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NOTICES

Notice of motion withdrawn: The Chair of the Standing Committee on

Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Colston), pursuant to notice of

intention given on 1 June 1995, withdrew Business of the Senate notice

of motion no. 1 standing in his name for the next day of sitting for the

disallowance of the Customs Regulations (Amendment), as contained in

Statutory Rules 1994 No. 435 and made under the Customs Act 1901.

Intention to withdraw: The Chair of the Standing Committee on

Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Colston), pursuant to standing order

78, gave notice of his intention, at the giving of notices on the next

day of sitting, to withdraw Business of the Senate notice of motion no.

2 standing in his name for the next day of sitting for the disallowance

of the Income Tax Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory

Rules 1994 No. 461 and made under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.

Senator Colston, by leave, made a statement relating to the notice of

intention.

Notices of motion:

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances

(Senator Colston): To move 15 sitting days after today--

No. 1--That the Migration Regulations (Amendment), as contained in

Statutory Rules 1995 No. 38 and made under the Migration Act 1958, be

disallowed.

No. 2--That Determination No. T29 of 1994, made under section 16 of

the Higher Education Funding Act 1988, be disallowed.

No. 3--That Determination No. T34 of 1994, made under section 15 of

the Higher Education Funding Act 1988, be disallowed.

Senator Colston, by leave, made a statement relating to the notices of

motion.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot): To move on the

next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes the terrible desecration of Eddie Mabo's grave in

Townsville's Belgian Gardens Cemetery on the weekend of 3 and 4

June 1995;

(b) condemns the person or persons responsible for this disgraceful

action;

(c) recognises:

(i) the enormous contribution that Eddie Mabo made to the

acknowledgment and assessment of land rights for

indigenous people, and

(ii) the way in which Eddie Mabo's struggle and

determination, in fact, enhanced the process of

reconciliation in this nation; and

(d) extends its fullest sympathy to Eddie Mabo's widow and family.

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

condemns those anonymous and cowardly creatures who desecrated the grave

of Eddie Mabo over the weekend of 3 and 4 June 1995 as a disgraceful act

of blatant vandalism.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 5 June 1995 is World Environment Day, which is an

internationally-accepted day to acknowledge the urgent

need to protect the ecological systems that support all

forms of life on this planet, and

(ii) one of the greatest challenges for governments around

the world is to incorporate the principles of

ecological care into the decision-making framework for

all public policy decisions; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to implement the principles of ecologically sustainable

development which it proclaims it has embraced, and

(ii) to incorporate ecological costs and benefits into the

mainstream national accounts figures to acknowledge the

importance of maintaining ecological systems for our

national, as well as global, well-being.

Senator Patterson: To move on 7 June 1995--That the following bill be

introduced: A Bill for an Act to remove restrictions on serving in the

public service after attaining the age of 65 years. Public Service

(Abolition of Compulsory Retirement Age) Amendment Bill 1995.

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

(a) notes that 5 June 1995 is World Environment Day;

(b) recognises that:

(i) we have one of the worst per capita emissions of

greenhouse gases in the world,

(ii) even if voluntary agreements with industry work to

expectations, we will still be exceeding our agreed

target, and

(iii) this is in breach of an international treaty signed by

the Government; and

(c) calls on the Government to reduce greenhouse gases to its agreed

target.

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

(a) notes that Commonwealth Bank officers were not in attendance to

answer questions at the estimates hearings of the Economics

Legislation Committee in June 1995, in spite of the significant

public interest in the employment and other implications of the

bank's decisions; and

(b) directs that Mr Ian Payne, Executive Director of the

Commonwealth Banking Corporation, attend the supplementary

estimates hearing of the Economics Legislation Committee to

answer questions concerning the bank's staffing and headquarters

arrangements.

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

Senate--

(a) condemns the act of vandals on the grave of Eddie Mabo in

Townsville on the weekend of 3 and 4 June 1995; and

(b) offers its deepest sympathy to Eddie Mabo's widow and family.

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

(a) notes the alarming number of extinctions of Australian flora and

fauna; and

(b) calls on the Government to ensure that none of its policies or

programs endanger or make extinct any more flora or fauna listed

under the Endangered Species Protection Act.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia has been among the countries most active in

support of the chemical weapons convention,

(ii) the convention, which has been open for signature since

1993, is one of the most comprehensive disarmament

treaties ever negotiated, banning the development,

production, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer and use

of chemical weapons,

(iii) although the convention was signed by 159 countries,

only 28 countries have so far ratified the convention,

(iv) the convention will not come into force until after it

has been ratified by 65 countries,

(v) the United States (US), the second largest possessor of

chemical weapons, has so far not ratified the

convention,

(vi) a number of signatory countries are waiting on

ratification by the US before confirming their own

commitment to this treaty by ratifying it themselves,

and

(vii) successive American Administrations, since President

Reagan's, have supported the successful conclusion of

the chemical weapons convention; and

(b) urges the US Senate to give priority attention to the convention

to ensure its early ratification.

