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senate vote 2012-09-11#2

Edited by mackay

on 2016-07-21 10:44:21

Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2012-09-11.88.1) introduced by Liberal Senator [Helen Kroger](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Helen_Kroger&mpc=Senate&house=senate), which means that it was successful.
  • The motion was about the sale of [Cubbie Station](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubbie_Station) to a foreign-owned company and an Australia-owned company. The sale was controversial because it gave the foreign-owned company 80% initial ownership and, as [explained by Senator Kroger](http://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2012-09-11.88.1), the Station is "one of Australia's most valuable irrigation properties, with a water licence equal to 6 per cent of the water use in the northern [Murray-Darling Basin](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray-Darling_Basin)"
  • ### Wording of the motion
  • > *That the Senate:*
  • > *(a)   notes that:*
  • >> *(i)   there is bipartisan support for foreign investment, provided that the particular foreign investment is not contrary to the national interest,*
  • >> *(ii)   the Treasurer ( [Mr Swan](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Wayne_Swan&mpc=Lilley&house=representatives)) has approved the potential sale of [Cubbie Station](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubbie_Station) to a consortium 80 per cent owned by Shandong RuYi Scientific and Technological Group Co Ltd,*
  • >> *(iii)   the Treasurer has failed to explain why the potential sale to a majority foreign-owned consortium of one of Australia's most valuable irrigation properties, with a water licence equal to 6 per cent of the water use in the northern [Murray-Darling Basin](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray-Darling_Basin), is not contrary to the national interest, and*
  • >> *(iv)   Annex II of the Treasurer's own policy on foreign investment requires him to consider the effect of the proposal on:*
  • >>> *(A)   the quality and availability of Australia's agricultural resources, including water,*
  • >>> *(B)   land access and use,*
  • >>> *(C)   agricultural production and productivity,*
  • >>> *(D)   Australia's capacity to remain a reliable supplier of agricultural production both to the Australian community and our trading partners,*
  • >>> *(E)    [biodiversity](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiversity), and*
  • >>> *(F)   employment and prosperity in Australia's local and regional communities;*
  • > *(b)   calls on the Treasurer to provide a statement detailing:*
  • >> *(i)   how the Treasurer determined the ownership and control of the consortium, particularly in the context of the national interest,*
  • >> *(ii)   why the Treasurer did not publish an interim order to extend the period of consideration by 90 days as required by Australia's Foreign Investment Policy, and*
  • >> *(iii)   why the sale is not contrary to the national interest and release the advice to the Treasurer from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and associated documents, including what, if any, other options were considered; and*
  • >> *(iii)   why the sale is not contrary to the national interest and release the advice to the Treasurer from the [Foreign Investment Review Board](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Investment_Review_Board) (FIRB) and associated documents, including what, if any, other options were considered; and*
  • > *(c)   calls on the Government to ensure that foreign investment transactions are transparent by:*
  • >> *(i)   establishing a publicly available national register of all foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land,*
  • >> *(ii)   reducing the financial threshold for [FIRB](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIRB) examination of foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land, and*
  • >> *(ii)   reducing the financial threshold for FIRB examination of foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land, and*
  • >> *(iii)   ensuring that at least one member of FIRB has experience in agricultural management.*
senate vote 2012-09-11#2

