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RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Milne, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1—That the following matters be referred to the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 8 April 2011:

 (a) the science underpinning the technical assumption that Apis cerana, the Asian honey bee, cannot be eradicated in Australia;

 (b) the science underpinning the assumption that the Asian honey bee will not spread throughout Australia;

 (c) the science relating to the impacts of the spread of the Asian honey bee on biodiversity, pollination and the European honey bee; and

 (d) the cost benefit of eradication of the Asian honey bee.

Question put and passed.