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16    Environment and Communications References Committee—Reference

Senator Siewert, at the request of Senator McKim and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 May 2016:

The response to, and lessons learnt from, recent fires in remote Tasmanian wilderness affecting the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the impact of global warming on fire frequency and magnitude;

    (b)   the availability and provisions of financial, human and mechanical resources;

     (c)   the adequacy of fire assessment and modelling capacity;

    (d)   Australia’s obligations as State Party to the World Heritage Convention;

     (e)   world best practice in remote area fire management; and

     (f)   any related matter.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.