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NOTICES

Notices of motion:

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Gareth Evans): To

move on the next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) that the Taxation Administration Act 1953 makes it an

offence punishable by 2 years imprisonment or a fine of

up to $10 000 or both, for the unauthorised disclosure

of a person's tax file number,

(ii) that Senator Baume during the adjournment debate in the

Senate on 23 March 1995 tabled documents concerning the

taxation affairs of Dr Peter Macdonald, which documents

also contained his tax file number,

(iii) that Senator Baume's only stated purpose in tabling

these documents was to impugn the integrity of Dr

Macdonald before the New South Wales State election in

which Dr Macdonald was an independent candidate,

(iv) that Senator Baume, in seeking the leave of the duty

Minister and the Senate to table the documents in

question, did not draw attention to the tax file number

identified therein, publication of which otherwise than

under cover of parliamentary privilege was a criminal

offence, and

(v) that the New South Wales Premier (Mr Fahey) has

publicly stated that he had been aware of Dr

Macdonald's taxation problem, understood the

circumstances of it, had undertaken to Dr Macdonald not

to raise the issue publicly and said that "I do not

play politics that way and I never will';

(b) censures Senator Baume for:

(i) his commission of an act, the disclosure of Dr

Macdonald's tax file number, which would have been a

crime if done outside the Parliament, and

(ii) his blatant and indefensible disregard, for reasons of

political advantage rather than any larger public

interest, of the privacy of an individual;

(c) calls upon Senator Baume to apologise for his behaviour:

(i) to Dr Macdonald, and

(ii) to the Senate;

(d) refers to the Committee of Privileges the following matters for

inquiry and report:

(i) whether the action of Senator Baume on 23 March 1995 in

tabling in the Senate a document containing the tax

file number of a person could be held to constitute a

contempt of the Senate, on the grounds that:

(A) Senator Baume incompletely informed the Senate as to

the nature of the documents, and in particular did

not inform the Senate that it contained the tax file

number of a person,

(B) Senator Baume caused an injustice to a citizen to

arise in the course of proceedings in the Senate

without the Senate being aware of that consequence,

and thereby impeded the Senate in the free exercise

of its functions, and/or

(C) any other ground consistent with section 4 of the

Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987, and

(ii) if the action of Senator Baume could not be held to be

a contempt under the law as it presently stands,

whether such action should be able to be held to be a

contempt.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the crocodile tears shed by the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) for his failure to capture the environment

vote in the Canberra by-election,

(ii) the real failure of the Keating Government to

understand the environmental issue and to institute

effective policies to move Australia towards an

ecologically sustainable pattern of development, and

(iii) specifically, the failure of the Keating Government:

(A) to introduce national planning and building codes

based on maximising energy efficiency,

(B) to require the restructured electricity industry to

become a supplier of least cost energy services,

(C) to alter the tax structure to disadvantage

environmentally damaging developments and advantage

beneficial ones, for instance, by providing

substantial concessions on house insulation and solar

water heaters, and

(D) to impose energy efficiency as a criterion in car

manufacturing, in the use of private and public

transport, and in a host of other areas too many to

list in a motion;

(b) calls on the Keating Government to get beyond the rhetoric of

environmental protection and sustainability and implement some

real and effective environmental policies; and

(c) notes that the Prime Minister will have understood when he

acknowledges that in using the term "sustainable growth' he is

using an oxymoron and that continuous economic growth is not

consistent with ecological sustainability.

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

(a) notes the excellent showing by Greens candidate, Dr James

Warden, in the Canberra by-election, with a primary vote in

excess of 13 per cent;

(b) calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) to acknowledge that the

failure of the Australian Labor Party to retain that seat was

not entirely due to the issue of interest rates, as he

subsequently claimed, but also to the poor record of the Federal

Government on environmental issues such as the failure to reduce

Australia's greenhouse emissions and to protect old-growth

forests; and

(c) notes that the Government has failed to monitor the effects of

its economic policies on people, particularly in issues of

social justice, all of which were pushed strongly by Dr Warden

in his campaign.

The Chair of the Employment, Education and Training References Committee

(Senator Tierney): To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for

the presentation of the report of the Employment, Education and Training

References Committee on the accountability in Commonwealth and State

funding arrangements in education be extended to 11 May 1995.

Senator Jones, at the request of the Chair of the Legal and

Constitutional Legislation Committee (Senator Cooney): To move on the

next day of sitting--That the time for the presentation of the report of

the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee on the

Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill 1994 [1995] be extended

to 29 March 1995.

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

(a) utterly condemns the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) for his callous

and hurtful "get a job' comment to university students in

Adelaide who wanted a truthful answer to their real concerns

about the imposition of up-front university fees by this

Australian Labor Party (ALP) Government;

(b) understands that this ALP Government deserves the odium coming

upon it from university students who feel conned and let down by

Government underspending which has resulted in poor facilities

and a lack of 30 000 student places at universities;

(c) highlights the political hypocrisy of this ALP Government for

misleading university students at the 1993 federal election when

the ALP campaigned as the party of no up-front tuition fees;

(d) reminds the nation's university students that it is this ALP

Government that is forcing post-graduate students to pay

thousands of dollars in up-front fees for research and course

work associated with post-graduate degrees;

(e) totally rejects the ALP's latest backdoor approach to charging

under-graduate fees for tertiary study which sees universities

using their commercial arms to levy full up-front fees for

under-graduate courses; and

(f) reminds all tertiary students that this ALP Government has

reneged on its education fees election commitments since 1993 by

encouraginguniversities to charge an ever increasing range of

non-regulated up-front tuition fees.

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, not apply to the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill

1995.

Intention to withdraw: Senator O'Chee, at the request of the Chair of

the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Colston)

and pursuant to standing order 78, gave notice of Senator Colston's

intention, at the giving of notices on the next day of sitting, to

withdraw Business of the Senate notices of motion nos 1 and 2 standing

in the name of Senator Colston for the next day of sitting for the

disallowance of the following instruments:

Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Regulations (Amendment),

as contained in Statutory Rules 1994 No. 369 and made under the Export

Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Act 1985.

Military Superannuation and Benefits Trust Deed (Amendment) (No. 2 of

1994), made under section 5 of the Military and Superannuation

Benefits Act 1991.

Senator O'Chee, by leave, made a statement relating to the notice of

intention.

Notices of motion withdrawn: The Minister for Small Business, Customs

and Construction (Senator Schacht) withdrew Government Business notices

of motion nos 3 and 4, standing in the name of the Ministers for Defence

(Senator Ray) and Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

Schacht) for this day relating to the consideration of legislation.