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FOR – Documents — Australian Carbon Credit Units; Order for the Production of Documents

Jonathon Duniam

I move:


(a) the Senate notes:

(i) the failure of the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Energy to comply with order for the production of documents no. 162, relating to Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs), and

(ii) the Minister failed to comply with the order despite the Senate rejecting the Minister's claim of public interest immunity in relation to the documents that he provided to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee on 1 March 2023;

(b) the Senate again rejects the Minister's claim of public interest immunity, provided to the Senate on 9 March 2023;

(c) further consideration of the Safeguard Mechanism (Crediting) Amendment Bill 2022 be postponed and made an order of the day for the next day of sitting after the documents and modelling relied on for the forecast usage of ACCUs over the decade to 2030 are laid on the table; and

(d) the Senate further notes that the Government has indicated that it will use regulations to implement elements of its safeguard mechanism reforms, which will come before the Senate for scrutiny through the disallowance process.

Anthony Chisholm

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Sue Lines

Leave is granted for one minute.

Anthony Chisholm

As the Senate will already be aware, these documents are both sensitive and cabinet-in-confidence, and, as such, cannot be released.

Jacqui Lambie

I ask that the question of paragraph (c) be put separately.

Sue Lines

The motion is listed as (a), (b), (c) and (d), and you've asked for (c) to be put separately. The question is that general business notice of motion No. 182, standing in the name of Senator Duniam, clauses (a), (b) and (d), be agreed to.


Date and time: 4:11 PM on 2023-03-21
Senator Pocock's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 46
Total number of "no" votes: 22
Total number of abstentions: 8

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