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Intention to withdraw: Senator O'Chee, at the request of the Chair of

the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Colston)

and pursuant to standing order 78, gave notice of Senator Colston's

intention, at the giving of notices on the next day of sitting, to

withdraw Business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1 standing in the

name of Senator Colston for the next day of sitting for the disallowance

of the Formulation of Guidelines made under subsection 51AL(7) of the

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.

Senator O'Chee, by leave, made a statement relating to the notice of


Notices of motion:

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

(a) notes the recent press release from Ms Sharon Burrow, Federal

President of the Australian Education Union, drawing the

attention of Australians to the critical state that has been

reached in primary education in Australia, and in which she

cites as evidence the following facts:

(i) that Australia's governments collectivelyprovide a

level of funding for our youngest students that is

second lowest amongst Organisation of Economic

Co-operation and Development countries, and

(ii) Australia currently has a child poverty rate of 9 per

cent after the transfer of public moneys, despite the

now infamous promise, still ringing in our ears, that

"no Australian child will be living in poverty by the

year 2000'; and

(b) notes that the grave concerns expressed by the Australian

Education Union are shared by the Australian Primary Principals'

Association and the Australian Council of State School

Organisations; and

(c) congratulates these peak bodies for their determination to make

the funding of this fundamental and critical area of education

central in the coming federal election campaign, as the

beginning of, if necessary, a long tough campaign for a new deal

for our youngest Australians.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Beazley), representing

the Federal Labor Government, launched an advertisement

on Sunday which says "The Court Liberal Government has

set the minimum weekly wage at $317.10. A family can't

live on that!',

(ii) under the Goss Labor Government's industrial relations

system, which mirrors the federal system, the

Industrial Relations Commission has set a minimum

weekly wage of $250, and

(iii) the Queensland minimum wage is $67 less than the

Western Australia minimum wage of $317;

(b) condemns the Federal Government for its dishonest scare campaign

in Western Australia; and

(c) calls on the Government to explain how a family in Queensland

earning the minimum wage can survive on $67 per week less than

the minimum wage in Western Australia.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) a coalition of Christian church leaders from around

Australia has formally called on the Labor and the

Coalition Parties to halt logging in Australia's

old-growth forests, and

(ii) this coalition includes leaders and theologians from

the Catholic, Anglican and Uniting Churches; and

(b) endorses the statement of the church leaders that the woodchip

issue is not simply a political and economic one, but also has

ethical and moral aspects.

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 30 November


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

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, that the speech delivered by the

Governor-General, Mr Hayden, to the United Nations, on

the occasion of the 50th anniversary of that

organisation, failed to make any reference to crucial

international concerns relating to nuclear testing,

(ii) that even the speech notes failed to specifically

mention the appalling lack of regard shown by two

members of the United Nations Security Council, France

and China, in conducting a series of nuclear tests

despite international commitments to the contrary, and

(iii) that, whilst the Government has attempted to play down

this grave omission by claiming that the

Governor-Generalran out of time in his speech, the fact

that this element of the speech was tacked on only

highlights the ambivalent position of Australia with

respect to nuclear testing issues in the international

arena because of our strong support of the nuclear

weapons states during negotiations for the Nuclear

Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban

Treaty and because of our continuing push for the

export of Australian uranium; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to rectify this embarrassing

international gaffe by immediately ceasing the export of

Australian uranium as a demonstration of this nation's

commitment to international nuclear disarmament and also to work

strenuously in the current negotiations for a Comprehensive Test

Ban Treaty with an absolute zero threshold.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot): To move on the

next day of sitting--

(1) That the Senate adopts, as a Code of Conduct for Senators, the

principles set out in the document entitled "A framework of

ethical principles for Members and Senators', tabled by the

President on 21 June 1995, subject to the following amendments:

(a) Principle 1, heading, at the end, add "and its System of


(b) Principle 1, at the end, add:

"Members and Senators shall act with respect towards the

institutions of Parliament and shall ensure that their

conduct, whether in a personal or official capacity, does not

bring Parliament into disrepute, or damage public confidence

in the system of Government.".

