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Notices of motion:

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

(a) notes, with concern, that the New South Wales State Labor Party

appears to have won a majority of seats with less than 49 per

cent of the preferred vote;

(b) believes that it is undemocratic and unfair that the party

supported by a majority of voters is not able to form a

Government; and

(c) expresses its view that, as is now the case in South Australia,

the boundaries of New South Wales State electorates should be

drawn so as to ensure that the party that wins a majority of

votes wins a majority of seats.

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

(a) acknowledges the achievement of Ms Lizzy Gardiner and Mr Tim

Chappel in winning the Academy Award for costume design for the

film, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert;

(b) recognises:

(i) that their award highlights the breadth and diversity

of the arts and the film industry in Australia, and

(ii) costume as an integral part of film together with the

actors, screenplay, music, cinematography, lighting and

set design; and

(c) congratulates all those involved with the production of The

Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert for making a film

which recognises the essential Australian characteristic of a

fun-loving nation with an ability to laugh at itself.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the increasing propensity of Government ministers to

publish Government documents and seek feedback on those

documents via the Internet,

(ii) the very limited provision of Internet services to

Members of Parliament, and the many reviews that have

been conducted by the Parliamentary Information Systems

Office,

(iii) that computer security problems have been successfully

dealt with at network sites similar to the

Parliament's, and

(iv) the rhetoric of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) on the

information superhighway, and his lack of action on the

same; and

(b) calls on the Government to immediately implement access to the

Internet on the extended parliamentary network.

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

(a) recalls that Poly Recyclers Pty Ltd of Brendale, Queensland,

manufactures a soil retention device, Enviroedge, from 100 per

cent mixed post-consumer plastic waste;

(b) notes that:

(i) the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recognised the

trading disadvantage being suffered by Poly Recyclers

in a letter dated 15 March 1995,

(ii) the ATO claims it cannot waive the 21 per cent sales

tax imposition on Enviroedge modular garden edging

which is the cause of the trading disadvantage suffered

by Poly Recyclers, yet the ATO has used its discretion

to extend the concession to Poly Recyclers' competitors

to 30 June 1995, and

(iii) the Minister for Small Business, Customs and

Construction (Senator Schacht) has advised Poly

Recyclers that the Government "remains strongly

committed to protecting the environment' but that

"providing a sales tax exemption is not the best way to

pursue environmental objectives', yet the Minister has

given no advice to this environmentally responsible

Australian small business about how it can overcome the

unjust and oppressive trading disadvantage which it

suffers; and

(c) calls on the ATO to use its discretion to grant immediately the

same concession to Poly Recyclers, that is, a sales tax

exemption until 30 June 1995, that it has extended to the

competitors of Enviroedge.

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

(a) notes that since the introduction of the capital gains tax 10

years ago, Australia is witnessing absurd results, for example:

(i) capital gains tax is payable on certain shares and

interests in trusts et cetera acquired pre-1985, which,

if held individually, would be capital gains tax

exempt, and

(ii) taxpayers incurring a loss are still paying tax under

section 160ZZT; and

(b) deplores these tax consequences.

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

notes--

(a) the abysmal statement by the Minister for the Environment, Sport

and Territories (Senator Faulkner) on 29 March 1995 on the

Government's greenhouse strategy;

(b) that the statement ignores totally the very many positive

proposals that have come from the ecologically sustainable

development working groups and many others which could provide

an effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions;

(c) that it would be possible for Australia not only to meet its

targets but exceed them if many of these measures were adopted;

(d) that the Government's greenhouse proposals contain an allocation

of $25 million for "clean coal' for India whereas, in greenhouse

terms, there is no such thing as clean coal;

(e) that the statement is ironically called 21C, whereas it should

have been called 19C because it continues to support a range of

19th century industries while ignoring the enormous and exciting

contributionthat real 21st century industries could make, not

only in addressing the greenhouse problem but in providing

Australia with those industries that the rest of the world will

desperately need and which we should be in a position to provide

to it; and

(f) the support of the Opposition for this statement and the policy

proposals it contains.

