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Notices of motion withdrawn:

Senator Bell withdrew Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2

standing in his name for this day, relating to the reference of a matter

to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee.

The Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

Schacht), at the request of the respective Senators, withdrew the

following General Business notices of motion:

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Notices of motion:

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

(a) notes that the Director of the Austel Review of the

Telecommunications National Code has acknowledged that there is

considerablecommunity concern that local councils or authorities

be given a role in the decision-making process regarding the

location of mobile phone towers;

(b) acknowledges that there is strong criticism of the Federal

Government's handling of policy with the carriers in view not

only of the visual impact of the towers but also their

electromagnetic emissions;

(c) notes that a survey carried out by the Local Government

Association found that almost half of the 177 councils in New

South Wales were angry at the lack of consultation;

(d) calls on the Minister for Communications and the Arts (Mr Lee)

to immediately acknowledge that the Opposition's consistent call

for a change in policy to acknowledge community concerns is

correct; and

(e) demands that the Federal Government table a new

telecommunications national code that recognises the widespread

community anger at the Government's policy which clearly favours

the carriers over local communities.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Vietnamese Government has recently incarcerated

several senior Buddhist and pro-democracy leaders,

(ii) the prison sentences handed down are for periods up to

15 years,

(iii) those imprisoned include the Chairman of the Movement

to Unite the People and Build Democracy (Professor

Nguyen Dinh Huy) and eight other vice-chairmen and

members of the movement, and the Deputy Leader of the

United Buddhist Church of Vietnam (Thich Quang Do), and

(iv) these imprisonments occurred after the Senate, in May

and June 1995, called on the Government of Vietnam to

release all political and religious prisoners of

conscience;

(b) calls on the Government of Vietnam to be responsive to the

genuine concerns of the Senate, and the international community,

in respect of the release of all political and religious

prisoners, including those most recently incarcerated; and

(c) urges the Federal Government to pursue all relevant channels to

make it clear that Australia will not support or tolerate the

denial of the basic right of the Vietnamese people peacefully to

express their religious or political views.

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

(a) congratulates the Australian netball team for its magnificent

win in the recent World Championships;

(b) notes:

(i) that Senators and Members will have the opportunity to

congratulate the team at a reception to be held in the

Mural Hall at Parliament House on 29 August 1995 at

11.15 a.m.,

(ii) that assistance provided by the Government through the

Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and other

Australian Sports Commission programs has made a

significant contribution to Australia's continued

dominance in world netball, and

(iii) that eight members of the World Champion team are

former AIS scholarship holders; and

(c) notes with regret that, soon after the world championshipwin,

the President of the All Australia Netball Association and

member of the Australian Sports Commission Board, Mrs Margaret

Pewtress, passed away, and extends its sincere condolences to

Mrs Pewtress' family and the netball community.

Senator Campbell, also on behalf of the Minister for the Environment,

Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner), by leave: To move on the next

day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes the sad passing of one of the greats of Australian sport,

E J (Ted) Whitten;

(b) notes his outstanding contribution to the code of Australian

Rules Football and Australian sport in general and the

inspirationhe has provided to so many Australians, and the

outstanding contribution he made to the national development of

State of Origin football, particularly as Victorian chairman of

selectors, and to the encouragement of participation in sport;

and

(c) extends its condolences to his family, especially his widow, Mrs

Val Whitten, and son, Ted jnr.

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

(Senator Woods): To move on the next day of sitting--That the order of

the Senate of 29 June 1995 referring a matter to the Foreign Affairs,

Defence and Trade References Committee be modified as follows:

Omit all words after "report" and substitute the following words:

"by 31 October 1995:

(a) the importance for Australia's interests of a Comprehensive

Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and non-proliferation of nuclear

weapons; and

(b) Australia's role, policies and performance in achieving a CTBT

and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, with particular

reference to:

(i) the recently-announced French decision to renew nuclear

tests at Mururoa Atoll,

(ii) nuclear weapons development on the Korean peninsula,

(iii) China's current nuclear weapons testing program, and

(iv) Australia's negotiations in the Conference on

Disarmament in pursuing a CTBT and other treaties

relating to nuclear weapons disarmament".