Edited by mackay

on 2016-07-21 10:42:26

Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2012-09-11.88.1) introduced by Liberal Senator [Helen Kroger](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Helen_Kroger&mpc=Senate&house=senate). This means that the motion(According to the [[http://www.aph.gov.au/About\_Parliament/Senate/Powers\_practice\_n\_procedures/](http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/)~/~/~/link.aspx?\_id=E76A241F2DBE416695A730A8C79AD5AC&\_z=z Odgers' Australian Senate Practice], when the Senate agrees with a motion then it becomes [[http://www.aph.gov.au/About\_Parliament/Senate/Powers\_practice\_n\_procedures/](http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/)~/~/link.aspx?\_id=E4822B494BE34BA7A2446ABF1D543B56&\_z=z a resolution or an order] of the Senate.) was successful and so it is now an order requiring the action referred to in part (c) of the motion below.
  • _That the Senate:_
  • _(a)   notes that:_
  • _(i)   there is bipartisan support for foreign investment, provided that the particular foreign investment is not contrary to the national interest,_
  • _(ii)   the Treasurer ( [Mr Swan](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Wayne_Swan&mpc=Lilley&house=representatives)) has approved the potential sale of [Cubbie Station](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubbie_Station) to a consortium 80 per cent owned by Shandong RuYi Scientific and Technological Group Co Ltd,_
  • _(iii)   the Treasurer has failed to explain why the potential sale to a majority foreign-owned consortium of one of Australia's most valuable irrigation properties, with a water licence equal to 6 per cent of the water use in the northern [Murray-Darling Basin](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray-Darling_Basin), is not contrary to the national interest, and_
  • _(iv)   Annex II of the Treasurer's own policy on foreign investment requires him to consider the effect of the proposal on:_
  • _(A)   the quality and availability of Australia's agricultural resources, including water,_
  • _(B)   land access and use,_
  • _(C)   agricultural production and productivity,_
  • _(D)   Australia's capacity to remain a reliable supplier of agricultural production both to the Australian community and our trading partners,_
  • _(E)    [biodiversity](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiversity), and_
  • _(F)   employment and prosperity in Australia's local and regional communities;_
  • _(b)   calls on the Treasurer to provide a statement detailing:_
  • _(i)   how the Treasurer determined the ownership and control of the consortium, particularly in the context of the national interest,_
  • _(ii)   why the Treasurer did not publish an interim order to extend the period of consideration by 90 days as required by Australia's Foreign Investment Policy, and_
  • _(iii)   why the sale is not contrary to the national interest and release the advice to the Treasurer from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and associated documents, including what, if any, other options were considered; and_
  • _(c)   calls on the Government to ensure that foreign investment transactions are transparent by:_
  • _(i)   establishing a publicly available national register of all foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land,_
  • _(ii)   reducing the financial threshold for [FIRB](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIRB) examination of foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land, and_
  • _(iii)   ensuring that at least one member of FIRB has experience in agricultural management._
  • References
