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The Chair of the Employment, Education and Training Legislation

Committee (Senator Denman): To move on the next day of sitting--Thatthe

time for the presentation of the report of the Employment, Education and

Training Legislation Committee on the Employment, Education and Training

Amendment Bill 1995 be extended to 8 June 1995.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) in May 1995, the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) told small

business "this is as good as it gets', and

(ii) Mr Keating himself "has never had it so good', with

Supreme Court documents being reported by the media to

indicate that he received from $850 000 up to $2.2

million, or more than five times what he paid, for his

half-ownership of his piggery group when he sold out to

Indonesian interests, despite the group having suffered

losses of millions of dollars and the Commonwealth Bank

of Australia having made a $4.5 million provision for

bad debts against the group while he half-owned it; and

(b) calls on Mr Keating to reveal to the hundreds of thousands of

small businesses struggling to survive under the Government's

policies how they can follow his example and make a fortune by

selling out of their financially embarrassed businesses to

foreign interests.

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 past, present and likely future trends in

long-term unemployment and related matters be extended to 31 August

1995.

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

bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to provide for the parliamentary

approval of treaties and for related purposes. Parliamentary Approval of

Treaties Bill 1995.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) in Perth, on 30 May 1995, there will be a public vigil

to demonstrate the deadly and indiscriminate effects of

anti-personnel landmines,

(ii) there is widespread support in the community and

amongst thousands of non-government organisations

world-wide for a complete ban on landmines, a position

which is supported by the United Nations

Secretary-General, Dr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and

(iii) the Australian Government is sending a delegation to

the September 1995 Review Conference of the Inhumane

Weapons Convention which may favour a partial ban on

landmines, which would only ban landmines without

self-destruct mechanisms and those that are not

detectable; and

(b) joins with the wider community in calling on the Government to

support a total international ban on the use, stockpiling,

production, transfer and sale of anti-personnel landmines.

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

(a) congratulates the Leader of the Liberal Government in the

Tasmanian Legislative Council, Mr Peter McKay, on his resounding

success in the election on 27 May 1995 for the seat of Pembroke;

(b) recognises that Mr McKay achieved this commendable result

despite a "dirty tricks' campaign which was orchestrated by one

of his opponents and which came to a head when Mr McKay

disturbed two individuals tampering with his election signs on

the morning of the election;

(c) notes that the car registration number of those responsible for

such vandalism was recorded;

(d) calls on:

(i) the Electoral Office to investigate the issue, and

(ii) all political parties to dissociate themselves from

such tactics and to punish those responsible; and

(e) recognises that the personal vote achieved by the Australian

Democrats' candidate in his home suburb of Lindisfarne actually

decreased from 45 per cent when he last ran as an independent to

36 per cent when he ran as an Australian Democrat, further

highlighting the disaffection felt by the community for what is

perceived as the left-wing of the Australian Labor Party.

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

the day relating to the Parliamentary Approval of Treaties Bill 1994 be

discharged from the Notice Paper.

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

(a) expresses relief on behalf of farmers in the Upper Hunter region

of New South Wales that this Australian Labor Party Federal

Government has very belatedly approved exceptional circumstances

drought relief to over 1 000 anxious and stressed farm families;

(b) condemns the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator

Bob Collins) for unreasonably denying this drought relief to the

Upper Hunter for the past 8 months;

(c) calls on the Minister and the Government to pay the exceptional

circumstances benefits to Upper Hunter farmers retrospectively

from November 1994, the date when the New South Wales Coalition

Government applied to Canberra for this region to be listed for

proper federal assistance;

(d) reminds the Minister that the very late inclusion of the Upper

Hunter in the exceptional circumstances list has increased the

debt load and stress of the farm families in the district; and

(e) asks the Minister to undertake to provide this area with at

least 12 months of exceptional circumstances relief so that

farmers can have time to place their drought ravaged properties

on a more viable, economic footing.

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

(a) condemns the Minister for Small Business, Customs and

Construction (Senator Schacht) for continuing to turn his back

on small business operators in the Hunter region who have

significant grievances with the misuse of market power by large

chain stores;

(b) reminds Senator Schacht that he is losing credibility with

Hunter small business by continuing to use the lame excuse to

the recent Newcastle rally and to this Senate that he has no

real federal power to provide a remedy to abuse of market power

in retailing;

(c) calls on Senator Schacht to stop procrastinating on this urgent

matter as each day in the Hunter a small business closes up and

many more continue to lose money as turnover is eroded by

predatory pricing from chain stores;

(d) demands that Senator Schacht undertake to enact comprehensive

changes to the Trade Practices Act to allow a fair trading

environment for small business competing with large chain

stores; and

(e) condemns Senator Schacht for not learning anything from his

attendance at the Newcastle rally, as reflected by the comments

of George the fruiterer on the night that "the Minister says

he's been to 400 meetings with small business and still he knows

nothing!'.