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NOTICES: Notices of Motion

Notices of Motion were given, as follows- The Leader of the Government (Senator Button): No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting- Suspension of Standing Order 14: That Standing Order 14 be suspended to enable the Senate to consider business beyond that of a formal character before the Address-in-Reply to the Governor-General's Opening Speech has been adopted.

No. 2-To move on the next day of sitting- Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees-Appointment: That, in accordance with Standing Order 36AA, the following Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees be appointed: (a) Constitutional and Legal Affairs;

(b) Education and the Arts;

(c) Finance and Government Operations;

(d) Foreign Affairs and Defence;

(e) Industry and Trade;

(f) National Resources;

(g) Science, Technology and the Environment; and

(h) Social Welfare.

No. 3-To move on the next day of sitting- Estimates Committees-Appointment: That, in accordance with Standing Order 36AB, 6 Estimates Committees be appointed, to be known as Estimates Committees A, B, C, D, E and F; and that, unless otherwise ordered, the Committees consider the proposed expenditure in relation to Departments, as follows: Estimates Committee A Parliament

Industry, Technology and Commerce

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Trade

Science

Estimates Committee B Community Services

Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

Social Security

Health

Estimates Committee C Finance

Employment and Industrial Relations

Treasury

Primary Industry

Communications

Estimates Committee D Education

Housing and Construction

Sport, Recreation and Tourism

Arts, Heritage and Environment

Aboriginal Affairs

Estimates Committee E Resources and Energy

Attorney-General

Special Minister of State

Foreign Affairs

Defence

Estimates Committee F Veterans' Affairs

Transport

Aviation

Territories

Local Government and Administrative Services

No. 4-To move on the next day of sitting- Appropriations and Staffing-Standing Committee-Re-appointment: That- (a) the Committee known as the Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing, constituted by Resolution of the Senate of 25 March 1982, be re-constituted, under the same terms and with the same functions and powers, as varied by Resolution of the Senate of 11 May 1983;

(b) the Committee have power to consider the minutes of evidence and records of the Standing Committee on Appropriations and Staffing appointed in previous Parliaments; and

(c) the foregoing provisions of this Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

No. 5-To move on the next day of sitting- Scrutiny of Bills-Standing Committee-Re-appointment: That- (a) the Committee known as the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills, constituted by Resolution of the Senate of 25 May 1982, be re-constituted, under the same terms and with the same functions and powers;

(b) the Committee have power to consider the minutes of evidence and records of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills appointed in previous Parliaments; and

(c) the foregoing provisions of this Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

No. 6-To move on the next day of sitting- Animal Welfare-Select Committee-Re-appointment: That- (a) the Committee known as the Select Committee on Animal Welfare, constituted by Resolutions of the Senate of 16 and 17 November 1983, be re-constituted, under the same terms and with the same functions and powers;

(b) the Committee have power to consider the minutes of evidence and records of the Select Committee on Animal Welfare appointed in the previous Parliament; and

(c) the foregoing provisions of this Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

No. 7-To move on the next day of sitting- Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes-Select Committee-Re-appointment: That- (a) the Committee known as the Select Committee on Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes, constituted by Resolution of the Senate of 24 September 1981, be re-constituted under the same terms and with the same functions and powers, as varied by Resolution of the Senate of 11 May 1983;

(b) the Committee have power to consider the minutes of evidence and records of the Select Committee on Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes appointed in previous Parliaments; and

(c) the foregoing provisions of this Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

No. 8-To move on the next day of sitting- Volatile Substance Fumes-Select Committee-Re-appointment: That- (a) the Committee known as the Select Committee on Volatile Substance Fumes, constituted by Resolution of the Senate of 10 May 1984, be re-constituted under the same terms and with the same functions and powers, as varied by Resolutions of the Senate of 4 June 1984, 15 June 1984 and 9 October 1984;

(b) the Committee have power to consider the minutes of evidence and records of the Select Committee on Volatile Substance Fumes appointed in the previous Parliament; and

(c) the foregoing provisions of this Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

No. 9-To move on the next day of sitting- 1. Days and Hours of Meeting: (1) That, unless otherwise ordered, the days and hours of meeting of the Senate shall be as follows- (a) during the first sitting week- Tuesday, 2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday, 10 a.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-4.15 p.m.

