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CARBON CREDITS (CARBON FARMING INITIATIVE) BILL 2011E CARBON CREDITS (CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS) BILL 2011E AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL REGISTRY OF EMISSIONS UNITS BILL 2011

Order of the day read for the further consideration of the bills in committee of the whole.

In the committee

CARBON CREDITS (CARBON FARMING INITIATIVE) BILL 2011—

Consideration resumed of the bill, as amended—and of the amendment moved by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig):

 Clause 56, page 81 (after line 31), after paragraph (2)(d), insert:

 (e) land access for agricultural production;

Debate resumed.

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

Senator Birmingham moved the following amendment:

 Clause 122, page 154 (after line 30), after subclause (3), insert:

  (3A) In the case of a project which was accredited under the Greenhouse Friendly program at the time that program was terminated—if a methodology determination is made on or before 30 June 2012, the determination may be expressed to have come into force at the start of 1 January 2008.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 32

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Bushby (Teller)

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Madigan

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Williams

Xenophon

NOES, 36

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Carr

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Di Natale

Farrell

Faulkner

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Sherry

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Waters

Wright

Question negatived.


Senator Xenophon, also on behalf of Senator Birmingham, moved the following amendments together by leave:

 Clause 5, page 12 (after line 9), after the definition of general law land, insert:

   Greenhouse Friendly Initiative means the Greenhouse Friendly Initiative for the reduction of greenhouse gases established by the Commonwealth and administered by the Department administered by the Minister administering this Act.

 Clause 5, page 17 (after line 9), after the definition of net total number, insert:

   New South Wales Greenhouse Gas Scheme means the greenhouse gas reduction scheme established by Part 8A of the Electricity Supply Act 1995 (NSW) .

 Clause 5, page 18 (lines 23 and 24), omit the definition of prescribed non-CFI offsets scheme, substitute:

   prescribed non-CFI offsets scheme means:

 (a) the New South Wales Greenhouse Gas Scheme; or

 (b) the Greenhouse Friendly Initiative; or

 (c) a scheme prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph.

 Clause 95, page 124 (lines 11 to 19), omit subclause (2), substitute:

  (2) As soon as practicable after making the declaration, the Administrator must consider the request and may, by written notice given to the person who made the request, determine that this Act has effect, in relation to the project, as if:

 (a) if the project is a sequestration project:

 (i) paragraphs 89(1)(b), 90(1)(b) and 91(1)(b) had not been enacted; and

 (ii) the net total number of Australian carbon credit units mentioned in subsections 89(3), 90(3) and 91(3) were increased by the number specified in the determination; and

 (b) if the project is a landfill legacy emissions avoidance offsets project that was accredited under the New South Wales Greenhouse Gas Scheme—the baseline for the purpose of making a methodology determination under section 106 is 20%; and

 (c) if the project is a landfill legacy emissions avoidance offsets project that was accredited under the Greenhouse Friendly Initiative—the baseline for the purpose of making a methodology determination under section 106 is 0%.

Debate ensued.

At 2 pm: The President resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees (Senator Moore) reported progress.