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

notes--

(a) with disgust and disapproval the despicable racist desecration

of Eddie Mabo's grave; and

(b) that, in relation to this evidence of the presence of racist

elements in our community, the Racial Hatred Bill 1994 seeks to

provide some protection against the incitement of racial hatred

and racially-motivated threats and to set up standards of

behaviour which should be observed by a civilised society.

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

(a) records its total abhorrence of the desecration of Eddie Mabo's

tombstone;

(b) gives its sympathy to Bonita Mabo and her family;

(c) recognises Eddie Mabo as a national hero for land rights reform;

and

(d) offers its apologies to Bonita Mabo, her family and the Torres

Strait Islander and Aboriginal communities.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the recent annual return of Euphron Pty Ltd for 1994

reveals that the half-ownership by the Prime Minister

(Mr Keating) of this piggery holding company was

transferred to Sephrenia Pty Ltd, the family company of

his piggery partner, Mr Achilles Constantinidis, in

line with Mr Keating's declaration of interest dated 31

March 1994, in which he said he disposed of his

holdings on 7 March 1994,

(ii) documents presented to the New South Wales Supreme

Court reveal that the real ultimate purchaser of the

Keating half-ownership was not Mr Constantinidis, who

held these shares for only 10 days, but was an

Indonesian-owned company registered in Singapore with

Hong Kong-based directors,

(iii) this transfer, on 17 March 1994, is not reported in the

company's latest annual return, filed with the

Australian Securities Commission (ASC) on 10 February

1995, 11 months after the transfer actually took place,

and

(iv) by this device, Mr Constantinidis hid the fact that Mr

Keating's piggery half-ownership was really acquired by

Indonesian interests at a price now revealed by court

documents to be at least double the $430 100 that Mr

Keating paid for it and, according to media reports, up

to five times his purchase price; and

(b) calls on the ASC to take appropriate action to maintain the

integrity and accuracy of its database by prosecuting those

responsible for this latest in a long list of deceptive

activities by this group of companies, which remains habitually

and contemptuously in breach of ASC requirements.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot): To move on the

next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) 5 June 1995 is World Environment Day,

(ii) 1 500 of the world's top scientists in 1992 stated that

"no more than one or a few decades remain before the

chance to avert the threat we now confront will be lost

and the prospects for humanity diminished', and

(iii) these 1 500 scientists included 100 or the majority of

the world's living winners of the Nobel prize;

(b) recognises that certain decisions made by the Government are

actually destroying our environment:

(i) by allowing the polluting of rivers, the earth, oceans

and the air, and

(ii) by over-exploiting resources such as old-growth forests

and our fisheries; and

(c) calls on the Government to give greater weight and recognition

to environmental costs in all of its decision-making processes.

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

(a) notes the report in the Sydney Morning Herald on 3 June 1995

concerning the innovative new policies of the Ku-Ring-Gai

Council in suburban Sydney in relation to an energy-efficient

scorecard for all housing approvals;

(b) congratulates the Ku-Ring-Gai Council for this exciting

initiative which is a model for all levels of government in

Australia in providing an integrated approach to energy

efficiency which is sufficiently flexible to allow substantial

consumer choice in housing design; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government to fund the development of

this program by the Ku-Ring-Gai Council as a model for all other

local government authorities in Australia.

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

notes--

(a) that 5 June 1995 is World Environment Day; and

(b) that the Federal Government:

(i) has washed its hands of protecting the Australian

environment,

(ii) has turned its back on its responsibility to the global

environment,

(iii) has deliberately hidden behind the Intergovernmental

Agreement as a way of absolving itself from its

national responsibility, so encouraging or turning a

blind eye to many environmentally-damaging

developments, and specifically

(iv) has allowed the WA Government to go ahead with the

Collie coal-fired power station, and the NSW Government

to spend over $32 million on the electrification of the

west of that State, even though in both these instances

the environmentally-friendly alternatives were cheaper,

and it has consistently favoured the development of

road transport over the use of rail, all these factors

ensuring that, on the important question of the

greenhouse effect, Australia is going backwards.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) 5 June 1995 is World Environment Day, a day set aside

to focus the community's energy into working all the

harder to resolve the multitude of environmental

problems facing the world,

(ii) as we approach the end of the 20th century, the

pressure on the world's environment grows stronger with

increasing levels of pollution, population and the

exploitation of non-renewableresources,

(iii) many of these problems are a direct result of an

emphasis on materialism and a value system based on

greed, and

(iv) the approach adopted to the resolution of environmental

problems by State and Federal Governments over the past

decade has led to an unnecessary polarisation of the

debate between protecting the environment and jobs; and

(b) calls on the Government and the community to respond to

increasing environmental concerns in a positive and constructive

manner.