(b) during the second sitting week- Monday, 2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday, 10 a.m.-6.30 p.m.

From the termination of the last sitting in the second week, the Senate shall stand adjourned until 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday after that termination, or such other day and/or hour as may be fixed by the President or, in the event of the President being unavailable due to illness or other cause, by the Deputy-President, and that the day and/or hour of meeting so determined shall be notified to each Senator; and the 4-weekly cycle will then be repeated:

Provided that the President, upon a request or requests by an absolute majority of the whole number of Senators that the Senate meet at a certain time, shall fix a day and hour of meeting in accordance with such request or requests, and such time of meeting shall be notified to each Senator.

For these purposes a request by the Leader or Deputy-Leader of the Opposition in the Senate shall be deemed to be a request by every Senator of the Opposition and a request by the Leader or Deputy-Leader of the Australian Democrats shall be deemed to be a request by every Australian Democrat Senator.

Provided further that the request or requests may be made to the President by leaving the same with, or delivering the same to, the Clerk of the Senate, who shall immediately notify the President.

In the event of the President being unavailable, the Clerk shall without delay notify the Deputy-President, or, should he be unavailable, any one of the Temporary Chairmen of Committees, who shall be deemed to be required by the Senate to summon the Senate on behalf of the President, in accordance with the terms of this Resolution.

(2) That the Sessional Order relating to the adjournment of the Senate have effect at the terminating time each day.

2. Adjournment of the Senate: That, at the terminating time each day, the President shall put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate; if the Senate be in Committee at that hour, the Chairman shall in like manner put the Question-That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate; and upon such report being made the President shall forthwith put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate: Provided that if the Senate or the Committee be in Division at the time named, the President or the Chairman shall not put the Question referred to till the result of such Division has been declared; and if the business under discussion shall not have been disposed of at such adjournment it shall appear on the Notice Paper for the next sitting day.

3. Routine of Business: That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders and unless otherwise ordered, the Senate shall proceed with its ordinary business in the following routine:

Week 1 Tuesday: (1) Petitions

(2) Notices of Motion

(3) Questions

(4) Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

(5) Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

(6) Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

(7) Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

(8) Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Wednesday: (1) Petitions

(2) Notices of Motion

(3) Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

(4) Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

(5) Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

(6) At 2 p.m., Questions

(7) Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

(8) Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

(9) Consideration of Committee Reports pursuant to Sessional Order

(10) Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Thursday: (1) Petitions

(2) Notices of Motion

(3) Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

(4) Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

(5) Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

(6) At 2 p.m., Questions

(7) Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

(8) Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

(9) General Business

(10) Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Friday: (1) Petitions

(2) Notices of Motion

(3) Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

(4) Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

(5) Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

(6) At 2 p.m., Questions

(7) Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

(8) Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

(9) Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Week 2 Monday: (1) Petitions

(2) Notices of Motion

(3) Questions

(4) Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

(5) Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

(6) Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

(7) Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

(8) Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Tuesday: (1) Petitions

(2) Notices of Motion

(3) Questions

(4) Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

(5) Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

(6) Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

(7) Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

(8) Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Wednesday: (1) Petitions

(2) Notices of Motion

(3) Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

(4) Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

(5) Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

(6) At 2 p.m., Questions

(7) Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

(8) Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

(9) Consideration of Committee Reports pursuant to Sessional Order

(10) Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Thursday: (1) Petitions

(2) Notices of Motion

(3) Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

(4) Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

(5) Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

(6) At 2 p.m., Questions

(7) Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

(8) Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

(9) General Business

(10) Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

4. Proposals pursuant to Standing Order 64: That, unless otherwise ordered and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders: (1) On Fridays in week 1 and Thursdays in week 2 the discussion of any proposal submitted to the Senate pursuant to Standing Order 64 shall not exceed 1 hour.

(2) The written statement of the proposed matter of public importance or urgency shall be handed in to the President not later than 12.30 p.m. on each sitting day.

5. Government and General Business-Precedence: That, on all sitting days of the Senate, unless otherwise ordered, Government Business shall take precedence of General Business, except that General Business shall take precedence of Government Business on Thursdays after Questions, any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64 and consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order, until the expiration of 2 1/2 hours or until there is no further debate; and that, unless otherwise ordered, General Business, Orders of the Day shall take precedence of General Business, Notices of Motion on alternate Thursdays.

