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ENVIRONMENT—ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

The Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 214—That the Senate—

 (a) calls on the Government to amend the Environmental and Natural Resource Management Guidelines in relation to the establishment of trees for the purposes of carbon sequestration, made under subsection 40-1010(3) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, in order:

  (i) to avert the use of prime agricultural land,

  (ii) in the broader sense, not to put upward pressure on food inflation through the loss of production capacity, and

  (iii) to ensure that such carbon sinks are appropriately registered on the land title; and

 (b) reminds the Government that the Senate has the power to disallow those guidelines should the Government not amend them to achieve the above objectives.

Question put and passed.