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

(a) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the Minister for

Primary Industries and Energy (Senator Collins) for failing to

keep a promise to a delegation of drought-affected upper Hunter

region farmers that their case for exceptional circumstances

drought relief would be decided by early March 1995;

(b) notes, with disgust, that the Minister continues to ignore the

plight of upper Hunter farmers who are waiting anxiously for the

Minister's promised announcement;

(c) reminds the Minister that he heard first-hand accounts of the

desperation and stress affecting farmers from the upper Hunter

when he met the delegation in his office on 1 February 1995;

(d) criticises the Minister for the excessive delay before the Rural

Adjustment Scheme Advisory Committee made a determination to

include the upper Hunter in the exceptional circumstances

drought package;

(e) questions the integrity of this Australian Labor Party

Government which continues to ignore the impact of the

devastating drought in the upper Hunter, with New South Wales

authorities agreeing that the pasture and water storage position

is far worse than 6 months ago;

(f) notes that this callous disregard for the upper Hunter's genuine

entitlement to federal drought aid has earned the Minister the

distinction of being the most hated man in the district; and

(g) congratulates the Samaritan welfare organisation for trying to

fill the Federal Government drought relief void in the upper

Hunter by providing up to 95 per cent of its welfare resources

in country New South Wales to farm families in the upper Hunter

region.

Senator O'Chee: To move on the next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes the failure of the Minister for Primary Industries and

Energy (Senator Collins) to provide answers to questions taken

on notice relating to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection

Service (AQIS) at the estimates hearings of the Rural and

Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 15

February 1995;

(b) observes that this failure follows continual obfuscation by AQIS

officers over certain matters concerning the AQIS senior

executive service;

(c) considers that the Minister's failure to answer these questions

in a timely fashion is a contempt of the Senate; and

(d) expresses its condemnation of the Minister accordingly.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator

Collins) has been in possession of documents handed to

him by the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) for

almost one month,

(ii) it has been alleged that these documents contain proof

of very serious allegations made public by Mr Don Ford,

National Officer of the CPSU,

(iii) one of the allegations made by Mr Ford, was that of

meat substitution, and

(iv) to date, the meat industry and its export markets are

still awaiting a statement from the Minister;

(b) calls on the Minister to make immediately a statement which

clarifies the situation; and

(c) demands that:

(i) if the allegations are found to have substance, the

Minister inform the Senate of the immediate actions he

intends to take to rectify the situation, however,

(ii) if the allegations are found to be baseless, the

Minister inform the Senate of what actions he intends

to take against Mr Ford and other members of the CPSU.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) Mr John Hatton, the former New South Wales State

Independent Member of Parliament for the South Coast,

served his constituency with distinction for 22 years

from 1973 until his retirement in March 1995, a

remarkable achievement by an independent without the

resources of a party machine, and

(ii) prior to that, Mr Hatton served his community for many

years in local government, notably as Shire President

of Shoalhaven from 1969 to 1973;

(b) commends Mr Hatton and his wife Vera, who worked by his side in

a remarkably effective partnership, for their dedication and

service to the people of the South Coast in particular, and New

South Wales in general, often, as in his campaign against

organised crime, at great personal risk; and

(c) wishes both John and Vera Hatton well in their retirement.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the New South Wales State Labor leader (Mr Carr), is

now in a position to form a majority Government

following wins for the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in

Badgerys Creek (Ms Beamer), Gladesville (Mr Watkins)

and Blue Mountains (Mr Debus),

(ii) the ALP has not lost a State or Federal seat in New

South Wales for the past 7 years,

(iii) the smear campaign against Independent Member of the

Legislative Assembly (Dr Macdonald) by Senator Baume,

Mr Fahey and Mr Greiner has not stopped him being

re-elected to his seat of Manly, and

(iv) the election of a State Labor Government is an

endorsement of Mr Carr's plan to restart the New South

Wales economy after 7 years of stagnation under Mr

Greiner and Mr Fahey; and

(b) congratulates:

(i) Mr Carr and his front bench colleagues for their

honest, positive and well-run campaign,

(ii) all Labor candidates for their part in a campaign which

saw the discredited and do-nothing Fahey Coalition

tipped out of office, and

(iii) the successful candidate for Badgerys Creek (Ms

Beamer), who won a tough campaign 3 months after having

twins, thereby giving the lie to Liberal claims by

losing by-election candidate for Parramatta (Ms Jones)

that mothers with young children "should stay at home',

rather than enter politics.