6. Petitions-Procedure for Presentation: Notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, the procedure for the presentation of petitions shall be as follows: (1) A Senator wishing to present a petition shall lodge it with the Clerk.

(2) The Clerk shall make an announcement in respect of petitions lodged with him, indicating in respect of each petition the Senator who presents it, the number of signatures, and the subject matter of the petition.

(3) Every petition so presented shall be deemed to have been received by the Senate unless a motion, moved forthwith, that a particular petition be not received, be agreed to.

(4) The terms of the petitions presented shall be printed in Hansard.

7. Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees-Reference of Annual Reports: (1) Unless otherwise ordered, all annual reports of Government departments and authorities, including statutory corporations, laid on the Table of the Senate, shall stand referred, without any Question being put, for consideration and, if necessary, for report thereon, to the Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees.

(2) The President shall transmit a copy of each report so tabled to the Committee which he deems appropriate.

(3) The Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees may, at their discretion, pursue or not pursue inquiries into reports so received; but any action necessary, arising from a report of a Committee, shall be taken in the Senate on motion after notice.

8. Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committees-Reference of Bills: After the Second Reading of a Bill (other than an Appropriation Bill, Supply Bill, or Bill imposing taxation), and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders and without limiting the operation of Standing Orders 36AA and 196A, the following procedure shall apply: (1) A motion (of which notice need not be given) may be moved to refer the Bill to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee: Provided that if no such motion be moved, or if moved and negatived, the Senate shall forthwith resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole for consideration of the Bill.

(2) Upon motion to refer a Bill to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee, no debate thereon shall be allowed for more than 1 hour, and in speaking thereon no Senator shall exceed 10 minutes. If the debate be not sooner concluded then forthwith upon the expiration of that time the President shall put any Questions on any amendment or motion already proposed from the Chair.

(3) On reference of a Bill to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee, a day shall be fixed for the reporting of a Committee's proceedings to the Senate, by which day the final report of the Committee shall be brought up, unless further time be moved for and granted: Provided that the Senate may at any time prior to such day receive the final report of the Committee.

(4) Upon a Bill being committed to a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee pursuant to this Order, it shall be set down on the Notice Paper as an Order of the Day for further consideration following report from the Committee.

(5) The procedure to be adopted by a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee shall, as far as possible, be the same as that in Committee of the Whole: Provided that a Committee may ask for explanations from the Minister in charge of a Bill, or officers, relating to the clauses of the Bill.

(6) A Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee shall have no power to make amendments to a Bill, but may recommend amendments or requests for amendments. No amendment or request for amendment may be proposed which would not be in order if proposed in a Committee of the Whole.

(7) A report from a Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee, relating to a Bill, shall be received by the Senate without debate and its consideration deferred till the reading of the Order of the Day for the further consideration of the Bill, when the procedure, unless otherwise ordered, shall be as follows: (a) motion may be proposed that the report be adopted, and such motion shall be open to debate;

(b) on the motion for the adoption of the report, amendments may be proposed;

(c) in these proceedings, the same right of speech and time limits shall apply as in debate in Committee of the Whole;

(d) if amendments or requests for amendments be made, additional to any recommended by the report of a Standing Committee, the Chair shall propose a Question-That the Bill as reported (with or without amendments or requests for amendments), and as further amended, be agreed to;

(e) a motion may be moved, by any Senator, that the Bill as reported from a Standing Committee be recommitted, in whole or in part, to the Standing Committee, or that the Bill as reported be committed, in whole or in part, to a Committee of the Whole; and

(f) when the report from the Committee, or from a Committee of the Whole, is finally adopted, the Bill may be proceeded with in the usual way.

9. Consideration of Government Papers: That, unless otherwise ordered, and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders: (1) (a) on all sitting days of the Senate, after Notices, Papers may be presented by a Minister; such Papers shall then be considered pursuant to this Sessional Order after Questions and any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64; and

(b) when Papers are called on by the President, pursuant to this Sessional Order, a motion may be moved, without notice, that the Senate take note of one, or several, of the Papers.

