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Senators Xenophon and Heffernan gave a notice of motion as follows: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee for inquiry and report by 29 November 2009:

The ability of the Commonwealth, across state borders, to sustainably manage water resources in the national interest, with particular reference to:

 (a) the issuing and sustainability of water licences under any government draft resource plans and water resource plans;

 (b) the effect of relevant agreements and Commonwealth environmental legislation on the issuing of water licences, trading rights or further extraction of water from river systems;

 (c) the collection, collation and analysis and dissemination of information about Australia's water resources, and the use of such information in the granting of water rights;

 (d) the issuing of water rights by the states in light of Commonwealth purchases of water rights; and

 (e) any other related matters.