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WATER AMENDMENT (WATER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT SPECIAL ACCOUNT) E BILL 2012

Order of the day read for the further consideration of the bill in committee of the whole.

In the committee

Consideration resumed of the bill.

The Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce) moved the following amendment:

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 7(line 26), at the end of paragraph 86AD(2)(b), add ", but only if such purchases achieve neutral or beneficial socio-economic outcomes".

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Macdonald

Madigan

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Payne

Ruston

Ryan

Scullion

Smith

Williams

NOES, 35

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown (Teller)

Cameron

Carr, Bob

Collins

Crossin

Di Natale

Evans

Farrell

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Ludlam

Ludwig

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Xenophon

Question negatived.

Senator Joyce moved the following amendment:

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 10(after line 35), after paragraph 86AI(2)(c), insert:

 (ca) for all water recovery for which an amount was debited from the Water for the Environment Special Account during the report year for the purposes of paragraph 86AD(2)(b)—how that recovery achieved a neutral or beneficial socio-economic outcome;


Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

Senator Hanson-Young moved the following amendments together by leave:

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 8 (after line 5), after subsection 86AD(2), insert:

  (2A) In debiting amounts for the purposes of making payments in relation to projects mentioned in paragraph (2)(a) or (c), priority is to be given to:

 (a) projects that will produce the maximum guaranteed increase in the volume of Basin water resources that are available for environmental use within the shortest time; and

 (b) projects that demonstrably take into account the most recent scientific knowledge in relation to ground water and climate change; and

 (c) projects that demonstrably enhance the environmental outcomes referred to in the objects to this Part.

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 9 (after line 9), at the end of section 86AF, add:

  (3) The terms and conditions must include a requirement that the financial assistance granted will be used for a purpose that:

 (a) is consistent with achieving, by 31 December 2019, an increase of at least 450 gigalitres in the volume of the Basin water resources available for environmental use; and

 (b) will enhance the environmental outcomes referred to in the objects to this Part.

 Schedule 1, item 6, page 13 (line 4), omit "subsection 86AF(2)", substitute "subsections 86AF(2) and (3)".

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put and negatived.

Senator Hanson-Young moved the following amendments together by leave:

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 10 (line 27), after subparagraph 86AI(2)(b)(iii), add:

 ; (iv) whether it is anticipated that that increase will meet the target of at least 450 gigalitres by 31 December 2019;

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 10 (line 35), after subparagraph 86AI(2)(c)(iii), insert:

 ; (iv) whether the project achieved the optimum water recovery volume against the expenditure of funds under the Water for the Environment Special Account as under subsection 86AD(2);

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 11 (line 19), omit "30 June 2024", substitute "31 December 2019".

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 12 (line 5), omit "30 September 2019", substitute "30 September 2015".

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 12 (line 7), omit "30 September 2021", substitute "30 September 2017".

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 12 (line 14), omit "2020-2021 financial year", substitute "2016-2017 financial year".

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 12 (line 16), omit "2022-2023 financial year", substitute "2018-2019 financial year".


 Schedule 1, item 2, page 12 (after line 16), after section 86AJ, add:

  

86AK Audit of Water Special Account

  (1) Pursuant to the powers under Part 3, the National Water Commission must audit the Water for the Environment Special Account as soon as practicable after 30 June in each financial year from the date of establishment of the account.

  (2) The audit must report on:

 (a) the quantity of environmental water that was delivered to each project that receives payments under this Act; and

 (b) the value to the community of any payments made under paragraph 86AD(2)(c)(ii).

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES,9


Senators—
Di NataleMilneSiewert (Teller)Whish-Wilson
Hanson-YoungRhiannonWatersWright
Ludlam

NOES, 38


Senators—
BackEdwardsMarshallSingh
BernardiEgglestonMcEwenSmith
BilykEvansMcKenzieStephens
Bushby (Teller)FarrellMcLucasThistlethwaite
CameronFeeneyMooreThorp
Carr, KimFurnerNashUrquhart
ColbeckJoycePolleyWilliams
CollinsLudwigPrattXenophon
ConroyLundyRuston
CrossinMadiganRyan

Question negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator Bernardi) resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water (Senator Farrell) the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.