(2) The debate on any motion moved pursuant to this Sessional Order shall be conducted as follows: (a) no Senator shall speak for more than 5 minutes;

(b) if debate pursuant to this Sessional Order is not concluded it shall be interrupted after 30 minutes, and the Senate shall proceed to the consideration of the business of the day;

(c) if the debate is adjourned or interrupted by Sessional Order, a motion may be moved for the resumption of the debate either for the Thursday of that week at the time for the consideration of General Business, or for the next day of sitting; and

(d) on Thursdays, at the commencement of General Business: (i) when an Order of the Day is called on under this Sessional Order, Senators who have previously spoken may speak again for 5 minutes,

(ii) motions without notice may be moved to take note of Government Papers tabled during the current sitting week and in relation to which no such motion has previously been moved: Provided that debate under this Sessional Order shall be interrupted after 1 hour.

(3) Where debates on motions moved under the provisions of this Sessional Order are adjourned till the next day of sitting and are called on in the normal course of business, Senators who have spoken to the motions under the provisions of this Sessional Order may speak again for the time allowed under Standing Order 407A as varied by Sessional Order.

10. Consideration of Committee Reports: (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, and unless otherwise ordered, where in any week there are Orders of the Day for the resumption of debate on motions for the consideration or adoption of reports of committees: (a) on Wednesdays after Questions, any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64 and consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order, Orders of the Day relating to reports of committees presented to the Senate during that week shall be severally called on, in the order in which the respective reports were presented;

(b) if there were no committee reports presented during that week, or if debate on motions relating to such reports concludes before the expiration of 1 hour, Orders of the Day relating to committee reports presented prior to that week shall then be severally called on in an order which is the reverse of the order in which the respective reports were presented;

(c) in any debate on such motions so called on, each Senator may speak for not more than 10 minutes; and

(d) any debate pursuant to this Sessional Order shall be interrupted after the expiration of 1 hour.

(2) Provided that, where debate on any motion debated under the provisions of this Sessional Order is adjourned or is interrupted under the provisions of this Sessional Order, Senators who have spoken to such motion under the provisions of this Sesssional Order may speak again to the motion for the time allowed under Standing Order 407A as varied by Sessional Order when the debate on the motion is again called on in the normal course of business.

11. Time Limits to Speeches: That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders: (1) No Senator shall speak for more than 30 minutes in any debate in the Senate. Any Senator may move that the time limit of 30 minutes be extended for 15 minutes; such motion shall forthwith be put without debate: Provided that where a right of reply is allowed in any debate a Senator speaking in reply shall speak for not more than 30 minutes: Provided further that, in debate on the First Reading of a Bill which the Senate may not amend, no Senator shall speak for more than 15 minutes.

(2) In Committee no Senator shall speak for more than 15 minutes at any one time on any one Question: Provided that where the speech of a Senator is interrupted by this provision, and no other Senator rises to speak, the Senator so interrupted may continue his speech for a further 15 minutes but no longer continuously on any one Question.

Senator Button, at the request of the Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh): To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act relating to sugar and certain sugar products.

Senator Button, at the request of the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans): To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Marriage Act 1961.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney), at the request of the Senators indicated, gave Notices of Motion, as follows- Senator Chaney: To move on the next day of sitting- (1) That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the succeeding provision of this Resolution having effect.

(2) That the following Bills be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration of each of the Bills be resumed at the stage reached in the last session of Parliament: Constitution Alteration (Appropriation Bills) Bill 1984

Constitution Alteration (External Affairs) Bill 1984

Flags Amendment Bill 1984

Horticultural-Plant Variety Rights Bill 1984

Senator Baume: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) having regard: (i) to the desire of all people to live in peace and freedom and to enjoy basic human rights, including the right to self-determination,

(ii) to Australia's membership of the United Nations and regard for the principles of its Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples adopted by its General Assembly on 14 December 1960 by Resolution 1514 (XV), and the Final Act of the Helsinki Agreement, and

(iii) to the fact that, whilst the Australian people have acquired these rights and freedoms, other peoples are deprived of them; and

(b) taking note: (i) of the Resolution of the European Parliament on the Situation in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) adopted on 13 January 1983,

(ii) of the fact that the 3 Baltic States were independent sovereign republics and members of the League of Nations during the years 1918 to 1940, when they were occupied by the Soviet Union in consequence of an agreement between the then German Government under Hitler and the Soviet Government under Stalin (the so-called Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact),

