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FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Order read for the further consideration of the motion of the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce)—and on the amendments moved by Senator O'Brien (see entry no. 14).

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

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

The Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding) moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, 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.

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

Senator Siewert moved the following amendments together by leave:

 Paragraph (a), after "diminution", insert "or improvement".

 Paragraph (b), after "laws", insert "and Commonwealth and state investment in land management programs".

 Omit paragraph (d), substitute:

  (d) the benefits of such laws and abatement measures, including on long-term productivity;

  (e) costs of land degradation and vegetation loss; and

  (f) any other related matter.

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

Motion, as amended, further debated.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.