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Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Page: 4407


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandDeputy Government Whip in the Senate) (16:25): Before moving general business notice of motion No. 294, relating to the Paradise Dam in Queensland, I ask that the names of Senators McDonald, Canavan, Rennick, Stoker and Scarr be added to the motion. I, and also on behalf of Senators McDonald, Canavan, Rennick, Stoker and Scarr, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the Paradise Dam, located in the drought-declared Wide Bay-Burnett region, opened in 2006 at a cost of $200 million to Queensland taxpayers,

   (ii) 105,000 megalitres of water has been released from the dam, and

   (iii) it is one of the largest infrastructure failures in the history of Australia; and

(b) calls on the Queensland Government to:

   (i) publish the safety and engineering reports that led to the decision to release water from the dam, and

   (ii) establish a public parliamentary inquiry into the design and construction of the dam.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that motion No. 294 be agreed to.