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5           Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Amendment (Extension and Other Measures) Bill 2021

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam)—That this bill be now read a second time— and on the amendment moved by Senator Watt :

At the end of the motion, add “, but the Senate:

(a)              notes the Government’s failure to:

(i)                    deliver what it promised as part of its Northern Australia agenda, and

(ii)                  get money out the door of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF);

(b)              further notes that the bill includes amendments that the Opposition has been calling for over a number of years; and

(c)               calls on the Prime Minister and the Government to:

(i)                    learn from their failures with the NAIF over the past five years,

(ii)                  deliver the funding they have promised for development in Northern Australia by speeding up the release of funds from the NAIF, and

(iii)                realise the potential in Northern Australia and re-commit to delivering on their Northern Australia agenda”.

Debate resumed.

At 11.45 am : Debate was interrupted while Senator Siewert was speaking.