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RURAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE  Estimates MONDAY, 23 MAY 2011  Full Transcript

Senator SIEWERT:  In your 2007-08 department annual report there was a project by Access Economics which was around developing—this is a BRS project, actually—an Excel model to estimate the potential environmental and economic impacts of various greenhouse gas mitigation strategies for Australian farmers. Has that report ever been tabled or released? 

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Alcohol Pricing

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (11:57):  I move:
That the Senate—
 (a) notes with concern decisions by major retailers to heavily discount alcohol as a 'loss leader' to increase market share, with beer and wine being sold below the wholesale price so that it is now often cheaper than bottled water;
 (b) draws attention to research that demonstrates that young people, disadvantaged groups and risky drinkers are highly sensitive to the price of alcohol;

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Wild Rivers Environment Management Bill 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (11:41):  I have been very restrained in this debate, so I thank the chair for recognising me. Finally, after two hours, I move Greens amendment (1) on sheet 7075:
(1) Clause 2, page 2 (lines 1 to 3), omit clause, substitute:
2  Commencement
  This Act commences the day after the commencement of the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Act 2011.

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Humpback Whales

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (15:37):  I move:
That the Senate—
 (a) notes:
  (i) the humpback whale is listed as a threatened species,
  (ii) human generated habitat degradation is identified as a major threat to humpback whales by the Department of the Environment and Heritage's Humpback Whale Recovery Plan 2005-2010,
  (iii) the plan notes the following forms of possible habitat degradation:
 (a) acoustic pollution, for example, commercial and recreational vessel noise and seismic survey activity,

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Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (13:26):  The Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010 is a bit of a grab bag of miscellaneous measures with certain schedules in and then out, in and then out.

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ROYAL COMMISSION INTO ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (1.14 pm)—I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 221 standing in my name relating to the 20th anniversary of the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991.

That the Senate:

(a)    notes that 15 April 2011 will denote 20 years since the release of the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991;

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