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Notices of Motion

Notices of Motion were given, as follows-

Senator Lewis: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Postal Services Act 1975.

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

(a) views with contempt the flagrant and cynical destruction of democracy in the State of Queensland, brought about by the blatant gerrymandering of electoral boundaries proposed by the Queensland Government in its redistribution plans; and

(b) notes that under these plans the National Party can expect to retain office with some 35 per cent of the vote, a situation that cannot be tolerated in a country such as Australia that aspires to the total expression of the democratic process.

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

(a) notes with concern the recent estimate from the Bureau of Agricultural Economics that profitability in the rural sector will this financial year slump by 26 per cent;

(b) notes that the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission has granted farm workers a 2.6 per cent wage rise, which has subsequently been followed by a 3.8 per cent national wage rise, which will mean an additional cost of $65m-$70m, or a loss of an estimated 5 800 jobs in the rural sector alone; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to realise their failure in the economic management of Australia and address itself to real attempts to reduce the deficit, and introduce policies that will bring the crippling interest rates being paid down to a realistic and affordable level, before all incentive for business is lost.

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

(a) recognising that housing is one of the most important sectors of the economy;

(b) being fully aware of the extreme housing shortage that is developing within Australia, and the consequent high rents that are being charged;

(c) convinced that a capital gains tax will cause people to buy expensive houses, when they can afford a house at all; and

(d) gravely concerned with today's falling dollar and consequent high interest rates will make the chances of anyone being able to afford to build a new house quite remote,

calls upon the Government to abandon the idea of a capital gains tax and to take immediate action to show the world that it is seriously attempting to control Government spending, and so reduce the massive deficit which is one of the main factors leading to the damaging high interest rates in Australia.

Contingent Notice of Motion: Senator Mason: 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 Mason moving a motion to give precedence over all other business to the Order of the Day relating to the Commission of Inquiry (Chamberlain Convictions) Bill 1984 [1985].

Senator Mason, by leave, made a statement relating thereto.

Notice of Motion withdrawn: Senator Missen, in accordance with notice of intention given on 5 November 1985, withdrew Business of the Senate, Notice of Motion No. 1 standing in his name for the disallowance of the Freedom of Information (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations (Amendment).

Senator Missen, by leave, made a statement relating thereto.