will not be

used to bail out the New South Wales branch of the ALP.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the New South Wales State Labor Party is technically

bankrupt, with liabilities massively exceeding its

assets, and that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has

delayed foreclosing before the state election on 25

March 1995, apparently in the hope that a Labor victory

would enable a State Australian Labor Party (ALP)

government to revert to its dishonest tactics and be

able to generate enough income by corrupt practices to

resolve its bankruptcy, and

(ii) despite its huge debt, the ALP is massively outspending

the Liberal Party in election advertising through being

granted extended bank overdraft facilities by the

Commonwealth Bank; and

(b) calls on the Commonwealth Bank to explain its preferential

treatment of the New South Wales State Labor Party at a time

when it is foreclosing on less-indebted borrowers.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the expenditure of $9 million under the better cities

program for the clean-up of Patawalonga in South

Australia,

(ii) the present plans under this program to merely dig a

channel through the sandhills at Westbeach and so to

empty the polluted waters of Sturt Creek straight into

the ocean, thus shifting the problem from Patawalonga

to the marine environment, and

(iii) the strong opposition from the residents of the area to

this unsustainable and ecologically disastrous

proposal; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Housing and Regional Development (Mr

Howe) to ensure that the money from the Federal Government is

not spent until there is a total catchment plan in place for the

whole of the Sturt Creek and that its money is spent on

implementing this long-term and necessary plan.

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

(a) notes that the Premier of New South Wales (Mr Fahey), the soon

to be former Premier of New South Wales, like the Federal

Opposition, has failed to outline his plans for further

privatisation of services to the people of New South Wales; and

(b) condemns Mr Fahey for his inaction.

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

notes--

(a) the qualitative research by Mr Quentin Harris published in the

Australian Financial Review which reveals a growing respect for

the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) amongst swinging voters,

(b) the growing doubts about Mr Howard, relaunched leader of the

Liberal Party, amongst swinging voters;

(c) the growing scepticism about Mr Howard's sincerity over recently

announced ideological positions; and

(d) the growing view amongst swinging voters that Mr Howard is

yesterday's man.

The Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator Collins): To

move on the next day of sitting--

(1) That on Thursday, 23 March 1995, the hours of meeting shall be:

9.30 a.m. - 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.

(2) That the routine of business shall be as follows:

(i) Petitions

(ii) Notices of motion

(iii) Postponement and rearrangement of business

(iv) Discovery of formal business

(v) Any debate on committee reports

(vi) Government business

(vii) At 2 p.m., Questions

(viii) Any proposal to debate a matter of public importance or

of urgency

(ix) Not later than 4.30 p.m., general business (including

further consideration of Government documents)

(x) Consideration of committee reports and Government

responses under standing order 62

(xi) Government business.

The Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator Collins): 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 following bills:

Health and Other Services (Compensation) Bill 1994

Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges Bill 1994

Health and Other Services (Compensation) Administration Fee Bill

1994

Health and Other Services (Compensation) (Consequential

Amendments) Bill 1994

Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 4) 1995

Social Security (Non-Budget Measures) Legislation Amendment Bill

1995.