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

(a) notes that 5 June 1995 is World Environment Day;

(b) further notes that old-growth and wilderness forests are being

turned into woodchips for export;

(c) recognises that this means the moratorium clause of the National

Forest Policy Statement is not being implemented properly; and

(d) calls on the Government to stop logging in forests of high

conservation and wilderness value promptly so that further

assessment can be made.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Officers Superannuation Funds (OSF) Investment

Committee of the Reserve Bank, which included the

assistant governor for financial markets and the head

of the domestic markets department, controls only its

fixed interest and bond portfolio, with the remainder

of the portfolio being managed by outsiders,

(ii) the OSF Investment Committee has traded heavily in

fixed interest securities, particularly Commonwealth

bonds, which made up 21.9 per cent of the fund's

portfolio at 30 June 1993, but had been entirely sold

out by 30 June 1994, that is, before the Reserve Bank

began increasing official interest rates which brought

substantial falls in bond prices,

(iii) as a result, the OSF of the Reserve Bank, has

significantly outperformed other such superannuation

funds, and

(iv) since it was restructured after the departure of the

then Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh) in 1992, the

performance of the OSF has dramatically improved,

increasing from a 6.3 per cent real earnings rate in

1990-91 to 10.5 per cent in 1991-92, 10.1 per cent in

1992-93 and 11 per cent in 1993-94; and

(b) calls on the Reserve Bank to report what amounts of bonds, other

fixed interest securities and index bonds the OSF sold in each

month of the financial year to 30 June 1994 and what bonds et

cetera have been purchased in each month since then.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Hill): To move on

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

(a) notes, with concern and regret, the desecration on the weekend

of 3 and 4 June 1995 of the tombstone of the late Eddie Mabo;

(b) condemns the actions of those responsible for that wanton act of

racially-inspired vandalism; and

(c) calls for renewed efforts within the Australian community to

increase tolerance and understanding in an effort to avoid such

occurrences in the future.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Hill): To move on

the next day of sitting--That there be laid on the table, by question

time on 8 June 1995, by the Minister for Industry, Science and

Technology (Senator Cook), all memoranda, notes or other documentation

from the Minister's department and the Australian Government Solicitor,

made since 1 April 1994, pertaining to the issue of making, gazetting or

tabling of guidelines under sections 39E, 39EA, 39F and 39HB of the

Industry Research and Development Act 1986, including any appeal to or

from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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

Senate--

(a) deplores the statement made by the Chairperson of the Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) (Ms O'Donoghue),as

reported on ABC Radio on 5 June 1995, that the ATSIC Board would

not be reconsidering its decision to allocate $20 million of the

$24 million it is making available for land acquisition over the

next 2 years to the Northern Territory; and

(b) questions how Ms O'Donoghue can know whether the ATSIC Board

will reconsider the decision prior to the meeting of the board.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) a Victorian company, Alex Fraser Pty Ltd, received a

Gold Banksia award for pioneering the use of recycled

concrete rubble for commercially viable products,

recycling 1.5 million tonnes of rubble in the process,

and

(ii) other winners included the environmentalgroup

Earthwatch for flora and fauna conservation, the ABC

television's "Landline' program which won the Banksia

media award, and Victorian company Greenworld Office

Products for its recycled Greendisk floppy disk; and

(b) congratulates these and other Banksia award winners, and further

congratulates the Banksia Foundation for its continuing valuable

work in promoting community awareness of environmental issues.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the false claim by the Leader of the Government in the

Senate (Senator Gareth Evans) on 5 June 1995 that the

Government had recently announced a 21 per cent

increase in spending on the environment,

(ii) that this runs counter to the admission in the Senate

estimates hearing in the week beginning 28 May 1995 by

the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories

(Senator Faulkner), that the 21 per cent rise relates

only to spending specifically by his department and

does not cover any reductions in spending on the

environment by other departments, and

(iii) that when these reductions are taken into account the

total actual spending on the environment by the Federal

Government in 1995 will rise only marginally, not by

anything like 21 per cent; and

(b) calls on Senator Gareth Evans to better inform the Senate on the

environment.