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NOTICES

Notices of motion withdrawn: The Chair of the Standing Committee on

Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Colston), pursuant to notice of

intention given on 16 November 1995, withdrew Business of the Senate

notices of motion nos 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 standing in his name for 3

sitting days after today and Business of the Senate notice of motion no.

1 for 7 sitting days after today for the disallowance of the following

instruments:

Public Service Determination 1995/58, made under section 82D of the

Public Service Act 1922.

Determination of Technical Standard Notice TN5 of 1995, made under

section 244 of the Telecommunications Act 1991.

Employment Services (Participants) Determination No. 2 of 1995, made

under section 25 of the Employment Services Act 1994.

Employment Services (Terminating Events) Determination No. 2 of 1995,

made under section 26 of the Employment Services Act 1994.

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations (Amendment), as

contained in Statutory Rules 1995 No. 240 and made under the

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

Prawn Export Promotion Levies and Charges Regulations, as contained in

Statutory Rules 1995 No. 245 and made under the Prawn Export Promotion

Act 1995, the Prawn Export Charge Act 1995, and the Prawn Boat Levy

Act 1995.

Locally Engaged Staff Determination 1995/24, made under section 82D of

the Public Service Act 1922.

Notices of motion:

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

(a) notes that the confluence of preparation for the 1996-97 Budget

and the 1996 federal election will inevitably cause difficulties

for good government in Australia, and this will be a recurring

problem; and

(b) recommends that more serious consideration be given to

instituting fixed 4-year terms for the Federal Parliament with

all members of the Senate and House of Representatives being

elected at the same time.

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

(a) deplores the recent Australian Taxation Office draft ruling

which deems the scholarship receipts of full-time tertiary

students taxable; and

(b) calls on the Government to reverse this view of the meaning of

the Act and ensure the continuation of valuable research and

development projects by removing this serious disincentive to

the provision of research and development scholarships.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the preselection of Natasha Stott Despoja as the next

Australian Democrat Senator for South Australia, to

replace Senator Coulter, and

(ii) with sadness, the loss to the Senate of the great

wealth of experience and insight in environmental

issues of Senator Coulter;

(b) congratulates the Australian Democrats for selecting as his

replacement the youngest ever woman to gain a seat in the

Federal Parliament; and

(c) notes Ms Natasha Stott Despoja's prominent role in the student,

youth and women's movements and welcomes the entirely fresh

perspective she will bring into the Senate from her wealth of

knowledge and experience in these areas.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the unacceptable level of job losses in country towns

due to the Carr Government's slashing of the public

sector in towns such as Wagga Wagga, Tamworth, Lismore,

Dubbo, Bathurst, Forbes and Cootamundra, and

(ii) that these latest jobs cuts come on top of the already

debilitating unemployment levels in rural areas,

particularly amongst our youth;

(b) condemns the Labor Party for its irresponsible attitude and for

cutting back services to rural and regional Australia; and

(c) calls for:

(i) the Labor Party to understand that people will not want

to live in country areas if it continues to strip away

services from country towns, and

(ii) support of decentralisation of public sector

departments to country regions, thereby relieving the

pressure on metropolitan areas.

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

Senate--

(a) notes the enormous salinity crisis faced by the rural sector in

Western Australia, as highlighted by a State Government report

currently in the hands of the State Minister for the Environment

(Mr Foss);

(b) condemns the State Government for its unwillingness to confront

one of Western Australia's worst environment problems and to

allocate the necessary funds to address this issue; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to work with all State

governments to combat this problem and particularly to play an

active role in establishing preventative strategies to halt the

worsening of the salinity crisis.