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Notices of motion:

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Hill): To move on

the next day of sitting--That the Senate--

(a) condemns the rejection by Nigeria's military dictatorshipof

international pleas for clemency made on behalf of nine human

rights activists, including the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, who were

subsequently executed;

(b) expresses its abhorrence at the hangings as barbarous acts and

outrages against the people of Nigeria, and horrific abuses of

international human rights;

(c) endorses the decision by the Commonwealth Heads of Government

Meeting (CHOGM) to:

(i) establish a group of foreign ministers to monitor

Nigeria's human rights record, and

(ii) suspend Nigeria from the Commonwealth for 2 years

during which time it must demonstrate a willingness to

recognise its citizen's human rights or face expulsion;

(d) endorses Australia's decision to support the CHOGM initiatives

and recall its Ambassador from Nigeria; and

(e) expresses its profound sympathy to the families and friends of

the dead Nigerians.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that the fruit fly crisis in north Queensland is

costing the country millions, and will potentially cost

the country hundreds of millions, of dollars,

(ii) that reactions to the problem are ranging from allowing

fruit covered in Dimethoate, an organo-phosphate, to be

sold exempt from the normal withholding period, to

potential spraying of world heritage rainforests,

(iii) that there are problems with accreditation and workers'

health and safety, environmental problems from dipping

pits, little knowledge of the baiting effect of the

fly, problems with rejection of exports, problems with

the fly destroying fruit in the rainforests before it

sets seed, panic reactions to the crisis and primary

industries staff and resources being stretched beyond

their limits,

(iv) that this all started because the fruit fly was allowed

into the country and managed to get past quarantine

restrictions and establish breeding populations, and

(v) that the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service

(AQIS) had cut back services to the north, even though

it was known the fruit fly had progressed as far as the

Torres Strait and there was imminent danger of it

entering the country;

(b) resolves that the order of the Senate of 9 November 1994

referring matters to the Rural and Regional Affairs and

Transport Legislation Committee be modified by omitting the

terms of reference and substituting the following terms of


(i) the administration and management of all aspects of the

operation of AQIS, and

(ii) in particular, how and why the fruit fly was allowed to

come into Australia and whether the response of AQIS to

the fruit fly and its consequences has been adequate;


(c) for the purposes of the matters referred to in paragraph (b)(ii)

the committee is to:

(i) hold at least one public hearing in Cairns, and

(ii) present its report on or before 20 December 1995.

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

(a) notes that the Australian Capital Territory Legislative

Assembly's Standing Committee on Planning and Environment has

raised concerns regarding the proposed construction by the

Commonwealth at the York Park North, Hinkler Building and

Woolshed sites in Barton, Australian Capital Territory;

(b) is concerned that the Territory committee found that nowhere in

the documentation is there any evidence that Canberra's town

planning objectives have been considered by the initiating

agency or any other Commonwealth body;

(c) deplores the fact that nowhere is there a reference to the

impact of the proposals on the Australian Capital Territory

Plan; and

(d) wishes to be assured that all requirements relating to the "two

envelope tendering' reform and industry impact are met by the

Commonwealth in relation to these developments if they are to


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

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, the decision by the United States (US) to

conduct six small-scale underground tests involving

nuclear materials at its nuclear test site in Nevada in

1996 and 1997, and

(ii) that the US Department of Energy argues that these

so-called "zero yield' tests are necessary to keep

ageing nuclear weapons "safe' and to ensure that the

Nevada test site is ready to resume full underground

testing at any time;

(b) agrees with Greenpeace nuclear campaigner Ms Jean McSorley that

the only safe nuclear weapon is a dismantled one;

(c) expresses its concern that this decision by the US to exploit

the loopholes in nuclear testing terminology by conducting these

zero yield nuclear tests is a major blow to the current

negotiations to establish a genuine global ban on nuclear

testing through the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty; and

(d) urges the Australian Government to voice a strong protest to the

US in terms similar to those used following the decisions by the

French and Chinese Governments to resume their nuclear testing

programs, and to call on the US Government to cancel the test

program as a gesture of good faith to the world community.

