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20      Regional Australia— Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia’s Future—Expert panel report—Order for production of documents

Senator Patrick, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 702—That—

(1)               The Senate notes that:

(a)                  the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation released the ‘Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia’s Future’ report on 28 June 2018;

(b)                  recommendation 12 of that report called on the Government to develop a clear regional development policy through a comprehensive Regional Australia White Paper, following a Green Paper public consultation process;

(c)                  the Government established an expert panel to ‘undertake a targeted assessment of the key issues raised in the Report, including the development of a White Paper’ which was to report to Government by 31 March 2019; and

(d)                 the report of the expert panel has not been made available to the Parliament or to the public.

(2)              There be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, by no later than 18 June 2020, a copy of the expert panel report on the ‘Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia’s Future’ report.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 31

Senators—

Ayres

Farrell

McAllister

Siewert

Bilyk

Faruqi

McCarthy

Sterle

Brown

Gallacher

McKim

Urquhart*

Carr

Gallagher

O’Neill

Walsh

Chisholm

Green

Patrick

Waters

Ciccone

Hanson-Young

Pratt

Watt

Di Natale

Lambie

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Dodson

Lines

Sheldon

 

 

 

NOES, 29

Senators—

Antic

Duniam

McKenzie

Ruston

Askew

Fierravanti-Wells

McLachlan

Ryan

Brockman

Henderson

Molan

Scarr

Canavan

Hughes

O’Sullivan

Seselja

Chandler

Hume

Paterson

Smith, Dean*

Colbeck

McDonald

Rennick

Stoker

Cormann

McGrath

Reynolds

Van

Davey

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.