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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) $8.43 million has been allocated by the Commonwealth

and Queensland Governments through the Wet Tropics

Management Authority for the acquisition of property

under the Daintree Rescue Package over the 1994-95 and

1995-96 financial years,

(ii) the majority of properties available for purchase in

the Daintree area are charged rates of 2.33 cents per

dollar on the value of the property,

(iii) when the allocated property acquisitionfunding is

spent, the Douglas Shire Council rate base will be

reduced by up to $190 000, some 4.5 per cent of its

$4.2 million rate base,

(iv) the Wet Tropics Management Authority has advised that

none of the $23 million Daintree Rescue Package will be

used to offset Council rate losses which will occur as

a result of land acquisition, and

(v) in order to balance its budget, the Douglas Shire

Council will have no other option but to raise

additional revenue via increased rates or business

levies, or to reduce its expenditure; and

(b) calls on the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments to

immediately review the guidelines of the Daintree Rescue Package

to examine compensation for the Douglas Shire Council for loss

of rates to ensure that Douglas Shire residents do not suffer as

a result of land purchases.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the report from the Bureau of Industry Economics that

Australian waterfront efficiency is declining in

several key areas,

(ii) that the completion of the Waterfront Industry Reform

Authority's reforms in 1992 only increased Australian

ports' competitiveness for a short time and now there

is notable decline, and

(iii) the report says that, in a survey of 18 common

destinations, ship operators rated Australian ports in

comparison with Asian, European and North American

ports as follows: Brisbane 12th, Adelaide 15th,

Melbourne 17th and Sydney 18th, and that 85 per cent of

ship companies surveyed said turnaround times had

improved faster overseas than in Australia for the past

5 years; and

(b) calls on the Government and the Minister responsible to explain

to the Australian shipping industry why the above situation

exists when Australian taxpayers funded $450 million in 1992 on

waterfront reform, obviously a total waste.

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

Senate--

(a) congratulates Kimberley farmer, Robyn Tredwell, on being named

ABC Radio's Australian Rural Woman of the Year;

(b) notes that:

(i) Ms Tredwell has been involved in implementing

ecologically sustainable savanna systems on her

property "Birdwood Down' for many years, and

(ii) Ms Tredwell's global vision has led her to train

international students in her methods of sustainable

agriculture since 1987; and

(c) calls on farmers across Australia to learn from and share Ms

Tredwell's experience and know-how in living with our fragile

land.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the growing discrepancy between health services in

urban areas and rural and regional areas of Australia,

and

(ii) that there are currently an estimated 600 vacancies for

medical practitioners in rural areas;

(b) welcomes the concern of the Australian Medical Association which

on the weekend of 26 and 27 August 1995 expressed concern at the

lack of incentives being provided for graduates to move to rural

areas; and

(c) calls on the Government to provide encouragement to medical

graduates to work in rural areas to ensure an equitable, quality

health service for city and country people alike.

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

Senate--

(a) welcomes the decision by the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic

Affairs (Senator Bolkus) to release the recently-arrived East

Timorese "boat people" from the Curtin detention camp;

(b) notes that the trauma and torture suffered by these people is

all too common amongst people fleeing their homes in our region;

(c) expresses its concern that hundreds of other "boat people" are

still held in the Curtin and Port Hedland detention centres;

(d) considers that the trauma suffered by these other "boat people",

either before their arrival in Australia or as a result of their

detention behind razor wire and armed guards, makes them also

suitable candidates for bridging visas; and

(e) calls on the Minister to provide bridging visas to all those

people still being held in the detention centres forthwith.

