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The Chair of the Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts

References Committee (Senator Coulter): To move on the next day of

sitting--That the time for the presentation of the report of the

Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts References

Committee on the role of national sporting coaches in the international

transfer of Australian players be extended to 28 September 1995.

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

motion.

The Chair of the Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts

References Committee (Senator Coulter): To move on the next day of

sitting--That the time for the presentation of the report of the

Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts References

Committee on the arts and cultural education in Australian educational

institutions be extended to 26 October 1995.

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

motion.

Senator Harradine and all Senators: To move on the next day of

sitting--That the Senate congratulates Senator Jacinta Collins and her

husband on the birth on 29 August 1995 of their child, who is the first

to have been born to a sitting Senator.

Senator Panizza, at the request of the Chair of the House Committee

(Senator Reid): To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for

the presentation of the report of the House Committee on the future

treatment and use of Old Parliament House be extended to 26 October

1995.

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

(a) recognises the magnificent effort of Tasmanian swimmer, Melissa

Carlton, at the International Paralympic Swim Trials in Atlanta;

(b) congratulates:

(i) Melissa for bringing home seven gold medals from the

trials, five medals won in individual races and two in

relays, and

(ii) the entire Australian team for bringing home 30 gold

medals;

(c) notes that the Australian team won more medals than the 20 other

countries at the trials;

(d) wishes team members well in preparing for the 1996 Atlanta

Paralympic Games; and

(e) notes that the Australian Government provides funds of $650 000

to the team.

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

(a) notes, with pride and admiration, that a nurse who trained in

Newcastle, New South Wales, the late Matron Ellen Savage, is

currently featured on a VP commemorative postage stamp;

(b) recalls that Matron Savage was the only officer to survive the

sinking of the hospital ship Centaur off the Queensland coast in

1943 by a Japanese submarine and, although severely wounded, she

cared for other survivors on a raft in the open sea for 34 hours

before being rescued; and

(c) congratulates the Australia Remembers Committee and Australia

Post for promoting the exploits of so many ordinary Australians

like Ellen Savage who made personal sacrifices for our freedom

during the conduct of World War II.

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

(a) notes:

(i) concerns expressed on the weekend of 26 and 27 August

1995 by the former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank

of Australia (RBA), Mr John Phillips, that the Keating

Government was "losing the plot' on inflation, with the

low inflation outcomes of recent years now being placed

at risk, that the underlying current account deficit

was still too high and that compulsory superannuation

is not the answer to Australia's investment-savings

gap,

(ii) that these concerns follow the RBA's annual report for

1994-95, tabled on 23 August 1995, which warned that

"it would be surprising' if consumer prices did not

increase more quickly over the coming year, with these

inflationary pressures being heightened by the

Government's increases in indirect taxes, and

(iii) the RBA's concerns that long-term security yields still

appear to anticipate higher inflation, that a lower

exchange rate could worsen inflationary pressures, that

the present round of cost increases is likely to push

underlying inflation above 3 per cent over the 1995-96

financial year, and that movements in costs and the

exchange rate must be carefully monitored;

(b) expresses its concern that the July 1995 balance of payments

deficit of $2.1 billion (seasonally adjusted) announced on 29

August 1995 is worse than the figure for July 1994 which led to

the worst-ever annual deficit of $26.9 billion, and continues

the disastrous deficits that are destroying Australia's economic

standing, particularly in view of the revision of the May 1995

deficit to more than $3.1 billion; and

(c) condemns the Government for its continued failure to correct

Australia's worsening indebtedness which is threatening our

economic future.

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

that--

(a) the former piggery partner of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating),

Mr Achilles Constantinidis, had arranged matters so that their

jointly-owned piggery operations in Scone avoided meeting the

requirementsof New South Wales environmental law during their

3-year joint ownership;

(b) documents presented recently to the New South Wales Supreme

Court in a dispute between Mr Constantinidis and the Indonesian

interests who acquired Mr Keating's half-ownership in the

piggery group reveal that the owner and occupier of the piggery

is Hunter Valley Piggeries Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of

Euphron Pty Ltd, instead of the registered owner, according to

the Land Titles Office and council records, the Brown and Hatton

group, which was also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Euphron Pty

Ltd until its purchase in March 1994 by Indonesian interests;

and

(c) despite continual claims by Mr Constantinidis that Brown and

Hatton is neither owner nor occupier of the piggery, the company

is still trading at the piggery in Scone under the Brown and

Hatton name and, in recent months, has bought items of equipment

from local suppliers quoting a sales tax exemption number which

belongs to the Brown and Hatton group.