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RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT—STANDING COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 7—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee for inquiry and report by 18 June 2009:

The investment of Commonwealth and State funds in public passenger transport infrastructure and services, with reference to the August 2005 report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage, Sustainable Cities, and the February 2007 report of the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee, Australia's future oil supply and alternative transport fuels, including:

 (a) an audit of the state of public passenger transport in Australia;

 (b) current and historical levels of public investment in private vehicle and public passenger transport services and infrastructure;

 (c) an assessment of the benefits of public passenger transport, including integration with bicycle and pedestrian initiatives;

 (d) measures by which the Commonwealth Government could facilitate improvement in public passenger transport services and infrastructure;

 (e) options for Commonwealth funding for public passenger transport services and infrastructure;

 (f) the role of Commonwealth Government legislation, taxation, subsidies, policies and other mechanisms that either discourage or encourage public passenger transport; and


 (g) best practice international examples of public passenger transport services and infrastructure.

Statement by leave: The Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.