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NOTICES

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 notices of motion nos 1 and 2 standing

in his name for 6 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the

following instruments:

Northern Prawn Fishery Management Plan 1995 NPF01, made under section

17 of the Fisheries Management Act 1991.

Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Management Plan 1995 SBT01, made under

section 17 of the Fisheries Management Act 1991.

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

intention.

Notices of motion:

The Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

Schacht): To move on the next day of sitting--

(1) That on Thursday, 22 June 1995, being a day on which

supplementary estimates hearings have been scheduled, the hours

of meeting shall be:

9.30 a.m.--2 p.m.

(2) That the routine of business shall be as follows:

(a) Questions

(b) Petitions

(c) Notices of motion

(d) Postponement and rearrangement of business

(e) Discovery of formal business

(f) Government Business

(g) Adjournment.

(3) The procedures for the adjournment specified in the sessional

order of 2 February 1994 relating to the times of sitting and

routine of business shall apply in respect of paragraph 2(g) of

this order.

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

(a) notes, with concern:

(i) the April housing finance commitments released on 19

June 1995 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show

significantfalls in all categories of housing finance,

(ii) that finance for the construction of dwellings, in

seasonally adjusted terms, declined by 11.8 per cent in

April and is now 42.9 per cent lower than in April 1994

and at its lowest level since March 1991, and

(iii) that recent falls in dwelling finance commitments are

likely to flow into further falls in building approvals

over the next few months; and

(b) condemns the Government for its political manipulation of

interest rates and the disastrous effect this manipulation has

had on the housing industry.

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

(a) deplores in the strongest terms the un-Australian act of the

destruction of the French Consulate Office in Perth;

(b) expresses its serious concern at the ill-informed claims by the

Chairman of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of

Australia, Mr Victor Rebikoff, that the destruction demonstrates

the need for passage of the Government's Racial Hatred Bill;

(c) notes that legislation already exists in all States and

Territories to make acts of violence to people and property,

such as occurred in Perth, a criminal offence, with penalties

considerably more severe than those contained in the

Government's Racial Hatred Bill;

(d) expresses its surprise and concern that Mr Rebikoff appears

deliberately to have failed to recognise publicly this basic

fact;

(e) notes that:

(i) had the Keating Government's Racial Hatred legislation

been in place, the understandable, non-violent public

protests on 18 June 1995 by French-Australians in

several capital cities around Australia may well not

have occurred because of fear of contravening the

legislation and ending up before the Human Rights and

Equal Opportunity Commission, or going to gaol, and

(ii) the effect of this would have been to increase the risk

of racial violence because it would have restricted the

very freedom of speech and assembly that has made

Australia the envy of the world as a tolerant liberal

democratic multicultural society; and

(f) calls on Mr Rebikoff to exercise the informed, non-partisan,

non-political responsibilities his position as Chairman of the

Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia demands.

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

(a) notes that the Australian Government:

(i) allows the export of uranium to France or French

companies, and

(ii) can give no guarantee that this uranium is not used for

nuclear weapons;

(b) recognises that Australia's uranium could well be used to poison

the Pacific during French nuclear testing; and

(c) calls on the Government to ban:

(i) the export of uranium to France, and

(ii) any mining and export of uranium by Australia, because

its use directly conflicts with initiatives for peace.

The Chair of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (Senator West):

To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for the presentation

of the report of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee on the

provisions of the Social Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1)

1995 and the report on the provisions of the Student and Youth

Assistance Amendment (Youth Training Allowance) Bill 1995 be extended to

27 June 1995.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the information in a media release issued by the

Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) on 8 June 1995 that,

at its meeting of 6 June 1995, a decision was made to

allocate no money for land acquisition in the Northern

Territory,

(ii) that the ILC Board made this decision prior to

assessing the land needs of Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islanders or creating regional or national

strategies for land acquisition and management as

required by the law,

(iii) that the ILC Board made this decision without any

consultation with Aboriginals or Torres Strait

Islanders, and

(iv) that the decision contradicts statements by the Prime

Minister (Mr Keating) about the objects of the Land

Fund, being to assist the 95 per cent of indigenous

Australians who could not benefit from Native Title, as

it will entrench the dispossession of Northern

Territory Aboriginals who are not able to benefit from

the Native Title legislation or the Northern Territory

Land Rights Act; and

(b) calls on the Government to urgently amend the Land Fund and

Indigenous Land Corporation (ATSIC Amendment) Act 1995 to:

(i) ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Australians receive assistance from the fund in a fair

and equitable way that does not discriminate on the

basis of rights under the Northern Territory Land

Rights Act, and

(ii) ensure that the Land Fund is administered by one

bureaucracy and not two, that is, the ILC and the

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, so

that the limited assistance available is not diminished

by unnecessary administrative expenses.