Senator Panizza, at the request of the Chair of the Select Committee on

the Dangers of Radioactive Waste (Senator Chapman): To move on the next

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

Select Committee on the Dangers of Radioactive Waste be extended to the

end of the second sitting week in February 1996 or, if an election is

called before that date, to the day before the first sitting of the new


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


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

(a) notes that:

(i) 11 November 1995 marked the 20th anniversary of the

courageous and constitutionally-proper decision by Sir

John Kerr to sack the discredited Labor Government of

which the current Prime Minister (Mr Keating) was a


(ii) Labor was humiliated at the elections held one month

later, thereby overwhelmingly supporting the decision

of Sir John Kerr to dismiss the Government,

(iii) Sir John Kerr's action saved Australia from a failing

economy, out of control inflation, high unemployment, a

government seeking to govern without supply and a

government that misled the Parliament about its loan

program, and of which Mr Keating was a minister, and

(iv) the discredited Labor Prime Minister of the time

continues to engage in personal abuse against Sir John

Kerr; and

(b) calls on political commentators and the former Labor Prime

Minister to deal with the facts of 11 November 1975 and consider

the consequences for Australia of a government trying to govern

without supply instead of engaging in personal abuse and the

wholesale rewriting of history.

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


(a) records its outrage, sorrow and grief at the brutal and inhumane

execution of the nine Ogoni human rights and environmental

campaigners in Nigeria;

(b) expresses its sympathy to the families and friends of those

killed and to the Ogoni people for their loss;

(c) commends Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr for his principled calls for a

peaceful outcome to the problems in Nigeria; and

(d) congratulates the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting for

its decision to immediately suspend Nigeria from the


Senator Panizza, at the request of 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


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

Constitution (treaties and external affairs power), to 22

November 1995;

(b) a system of national indicators and benchmarks for citizens'

rights and obligations, to 30 November 1995; and

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

reference (f) and (g), to 30 November 1995.

Senator Margetts: To move on the next day of sitting--That there be laid

on the table, not later than immediately after question time and motions

to take note of answers on 15 November 1995, by the Minister

representing the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Resources

(Senator Bob Collins), a copy of any report received by the Government,

prepared by the Western Australian Minister or the Department of

Minerals and Energy or the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

concerning issues raised by Mr Tim Visscher in relation to the potential

for an explosion arising from a source of ignition on the Griffin

Venture on 29 May 1994.

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


(a) notes:

(i) the article in the Sydney Morning Herald of 13 November

1995 entitled "Blots on the landscape: Australia's

green image exposed',

(ii) that the article points out that, amongst other things,

Australia has the highest per capita production of

greenhouse gases in the world, one of the

industrialised world's highest population growth rates,

one of the world's worst rates of land degradation per

capita and an alarming loss of biodiversity, including

the world's worst rate of mammal extinction, and

(iii) that this article highlights that Australia has yet to

fully comprehend and accept the enormity of the

environmental peril we face and to work beyond mere

rhetoric to real solutions; and

(b) calls on the Government to make a real commitment to halting

this destruction, by first accepting that we are in the grip of

an environmental tragedy and that as local communities, as a

nation and as world citizens we must take drastic and

life-changing steps to bring about positive and lasting change

for this and future generations.

Contingent notice of motion: Senator Chamarette: To move (contingent on

Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 1995-96 being read a second time in the same

or substantially the same form as it was read a first time)--That it be

an instruction to the committee of the whole on the bill that:

(a) the committee divide the bill into two bills as follows:

(i) a bill to contain the proposed appropriation of $800

000 for the legal costs of Dr Carmen Lawrence in

relation to the Marks Royal Commission (the second

bill), and

(ii) a bill to contain the remainder of Appropriation Bill

(No. 4) 1995-96 (the first bill);

(b) the committee add to the second bill enacting words and

provisions for titles and commencement; and

(c) the committee make any necessary consequential amendments to the

first bill arising from this resolution.