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Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Page: 986


The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Hume ) (21:03): The question now is that the amendments on sheets 8673 and 8674 circulated by Senator Storer be agreed to.

Senator Storer's circulated amendments—

Amdt - 8673 - Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Support for Infrastructure Financing) Bill 2019

(1) Schedule 1, item 2, page 3 (after line 14), after the definition of Australian benefit, insert:

Climate Change Conventions means:

(a) the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, done at New York on 9 May 1992, as amended and in force for Australia from time to time; and

(b) the Paris Agreement, done at Paris on 12 December 2015, as amended and in force for Australia from time to time; and

(c) an international agreement, signed on behalf of Australia, that:

(i) relates to climate change; and

(ii) is specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister for the purposes of this definition.

Note: The Convention and the Agreement are in Australian Treaty Series 1994 No. 2 ([1994] ATS 2) and 2016 No. 24 ([2016] ATS 24), respectively. In 2019 they could be viewed in the Australian Treaties Library on the AustLII website (http://www.austlii.edu.au).

(2) Schedule 1, page 4 (after line 10), after item 4, insert:

4A At the end of subsection 8 ( 2 )

Insert:

and; (c) perform its functions in a manner consistent with achieving the aims and objectives of the Climate Change Conventions, including Australia's obligations under those Conventions.

Amdt - 8674 - Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Support for Infrastructure Financing) Bill 2019

(1) Schedule 1, item 2, page 3 (lines 20 and 23), omit the definition of overseas infrastructure financing, substitute:

overseas infrastructure financing means lending money to support overseas infrastructure development, if EFIC reasonably believes that:

(a) lending the money is likely to result in an Australian benefit; and

(b) the legal, administrative and policy framework that would apply to the overseas infrastructure development is suitable.

Note: Lending money includes providing finance, or providing a financial accommodation, in any form: see subsection (2).

(2) Schedule 1, item 5, page 4 (lines 11 to 18), omit the item, substitute:

5 At the end of section 8

Add:

EFIC ' s overseas infrastructure financing functions

(4) Subsection (1) and subparagraph (2)(b)(i) do not apply in relation to EFIC's overseas infrastructure financing functions.

Question negatived.