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2012-09-11.88.1) introduced by Liberal Senator [Helen Kroger](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Helen_Kroger&mpc=Senate&house=senate), which means that it was successful.
  • The motion was about the sale of [Cubbie Station](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubbie_Station) to a foreign-owned company and an Australia-owned company. The sale was controversial because it gave the foreign-owned company 80% initial ownership and, as [explained by Senator Kroger](http://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2012-09-11.88.1), the Station is "one of Australia's most valuable irrigation properties, with a water licence equal to 6 per cent of the water use in the northern [Murray-Darling Basin](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray-Darling_Basin)"
  • ### Wording of the motion
  • > *That the Senate:*
  • > *(a)   notes that:*
  • >> *(i)   there is bipartisan support for foreign investment, provided that the particular foreign investment is not contrary to the national interest,*
  • >> *(ii)   the Treasurer ( [Mr Swan](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Wayne_Swan&mpc=Lilley&house=representatives)) has approved the potential sale of [Cubbie Station](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubbie_Station) to a consortium 80 per cent owned by Shandong RuYi Scientific and Technological Group Co Ltd,*
  • >> *(iii)   the Treasurer has failed to explain why the potential sale to a majority foreign-owned consortium of one of Australia's most valuable irrigation properties, with a water licence equal to 6 per cent of the water use in the northern [Murray-Darling Basin](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray-Darling_Basin), is not contrary to the national interest, and*
  • >> *(iv)   Annex II of the Treasurer's own policy on foreign investment requires him to consider the effect of the proposal on:*
  • >>> *(A)   the quality and availability of Australia's agricultural resources, including water,*
  • >>> *(B)   land access and use,*
  • >>> *(C)   agricultural production and productivity,*
  • >>> *(D)   Australia's capacity to remain a reliable supplier of agricultural production both to the Australian community and our trading partners,*
  • >>> *(E)    [biodiversity](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiversity), and*
  • >>> *(F)   employment and prosperity in Australia's local and regional communities;*
  • > *(b)   calls on the Treasurer to provide a statement detailing:*
  • >> *(i)   how the Treasurer determined the ownership and control of the consortium, particularly in the context of the national interest,*
  • >> *(ii)   why the Treasurer did not publish an interim order to extend the period of consideration by 90 days as required by Australia's Foreign Investment Policy, and*
  • >> *(iii)   why the sale is not contrary to the national interest and release the advice to the Treasurer from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and associated documents, including what, if any, other options were considered; and*
  • > *(c)   calls on the Government to ensure that foreign investment transactions are transparent by:*
  • >> *(i)   establishing a publicly available national register of all foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land,*
  • >> *(ii)   reducing the financial threshold for [FIRB](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIRB) examination of foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land, and*
  • >> *(iii)   ensuring that at least one member of FIRB has experience in agricultural management.*
senate vote 2012-09-11#2

