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NOTICES

The Chair of the Select Committee on Fuel and Energy (Senator Cormann): To move on the next day of sitting—That the resolution of the Senate of 25 June 2008, as amended, appointing the Select Committee on Fuel and Energy, be amended to omit "30 March 2010", and substitute "30 June 2010". (general business notice of motion no. 705)

Senator Barnett: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) major flaws in the design of the Federal Government's renewable energy target legislation have led to a dramatic drop in the price of renewable energy certificates and stalled investment in the renewable energy sector,

  (ii) the Federal Government was warned of these flaws by industry and the Opposition but chose to ignore these warnings, and

  (iii) the Federal Government's failure to act is now threatening the financial viability of major renewable energy projects such as the Musselroe Bay Wind Farm project in north-east Tasmania; and

 (b) condemns the Government accordingly. (general business notice of motion no. 706)

The Chair of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (Senator Moore): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Community Affairs Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 25 February 2010, from 4 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiry into the
provisions of the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009 and the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (2009 Measures) Bill 2009, together with the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Restoration of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009. (general business notice of motion no. 707)

The Chair of the Economics Legislation Committee (Senator Hurley): To move on the next day of sitting—That the Economics Legislation Committee be authorised to hold a public meeting during the sitting of the Senate on Thursday, 25 February 2010, from 7.15 pm, to take evidence for the committee's inquiries into the Safe Climate (Energy Efficient Non-Residential Buildings Scheme) Bill 2009 and the provisions of the Tax Laws Amendment (Confidentiality of Taxpayer Information) Bill 2009. (general business notice of motion no. 708)

The Chair of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (Senator Moore): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee on the Plain Tobacco Packaging (Removing Branding from Cigarette Packs) Bill 2009 be extended to 26 August 2010. (general business notice of motion no. 709)

The Chair of the Economics Legislation Committee (Senator Hurley): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Economics Legislation Committee on the Trade Practices Amendment (Material Lessening of Competition—Richmond Amendment) Bill 2009 be extended to 13 May 2010. (general business notice of motion no. 710)

The Chair of the Economics References Committee (Senator Eggleston): To move on the next day of sitting—That the time for the presentation of the report of the Economics References Committee on the Australian dairy industry be extended to 18 March 2010. (general business notice of motion no. 711)

Senators Hanson-Young and Xenophon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

 (a) congratulates the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, and the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, for meeting His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in December 2009 and February 2010 respectively; and

 (b) calls on the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, to meet His Holiness, the Dalai Lama at the earliest possible opportunity. (general business notice of motion no. 712)

Senator Abetz: To move on the next day of sitting—That—

 (1) The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2010 and 10 related bills be referred to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 11 May 2010.

 (2) In undertaking the inquiry, the committee should consider:

  (a) the package of amendments announced by the Government on 24 November 2009 and incorporated in current proposed legislation, including the impact of the bills on the Australian resources sector, Australian exports, the competitiveness of Australian industry, employment levels and electricity prices;

  (b) the modelling underpinning the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) including the lower projected carbon price and the cost of the CPRS package over the current budget period to 2014-15;

  (c) the outcome of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Copenhagen in December 2009;


  (d) the current state of progress of other countries in implementing emissions and abatement measures to meet non-binding emissions reduction targets; and

  (e) the status of, and likely prospects for, the United States of America's emissions trading legislation.

 (3) The committee should seek evidence from, but not limited to, the Productivity Commission, Frontier Economics, the Minerals Council of Australia, the Australian Coal Association and the Energy Supply Association of Australia.

Senator Milne and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown): To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 June 2010:

The toxicity of the George River in north-east Tasmania, with particular reference to:

 (a) possible causes, including the potential impact of leachate from Eucalyptus nitens plantations;

 (b) the impact of the toxicity on human heath, wildlife and regional oyster farms;

 (c) previous investigations into the toxicity of the George River and any consequent actions, including whether the actions of local, state and federal governments and the private sector have been adequate;

 (d) whether past selective breeding or genetic modification of plantation trees has deliberately or inadvertently increased the trees' toxicity and whether any risk assessments or monitoring of impacts have been conducted;

 (e) the current breeding programs for eucalyptus species and any ecological and human health implications of current research into reducing foliage palatability;

 (f) possible short- and long-term mitigation measures; and

 (g) any related matters.

The Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig): To move on the next day of sitting—That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2010 and 10 related bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings.

 Document: Senator Ludwig tabled the following document:

  Consideration of legislation—Statement of reasons for introduction and passage of the bills in the 2010 autumn sittings.

Senator Milne: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act relating to water heaters and phantom renewable energy certificates, and for related purposes. Renewable Energy—Electricity (Water Heaters and Phantom Certificates) Bill 2010. (general business notice of motion no. 713)