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

(a) rejects the proposed resumption of French nuclear tests which is

a major setback to global efforts to achieve nuclear

disarmament;

(b) notes the lengths the Australian Government was prepared to go

to with South Africa in order to protest against apartheid;

(c) recalls that:

(i) these measures included cessation of sporting,

cultural, defence, trade and economic links with South

Africa, and

(ii) these trade and economic sanctions included denial of

credit to any bank or company with South African links;

(d) agrees that a few strong words in a meeting and cutting off a

few minor defence ties are a weak and inadequate response;

(e) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to use much stronger and more appropriatemeasures,

similar to those employed against South Africa, which

would more correctly reflect the justifiable anger of

the Australian people, and

(ii) to immediately cease the mining and sale of uranium to

lend some credibility to Australia's opposition to the

resumption or continuation of nuclear tests by France

and other countries.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with horror, that the French Government has announced a

resumption of nuclear bomb testing at Mururoa Atoll in

the South Pacific,

(ii) that such testing is completely unnecessary since the

Cold War ended some 5 years ago, and

(iii) that there is ample evidence to show that underground

nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll may pose a

significantthreat of nuclear contamination to the South

Pacific when the already fractured atoll breaks apart

in the blasts; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government, and particularly the

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth Evans), to make

every endeavour to stop the French Government proceeding with

its plans.

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

decision of France to resume nuclear testing in the South Pacific, the

Senate urges the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) to give a lead to the

nation by purchasing, wherever it does not conflict with the national

interest, non-French goods and that as a demonstration of leadership he

should give away any old French clocks in his possession to the St

Vincent de Paul Society or a similar charity.

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

(a) expresses:

(i) outrage at the decision by the French Government to

resume nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll in the South

Pacific, and

(ii) its concern that the Australian Government's response

has been totally inadequate given the extent of the

threat posed by these tests both to the South Pacific

region and to the push for nuclear disarmament and a

comprehensive ban on nuclear testing; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to recall the Australian Ambassador to France for

consultations, and

(ii) to ban the sale of any uranium to France.

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

(a) expresses its disgust that any country could claim that nuclear

weapons testing would not affect the environment;

(b) recognises that:

(i) cracks and underground landslides have been detected,

filmed and exposed publicly at South Pacific Atolls

after French testing, and

(ii) both Greenpeace and the Atomic Energy Commission have

detected nuclear substances in the lagoon at Mururoa

Atoll, which proves nuclear material is leaking;

(c) remembers that in the late 1970s a bomb which the French were

lowering down a shaft at the atoll became stuck halfway, yet

they exploded it anyway causing massive movement of material

under the sea; and

(d) condemns the French Government for lying to the people of

Australia and other nations by saying there would be no

environmental effect of underground nuclear weapon testing.

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

condemns the perpetrators of the fire bombing on the weekend of 17 and

18 June 1995 of the Perth office of Doctor Robert Pearce, honorary

French Consul, which was not only an unwarranted act of terrorism but

also destroyed the practice, records and equipment of Doctors Pearce and

Griffiths, causing great inconvenience to them and distress to their

patients.

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

(a) notes that there have been leakages of nuclear material from

weapons testing in the South Pacific;

(b) recognises that various genetic mutations and cancers, such as

thyroid problems and birth defects, are caused by exposure to

radioactive material;

(c) recalls that radioactive material has been found in plankton as

a result of French nuclear testing in the South Pacific; and

(d) condemns the French Government for introducing further nuclear

material into the food chain.

Senator Panizza, at the request of Senator Reid: To move on the next day

of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes that, on 19 June 1995, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi celebrated her

50th birthday under house arrest by the military Junta in Burma

and that the sixth anniversary of her arrest falls on 20 July

1995;

(b) abhors this gross violation of the rights of a woman who has

received more than 20 international commendations for her

refusal to be cowed by the threats of the dictators;

(c) objects to the extreme cynicism the Burmese Government exercises

in continuing to keep Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in detention as a

bargaining chip or pawn in their negotiations to attract

overseas aid and investment which have been cut by western

countries since the killings of 1988; and

(d) calls on the international community to increase sanctions

against the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC)

whose detention order on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expires on 11 July

1995 and for the SLORC to release her unconditionally.

