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MOTION: Regional Forest Agreements

Janet Rice 2 Dec 2016

Senator RICE: I move:

(a) notes that:

   (i) Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) have been in place as 20-year agreements, designed to manage the conservation and forestry industry considerations for key areas of Australia's public native forests,

   (ii) the first Regional Forest Agreement (RFA), the East Gippsland RFA, expires in February 2017,

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MOTION: World AIDS Day 2016

Janet Rice 2 Dec 2016

Senator SMITH (Liberal Party): I, and also on behalf of Senators Pratt and Rice, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 1 December 2016 is World AIDS Day, which is held every year to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, and is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died,

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Foreign ownership of water on agricultural land

 I rise today to speak to the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Amendment (Water) Bill 2016. The bill before us today would fulfil a longstanding commitment of the Greens to create a register of water holdings by foreign nationals. Indeed, this is the second stage of our foreign agricultural reform package, following last year's passage of legislation to develop a Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land and to lower the Foreign Investment Review Board's threshold of agricultural sales to foreign investors.

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ABCC won't improve productivity, just attack working Australians

I rise to speak on the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013. I comment first on the name of the bill—'improving productivity'. We know that this bill is not tackling the key issues that are required to improve productivity. This bill is basically an attack on unions. The ABCC has been hanging over this parliament for the whole 2½ years that I have been here. It has been the subject of a lot of debate.

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