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Thursday, 26 June 2014
Page: 4025


Senator THORP (Tasmania) (12:36): I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 29 October 2014:

The history, effectiveness, performance and future of the National Landcare Program, including:

(a) the establishment and performance of the Natural Heritage Trust;

(b) the establishment and performance of the Caring for Our Country program;

(c) the outcomes to date and for the forward estimates period of Caring for Our Country;

(d) the implications of the 2014-15 Budget for land care programs, in particular, on contracts, scope, structure, outcomes of programs and long-term impact on natural resource management;

(e) the Government's policy rationale in relation to changes to land care programs;

(f) analysis of national, state and regional funding priorities for land care programs;

(g) how the Department of the Environment and the Department of Agriculture have, and can, work together to deliver a seamless land care program;

(h) the role of natural resource management bodies in past and future planning, delivery, reporting and outcomes; and

(i) any other related matters.

Question agreed to.