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

(a) notes the demand from the Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh) that the Opposition pay $400 for a computer print-out of details of grants made under the $1.4b. Community Employment Program (CEP) that the Department admits will take only 2 minutes to produce, which had previously been denied to the Opposition and which was only to be supplied after a Freedom of Information request was lodged;

(b) further notes the assertion by the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) on Sydney radio that ""information about the CEP program is quite readily available''; and

(c) requires the Minister for Finance to accept the direction of the Prime Minister and immediately make available this information, which is of major public interest, to the Opposition free of charge so that the Australian people may be better informed of the extent of the massive waste of taxpayers' money involved in this program.

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

(a) notes with concern the Australian mining industry's persistent attempts to undermine the Federal Government's attempts to list Stage 2 of the Kakadu National Park on the World Heritage List;

(b) objects to the inappropriate promotion of this as a sop to the left-wing within the Australian Labor Party (ALP) following the resumption of uranium sales to France because there are hundreds of thousands of other Australians outside the ALP genuinely concerned about Kakadu's status;

(c) re-affirms the need to preserve all stages of Kakadu free from the ravages of mining;

(d) notes that there is no point in declaring any part of Australia a national park if mining companies are going to be allowed to take out exploration leases therein; and

(e) expresses concern that uranium mining in Kakadu, which is what this argument is all about, is morally indefensible on any grounds.

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

(a) condemns the Federal Government for its irresponsible and wasteful expenditure of taxpayers' money on grants and other funding to fringe community groups and union bodies;

(b) records the Opposition's view that these funding arrangements do not have the full sanction of the Australian people;

(c) seeks an explanation from the Government as to why funding programs such as the Community Employment Program and the Art in Working Life Program have been politicised in their objectives by grants made available to dissident fringe groups and union bodies;

(d) notes with alarm the apparent hypocrisy of the Government in handing out funds to these groups in light of its supposed restraint in fiscal expenditures; and

(e) requests the Government to review its funding to these organisations and freely make available to the public the precise details of all grants that have been approved to date.

Senator Foreman: To move on the next day of sitting-

(1) That the Hawke Labor Government be congratulated on its plans to introduce an effective means of personal identification in the form of the ""Australia Card'' which will mean that-

(a) the Department of Social Security will have the most effective means to eliminate social security fraud;

(b) the Taxation Office will possess the most effective weapon in its arsenal to fight tax evasion; and

(c) employment opportunities will correctly and rightly be for those people who are Australian citizens or residents.

(2) That the Opposition stands condemned because of its failure to support this most effective measure of attacking social security fraud and tax evasion, such a stance by the Opposition clearly showing how seriously it takes social security fraud and tax evasion.

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

(a) notes the criticism by many Australians of the $2m spent by the Federal Government on self-promotion under the guise of advice to the public on the coming tax changes including the fringe benefits tax; and

(b) calls on the Government to reduce wasteful expenditure.