(iii) of the fact that the occupation of these states by the Soviet Union still continues, but that in accord with other democratic governments the Australian Government has not recognized de jure their incorporation into the Soviet Union,

(iv) that the peoples of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are being denied many basic human rights (as indicated in the unanimous Report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence entitled ''Human Rights in the Soviet Union'', presented in November 1979), but that they have not given up their struggle for self-determination and freedom, and

(v) that an intensive process of Russification is taking place in these occupied countries aimed at elimination of the indigenous languages and culture;

(c) resolves: (i) that Australia, as a member of the United Nations, should fulfil its obligations to promote and encourage respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and should support the European Parliament's Resolution in respect of the Baltic States,

(ii) that in order to do so the Australian Government should, on its own initiative, and by seeking the support of like-minded governments, bring the question of human rights and self-determination for the Baltic States before all appropriate forums of the United Nations, and especially before the United Nations Human Rights Commission as a priority topic under the agenda item 9 entitled ''The Rights of Peoples under Colonial or Alien Domination'', and

(iii) that the Department of Foreign Affairs should be directed to take all necessary steps in order to implement this Resolution.

Senator Lewis: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate draws attention to the Federal Government's maladministration of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and- (a) condemns the Federal Government: (i) for its failure to provide adequate hospital services and to note that there are currently 2400 people awaiting entry for surgery including 171 children,

(ii) for its repeated demonstrations that militant industrial action will succeed ahead of moderation thereby encouraging widespread militant industrial disputation in the ACT,

(iii) for its precipitate disbanding of the Capital Territory Health Commission at a time of crisis and before properly determining the nature of the authority to replace it,

(iv) for allowing the ACT Trades and Labour Council to dictate what secondary schools will be built and where,

(v) for its disgraceful administration of the ACT Housing Loans Scheme,

(vi) for its failure to replace obsolete or worn-out vehicles and equipment in both the ACT section of the Australian Federal Police and the ACT Fire Brigade,

(vii) for its failure to encourage private enterprise to develop the Tuggeranong Centre complex,

(viii) for its failure to encourage private enterprise to provide low cost housing for rental to the homeless and low income families,

(ix) for its failure to resolve with the New South Wales Government the problems of parole and remissions for ACT prisoners,

(x) for its failure to fill vacancies on ACT boards and statutory authorities or failure to fill such vacancies with the best qualified candidates,

(xi) for its failure to encourage Australia Post to upgrade Canberra's mail sorting facilities and provide a better postal service,

(xii) for its failure to provide adequate long-term parking in the Civic area,

(xiii) for its failure to rectify the potentially dangerous underground petrol pollution in the Civic area,

(xiv) for its failure to provide adequate mental health facilities in the ACT; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government: (i) to re-introduce the repealed Commonwealth Employees (Employment Provisions) legislation so that government employees engaged in essential services in the ACT may be dealt with without delay for failure to provide those services,

(ii) to provide financial impact statements on all proposed changes in administrative or other government arrangements affecting the ACT before implementation, so that there may be informed debate,

(iii) to encourage greater non-government participation in Canberra development projects by clear demonstrations that such investment is welcome and does not have to overcome favoured treatment to semi-government authorities, and

(iv) to carry out its 1983 election campaign promise to give high priority to tourism in Canberra and quickly upgrade Canberra's airport.

Senator Jessop: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate agrees with the dissent by Senators Jessop and Peter Rae attached to the Final Report of the Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Privilege.

Senator Missen: No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, recognizing the unquestioned extent of Commonwealth responsibility for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef exercised through the operations of the Marine Park Authority and for the effective countering of any established threat to the integrity of the reef area- (a) expresses concern about reports which indicate that large numbers of crown-of-thorns starfish have been found in many of the major reefs within the Great Barrier Reef, that the infestations are becoming widespread and posing a serious threat to the organization and functional relationships within some reef communities;

(b) notes recent reports that soil erosion arising from the building of a road in the Daintree rainforest may be creating a threat to rare coral reefs just off the Daintree coast;