(c) Principle 2, omit the Principle, substitute the following


"2. Diligence and Economy

Members and Senators must exercise due diligence, care and

attention, and shall at all times, seek to achieve the highest

standards practicable in relation to their duties and

responsibilities in their official capacity. Members and

Senators, in performing their official duties, shall, to the

best of their ability, apply public resources economically and

only for the purposes for which they are intended, and expose

fraud or corruption of which the Member or Senator is aware.".

(d) Principle 3, omit the Principle, substitute the following


"3. Respect for the Dignity and Privacy of Others

Members and Senators shall treat other Members and Senators,

members of the public and officials honestly and fairly, and

with proper regard for their rights, entitlements, duties and

obligations, and shall at all times, as far as they are able

to, provide responsive, effective and courteous service to all

those with whom they have official dealings.

They must respect the privacy of others and avoid

unjustifiable or illegal discrimination. They must safeguard

information obtained in confidence in the course of their

duties and exercise responsibly their rights and privileges as

Members and Senators.".

(e) Principle 4, at the end, add:

"Holders of public office should not place themselves under

any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or

organisations that might influence them in the performance of

their official duties.".

(f) Principle 5, at the end, add:

"Members and Senators shall immediately declare publicly an

actual or apparent conflict between the requirements of

official duty and any personal interest (whether a pecuniary

interest or other form of interest), whenever such a conflict

becomes known to the Member or Senator and irrespective of

whether the interest involved is the subject of separate


Members and Senators should take decisions solely in terms of

the public interest, and, in carrying out public business,

including making public appointments, awarding contracts or

recommending individuals for rewards or benefits, should make

objective choices on merit.".

(g) After Principle 7, insert the following Principle:

"7A. Accountability and Openness

Members and Senators are accountable for their decisions and

actions to the public, must submit themselves to whatever

scrutiny is appropriate to their office, and should be as open

as possible about all the decisions and actions that they

take. They should give reasons for their decisions and

restrict information only when the wider public interest

clearly demands it.".

(2) That, under the resolution of 13 February 1991, this resolution

is an order of continuing effect.

(3) That the Senate requests the House of Representatives to adopt

this Code of Conduct for its members.

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


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


(a) notes, with concern:

(i) the fact that the current hole in the ozone layer is

the worst on record;

(ii) the change in phytoplanktonic species distribution as a

result of increased ultraviolet-B radiation as a

consequence of depletion of the ozone layer,

(iii) the fact that phytoplankton is responsible for fixing

roughly half of the carbon dioxide biologically-fixed

each year, and so such changes have possible

significant implications for climate change,

(iv) the fact that changes in species distribution will have

a major impact on oceanic ecosystems, particularly

through changing quantities available in food chains,

and that this will have major impacts on fisheries, and

(v) the fact that ultraviolet light, especially

ultraviolet-B, is mutagenic to single-cell organisms

and many multicellular algae and will cause increasing

mutations to algal species with unpredictable

ecological results; and

(b) therefore conveys its concern to the Commonwealth Environment

Protection Authority and the Minister for the Environment, Sport

and Territories (Senator Faulkner), in the hope that the

situation will be monitored and that all possible efforts will

be made to phase out all ozone depleting substances and

practices as rapidly as possible, and to destroy existing stocks

of such substances before they can accidentally find their way

into the ozone layer.

The Chair of the Economics References Committee (Senator Ferguson): To

move on the next day of sitting--That the Economics References Committee

be authorised to hold a public hearing during the sitting of the Senate

on 26 October 1995 from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. to take evidence from a

witness via video conference hook-up for the committee's inquiry into

the impact on industry, employment and the community of

telecommunications developments up to the year 2000 and beyond.

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


Senator Denman, at the request of the Chair of the Community Affairs

Legislation Committee (Senator West): To move on the next day of

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

Community Affairs LegislationCommittee on the Tobacco Advertising

Prohibition (Broadcasting and Tobacco Advertising Legislation) Amendment

Bill 1994 be extended to the last day of sitting in 1995.