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senate vote 2014-07-17#15

Edited by Henare Degan

on 2014-10-10 15:30:37

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Description

  • The majority voted in favour of an [amendment](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1) introduced by Labor Senator [Doug Cameron](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Doug_Cameron&mpc=Senate&house=senate). This means that it was successful.
  • Senator Cameron explained that the amendment is to "consolidate infrastructure approvals with the Minister for Infrastructure".(Read Senator Cameron's full explanation of the amendment [here](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1). ) In other words, it is for that Minister to make infrastructure approvals. Senator Cameron described this amendment as "simply common sense".
  • _Background to the bills_
  • The [Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5255%22) and the related [Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5256%22) were introduced to create the Asset Recycling Fund ('ARF').
  • The ARF is the fund from which grants to states and territories will be sourced under the Asset Recycling Initiative ('ARI'), which was developed to assist states to privatise assets and to speed up the construction of transport infrastructure in capital cities.(Read the Deputy Prime Minister [Warren Truss](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Truss&mpc=Wide%20Bay&house=representatives)'s comments on the initiative on ABC's PM program [here](http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4000807.htm). ) Under the ARI, states and territories will be encouraged to sell assets, including transport infrastructure, and use the proceeds to fund new public infrastructure. By way of encouragement, the Commonwealth will provide a financial contribution of 15 per cent of the asset value of the sale that is used to fund the new infrastructure.(See the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1314a/14bd090) for more information. )
  • This division relates to the Policies _[For privatising government assets](/policies/21)_ and _[For increasing funding to road infrastructure](/policies/38)_.
  • The majority voted in favour of an [amendment](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1) introduced by Labor Senator [Doug Cameron](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Doug_Cameron&mpc=Senate&house=senate). This means that it was successful.
  • Senator Cameron explained that the amendment is to "consolidate infrastructure approvals with the Minister for Infrastructure".(Read Senator Cameron's full explanation of the amendment [here](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1). ) In other words, it is for that Minister to make infrastructure approvals. Senator Cameron described this amendment as "simply common sense".
  • _Background to the bills_
  • The [Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5255%22) and the related [Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5256%22) were introduced to create the Asset Recycling Fund ('ARF').
  • The ARF is the fund from which grants to states and territories will be sourced under the Asset Recycling Initiative ('ARI'), which was developed to assist states to privatise assets and to speed up the construction of transport infrastructure in capital cities.(Read the Deputy Prime Minister [Warren Truss](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Truss&mpc=Wide%20Bay&house=representatives)'s comments on the initiative on ABC's PM program [here](http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4000807.htm). ) Under the ARI, states and territories will be encouraged to sell assets, including transport infrastructure, and use the proceeds to fund new public infrastructure. By way of encouragement, the Commonwealth will provide a financial contribution of 15 per cent of the asset value of the sale that is used to fund the new infrastructure.(See the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1314a/14bd090) for more information. )
  • The [Council of Australian Governments](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COAG) voted in favour of the ARI on 2 May 2014.(Read more about COAG's decision to agree with the ARI on ABC News [here](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-02/coag-agrees-to-hockeys-asset-sale-plans/5424964).)
senate vote 2014-07-17#15

