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PETROLEUM (SUBMERGED LANDS) (USER CHARGE) BILL 1994
OFFSHORE MINERALS (EXPLORATION LICENCE USER CHARGE) BILL 1993
OFFSHORE MINERALS (RETENTION LICENCE USER CHARGE) BILL 1993
PETROLEUM (SUBMERGED LANDS) LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 1994
PETROLEUM (SUBMERGED LANDS) FEES BILL 1994

Order read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for

the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner)--That these

bills be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Margetts moved the following amendment in respect of the

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (User Charge) Bill 1994, the Offshore

Minerals (Exploration Licence User Charge) Bill 1993 and the Offshore

Minerals (Retention Licence User Charge) Bill 1993:

Omit all words after "That", substitute:

"(a) the Senate has not yet formed a concluded view on whether it

should support or oppose the second reading of these bills,

bearing in mind:

(i) doubts expressed by those in the relevant industries about

the commercial usefulness of the offshore geoscience

research and survey activities of the Continental Margins

Program; and

(ii) the Senate's concern to ensure that, if such research and

surveys, relating to mineral and petroleum exploration, are

to continue, they should not be funded exclusively by the

taxpayer from the Consolidated Revenue Fund; and

(b) to assist the Senate in determining whether to support these

bills or reject them with a request to the Government to redraft

them in such a way as to ensure that taxpayers are not the sole

contributors to a commercially relevant and useful research and

survey program, the Senate resolves that the bills be referred

to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, Technology,

Transport, Communications and Infrastructure, for inquiry and

report on or before 20 June 1994; and

(c) in conducting its inquiry the committee is to advertise this

reference in an appropriate way, invite written submissions on

it and hear oral evidence from the authors of the most

significant submissions, as well as from any other person as

agreed by the committee".

Debate ensued.

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

The question for the second reading was divided--

PETROLEUM (SUBMERGED LANDS) (USER CHARGE) BILL 1994

OFFSHORE MINERALS (EXPLORATION LICENCE USER CHARGE) BILL 1993

OFFSHORE MINERALS (RETENTION LICENCE USER CHARGE) BILL 1993--

Question--That these bills be now read a second time--put and negatived.

PETROLEUM (SUBMERGED LANDS) LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 1994

PETROLEUM (SUBMERGED LANDS) FEES BILL 1994--

Question--That these bills be now read a second time--put and passed.

Bills read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the

bills.

In the committee

PETROLEUM (SUBMERGED LANDS) LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 1994--

Bill taken as a whole by leave.

Question--That the bill be agreed to--divided in respect of clauses 6, 9

and 11--

Question--That clauses 6, 9 and 11 stand as printed--put and negatived.

On the motion of the Leader of the National Party of Australia in the

Senate (Senator Boswell) the following amendments, taken together by

leave, were agreed to:

Clause 2, page 2, subclause (2), line 1, omit "Sections 6 and 9 and

Parts 3 and 4 commence", substitute "Part 4 commences".

Title, page 1, omit "and the Offshore Minerals Act 1994".

Remainder of bill, as amended, agreed to.

PETROLEUM (SUBMERGED LANDS) FEES BILL 1994--

Bill, taken as a whole by leave, debated and agreed to.

The Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Legislation Amendment Bill 1994 to be

reported with amendments and an amendment to the title and the Petroleum

(Submerged Lands) Fees Bill 1994 to be reported without amendments.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator Calvert) resumed the Chair and the

Chairman of Committees (Senator Crichton-Browne) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary

Industries and Energy (Senator Sherry) the report from the committee was

adopted and the bills read a third time.