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ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—PROPOSED REFERENCE

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3—That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 20 March 2013:

 (a) recent trends on the frequency of extreme weather events, including but not limited to drought, bushfires, heatwaves, floods and storm surges;

 (b) based on global warming scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation of 1 to 5 degrees by 2070:

  (i) projections on the frequency of extreme weather events, including but not limited to drought, bushfires, heatwaves, floods and storm surges,

  (ii) the costs of extreme weather events and impacts on natural ecosystems, social and economic infrastructure and human health, and

  (iii) the availability and affordability of private insurance, impacts on availability and affordability under different global warming scenarios, and regional social and economic impacts;

 (c) an assessment of the preparedness of key sectors for extreme weather events, including major infrastructure (electricity, water, transport, telecommunications), health, construction and property, and agriculture and forestry;

 (d) an assessment of the preparedness and the adequacy of resources in the emergency services sector to prevent and respond to extreme weather events;

 (e) the current roles and effectiveness of the division of responsibilities between different levels of government (federal, state and local) to manage extreme weather events;

 (f) progress in developing effective national coordination of climate change response and risk management, including legislative and regulatory reform, standards and codes, taxation arrangements and economic instruments;

 (g) any gaps in Australia's Climate Change Adaptation Framework and the steps required for effective national coordination of climate change response and risk management; and

 (h) any related matter.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,9


Senators—
Di NataleMilneSiewert (Teller)Whish-Wilson
Hanson-YoungRhiannonWatersWright
Ludlam

NOES, 51



Senators—
BackCrossinLudwigPratt
BernardiEdwardsLundyRonaldson
BilykEgglestonMadiganRuston
BishopFarrellMarshallRyan
BrandisFawcettMasonSingh
BrownFeeneyMcEwenSinodinos
BushbyFifieldMcKenzieSmith
CameronFurnerMcLucasStephens
Carr, KimGallacherMooreSterle
CashHumphriesNashThorp
ColbeckJohnstonParryUrquhart
CollinsJoycePayneWilliams
ConroyKroger (Teller)Polley

Question negatived (but see entry no. 16).