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NOTICES

Notice of motion withdrawn: The Chair of the Standing Committee on

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

intention given on 22 November 1995, withdrew Business of the Senate

notice of motion no. 2 standing in his name for today for the

disallowance of Remuneration Tribunal Determination No. 12 of 1995, made

under section 8 of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

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

motion.

Notices of motion:

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

following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to protect Australia's

native forests. Native Forest Protection Bill 1995.

The Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner): To move on the next day of sitting--

(1) That, on Friday, 1 December 1995--

(a) the hours of meeting shall be 9 a.m. to 3.45 p.m.;

(b) the routine of business shall be Government Business

only, except that matters of public interest may be

discussed between 12.45 p.m. and 2 p.m.; and

(c) the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be

proposed at 3.45 p.m.

(2) That the procedures for the adjournment specified in the

sessional order of 2 February 1994 relating to the times of

sitting and routine of business shall apply in respect of this

order, except that the time limit of 40 minutes shall not apply.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with grave concern, the large number of police

shootings involving people with a mental illness, and

(ii) the positive work being done to address the issue by

community groups such as the Australian Council for

Social Services and the Australian National Association

for Mental Health;

(b) supports the initiative of the Minister for Human Services and

Health (Dr Lawrence) to set up a joint State-Federal task force

to address the issue; and

(c) calls for increased Commonwealth Government action to ensure

that:

(i) services provided to people experiencing mental illness

are increased to an optimum level, and

(ii) health care teams and police are trained and available

to appropriately assist people with mental illness.

Senator Harradine: To move 3 sitting days after today--That the Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) with approval, the action of the Australian Labor Party

in endorsing a conscience vote for its members in the

Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly

during its consideration of euthanasia legislation, and

(ii) with concern, reports that the Country Liberal Party

proposes not to permit a conscience vote for its

members in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly

during its forthcoming consideration of its amendments

to remedy defects in, and to progress, the Rights of

the Terminally Ill Act 1995, amendments which if passed

will make the Northern Territory the first place in the

world to have legalised euthanasia; and

(b) calls on the Country Liberal Party to enable its members to

exercise a conscience vote on this life and death issue.

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

Superannuation (Senator Watson): To move on the next day of

sitting--That the following matter be referred to the Select Committee

on Superannuation for inquiry and report by the last sitting day of

1996:

The role of superannuation funds in the governance of Australian

corporations, the international experience, and, in particular, the

adequacy of the current contractual arrangements and the roles and

responsibilities in relation to the exercise of proxy voting of the

various entities in the superannuation industry and the control and

exercise of the voting power of institutional investors.

Senator Bell, at the request of Senator Lees: To move on the next day of

sitting--That paragraph (5)(c) of Guideline No. 18 of the Childcare

Assistance (Fee Relief) Guidelines, as contained in CCA/12A/95/1 and

made under subsection 12A(3) of the Child Care Act 1972, be disallowed.

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

Senate--

(a) notes, with the utmost concern, a report in the Age on 22

November 1995 that the Minister for Defence (Senator Ray) is

seeking to have the Australian Defence Force exempted from

anti-discrimination legislation so as to exclude and expel

people who are HIV positive;

(b) condemns the Minister for this move; and

(c) calls on:

(i) the Minister and the Australian Defence Force to gain a

better understanding of the HIV and other

life-threatening viruses, and the circumstances of

people who are HIV positive, and

(ii) the Federal Government to reject any exemption of the

Australian Defence Force from laws which seek to

protect the human rights of all Australians.

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

Superannuation (Senator Watson): To move on the next day of

sitting--That the following matters be referred to the Select Committee

on Superannuation for inquiry and report by the last sitting day of

1996:

(1) The implications of the enormous growth in superannuationfund

assets in Australia for:

(a) the availability of development capital;

(b) funding of infrastructure projects;

(c) the capital needs of small--and medium-sized Australian

enterprises; and

(d) housing finance.

(2) What role, if any, the investment of Australian superannuation

savings should play in furthering broader social, economic or

industry policy objectives.

(3) The need for long-term investment and the problem of

"short-termism'.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) in question time on 22 November 1995, Senator Lees

asked the Minister representing the Minister for

Resources (Senator Bob Collins) the following question:

"Does the Government see the last remaining areas of

rainforest as a resource to be logged by the timber

industry for export woodchips?',

(ii) Senator Bob Collins' response, representing the

Minister for Resources, was a single word: "No', and

(iii) this must mean the Federal Government does not believe

rainforests should be logged and used for woodchips and

Australians agree with this sentiment;

(b) draws the Minister's attention to the fact that 97 rainforest

coupes are marked for logging in Tasmania during the next 3

years and that:

(i) some of these coupes may have already been logged,

(ii) a majority of these magnificent forests will be used

for woodchips for the export market, and

(iii) these data come from Forestry Tasmania's maps, one of

which is labelled "Rainforest or Mixed Rainforest of

Tasmania' and one "Scheduled Harvesting of State

Forestry 1995-96 to 1997-98'; and

(c) urges the Federal Government to make it a condition of woodchip

export licences that rainforests are prevented from being a

source for the resource, in line with Senator Bob Collins'

welcome statement on 22 November 1995.

The Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner): To move on the next day of sitting--That the order of the

Senate of 29 November 1994, relating to the consideration of

legislation, not apply to the following bills:

Industry Commission Amendment Bill 1995

Student and Youth Assistance Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 1995.

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

Superannuation (Senator Watson): To move on the next day of

sitting--That, in accordance with the recommendations of the

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Securities' report on

Derivatives, the following matters be referred to the Select Committee

on Superannuation for inquiry and report by the last sitting day of

1996:

(a) the use of derivatives by superannuation funds in Australia;

(b) the risks associated with the use of derivatives and the

management of those risks;

(c) the regulation of the use of derivatives by superannuation funds

in Australia;

(d) the effectiveness of the regulation of derivatives in protecting

the funds of superannuants;

(e) any measures that could be taken to reduce the risks associated

with the use of derivatives; and

(f) any other relevant matters.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) 75 per cent of rainforests have been destroyed, and 60

per cent of woodlands cleared or severely degraded,

since the beginning of European settlement in

Australia,

(ii) more than 3 000, or 1 in 7, of Australia's vascular

plant species are rare or threatened, with 97 of these

presumed extinct,

(iii) more than 100 native plants and animals have become

extinct, mostly through habitat destruction,

(iv) protecting species is one of the tenets of the

International Convention of Biological Diversity to

which Australia is a signatory,

(v) a recent newspaper report about this issue cites

Australia as being second only to the United States as

having the worst record for protection of biodiversity,

(vi) the variety and biodiversity of the earth's species is

a gift of God in creation, and

(vii) human beings have no ethical or philosophical right to

cause the loss of biodiversity but are called to be

stewards of the creation; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government, industry and all Australians to

care for all living things and the earth, to rejoice in their

diversity and to protect them from extinction.