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Thursday, 31 May 2012
Page: 6499

Second Reading

Cognate debate.

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this bill be now read a second time.

to which the following amendment was moved:

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"the House declines to give this bill and associated bills a second reading until the bills have been referred to the Productivity Commission to:

(1) assess the Government's proposed 'shipping reform package' for both international and coastal trades with reference to the current and historical arrangements;

(2) measure and discuss the economic and environmental impacts of reducing or increasing regulation of Australia's coastal shipping services to Australian manufacturing and industry dependent on coastal shipping services, the wider economy and Australia's coastal trading fleet, including passenger services;

(3) provide recommendations on policy options that would achieve the Government's objective for a viable, competitive shipping service in Australia for both coastal and international shipping that is in the national interest, lead to productivity gains and will not disaffect Australian manufacturing, industry and tourism; and

(4) report on or before 31 December 2012."