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

Senate--

(a) send its congratulations to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on the occasion

of her 50th birthday;

(b) congratulates Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her continued peaceful and

principled stance for a free and democratic Burma; and

(c) deplores Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's continued house arrest in

Rangoon, Burma, after almost 6 years of imprisonment at the

hands of the State Law and Order Restoration Council.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the announcement of proposed French nuclear testing

comes within a month of the last round of talks under

the world-wide Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and

(ii) China exploded an underground nuclear weapon within 2

days of the talks;

(b) recalls media reports claiming the United States will reconsider

underground nuclear testing; and

(c) recognises that:

(i) any nuclear testing is completely contrary to attempts

at peace in our world,

(ii) we have only one planet to nourish and resource 4

billion humans as well as many millions of species

which co-exist, and

(iii) nuclear warfare is abhorrent to any consideration of a

harmonious, enjoyable and productive life on earth.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the week beginning 18 June 1995 is Refugee Week,

(ii) a major source of the world's refugee problem is the

presence of 100 million land mines in 62 countries,

including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mozambique, Angola,

Eritrea, Somalia and Bosnia,

(iii) landmines are an indiscriminate weapon of mass

destruction which prolong the legacies of war for

generations of civilians long after war has officially

ended, and

(iv) Australia's position on landmines is that they are

legitimate conventional weapons of war, even though the

United States has successfully passed legislation for a

moratorium on the sale, transfer and export of

anti-personnel mines; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to abandon its position to support only a partial ban

on anti-personnel mines and instead to support a total

ban on land mines, and

(ii) to begin working towards moral solutions, rather than

technological solutions which favour selective bans for

the huge international problem of landmines.

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

(a) condemns the Minister for Communications and the Arts (Mr Lee)

for deliberately undermining the Senate estimates process by

delaying answers to Senators' questions on notice;

(b) calls on Mr Lee to explain why, of 300 questions placed on

notice for his department at the hearings on 2 June 1995, only

36 were answered by 13 June 1995 as required by resolution of

this Senate;

(c) demands that Mr Lee explain why the 260 outstanding answers

which have been prepared by his department remain on his

ministerial desk and are therefore being withheld from Senators

who need time to scrutinise the responses before the

supplementary estimates hearing on 23 June 1995; and

(d) condemns Mr Lee for following a pattern of withholding

departmental answers to the Environment, Recreation,

Communications and the Arts Legislation Committee which he began

in February 1995 during the additional estimates supplementary

round, when the hearings had to be rescheduled to allow Senators

time to examine departmental answers.

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

(a) notes that funding for residents living at Kew Cottages in

Melbourne has been repeatedly cut by the Victorian Government

and now is so inadequate that:

(i) medically qualified staff have been replaced with staff

who have no formal qualifications, reducing the

availability of specialist staff in situations of

medical need such as epileptic fits, and quality of

care has been significantly reduced, and

(ii) the number of support staff such as cooks has been

significantly reduced and that, as a result, it can

take up to two hours for meals to be served after being

cooked, residents' special dietary needs are not being

met, food quality standards are not adequate, and the

amount spent per resident on food is now only $3.90 per

day; and

(b) calls on the Victorian Government to immediately provide funding

to ensure that:

(i) adequate medical staff can be employed to ensure

appropriate care at all times for residents, and

(ii) adequate food can be purchased, and sufficient

qualified catering staff can be employed, to ensure

residents' general and specific dietary needs are met.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the report of the Australian BroadcastingAuthority

(ABA) on the cross media rules was handed to the

Minister for Communications and the Arts (Mr Lee) on or

before 7 June 1995,

(ii) the Government has made it clear that this report will

form the basis of upcoming legislative changes to the

cross media rules,

(iii) the Minister has not given any firm commitment to make

this report publicly available, and

(iv) there is no valid reason for not publicly releasing

this report; and

(b) orders that there be laid on the table, before the adjournment

of the Senate on 21 June 1995 by the Minister representing the

Minister for Communications and the Arts (Senator McMullan), the

report of the ABA referred to in the Minister's media release of

3 May 1995.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the drug Imigran, which is used by many chronic pain

sufferers, has not been listed on the Pharmaceutical

Benefits Scheme due to a stalling of negotiations

between the Federal Government and the manufacturing

company, and

(ii) this means the continuing high price of the drug places

it out of reach of many pain sufferers and their carers

who cannot afford the drug; and

(b) urges the Government to act for a prompt listing of this drug so

as to bring relief to the many Australians who must endure

chronic pain.

