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Wednesday, 9 March 2005
Page: 90

Senator BROWN (3:45 PM) —I move:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   laws aimed to reduce the amount of synthetic greenhouse gases and establish a licensing system for the import, export and manufacture of synthetic greenhouse gases passed the Senate in November 2003,

(ii)   the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Amendment Regulations 2004 were gazetted in December 2004 for commencement on 1 January 2005, and

(iii)   the Minister for the Environment and Heritage has failed to appoint the board, specified in these regulations, which would issue industry permits and licences for the use of certain refrigeration and air conditioning greenhouse gases; and

(b)   calls on the Minister to make a full explanation to the Senate in which he details:

(i)   whether he has abandoned the scheme as outlined in the regulations,

(ii)   the level of uncertainty in the industry,

(iii)   whether he has succumbed to pressure from the motor vehicle industry in Western Australia which wants a dual system for the regulation of synthetic greenhouse gases rather than the single system outlined in the regulations, and

(iv)   the cost already borne by taxpayers in the setting up of the original scheme.

Question agreed to.