1. That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee into the
Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World, be established to
inquire into and report on, by 10 February 2017, the following matters:
(a) the role of storage technologies and localised, distributed generation to
provide Australia’s electricity networks with the resilience to withstand
the increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events driven
by global warming;
(b) recommend measures that should be taken by federal, state and local
governments to hasten the rollout of such technologies in order to:
(i) create jobs in installation, manufacture and research of storage
and distribution technologies,
(ii) stimulate household and business demand for storage
(iii) anticipate the rapid deployment of localised distributed
generation through changes to market rules,
(iv) drive the reduction in technology costs through economies of
(v) seize on the opportunities to be a global leader in deploying
storage technologies because of Australia’s high fixed electricity
tariffs and significant penetration of rooftop solar; and
(c) any other relevant matters.
2. That the committee consist of 7 senators, 2 nominated by the Leader of the
Government in the Senate, 3 nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the
Senate, 1 nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens and 1 nominated
by minority groups and independent senators.
(a) participating members may be appointed to the committee on the
nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of
the Opposition in the Senate, the Leader of the Australian Greens or any
minority party or independent senator;
(b) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and
deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the
committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee; and
(c) a participating member shall be taken to be a member of the committee
for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of
members of the committee is not present.
4. That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding
that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and
notwithstanding any vacancy.
5. That the committee elect as chair a member nominated by the Leader of the
Australian Greens and, as deputy chair, a member nominated by the Leader of
the Opposition in the Senate.
6. That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting
of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.
7. That the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, may appoint another
member of the committee to act as chair during the temporary absence of both
the chair and deputy chair at a meeting of the committee.
8. That, in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair
when acting as chair, have a casting vote.
9. That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine
persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in
private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the
House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its
proceedings, the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may
10. That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources
and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the
purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.
11. That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and
evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of
proceedings take place in public.