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Business of the Senate

Notices of Motion

Notice given 25 October 2010

Leader of the Family First Party (Senator Fielding): To move—That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 April 2011:

The social and economic impacts of rural wind farms, and in particular:

(a) any adverse health effects for people living in close proximity to wind farms;

(b) concerns over the excessive noise and vibrations emitted by wind farms, which are in close proximity to people’s homes;

(c) the impact of rural wind farms on property values, employment opportunities and farm income;

(d) the interface between Commonwealth, state and local planning laws as they pertain to wind farms; and

(e) any other relevant matters.

Notice of motion altered on 26 October 2010 pursuant to standing order 77.

Notice given 26 October 2010

*2  Senator Heffernan: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2011:

The management of the Murray-Darling Basin, and the development and implementation of the Basin Plan, with particular reference to:

(a) the implications for agriculture and food production and the environment;

(b) the social and economic impacts of changes proposed in the Basin;

(c) the impact on sustainable productivity and on the viability of the Basin;

(d) the opportunities for a national reconfiguration of rural and regional Australia and its agricultural resources against the background of the Basin Plan and the science of the future;

(e) the implications of more efficient water use, mining and gas extraction on the aquifer and its contribution to run off and water flow;

(f) the opportunities for producing more food by using less water with smarter farming and plant technology;

(g) the national implications of foreign ownership, including:

(i) corporate and sovereign takeover of agriculture land and water, and

(ii) water speculators;

(h) means to achieve sustainable diversion limits in a way that recognise production efficiency;

(i) options for all water savings and alternative basins; and

(j) any other related matters.

 

Orders of the Day

Procedure—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the proposed amendment to standing order 104 - correction of divisions.

Procedure—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the consideration of private senators’ bills.

Environment and Communications References Committee

Report to be presented on the Government’s Green Loans Program.