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The Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

(Senator Woods): To move on the next day of sitting--That the time for

the presentation of the following reports of the Foreign Affairs,

Defence and Trade References Committee be extended to 30 June 1996:

(a) the appropriateness and effectiveness of the Australian

Government's provision of consular assistance to Australians


(b) Australia's relations with the People's Republic of China; and

(c) matters relating to the crash of the Nomad aircraft A18-401 and

the death of RAAF Flight Lieutenant Glen Donovan.

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

(a) notes:

(i) the continuing concern at the possible effects of

electromagnetic fields on human health from powerlines

and facilities such as telecommunications towers, and

(ii) the decision by Clark Equipment Pty Ltd not to renew

Telstra's lease of land in Asquith, New South Wales,

for use as a site for a mobile telephone communications

tower from August 1996; and

(b) calls for new safety standards to ensure that such facilities

are sited at least 300 metres away from public amenities.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the Vienna Conference to review the Inhumane Weapons

Convention failed to reach consensus on ways of

strengthening the protocol governing the use of

anti-personnel landmines,

(ii) the Vienna Conference will reconvene from 15 to 19

January 1996 and on 22 April 1996, which gives the

Australian Government another opportunity to push for a

total ban of anti-personnel landmines abroad,

(iii) the Australian Government's position on landmines was

to push for a partial ban on anti-personnel landmines

which were not self-destructing or detectable, however,

this failed to receive enough international support

from other countries, in particular from India, China

and Pakistan, who called it a rich country's proposal

and an expensive technological solution, and

(iv) the Australian Government has modified its position and

now says that a total ban on the production, use,

stockpiling and transfer of anti-personnel landmines is

the ultimate goal; and

(b) calls on the Government, at the Vienna Conference in January and

April 1996, to push for a total ban of anti-personnel landmines,

given the articulation of this policy position as an ultimate

goal and the lack of success of the Government's former


Senator Bourne, at the request of Senator Woodley: To move on 30

November 1995--That the following matters be referred to the Rural and

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and

report by 30 June 1996:

(a) the economic, environmental and animal welfare implications of

the use of Australian native wildlife, including marine

wildlife, for farming or other commercial purposes; and

(b) whether the Federal Government should develop national controls

over the farming and other commercial exploitation of native

wildlife to ensure adequate adherence to environmental and

animal welfare guidelines.

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 time for the presentation of the report of the Select

Committee on Superannuation on the first 12 months of operation of the

Superannuation Complaints Tribunal be extended to the last sitting day

in February 1996.

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


(a) notes:

(i) that the State Government of Western Australia has

proposed to allow sand mining in D'Entrecasteux

National Park, south-west Western Australia, by the

Japanese-owned company Cable Sands, and

(ii) the incredible beauty and uniqueness of this

wilderness, which is listed on the Register of the

National Estate and includes magnificent areas of sandy

beaches, limestone cliffs, freshwater lakes and rivers,

coastal dunes, swampy plains, and granite outcrops, as

well as extremely significant Aboriginal sites,

enormous biodiversity and breathtaking natural


(b) condemns the State Government of Western Australia for this

blatant act of environmental vandalism that shows no

consideration for the wishes of the Western Australian people

and the people of Australia; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to act immediately, using its

power under the Australian Heritage Commission Act, particularly

section 30, the Export Control Act, and the Biodiversity

Convention, to prevent this proposal continuing.

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

(a) notes:

(i) with concern, that despite the ongoing expenditure of

nearly $10 million through Department of Employment,

Education and Training programs to New South Wales for

Aboriginal education, thousands of Aboriginal children

in New South Wales primary schools are failing to learn

how to read and write, and are falling dramatically

behind the skill levels of other primary school

students as revealed by the basic skills tests for

1995, and

(ii) that the seriousness of this situation has been

underlined by the Head of the New South Wales

Aboriginal Educational Consultative Group, Ms Linda

Burney, who is reported in the Sydney Morning Herald of

27 November 1995 as describing literacy levels of

Aboriginal students as "absolutely unacceptable';

(b) expresses concern that the 1995 New South Wales basic skills

tests highlight the dramatic literacy gap that faces so many

Aboriginal students, a gap where many will never catch up;

(c) condemns the Australian Labor Party Government's Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander policies as being ineffective when sound

educational measures reveal the failure to spend money

effectively in a critical area like Aboriginal education; and

(d) questions the effectiveness of many existing government

Aboriginal programs that spend $2 billion a year, yet many

Aboriginal people are too sick to go to work or school and

remain too poorly educated to obtain work.

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

bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to prohibit discrimination on the

ground of sexuality or transgender identity. Sexuality Discrimination

Bill 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 29 November 1995, by the Minister

representing the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Resources

(Senator Bob Collins), a copy of the following documents relating to the

investigations into the alleged unsafe acts aboard BHP Petroleum's FPSO

Griffin Venture:

(a) the photographs taken during the Mark II investigation in

September 1994;

(b) the BHP Freight Manifest GV 0025 relating to the delivery of the

purge pipe and joining pieces on 5 May 1994;

(c) the statement by Mr F Jione indicating that the flexible pipe

was joined by sleeves; and

(d) the comment by Mr J Patrick, in his facsimile dated 8 September

1995, indicating that BHP Petroleum believed that the purge pipe

work was connected using the internal metallic conductors and

externally with tape.

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the week beginning 26 November 1995 is AIDS Awareness

Week, and

(ii) according to the latest national HIV surveillance

report compiled by the National Centre in HIV

Epidemiology and Clinical Research:

(A) more than 6 300 people have died of AIDS in


(B) more than 19 000 people in this country are HIV

positive, and

(C) the number of women infected with the virus is

continuing to rise; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government:

(i) to investigate additional ways of controlling the

spread of this destructive virus, and

(ii) to broaden its comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy

and immediately to act to speed up the approval of new

drugs and therapies for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

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

(a) standing order 17(1), relating to membership of the Procedure

Committee, be modified to omit "and 6 Senators, shall be

appointed" and to substitute "and 7 Senators, shall be

appointed"; and

(b) Senator Chamarette be appointed a member of the committee.

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

calls on the Federal Government--

(a) to facilitate speedy processing and entry to Australia, within

Australia's normal immigration intake, of those asylum seekers

who are the spouses and dependent children of Vietnamese asylum

seekers who have been granted permanent residence in Australia

and to hold urgent talks to this end with the Governments of

Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the Philippines;

(b) not to accept the refugee determinations carried out by other

countries in the region under the Comprehensive Plan of Action

(CPA) for the resettlement of refugees supervised by the United

Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in view of

consistent reports of the deficiencies of the processes employed

by these countries but to undertake its own assessment of asylum

seekers applying for refugee status;

(c) to undertake a review of the CPA procedures used under UNHCR

supervision with a view to assessing whether the UNHCR has

properly discharged its responsibility for refugee protection

and, if it has not, recommending actions to ensure that the

UNHCR take appropriate corrective actions; and

(d) to report to the Senate on the review's findings by the second

sitting day of 1996.