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The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee inquires into and reports upon various general matters referred to it by the Senate. Portfolios allocated to the committee since 2012 include agriculture, fisheries, forestry, water resources, infrastructure, transport, regional development and cities, local government, the arts and sport.

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Chairs

William Daniel Heffernan

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Glenn Sterle

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Glenn Sterle

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Committee timeline – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Video [duration 4:28]—Senators Barry O'Sullivan and Alex Gallacher speaking at the tabling of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee second interim report on the integrity of the water market in the Murray-Darling Basin, 22 March 2018.

Reports

Date tabledTitleRead report
Interim report: Inquiry into Australia's biosecurity and quarantine arrangements (presented out of session on 5 April 2012)
Operational issues in export grain networks (presented out of session on 16 April 2012)Parliamentary paper number 123/2012
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Interim report: Operational issues in export grain networks (presented out of session on 12 April 2012)
Australia's biosecurity and quarantine arrangements (presented out of session on 10 April 2012)Parliamentary paper number 124/2012
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Interim report: Inquiry into Australia's biosecurity and quarantine arrangements (presented out of session on 4 April 2012)
Second interim report: the Basin Plan: Management of the Murray Darling Basin (presented out of session on 3 October 2012) (Addendum tabled on 11 October 2012)Parliamentary paper number 256/2012
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Interim report: Effect on Australian pineapple growers of importing fresh pineapples from Malaysia
Interim report: Tax arrangements for foreign investment in agriculture and the limitations of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975; Examination of the Foreign Investment Review Board National Interest TestParliamentary paper number 451/2012
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The management of the Murray-Darling BasinParliamentary paper number 67/2013

Hearing at Roma, Qld, 18 July 2011. Facing camera L-R: Senators Barnaby Joyce, Sean Edwards and Bill Heffernan [Chair], Jeanette Radcliffe [Committee Secretary], Senators Glenn Sterle and Larissa Waters.

Hearing at Roma, Qld, 18 July 2011. L-R: Senators Barnaby Joyce, Sean Edwards and Bill Heffernan [Chair], Jeanette Radcliffe [Committee Secretary], Senators Glenn Sterle and Larissa Waters.

Hearing at Roma, Qld, 18 July 2011.

Committee Chair Senator Bill Heffernan consulting stakeholders, 18 November 2011.

Hearing at Dalby, Qld, 19 July 2011.

Hearing at Brisbane, 20 July 2011 with witnesses Ian Johnson [Water Policy Advisor] and Dan Galligan [CEO] of the Queensland Farmers' Federation.

Hearing at Brisbane, 20 July 2011. Facing camera L-R: Senators Barnaby Joyce, Sean Edwards and Bill Heffernan [Chair], Jeanette Radcliffe [Committee Secretary], Senators Glenn Sterle and Larissa Waters.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee hearing into the management of the Murray-Darling Basinat Dalby, Qld, 19 July 2011. L-R: Senators Barnaby Joyce, Sean Edwards and Bill Heffernan [Chair], Jeanette Radcliffe [Committee Secretary], Senators Glenn Sterle and Larissa Waters.

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Interim report: Effect on Australian pineapple growers of importing fresh pineapples from Malaysia; Effect on Australian ginger growers of importing fresh ginger from Fiji; Proposed importation of potatoes from New ZealandParliamentary paper number 72/2013
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Interim report: Aviation accident investigations (presented out of session on 30 April 2013)
Interim report: Auditor-General's reports on Tasmanian Forestry Grants Programs (presented out of session on 29 April 2013)
Aviation accident investigations (presented out of session on 23 May 2013)Parliamentary paper number 196/2013

Audio [duration 4:29]—'Senate scathing of air safety regulators', ABC Radio PM program, 23 May 2013.

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Second interim report: Auditor-General's reports on Tasmanian Forestry Grants Programs (presented out of session on 6 June 2013)
Auditor-General's reports on Tasmanian Forestry Grants Programs (Addendum tabled on 24 June 2013 PP No. 207/13)Parliamentary paper number 207/2013
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Foreign Investment and the National InterestParliamentary paper number 210/2013

Committee hearing, Private Members Dining Room, Old Parliament House, Canberra, 16 November 2011. L-R: Senators Christine Milne and Nick Xenophon, Jeanette Radcliffe [Committee Secretary], Senators Bill Heffernan [Chair], Sean Edwards, Richard Colbeck, Fiona Nash, Barbaby Joyce and Judith Adams. Foreground: Wayne Van Balen [witness].

