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The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig), pursuant to notice, moved government business notice of motion no. 1—

 (1) That estimates hearings by legislation committees for 2012 be scheduled as follows:

  2011-12 additional estimates:

Monday, 13 February and Tuesday, 14 February (Group A)

Wednesday, 15 February and Thursday, 16 February (Group B).

  2012-13 Budget estimates:

Monday, 21 May to Thursday, 24 May, and, if required, Friday, 25 May (Group A)

Monday, 28 May to Thursday, 31 May, and, if required, Friday, 1 June (Group B)

Monday, 15 October and Tuesday, 16 October (supplementary hearings—Group A)

Wednesday, 17 October and Thursday, 18 October (supplementary hearings—Group B).

 (2) That the committees consider the proposed expenditure in accordance with the allocation of departments and agencies to committees agreed to by the Senate.

 (3) That committees meet in the following groups:

  Group A:

Environment and Communications

Finance and Public Administration

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Rural Affairs and Transport

  Group B:

Community Affairs


Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

 (4) That the committees report to the Senate on the following dates:

  (a) Tuesday, 20 March 2012 in respect of the 2011-12 additional estimates; and

  (b) Tuesday, 26 June 2012 in respect of the 2012-13 Budget estimates.

Question put and passed.