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Climate Change by Legislative Attrition

And so we go into the first long night of the CPRS bill. The deal has been done, with enough Liberal Senators giving the Government the numbers to extend sitting hours late into tonight and all the way into next week if necessary.

From here on it becomes legislated climate change by force of attrition. A massive transfer of wealth from Australian householders to heavy industry has been agreed between the ALP and Malcolm Turnbull's shell-shocked core of supporters.

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Climate Change Action

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (1.17 pm)-I rise to add my remarks on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] and related bills with a sense of deja vu, because we were here a couple of months ago debating not just the same bill that we are now confronted with but now, evidently, we are debating a bill that has been made substantially worse as a consequence of the horse-trading and deals that have been going on behind the scenes.

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Fiona Stanley Hospital

(Question No. 2386)
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 28 October 2009:
(1) Can the Minister confirm that the department's original approval for the Fiona Stanley Hospital site in Murdoch, Western Australia, included the protection of an offset package adjacent to a North Lake parcel of land (Datafile: 080627-Item38- beeliar.dwg, dated 26 June 2008).

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Modelling and the CPRS

Senator LUDLAM-I want to refer to your modelling on the impact of the CPRS on emissions from coalfired power stations. There has been a bit of debate about that this morning already. There is a particular graph that you produced which shows output from the coal sector out to I think about 2050 from now. Can you talk
us through the thinking that is implicit in that modelling? In particular, what drives the reductions in emissions from the coal sector between now and 2020?

Ms Quinn-Do you have a particular graph in mind? Is it one from the report?

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Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund

Senator LUDLAM-I have questions on the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund.

Mr Clarke-The $75 million that Senate Farrell was asking about is part of that LETDF.

Senator LUDLAM-That broader package-okay. I have a couple of overarching questions on that fund. Can you update us as to the current status of the fund, apart from what you have already described?

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Emergency management

Senator LUDLAM-I would like to go to emergency management. Could the officers come to the table for subprogram 2.1.2, emergency management? I have a couple of questions about preparedness for the coming fire season. Could we start off with the status of the states and territories' fire risk audits that were requested by the Deputy Prime Minister prior to the coming fire season?

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