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Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senator Macdonald, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 639—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the significant disease threat posed by the introduced species Phytophthora cinnamomi to ecological communities across Australia;

 (b) expresses disappointment with the lack of effective action at the national level to address the scale of this threat; and

 (c) calls on the Commonwealth Government to:

  (i) develop an effective national threat abatement plan including specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound goals, objectives and actions, and

  (ii) negotiate on the basis of this plan with state and territory agencies and land managers to leverage the resources, commitments and expertise needed to deliver its outcomes.

Statements by leave: The Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig) and Senator Siewert, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.