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

(a) notes that, with the appointment of Justice Gummow, four of the

High Court's seven judges are from Sydney;

(b) expresses its concern that only three of the seven judges on the

High Court do not come from Sydney; and

(c) notes, with regret, that the Federal Government has not taken

advantage of the retirement of Chief Justice Mason to reduce the

domination of the Sydney bar on the High Court.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the details of the Queensland Government's sugar

infrastructure package,

(ii) that even though the program makes a token reference to

ecologically sustainable development, it is threatening

with extinction endangered cassowaries, mahogany

gliders and some vegetation communities, especially in

the Tully/Murray area,

(iii) that some sugar cane farmers are ready to sell remnant

patches of critical habitat for the Government to put

into a reserve system, and

(iv) that the Queensland Minister for the Environment and

Heritage (Ms Robson) said that the Queensland

Government would agree to a joint buy-back with the

Commonwealth for critical habitats; and

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

Collins) to give a commitment to providing $10 million in the

upcoming 1995 budget for a land acquisition package to protect

these critical habitats.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the comments made by the Member for Kalgoorlie (Mr

Campbell) in Federal Parliament on 27 March 1995 during

an attack upon the Western Australian Director of

Public Prosecutions and the subsequent report in the

West Australian on 28 March 1995, "Daughter used in DPP

attack', and

(ii) Mr Campbell's actions are in blatant disregard of the

principles of prevention of identification which form

an essential part of the juvenile justice system and

offend the principles under the Convention on the

Rights of the Child which require, "that in all actions

concerning children the best interests of the child

shall be a primary consideration' (Article 3), and

"that a young person is to have his or her privacy

fully respected at all stages of the proceedings'

(Article 40), and under the Young Offenders Act, "that

there should be special provision to ensure the just

treatment of young persons who have, or are alleged to

have, committed offences' (section 7(a));

(b) deplores this use of parliamentary privilege to escape State law

in order to pursue a vendetta against a public officer; and

(c) considers it reprehensible conduct on the part of a Member of

Parliament.

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

Senate--

(a) condemns the Government for approving the award of an honorary

officer of the Order of Australia to the Foreign Minister of

Indonesia, Mr Ali Alatas;

(b) notes that:

(i) Mr Alatas is a member of a Government which has been

responsible for the death of more than 200 000 East

Timorese people since 1975, and

(ii) Mr Alatas and the Indonesian Government have yet to

take appropriate action to bring to justice the members

of the armed forces involved in the Dili massacre in

November 1991; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to strip Mr Alatas of the award, and

(ii) to apologise to the people of East Timor for its lack

of sensitivity in considering such an award.

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

Senate notes that--

(a) people living in regional and remote Australia are much more

dependent on air services than people living in capital cities;

and

(b) the rise in the Federal Government's aviation fuel tax announced

in the week beginning 26 March 1995 will make living in regional

and remote areas of Australia more expensive, through increased

travel and freight costs.

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

(a) notes the provision of $38 128 by the Minister for Veterans'

Affairs (Mr Sciacca) for pool equipment at the Collaroy Plateau

RSL War Veterans' Retirement Village hydrotherapy pool;

(b) observes that this grant is one of the highest ever given to a

veterans' group under joint ventures funding in New South Wales,

and reflects the Government's commitment to veterans as

evidenced by the "Australia Remembers' program in effect in

1995; and

(c) congratulates Mr Reg Barnard of the RSL Retirement Village in

Collaroy for his persistence and dedication in seeing this

hydrotherapy pool completed, and so providing a vital health

service for veterans on Sydney's northern beaches.

Notices of motion withdrawn: The Minister for the Environment, Sport and

Territories (Senator Faulkner), at the request of the respective

Senators, withdrew the following General Business notices of motion:

76, 106, 128, 420, 460, 464, 585, 654, 732, 749, 763, 789, 798, 803,

852, 905, 911, 920, 933, 942, 948, 950, 953, 957, 960, 966, 999, 1009,

1020, 1023, 1027, 1036, 1040, 1042, 1044, 1048, 1056, 1065, 1071,

1079, 1085, 1087, 1092, 1101, 1112, 1116, 1123, 1135, 1153, 1163,

1172, 1173, 1182, 1190, 1191, 1198, 1199, 1200, 1202, 1204, 1209,

1212, 1216, 1222, 1234, 1248, 1252, 1263, 1270, 1273, 1281, 1283,

1286, 1316, 1335, 1358, 1367, 1374, 1415, 1425, 1430, 1437, 1447, 1451

and 1452.