Edited by system

on 2014-10-07 16:18:09

Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2012-09-11.88.1 motion] introduced by Liberal Senator [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Helen_Kroger&mpc=Senate&house=senate Helen Kroger]. This means that the motion(According to the [http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/~/~/~/link.aspx?_id=E76A241F2DBE416695A730A8C79AD5AC&_z=z Odgers' Australian Senate Practice], when the Senate agrees with a motion then it becomes [http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/~/~/link.aspx?_id=E4822B494BE34BA7A2446ABF1D543B56&_z=z a resolution or an order] of the Senate.) was successful and so it is now an order requiring the action referred to in part (c) of the motion below.
  • ''That the Senate:''
  • ''(a)   notes that:''
  • ''(i)   there is bipartisan support for foreign investment, provided that the particular foreign investment is not contrary to the national interest,''
  • ''(ii)   the Treasurer ([http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Wayne_Swan&mpc=Lilley&house=representatives Mr Swan]) has approved the potential sale of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubbie_Station Cubbie Station] to a consortium 80 per cent owned by Shandong RuYi Scientific and Technological Group Co Ltd,''
  • ''(iii)   the Treasurer has failed to explain why the potential sale to a majority foreign-owned consortium of one of Australia's most valuable irrigation properties, with a water licence equal to 6 per cent of the water use in the northern [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray-Darling_Basin Murray-Darling Basin], is not contrary to the national interest, and''
  • ''(iv)   Annex II of the Treasurer's own policy on foreign investment requires him to consider the effect of the proposal on:''
  • ''(A)   the quality and availability of Australia's agricultural resources, including water,''
  • ''(B)   land access and use,''
  • ''(C)   agricultural production and productivity,''
  • ''(D)   Australia's capacity to remain a reliable supplier of agricultural production both to the Australian community and our trading partners,''
  • ''(E)   [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiversity biodiversity], and''
  • ''(F)   employment and prosperity in Australia's local and regional communities;''
  • ''(b)   calls on the Treasurer to provide a statement detailing:''
  • ''(i)   how the Treasurer determined the ownership and control of the consortium, particularly in the context of the national interest,''
  • ''(ii)   why the Treasurer did not publish an interim order to extend the period of consideration by 90 days as required by Australia's Foreign Investment Policy, and''
  • ''(iii)   why the sale is not contrary to the national interest and release the advice to the Treasurer from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and associated documents, including what, if any, other options were considered; and''
  • ''(c)   calls on the Government to ensure that foreign investment transactions are transparent by:''
  • ''(i)   establishing a publicly available national register of all foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land,''
  • ''(ii)   reducing the financial threshold for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIRB FIRB] examination of foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land, and''
  • ''(iii)   ensuring that at least one member of FIRB has experience in agricultural management.''
  • References
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2012-09-11.88.1) introduced by Liberal Senator [Helen Kroger](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Helen_Kroger&mpc=Senate&house=senate). This means that the motion(According to the [[http://www.aph.gov.au/About\_Parliament/Senate/Powers\_practice\_n\_procedures/](http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/)~/~/~/link.aspx?\_id=E76A241F2DBE416695A730A8C79AD5AC&\_z=z Odgers' Australian Senate Practice], when the Senate agrees with a motion then it becomes [[http://www.aph.gov.au/About\_Parliament/Senate/Powers\_practice\_n\_procedures/](http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/)~/~/link.aspx?\_id=E4822B494BE34BA7A2446ABF1D543B56&\_z=z a resolution or an order] of the Senate.) was successful and so it is now an order requiring the action referred to in part (c) of the motion below.
  • _That the Senate:_
  • _(a)   notes that:_
  • _(i)   there is bipartisan support for foreign investment, provided that the particular foreign investment is not contrary to the national interest,_
  • _(ii)   the Treasurer ( [Mr Swan](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Wayne_Swan&mpc=Lilley&house=representatives)) has approved the potential sale of [Cubbie Station](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubbie_Station) to a consortium 80 per cent owned by Shandong RuYi Scientific and Technological Group Co Ltd,_
  • _(iii)   the Treasurer has failed to explain why the potential sale to a majority foreign-owned consortium of one of Australia's most valuable irrigation properties, with a water licence equal to 6 per cent of the water use in the northern [Murray-Darling Basin](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray-Darling_Basin), is not contrary to the national interest, and_
  • _(iv)   Annex II of the Treasurer's own policy on foreign investment requires him to consider the effect of the proposal on:_
  • _(A)   the quality and availability of Australia's agricultural resources, including water,_
  • _(B)   land access and use,_
  • _(C)   agricultural production and productivity,_
  • _(D)   Australia's capacity to remain a reliable supplier of agricultural production both to the Australian community and our trading partners,_
  • _(E)    [biodiversity](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiversity), and_
  • _(F)   employment and prosperity in Australia's local and regional communities;_
  • _(b)   calls on the Treasurer to provide a statement detailing:_
  • _(i)   how the Treasurer determined the ownership and control of the consortium, particularly in the context of the national interest,_
  • _(ii)   why the Treasurer did not publish an interim order to extend the period of consideration by 90 days as required by Australia's Foreign Investment Policy, and_
  • _(iii)   why the sale is not contrary to the national interest and release the advice to the Treasurer from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and associated documents, including what, if any, other options were considered; and_
  • _(c)   calls on the Government to ensure that foreign investment transactions are transparent by:_
  • _(i)   establishing a publicly available national register of all foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land,_
  • _(ii)   reducing the financial threshold for [FIRB](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIRB) examination of foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land, and_
  • _(iii)   ensuring that at least one member of FIRB has experience in agricultural management._
  • References
senate vote 2012-09-11#2

