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Notice given 26 June 2002

*4  Chair of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Senator Crane): To move—That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 31 October 2002:

(a) performance and appropriateness of the existing government advisory structures in the Australian meat industry; and

(b) the most effective arrangements for the allocation of export quotas for Australian meat, both to the United States and Europe.

Orders of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the import risk assessment on New Zealand apples.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the administration of AusSAR in relation to the search for the Margaret J .

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee

Report to be presented in respect of the 2002-03 Budget estimates.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Proposed reference

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator O’Brien—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 December 2002:

(a) whether there are impediments to the achievement of the aims of the ‘Plantations for Australia: The 2020 Vision’ strategy;

(b) whether there are elements of the strategy which should be altered in the light of the identification of these impediments; and

(c) whether other action is desirable in the interests of establishing and maintaining a viable and sustainable plantation forest sector ( adjourned, Minister for Forestry and Conservation (Senator Ian Macdonald), 20 June 2002 ).

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee—Proposed reference

Adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Murphy—

(1) That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 December 2002:

(a) whether there are impediments to the achievement of the aims of ‘Plantations for Australia: The 2020 Vision’ strategy;

(b) whether or not the initial imperatives, goals and actions of the strategy have been proceeded with;

(c) whether there are elements of the strategy which should be altered in light of any impediments identified;

(d) whether or not the states are employing world’s best practice in sustainability and environmental applications for plantation development;

(e) whether there are further opportunities to maximise the benefits from plantations in respect of their potential to contribute environmental benefits, including whether there are opportunities to:

(i) better integrate plantations into achieving salinity and water quality objectives and targets,

(ii) optimise the environmental benefits of plantations in low rainfall areas, and

(iii) address the provision of public good services (environmental benefits) at the private cost of plantation growers;

(f) whether there is the need for government action to encourage longer rotation plantations, particularly in order to supply sawlogs; and

(g) whether other action is desirable to maintain and expand a viable and sustainable plantation forest sector, including the expansion of processing industries to enhance the contribution to regional economic development.

(2) That the committee provide interim reports on issues of importance as and when they arise and take account of other reports and findings, such as the Private Forests Consultative Committee’s review of ‘Plantations for Australia: The 2020 Vision’ strategy ( adjourned, Minister for Forestry and Conservation (Senator Ian Macdonald), 20 June 2002 ).