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RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Xenophon, 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 matter be referred to the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 15 April 2011:

The impact of the decision by the South Australian Government to forward-sell the state's $2.8 billion timber assets on the state's economy, timber industry and on jobs and any other broader impacts, with particular reference to:

 (a) the likelihood of regional job losses;

 (b) the flow-on effects to communities in timber-reliant regions;

 (c) the potential for the private buyer not to consider local impacts;

 (d) the potential for reduced value-adding locally and increased off-shoring; and

 (e) any other related matters.

Question put and passed.