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NOTICES

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

(a) notes:

(i) the condemnation by the Forest Protection Society in

Tasmania of the special assistance payment announced by

the Commonwealth Government in the week beginning 8

October 1995 as an insult to forest workers and their

families,

(ii) that the offer of $150.75 a week per person falls

dismally short of meeting the needs of self-employed

forest workers who have lost their jobs as a result of

the Commonwealth Government's decision not to release

forest coupes for woodchip exports, and

(iii) the special assistance package makes no provision for

compensating those in the community who both directly

and indirectly depend upon the forest industries to

provide them with a livelihood, including small

business people and service providers in local towns;

and

(b) supports the call by the Forest Protection Society for the

Commonwealth Government to commission a comprehensive study into

the social and economic impacts of its decision to ensure that

unemployed forest workers and other affected parties receive

fair and adequate compensation.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) that the week beginning 15 October 1995 is Amnesty

International Week,

(ii) with concern, the report released by Amnesty

International on 22 September 1995 concerning

conditions in prisons and labour camps in Burma, and

(iii) that the report indicates that hundreds of prisoners

have died as a result of the appalling conditions and

brutal treatment which are a hallmark of the camps; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government:

(i) to urge its counterparts in the Association of South

East Asian Nations to apply all possible pressure to

the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC)

regime to modify its prisons and labour camps to bring

them into line with the United Nations' standard

minimum rules for treatment of prisoners, and

(ii) to call on the SLORC regime to accord to each and every

person in Burma the rights and freedoms guaranteed

under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and

other international treaties and conventions.

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

(a) notes that the Minister for Human Services and Health (Dr

Lawrence):

(i) consistently denies repeated requests for meetings with

a number of organisations, such as Action for Citizens

with Disabilities Inc., and

(ii) fails to properly consult with people and groups

affected by the Keating Government's policies within

her portfolio; and

(b) condemns the Minister for failing the Australian people in her

duties as a minister and local member.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has

concluded that global warming has begun and that this

warming is, at least in part, due to the release of

greenhouse gases by human activities,

(ii) the panel says that some of the poorest and most

populous parts of the world, namely sub-Saharan Africa

and South and South-East Asia, are likely to see

harvests decline by one fifth,

(iii) the panel further warns that even if immediate action

were taken to halt further emissions of greenhouse

gases the climate would continue to heat for several

centuries, and

(iv) the panel's report also predicts floods and increases

in sea levels;

(b) calls on the Government to review its attitude to greenhouse gas

emissions, to recognise that it could achieve the looked-for 20

per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions merely by

ensuring that every house in Australia is equipped with a solar

hot water heater and to direct its policy on the electricity

utilities toward making them into least-cost energy service

providers rather than merely suppliers of electricity;and

(c) recognises that, far from having a depressing effect on the

Australian economy, the aggressive development of the energy

efficiency and alternative energy industries would provide a

boost to the Australian economy and fit it better to enter the

21st Century.

Senator O'Chee, at the request of the Chair of the Select Committee on

Aircraft Noise in Sydney (Senator Parer): To move on the next day of

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

Committee on Aircraft Noise in Sydney be extended to 29 November 1995.

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

(a) notes, with concern, that sales of new motor vehicles fell by

12.5 per cent in September 1995;

(b) agrees with the Federal Chamber of Automotive

Industries'assessment that the sharp drop in sales is largely a

result of the Labor Government's increase in the wholesale sales

tax on cars in the 1995-96 Budget;

(c) condemns the Labor Government for breaching its 1992 promise

that it would not increase the wholesale sales tax on cars; and

(d) notes that the sales tax-induced drop in car sales will most

particularly damage the State of South Australia, which is more

dependent on the car industry than any other State.