Edited by system

on 2014-10-07 16:16:07

Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2012-09-11.88.1 motion] introduced by Liberal Senator [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Helen_Kroger&mpc=Senate&house=senate Helen Kroger]. This means that the motion[1] was successful and so it is now an order requiring the action referred to in part (c) of the motion below.
  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2012-09-11.88.1 motion] introduced by Liberal Senator [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Helen_Kroger&mpc=Senate&house=senate Helen Kroger]. This means that the motion(According to the [http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/~/~/~/link.aspx?_id=E76A241F2DBE416695A730A8C79AD5AC&_z=z Odgers' Australian Senate Practice], when the Senate agrees with a motion then it becomes [http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/~/~/link.aspx?_id=E4822B494BE34BA7A2446ABF1D543B56&_z=z a resolution or an order] of the Senate.) was successful and so it is now an order requiring the action referred to in part (c) of the motion below.
  • ''That the Senate:''
  • ''(a)   notes that:''
  • ''(i)   there is bipartisan support for foreign investment, provided that the particular foreign investment is not contrary to the national interest,''
  • ''(ii)   the Treasurer ([http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Wayne_Swan&mpc=Lilley&house=representatives Mr Swan]) has approved the potential sale of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubbie_Station Cubbie Station] to a consortium 80 per cent owned by Shandong RuYi Scientific and Technological Group Co Ltd,''
  • ''(iii)   the Treasurer has failed to explain why the potential sale to a majority foreign-owned consortium of one of Australia's most valuable irrigation properties, with a water licence equal to 6 per cent of the water use in the northern [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray-Darling_Basin Murray-Darling Basin], is not contrary to the national interest, and''
  • ''(iv)   Annex II of the Treasurer's own policy on foreign investment requires him to consider the effect of the proposal on:''
  • ''(A)   the quality and availability of Australia's agricultural resources, including water,''
  • ''(B)   land access and use,''
  • ''(C)   agricultural production and productivity,''
  • ''(D)   Australia's capacity to remain a reliable supplier of agricultural production both to the Australian community and our trading partners,''
  • ''(E)   [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiversity biodiversity], and''
  • ''(F)   employment and prosperity in Australia's local and regional communities;''
  • ''(b)   calls on the Treasurer to provide a statement detailing:''
  • ''(i)   how the Treasurer determined the ownership and control of the consortium, particularly in the context of the national interest,''
  • ''(ii)   why the Treasurer did not publish an interim order to extend the period of consideration by 90 days as required by Australia's Foreign Investment Policy, and''
  • ''(iii)   why the sale is not contrary to the national interest and release the advice to the Treasurer from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and associated documents, including what, if any, other options were considered; and''
  • ''(c)   calls on the Government to ensure that foreign investment transactions are transparent by:''
  • ''(i)   establishing a publicly available national register of all foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land,''
  • ''(ii)   reducing the financial threshold for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIRB FIRB] examination of foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land, and''
  • ''(iii)   ensuring that at least one member of FIRB has experience in agricultural management.''
  • References
  • * [1] According to the [http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/~/~/~/link.aspx?_id=E76A241F2DBE416695A730A8C79AD5AC&_z=z Odgers' Australian Senate Practice], when the Senate agrees with a motion then it becomes [http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/~/~/link.aspx?_id=E4822B494BE34BA7A2446ABF1D543B56&_z=z a resolution or an order] of the Senate.
senate vote 2012-09-11#2

