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AGRICULTURAL AND RELATED INDUSTRIES—SELECT COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Parry, at the request of the Chair of the Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries (Senator Heffernan), amended general business notice of motion no. 413 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the following matter be referred to the Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries for inquiry and report:

The incidence and severity of bushfires across Australia, including:

 (a) the impact of bushfires on human and animal life, agricultural land, the environment, public and private assets and local communities;

 (b) factors contributing to the causes and risks of bushfires across Australia, including natural resource management policies, hazard reduction and agricultural land maintenance;

 (c) the extent and effectiveness of bushfire mitigation strategies and practices, including application of resources for agricultural land, national parks, state forests, other Crown land, open space areas adjacent to development and private property and the impact of hazard reduction strategies;

 (d) the identification of measures that can be undertaken by government, industry and the community and the effectiveness of these measures in protecting agricultural industries, service industries, small business, tourism and water catchments;

 (e) any alternative or developmental bushfire prevention and mitigation approaches which can be implemented;

 (f) the appropriateness of planning and building codes with respect to land use in the bushfire prone regions;

 (g) the adequacy and funding of fire-fighting resources both paid and voluntary and the usefulness of and impact on on-farm labour;

 (h) the role of volunteers;

 (i) the impact of climate change;

 (j) fire - its causes (accidental, natural and deliberate) and remedies;

 (k) the impact of bushfires on biodiversity and measures to protect biodiversity; and

 (l) insurance against bushfires.

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), by leave, moved the following amendment:

 Paragraph (j), omit all words, substitute "arson - its causes and remedies and its contribution to bushfires in Australia".


Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 5

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Siewert (Teller)

NOES, 56

Senators—

Adams

Arbib

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Boswell

Boyce

Brown, Carol

Bushby

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Conroy

Cormann

Crossin

Eggleston

Farrell

Feeney

Ferguson

Fielding

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Forshaw

Furner

Heffernan

Humphries

Hurley

Hutchins

Johnston

Kroger

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Moore

Nash

O'Brien

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ryan

Scullion

Sherry

Stephens

Sterle

Troeth

Trood

Williams (Teller)

Wortley

Xenophon

Question negatived.

Main question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,36


Senators—
AbetzCashHeffernanParry
AdamsColbeckHumphriesPayne
BackCormannJohnstonRonaldson
BarnettEgglestonKrogerRyan
BernardiFergusonMacdonaldScullion
BirminghamFieldingMasonTroeth
BoswellFierravanti-WellsMcGauranTrood
BrandisFifieldMinchinWilliams (Teller)
BushbyFisherNashXenophon

NOES, 34


Senators—
ArbibFarrellLudlamPolley
BilykFaulknerLudwigPratt
BishopFeeneyLundySherry
Brown, BobForshawMarshallSiewert
Brown, CarolFurnerMcEwenStephens
CameronHanson-YoungMcLucasSterle
CollinsHoggMilneWortley
ConroyHurleyMoore
CrossinHutchinsO'Brien (Teller)

Question agreed to.