Senate debates

Wednesday, 10 May 2023


Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee; Reference

4:23 pm

Photo of Wendy AskewWendy Askew (Tasmania, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

At the request of the Senators Colbeck and Cadell, I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 December 2023:

The adequacy and fairness of process and compensation to acquire compulsory access to agricultural land, indigenous land and marine environments for the development of major renewable infrastructure, including wind farms, solar farms and transmission lines, with particular reference to:

(a) power imbalance between traditional owners, farmers and fishers with governments and energy companies seeking to compulsorily acquire or access their land or fishing grounds;

(b) terms and conditions for compulsory access and acquisition;

(c) fairness of compensation;

(d) options for the development of a fair national approach to access and acquisition;

(e) options to maintain and ensure the rights of farmers and fishers to maintain and ensure productivity of agriculture and fisheries; and

(f) any other matter.

Photo of Sue LinesSue Lines (President) Share this | | Hansard source

I believe there was an amendment to the motion circulated in the name of Senator David Pocock, which is not being proceeded with.

Question agreed to.