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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3—That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 September 2010:

 (a) what compensation payments are made by Commonwealth, state and territory governments to people adversely affected by government policies, legislation or unlawful actions;

 (b) what is the legal basis for payments, what defines their size and are there variations between the legal basis and amounts paid between state and federal governments;

 (c) what are the principles on which compensation payments should be based in order that they are proportionate, appropriate and easily understood; and

 (d) what opportunities are there for national coordination to ensure equity and consistency where people have been adversely affected by similar government policies, legislation or unlawful actions.

Question put and passed.