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Senator Haines: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate notes the comments of the Member of the House of Representatives, Mr Gerry Hand, reported in The Canberra Times of 18 February 1986, and agrees with his observations that-

(a) poverty and homelessness have continued to grow under the Labor Government;

(b) the Government's practice of giving priority to ""dry'' economic policies at the expense of social justice has eroded the real value of pensions and benefits;

(c) the Labor Government has failed to address properly the needs of the disadvantaged;

(d) the time for the Government to redistribute the gains of economic growth to the disadvantaged is long overdue; and that, accordingly,

(e) pensions and benefits should be increased above the level of indexation through the mechanism of a ""growth dividend''.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Cooney): To move 12 sitting days after today-That the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation Orders, as contained in Orders Nos MQ14, MQ15 and MQ16 of 1985 and made on 11 November 1985 under section 16j of the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation Act 1977, be disallowed.

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

(a) notes the continuing inexorable rise in interest rates as a result of the deliberate policies of the Hawke Labor Government; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to take immediate action to reverse its disastrous policies which are causing so much hardship to Australian homeseekers, small businessmen and farmers.

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

(a) notes the refusal of the Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh) to provide an adequate answer to Senator Michael Baume's Question without Notice asked on 14 February 1986, relating to the rural crisis that has resulted from the Hawke Labor Government's policies;

(b) considers that the question which is as follows, merits a proper answer: ""Will the Federal Government repudiate the public statement made by the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Kerin) in Hobart after last week's Australian Agricultural Council meeting that current protests by farmers had more to do with politics than with farm prices, and that their aggravation was not necessarily related to their current financial situation. Was the Minister for Primary Industry reflecting Government policy. Does it indicate a governmental rejection of last week's appeal by the Director of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Dr Stoeckel, for the Government to change its rural policies because "in the absence of alleviating policy initiatives, the farm sector is confronted by severe financial stress' along with industries supplying it and country towns.'';

(c) notes with concern that the refusal of the Minister for Finance to repudiate Mr Kerin's remarks appears to indicate governmental endorsement of them; and

(d) requires the Minister for Finance to address himself to the serious matters raised in the question at the earliest proper opportunity so that rural Australians will better understand the extent of the Hawke Labor Government's anti-rural policies.

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

(a) notes with concern a recent announcement that British farmers may begin growing opium poppy crops which can only help to further damage the long term viability of this small industry in which Australia is one of the world leaders;

(b) calls on the Federal Government to enter into discussions with the Government of the United Kingdom with a view to ensuring that such an enterprise does not proceed at the cost of employment or well-being to this vital Tasmanian industry; and

(c) notes that the Government again demonstrates its lack of regard for the rural sector and that this obvious neglect will further weaken the perilous balance of payments situation and cause an even larger blowout in the deficit.

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

(a) notes with concern the decline in tourist and visitor numbers to Canberra during 1985;

(b) acknowledges that the promotion of tourism in Canberra has been borne by the local industry and applaud their efforts; and

(c) condemns the Federal Government for:

(i) not recognising the importance of marketing and promoting of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) as a tourist destination,

(ii) not proceeding with the establishment of an ACT Tourism Commission as recommended by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the ACT, and

(iii) its attitude towards the development of tourism in the ACT as expressed by its failure to have ACT representation at the International Tourist Borse in March 1986.

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

(a) notes with concern that it is estimated that there will be a shortage of at least 5110 registered nurses in the 1986-88 triennium;

(b) believes the shortage is due to high turnover and wastage rates caused by inadequate working conditions, including lack of workplace-based child care, poor management practices, understaffing, inadequate pay and lack of refresher courses;

(c) deplores the fact that the cost of educating nurses in Colleges of Advanced Education will be wasted if nurse turnover and wastage rates remain at the current level;

(d) considers that dependence on immigration of nurses from overseas is not the answer to the problem; and

(e) urges the Federal Government to institute comprehensive and on-going planning for nurse staffing, aimed at the retention of nurses in the workforce.

The Chairman of Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances (Senator Cooney): To move 12 sitting days after today-That Amendment No. 46 of the Telecommunications (Staff) By-laws, made on 9 October 1985 under the Telecommunications Act 1975, be disallowed.

Senator Sanders: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the failure of the Hawke Labor Government to protect National Estate wilderness areas in Tasmania from logging, openly encouraged and conducted by the Gray Government of Tasmania.

Senator Messner:

No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) notes that the Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh) has ordered that expenditure cuts of up to 6 per cent will be necessary to allow the promised tax cuts to be made over the next 2 years without causing a blowout of the Budget deficit;

(b) notes that 7 Federal Government Ministers have refused to countenance any expenditure cuts, which severely threatens the ability of the Government to fulfil its Budget promises; and

(c) calls upon the Government to table the Joint Economic Forecasting Group Review.

No. 2-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate-

(a) notes that Federal Government expenditure has significantly overrun Budget estimates, for instance, the level of public debt interest has risen 38 per cent in the 6 months up to December 1985 over the same period last year, which is twice the budgeted increase of 19 per cent for 1985-86;

(b) notes that this expenditure blowout when coupled with the projected fall in revenue from the oil levy indicates that the Government may not keep the deficit within $4.9 billion; and

(c) calls upon the Government to table the Joint Economic Forecasting Group Review.