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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

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

(a) supports students in the national day of action on 23 March 1995

against fees for university degrees;

(b) condemns the Government for allowing higher education

institutions to charge up-front and full-cost fees for

university courses;

(c) calls on the Government to amend the ministerial guidelines

which allow such fees to be charged; and

(d) calls on the Government and all political parties to support an

accessible and publicly-funded education system for all

Australians.

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

notes, with concern, that:

(a) the impact of rising interest rates on housing options is

adversely affecting Australians who wish to buy or build homes

of their own;

(b) housing affordability levels have been pushed to unacceptable

levels by rising interest rates;

(c) thousands of Australian home buyers will face rises in mortgage

repayments as they convert from one year "honeymoon' fixed rates

to higher variable rates;

(d) the saving aspirations of many Australians have been dashed as

higher mortgage repayments require a larger slice of household

income; and

(e) increasing demand for public housing is a direct consequence of

Government policy.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that 23 March 1995 is a national day of action for

tertiary students, who will protest against the mooted

introduction of fees in undergraduate tertiary

education and existing fees in post-graduate education

and increases in Higher Education Contribution Scheme

(HECS) charges,

(ii) that at least 10 000 students are expected to walk out

of classes in each State of Australia to attend rallies

against backdoor methods of introducing full fees in

undergraduate education through deregulation, through

enrolling over-quota students and through commercial

degrees being credited to university degrees, and

(iii) with alarm, that thousands of students are already

paying for full fee post-graduate courses which are

substandard in curriculum, marking and entry standards

and that there are no checks to ensure that fees

reflect course quality and are affordable;

(b) calls on the Government to halt moves to increase the financial

burden on students through HECS increases, differential HECS,

full fees, up-front fees and extra charges; and

(c) urges the Government to listen to the demands of students to

correct the fundamental problem, which is the decline of public

funding in tertiary education.

The Chair of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (Senator West):

To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for the presentation

of the report of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee on the

Tobacco Advertising Prohibition (Broadcasting and Tobacco Advertising

Legislation) Amendment Bill 1994 be extended to 31 August 1995.

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

absence be granted to the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator

Kernot) from 27 March 1995 for the remainder of the Autumn sittings, on

account of official parliamentary business overseas.

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

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional

Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and

report:

The suitability of the processes for the selling of and the

utilisation and downstream processing of produce harvested from

public and private forests in the States of Tasmania, Victoria,

Western Australia and New South Wales, with particular reference

to:

(a) the role of the Commonwealth, State and Territory

Governments, industry, unions and community groups in

implementingthe downstream processing and value-adding

objectives of the National Forest Policy Statement;

(b) the suitability of the current arrangements for the

sale of forest resources between each State and its

customers or potential customers, particularly as they

relate to downstream processing;

(c) the suitability of arrangements for the sale and

dispensing of sawlog and sawmill residues as export

woodchips;

(d) the level of utilisation of minor species;

(e) the suitability of the current specifications for

sawlogs, pulp logs and other materials harvested from

public and private forests;

(f) what potential exists for further downstream processing

of each State's forest resource;

(g) what impediments exist to further processing

opportunities; and

(h) what effects existing sales arrangements between each

State and its customers are having on the private

forest-growing sector, particularly as it relates to

export woodchips and plantation developments.

(2) That the committee report its findings in separate reports for

each State, the first report on the Tasmanian findings to be

presented no later than 19 September 1995.

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

bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Sales Tax Assessment

Act 1992 to enable certain public interest and charitable bodies to

claim a refund of sales tax, and for related purposes. Sales Tax

Assessment (Refunds for Certain Public Interest and Charitable Bodies)

Amendment Bill 1995.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that on 22 March 1995 the Deputy Leader of the

Opposition (Mr Costello) backed the return of the

Member for Barker (Mr McLachlan) to the Coalition

frontbench,

(ii) that Mr McLachlan's actions in permitting the

photocopying of secret Aboriginal women's letters

caused serious distress to Aboriginal women and did

great damage to the process of reconciliation,

(iii) that Mr McLachlan, prior to his resignation, was

unrepentant and stated that "If you want to send us

some more we will copy those as well, make no mistake

about it', and

(iv) that any return of Mr McLachlan to the Coalition

frontbench would be an expression of contempt by the

Coalition for indigenous Australians, and a further

indication that the Coalition wants no part in the

reconciliation process;

(b) condemns:

(i) Mr McLachlan for his incorrect statements to the

Australian Parliament and the Australian people and for

intervening in the legal proceedings regarding the

Hindmarsh Island bridge,

(ii) the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Howard) for his

involvement in, and support for, the actions and

tactics of Mr McLachlan, and

(iii) Mr Costello for his public endorsement of Mr

McLachlan's return to the Coalition frontbench; and

(c) calls on all Coalition Senators to have respect for the rights

of indigenous Australians, and to reject the insensitive and

divisive stance adopted by the Leader and Deputy Leader of the

Opposition and the Member for Barker.

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

(a) notes:

(i) there are about 4.4 million people in Australia who

experience on a long-term basis some form of

musculoskeletal disease, and that of this group, almost

two million suffer from arthritis and rheumatism, and

(ii) that 1.2 million Australians experience disability and

756 200 are handicapped as a result of musculoskeletal

disease;

(b) acknowledges, in Arthritis Week, the vital contribution of the

Arthritis Foundation of Australia; and

(c) calls on the Government to play a more active role in supporting

research into this disease and in supporting sufferers.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor

Party (ALP) is grossly in debt to the Commonwealth Bank

of Australia,

(ii) the mortgage arrangements provided to the New South

Wales branch of the ALP are irregular and extremely

favourable to it, and

(iii) the Leader of the New South Wales Opposition (Mr Carr)

has agreed with the New South Wales Labor Council to

enforce compulsory unionism in New South Wales if

elected; and

(b) calls on the Government to ensure that this deal with the New

South Wales Labor Council will not make use of compulsory

unionism to repay the debt of the New South Wales ALP.

