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The Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 April 2010:

The impact of native vegetation laws and legislated greenhouse gas abatement measures on landholders, including:

 (a) any diminution of land asset value and productivity as a result of such laws;

 (b) compensation arrangements to landholders resulting from the imposition of such laws;

 (c) the appropriateness of the method of calculation of asset value in the determination of compensation arrangements; and

 (d) any other related matter.

Senator O'Brien, by leave, moved the following amendments together:

 Omit "30 April 2010", substitute "30 June 2010".

 After paragraph (c), insert:

  (d) the history and timing of the laws, including the involvement of the Federal Government in supporting or facilitating the states' introduction of these laws;

Statement by leave: Senator Joyce, by leave, made a statement relating to the matter.

The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding), by leave, moved the following amendment to Senator O'Brien's proposed amendments:

 At the end of the amendment, add:

 (2) In conducting this inquiry, the committee must also examine the impact of the Government's proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and the range of measures related to climate change announced by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Abbott) on 2 February 2010.

Statements by leave: Senators Fielding and Parry, by leave, made statements relating to the matter.

Senator Fielding, by leave, withdrew the amendment.

Statement by leave: Senator O'Brien, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Senator Joyce, by leave, moved—That consideration of the motion be postponed till a later hour.

Question put and passed.