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

(a) notes:

(i) recent local newspaper reports that the Scone Council

has been frustrated in its threat to close down the

Parkville piggery formerly half-owned by the Prime

Minister (Mr Keating) unless it cleans up its

environmental problems by the company's hiding the

transfer of ownership to another company within the

same group,

(ii) that, when the council recently served notice on the

Brown and Hatton group, the registered owner as far as

its records showed, it received a letter stating that

the group was "not the owner nor the occupier of the

premises' without volunteering who was,

(iii) that, according to evidence in the Land and Environment

Court, the Brown and Hatton group transferred its

business to a related company, Hunter Valley Piggeries

Pty Ltd, in May 1993, without registering the transfer

at the Land Titles Office or advising the local

council, and

(iv) that Mr Keating was at the time and until March 1994 a

half-owner of this company which was using this device

to avoid its obligations under the law; and

(b) regrets that the Prime Minister has failed either to dissociate

himself from or condemn this improper behaviour by his piggery

partner in whose hands he entrusted the piggery's management.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the report in the Agra Europe newsletter quoting the

Copenhagen newspaper Jutland's Posten that the

Australian Prime Minister (Mr Keating) was forced, by

political pressure, to sell his half-ownership of the

Euphron piggery holding company to an Indonesian

company, J.G.L Trading Pte Ltd, in what is described as

"a complicated ownership that is very problematic',

(ii) that this conflicts with Mr Keating's claim that he

disposed of his piggery interest to his piggery

partner, Mr Constantinidis, a man who the Danish joint

venturer says has "tarnished Danpork's image',

(iii) that Mr Keating, in reality, used Mr Constantinidis

simply as a device to hide the fact that his

half-ownership was being sold to Indonesians, involving

him in a potential conflict of interest in that Foreign

Investments Review Board approval was required for such

a sale, and

(iv) that the draft Memorandum of Sale by Mr Constantinidis

to the Indonesians was dated 3 days before Mr

Constantinidis acquired the shares from Mr Keating,

clearly demonstrating that this transfer to Indonesians

had been arranged while Mr Keating still owned the

shares and with his knowledge; and

(b) regrets that the Prime Minister of Australia should have

deceived the Australian people about the real purchaser of his

piggery interest.

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

(a) notes:

(i) French scientists opposed to French nuclear tests have

accused French President Jacques Chirac of deliberate

dishonesty on the adverse impact of the tests on the

South Pacific environment,

(ii) Ms Michele Rivasi, head of the French Commission for

Independent Research and Information on Radioactivity,

says official French reports have concealed or strongly

underestimated the seriousness of cracks caused by the

underground blasts in the atoll testing sites,

(iii) that Ms Rivasi refutes France's claim that

radioactivity will be trapped forever in rocks

vitrified by the heat of the explosions, and

(iv) Ms Rivasi further states that each explosion would

blast a 50-metre wide cave in the atoll's rocks, which

are not waterproof enough to guarantee radioactivity

will stay trapped; and

(b) calls on the French Government to listen to the French people

and worldwide opinion and immediately cancel all plans to resume

nuclear testing.

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

Senate--

(a) notes the Federal Government's continuing opposition in the

Industrial Relations Commission to family leave entitlements for

lesbians and gay men;

(b) urges the Government to consider the loss to society of the

talents and insights which lesbians and gay men can contribute,

but which are stymied by the anti-gay policies of State and

Federal Governments;and

(c) calls on the Government to reverse its current opposition to

recognising lesbian and gay rights and endorse the Australian

Labor Party's platform of non-discrimination in relation to a

person's sexuality.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) in Cooktown on 29 August 1995 at a public meeting the

Queensland Minister for the Environment and Heritage

(Mr Barton) and the Minister for Lands (Mr McElliqott)

were unable to answer fundamental questions about the

Queensland State Government's proposed Cape York

wilderness zone,

(ii) the Ministers could not identify the reports on which

the Cape York wilderness zone decision was based nor

give any details as to land acquisition or

compensation, and

(iii) to ensure the preservation and conservation of the Cape

York area, there needs to be a detailed environmental

study prioritising those areas in need of protection

and extensive consultation with local groups in the

area; and

(b) calls on the Queensland Government to make public the

environmental impact study and reports on which the Cape York

wilderness zone decision was based.