Edited by mackay

on 2014-03-17 11:47:10

Title

  • Motions Cubbie Station
  • Motions - Cubbie Station - Foreign investment

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Helen Kroger</p>
  • <p>At the request of Senators Abetz and Joyce, I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate:</p>
  • <p>(a) notes that:</p>
  • <p>(i) there is bipartisan support for foreign investment, provided that the particular foreign investment is not contrary to the national interest,</p>
  • <p>(ii) the Treasurer (Mr Swan) has approved the potential sale of Cubbie Station to a consortium 80 per cent owned by Shandong RuYi Scientific and Technological Group Co Ltd,</p>
  • <p>(iii) the Treasurer has failed to explain why the potential sale to a majority foreign-owned consortium of one of Australia's most valuable irrigation properties, with a water licence equal to 6 per cent of the water use in the northern Murray-Darling Basin, is not contrary to the national interest, and</p>
  • <p>(iv) Annex II of the Treasurer's own policy on foreign investment requires him to consider the effect of the proposal on:</p>
  • <p>&#160;&#160;(A) the quality and availability of Australia's agricultural resources, including water,</p>
  • <p>&#160;&#160;(B) land access and use,</p>
  • <p>&#160;&#160;(C)&#160;&#160;&#160;agricultural production and productivity,</p>
  • <p>&#160;&#160;(D) Australia's capacity to remain a reliable supplier of agricultural production both to the Australian community and our trading partners,</p>
  • <p>&#160;&#160;(E) biodiversity, and</p>
  • <p>&#160;&#160;(F) employment and prosperity in Australia's local and regional communities;</p>
  • <p>(b) calls on the Treasurer to provide a statement detailing:</p>
  • <p>(i) how the Treasurer determined the ownership and control of the consortium, particularly in the context of the national interest,</p>
  • <p>(ii) why the Treasurer did not publish an interim order to extend the period of consideration by 90 days as required by Australia's Foreign Investment Policy, and</p>
  • <p>(iii) why the sale is not contrary to the national interest and release the advice to the Treasurer from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and associated documents, including what, if any, other options were considered; and</p>
  • <p>(c) calls on the Government to ensure that foreign investment transactions are transparent by:</p>
  • <p>(i) establishing a publicly available national register of all foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land,</p>
  • <p>(ii) reducing the financial threshold for FIRB examination of foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land, and</p>
  • <p>(iii) ensuring that at least one member of FIRB has experience in agricultural management.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Christine Milne</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to amend the motion in the manner circulated in the chamber by at the end of the motion adding a new paragraph, which should be in front of you all:</p>
  • <p class="italic">Applying a clearly defined national interest test which considers whether Australia's economic interests are safeguarded and promoted, assessing whether an investment will allow for Australian oversight and involvement such as Australian directors or head office, and the business experience and character of the investor.</p>
  • <p>Leave not granted.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Gavin Marshall</p>
  • <p>The question is that the motion be agreed to.</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2012-09-11.88.1 motion] introduced by Liberal Senator [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Helen_Kroger&mpc=Senate&house=senate Helen Kroger]. This means that the motion[1] was successful and so it is now an order requiring the action referred to in part (c) of the motion below.
  • ''That the Senate:''
  • ''(a)   notes that:''
  • ''(i)   there is bipartisan support for foreign investment, provided that the particular foreign investment is not contrary to the national interest,''
  • ''(ii)   the Treasurer ([http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Wayne_Swan&mpc=Lilley&house=representatives Mr Swan]) has approved the potential sale of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubbie_Station Cubbie Station] to a consortium 80 per cent owned by Shandong RuYi Scientific and Technological Group Co Ltd,''
  • ''(iii)   the Treasurer has failed to explain why the potential sale to a majority foreign-owned consortium of one of Australia's most valuable irrigation properties, with a water licence equal to 6 per cent of the water use in the northern [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray-Darling_Basin Murray-Darling Basin], is not contrary to the national interest, and''
  • ''(iv)   Annex II of the Treasurer's own policy on foreign investment requires him to consider the effect of the proposal on:''
  • ''(A)   the quality and availability of Australia's agricultural resources, including water,''
  • ''(B)   land access and use,''
  • ''(C)   agricultural production and productivity,''
  • ''(D)   Australia's capacity to remain a reliable supplier of agricultural production both to the Australian community and our trading partners,''
  • ''(E)   [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiversity biodiversity], and''
  • ''(F)   employment and prosperity in Australia's local and regional communities;''
  • ''(b)   calls on the Treasurer to provide a statement detailing:''
  • ''(i)   how the Treasurer determined the ownership and control of the consortium, particularly in the context of the national interest,''
  • ''(ii)   why the Treasurer did not publish an interim order to extend the period of consideration by 90 days as required by Australia's Foreign Investment Policy, and''
  • ''(iii)   why the sale is not contrary to the national interest and release the advice to the Treasurer from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and associated documents, including what, if any, other options were considered; and''
  • ''(c)   calls on the Government to ensure that foreign investment transactions are transparent by:''
  • ''(i)   establishing a publicly available national register of all foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land,''
  • ''(ii)   reducing the financial threshold for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIRB FIRB] examination of foreign acquisitions of Australian agricultural land, and''
  • ''(iii)   ensuring that at least one member of FIRB has experience in agricultural management.''
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  • * [1] According to the [http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/~/~/~/link.aspx?_id=E76A241F2DBE416695A730A8C79AD5AC&_z=z Odgers' Australian Senate Practice], when the Senate agrees with a motion then it becomes [http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/~/~/link.aspx?_id=E4822B494BE34BA7A2446ABF1D543B56&_z=z a resolution or an order] of the Senate.