Hansard and broadcasting staff, 16 November 2011.

Committee hearing, Private Members Dining Room, Old Parliament House, Canberra, 16 November 2011. L-R: Senators Christine Milne, Nick Xenophon (obscured), Alex Gallacher and Anne Urquhart, Jeanette Radcliffe [Committee Secretary], Senators Bill Heffernan [Chair], Sean Edwards, Richard Colbeck, Fiona Nash, Barbaby Joyce and Judith Adams. Foreground: Wayne Van Balen [witness].

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Fourth interim report: Effect on Australian pineapple growers of importing fresh pineapple from Malaysia (presented out of session on 4 September 2013)
Interim report: Practice of sports science in Australia (presented out of session on 10 July 2013)
Second interim report: Review of the citrus industry in Australia (presented out of session on 27 September 2013)
Interim report: Beef imports into Australia (presented out of session on 5 July 2013)
First report: Beef imports (presented out of session on 12 July 2013) (Erratum tabled on 12 November 2013)Parliamentary paper number 260/2013
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Second interim report: Practice of sports science in Australia (presented out of session on 15 July 2013)
Second interim report: Proposed importation of potatoes from New Zealand (presented out of session on 19 July 2013)
Third interim report: Effect on Australian pineapple growers of importing fresh pineapple from Malaysia (presented out of session on 19 July 2013)
Second interim report: Effect on Australian ginger growers of importing fresh ginger from Fiji (presented out of session on 19 July 2013)
Practice of sports science in Australia (presented out of session on 23 July 2013)Parliamentary paper number 262/2013
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Interim report: Review of the citrus industry in Australia (presented out of session on 31 July 2013)
Interim report: Ownership arrangements of grain handling (presented out of session on 31 July 2013)
Second interim report: Ownership arrangements of grain handling (presented out of session on 30 August 2013)Parliamentary paper number 269/2013
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Third interim report: Proposed importation of potatoes from New Zealand (presented out of session on 4 September 2013)
Third interim report: Effect on Australian ginger growers of importing fresh ginger from Fiji (presented out of session on 4 September 2013)
References of the 43rd Parliament (non re-adoption of the inquiry into: Beef imports into Australia)
References of the 43rd Parliament(re-adoption of inquiry into:Effect on Australian ginger growers of importing fresh ginger from Fiji;Effect on Australian pineapple growers of importing fresh pineapple from Malaysia;Prop'd importation of potatoes from NZ)
References of the 43rd Parliament (re-adoption of the inquiry into: Review of the citrus industry in Australia)
References of the 43rd Parliament (re-adoption of the inquiry into: Ownership arrangements of grain handling)
Final report: Ownership arrangements of grain handlingParliamentary paper number 272/2013
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Review of the citrus industry in Australia (presented out of session on 16 December 2013)Parliamentary paper number 18/2014
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Fourth interim report: Proposed importation of potatoes from New Zealand (presented out of session on 28 February 2014)
Fifth interim report: Effect on Australian pineapple growers of importing fresh pineapple from Malaysia (presented out of session on 28 February 2014)
Fourth interim report: Effect on Australian ginger growers of importing fresh ginger from Fiji (presented out of session on 28 February 2014)
Qantas' future as a strong national carrier supporting jobs in AustraliaParliamentary paper number 59/2014
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Final report: Effect on - Australian pineapple growers of importing fresh pineapple from Malaysia; - Australian ginger growers of importing fresh ginger from Fiji; Proposed importation of potatoes from New Zealand (presented out of session 31 March 2014)Parliamentary paper number 112/2014
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Future of the beekeeping and pollination service industries in AustraliaParliamentary paper number 146/2014
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Implications of the restriction on the use of fenthion on Australia's horticultural industry (presented out of session on 31 July 2014)Parliamentary paper number 162/2014
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Industry structures and systems governing levies on grass-fed cattle (presented out of session on 9 September 2014)Parliamentary paper number 175/2014
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Role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes (presented out of session on 5 December 2014)Parliamentary paper number 45/2015
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Current requirements for labelling of seafood and seafood products (presented out of session on 18 December 2014)Parliamentary paper number 47/2015
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Grain export networks, including the on- and off-farm storage, transport, handling and export of Australian grain (presented out of session on 4 June 2015)Parliamentary paper number 196/2015
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Current and future arrangements for the marketing of Australian sugar (Erratum presented out of session on 21 July 2015)Parliamentary paper number 189/2015
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Australia's transport energy resilience and sustainabilityParliamentary paper number 193/2015
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Industry structures and systems governing the imposition and disbursement of marketing and research and development (R&D) levies in the agriculture sector (presented out of session on 30 June 2015)Parliamentary paper number 217/2015
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Interim report: Increasing use of so-called Flag of Convenience shipping in Australia
Australian grape and wine industry (presented out of session on 12 February 2016 and Erratum tabled 1 March 2016)Parliamentary paper number 65/2016
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Interim report: Decision to fund the Perth Freight Link project (presented out of session on 22 April 2016)
Interim report: Aspects of road safety in AustraliaParliamentary paper number 168/2016
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Decision to commit funding to the Perth Freight Link projectParliamentary paper number 171/2016
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Interim report: Future role and contribution of regional capitals to AustraliaParliamentary paper number 166/2016
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Second interim report: Increasing use of so-called Flag of Convenience shipping in AustraliaParliamentary paper number 170/2016
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Interim report: Effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sectorParliamentary paper number 190/2016
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Final report: Future role and contribution of regional capitals to AustraliaParliamentary paper number 451/2016
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Import of seafood and seafood products
Airport and aviation securityParliamentary paper number 85/2017
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Interim report: Biosecurity risks associated with the importation of seafood and seafood products (including uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn meat) into AustraliaParliamentary paper number 215/2017
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Increasing use of so-called Flag of Convenience shipping in Australia (presented out of session on 19 July 2017)Parliamentary paper number 221/2017
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Effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sectorParliamentary paper number 303/2017
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Australia’s rail industryParliamentary paper number 336/2017
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Biosecurity risks associated with the importation of seafood and seafood products (including uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn meat) into Australia (presented out of session on 31 October 2017)Parliamentary paper number 622/2017
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Aspects of road safety in Australia (presented out of session on 26 October 2017)Parliamentary paper number 621/2017
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Interim report: Integrity of the water market in the Murray-Darling BasinParliamentary paper number 538/2017
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Second interim report: Integrity of the water market in the Murray-Darling BasinParliamentary paper number 73/2018
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Current and future regulatory requirements that impact on the safe commercial and recreational use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and associated systems (presented out of session on 31 July 2018)Parliamentary paper number 239/2018

