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19    Environment and Communications References Committee—Reference

Senator McEwen, at the request of the Chair of the Environment and Communications References Committee (Senator Urquhart) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 4—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 22 June 2016:

The risks and opportunities associated with the use of the bumblebee population in Tasmania for commercial pollination purposes, including:

    (a)   the existing distribution and population density of exotic bumblebees;

    (b)   productivity and economic benefits of the commercial use of bumblebees for agricultural producers;

     (c)   the potential environmental impacts associated with the commercial use of bumblebees, including whether their use is likely to:

                  (i)   impact the conservation status of a species or ecological community,

                 (ii)   impact biodiversity,

                (iii)   cause unintended ecological impacts, and

                (iv)   contribute to a wider distribution of bumblebees;

    (d)   the implications for Australia’s biosecurity regime of any approval to use bumblebees in Tasmania for commercial purposes;

     (e)   the potential economic outcomes;

     (f)   the effectiveness of alternative pollination options; and

     (g)   any other related matters.

Question put and passed.