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Notice given 15 September 2005

*3  Senator Scullion: To move—

(1) That the Senate:

(a) notes that despite the efforts of communities and governments, the problem of petrol sniffing remains widespread and endemic in remote Aboriginal communities;

(b) recognises the efforts of local communities and work underway between the Federal, Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australian Governments to work in collaboration to implement a comprehensive strategy to tackle petrol sniffing;

(c) notes that an additional $6 million over 2 years has recently been announced by the Government to expand the roll out of Opal petrol in the central desert region and that total expenditure for Opal subsidies is $19.6 million over 4 years;

(d) notes that the Government is considering a limited supply of Opal petrol in Alice Springs for residents of affected Indigenous communities and for people visiting those communities;

(e) calls on the Government, should it proceed with the limited supply of Opal petrol in Alice Springs, to work with petrol retailers and communities to develop a code of practice and an education strategy in relation to responsible trading; and

(f) notes that supply of non-sniffable Opal petrol can only be one part of the solution to petrol sniffing.

(2) That the following matters be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 9 November 2005:

(a) the effectiveness of existing laws and policing with respect to petrol sniffing in affected Indigenous communities;

(b) the effectiveness of diversionary initiatives and community level activities; and

(c) lessons that can be learned from the success some communities have had in reducing petrol sniffing including the impact of non-sniffable Opal petrol.

Notice of motion altered on 15 September 2005 pursuant to standing order 77.