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

Senate--

(a) states its abhorrence of wars and armed conflicts;

(b) acknowledges that:

(i) while the actions of people acting in good faith and

with goodwill are the only effective solution to the

scourge of warfare, a great deal can be achieved by the

world community acting through the United Nations (UN),

and

(ii) reform of the UN organisation could lead to more

effective action by the world community; and

(c) urges the Australian Government to work in the current session

of the UN General Assembly for:

(i) a UN early warning system on international and

intra-national conflicts,

(ii) strengthened preventive diplomacy through UN agencies

and officials,

(iii) the establishment of a permanent UN volunteer force to

provide rapid and effective peacekeeping,

(iv) an international criminal court,

(v) reform of the UN Security Council, and the elimination

of the right of veto held by the permanent members, and

(vi) a tax on international currency transfers to pay for

peacekeeping, human development and environmental

protection.

The Chair of the Employment, Education and Training References Committee

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

the presentation of the reports of the Employment, Education and

Training References Committee on the education and training of people in

Australian correctional and juvenile justice facilities in the context

of the National Training Reform Agenda, and on early childhood education

be extended to 30 March 1996.

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 reports of the Legal and Constitutional References

Committee be extended as follows:

(a) the meaning and operation of section 51(xxix) of the

Constitution (treaties and external affairs power), to 26

October 1995;

(b) the payment of a minister's legal costs in respect of terms of

reference (f) and (g), to 23 November 1995; and

(c) the application and interpretation of the third paragraph of

section 53 of the Constitution, to 30 November 1995.

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

(a) notes the release of the Dorset Municipality's draft sustainable

development strategy, which identifies water resource management

as the prime issue of concern and recognises that sustainability

must be a central component of future planning;

(b) congratulates the Dorset Council and municipality in proposing

and developing the consultation and community participative

processes that created the document;

(c) encourages the people of the municipality to remain involved in

and committed to the process through the next vital stage of

implementation, while issues relating to resource management and

infrastructure needs are addressed in practice; and

(d) calls on the Commonwealth Government to recognise the process

developed by the Dorset Council as a model for other Australian

councils.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the week beginning 15 October 1995 is Mental Health

Week, which aims to increase community sensitivity and

awareness for those fellow Australians who suffer with

a mental illness, and

(ii) one in five Australians will at some time in their

lives experience a form of mental illness varying from

mild to severe;

(b) recognises that mental illness can manifest itself in many

forms, including depression, eating disorders, anxiety attacks,

obsessive compulsion, schizophrenia and a range of serious

psychiatric disorders which may lead to suicide;

(c) recalls that Australia is recording one of the highest suicide

rates in the world with suicide being the most common cause of

death for young Australians aged 15 to 24 years, overtaking

death from road accidents;

(d) condemns the Minister for Human Services and Health (Dr

Lawrence) for delaying unnecessarily the recommendations of the

National Health and Medical Research Council Working Party on

Strategies for the Prevention of Suicide, drafted in October

1994 by a panel of Australian specialists in the field of

suicide prevention;

(e) notes, with real concern, that these valuable recommendations

have been sidelined pending action in the mental health branch

of the Minister's department and referred to yet another

advisory committee while more young lives are lost through

suicide; and

(f) expresses disbelief that this Australian Labor Party Federal

Government's national mental health strategy has failed to

allocate specific funding earmarked to develop appropriate

policies to urgently save lives being lost through the

escalating incidence of suicide in Australia.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Keating Government has increased sales tax on motor

vehicles by 46 per cent since the 1993 election,

(ii) this huge Keating tax rise has lifted the sales tax on

a modest $15 000 car to $2 275 as a result of the tax

rate being deliberately increased in stages from the

1993 rate of 15 per cent to 22 per cent on 1 July 1995,

and

(iii) the sales tax on a new top-of-the-rangeHolden has

jumped by more than $2 000 to over $6 000; and

(b) condemns the Keating Government for its deception at the 1993

election when it falsely claimed that it opposed consumption

taxes, in view of the huge rises in sales tax on motor vehicles

which impose a heavy burden on rural communities that have no

access to subsidised public transport.