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

notes that--

(a) despite world-wide condemnation of its actions, France has

detonated its fourth nuclear device at Mururoa Atoll;

(b) it is not just governments and politicians who have expressed

anger at the tests but people of all ages; and

(c) the students at Melville High School in Kempsey, New South

Wales, and the Coffs Harbour Students Association in the

electorate of the Member for Cowper (Mr Nehl) have not only

circulated petitions for presentation to the Senate but have

also provided 105 paper cranes to the Senate and asked that

these cranes remind the Senate of previous nuclear testing

atrocities.

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

move on the next day of sitting--That the time for the presentation of

the report of the Economics References Committee on the proposed

Eastlink high voltage powerline be extended to 22 December 1995.

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

(1) That the Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts

References Committee, consistent with its existing heavy

workload and recognising the priority given by the Senate to the

committee's current significant and comprehensive marine

pollution inquiry, which should not be delayed or diminished by

other inquiries, undertake a preliminary inquiry, by way of

requests:

(a) to the Minerals Council of Australia to make a written,

and, if the committee considers it necessary, an oral

submission to it by not later than 16 February 1996 on

the implementation of the Senate's urgency motion of 19

September 1995, namely "the need for governments to

work together with mining companies and the mining

industry to avoid the death of wildlife, risk to ground

water and destruction of native vegetation caused by

the toxic tailings dams of the gold mining industry';

and

(b) to the Parliamentary Library to submit a detailed

background paper on the matter.

(2) The submissions are to be made public unless the committee

resolves otherwise.

(3) In the light of these submissions, the committee is to report by

16 March 1996 on whether it recommends that the Senate should

refer to it for inquiry and report the matters contained in

Senator Chamarette's Business of the Senate notice of motion

relating to the management of gold mine effluent.

The Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

Schacht): To move on the next day of sitting--That the following bill be

introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Family Law Act 1975, the

Family Law Reform Act 1995, and for related purposes. Family Law Reform

Bill (No. 2) 1995.

The Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

Schacht): To move on the next day of sitting--That the following bill be

introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to primary

industries and energy, to repeal certain Acts and for related purposes.

Primary Industries and Energy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 1995.

The Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

Schacht): To move on the next day of sitting--That the following bill be

introduced: A Bill for an Act to make provision for the regulation of

the use for commercial purposes of the indicia and images associated

with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games,

and for related purposes. Sydney 2000 Games (Indicia and Images)

Protection Bill 1995.

The Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

Schacht): To move on the next day of sitting--That the following bill be

introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Australian Sports Drug Agency

Act 1990, and for related purposes. Australian Sports Drug Agency

Amendment Bill 1995.

The Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

Schacht): To move on the next day of sitting--That the following bill be

introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to trade

practices to promote better business conduct, and for related purposes.

Trade Practices Amendment (Better Business Conduct) Bill 1995.

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

(a) notes the terrible suffering of civilians because of the armed

struggle between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of

Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka;

(b) calls on the Australian Government to approach the Government of

Sri Lanka to accept an Australian delegation to visit Sri Lanka,

which should comprise members of Parliament and representatives

of concerned groups in Australia including the churches;

(c) notes that the purpose of the delegation would be to hear

evidence of atrocities committed by either side, to hear

proposals for a political solution to the situation and to

ascertain what kind of humanitarian aid Australia could supply

to those in desperate need in Sri Lanka; and

(d) urges the Australian Government to approach the United Nations

and the Commonwealth to become involved in finding a long-term

solution to the problems in Sri Lanka.

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 the last day of

the 1996 winter sittings.

The Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction (Senator

Schacht): 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 Student and Youth Assistance Amendment

(Budget Measures) Bill 1995.

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

Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the recent history of activities of Australian mining

companies overseas and mining companies with Australian

part-ownership involved in overseas mining operations

which abrogate environmental responsibility and human

rights,

(ii) that major examples of this trend include Australian

company Broken Hill Proprietary Limited's operations in

the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea, CRA subsidiary

Bougainville Copper's history of mining operations in

Bougainville, and Freeport McMoran's mine in West

Papua, which is 18 per cent owned by Australian company

CRA, and

(iii) that together these companies have been accused of

interfering with a country's laws to deny local people

rightful compensation for environmental damage, the

deaths of 5 000 civilians during the long 6-year war on

Bougainville and the deaths of 37 West Papuan

villagers; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to establish and implement legal

codes of conduct for mining companies operating overseas in

terms of enforceable, legal, international environmental and

human rights standards.

The Leader of the National Party of Australia in the Senate (Senator

Boswell): To move on the next day of sitting--That there be laid on the

table, by the Commonwealth Ombudsman, on or before 29 November 1995, the

draft report on the investigation of the complaint by Mrs Ann Garms.

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

(a) notes:

(i) that more than 200 representatives of community radio

and television stations around Australia attended the

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia's

annual conference, "Our Vision Our Voice', held in

Melbourne on the weekend of 25 and 26 November 1995,

and

(ii) the comments at the conference by the Minister for

Communications and the Arts (Mr Lee) that there are now

over 130 licensed community stations that continue to

empower and entertain audiences;

(b) recognises:

(i) the importance of the community broadcasting sector in

providing an independent, alternative, communication

mechanism so critical for the healthy functioning of a

democracy,

(ii) the substantial role played by community broadcasting

in ensuring a diversification of voice in Australia's

media, and

(iii) the great benefit to society obtained by the community

broadcasting sector providing for the active

participation by that community in its management,

development and operation; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to actively pursue a strategy

for ensuring that it provides a climate in which the community

broadcasting sector can continue to grow and diversify in the

face of the growing concentration of the mainstream media.

Senator Panizza, at the request of the Chair of the Rural and Regional

Affairs and Transport References Committee (Senator Brownhill): To move

on the next day of sitting--That the time for the presentation of the

following reports of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

References Committee be extended to 30 June 1996:

(a) a review of Landcare policies and programs in Australia; and

(b) value-adding in agricultural production.

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

Senate--

(a) notes that the week beginning 26 November 1995 is AIDS Awareness

Week, which is an opportunity to promote the issues surrounding

HIV/AIDS, including education, prevention, supportive care and

anti-discrimination;

(b) affirms the strength and determination of people living with

HIV/AIDS and the enormous community support for combating this

devastating pandemic;

(c) supports the Federal Government for its continued commitment to

a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to improve on this commitment by

making urgent reforms to processes for the approval and funding

of HIV/AIDS treatments in Australia, including approvals for

combinationtherapy and funding for viral load testing.

Senator Woodley, at the request of the Leader of the Australian

Democrats (Senator Kernot): To move on the next day of sitting--That the

Senate--

(a) welcomes the announcement by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) of

the establishment of the Canberra Commission on the Elimination

of Nuclear Weapons;

(b) congratulates all members of this commission who have agreed to

be involved with this initiative for their personal commitment

in working towards the goal of eliminating the world stockpile

of nuclear weapons;

(c) expresses support for the notion now argued by a number of

countries, including Australia, before the International Court

of Justice that, by their very nature, nuclear weapons breach

the fundamental principles of humanity and are therefore

illegal; and

(d) urges all nuclear weapons States in particular to co-operate

with the commission and to support its investigations as it

prepares a report in the lead-up to the United Nations General

Assembly in 1996.

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 the following

reports of the Legal and Constitutional References Committee be extended

to the sixth sitting day in 1996:

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

rights and obligations; and

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

reference (f) and (g).