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Notices of Motion:

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

(a) notes with concern the very large body of legislation which has not yet been presented to Federal Parliament but for which press announcements have been made by the Federal Government, and which includes the following:

(i) the introduction of the imputation system of company tax,

(ii) changes to the capital gains tax legislation,

(iii) changes to the fringe benefits tax and income tax substantiation legislation,

(iv) changes to the eligible termination payment provisions of the income tax law,

(v) the introduction of operational standards for superannuation funds, and

(vi) changes to the domestic income tax law to disallow companies from claiming business outlays as a deduction in Australia if the same deduction is claimed in an overseas country;

(b) condemns the Government for the delay in presenting these legislative matters to Parliament as it is causing considerable uncertainty and confusion in the community; and

(c) requests the Government to introduce the proposed taxation legislation into Parliament as soon as possible.

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

(a) notes the recent report from the Opposition's Waste Watch Committee outlining wasteful research grants by the Hawke Government and calling on the Government in its May 1987 mini-Budget to impose the same restraint on its grants for academic research as it is now requiring the rest of Australia to bear;

(b) rejects the criticism of the Minister for Science (Mr Jones) of the Waste Watch Committee's opposition to grants for such matters as "motherhood in Ancient Rome' at this time of economic crisis for Australia;

(c) notes that the Report to the Prime Minister of the Australian Science and Technology Council, tabled in the Senate on 18 March 1987, effectively supports the Waste Watch Committee by being critical of the criteria for existing research grants which it says ""has prevented the overall research effort from being focussed on areas of research of greater potential value to Australia'' and that ""a greater proportion of Australia's basic research should be in research fields that have the potential to contribute to the nation's industrial capacity''; and

(d) commends the Opposition's Waste Watch Committee for its efforts in seeking to stop the wasteful use by the Hawke Government of taxpayers' funds.

Senator Macklin: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution to extend the duration of the House of Representatives and the terms of service of senators. [Constitution Alteration (Parliamentary Terms) Bill 1987]

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

(a) notes with alarm that the Federal Government is considering allowing the release of contaminated water from the Ranger uranium mine into the environment of Kakadu National Park;

(b) further notes that the Northern Land Council (on behalf of traditional owners) and the conservation movement have consistently opposed release of water to Magela Creek on the grounds that there is no proof that such an occurrence would not be detrimental, in the short or long term, to the wetlands of Kakadu National Park or to any other interests of traditional owners; and

(c) strongly opposes any plan to release contaminated water from the Ranger uranium mine into the environment of Kakadu National Park and urges the Government to direct Ranger to implement a "no release' water management system for the life of the project.

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

(a) notes that high interest rates, a depreciated dollar and massive sales tax increases are the major reasons for the 8.6 per cent increase in food prices during the last 12 months;

(b) calls on the Federal Government to stop attempting a bureaucratically- led recovery and instead concentrate on the real causes of price increases, such as the lack of competition in the retail sector, high and counter-productive Labor taxes, high interest rates and an unstable dollar; and

(c) condemns the Government's gimmicky and taxpayer-funded manoeuvres on controlling retail prices as being ineffective and a smokescreen for its own inadequate economic policies.

Senator Vigor: To move on the next day of sitting-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to regulate smoking in aircraft and aerodromes. [Air Navigation (Smoking) Amendment Bill 1987]

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

(a) condemning the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) for statements he made on Sydney radio to the effect that there was nothing more that the Federal Government could do to assist Australian farmers;

(b) noting that these statements were a deliberate attempt to mislead Australian farmers and the Australian public into the belief that the entire blame for the present rural depression lies in low export prices; and

(c) noting that the statements were designed to conceal the part that Federal Government policies have played in dramatically increasing farm costs and slashing farm incomes,

condemns the Federal Government for pursuing policies which have reduced farm incomes by increasing farm costs, noting in particular:

(i) its maintenance of record high interest rates at a time of record levels of rural debt,

(ii) its introduction of new taxes and tax arrangements such as the fringe benefits tax, increased sales taxes on wine, new sales taxes on orange juice and flavoured milk and quarterly payment of provisional tax,

(iii) its failure to fully pass on the reductions in world oil prices to the entire Australian community, leading to higher farm input costs, and

(iv) its failure to take a firm stand against increasing wage costs or to support moves by the rural community to be exempted from wage increases on the grounds of incapacity to pay.

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

(a) the spread of AIDS poses grave problems for individuals and Australian society as a whole;

(b) AIDS is not confined to high risk groups such as homosexuals and intravenous drug users, but is spreading through those in the heterosexual community who engage in risk behaviour;

(c) the major cause of the spread of AIDS is acknowledged by specialists in the area to be promiscuous behaviour;

(d) faced with the deadly threat of AIDS, Australians are entitled to be told the facts of life in any AIDS Education Program rather than be misled by the promoters of condoms and the promiscuous lifestyle which is the major cause of the spread of AIDS; and

(e) the deadly fact of life in modern times is that there cannot be a promiscuous society without AIDS,

calls upon the Minister for Health (Dr Blewett) to explain a misleading media statement of 10 March 1987, by the AIDS Unit of the Department of Health, which asserted that the Parliamentary Liaison Group on AIDS had approved of the advertisements scheduled for release on 5 April 1987 when, in fact, the Group has not seen the advertisements and a request that the Group be given the opportunity to peruse and have an input into them has, as yet, not been agreed to, and calls on all Australians to act with compassion and genuine humanity to all AIDS sufferers.

Contingent Notices of Motion: Senator Harradine:

No. 1-To move (contingent on the moving of a motion to debate a matter of urgency under Standing Order 64)-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Harradine moving an amendment to the motion.

No. 2-To move (contingent on the Senate proceeding to the consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order)-That so much of the Sessional Order relating to the consideration of Government Papers be suspended as would prevent Senator Harradine moving a motion relating to the order in which the papers are called on by the President.