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RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Colbeck, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1—That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 14 September 2009:


The Australian Government's management of the removal of the 40 per cent fee rebate for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) export certification functions, having regard to:

 (a) the level of industry support for the removal of the 40 per cent rebate prior to the implementation of comprehensive reform of AQIS's export inspection and certification services;

 (b) the adequacy of consultation by the Government in the development of industry work plans;

 (c) the capacity of the Government, including AQIS, to implement efficiency proposals;

 (d) the adequacy of government funding to implement industry work plans;

 (e) any progress on meeting targets in industry work plans;

 (f) the financial or other impact on industry sectors of the failure to meet reform targets; and

 (g) any other relevant matter.

Question put and passed.

Statements by leave: Senator O'Brien and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.