Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Forestry Industry, Beef Industry
I seek leave to move general business notices of motion Nos 1092 and 1101 together and that the motions be determined without amendment or debate.
Leave not granted.
With regard to general business notice of motion No. 1092, I add the names of Senators Ciccone and McKenzie, and I table statements relating to motions Nos 1092 and 1101. I move:
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent general business notices of motion nos 1092 and 1101 being moved together immediately and determined without amendment or debate.
Question agreed to.
That the Senate—
(a) notes the decision of the full Federal Court of Australia to unanimously uphold the appeal from VicForests against the action taken by the Friends of Leadbeater's Possum that sought to undermine the forestry industry;
(b) further notes the judgement is a big win for Victoria and Australia's native forest industry and supports the long-held position of this Government and the industry, and that Regional Forest Agreements provide a framework that achieves environmental, economic and social outcomes for our native forests;
(c) acknowledges that the Australian forest industry uses world-class sustainable forest management practices and supports the employment of more than 52,000 hardworking Australians making it an industry that deserves to be celebrated; and
(d) condemns the green groups that continue to use the courts to try to decimate the livelihoods of working Australians.
GENERAL BUSINESS NOTICE OF MOTION NO. 1101
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) the triennial Beef Week, organised by Beef Australia, was recently held in Rockhampton to showcase our world-leading beef industry,
(ii) the event promotes and advances a sustainable industry and involves producers, scientists, chefs, students, exhibitors, businesspeople, and families,
(iii) the historical role of Beef Week is to exhibit our produce to international industry leaders and the facilitation of new trade and export opportunities,
(iv) the Liberals and Nationals in government contributed $3.9 million to the 2021 event which will inject more than $100 million into the Capricorn region's economy, and
(v) the Australian beef industry is worth more than $15 billion to the Australian economy, involving over 45,000 producers, and exports the second highest quantity of beef in the world; and
(b) commends Beef Australia for:
(i) running a COVID-safe event that still attracted more than 100,000 visitors from across Australia, and
(ii) its role in promoting the Australian beef industry internationally; and
(c) congratulates all producers and exhibitors at Beef Australia 2021.