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Notice given 20 March 2003

410  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the release, on Thursday, 20 March 2003, of a report on the future of wind energy in Australia Driving investment, generating jobs: Wind energy as a powerhouse for rural and regional development in Australia ,

(ii) that there are now 104 megawatts of wind power installed and running in Australia, 736 megawatts approved or under construction, and 1 400 megawatts formally proposed for planning approval,

(iii) that this total of 2 240 megawatts is sufficient to supply the energy needs of approximately 800 000 houses but is twice as much energy as is currently mandated under the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target,

(iv) approximately 6.6 times as many manufacturing and installation jobs are created for wind power as for coal-fired plant and up to 9 375 jobs could be created in Australia together with income of $17 million for rental of land from Australian farmers, with 5 000 megawatt installed capacity by 2010, and

(v) the cost to households of increasing the target to 10 per cent is estimated to be just $1.20 per month; and

(b) urges the Government to heed the recommendations of the report and increase the target from 2 per cent equivalent to 10 per cent.

412  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 22 March 2003 is World Water Day,

(ii) more than 1.1 billion people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water, and 2.4 billion people around the world do not have access to adequate sanitation,

(iii) it is estimated that by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s people will live in countries suffering from water scarcity,

(iv) currently, Australia spends only 3.5 per cent of its total aid on water and sanitation, compared to the 7 per cent average spending of other donor countries;

(b) congratulates Water Matters Australia on its campaign to ensure everyone has access to safe water and adequate sanitation, starting with the world’s poorest countries; and

(c) urges the Government to:

(i) immediately increase Australia’s overseas aid for water and sanitation to $100 million in the 2003-04 financial year, and to continue raising this level to $355 million a year by the 2007-08 financial year,

(ii) encourage good governance in the provision of water and sanitation services, and

(iii) ensure that any participation by the private sector benefits the poor.