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Thursday, 23 August 2012
Page: 6224

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (12:26): I seek leave to move an amendment to the amended motion.

Leave granted.

Senator FIFIELD: I move the motion as amended:

After paragraph (1)(e), insert:

(f) any related matter.

I also seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: I understand that the government will support this amendment. I think that is a good idea, because it would have been quite peculiar if in the context of this inquiry there had not been the provision for any related matter, because that could well have given the Labor chair the opportunity to rule any questions in relation to a carbon tax as not being relevant to the terms of reference of the inquiry. That would have appeared, I think, as though the government was prepared to canvass each and every issue in relation to the cost of electricity except for the carbon tax. So I think it is a good thing the government is agreeing to support this. I will give them the benefit of the doubt that it was an oversight rather than a decision to consciously exclude discussion of the carbon tax.

Question agreed to.

The PRESIDENT: The question now is that the motion as amended be agreed to.

Question agreed to.