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ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS—STANDING COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Siewert amended business of the Senate notice of motion no. 5 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the following matters be referred to the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee for inquiry and report by 25 June 2009:

 (a) an assessment of the environmental, economic and community impacts of existing and proposed forestry and mining operations on the Tiwi Islands including compliance with relevant environmental approvals and conditions;

 (b) a review of governance arrangements relating to existing forestry and mining operations on the Tiwi Islands, including the examination of consent and approval processes to date;

 (c) in respect to forestry operations, an examination of the adequacy of contractual, commercial and legal arrangements between project proponents and operators and the Tiwi Land Council;

 (d) an examination of the economic opportunity costs associated with existing developments including forestry operations;

 (e) an examination of the prospects for alternative economic development opportunities and impediments for the Tiwi Islands including sale and promotion of cultural products, community development activities, land and sea management, and opportunities for involvement in future carbon trading and emissions offsets schemes; and

 (f) any related matters.

Question put and passed.