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

Senate--

(a) notes, with pride, that Karrie Webb from Ayr in north

Queensland, on 21 August 1995 at the age of 20, became the third

Australian and the youngest player ever to win the women's

British Open Championships at Woburn;

(b) congratulates Karrie on her magnificent win; and

(c) acknowledges the tremendous boost that Karrie's win will have

for women in sport in Australia.

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

laid on the table, on or before 5 p.m. on 23 August 1994, by the

Secretary of the Department of Finance, a report stating:

(a) the legal and financial guidelines and conditions under which it

would be proper and lawful for the Government to use public

funds to pay the legal costs of the Minister for Human Services

and Health (Dr Lawrence);

(b) whether the decision to pay Dr Lawrence's legal costs in legal

challenges to the Marks' Royal Commission into the Use of

Executive Power, and any payments made or to be made in

accordance with that decision, fully complies with those

guidelines and conditions;

(c) regardless of whether those guidelines and conditions have been

complied with, what prudential safeguards were put in place to

monitor, control, cap and evaluate the level of expenditure

which the Commonwealth had undertaken to meet in relation to Dr

Lawrence's legal costs;

(d) the extent to which the Government's decision to pay these legal

costs is consistent with existing precedents for the proper and

lawful payment by the Government of a minister's legal costs;

and

(e) whether, in reaching a decision to pay Dr Lawrence's legal

costs, the Government properly or improperly took into account

the possible financial consequences of the decision for any

other person who might be involved in legal challenges to the

commission.

The Chair of the Legal and Constitutional References Committee (Senator

Ellison): To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for the

presentation of the report of the Legal and Constitutional References

Committee on the meaning and operation of section 51(xxix) of the

Constitution (treaties and external affairs power) be extended to 28

September 1995.

Senator Calvert, at the request of Senator Baume: To move on the next

day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the 100 000 motor vehicle owners in the Labor-held

federal seats of Macarthur, Macquarie and Parramatta

face the continuing costs of tolls on the major roads

linking them with the Sydney metropolitan area,

(ii) the New South Wales Labor Leader (Mr Carr) became

Premier of New South Wales at the election held in

March 1995 by one seat as a result of an unequivocal

promise, now broken, to remove these tolls,

(iii) Mr Carr's win, based on deceit and misrepresentation

and involving a minority of votes, mirrors the win of

the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) at the last federal

election, also held in March 2 years previously;

(b) rejects the New South Wales Labor right-wing's "win-at-any-cost'

principle that Labor will do, in former Senator Richardson's

words, "whatever it takes' to win, and that this includes the

use of lies, deceit and, in particular, promises it has no

intention of fulfilling; and

(c) reminds the 100 000 motor vehicle owners of Macarthur, Macquarie

and Parramatta that, every time they pay their tolls, they are

suffering the consequences of yet another broken Labor promise.

The Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References

Committee (Senator Brownhill): To move on the next day of sitting--That

the time for the presentation of the report of the Rural and Regional

Affairs and Transport References Committee on the impact of assets tests

on farming families' access to social security payments and Austudy be

extended to 21 September 1995.

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

motion.

Senator Chamarette, at the request of Senator Margetts: To move on the

next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) deplores:

(i) the recent announcement by the French President (M.

Chirac) that France intends to resume nuclear testing

in the South Pacific, thereby breaking the moratorium

instituted in 1992, and

(ii) the two nuclear tests conducted by China after it had

pledged at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Conference to "exercise utmost restraint' with regard

to nuclear weapons testing;

(b) notes that:

(i) the actions of China and France may jeopardise

negotiations now under way at the Conference on

Disarmament on the conclusion of a truly comprehensive

and verifiable Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT),

and

(ii) Australia is a member of the Conference on Disarmament

where the CTBT is being negotiated;

(c) welcomes the recent announcements by the Republic of France and

the United States of America that they would agree to a zero

yield CTBT; and

(d) calls on:

(i) China and France to immediately halt their nuclear

weapons testing programs, and

(ii) the Australian Government to lobby:

(A) in the Conference on Disarmament for a truly

comprehensive CTBT that specifically excludes low

yield and hydronuclear testing and bans all nuclear

tests in any environment for all time, and

(B) for such a CTBT in all relevant international fora,

and to ensure in particular that these sentiments

will be incorporated in the annual joint United

Nations General Assembly resolution which it

co-authors with New Zealand and Mexico.

