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Business of the Senate

 

Notices of Motion

Notice given 16 September 2019

      *1  Senators McDonald and McGrath: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 October 2020:

             The identification of leading practices in ensuring evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef, with particular reference to:

                          (a)      the existing evidence-base on the impact of farm water runoff on the health of the Great Barrier Reef and catchment areas;

                          (b)      the connectivity of farm practices throughout the Great Barrier Reef catchment areas to water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park;

                           (c)      relevant legislation and regulation, including in relation to impacts of water quality, farm management and soil runoff;

                          (d)      proposed changes to regulations that would impact on farm productivity and the potential benefits and costs of such proposed regulation;

                           (e)      the wider economic and social impact of proposed regulations to restrict farm practices; and

                           (f)      any related matters.

      *2  Senator Watt : To move—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 September 2020:

             The management of the Inland Rail project by the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the Commonwealth Government, with particular reference to:

                          (a)      financial arrangements of the project;

                          (b)      route planning and selection processes;

                           (c)      connections with other freight infrastructure, including ports and intermodal hubs;

                          (d)      engagement on route alignment, procurement and employment;

                           (e)      urban and regional economic development opportunities;

                           (f)      collaboration between governments;

                           (g)      interaction with National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy; and

                          (h)      any other related matters.