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CARBON POLLUTION REDUCTION SCHEME—TREASURY MODELLING—ORDERS FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS—NON-COMPLIANCE

Senator Cormann, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 491—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) with concern, that the Government has refused, without good reason, as indicated by the Senate's resolution of 17 June 2009, to provide to the Select Committee on Fuel and Energy information essential to the proper consideration of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) legislation, and

  (ii) that the Government has refused to provide information in response to successive orders of the Senate concerning modelling done for the Government's CPRS, without raising a valid claim of public interest immunity, thus preventing the Senate from making a properly informed judgement about the impact of the proposed CPRS on the economy, jobs and regional Australia; and

 (b) concludes that the Treasurer (Mr Swan) has been contemptuous of the Senate and of proper parliamentary processes.

Question put and passed.

Statement by leave: Senator O'Brien, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.