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Notice given 18 September 2001

*1  Senator Brown: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 April 2002:

All aspects of the provisions of the Regional Forest Agreements Bill 2001, including, but not restricted to:

(a) whether the legislation contravenes Australia’s obligations under international agreements, including the Convention for the Protection of Biodiversity, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Heritage Convention, the Ramsar Convention and agreements for the protection of migratory species;

(b) whether the bill overrides section 42 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the implications of this for the protection of World Heritage, the protection of Wetlands of International Importance and the environmental impacts of taking actions whose primary purpose does not relate to forestry;

(c) the compensation obligations to which the Commonwealth would be exposed if it took action to prevent forestry or mining operations or other activities in Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) areas;

(d) whether it is fair to provide compensation to an industry whose activities are already heavily subsidised and which has no reverse obligation to compensate the Commonwealth or states for damage to the environment, including water quantity and quality, soils, carbon banks, biodiversity, heritage and landscape;

(e) the need to ensure that workers entitlements are protected; and

(f) the need to ensure full parliamentary scrutiny of all RFAs before initial ratification and before any proposed renewal.

*2  Senators O’Brien and Greig: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 28 March 2002:

The role of the Federal Government in the sale of Ansett Australia to Air New Zealand and the events leading up to, and the collapse of, the Ansett group of companies.

Orders of the Day

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Taxation Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2001. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Trade Practices Amendment (Telecommunications) Bill 2001. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Prohibition of Compulsory Union Fees) Bill 2001. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2001. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on annual reports tabled by 30 April 2001.

Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on the framework for the market supervision of Australia’s stock exchanges.