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ECONOMICS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Barnett, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 3—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 October 2009:

The establishment, management, operation and closure of the GROCERYchoice website and, in particular:

 (a) the rationale and purpose for the website as stated by the Government before the 2007 election;

 (b) the business plan, modelling or plans formulated by the Government or the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to establish, manage, operate and close the website;

 (c) the problems and issues faced by the ACCC in establishing, managing and operating the website, as well as in handing the website over to Choice;

 (d) the rationale for the ACCC ceasing to manage and operate the website;

 (e) the level of usage of the website while it was managed and operated by the ACCC;

 (f) the proposal Choice put to the Government to take over the website and the reasons why the Government was persuaded that taxpayers would receive value for money;

 (g) the problems and issues faced by Choice in establishing, operating and relaunching the website;

 (h) the contract arrangements with Choice and the various contractors involved with Choice's and the ACCC's management and operation of the website;

 (i) the legal issues and trade practices concerns arising from the establishment, management, operation and closure of the website;

 (j) the specific concerns of the major chains and independent retailers;

 (k) the total cost to the taxpayer in establishing, managing, operating and closing the website; and

 (l) any other matters incidental thereto.

Question put and passed.

Statement by leave: Senator O'Brien, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.