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Notice given 19 September 2001

*1  Senator Brown: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 22 October 2001:

All aspects of the provisions of the Migration Amendment (Excision from Migration Zone) Bill 2001, the Migration Amendment (Excision from Migration Zone) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2001, and the Border Protection (Validation and Enforcement Powers) Bill 2001.

Order of the Day

*1  Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee—Proposed reference

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Brown—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—( Senator Bartlett, in continuation, 19 September 2001 ).