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

notes that--

(a) the report of the National Population Council recommendedthat

Australia develop a population policy;

(b) the House of Representatives Standing Committee for Long Term

Strategies, under the chairmanship of the Honourable Barry

Jones, also recommended that the Government develop a population

policy for Australia;

(c) the Government has failed so far to respond to these well-based

recommendations, and calls on the Government to do so; and

(d) only the Australian Democrats have developed a population

policy, namely, that the Australian population has to be

indefinitelyand environmentally sustainable.

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

on the Federal Government--

(a) to actively consult with the States of the Commonwealth in

determining the successor to Sir William Deane on the bench of

the High Court of Australia; and

(b) to give due consideration to the appointment of a justice from

one of the less populated States, noting that in the history of

the High Court no appointment has been made from either Tasmania

or South Australia.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) winter cereal crops in the north-west of New South

Wales are doomed to fail, or be substantially reduced,

if the area does not receive rain in the next 3 to 4

weeks,

(ii) this will be the fifth successive season that winter

crops have been poor, or non-existent, for many

north-west farmers, and

(iii) the Keating Government expects rural Australia to bail

it out of its current account crisis, but only pays lip

service to assisting struggling rural industries;

(b) condemns the Minister for Trade (Senator McMullan) for his

ignorant assertion that for some areas the drought is over, when

grain producers everywhere are desperate for a harvest;

(c) calls on the Federal Government to reassess its position on

drought and its approach to rural Australia generally; and

(d) recognises that if adequate additional support for this

exceptional drought is not given to rural communities they will

cease to exist in any previously recognisable form, and that

this will place more pressure on heavily-burdened metropolitan

and coastal environments.

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

(a) notes, with concern, reports that Mr Jack Simplot, the new

American owner of the Edgell-Birdseye food company, will not

employ anyone in Australia who smokes;

(b) expresses its alarm at Mr Simplot's statement that he did not

care whether his ban on smokers infringed upon personal

liberties;

(c) believes that Mr Simplot's employment policy is discriminatory,

dictatorial and grossly unfair to workers who smoke and

unacceptable to all fair-minded Australians; and

(d) calls on Mr Simplot to ensure that his company's employment

policy does not discriminate against Australian workers who

smoke.

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

(a) notes, with very serious concern, a report entitled The Drought

Project Strategy, written by researchers at the University of

New England, which has labelled the drought policies of the

Australian Labor Party (ALP) Government as ineffective,

misguided and counterproductive;

(b) highlights to drought-ravaged farmers that the ALP's drought

policy of assuming that producers can become drought-proof and

self-reliant between long-term cyclical down-turns is labelled

totally misguided by this report;

(c) utterly condemns the ALP Government for taking the fundamental

decision in 1992 to remove drought as a category of natural

disaster; and

(d) calls on the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator

Bob Collins) to immediately review and overhaul his

"exceptionalcircumstances' criteria for providing a safety

welfare net for farmers, which the University of New England

report calls "a nonsense' and "unworkable'.

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

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

matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References

Committee for inquiry and report on or before 30 November 1995:

(1) The appropriateness and effectiveness of the Australian

Government's provision of consular assistance to Australians

abroad, taking into account the principles of international law

and practice which provide the framework for such assistance,

including:

(a) issues and problems in dealing with difficult and

complex cases, particularly:

(i) deaths of Australians in criminal and possibly

criminal circumstances, for example, the cases of

David Wilson, Kellie Wilkinson and Ben Maresh,

(ii) foreign judicial proceedings involving Australians,

such as the cases of James Peng and Robert Bowra,

(iii) custody issues involving Australian children, and

(iv) the extent of the Government's responsibility for

providing legal assistance to Australians involved in

judicial proceedings overseas;

(b) the provision of other consular assistance, including

that to Australians in foreign jails, in cases of

missing Australians and in cases of Australians in need

of support overseas, such as short-term loans and

medical assistance; and

(c) provision of timely and accurate consular travel advice

to Australian travellers or intending travellers.

(2) Measures that could be taken by the Australian Government to

improve the handling of consular matters.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Chairman of the Danish multi-nationalpiggery group,

Danpork, Mr Ole Jacobsen, has now told the Danish media

that Danpork's choice of the

Constantinidis/Keating-owned Brown and Hatton group of

companies as its Australian partner in a pork joint

venture was a "serious mistake',

(ii) Danpork's involvement in Australia is reported by the

Agra Europe newsletter to have emerged from a joint

venture with Australia's Prime Minister (Mr Keating)

and Mr Achilles Constantinidis, who is described as Mr

Keating's "financial adviser',

(iii) the report states that "much of the blame' for the main

project apparently having "fallen through' after

failing to progress from the drawing board for three

and a half years is laid by Danpork on its Australian

partner, and

(iv) the report quotes Mr Jacobsen as saying "Constantinidis

has tarnished Danpork's image and definitely not lived

up to expectations';

(b) regrets that Mr Constantinidis' unacceptable behaviour while

acting as Mr Keating's partner and financial adviser has

tarnished Danpork's image in Australia and damaged Australia's

reputation in Denmark;

(c) notes Mr Keating's failure publicly to dissociate himself from,

let alone condemn, his partner's continued breaches of proper

standards of corporate behaviour on behalf of their

jointly-owned piggery group; and

(d) calls on Mr Keating at last to dissociate himself from the

improper activities of Mr Constantinidis during their three-year

piggery partnership.

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

congratulates Mr Jack Simplot on his far-sighted campaign to eliminate

cigarette smoking from his workforce and his recognition of the

devastating health effect on the workforce of tobacco-related diseases.

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

notes that the imminent compulsory retirement of Betty Churcher, the

Director of the National Gallery of Australia, at the age of 65,

highlights the plight of so many Australians who are forced, because of

ageist provisions in Commonwealth law, to retire from jobs in which they

find fulfilment and security and are able to contribute their experience

to the benefit of Australia.