(c) observes that, despite former reports of committees of inquiry into the crown-of-thorns starfish since 1969-70, the present Advisory Committee has reported in January 1985 that ''present evidence is inadequate for scientists to agree on the nature and significance of the phenomenon of aggregations of large numbers of crown-of-thorns starfish and thus on the extent of any consequent risk'' and that the current level of research activity is unlikely to lead to a short-term resolution of the questions raised;

(d) expresses its deep concern to the Commonwealth Government and the Marine Park Authority for: (i) the apparent lack of urgency in commissioning urgent research which would enable scientists to ascertain the nature and significance of the crown-of-thorns starfish infestations and the extent of any consequent risk that the reef or some substantial part of it is being destroyed,

(ii) the failure to review techniques for monitoring crown-of-thorns starfish and coral conditions, and developing more efficient techniques such as biological control by predators or other action to control the infestations,

(iii) the inadequacy of regulations preventing tourist spearfishermen and professional fishermen from removing large numbers of giant triton, groper and other natural predators of the starfish from the reef, and, accordingly

(e) calls on the Senate Standing Committee on Science, Technology and the Environment to undertake an urgent investigation into this matter, to ascertain whether the present proposals of the Advisory Committee and the Marine Park Authority are adequate to meet the situation, or otherwise to make specific recommendations relating to a co-ordinated program of crown-of-thorns starfish research, control and eradication within the Great Barrier Reef.

No. 2-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) notes the report and recommendations made by Senator Alan Missen to the Senate on 11 November 1982 relating to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference, held in Rome in September 1982; and

(b) urges the Australian Government and Parliament to enter into negotiations with the United States, Great Britain and other European and democratic states to secede from the Inter-Parliamentary Union and to form a new union of genuinely democratic parliamentary states, which will concentrate on the promotion of the parliamentary system and the adaptation of parliament to the needs of modern government.

Senator Macklin: To move on the next day of sitting- (1) That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the succeeding provision of this Resolution having effect.

(2) That the following Bills be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration of each of the Bills be resumed at the stage reached in the last session of Parliament: Australian Capital Territory Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements Prohibition Bill 1983

Australian Waters (Nuclear-powered Ships and Nuclear Weapons Prohibition) Bill 1984

Commission of Inquiry (Chamberlain Convictions) Bill 1984

Constitution Alteration (Electors' Initiative) Bill 1982 [1983]

Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1981 [1983]

Income Tax Assessment Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1981 [1983]

Liquor Advertising Tax Assessment Bill 1981 [1983]; Liquor Education Fund Bill 1981 [1983]

Property Rights Protection Bill 1984

Rainforest Preservation Agreements Bill 1982 [1983]

Sales Tax Assessment (Rebate for Transport Costs) Bill 1981 [1983]

Sales Tax (Exemptions and Classifications) Amendment Bill 1984

Taxation (Unpaid Company Tax) Assessment Amendment Bill 1983 (No. 3)

Trade Practices Amendment Bill 1984.

Senator Harradine: No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate- (a) noting that the Annual Report for 1983-84 of the Public Service Board, tabled in the Senate on Thursday, 18 October 1984, shows that youth recruitment as a percentage of the total annual recruitment of the Australian Public Service has fallen to an all-time low; and

(b) noting also that persons under 21 years constituted 22.6 per cent of the Australian Public Service staff in 1966; falling to 12.2 per cent in 1974, and falling further to an all-time low of 6.7 per cent as at 31 December 1983,

calls on the Federal Government to instruct the Public Service Board to take positive action to remedy the apparent structural bias in appointment procedures, which at present discriminate against youth.

No. 2-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate notes with concern that over the past two decades families have been subjected to increasing pressures from indirect taxation, as well as from direct taxation, and that moves to downgrade the spouse rebate and family allowances are a further example of this iniquitous trend of placing an inordinate taxation burden on families, particularly one-income families.

No. 3-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate, noting that- (a) the United States Government has withheld funding from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) because of that organisation's involvement in abortion promotion and coercive family planning programs; and

(b) in Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1984-85 under division 318.7.03 for the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Australian Government has allocated $330 000 as a grant to the IPPF during 1984-85,

calls on the Australian Government to cease providing funds to the IPPF unless a guarantee has been given that its programs do not include the promotion or provision of abortions or coercive family planning programs.

