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Notice given 25 June 2003

*6  Chair of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee (Senator Cherry): To move—

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in March 2004:

The regulation, control and management of invasive species, being non-native flora and fauna that may threaten biodiversity, with particular reference to:

(a) the nature and extent of the threat that invasive species pose to the Australian environment and economy;

(b) the estimated cost of different responses to the environmental issues associated with invasive species, including early eradication, containment, damage mitigation and inaction, with particular focus on:

(i) the following pests:

( a ) European fox ( vulpes vulpes ),

( b ) yellow crazy ant ( anoplolepis gracilipes ),

( c ) fire ant ( solenopsis invicta ), and

( d ) cane toad ( bufo marinus ), and

(ii) the following weeds:

( a ) mimosa pigra;

( b ) serrated tussock ( nasella trichotoma ),

( c ) willows ( salix spp .),

( d ) lantana ( lantana camera ),

( e ) blackberry ( rubus fruticosus agg .), and

( f parkinsonian aculeata ;

(c) the adequacy and effectiveness of the current Commonwealth, state and territory statutory and administrative arrangements for the regulation and control of invasive species;

(d) the effectiveness of Commonwealth-funded measures to control invasive species; and

(e) whether the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002 could assist in improving the current statutory and administrative arrangements for the regulation, control and management of invasive species.

(2) That the order of the Senate adopting Report No. 4 of 2003 of the Selection of Bills Committee be varied to provide that the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002 be referred to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee instead of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee.

*7  Senator Lundy: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in March 2004:

(a) the current and prospective levels of competition in broadband services, including interconnection and pricing in both the wholesale and retail markets;

(b) any impediments to competition and to the uptake of broadband technology;

(c) the implications of communications technology convergence on competition in broadband and other emerging markets;

(d) the impact and relationship between ownership of content and distribution of content on competition; and

(e) any opportunities to maximise the capacity and use of existing broadband infrastructure.

*8  Senator Tierney: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in June 2004:

Parents as educators in the early childhood years, with particular reference to:

(a) the extent to which parenting skills and family support are factors in reducing educational and social risks of children in the 3 years and under age group;

(b) whether current patterns of parental involvement in community and school-based programs are adequate to respond to the challenge of assisting children with early learning and social behaviour problems;

(c) the current state and territory provisions and programs, whether based on pre-schools, schools, play groups or day-care centres etc, established to assist parents with early childhood learning support;

(d) best practice in home to school transition programs for children, and an assessment as to whether they can be adapted for national implementation; and

(e) the most appropriate role for the Commonwealth in supporting national programs for raising parental consciousness and levels of knowledge and competence in relation to the early educational, social and emotional and health needs of children.

Order of the Day

Superannuation—Select Committee

Report to be presented on planning for retirement.