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Notice given 6 February 2007

*2  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move—

(1) That the Senate notes that Qantas:

(a) plays a unique role in the Australian economy and in Australian society;

(b) provides an essential service to regional Australia and is a major employer; and

(c) is the backbone of the Australian tourism industry.

(2) That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee for inquiry and report by 20 March 2007:

(a) the proposed takeover of Qantas by the consortium Airline Partners Australia, including:

(i) the impact on air services to regional Australia and the tourism industry,

(ii) the implications for Qantas’ 38 000 employees and its customers and frequent flyers,

(iii) the implications of the proposed executive remuneration,

(iv) the track record of the potential new owners,

(v) the competition implications of the sale,

(vi) the potential taxation implications,

(vii) the level of debt Qantas will be asked to carry, and

(viii) the implications of air safety;

(b) conditions that the Government should require for a sale;

(c) the need to broaden and improve the regulatory environment covering commercial arrangements which affect the national interest; and

(d) any other related matters.

Orders of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s future oil supply.

Economics—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Tax Laws Amendment (Simplified Superannuation) Bill 2006 and 5 related bills. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Legal and Constitutional Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (National Investigative Powers and Witness Protection) Bill 2006. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

 

 * 4  2006/07 SBT Australian National Catch Allocation Determination—Motion for disallowance

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Siewert—That the 2006/07 SBT Australian National Catch Allocation Determination, made under subclause 17(2) of the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Management Plan 1995, be disallowed [F2006L03548] ( Senator Siewert, in continuation, 6 February 2007 ).

Eight sitting days remain, including today, to resolve the motion or the instrument will be deemed to have been disallowed.