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NOTICES

Notices of Motion:

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney):

No. 1-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate take note of the following apology made by former Senator C. G. Primmer to Mr I. G. Bowden in respect of public statements made by Mr Primmer concerning Mr Bowden:

APOLOGY TO HIS EXCELLENCY, MR. I. G. BOWDEN

I withdraw without reservation or qualification all accusations, allegations and innuendos which I have at any time made within and outside the Parliament, against Ivor Gordon Bowden, an officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs, formerly Australian Ambassador to Iran and Australian Commissioner in Hong Kong and currently serving as Australian Ambassador to Pakistan. While I acted in good faith I acknowledge that I have produced no evidence to sustain these attacks and that successive, competent investigations, whose verdict I unreservedly accept, have on each occasion cleared his name. I regret and apologise sincerely for the distress which these unwarranted attacks have caused him and his family and for any damage which these attacks, including those contained in the letter I wrote to the Head of State of Pakistan on Mr. Bowden's appointment as Ambassador may have done to his career and to his standing in the community.

I also apologise to those other persons in Government service whom, in the course of my accusations against Mr. Bowden, I unjustly accused of improper actions in the course of their duties.

Dated the 2nd day of October 1986.

CYRIL GRAHAM PRIMMER

No. 2-To move on the next day of sitting-That the Senate take note of the following apology made by former Senator C. G. Primmer to Mr P. G. F. Henderson, A.C., in respect of public statements made by Mr Primmer concerning Mr Henderson:

APOLOGY TO MR. P. G. F. HENDERSON, AC

I completely and unreservedly apologise to Mr. P. G. F. Henderson, former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs for the statement made by me on 30 April, 1982 in the course of a radio programme on the A.B.C.

I also completely and unreservedly apologise for any related public statements made by me which have had the effect of damaging Mr. Henderson's public standing, reputation and career.

I acknowledge and Mr. Henderson recognises that although I made the statements in good faith acting upon information that had been supplied to me, in fact I had been misinformed and none of the statements were true.

Dated the 2nd day of October 1986.

CYRIL GRAHAM PRIMMER

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

(a) notes that the Agreement between Australia and the United States (US) relating to the Joint Defence Space Research Facility at Pine Gap, dated 19 October 1977, means that Australia is free to notify the US that it desires to terminate the Agreement with one year's notice from 19 October 1986;

(b) notes, too, that the US co-operating agency is alleged to be the US Department of Defense whereas in fact the Central Intelligence Agency is using the Department of Defense as a cover;

(c) deplores the refusal of the Hawke Labor Government and its Liberal predecessor to admit to the existence of the US National Security Agency at Pine Gap;

(d) condemns the Government for its refusal to tell the nation what else Pine Gap does beyond its monitoring and verification role and what its role would be in a nuclear war-fighting scenario; and

(e) calls on the Government to give one year's notice of termination of the Agreement to the US from 19 October 1986.

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

(a) noting Qantas' position as Australia's national flag carrier;

(b) recalling the preferential loan and funding arrangements extended to Qantas by all Australian Governments; and

(c) bearing in mind the protection extended to Qantas from overseas competition through aviation regulations and policies,

expresses regret and disappointment at Qantas' refusal to show, in flight, a film warning of the consequences for drug offences overseas and urges Qantas to acknowledge its national responsibilities.

Senator Vigor: To move on the next day of sitting-That the Sessional Order of 22 February 1985 relating to the consideration of Government Papers be amended by adding after paragraph (2) the following new paragraph:

""(2A) Where a statement by a Minister is presented and a motion is moved to take note of that statement in accordance with paragraph (1), the time taken by debate on that motion shall be disregarded for the purpose of the limitation of time provided by paragraph 2 (b).''.

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

(a) recalls the comments made in the 1985-86 Annual Report of the Goodwin Retirement Villages:

""The ever-growing demands for aged care, especially in the area of the frailer and more dependent aged, is a constant worry for Goodwin and presents a challenge to all in Canberra. A major concern of the Board continues to be the shortage of nursing home beds.'';

(b) notes the Statement on the Care of Aged People presented by the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes) on 17 September 1986 in which the proposed distribution to the year 1989 includes only 20 new nursing beds for the ACT; and

(c) regards this decision as ignoring the fact that there are in excess of 200 frail aged in Canberra assessed as requiring nursing home care.

Intention to withdraw:

Senator Reid, pursuant to Standing Order 109A, gave notice of her intention, at Placing of Business this day, to withdraw Business of the Senate, Notice of Motion No. 1 standing in her name for the next day of sitting, for the disallowance of Part VII of the Children's Services Ordinance 1986.

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