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

(a) notes that:

(i) 1 October is the United Nations International Day of

Older Persons, and

(ii) the Keating Government has failed to address adequately

issues of vital importance to older Australians;

(b) condemns the Keating Government for its failure:

(i) to remove the iniquities that self-fundedretirees face

through the taxation system and in relation to

eligibility for the health care card and other

concessions,

(ii) to abolish compulsory retirement on the basis of age

from the Commonwealth Public Service,

(iii) to provide incentives for people of all ages but

particularly those over 65 to maintain their

participation in private health insurance,

(iv) to deal with the inflexibility of recurrent funding and

the crisis in capital funding of nursing homes and

hostels,

(v) to fund adequately dementia-specific facilities and to

provide appropriate and affordable respite care for

people with dementia and their carers,

(vi) to undertake a much-needed total overhaul of the

disjointed and inadequate home and community care

program, and

(vii) to address the discrimination in superannuation and the

provision of adequate retirement incomes which women

face;

(c) further condemns the Keating Government for breaking promises to

older Australians such as the pledge to remove all pensioners

from the tax system and the L-A-W tax cuts which would have

benefited self-funded retirees; and

(d) calls on the Government to act immediately to deal with these

issues.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the enormous contribution that the cattle industry has

made to Australia, and

(ii) that many parts of the industry are now suffering what

has been described as the worst crisis in the industry

in 10 years; and

(b) condemns the Government for its failure, after 13 years in

office, to address the underlying problems facing the cattle

industry.

The Leader of the National Party of Australia in the Senate (Senator

Boswell): To move on the next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) notes that the Booz Allen and Hamilton report on the beef

industry:

(i) highlights a 125 cents per kilo performance gap between

the Australian and the American industries,

(ii) states that 30 to 40 per cent of the performance gap

can be addressed by better industrial relations

practices, and

(iii) advises that if this 30 to 40 per cent of the

performance gap were addressed, costs to the industry

would be reduced by at least $750 million; and

(b) condemns the Government for ignoring the plight of the

Australian beef industry which has seen up to 2 000 workers lose

their jobs to date.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) immigration in 1994-95 was 87 428, a 25 per cent

increase on the level of immigration in the 1993-94

financial year, and

(ii) the Government plans to add an additional 14 000 places

in 1995-96, which will take total immigration to more

than 100 000 in the 1995-96 financial year;

(b) expresses its concern that immigration is being expanded so

rapidly when unemployment remains very high at 8.3 per cent,

with three quarters of a million Australians looking for a job;

and

(c) believes that the Government will endanger community support for

the immigration program by so rapidly increasing Australia's

intake while so many Australians remain unemployed.

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

Senate--

(a) congratulates the Broken Hill Proprietary Co. Ltd on its

announcement in the week beginning 24 September 1995 of its

intention to develop the world's biggest silver mine near Mount

Isa, employing 250 people, and its intention to export the

mineral concentrate from the operation through the port of

Townsville;

(b) notes:

(i) that this site will be developed as a "fly in fly out'

operation, and

(ii) with concern, that "fly in fly out' operations deprive

regional Australia of opportunities for new development

in the form of support townships and infrastructure;

and

(c) calls on the Government to address Government-imposed costs like

fringe benefits tax and fuel tax which discourage long-term

development in regional Australia.

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

(a) congratulates Mick Doohan on winning back-to-back World 500cc

Motorcycle Championships, the first Australian to do so;

(b) notes:

(i) the great benefits and national importance of

increasing levels of participation in sport by

Australians particularly amongst the young, and

(ii) the significant contribution that Mick Doohan's win

makes to inspiring young Australians to participate in

sport; and

(c) congratulates Mick Doohan on being a fine sporting ambassador

for Australia, reflecting on the world stage the drive and

enthusiasm of our young nation.