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Thursday, 20 March 2003
Page: 9815

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the release, on Thursday, 20 March 2003, of a report on the future of wind energy in Australia Driving investment, generating jobs: Wind energy as a powerhouse for rural and regional development in Australia,

(ii) that there are now 104 megawatts of wind power installed and running in Australia, 736 megawatts approved or under construction, and 1 400 megawatts formally proposed for planning approval,

(iii) that this total of 2 240 megawatts is sufficient to supply the energy needs of approximately 800 000 houses but is twice as much energy as is currently mandated under the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target,

(iv) approximately 6.6 times as many manufacturing and installation jobs are created for wind power as for coal-fired plant and up to 9 375 jobs could be created in Australia together with income of $17 million for rental of land from Australian farmers, with 5 000 megawatt installed capacity by 2010, and

(v) the cost to households of increasing the target to 10 per cent is estimated to be just $1.20 per month; and

(b) urges the Government to heed the recommendations of the report and increase the target from 2 per cent equivalent to 10 per cent.

Senator Brandis to move on the next day of sitting:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Economics Legislation Committee on the provisions of the Corporations (Fees) Amendment Bill 2002 and 2 related bills be extended to 27 March 2003.

Senator Stott Despoja to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 22 March 2003 is World Water Day,

(ii) more than 1.1 billion people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water, and 2.4 billion people around the world do not have access to adequate sanitation,

(iii) it is estimated that by 2025, two-thirds of the world's people will live in countries suffering from water scarcity,

(iv) currently, Australia spends only 3.5 per cent of its total aid on water and sanitation, compared to the 7 per cent average spending of other donor countries;

(b) congratulates Water Matters Australia on its campaign to ensure everyone has access to safe water and adequate sanitation, starting with the world's poorest countries; and

(c) urges the Government to:

(i) immediately increase Australia's overseas aid for water and sanitation to $100 million in the 2003-04 financial year, and to continue raising this level to $355 million a year by the 2007-08 financial year,

(ii) encourage good governance in the provision of water and sanitation services, and

(iii) ensure that any participation by the private sector benefits the poor.

Senator Crossin to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Howard Government's seven years of lack of interest and denial on public transport, as evidenced by:

(i) its decision to add a goods and services tax to fares,

(ii) its failure to address the fringe benefit tax disincentives on public transport fares,

(iii) its failure to give urban buses a fair go under the Diesel and Alternative Fuel Grant Scheme, and

(iv) its stated denial of any responsibility or consideration of public transport in the Auslink Green Paper that purports to lay the groundwork for a national transport plan;

(b) notes, with concern, the impact of increased congestion in urban and outer urban areas on quality of life, health, and access to jobs and services for Australians;

(c) emphasises the environmental gains to be made through policy measures that reduce transport emissions, especially by reducing car dependency;

(d) stresses that access to public transport is an issue in all regions, including regional towns and cities, impacting daily on access to jobs, education and services for Australians; and

(e) calls on the Howard Government:

(i) to release any policy option and research papers commissioned or undertaken by the Commonwealth that canvass policy measures and costs associated with tax and regulatory barriers to increasing public transport usage, including the `Cost Benefit Analysis Study for Exempting Employer-Provided Public Transport from Fringe Benefits Taxation' conducted by the Australian Greenhouse Office in 2002; and

(ii) to accept a role for the Commonwealth in relation to public transport and declare that role in the Auslink White Paper, due to be released in 2003.