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

(a) notes the "OJ-GDP' phenomenon which is rescuing California's

ailing economy with OJ Simpson tee shirts, videos, lawyer

consultations and models of the courtroom, et cetera;

(b) recommends to the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) that with his

single-minded bent for economic growth he should encourage some

high profile murder trials and the spin-off industries similar

to those in California; and

(c) further notes that gross domestic product, which is the index by

which growth is measured, includes many environmental, social

and other costs which are misleadingly counted as benefits, many

services that have shifted from the non-dollar economy to the

dollar economy and other expenditures which are either unrelated

to real human benefit or are actual disbenefits, and that the

unqualified press for economic growth by the Prime Minister

therefore bears little relationship to progress with real human

welfare.

The Minister for Family Services (Senator Crowley): To move on the next

day of sitting--

(1) That the days and hours of meeting of the Senate after Thursday,

23 March 1995, for the remainder of the Autumn sittings, shall

be as follows:

Monday, 27 March: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 28 March: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 29 March: 9.30 a.m. - 7.20 p.m.

Thursday, 30 March: 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:

(a) Monday, 27 March:

(i) Questions

(ii) Petitions

(iii) Notices of motion

(iv) Postponement and rearrangement of business

(v) Discovery of formal business

(vi) Any proposal to debate a matter of public importance

or of urgency

(vii) Government Business.

(b) Tuesday, 28 March:

(i) Questions

(ii) Petitions

(iii) Notices of motion

(iv) Postponement and rearrangement of business

(v) Discovery of formal business

(vi) Any proposal to debate a matter of public importance

or of urgency

(vii) Government Business

(viii) At 6.30 p.m., consideration of Government documents

for up to 30 minutes under standing order 61

(ix) Government Business.

(c) Wednesday, 29 March as for a Wednesday as set out in

sessional order 17(3)(b).

(d) Thursday, 30 March as for a Thursday as set out in sessional

order 17(3)(b).

(3) The procedures for the consideration of Government documents

specified in the sessional order of 18 August 1993 relating to

the consideration of Government documents apply in respect of

paragraph (2)(b) of this order.

(4) The procedures for the adjournment specified in the sessional

order of 2 February 1994 relating to the times of sitting and

routine of business shall apply in respect of this order.

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

(a) congratulates the New South Wales Fahey Government for

delivering a program of reform that has delivered better

transport, hospital, education and law and order services to the

New South Wales community;

(b) commends the New South Wales Fahey Government for reducing debt

in State-run business enterprises like gas, electricity, water

and transport;

(c) praises the economic management of the New South Wales Fahey

Government that has increased the dividend paid to the New South

Wales people from Government enterprises from a mere $165

million in 1988 to now over $1 billion a year; and

(d) respectfully suggests that the electors in the State of New

South Wales vote for Liberal or National Party candidates in the

State election on 25 March 1995 to return the New South Wales

Fahey Government for a 4-year term of majority government.

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

Senate notes--

(a) that on a recent visit to the Netherlands the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) invited the Dutch Queen, Queen Beatrix, to Australia at

the beginning of 1997 to mark the 300th anniversary of the

naming of the Swan River and Rottnest Island and of Dutch

contact with Australia; and

(b) at the same time, the Federal Government has ignored calls to

facilitate a visit to the Port of Cooktown by the replica of the

barque, HMS Endeavour, marking the 225th anniversary of Captain

Cook's historic voyage along the east coast of Australia and his

47 day stop-over in Cooktown.

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

condemns the actions of the Federal Labor Government for causing:

(a) an ongoing slowdown in housing activity, illustrated by building

and finance statistics, as a result of increased interest rates;

(b) serious repercussions for the construction industry and

employment as builders rationalise operations and cut the size

of their work-force;

(c) an unstable economic climate with long-term effects on the skill

levels and investment necessary to sustain a quality housing

sector; and

(d) anxiety and concern for thousands of Australian families.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the distribution to households in the electorate of

Canberra by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) of a

glossy brochure entitled "If Mother Nature had a say

...',

(ii) that the brochure contains statements including "She

would fight to clean up our rivers ... She would be

against woodchippers destroying our native forests ...

She would expand our National Parks to protect our old

growth forests', and

(iii) that neither the Namadji National Park nor any native

forest located within the electorate of Canberra is

logged by the timber industry;

(b) calls upon the ALP candidate for Canberra, Sue Robinson, to

explain to the voters of Canberra:

(i) her hypocrisy over using the forestry debate in the

Canberra by-election when the activities, such as

logging and woodchipping, she so publicly opposes do

not even occur in the Canberra electorate, and

(ii) her hypocrisy in opposing the cutting down of trees but

using a high quality, glossy paper brochure distributed

to Canberra voters; and

(c) recognises that the only appropriate candidate for the seat of

Canberra is Brendan Smyth.

Notice of motion withdrawn: The Minister for Family Services (Senator

Crowley) withdrew Government Business notice of motion no. 5 relating to

the hours of meeting and routine of business of the Senate.