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ECONOMICS REFERENCES COMMITTEE--REFERENCE

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator

Woodley--

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Economics

References Committee for inquiry and report on or before 11 May

1995:

The proposed Eastlink high voltage powerline between Armidale, New

South Wales, and Springdale, Queensland, with particular reference

to:

(a) the possible impact of the powerline and the accompanying

land resumptions on:

(i) the health of people and animals in surrounding areas,

with particular reference to the likely effects of

electromagnetic field radiation,

(ii) the vegetation and overall environment, and

(iii) the social fabric and local economic viability of

surrounding communities, including the likely loss

of agricultural land;

(b) the overall economic impact of the powerline;

(c) the likely impact of the powerline on overall levels of

electricity consumption, with reference to Australia's

obligations and commitment to reduce greenhouse gas

emissions;

(d) the viability of the use of renewable energy sources to

provide electricity to Queensland consumers, instead of

expanding the consumption of coal generated electricity; and

(e) the adequacy of the community consultation process

undertaken by Government bodies with those people and local

authorities in the areas which will be affected by the

powerline.

(2) That the committee, in the context of the Eastlink powerline,

review relevant Federal and State Government reports on

electricity supply, including the 1992 report of the Standing

Committee on Industry, Science and Technology into gas and

electricity, to assess whether issues raised in these reports

have been adequately addressed in the Eastlink proposal.

Debate resumed.

Senator Ian Macdonald, by leave, moved the following amendments

together:

Paragraph (1), omit "11 May 1995", substitute "28 September 1995".

Subparagraph (1)(d), omit the subparagraph, substitute the following

subparagraph:

"(d) the viability of the use of renewable energy sources including

hydro-electricity to provide electricity to Queensland

consumers".

Paragraph (2), omit the paragraph, substitute the following paragraph:

"(2) That, in conducting and reporting on the inquiry, the Committee

consider whether or not the Eastlink proposal takes

sufficiently into account the reservations contained in the

1992 report of the former Standing Committee on Industry,

Science and Technology on gas and electricity".

Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendments be agreed to--put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.