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ENVIRONMENT—GEOSCIENCE AUSTRALIA—CARBON DIOXIDE STORAGE SITES—ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENT

Senator Milne, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 658—

 (1) That the Senate—

  (a) recalls that on 17 November 2009 it agreed to the following order, `That there be laid on the table, no later than 4 pm on 18 November 2009, the assessment by Geoscience Australia reportedly identifying prospective sites for underground carbon dioxide storage sites in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, referred to in an article, `New hope for viable clean coal projects' published in The Australian on 24 October 2009'; and

  (b) notes that the Government tabled a response saying, `The Government is not able to comply with the Order because there is no document in the precise form requested. In any event, the Minister asks the Senate to note that the Government is using a report containing an assessment along the lines sought, containing also the work of others, for the purpose of assisting the Government's consideration of competitive applications for funding under the CCS Flagships program. The report will be released at the time the grants under that program are announced'.

 (2) That there be laid on the table, no later than 4 pm on 25 November 2009, the report `containing an assessment along the lines sought'.

Question put and passed.

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