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TRANSPORT—ETHANOL

Senator Allison, also on behalf of Senator Cherry, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 921—That the Senate—

 (a) congratulates the Queensland Government on the announcement of its intention, as part of a wide-ranging blueprint for a campaign to encourage the development of a sustainable Queensland ethanol industry which the Queensland cabinet endorsed on 22 June 2004, to appoint an ethanol advocate and include the 12 900 state government vehicles in the campaign;

 (b) notes the Queensland Premier's call for the Federal Government to `mandate the availability of ethanol and indefinitely extend the fuel excise exemption', to give the fledging industry the certainty it needs to expand;

 (c) encourages all states to consider adopting similar action plans; and

 (d) calls on the Federal Government to phase in the mandated use of 10 per cent ethanol-blended petrol.

Question put and negatived.