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Tuesday, 25 February 2014
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NOTICES

The following notices were given:

Mr Hunt to present a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to social security, and for related purposes.

Mr Hunt to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that the carbon tax is inflicting massive damage on the Australian economy, as follows:

(a) in its first year of operation, the carbon tax was a $7.6 billion hit on the Australian economy and a direct hit on around 75,000 businesses;

(b) 348 companies have paid $6.6 billion in direct emissions liabilities in 2012-13;

(c) a further $1 billion has been slugged on business through reduced fuel tax credits, and charges on the refrigeration and aviation industries; and

(d) 16 of the 20 largest carbon tax bills have gone to electricity companies, and the power sector is being hit with $4.1 billion in additional costs, pushing up power bills for families; and

(2) calls on the Senate to pass, as a matter of priority, the:

(a) Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013;

(b) Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013;

(c) Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013;

(d) Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013;

(e) Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013;

(f) True-up Shortfall Levy (General) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013;

(g) True-up Shortfall Levy (Excise) (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013;

(h) Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013;

(i) Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013; and

(j) Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates and Other Amendments) Bill 2013.

Ms MacTiernan to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises that:

(a) new technology pioneered in Perth in the last six months for clearing Telstra ducts is dramatically reducing cost and construction delivery times for the laying of fibre optic cable in Telstra pits and ducts;

(b) the process of innovation and learning-by-doing is reducing the cost and delivery time for connecting more homes and businesses directly to fibre optic cable; and

(c) the NBN Co Limited (NBN Co) Strategic Review has premised the rollout on the basis of there being no cost savings in network rollout from innovation; and

(2) calls on the Government to instruct NBN Co to consider the opportunity for innovation and cost saving and reconsider its estimation of the project costs for delivering fibre to the premises across Australia for the National Broadband Network.

Mr Zappia to move:

That this House:

(1) notes with concern the:

(a) loss of jobs and closure of several major operators in the manufacturing sector and the decline in Australia’s manufacturing sector as a share of GDP;

(b) impact on communities that the loss of manufacturing jobs will have; and

(c) impact that the loss will have on small businesses directly associated with and reliant on manufacturing; and

(2) calls on the Government to articulate as a matter of urgency what assistance is to be made available to those affected, when it will be made available and who will be assisted.

when it will be made available and who will be assisted.

Mr Conroy to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises the importance of investment certainty for clean energy investors;

(2) notes that:

(a) under the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (MRET), around 3,500 MW of new renewable energy capacity has been commissioned since 2001, with total investment to date of $18 billion;

(b) the Clean Energy Council estimates that there is potential for another $18.7 billion in clean energy investment if the MRET policy was retained in its current form;

(c) over 24,300 people are directly employed in the renewable energy industry;

(d) the Australian Energy Market Commission has found that the cost of the MRET accounted for approximately three per cent of residential retail electricity prices in Australia; and

(e) reducing the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of our electricity generation sector is essential if we are to reduce Australia's carbon pollution; and

(3) calls on the Government to commit to retaining the MRET at the legislated 41,000 gigawatt hours by 2020.