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Notice given 13 October 2003

646  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that the following motion was adopted unanimously at the National Party of Australia Federal Conference on Sunday, 12 October 2003:

‘That as a matter of urgency, this Conference of the National Party of Australia:

(a) Endorses the strong Federal Coalition policy on Development incentives for the ethanol industry as taken to the last Federal Election,

(b) Supports a 10 year excise exemption for ethanol,

(c) Endorses a mandate of 10% Australian-produced ethanol content for fuel sold in Australia to achieve the Federal Government’s policy of a target of 350 million litre production of biofuel by 2010, and

(d) Notes the ALP and minor parties opposition to ethanol, including their opposition to mandating 10% Australian produced ethanol content for fuel sold in Australia’,

(ii) the significant benefits derived from alternative fuels in terms of air quality, public heath, regional development and energy security, and

(iii) the Government’s May 2003 budget decision to impose an excise on alternative fuels from 2008;

(b) corrects the National Party motion with respect to paragraph (d), pointing out that the Australian Democrats strongly support alternative fuels, including ethanol, and made a submission in September 2003 to Cabinet calling for targets to be set to increase alternative fuel use in Australia; and

(c) urges the Government to:

(i) reverse its budget decision and not impose an excise on ethanol, other biofuels, LPG, CNG and LNG for at least 10 years, and

(ii) conduct a review of the timetable and incentives required for industry to meet a mandated level of 10 per cent ethanol content in petrol.