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

(a) notes that section 10 of the Banking Act 1959 and its associated

regulations require that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)

monitor the efficacy of banking in our nation;

(b) regards as reprehensible the failure of the Board of the RBA to

pursue the matters raised in the so-called "Westpac letters',

constituting as they do prima facie evidence of fraud, tax

evasion, breach of fiduciary obligation to clients and

contravention of the RBA's own regulations on the part of

Partnership Pacific Limited and Westpac;

(c) calls on the Board of the RBA to dismiss its Governor for his

lack of diligence, courage and competence in this matter;

(d) notes that the key documents which solicitors Allen, Allen and

Hemsley attached to the first Westpac letter, and which they

described as "devastating' potential evidence concerning

Westpac's behaviour, were "missing' from all copies of the

documents which came under public scrutiny, including those

released by Westpac to the House of Representatives Standing

Committee on Finance and Public Administration's inquiry into

the banking industry (the Martin Inquiry);

(e) rejects as totally inadequate and irresponsible the assurance

given by the Assistant Treasurer (Mr Gear) to former Senator

McLean, when responding on behalf of the Prime Minister (Mr

Keating) to correspondence from former Senator McLean, that the

Martin Inquiry had adequately investigated or caused

investigation of these matters;

(f) conveys to the Government the view that no responsible authority

has adequately addressed numerous serious allegations of bank

fraud and calls on the Government to take immediate steps to

rectify this;

(g) calls on the Government to reject absolutely the conclusion of

the Martin Inquiry that "banks have adequate processes and

procedures to deal with fraud', when the allegations assert the

condoning at the highest level of fraud by bankers themselves;

(h) notes that the Martin Inquiry recommended "continuous monitoring

to ensure there is effective detection of fraud', and calls on

the Government to advise the Senate of the nature, frequency and

findings of such monitoring;

(i) expresses its regrets, albeit belatedly, that the Chairman of

the Martin Inquiry chose to publicly denigrate former Senator

McLean, when he was a witness before the inquiry, and the

evidence he submitted to the inquiry on behalf of many

Australians, without having reviewed any of the material he had

tabled; and

(j) calls on the Government to require that the House of

Representatives Standing Committee on Finance and Public

Administration release for public scrutiny all 3 000 pages of

former Senator McLean's evidence, which it has so far refused to

release and which includes the "missing' attachments described

by the banker's lawyers as "devastating', and to explain why it

has to date refused to release it.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the nuclear testing site at Lop Nor in north-west China

has been contaminated by earlier atmospheric nuclear

tests and that the most recent underground test was the

forty-third nuclear test in that region,

(ii) the Xinjiang region is deemed an "autonomous region',

giving it the same political status as Tibet, and yet

the Chinese Government continues to subject the region

to the environmental and health risks associated with

nuclear tests, and

(iii) the Xinjiang region operates as a penal colony for the

Chinese Government; and

(b) calls on:

(i) the international community to give full support to the

Uygurs in Xinjiang who wish to end nuclear testing in

their homeland, and

(ii) the Australian Government to help co-ordinate high

level regional representation to China to clearly

express the strong regional opposition to China's

nuclear testing program.

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

Senate notes that--

(a) in the recent Queensland State election, the Australian Labor

Party (ALP) lost 9 seats to the Coalition and now retains

Government by a one-seat majority;

(b) the future of the Queensland ALP rests on the result of a Court

of Disputed Returns decision in the Townsville-based electorate

of Mundingburra;

(c) on a two-party preferred basis, the ALP vote was 46.72 per cent

compared with the 53.28 per cent vote for the Coalition; and

(d) the ALP campaign for the State election included the now common

tactic of the ALP of lies and deceit, as instanced by the

disgraceful "hospital sold' postcard campaign.