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ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—PROPOSED REFERENCE

Senator Hanson-Young, 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 matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 28 June 2012:

The Murray Darling draft Basin Plan, and in undertaking the inquiry the committee must consider:

 (a) the science and modelling relevant to the development of the draft Basin Plan;

 (b) the outcomes of various scenarios of water recovery, including but not limited to the 2750GL featured in the draft Basin Plan, and the implications of groundwater extraction;

 (c) the operation of the review mechanisms contained in the draft Basin Plan;

 (d) system constraints that have an impact on the draft Basin Plan, and the information and research available to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) relating to redesigned river management options;

 (e) the interaction of the draft Basin Plan with relevant legal requirements;

 (f) the MDBA's engagement with basin communities, including original Indigenous owners; and

 (g) any other matters.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,10


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamSiewert (Teller)Wright
Di NataleMadiganWatersXenophon
Hanson-YoungRhiannon

NOES, 37


Senators—
ArbibColbeckKrogerPolley
BackCormannLudwigPratt
BernardiCrossinLundyRyan
BilykEdwardsMacdonaldSingh
BoyceFawcettMarshallThistlethwaite
Brown, CarolFeeneyMcEwen (Teller)Urquhart
BushbyFifieldMcKenzieWilliams
CameronFurnerMcLucas
CarrGallacherMoore
CashHoggParry

Question negatived.