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Notice given 6 December 2005

Chair of the Economics References Committee (Senator Stephens): To move—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 October 2006:

Fiscal and regulatory barriers to the deployment of competitive manufacturing technologies in Australia, with particular reference to:

(a) Australia’s competitive advantages with respect to the deployment of competitive manufacturing technologies;

(b) Australia’s competitive disadvantages with respect to the deployment of competitive manufacturing technologies in other countries;

(c) whether the capital intensity and risk profile of deploying competitive and leading edge manufacturing technologies is a barrier to investment in Australia;

(d) how the Australian fiscal and regulatory regime compares to other countries in this regard;

(e) options available to address any barriers, including managerial capability and competency or competitive disincentive; and

(f) any related matters.