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Senator Rhiannon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1—That—

 (1) The Senate notes that:

  (a) the Lobbying Code of Conduct (the Code) has been in operation since 1 July 2008; and

  (b) the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration recommended in September 2008 that it conduct an inquiry into the operation of the Code in the second half of 2009.

 (2) The following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 March 2012:

  The operation of the Lobbying Code of Conduct and the Lobbyist Register.

Statement by leave: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.