Edited by system

on 2014-10-07 16:22:20

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Description

  • The majority voted in favour of an [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1 amendment] introduced by Labor Senator [http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Doug_Cameron&mpc=Senate&house=senate Doug Cameron]. This means that it was successful.
  • Senator Cameron explained that the amendment is to "consolidate infrastructure approvals with the Minister for Infrastructure".(Read Senator Cameron's full explanation of the amendment [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1 here]. ) In other words, it is for that Minister to make infrastructure approvals. Senator Cameron described this amendment as "simply common sense".
  • ''Background to the bills''
  • The [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5255%22 Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014] and the related [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5256%22 Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014] were introduced to create the Asset Recycling Fund ('ARF').
  • The ARF is the fund from which grants to states and territories will be sourced under the Asset Recycling Initiative ('ARI'), which was developed to assist states to privatise assets and to speed up the construction of transport infrastructure in capital cities.(Read the Deputy Prime Minister [http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Truss&mpc=Wide%20Bay&house=representatives Warren Truss]'s comments on the initiative on ABC's PM program [http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4000807.htm here]. ) Under the ARI, states and territories will be encouraged to sell assets, including transport infrastructure, and use the proceeds to fund new public infrastructure. By way of encouragement, the Commonwealth will provide a financial contribution of 15 per cent of the asset value of the sale that is used to fund the new infrastructure.(See the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1314a/14bd090 bills digest] for more information. )
  • The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COAG Council of Australian Governments] voted in favour of the ARI on 2 May 2014.(Read more about COAG's decision to agree with the ARI on ABC News [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-02/coag-agrees-to-hockeys-asset-sale-plans/5424964 here].)
  • The majority voted in favour of an [amendment](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1) introduced by Labor Senator [Doug Cameron](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Doug_Cameron&mpc=Senate&house=senate). This means that it was successful.
  • Senator Cameron explained that the amendment is to "consolidate infrastructure approvals with the Minister for Infrastructure".(Read Senator Cameron's full explanation of the amendment [here](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1). ) In other words, it is for that Minister to make infrastructure approvals. Senator Cameron described this amendment as "simply common sense".
  • _Background to the bills_
  • The [Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5255%22) and the related [Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5256%22) were introduced to create the Asset Recycling Fund ('ARF').
  • The ARF is the fund from which grants to states and territories will be sourced under the Asset Recycling Initiative ('ARI'), which was developed to assist states to privatise assets and to speed up the construction of transport infrastructure in capital cities.(Read the Deputy Prime Minister [Warren Truss](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Truss&mpc=Wide%20Bay&house=representatives)'s comments on the initiative on ABC's PM program [here](http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4000807.htm). ) Under the ARI, states and territories will be encouraged to sell assets, including transport infrastructure, and use the proceeds to fund new public infrastructure. By way of encouragement, the Commonwealth will provide a financial contribution of 15 per cent of the asset value of the sale that is used to fund the new infrastructure.(See the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1314a/14bd090) for more information. )
  • The [Council of Australian Governments](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COAG) voted in favour of the ARI on 2 May 2014.(Read more about COAG's decision to agree with the ARI on ABC News [here](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-02/coag-agrees-to-hockeys-asset-sale-plans/5424964).)
senate vote 2014-07-17#15

Edited by system

on 2014-10-07 16:17:01

Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of an [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1 amendment] introduced by Labor Senator [http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Doug_Cameron&mpc=Senate&house=senate Doug Cameron]. This means that it was successful.
  • Senator Cameron explained that the amendment is to "consolidate infrastructure approvals with the Minister for Infrastructure".[1] In other words, it is for that Minister to make infrastructure approvals. Senator Cameron described this amendment as "simply common sense".
  • Senator Cameron explained that the amendment is to "consolidate infrastructure approvals with the Minister for Infrastructure".(Read Senator Cameron's full explanation of the amendment [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1 here]. ) In other words, it is for that Minister to make infrastructure approvals. Senator Cameron described this amendment as "simply common sense".
  • ''Background to the bills''
  • The [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5255%22 Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014] and the related [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5256%22 Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014] were introduced to create the Asset Recycling Fund ('ARF').
  • The ARF is the fund from which grants to states and territories will be sourced under the Asset Recycling Initiative ('ARI'), which was developed to assist states to privatise assets and to speed up the construction of transport infrastructure in capital cities.[2] Under the ARI, states and territories will be encouraged to sell assets, including transport infrastructure, and use the proceeds to fund new public infrastructure. By way of encouragement, the Commonwealth will provide a financial contribution of 15 per cent of the asset value of the sale that is used to fund the new infrastructure.[3]
  • The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COAG Council of Australian Governments] voted in favour of the ARI on 2 May 2014.[4]
  • ''References''
  • * [1] Read Senator Cameron's full explanation of the amendment [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1 here].
  • * [2] Read the Deputy Prime Minister [http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Truss&mpc=Wide%20Bay&house=representatives Warren Truss]'s comments on the initiative on ABC's PM program [http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4000807.htm here].
  • * [3] See the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1314a/14bd090 bills digest] for more information.
  • * [4] Read more about COAG's decision to agree with the ARI on ABC News [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-02/coag-agrees-to-hockeys-asset-sale-plans/5424964 here].
  • The ARF is the fund from which grants to states and territories will be sourced under the Asset Recycling Initiative ('ARI'), which was developed to assist states to privatise assets and to speed up the construction of transport infrastructure in capital cities.(Read the Deputy Prime Minister [http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Truss&mpc=Wide%20Bay&house=representatives Warren Truss]'s comments on the initiative on ABC's PM program [http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4000807.htm here]. ) Under the ARI, states and territories will be encouraged to sell assets, including transport infrastructure, and use the proceeds to fund new public infrastructure. By way of encouragement, the Commonwealth will provide a financial contribution of 15 per cent of the asset value of the sale that is used to fund the new infrastructure.(See the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1314a/14bd090 bills digest] for more information. )
  • The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COAG Council of Australian Governments] voted in favour of the ARI on 2 May 2014.(Read more about COAG's decision to agree with the ARI on ABC News [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-02/coag-agrees-to-hockeys-asset-sale-plans/5424964 here].)
senate vote 2014-07-17#15

