Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download PDFDownload PDF 

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment

URANIUM ROYALTY (NORTHERN TERRITORY) BILL 2008

Order read for the further consideration of the bill in committee of the whole.

In the committee

Consideration resumed of the bill.


Senator Ludlam moved the following amendment:

 Page 12 (after line 19), at the end of the bill, add:

  

26 Review of the costs and benefits of uranium mining royalty arrangements

  (1) The Minister must cause independent reviews of the costs and benefits of uranium mining royalty arrangements to be conducted in accordance with this section.

  (2) The first review must begin as soon as practicable after the fifth anniversary of the commencement of this section, and a further review must begin as soon as practicable after each third anniversary of that date.

  (3) Each review must be completed within 6 months.

  (4) Each review must:

 (a) identify the costs and benefits of the application of laws and the operation of the royalty arrangements made by this Act;

 (b) in particular, identify the costs and benefits to:

 (i) the Commonwealth;

 (ii) the Northern Territory Government;

 (iii) Indigenous communities, in general;

 (iv) Indigenous communities affected by mining operations to which this Act applies;

 (v) Indigenous communities which are party to any arrangement to receive any royalty under this Act; and

 (vi) corporate and other bodies involved in mining operations to which this Act applies.

  (5) Each review must be undertaken by a panel comprising not less that 5 members, including:

 (a) a person with expertise in royalty models and arrangements; and

 (b) a person with expertise in mining law; and

 (c) a person with expertise in the financial, managerial, infrastructure and service-delivery challenges of Aboriginal communities; and

 (d) representatives of affected communities.

  (6) The panel must give the Minister a written report of each review, and the Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of receiving the report.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator Moore) resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion (Senator Stephens) the report from the committee was adopted.

Senator Stephens moved—That this bill be now read a third time.


Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 37

Senators—

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Brown, Carol

Bushby

Cameron

Carr

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Crossin

Farrell

Feeney

Fielding

Fierravanti-Wells

Furner

Heffernan

Hurley

Hutchins

Joyce

Kroger

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

Moore

Nash

O'Brien

Parry

Polley

Ryan

Stephens

Troeth

Wortley

Xenophon

NOES, 5

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Siewert (Teller)

Question agreed to.

Bill read a third time.