Committee members view the Westpac ‘Little Ripper Lifesaver’ in Dalby, Queensland, 16 March 2017. L-R: Stephen Harley [General Manager, Chief Technology Office, Telstra Corporation], Senators Anthony Chisholm, Chris Back, Barry O'Sullivan [Deputy Chair], Janet Rice and Glenn Sterle [Chair], Eddie Bennet [CEO, The Ripper Group] and Ben Trollope [Chief Operations Officer, The Ripper Group]. Kneeling, L-R: Senator David Fawcett and Operator, Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee members view the Westpac ‘Little Ripper Lifesaver’ in Dalby, Queensland, 16 March 2017. L-R: Senators Barry O’Sullivan [Deputy Chair], Anthony Chisholm, David Fawcett and Glenn Sterle [Chair], Eddie Bennet, [CEO, The Ripper Group] and Senators Chris Back and Janet Rice.

Audio [duration 5:06]—'Drones may be more heavily regulated after Senate inquiry', ABC Radio PM program, 2 November 2017.

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Need for regulation of mobility scooters, also known as motorised wheelchairsParliamentary paper number 312/2018
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Regulatory approaches to ensure the safety of pet foodParliamentary paper number 358/2018
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Integrity of the water market in the Murray-Darling BasinParliamentary paper number 570/2018
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Independence of regulatory decisions made by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) (presented out of session on 1 February 2019)Parliamentary paper number 16/2019
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Operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities (presented out of session on 7 June 2019)Parliamentary paper number 180/2019

Representatives from Mount Isa City Council appear before the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, 12 April 2018. L-R at table on right: Senators Rex Patrick and Barry O'Sullivan [Acting Chair], Tim Watling [Acting Committee Secretary] and Senators Richard Colbeck and Anthony Chisholm. Image courtesy of Parliamentary Broadcasting.

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Provision of rescue, firefighting and emergency response at Australian airportsParliamentary paper number 221/2019
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Feasibility of a National Horse Traceability Register for all horsesParliamentary paper number 508/2019
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