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Thursday, 17 October 2002
Page: 5391

Senator Ridgeway to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in 2003:

(a) current rural industry-based water resource usage;

(b) options for optimising water resource usage for sustainable agriculture; and

(c) other matters of relevance that the committee may wish to inquire into and comment on that may arise during the course of the inquiry, including the findings and recommendations from other inquiries relevant to any of the issues in these terms of reference.

Senator Hutchins to move on the next day of sitting:

(1) That the following matters be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day of June 2003:

(a) the extent, nature and financial cost of:

(i) poverty and inequality in Australia,

(ii) poverty amongst working Australians,

(iii) child poverty in Australia, and

(iv) poverty in Australian communities and regions;

(b) the social and economic impact of changes in the distribution of work, the level of remuneration from work and the impact of under-employment and unemployment;

(c) the effectiveness of income-support payments in protecting individuals and households from poverty; and

(d) the effectiveness of other programs and supports in reducing cost pressures on individual and household budgets, and building their capacity to be financially self-sufficient.

(2) That, in undertaking its inquiry, the committee also examine:

(a) the impact of changing industrial conditions on the availability, quality and reward for work; and

(b) current efforts and new ideas, in both Australia and other countries, to identify and address poverty amongst working and non-working individuals and households.