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Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Defence (Senator Faulkner)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Siewert moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "but the Senate calls on the Government to fund a dedicated mako and porbeagle shark research and data collection program, working with recreational fishers to conclusively document the status and trajectory of mako and porbeagle sharks in Australian waters".

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bill.

In the committee

Bill taken as a whole by leave.

Senator Siewert moved the following amendment:

 Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 15), after item 2, insert:

 2A At the end of section 212


  (1A) Paragraph (1)(r) has effect subject to the following conditions:

 (a) that a plan of management (the plan) has been determined under section 17 of the Fisheries Management Act 1999 for the recreational fishing of the shortfin mako, longfin mako and porbeagle shark fisheries; and

 (b) that the plan has been accredited, in writing, by the Minister; and

 (c) that the recreational fishing referred to in the paragraph is undertaken in accordance with the plan.

  (1B) Despite anything in the Fisheries Management Act 1999 or any other law, the Minister must not accredit a plan for the purposes of paragraph (1A)(b) unless the Minister is satisfied that the recreational fishing permitted by the plan will not lead to any significant detrimental impact on the overall numbers of shortfin mako sharks, longfin mako sharks and porbeagle sharks.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

Question—That the bill be agreed to—divided, at the request of Senator Siewert, in respect of Schedule 1, item 4.

Schedule 1, item 4 agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator Moore) resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.