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Thursday, 16 May 2013
Page: 2734


Senator HEFFERNAN (New South Wales) (12:19): I seek leave to amend business of the Senate notice of motion No. 1 in the terms circulated in the chamber.

Leave granted.

Senator HEFFERNAN: I move the motion as amended:

That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 July 2013:

The ownership arrangements of grain handling, with particular reference to:

(a) whether such arrangements are in the interest of:

(i) Australia’s farmers, and

(ii) Australia’s long term food security interest;

(b) whether the potential impacts on competing grain traders’ access to grain handling facilities, ports, silos and transport infrastructure;

(c) whether there are potential impacts for grain traders, and a competitive marketplace, of access to warehoused grain stock information;

(d) whether there is potential for conflict between the responsibility to shareholders and the best interests of Australian producers and consumers; and

(f) any other related matters.

Question agreed to.