Edited by mackay

on 2014-07-25 09:17:49

Title

  • Bills — Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014, Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014; in Committee
  • Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014 and Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014 - In Committee - Approvals to Infrastructure Minister

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Doug Cameron</p>
  • <p>In respect of the Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014, I move opposition amendment (8) on sheet 7486:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(8) Clause 18, page 18 (lines 5 and 6), omit "Minister who recommended the specification of the grant (see section 19)", substitute "Infrastructure Minister".</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of an [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1 amendment] introduced by Labor Senator [http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Doug_Cameron&mpc=Senate&house=senate Doug Cameron]. This means that it was successful.
  • Senator Cameron explained that the amendment is to "consolidate infrastructure approvals with the Minister for Infrastructure".[1] In other words, it is for that Minister to make infrastructure approvals. Senator Cameron described this amendment as "simply common sense".
  • ''Background to the bills''
  • The [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5255%22 Asset Recycling Fund Bill 2014] and the related [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fr5256%22 Asset Recycling Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014] were introduced to create the Asset Recycling Fund ('ARF').
  • The ARF is the fund from which grants to states and territories will be sourced under the Asset Recycling Initiative ('ARI'), which was developed to assist states to privatise assets and to speed up the construction of transport infrastructure in capital cities.[2] Under the ARI, states and territories will be encouraged to sell assets, including transport infrastructure, and use the proceeds to fund new public infrastructure. By way of encouragement, the Commonwealth will provide a financial contribution of 15 per cent of the asset value of the sale that is used to fund the new infrastructure.[3]
  • The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COAG Council of Australian Governments] voted in favour of the ARI on 2 May 2014.[4]
  • ''References''
  • * [1] Read Senator Cameron's full explanation of the amendment [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2014-07-17.176.1 here].
  • * [2] Read the Deputy Prime Minister [http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Truss&mpc=Wide%20Bay&house=representatives Warren Truss]'s comments on the initiative on ABC's PM program [http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4000807.htm here].
  • * [3] See the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1314a/14bd090 bills digest] for more information.
  • * [4] Read more about COAG's decision to agree with the ARI on ABC News [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-02/coag-agrees-to-hockeys-asset-sale-plans/5424964 here].
  • <p>This is a very simple amendment but an amendment that is simply common sense&#8212;that is, that we consolidate infrastructure approvals with the Minister for Infrastructure. There should not be too much of an argument on this. It simply says that infrastructure approvals are with the minister.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ludlam</p>
  • <p>If the government were to put it to us that this is effectively a drafting error that is being cleaned up, I would accept that. I do not know whether this was intentional or not. It is a common-sense amendment that the Australian Greens will support.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Mathias Cormann</p>
  • <p>I will be talking to opposition amendments (8), (9) and (12) together, and I thought that Senator Cameron might want to seek leave to deal with them together. It is up to him.</p>
  • <p>The CHAIRMAN: No, that cannot occur.</p>
  • <p>Okay. These amendments only add red tape with no additional benefit. This is an unnecessary additional process which will mean the states would have no confidence that the Commonwealth would make payments in accordance with already signed national partnership agreements. The government is confident that the current bill has robust accountability and governance arrangements. The coalition has already committed to Infrastructure Australia undertaking an assessment of cost-benefit analyses for our major investment decisions that receive Commonwealth funding of over $100 million. This includes the government's budget commitments. State governments will undertake their own cost-benefit assessments as part of decision-making processes to privatise assets and reinvest in new infrastructure. These are rightly matters for the states. It makes no sense to duplicate cost-benefit processes at a federal level. The proposal to use disallowance mechanisms against payments to the states would block or delay funding from the Asset Recycling Fund for critical infrastructure. This would dilute the incentives of the asset recycling initiative and set a precedent which would have serious impacts on Commonwealth-state relations. The Commonwealth government will assess whether asset sales and infrastructure projects are eligible for incentive payments based on the criteria in the national partnership agreement. These criteria were agreed by all state premiers and include that a clear net positive benefit can be demonstrated and that projects will enhance long-term productive capacity of the economy.</p>
  • <p>The CHAIRMAN: The question is that opposition amendment (8) on sheet 7486 be agreed to.</p>