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

(a) notes the alarming amount of wasted public money involved in the Hawke Government's big spending programs as revealed in the first report of the Federal Opposition's Waste Watch Committee;

(b) regrets that the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (Mr Willis) has instructed his department not to provide Senator Michael Baume with information relating to Community Employment Program funding or performance and that all enquiries must be made through the Minister's office;

(c) regards this as a politically motivated attempt to limit the exercise of a Senator's duty; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to provide proper reporting to the Parliament of those projects which it promotes publicly through press releases with a great fanfare but whose performance it refuses to make equally public.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence (Senator McIntosh): To move on the next day of sitting-That the time for presentation of the Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence on the acquisition of land for the Army be extended to 31 August 1986.

Senator Robertson, at the request of the Chairman of the Select Committee on an Australia Card (Senator Aulich): To move on the next day of sitting-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Joint Select Committee on an Australia Card meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Wednesday, 19 March 1986.

Senator Reynolds: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate condemns the Queensland Cabinet for-

(a) banning Her Majesty's Opposition from publicly debating the extent of mismanagement in that State;

(b) misusing public funds to bring defamation action against Opposition members and media outlets; and

(c) threatening freedom of speech in Queensland in order to hide the extent of corruption in the National Party Government.

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

(a) despite the provocative action of the European Commission in cancelling the annual trade talks with Australia because of its displeasure with what it describes as Australia's strong criticism of Europe's trade in subsidised agriculture, the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) has nevertheless decided to go ahead with proposed talks with the officials of the Commission;

(b) the aggressive and ever-spiralling protectionist policies of both Europe and the United States are already having a serious effect on Australia's trade, particularly in agricultural products; and

(c) only by pressing Australia's case in the strongest possible terms in the United States and in Europe at the highest possible level can Australia's traditional share of the market, particularly in wheat, be maintained,

congratulates the Prime Minister on his decision to negotiate and expresses the hope that his mission to the United States and Europe will produce success in the necessary quest to protect Australia's rural sector.