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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY—VICTORIA—LATROBE VALLEY—CLEAN ENERGY

Senator Madigan, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 509—That, in light of the possible passage of the Clean Energy bills through the Senate and the acknowledgement of the fact that the Latrobe Valley region will be the hardest hit by the introduction of a carbon tax, the Senate:

 (a) recognises that privatisation of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) by the Kennett Government has been a failure with little or no investment in new technologies by the private sector, which is now threatening Victoria's power supply; and

 (b) calls on the Federal Government:

  (i) to lead the way to a new clean energy industry in the Latrobe Valley by working with the Victorian Government in the recommissioning of the SECV, and

  (ii) to work with the State Government of Victoria to help build a new coal-gasified power station at Driffield as the first step in the creation of a clean power industry in Victoria, to help build a future for the district and secure under public ownership a reliable clean power industry in that state.

Question put and negatived.