No. 4-To move on the next day of sitting- (1) (a) That a Standing Committee of the Senate, to be known as the Standing Committee on Treaties, be appointed to consider all treaties laid before the Senate, and any other treaties to which the Committee may have access, and to report in respect of each such treaty: (i) whether Australia should undertake to be bound by that treaty if that treaty is not already binding upon Australia, and

(ii) the effect which Australia's being bound by that treaty has or would have upon the legislative powers and responsibilities of the Australian States; and

(b) that, for the purposes of this Resolution- ''treaty'' means any agreement or proposed agreement in writing between 2 or more countries which imposes or would impose rights and obligations upon those countries and which is or is intended to be binding upon those countries; and

''undertake to be bound'' in relation to a treaty refers to any action which would have the effect of making that treaty binding upon Australia, including the signing of documents, the ratification of that treaty or adherence or accession to that treaty.

(2) (a) That the Committee consists of 8 Senators, 4 nominated by the Leader of the Government, 2 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, one nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democrats, and one independent Senator;

(b) that, of the Senators appointed to the Committee pursuant to sub-paragraph (2) (a), there shall be at least one Senator for each State; and

(c) that, if nominations made under sub-paragraph (2) (a) are such that appointments to the Committee in accordance with those nominations would not comply with sub-paragraph (2) (b), the President shall notify the Senate accordingly and ask for fresh nominations, and if those fresh nominations are such that appointments to the Committee in accordance with them would not comply with sub-paragraph (2) (b), the President shall notify the Senate accordingly and the Senate shall determine the appointments to the Committee in accordance with this paragraph so far as is practicable.

(3) That the Committee may proceed to the despatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(4) That the quorum of the Committee be 4.

(5) That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such sub-committee any of the matters which the Committee is empowered to consider, and that the quorum of a sub-committee be 2 Senators.

(6) That the Committee elect a member nominated by the Leader of the Government as Chairman.

(7) That the Chairman may from time to time appoint a member of the Committee to be Deputy-Chairman and the member so appointed act as Chairman of the Committee at any time when there is no Chairman or the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee.

(8) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the Chairman, or the Deputy-Chairman when acting as Chairman, have a casting vote.

(9) That a Senator, though not a member of the Committee, may participate in its public sessions and question witnesses, unless the Committee orders otherwise, but shall not vote.

(10) That the Committee or any sub-committee have power to send for and examine persons, papers and records, to move from place to place, and to meet and transact business in public or private session and notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives.

(11) That the Committee be empowered to print from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and that a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings of the Committee as take place in public.

(12) That the Committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint counsel to advise the Committee, and other persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the Committee, with the approval of the President.

(13) That the Committee have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and such recommendations as it may deem fit, and make regular reports on its deliberations.

(14) That the foregoing provisions of this Resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

Contingent Notices of Motion: Contingent Notices of Motion were given, as follows- The Leader of the Government (Senator Button): No. 1-To move (contingent on any Bill being reported from a Committee of the Whole)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

No. 2-To move (contingent on any Bill originating in the Senate having been read a first time)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney): No. 1-To move (contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on any day)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moving a motion relating to the order of business on the Notice Paper.

No. 2-To move (contingent on the Senate on any day concluding its consideration of any item of business and prior to the Senate proceeding to the consideration of another item of business)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate.

No. 3-To move (contingent on any Bill being reported from a Committee of the Whole)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

No. 4-To move (contingent on any Bill originating in the Senate having been read a first time)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

No. 5-To move (contingent on the Senate proceeding to the consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order)-That so much of the Sessional Order relating to the consideration of Government Papers be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senate Chaney) moving a motion relating to the order in which the papers are called on by the President.

Senator Macklin, at the request of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp): No. 1-To move (contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on any day)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) moving a motion relating to the order of business on the Notice Paper.

No. 2-To move (contingent on any Bill originating in the Senate having been read a first time)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

No. 3-To move (contingent on any Bill being reported from a Committee of the Whole)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

No. 4-To move (contingent on the Senate proceeding to the consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order)-That so much of the Sessional Order relating to the consideration of Government Papers be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) moving a motion relating to the order in which the papers are called on by the President.

Senator Harradine: To move (contingent on the President proceeding to the placing of business on any day)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Harradine moving a motion relating to the order of business on the Notice Paper.