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NOTICES

Senator Coulter: To move on 21 June 1995--A motion to provide that

several aspects of the conduct of the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories

(CSL) and circumstances surrounding the privatisation of the CSL be

referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and

report.

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

regrets that thousands of small joinery factories around Australia will

be affected by the unfair financial impact of the extension of the

Government's hardware sales tax.

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

notes--

(a) the claim by the Minister for Employment, Education and Training

(Mr Crean) that additional tertiary places have been funded on a

national basis "without any redistribution of existing places

from other States';

(b) that this claim is a sleight of hand since, although there have

been no cuts for the 1995-96 financial year for Victoria,

so-called "pipeline' places for 1997-98 have been reduced by 463

places;

(c) that Victorian universities already have the highest number of

qualified applicants unable to gain entry to tertiary studies;

(d) that Victoria is dependent upon education and research to switch

from labour-intensive manufacturing to higher technology and

service industries; and

(e) that the Minister should review his decision and reinstate the

tertiary education places for Victorian universities he now

proposes to cut for 1997-98.

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

(a) notes the decision by the Westpac Banking Corporation to

introduce paid maternity leave for its 18 000 female employees;

(b) acknowledges that this decision will considerably improve gender

equality in the workplace, as well as provide additional support

for the family; and

(c) congratulates Westpac and the Finance Sector Union for coming to

this agreement and extending the concept of paid maternity leave

to one of the private sector's biggest employers.

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

laid on the table, by the Leader of the Government in the Senate

(Senator Gareth Evans), on or before 4 p.m. on 20 June 1995:

(a) all notes, briefing papers, minutes and like documents,

including drafts of such written or typed matter, that are not

items of Cabinet-in-confidence nature which are in Department of

Prime Minister and Cabinet file:

(i) No. 94/1826,

(ii) No. 94/2415,

(iii) No. 94/3082,

(iv) No. 94/3824,

(v) No. 94/3862,

(vi) No. 94/5279, and

(vii) No. 94/5965;

including the full text of documents that were tabled in the

Senate on Tuesday, 6 June 1995, which were partially censored or

had parts of the text obscured or a signed statement from the

Leader of the Government in the Senate stating the reason for the

manner of presentation of such documents; and

(b) a statement by the Leader of the Government in the Senate

providing the name and current employed position, if in the

Commonwealth Public Service, of the writer of the handwritten

notes of the meeting of 16 June 1994 between the Prime Minister

(Mr Keating) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on

the draft Land Fund Bill that were tabled in the Senate on

Tuesday, 6 June 1995.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) documents presented, in a liquidation action, to the

New South Wales Supreme Court reveal that, in a

memorandum of understanding, 3 days before the Prime

Minister (Mr Keating) sold his shares, the Indonesian

purchaser of Mr Keating's half-ownership of his piggery

group agreed to the issue of an option to purchase

one-third of the piggery's capital within 10 years, so

that ownership would end up evenly divided at 33.3 per

cent each between the Indonesians, Mr Constantinidis

and the option holder,

(ii) the person who is entitled to exercise that option is

not named and is to be nominated by Mr Keating's

piggery partner, Mr Constantinidis, or, failing him, by

Mr Coudounaris,

(iii) Mr Coudounaris is the secretary of Mr Keating's family

company, Pleuron Pty Ltd, and had been Mr Keating's

nominee on the board of the piggery holding company,

(iv) unless the Indonesian half-ownership of the Keating

piggery knows who really will have the right to

exercise the option, it faces the prospect of being

locked into a commercial "blind date', and

(v) Mr Keating has not indicated any continuing interest of

any kind in his former piggery group in his declaration

of interest; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to assure the Parliament that there

is no agreement or understanding of any kind under which he

will, directly or indirectly, be offered the right to repurchase

a one-third interest in his piggery, in view of his advice to

the Parliament that he had disposed of his interest and

recognising that an agreement to exercise a purchase option

represents a material interest in a company.

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), who is washing his hands of this

small business crisis with lame excuses that he has no power to

provide solutions at the Federal level, for his continuing

failure to instigate immediate reforms to the Trade Practices

Act;

(b) reminds Senator Schacht that he has the power to amend the Trade

Practices Act to stop the abuse of market power and

unconscionable conduct by large chain stores, but is refusing to

act with urgency to assist small family businesses; and

(c) acknowledges that local government zoning issues and State

government trading hours regulations, which are also harming

small retailers, can be addressed without legislative changes,

whereas it is this Federal Minister who must draft urgent

changes to the Trade Practices Act to help stem the increasing

flood of business failures in the Hunter region and around

Australia.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in north

Queensland plan to build a university for their people,

initially as part of James Cook University;

(b) congratulates those involved in proposing this facility; and

(c) calls on the Government to seriously consider ways in which this

proposal could be brought to fruition.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) moves by the Federal Government over the past year to

extend the reef tax on commercial operators to

recreational users of the Great Barrier Reef Marine

Park, and

(ii) the overwhelming opposition to the extension of this

tax in the North Queensland community;

(b) congratulates the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for

deferring any decision on the implementation of such a tax for

at least the 1995 calendar year to allow extensive community

consultation; and

(c) expresses concern that the Great Barrier Reef MinisterialCouncil

is moving to establish its own investigation into the extension

of the tax, separate from that of the Authority, increasing

speculation that the tax will be extended by the Federal and

State Australian Labor Party Governments despite community

opposition.