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

calls on--

(a) the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) of Burma to

restore constitutional order in that country and hand over the

mechanisms of law and of the State to the elected

representatives of the people of Burma;

(b) the Australian Government to cut all ties with Burma and close

the Austrade office in Rangoon;

(c) all Australian companies to ensure they have no business

dealings with Burma; and

(d) the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Gareth Evans) to work with

his Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) counterparts

to bring pressures to bear on the SLORC to bring about a true

and free democracy in Burma.

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

(a) regrets that, for many years, the Australian Film Industry has

been unnecessarily disadvantaged because many productions that

qualified as Australian for tax purposes could not fulfil their

earning potential because the Australian Broadcasting Authority

(ABA) refused to classify them as Australian for television

content purposes;

(b) notes that, for several years, Senator Baume has been a strong

critic of the Government for failing to take action to end this

absurd situation, particularly in Senate estimates hearings;

(c) welcomes the belated decision, in June 1995, by the ABA at last

to classify automatically as local content for television

purposes those productions qualifying for section 10BA tax

concessions because of their Australian content; and

(d) notes that this means that most Australian mini-series, feature

films, telemovies and children's drama, and some documentaries,

will automatically qualify as Australian content for television

purposes, so enhancing their commercial value, as will official

co-productions, including those with New Zealand, so encouraging

Australian participation in the international production

industry.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the manufacturers of Bosch power tools have been

accredited by the Australian Conservation Foundation,

(ii) Bosch power tools now have buttons and switches made

from recycled plastic that is free from asbestos and

cadmium, and

(iii) 97 per cent of the material used in Bosch power tools

can be recycled once returned to the manufacturer; and

(b) encourages all of the manufacturers of power tools to meet or

exceed the levels of recyclability established by the

manufacturers of Bosch power tools.

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

Senate--

(a) condemns the violent act of the burning down of the French

Consulate in Perth on 17 June 1995, which occurred less than a

day after a peaceful protest was held outside the building

concerning the resumption of French nuclear testing at Mururoa

Atoll;

(b) offers its sympathy to the owners and tenants of the building

and the honorary French Consul; and

(c) notes the irony of the situation in that the announcementof the

resumption of French nuclear testing has been met by a bombing,

just as the cessation of testing in the 1980s was ushered in by

the French Government's bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in New

Zealand.

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

next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes media reports which state that the United States (US) is

now also considering underground nuclear testing;

(b) expresses its view that such testing is an inappropriate

response to the French Government's proposed resumption of

testing in the South Pacific;

(c) warns the US that any proposal to test will result in similar

outrage and condemnation from the people of Australia; and

(d) appeals to the US to desist from any plans for underground

nuclear testing.

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

notes that--

(a) almost 2 million children live in families needing income

support payments;

(b) 44 per cent of sole parent families live in poverty;

(c) some 200 000 households with children are on public housing

waiting lists and at least 20 000 children are homeless;

(d) the Australian Government has signed and ratified the United

Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, after holding

extensive consultations with all States and Territories; and

(e) the Australian Government should now take decisive action to

meet its obligations under the Convention, including the

proposals of the Children First campaign initiated by the

Victorian Council for Civil Liberties, namely, establishing:

(i) a children's charter setting out minimum standards for

the treatment of children,

(ii) an independent Commissioner for Children to monitor and

report on the well-being of Australian children and to

assess and recommend appropriate Government action to

safeguard their interests, and

(iii) a National Children and Young People's Legal Advocacy

Program to provide casework, litigation and research

services, as well as legal education and information

for young people.

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

(a) deplores the use of violence as a form of protest;

(b) is horrified at the destruction by fire of the French Consulate

building in Perth on 17 June 1995;

(c) condemns absolutely the resumption of nuclear test explosions by

the French Government at Mururoa Atoll; and

(d) notes that many members of the Australian French community also

condemn the resumption of nuclear tests by the French

Government.