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30    Environment— Murray-Darling Basin Authority—Adjustment mechanism projects—Order for production of documents

Senator Patrick, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 798—That—

(1)       The Senate notes that:

(a)       on 7 February 2018, the Senate agreed to an order for the production of documents concerning all assessments of the 36 adjustment mechanism projects completed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA);

(b)       on 22 March 2018, the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia (Senator Canavan) tabled documents within the scope of the order in full; and

(c)       on 23 March 2018, the MDBA wrote to Senator Patrick advising that the documents they had provided do not, in isolation, provide a good representation of how the final agreed package of projects was put together by jurisdictions, and the strength of the assessment process undergone by all proposals brought forward by Basin states, but advised that there was a final modelled notified package that included all issues raised by jurisdictions in their assessments.

(2)       There be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, by no later than 3.30 pm on 15 May 2018:

(a)       the final modelled notified package for all adjustment mechanism projects; and

(b)       the current project status of all adjustment mechanism projects.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources (Senator Ruston), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.