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APPROPRIATION (NATION BUILDING AND JOBS) BILL (NO. 1) 2008-2009E APPROPRIATION (NATION BUILDING AND JOBS) BILL (NO. 2) 2008-2009E HOUSEHOLD STIMULUS PACKAGE BILL 2009E TAX BONUS FOR WORKING AUSTRALIANS BILL 2009E TAX BONUS FOR WORKING AUSTRALIANS (CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS) BILL 2009E COMMONWEALTH INSCRIBED STOCK AMENDMENT BILL 2009

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

In the committee

Consideration resumed of the Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009, as amended, and the remaining bills—and of the amendments moved by the Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law (Senator Sherry) in respect of the Tax Bonus for Working Australians Bill 2009 (see entry no. 20).

Debate resumed.

Declaration of interest: Senator Abetz declared an interest in relation to the amendments.

Debate continued.

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

Senator Xenophon moved the following amendment in respect of the Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 2) 2008-2009:

 Page 12 (after line 12), after Part 4, insert:

  

Part 5—Murray-Darling Basin stimulus measures

 

18 Establishment of Murray-Darling Basin Stimulus Fund

   Establishment of the Fund

  (1) The Murray-Darling Basin Stimulus Fund is established by this section.

  (2) The purpose of the Fund is to provide targeted assistance measures to improve the economic and environmental viability of the Murray-Darling Basin, including by:

 (a)  bringing forward $3.1 billion in funding allocated to buy back water entitlements and accelerate implementation of the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin program; and

 (b) bringing forward $2 billion of the $5.8 billion allocated to water infrastructure programs in the Murray-Darling Basin under the Commonwealth's Water Plan; and

 (c) bringing forward $250 million in funding for pilot stormwater harvesting projects through the National Water Security Plan for Towns and Cities; and


 (d) providing for the payment of grants of up to a total of $2 billion under the structural adjustment scheme required to be determined under section 19.

 (3) Payments from the Fund are to be met from funds appropriated by the Parliament for the purposes of this section.

   Payments out of the Fund

  (4) Payments out of the Fund must be applied to the purposes of the programs specified in subsection (2).

   Administration of the Fund

 (5) The Fund is to be administered by the Minister.

 (6) The administration of the Fund may include use of a reverse tender or similar initiative designed to quickly discover the price at which water users are willing to voluntarily sell water entitlements to the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.

 (7) The Minister may establish and fund appropriate administrative and advisory bodies to help manage the Fund.

 

19 Structural adjustment package

  (1) The Minister must, by legislative instrument, determine a scheme in the nature of a structural adjustment package to allocate transitional funding to water users, water suppliers and rural communities in the Basin affected by the purchase by the Commonwealth of any water entitlements.

  (2) A scheme determined under subsection (1) must provide for structural adjustment assistance to be allocated to communities, business and individuals to assist them to adjust to:

 (a) reduced water availability; and

 (b) reduced economic activity associated with the restructuring of irrigated agriculture or other enterprises; and

 (c) changes in land use; and

 (d) changes in the configuration of water supply and distribution systems.

  (3) In determining the amount of funding to be allocated to any community under the scheme, regard must be had to the following factors:

 (a) the minimum scale of economic activity required to enable the economic and social viability of communities; and

 (b) the efficiency of the remaining water usage and distribution; and

 (c) the ability of the remaining farming activities to adjust to climate change.

 

20 Interpretation

  (1) In this Part, unless any contrary intention appears:

   Minister means the Minister administering the Water Act 2007 .


National Water Security Plan for Towns and Cities means the program within the Government's Water for the Future plan that upgrades older pipes and water systems, installs new infrastructure and provides for practical projects to save water and reduce water losses plan.

Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin program means the program within the Government's Water for the Future plan that establishes the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, develops a Basin Plan and purchases water to restore ecological systems in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Water for the Future is the strategy to secure the long term water supply of all Australians announced by the Minister for Water and Climate Change on 29 April 2008.

Water Plan means the Commonwealth Plan for the Murray-Darling Basin which comprises the amendments to the Water Act 2007 that gave effect to the Intergovernmental Agreement on Murray-Darling Basin Reform signed at the 3 July 2008 Council of Australian Governments meeting.

  (2) A word or expression used in this Part that is also used in the Water Act 2007 has the same meaning as it has in that Act.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES,7


Senators—
Brown, BobHanson-YoungMilneXenophon
FieldingLudlamSiewert (Teller)

NOES, 46


Senators—
AbetzCormannHutchinsPratt
ArbibCrossinKrogerRonaldson
BilykEvansLudwigRyan
BoswellFarrellLundySherry
BrandisFaulknerMarshallStephens
BushbyFeeneyMasonTroeth
CameronFierravanti-WellsMcGauranTrood
CashFifieldMooreWilliams
ColbeckForshawNashWong
CollinsFurnerO'BrienWortley
ConroyHoggParry (Teller)
CoonanHumphriesPayne

Question negatived.

The Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009 and the Tax Bonus for Working Australians Bill 2009, as amended, agreed to and the remaining bills agreed to.


The Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009 and the Tax Bonus for Working Australians Bill 2009 to be reported with amendments, the Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009 to be reported without requests and the remaining bills to be reported without amendments.

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

On the motion of Senator Sherry the report from the committee was adopted.

Senator Sherry moved—That the bills be now read a third time.

Debate ensued.

Document: The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), by leave, tabled the following document:

 Nation building and jobs plan—Letter from the Treasurer (Mr Swan) to the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), dated 12 February 2009.

Debate continued.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,35


Senators—
ArbibEvansHutchinsPolley
BilykFaulknerLudlamPratt
BishopFeeneyLudwigSherry
Brown, BobFieldingLundySiewert
CameronForshawMarshallStephens
CarrFurnerMcEwenSterle
CollinsHanson-YoungMilneWong
ConroyHoggMooreWortley
CrossinHurleyO'Brien (Teller)

NOES, 35


Senators—
AbetzColbeckHumphriesPayne
BarnettCoonanJohnstonRonaldson
BernardiCormannJoyceRyan
BirminghamEgglestonKrogerScullion
BoswellFergusonMacdonaldTroeth
BoyceFierravanti-WellsMasonTrood
BrandisFifieldMcGauranWilliams
BushbyFisherNashXenophon
CashHeffernanParry (Teller)

The ayes and noes were equal and so the question was negatived.